Welcome to Jay's official blog, where you'll find a chronicle of our events, cuisine, and artisan designs. Experience something beyond the mainstream with Jay's Catering. What makes us stand a head above ordinary caterers? Simply: spectacular food, dazzling presentation, and consistent creativity. Our chefs use only the finest ingredients and the freshest produce available to create unique menus for each event. With a flair for the theatrical, you will find traditional favorites like hamburgers and grilled cheese metamorphosed into bite-sized treats served up in inventive new ways. Whether your event is Tuscan themed or an Indian extravaganza, our Chef de Cuisine and his team are masters of every detail and sticklers for taste.
Exciting things are happening at Jay’s. We like to dream big, always looking for new opportunities to grow and expand in the fields we’re passionate about. This past week we were able to enter into a new chapter of our story. Now, you’re all probably wondering what this change is. Well it’s awesome, we can tell you that. When it comes down to it, entertaining is at the heart of what we do. Whether we’re catering a wedding, a corporate party or a small gathering, our mission is to bring people together. And what suits a good meal better than a beautiful setting?
That’s right folks, we’ve decided to open our own venue! This crazy idea had been tumbling around our heads for some time, so we set out to find the perfect location that would compliment Jay’s style and philosophy. This week, our wishes became a reality as we were handed the keys to this magnificent building. The structure is a historical rarity for Orange County, as it still contains the original brick and exposed beams. Instead of spilling everything at once, we’ve decided to share little pieces of information at a time. So here are a few inside glimpses of our new space. We hope you’re as enthusiastic as we are about this adventure. Making this place our own is going to be quite the incredible experience and we couldn’t imagine it without the support of all our wonderful customers. Stay tuned for more details and updates!
This past year has been quite the exciting journey for our café, Ellie's Table. As we’ve settled into San Clemente’s tight-knit community, we’ve created a wonderful bond with our loyal customers. On October 17th we will be celebrating Eleanor's birthday. As many of you know, Ellie’s Table opened in homage to the owner’s grandmother, Eleanor Mastroianni, and her culinary talents. Our intention from the beginning has always been to maintain Ellie’s imaginative approach and aesthetic in all that we do. That essence, best put by our slogan: “Happiness is Homemade,” is why we value our customers and their input so much. Our story was built on family and we want to celebrate that as we continue to grow.
One of our customers has been asking us to add a special dessert called Kouign-amann to our menu for quite some time now. We thought Ellie's birthday would be the perfect day to add our version of this Breton cake to our menu. Kouign-amann is a crusty, layered cake containing folds of bread dough, butter and sugar inside. As the cake bakes, the layers puff up and the sugar caramelizes. For our interpretation of this tasty sweet, we decided to add a crème brulee filling. We assure you, this is a treat you are going to want to taste. So drop by on October 17th to try this new menu item or order a batch for your upcoming holiday party. We can’t thank you all enough for supporting Ellie’s Table and making it your neighborhood café. It has been an incredible adventure, and we’re excited to see what’s ahead. We want to also express our gratitude for suggesting this delicious dessert, we can’t wait to share our version with you all!
It’s officially Fall! Which means exciting things are happening here at Jay’s. We’re thrilled to announce that our Holiday Menus have arrived, here to make your season a little bit brighter.
The holidays are not only defined by a chilly change in temperature, but also by quality time with family, festive gatherings, and spirited traditions. However, planning parties and preparing a meal for a large group of guests is no simple task. At Jay’s we celebrate these times, knowing that memories are made and relationships are often fostered over a good meal. We’re here to take the stress away from our clients so that they can be fully present and enjoy this wonderful time with loved ones.
Our Holiday Menus are an easy solution to the worries of this busy season. Plus, the items on these menus are delicious, crafted with any size guest list and the season’s best ingredients in mind. Our menu options are always made from scratch, giving your party cuisine that homemade feel with quality, gourmet taste.
Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving meal, a small holiday brunch, a themed dessert & drinks soirée, or a feast for many, Jay’s is able to provide scrumptious food suited to your specific gathering. Don’t spend your holidays slaving over the stove. With Jay’s, you can focus on what’s most important to you, while we do what we do best. Let the party planning and festivities begin! Cheers to pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and of course, yummy hot apple cider!
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 | BY TAYLOR STARK | FILED UNDER: MENUS, |
Adam + Kim recently wed at The Loft on Pine, a magnificent venue in the heart of Long Beach. The couple hired Jay’s to provide a unique selection of eats for their big day. Our Event Specialist, Patti Robledo, made certain that every detail of the event was carried out perfectly. This historical, urban venue was quite the fitting space for Adam + Kim’s wedding. Vows were exchanged in the beautiful Great Hall in the presence of their loved ones. The stretching room features wood floors, columns, worn brick walls, vaulted barn-like ceilings, and ornate windows that cast a magical glow. The hall was decorated in a shabby chic style, suiting the feel of the existing space and showcasing the couple’s personality. Antique accents and simple greenery were scattered about the inviting room. Bloomin Bride Designs pulled everything together with a blush & gold color palette and florals, providing a lovely, romantic setting for such a heartfelt day.
Instead of just table cards, guests were given cute handkerchiefs for any joyful tears that might be shed during the evening. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour, which included one of the couple’s favorite treats: boba tea! During this time, Jay’s hosted a tasty build your own bruschetta bar.Then guests made their way to their tables at the reception. Instead of a traditional plated meal, the couple went with a fun approach by having our small plate stations. The first was a Mac ‘N’ Cheese Martini station that offered different takes on the comfort classic with a variety of gourmet toppings. At the next station, Jay’s prepared two different sliders: Cabernet Braised Short Rib with crunchy onions, stilton cheese and creamed horseradish on a brioche bun and for the second, Kahlua Pulled Pork with Maui BBQ sauce and apple cabbage slaw on a Hawaiian bun. The third station offered our Caprese Salad as well as our Spinach Salad, which includes strawberries, feta cheese, and candied pecans with balsamic vinaigrette.The night was full of laughter, kind words, and elation as guests celebrated Adam + Kim’s union. Greenhouse DJs provide a great selection of tunes for dancing the night away. Instead of just cake, the couple opted for a homemade pie station. These sweets included Apple Pie, Banana Rum Caramel Cream Pie, Lemon Meringue, Pecan Pie and Mixed Berry Crostada. Thank you Adam + Kim for letting us be a part of your special day. And to the Youngrens for sharing these gorgeous photos of the day with us.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 | BY TAYLOR STARK | FILED UNDER: WEDDING, |
This past week Jay’s had the to opportunity to participate in WIPA’s End of Summer Dining Soirée at The McCharles House in Tustin. WIPA, which stands for Wedding Industry Professionals Association, is a non-profit organization that represents a host of vendors to serve as a resource for others in the industry and engaged couples planning their weddings. As an active member of WIPA, Jay’s was thrilled to play a part in this particular event and work with such a great group of vendors.The McCharles House is unlike any other Southern Californian venue. The green and pink Victorian House stands surrounded by lush greenery and bright flowers. WIPA couldn’t have chosen a more charming space to host this fun event. The playful décor mirrored the house’s color scheme and whimsical nature. Classic Party Rentals provided rentals for the lunch, and La Tavola dressed the tables with their fine linens. Nisie's Enchanted Florist and Square Root Designs filled the venue with spectacular arrangements and florals. Calligraffiti created all the beautiful invitations and stationary for the event. Jay’s, 24 Carrots, and Good Gracious were asked to prepare dishes and drinks for the luncheon. For our choice drink, we went with our signature Raspberry Rickie (non-alcoholic). When guests arrived, they were able to valet their vehicles with Special Parking Services, Inc. Then they were invited to walk through the garden gates and wander through the venue