Welcome Chef Jacob!

From being a chef for hundreds at Burning Man to firing up the sauté for Aaron Rodgers, our new head chef has been honing his culinary expertise everywhere!

Born and raised on the shores of Lake Superior In Ashland, Wisconsin, Jacob has had his hands on food from the start! Having a part in making delicious hometown pizzas at The Pizza Pub in Ashland to being the head chef of the famous Hotel Chequamegon at 18 years old, he quickly rose to be ahead of his game after coming home from being taught culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu. After some time running the restaurant at Chequamegon, he moved back to Minneapolis to work at many establishments in the bustling city. Bar 508 on 1st Avenue in downtown Minneapolis became his mainstay. He was the executive sous chef here, leading the team in countless endeavors and preparing hundreds of plates of food per night for crowds leaving the Target Center and Twins Stadium next door.

In 2011, Jacob moved west to Tahoe, California. He was immediately hired as sous chef at the “Tahoe famous” and extremely busy restaurant, The Beacon, which is part of South Lake Tahoe’s Camp Richardson. He was quickly promoted to Executive Chef and led the team through the summer, performing hundreds of covers per day.  

In 2015, Jacob was part of the culinary team at Edgewood Golf Course in Tahoe. This was a highlight of his career, being able to cook for all of the famous professional athletes and celebrities that took part in the “Celebrity Golf Tournament.” Here is where Jacob got to cook for and meet our own Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.

In 2016, Jacob partnered with a couple who were building up a property in South Lake Tahoe to be a restaurant and brewery. The three owners together opened the Moonhouse Brewhouse. Being a coffee shop and bakery by morning and transitioning into a smokehouse and brewhouse by afternoon and night, The Moonhouse was a Tahoe favorite. They specialized in a daily changing menu that centered around house-cured and smoked meats, unique sauces, and flavors. Jacob would also throw monthly full moon dinner parties, with the entrees based on the name of the moon that month.  

Finally, before returning home to Wisconsin, Jacob fine-tuned his skills working as executive chef at Old Town Tap in Truckee, California. Working with a 900-degree custom pizza oven from Italy, Jacob was able to explore his Italian heritage through cooking authentic Napoli-style pizzas. Being able to explore bistro-style cuisine to its fullest, he was able to create fun, sexy, contemporary foods that were true to the farm-to-table ingredients he was sourcing.   

We welcome Jacob to Za51 and are excited to see what new flavors and platings he has to bring us!

Reuben Pizza

Pizza For a Cause – March

A St Patrick’s Day classic!

Rump’s own corned beef, thousand island dressing, shredded Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Buckwheat Sprouts on our homemade crust! $1 from each Reuben pizza goes directly to Bob’s House for Dogs as part of our Pizza for a Cause program!

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CBD-Infused non-alcoholic drink Launch Party

Join Za 51 Saturday, February 23rd from 4:00-6:00 pm for our CBD Launch Party.

We’ve teamed up with the folks at Green Rx and we’ll be featuring a great CBD-infused selection of non-alcoholic drinks as well as some great regular drink and appetizer specials. We’ve taken the time to do our research, our CBD is of the highest quality, hemp-derived and also THC-free. GreenRx team members will be hanging out, answering questions about CBD and giving away free merch!!!

GreenRx is a health & wellness store out of Madison, WI. Their first retail location opened July 2018 and we are happy to serve our local and online customers. They are focused on helping you live a happier, healthier lifestyle with our selection of supplements and CBD products. With such a wide variety of products, there is always something for everyone. They offer local pickup & delivery options as well as online shipping to make getting your health & wellness supplies as easy as possible!


Note: This launch event is for ages 21 and over.

Jalapeno Popper Pizza

New Year – New Za!

January’s Pizza for a Cause recipient is an organization close to our hearts – Lowes Creek Little League.

For every January Pizza of the month, Jalapeno Popper, we are happy to donate $1 directly to Lowes Creek Little League.

Za51 is now offering Pizza Party Kits! Add some fun to your kid’s birthday party by letting them be the chef! Our Pizza Party Kits feature 4 crusts and enough sauce and mozzarella cheese for 4 pizzas for only $20.95, add Pepperoni to your kit for $3.00.

Coming soon – an updated menu with some of our favorites; including the Zen Bowl. The Zen Bowl is a twist on Taverna Grill’s Yoga Bowl, soon to be offered at Za51.

Family Style Menu – Za is offering a Family Style menu available all day, every Sunday. Bring your whole family in for an authentic Italian family meal.

Pizza For a Cause – November

November 2018 Nonprofit: Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley – Beacon House

It’s November! We’re excited to announce that starting today and for each month going forward our featured ‘Za will also be our “Pizza For a Cause”, it’s our way to help give something back to the community.

Every month our talented Kitchen staff will design a pizza and during that month $1 of each “Pizza for a Cause” ordered will be donated directly to the featured Nonprofit.  We’re starting out with nominations from our current staff members as our way of saying thanks to them. If your favorite Nonprofit would like to be considered please email us at info@za51.com. We start out this month with our, Grateful Za: A delicious ‘Za with Basil-Pesto, Mozz Cheese, Fresh Mozz, Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Feta and a garnish of green onion and Craisins. Delish!