Throughout his life Bravo's owner/founder Jim Brown has enjoyed the relationships and life lessons of his Mid-America and rural roots. Jim has experienced many seasons of agricultural bounties. Even at a young age he went on a touring harvesting crew throughout Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas in the early 60’s. He had a business at the age of 12 catching crawdads in surrounding creeks and selling them to fish bait stores around the lakes. At 14 years of age, he was driving grain trucks from the fields to the flour mills. He also had a paper route for 4 years, even through the bitter cold winters of Oklahoma. In 1971, at the age of 15, he was staying focused on life as a rancher, but he was also able to save enough money to buy a brand new Ford Mach 1 Mustang off the showroom floor. He then moved to California to be united with his estranged father who had a 40 acre ranch in the Coachella Valley. There he raised pigs, cows, horses, chickens, and rabbits, as well as carrots, corn, radishes, lettuce, and okra, and even tried a few crops of peanuts.
Over the years, Jim’s focus turned to animal husbandry and humane treatment and naturalistic horsemanship training. At his Wilton Ranch for the past 25 years, he has developed a passion and relationship for agricultural businesses, and the need for our fast paced society to reconnect to our farmers and ranchers. His desire is to educate the community about the necessity of our fresh foods and local produce to enrich their lives with healthier eating. In addition, his understanding of the value of natural meats and the avoidance of harmful antibiotics, growth hormones, and cramped feed lot environments has developed into a vision for a local community restaurant concept which embraces a healthier eating attitude.
So came the concept of Bravo's Soup & Sandwich Shoppe where all the recipes are made from scratch, where fresh is #1, where local is a priority, and healthy eating is an absolute. One of the benefits of being located in California’s Central Valley is the great growing climate and fertile valley soils from the rivers that flow through our cities, communities and state. We frequent local certified farmer’s markets to support our small farmer families and use their passions in our recipes as well as support our local economy.