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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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Ellie’s Table at The Egan House

We’re at the final countdown of the unveiling of our second Ellie’s Table location at The Egan House in San Juan Capistrano set to open Early August, 2016. We can’t wait to share the beauty of this magical home with you, so we’re posting our progress photos!

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A Brief History

The Egan House was built in 1883 and again in 1898 after a fire, by the “King of Capistrano”, Judge Richard Egan. The Victorian/Greek revival style building made of terracotta bricks was originally named Harmony Hall and known to be the center of luxurious dinner parties and lavish social events which were attended by the most influential and famous people of that time. As one of the founding fathers of San Juan Capistrano, Irish-born Judge Egan settled in 1868 and purchased 160 acres of land where he ruled as judge, mayor, railroad director, school board member and just all around leader of the town!

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When we found this location, it was love at first sight! We really couldn’t resist having a second Ellie’s Table at this beautiful historical building. When we began the restoration, we knew that no one else could create a more grand vision than interior designer Becki Owens. She did an amazing job creating a relaxing, cafe feel while highlighting historical features, and bringing out the grandeur of the home that was lost over time. Our exquisite floors were created by Cement Tile Shop, and the lighting by Cedar & Moss and Rejuvenation.

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We cannot wait to open our doors, and we hope you guys will enjoy our new Ellie’s Table as much as our first location in San Clemente!

Taste of Jay’s, The Estate on Second

Our latest Taste of Jay’s was held in our beautiful, historical venue in downtown Santa Ana, The Estate on Second. Taste of Jay’s is an event where we invite future brides and grooms, event coordinators and more to taste and sample what Jay’s Catering can offer for a wedding or event, as well as give guests a chance to explore our magical venue.

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Arriving at the Taste of Jay’s, our Event Specialists greet guest to help guide their experience and answer any questions. Guests are then invited to try all of the delicious appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts from our most popular menus. The first station at the grand entrance of the Crystal Ballroom was our Tuscan Bruschetta Station where guests created their own bruschetta. With our Rosemary Olive Baguettes and so many delicious topping combinations to choose from (including Spring Pea Hummus, Caramelized Maui Onions with Roasted Garlic, Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes, White Truffle Oil and Fig Balsamic Syrup), the options were nearly endless!

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Our Mashed Potato and Mac & Cheese Bar was a hit with the crowds with options like Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Mashed Potatoes and Panko crusted Mac & Cheese. Guests were able to top their dishes with delectable toppings of their choice such as Applewood Smoked Bacon, Chives, Cheese, Brown Sugar, Pecans and Butter.

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Outside on the Terrace we featured our Flatbread Station and Taco Bar, where our chefs were cooking up a storm! For Tacos, we served up Pollo Asado and Al Pastor with tons of topping options, salsas and chips. Our Flatbreads are always fresh off the grill with an option of Pancetta & Fontina Cheese or Mediterranean Veggie.

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We also featured some of our other most beloved food stations including Poke, BBQ Sliders, the Carvery, Chicken entrees, Paella and Pasta! (Hungry yet?) To end the night on a sweet note, we had a Donut jammed Dessert Station, featuring all of our sweet-tooth favorites including Chocolate Raspberry Decadence, Macarons, Fresh Fruit Tarts, and of course, mountains and mountains of donuts.

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The Craft Cocktail Bar was the center of the party! Guests were invited to this DIY station to craft their own drinks by first choosing some delicious fruits, herbs and juices to muddle in their glasses. Our bartender then added their alcohol of choice to create a unique drink specialized for each guest.

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During the evening’s tasting, we had the very talented Vox DJs spinning the latest and greatest tracks for a fun and energetic night! Our tasting events are like no other, because we always feature a handful of talented vendors such as DJs, live bands, photo booths and florists to provide inspiration for your event. From the entertainment to the seasonally themed decor, we make sure our parties leave you inspired and full.

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For more information on Taste of Jay's or to book Jay's Catering for your next event, email info@jayscatering.com.

Jackie + Zach, The Casino

Travel enthusiasts Jackie and Zach Hallstrom tied the knot on June 4, 2016 at The Casino in San Clemente, California! All in the Detail Design coordinated a beautiful wanderlust wedding theme full of maps, globes, travel and adventure. Being next to the beach, these adventurers had a light and airy atmosphere complemented by the groomsmen and bridesmaids wearing grey and turquoise. Studio C Florals prepared lovely and light blushing flowers to complete this perfect celebration.

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After the ceremony, guests were invited to cocktail hour where we catered small bites and signature drinks like Moscow Mules and Margaritas. For the hor d'oeuvres, we served mini Filet & Wild Mushroom Wellingtons with Bearnaise Sauce, Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, and Brie with crackers and crostinis.

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After cocktails and the couple’s first dance, guests were shown to their seats by these adorable postcard place cards. The couple chose our popular Chicken Veronique to serve during their feast. It’s a lightly sauteed chicken breast served in a creamy champagne sauce with red and green grapes. To accompany the entree we prepared Au Gratin Potatoes, a Vegetable Medley, Penne a la Checca, Rice and a Mixed Green salad served with freshly baked rolls.