space. During this time, Vaughn Fahie set the tone by playing the saxophone. Also, Visions Entertainment provided the DJ and lighting services for the day. While guests explored the grounds, servers passed around trays of hors d’oeuvres. Our appetizer was a Santa Barbara Uni and La Quercia Lardo Crostini with Hawaiian Black Lava Salt created by Chef Sascha Lyon.After mingling, guests were welcomed by the Southern California WIPA Chapter President, Michelle Facciolla. Then, the chefs from each catering company were introduced. Our Executive Pastry Chef, Jean Christophe Milon, represented the Jay’s team and described the dishes we served. Once everyone sat down at the tables, the grand lunch commenced. We were asked to provide dessert for the meal, so we went with our Passion Mango Pot de Crème with Milk Chocolate Crunch and Passion Fruit Chantilly Cream, and our Gluten Free Chocolate Decadence with Fresh Raspberries.A Wish And A Wisk designed a gorgeous and elaborate cake for the party. When the meal simmered down, guests and vendors had time to meet and share ideas. We had a blast at WIPA’s End of Summer Soiree. It’s an honor to be apart of such an awesome organization with this extraordinary collection of vendors. Thank you to Christopher Todd Studios for sharing you beautiful photos with us, Plug Video for capturing the event and to Kevin Covey Wedding & Event Coordination for pulling together the whole afternoon. We can’t wait until the next gathering!
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 | BY TAYLOR STARK | FILED UNDER: WEDDING, |
We recently held our latest “Taste of Jay’s” at one of our most treasured venues: Casino San Clemente. This event was our first with Jay’s new Executive Chef, Sascha Lyon. We couldn’t have been more excited to have him guiding our menu and team for this past month’s tasting. For those of you who are not familiar with “Taste of Jay’s,” it’s a special monthly event we host for future brides, grooms, and their families. This gives guests the opportunity to try a variety of our menu items in a beautiful reception-like setting. Take a look at this video recap of this “Taste of Jay’s” below:
Not only did we get the chance to share our cuisine with clients, we also invited a handful of well-respected vendors to join the event. At Jay’s, we’re all about providing accessible and valuable experiences for our guests, so we do what we can to make our events beneficial for many aspects of these expected weddings. For linens, we partnered with Designer Specialty Linens and Jomar Linens. Storied Rentals provided lounge furniture for the ballroom. We had pasta and chicken stations that featured gourmet twists on classic wedding menu staples. Aside from these entrée dishes, Jay’s had Tuscan Bruschetta Bar created by Chef Mark Bolton. The range of delicious toppings included Spring Pea Hummus, Saffron Tomato, Manouri & Roasted Peach Confit, Caramelized Maui Onions with Roasted Garlic, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms, Charred Sweet Sweet Corn with Lime & Cilantro, Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes with Smoked Asparagus Tips, and BBQ Poblano Chick Pea Hummus. Chef Jean Christophe Milon, baked some fresh bread options, Homemade French Olive Baguettes, Ciabatta, Raisin Bread, and Flatbread, to accompany this glorious spread. As for other small bites, Jay’s served up a range of tasty options, from sliders to tacos to kabobs. Guests were able to mingle and explore the many beautiful spaces within The Casino grounds. We also invited Shutter Booth so that guests could capture the experience. The Rock Garden was decorated with an antique furniture setup and colorful flower arrangements. Appetizers and small plates were served out on the picturesque Patio of the Stars. And finally, everyone made their way indoors to the Grand Ballroom to taste entrée dishes and desserts. Florals around the grounds were provided by Jensen Floral Imports, French Buckets, and The Tangled Vine. Our dessert table included an assortment of our most delectable sweets. We offered smaller items, like cupcakes, macaroons, tarts and dessert shots. To top it all of, we were able to highlight our detailed craftsmanship and design with our tiered cakes.Thank you to everyone who came out to this “Taste of Jay’s” event and all our partnering vendors. We couldn’t have asked for a better evening. And to Brett Hickman Photographers, thank you for sharing your gorgeous shots of the event with us. We hope to see you all at the next “Taste of Jay’s!”
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 | BY TAYLOR STARK | FILED UNDER: WEDDING, WED, |