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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.

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Mark + Leah, The Loft on Pine

Spring is at its fullest, which means were drawn to lively celebrations that have lovely pops of color. Mark + Leah’s wedding featured gorgeous hues of deep magenta & soft pink that brightened their event space and matched the enthusiasm of their family & friends. A traditional church ceremony was held at St. Marina’s before the party headed to The Loft On Pine for the rest of the evening. The happy couple asked Jay’s to celebrate with them by catering their big day. Our event specialist, Nickie Good, helped the pair plan the details of the event to make sure everything ran smoothly. 2 At the ceremony in St. Marina’s, guests anticipated the arrival of the beautiful bride. Leah wore a stunning lace and beaded gown with a long veil draped behind her. Mark went with a classic look in a slick black suit combined with a white tie. His boutonniere complimented Leah’s bouquet with matching pink roses. 3 The main décor was left to the responsibility of the church’s natural beauty with stained glass windows lining the walls. A few arrangements were placed along the alter to tie in the wedding’s atmosphere. 810 After the traditional ceremony, friends and family migrated to The Loft On Pine for a contemporary ceremony, and the rest of the evening's festivities.45 Cocktail hour kicked off with Jay’s hors d’oeuvres, including Filet & Wild Mushroom Wellington, Lemon Parmesan Artichoke Hearts, and Thai Shrimp Spring Rolls. Jay’s also provided a bar with champagne & cider flutes to toast, and a selection of beers, wine, and soda. 67The reception took place under the whimsical, wood-paneled ceiling at The Loft On Pine. This vast arching ceiling is just one aspect that makes the venue so special. For dinner, we served our delicious Santorini Chicken and Vegetarian Rotolo Bolzano along with our Grilled Marinated Vegetables, Pear & Walnut Salad, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes. 12 And for a fun dessert, the couple chose our Cookies & Milk Shots to pass around to guests. 1115 Mark + Leah danced the rest of the night away with their family and friends, the perfect ending to a great day. Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you to Matthew Morgan Photography for capturing all of the memories!

A Moroccan Bride Shoot with Stephanie Williams

It was our pleasure once again to take part in a styled photo shoot with the fantastically creative photographer, Stephanie Williams. This time around the inspiration concept was an eclectic, yet glamorous Moroccan style wedding.23The bride was featured in three exclusive dresses from the Gothic Angel collection by Claire Pettibone. Each gown incorporated delicate lace details and kept to the color palette of white and gold. To enhance the look, KC Witkamp applied a light layer of elegant makeup to highlight the bride’s natural beauty. Witkamp also styled her hair to have soft, wind-swept curls beneath intricate gold headpieces to showcase an effortless and chic style.45 A combination of succulents, wax, and other foliage was arranged by Velvetleaf Studio to add some greenery to the shoot’s desert-like atmosphere. Ornate chairs, baskets, and vases along with other decorative accents were added by Archive Rentals and Found Vintage Rentals. All of these pieces meshed together wonderfully to make this Moroccan theme come alive.6All of the lovely sandy brown and cream paper goods used for the table numbers and other stationary were products of Copper Willow Paper Studio.7For dessert, we integrated the color themes of the shoot by serving up a plate of tan macrons with hints of gold and a two-tiered cake. The cake was iced with white frosting that imitated the look of lace and a crown of gold poured over the top tier. Succulents were placed at the top and the base of the cake with painted gold tips to accentuate the overall look.8We are thrilled that we were able to participate in this gorgeous shoot. Seeing the entire collaboration come together was an absolute dream. A special thank you to Stephanie Williams for including us in this enjoyable experience and also Be Inspired PR for all of their contributions. We can’t wait for the next time we all get to work together!

"Taste of Jay's" at Giracci Vineyards & Farms

Spring is in the air and another “Taste of Jay’s” has come around. This time we held our tasting party at the scenic Giracci Vineyards and Farms. As one of our featured venue partners, Giracci was the perfect place to have a beautiful outdoor get together with some of our future brides, grooms, and their families. We prepared a special selection of our menu items to give our guests a “taste” of their prospective reception offerings. Debbie Mastrioanni headed the event to ensure all the details came together and that guests were enjoying the evening. Here’s a video recap of this “Taste of Jay’s” below:

