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3111 Shepherd Dr.
Houston, TX 77098

Galleria/ Post Oak
2027 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

602 East 20th St.
Houston, TX 77008


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thank you dear poacher...

I feel connected and love as I write this piece.

Here is my take on hiring, sustaining and cultivating joy as I hope you will in your everyday life.

I have 34 precious light that happily shines while running three pretty amazing Jenni's Noodle House locations. I hire beautiful souls that just sparkles. I seek a well balanced life that's looking to make a few bucks yet open and willing to learn about themselves in the process.  I sustain my relationship with each member of the team by spending quality time outside of work and share my love of life with my team.  I insist on cultivating joy within their own life and remind the importance to do so with those near and dear to them.

I remind my staff in meetings I am merely a stepping stone in your life to greatness. Go seek it and grab it when you find it.  Life is short and time stops for no one.

You see my poacher friend, I remind these souls how beautiful they are already while providing a safe, happy place to come to each day.  If you would like to hire, steal, coerce, tempt one of JNH noodle dealers, know they are empowered beings. You have to offer more than just money, offer them a lifestyle and happiness beyond their present moment.

I'm not sorry that last poacher did not get the yes they were hoping for.

Today, a new employment request will make its way into a Jenni's Noodle House in hope of that unequivocal yes.

Tomorrow that seemingly caring person will ask what seems like a heartfelt comment of "you can do so much better, why are you still here" will skip a beat for a split second.  Within that second, the staff will smile for that sweet compliment and gleams for a while longer that they are worthwhile.

Thank you to all the poachers for acknowledging these magnificent beings that stands with pride happily doing their job during their interim.

Thank you for noticing their greatness as I know they are.

Thank you for reminding each of them without my presence that they are amazing and wonderful.

Thank you for your love and short lived concern.  Good luck on your growth and all of your endeavors.


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Disco Party at Jenni's Post Oak

You are invited to a free event at Jenni's Noodle House Post Oak location on Saturday, March 3rd. Help us celebrate being 10 years old, by helping others in our noodlehood. We are raising money for KPFT, Houston Area Women Center, Commonweal in memory of Joan and Houston County Hospital District aka Ben Taub. First organization to reach $2500, we will match 100%!

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

What does it mean to turn TEN in this industry? It means I am loved.

What it means to turn TEN in this industry?
It means I am loved.

You cannot turn one without love. 
I love the ever-growing plan that was once just a concept in my mind.
You cannot turn two without focus.
Always keeping the focus on the task at hand.
You cannot turn three without will.
Will to keep going, even when life punches you in the gut. Hard.
You cannot turn four without courage.
The courage behind taking the next step.
You cannot turn five without friends.
You keep us going with your continuous love and support.

And as for the last 5 years, we’ve remained true to the path. We’ve made strides toward our goals. We’ve deepened our connection with you. But above all, we’ve given back to the Houston community for the 10 years of fond memories that they’ve given us. Thank you for making it to our 10th birthday! We can’t wait for the years ahead as we grow our relationship with you.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Get the Cameras Rolling - Celebrity Night is Back!

It's time for another non-profit to step out of the shadows and into the limelight! Jenni's Noodle House - Heights is rolling out the red carpet and honoring Houston's legendary Aurora Picture Show on Friday, February 17th from 5-10p.m.

Join the staff and volunteers of Aurora Picture Show as they cater to growling Noodlehood stomachs. For one night only, 100% of all tips collected will be donated to the organization. So have your camera ready to snap pictures of our spectacular hometown heroes, they'll be ready to strike a pose

Calling all iPhoneographers! Jenni's Noodle House (Heights) is curating a one-night, dedicated art exhibit, honoring Houston's premier photographers who share their creative view of our city through Instagram. And we want your photos! Simply tag your Houston-themed photo on Instagram with #JNHlovesHou from now until February 2nd, 2012. On February 3rd, twelve images will be selected to be printed and included in the Jenni's Noodle House exhibit "Hou Hearts IG" on Feb 9th from 6-9PM. Your image can be of anything related to Houston: street arts, skyline, iconic Houston places, or just your favorite spot in the Bayou City. Images must be high enough resolution for a 12x12 print. We can't wait to see what you submit!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Logan's t-shirt

For the past few months, I have been thinking about a new Jenni’s Noodle House t-shirt. I wanted it to really acknowledge the mission of our restaurants and the attitude and devotion to service that has kept us in business for close to ten years.

Immediately I thought of Logan. My son has lived his entire life in one Jenni’s Noodle House or another, absorbing the culture, witnessing what it is to serve others and synthesizing the millions of different components that dance together in order to create functioning restaurants.

Even as a very small child, our businesses are child friendly, so Logan has never been one of those kids who didn’t understand what his parents did. On a very basic level, little Logan knew that Ma and Ba were going to a place where people make food and people buy food.

As Logan has gotten older, I believe that this knowledge of the place we work in and the respect we have for our staff, as well as the meaningful and authentic way we serve customers has rubbed off on him.

Which is why when we were sitting in the car one day and as a young child he turned to me and said, “When you say nice things, it makes the heart happy” it made perfect sense. This was a child that understood that one action creates a direct reaction, whether it is treating people well, being nice to strangers or just the simple act of taking good ingredients and making a wholesome meal – Logan understood what our businesses were built on.

I am proud to present, the latest Jenni’s Noodle House T-Shirt, a special Logan edition. I hope it means as much to you as it does to me.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Play Fair, Play nice.

Today, I received an email from a disgruntle guest before the kitchen even started on their food ticket! It made me wonder… has technology reverted our behavior back to childhood, full of temper tantrums and tattle telling or can’t we all just be adults here. Don’t misunderstand, you can complain. Just, give my staff and me an opportunity to make it right, right now.

I opened the first Jenni’s Noodle House in 2001, so I have heard my share of complaints, we don’t always get things right, service isn’t always perfect and not everyone is going to like the way and the how I prepare the food I serve. I understand. I am a big girl, I can take it, I didn’t get past the two year mark in the restaurant business not hearing any complaints and not knowing how to make things right. Don’t forget, I am a customer too, and I feel the same way sometimes. Having a business of my own has taught me that the present moment is a precious ingredient in creating a positive now and a lasting future. Technology may change, but one thing is always true ‘you can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar.’ Keep that in mind as you go through life, feel free to complain, but do so in way that makes it a positive experience for everyone.

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