Chef Jason Azevedo’s grandfather used to teasingly call him testa duro (“stubborn”) when he was a kid. Now, Jason cooks at Stonehouse Bistro in Rancho Murieta, where he’s known as a brat man. Bratwurst, that is, which he makes from scratch, along with a variety of other sausages and cured bacon.
It all started when he worked at Old Soul Co. and smoked bacon in the alley behind L Street. Then he was unemployed for a while and looking to keep himself busy, which, combined with trying to stretch a dollar, led him to sausage making. Now, Azevedo makes his meats under the Testa Duro Salumi label.