A handful of talented vendors joined us at Giracci to give the reception a more complete setting. We blended each of our expertise to create one lovely atmosphere. 234 Amy Beck from All in the Detail Design, Joanna Tutwiler from Queen Tut Events, Debbie Mastrioanni, and Lindsay Wiggins from Bliss Productions Event Planning and Styling were our wonderful wedding planners and designers who organized the appearance of the affair. Theresa John from Sundrop Vintage provided amazing, signature pieces for the evening’s decor. 5 Foxtail Florals created all the gorgeous natural accents and bloom arrangements. 6 The evening was guided by the sounds of Simply Elegant Music’s Moonlight Jazz Quartet with Norm Luckett. Guests we able to capture memorable moments in the Todd Herod’s Social Shutterbooth. The entire event was a wonderful showcase of all our vendor collaborators. 7 We set up the floor plan to guide our guests around three distinct areas, each highlighting a specific group of food stations and design styles. 8 To compliment our fare, Giracci served their own wine at each of the station destinations. 9 Moving onto the Oaktree Courtyard a variety of stations were waiting. The Chicken Entrée Station included Zucchini Lime Chicken with Lime Chardonnay Sauce, Chicken Veronique with Champagne Cream Sauce, and Cabernet Chicken with Cabernet Reduction. 10 There was also a Tuscan Bruschetta Bar that presented a Jay’s take on the timeless spread. 11 The final station in the courtyard was the Pasta Station that provided a variety of delectable options from traditional Italian pastas to our beloved Panko Crusted Mac & Cheese. 1213 After guests enjoyed their first round of tasters, it was time to move onto the Gazebo Area. This section included the Slider Station, the Tuscan Flatbread Station and the Off-The-Grill Station. 1415 The last location in this area was a Paella Station made traditionally with Spanish Chorizo, Andouille Sausage, & Chicken in a large Paella Pan. A Sangria Station was positioned nearby to offer an array of sweet libations. 16 The third and final location was the New Barn. Our very own Ellie’s Table had a station featuring their Kouign Amann with Crème Brulee Filling. Nearby, Giracci Vineyards held a Port Station with their Gian. 17 The Dessert Station was piled high with a classic selection of French Macarons, Vanilla Chocolate Cream Puffs, Fresh Fruit Tarts, Chocolate Raspberry Decadence, Chocolate Delight Cupcakes, Espresso Italiano Tiramisu Cupcakes, Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes, Coconut Island Cupcakes, and Mixed Berry Crostatas. 20 We’d like to thank everyone who joined us for this “Taste of Jays” events and all the vendors who collaborated with us. Special thank yous go out to Debbie Mastrioanni for her wonderful work on this event and Morgan Hydinger for sharing her stunning photos. We hope to see the rest of you at the next “Taste of Jays” in the coming months!

Easter Sunday at Ellie's Table

At Ellie’s Table, we love to celebrate holidays. No matter the occasion, these special days often include two of our favorite things: great food and community with the people we love. As we’ve said farewell to the glorious fall and winter festivities, we’ve looked forward to all that the beauty that this spring season has to offer. 2 Next weekend marks Easter Sunday, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than offering our customers some delectable specials. So, we will be hosting a delicious, custom omelet bar and serving up endless mimosas all day. In addition to our everyday pastries and goods, we will be offering these special items as well as supplementary seating in The Casino San Clemente’s beautiful West Wing & Patio of the Stars right next door. 3 As far as omelets go, customers will be able to make up their own tasty concoction or choose from our five suggested omelet creations:

Three Cheese Omelet
Fresh cage free eggs gently whisked, cooked to perfection with garden vegetables, white cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and goat cheese.

Egg White Omelet
Farm fresh egg whites, Sonoma goat cheese, fresh herbs de Provence, wild seasonal mushrooms, vine ripe tomatoes.

Ellie’s Table Omelet
House smoked salmon, garden vegetables, avocado and crème fraiche.

Southwestern Omelet
Choice of manchaca beef, diced potatoes, Monterey Jack cheese, and a fire roasted salsa tomatillo with poblano chilies & sweet onions.

Meat Lover’s Omelet
Smoked bacon, house made maple chicken sausage, vine ripe tomatoes, white cheddar cheese and Jay’s salsa.

When building an omelet, customers will be to include any of the following fresh ingredients:

Seasoned Pasteurized Egg Mixture / Brown Organic Eggs in the shell / Seasoned Pasteurized Egg Whites Mixture / Shredded Jack cheese / Shredded White Cheddar Cheese / Crumbled Goat Cheese / Fresh Herbs de Provence / Wild Mushroom Mixture / Diced Vine Ripe Tomato / Garden Vegetable Mixture / Avocado / Crème Fraiche / Shredded Manchaca Beef / Fried Diced Potatoes / Roasted Salsa Verde / Jay’s Salsa / Bacon Bits / House Smoked Salmon Pieces / Crumbled Chicken Sausage, Homemade Siracha Sauce, Tapatillo and Tabasco Sauces.5 Omelets will be $10.50 each and Endless Mimosas will be $15.00. And if omelets aren't your thing, or you need an extra bite, we will be serving up our tasty Breakfast Burritos, Homemade Cronuts, Savory Croissants, along with all our regular cafe fare and coffee drinks. Ellie’s will be open normal hours from 7:00am-2:00pm, while The Casino seating areas will be open 8:00am-2:00pm. Also, we will not be taking reservations; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.4 Come join us for a lovely Ellie’s Easter Sunday by the beach for great food and drinks. We can’t wait to see you there!

