Chef Brannon Janca is an inspiration to the 30A community — creative, kind-hearted, incredibly talented, driven, and an all-around great guy. Brannon worked at Stinky’s Fish Camp for years alongside his partner and mentor, Chef Jim Richard, but it was always his dream to open up his own spot. In 2017, he sold his part of Stinky’s and started the process of building his dream restaurant, Down Island. Halfway through renovations, however, Brannon got diagnosed with lung cancer. He didn’t want this to stop him, so he kept working on Down Island while fighting this health battle behind the scenes. By the grace of God, and just before Down Island opened, Brannon reached clinical remission.
Everything was going well until recently his treatment stopped working and cancer became active again. The next step is for him to start chemotherapy while still cooking and operating the restaurant as much as he can. However, obviously, this brings all of their plans to a screeching halt, and now both his health and lifelong dream are at risk.
To help alleviate some of the financial burden and stress, a few of his closest local friends are putting together a fundraiser and holiday party (get tickets NOW) to support Brannon and Stefani Janca – long-time locals, neighbors, friends, and small business owners.
Janca’s Jingle Bell Jamboree will be held at Down Island on December 17, 2022, from 6-9 p.m. and will include live music, a wine walkabout, area chef demos, a silent auction, a professional photo booth, and much more.
Tickets are $100 (wine and food included) and can be purchased on Eventbrite HERE.
There are also sponsorship opportunities and silent auction donations are needed. Please join in this holiday season in helping our friend community member, Brannon Janca.