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Jay’s also baked up a beautiful wedding cake made of two cake layers— red velvet with cream cheese filling and chocolate with vanilla bavarian filling and covered in a heavenly french buttercream icing. The newly weds also chose to have a cupcake station for their guests to enjoy, which included chocolate, carrot, red velvet and white raspberry cupcakes.

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After dinner, guests got to get their photo booth picture souvenir, provided by SoCal Shutterbooth, and dance the night away to California DJ’s fantastic musical entertainment. At the end of the night, family and friends wished Jackie and Zach bon voyage onto their new expedition in life together.

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Many congratulations to Jackie and Zach and thanks for an awesome wedding day we can’t forget! We hope you are #happilyeverhallstrom! Special thanks to our event specialist Brittany Klein, Katherine Rose Photography for capturing all of their special moments, Crown Five Lighting, Britney Guedea for hair and Rebecka Ward for makeup!

Summer Fare Catering

It’s summer time! And that means backyard BBQ’s, family gatherings, vacations, and parties! We want to make sure you have a good time. So sit back, relax, mingle, and let us handle what we’re best at... the food!!!

Check out our new Summer Fare Catering Menu, designed to give you and your guests the best and most delicious summer party ever.

Feast on our Smoked Hickory Beef Brisket and Kalua Roasted Pulled Pork. Marinated and slow cooked to perfection, our BBQ sliders are perfect for your summertime feast. We also include delicious sides like the classic baked beans, potato salad, and fresh baked rolls to enjoy your meal with.

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And, of course, don’t forget about the desserts! Finish off your BBQ with our popular Strawberry Tarts, Rocky Road Cupcakes or everyone’s favorite, the All American Dessert Station!

Homemade BBQ done the right way… Take your party to the next level and order today!

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Stacy + Matt, The Loft on Pine

This creative couple were married on April 3, 2016 at The Loft on Pine in Long Beach, California. Stacy and Matt Barnes have waited for this day for 12 years, hence the #finallybarnes hashtag for their wedding. After attending so many traditional weddings that felt the same, they wanted to bring fun, laughter, and light to their magical wedding day. Green Apple Event Company helped them achieve this by creating a light and relaxed atmosphere, while incorporating as many whimsical touches throughout the wedding experience.

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Stacy and Matt’s theme was simple, classic, and playful with a touch of rustic. They used a mix of ivories, greys and lush greens to complement perfectly with the market lit wood backdrop and stump lined aisle. Their florist, Lavender’s Flowers, arranged the perfect collection to meet Stacy’s color palette and filled the ceremony with ivory florals and luxurious greenery.

To begin their ceremony, Matt enlisted his company Rogue Creative Development to create some pre-show videos to introduce their wedding party and to also present to their guests with the biggest surprise of the night: a video of their actual first wedding… just 3 months prior, in Vegas! They just couldn’t wait to be husband and wife, and what better way to do it! They brought their entire wedding party to Vegas, married on Friday, January 15 and created a video to show on their “official” wedding day to start it off with a bang!

#FinallyBarnes - TeamLV2016 from Rogue Creative Development LLC on Vimeo.

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Before the dinner and dancing commenced, the newlyweds had all of their pastor friends play Rock, Paper, Scissors for the honor of praying before their meals!

Jay’s catered and served Tacos, Sliders and Mac and Cheese. Three delicious comfort food stations that are easy for guests to mingle, choose what they want… and also go crazy with toppings! At our Mac and Cheese Station we offered applewood smoked bacon, sundried tomatoes, crunchy onions, sliced Italian sausage and sliced mushrooms to top their cheesy goodness to their desires!

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Rather than opting for one of our traditional wedding cakes, Matt and Stacy wanted to serve some of their favorite desserts to their guests. The couple chose our Dessert Station which included a collection of French Macarons, Raspberry Chocolate Decadence, Cookies, Mini Cupcakes and Lemon Squares.

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The night ended with a not so traditional bouquet toss (she included all of the ladies instead of the traditional singles-only) and dancing complemented by their evenings entertainment, VOX DJS!

We wish Matt and Stacy all the best as they begin their new lives together!

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All wedding photography was shot by Alexander Pavone.

Jenna + Prescott, The Estate on Second

Jenna and Prescott married on April 2, 2016, at The Estate on Second in Santa Ana, California. The Van Leer’s wedding was heartfelt, light and rustic. This gorgeous wedding location with it’s natural brick and wood backdrop coupled perfectly with the newlyweds choice of neutral wedding colors like white, ivory, and grey, with blush pink, red and green for their flowers and greenery, created by Sweet Sage Events.

This wedding was a dream come true, coordinated by Green Apple Event Company, catered by us, Jay’s Catering, and photographed by Native Heart Photography.

Check out just how cute this couple is. We are so excited to share this beautiful Wedding Video by Forestry Films that captures how in love the newlyweds are and how exquisite this day was.

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