Kristen + Phillip, 440 Seaton

We absolutely love our venue partner, 440 Seaton, and the beautiful events they house. Recently, we collaborated with a handful of talented vendors to help make Phillip + Kristen’s wedding a day to remember. The couple asked Jay’s to create a menu that was a perfect fit for their Disney’s UP inspired celebration. Our Event Specialist Hannah Stuber, had the opportunity to organize our first event at this incredible venue and she did an amazing job.2 440 Seaton was built in 1913 to house an indoor lumberyard for a furniture manufacturing company. Still lively today in the vibrant Arts District in Downtown, Los Angeles, much of the original structure has been preserved and the beautiful details restored to reflect their best qualities. Some of these features include exposed brick walls, concrete & wood flooring, saw tooth roof, and a functioning freight elevator.5 The venue provides a sense of eclectic and rustic charm to the culture-centric, artist community. It made the perfect location for Phillip + Kristen to have their creative and playfully themed wedding.34With the ring bearer dressed as Russell, the boy scout, and the flower girl as Kevin, the rare bird, the scene was set to bring in hints of the uplifting animated movie. Kristen and her select bridal party each held large, dreamlike paper flowers that were delicately made by Kristen’s aunt. 6 In the Great Hall, instead of a traditional runner, the aisle was artistically traced in chalk with beautiful patterns and designs by one of the couple’s friends. Simple eucalyptus garland and strings of lights hung down to embellish the atmosphere. The ceremony was light-hearted and romantic. Smiles filled the room with happiness for the couple on their special day.7 For hors d’ oeuvres Jay’s served up Filet & Wild Mushroom Wellington and Fig, Goat Cheese & Mascarpone Tart in the Lounge. 8 The Great Hall was transformed from the ceremony into the reception area. Long rectangular tables draped in white tablecloths lined room. Green accents from the napkins and the greenery around the flowers brought in vibrant hues along with the pink, coral and golden roses. 9 The bridal part had their grand entrance through the freight elevator which was covered in magical colored lights and rows of 1,000 paper cranes that were made by Kristen + Phillip’s family and friends.10 The dinner buffet was simple but delicious with our Pear & Walnut Salad, Zucchini Lime Chicken, Vegetarian Rotolo Bolzano, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans with Bacon, Shallots & Dill, and Tri Tip Carvery.11 To finish the night off, the couple cut into a stunning color block tiered cake that had a textured white base, a turquoise layer and coral flowers as the topper. A miniature model of the iconic UP house sat next to the cake for a little extra flare.12 Toward the end of the night, we passed around milk & cookie shots for guests to enjoy. 1314 The night was filled with heartfelt toasts and a marathon of dancing. Draped lights hung above the celebration bringing in a sense of starlight. Congratulations, Phillip + Kristen! And thank you Brandon Kidd Photography for sharing the beautiful photos that captured the evening. For more details about 440 Seaton, check out the Venue page on our website!

A Folksy Floral Shoot with Stephanie Williams

Every so often, Jay’s has the honor of participating in a styled photo shoot. We love these projects because they give us the opportunity to work alongside other vendors in our field to collectively create something beautiful that will captivate and inspire. Recently, the wildy talented photographer, Stephanie Williams, asked us to be a part of a Folksy Floral themed wedding shoot. 23The bride was fitted in two gorgeous, flowing gowns by Love Marley from Love & Lace Bridal Salon. To compliment the dresses, KC Witkamp provided natural and blushed makeup looks along with several brilliant hairstyles that incorporated some of the florals. 45The magnificent greenery and floral arrangements were designed by Peony & Plum. For the idyllic table setup, Found Vintage Rentals set up the rustic dining table and chairs, while Archive Rentals provided the gold cutlery and pretty plates to dress the place settings. 67 To complete the feel, Zenadia Design, created a lovely set of wedding stationary that incorporated similar floral patterns and delicate textures. 8 For the featured dessert and cake, we wanted to tie in the finishes and light qualities of the found in the other accents. We designed a tiered cake, lightly frosted with buttercream and painted rose gold to create a dipped effect. 9 We also made delicious blueberry tarts lightly dusted with powdered sugar that would tie in with the textured blue and pastel hues. 10 This romantic, folksy styled shoot was a success. We had a blast working with such a great group of vendors. Thank you to Stephanie Williams for letting us be a part of your amazing concept and to Danielle Victoria for modeling these looks so magnificently. We can’t wait to work with you all again soon!

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