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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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The Inclusive Package: The Estate on Second

While the Estate on Second is popularly known as a venue that hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions, we want to open our doors more widely to the community. In the spirit of togetherness, we are offering the Inclusive Package, available Monday through Thursday, year round, for schools, churches, non-profits, and local businesses and organizations. We want our space to be one where every facet of the community can gather. Our vision is for the Estate on Second to be a meeting place, a place of conversation and celebration.3745The package includes three hours of event time, plus two hours of setup and one hour of cleanup, tables and chivari chairs, buffet meal service, dessert, china and flatware, a serving staff, and more.96The Inclusive Package makes your event hassle free, allowing you to focus on the people you’re with, while we take care of everything else. For menu options, details, and pricing, check out our Estate on Second Package pamphlet.810We hope to see you soon!

Valentine's Day Sweetness

It’s that time of year, and we want you to have the goodies you love, for the people you love. What better way to celebrate sweethearts than with sweets? We have bunches of awesome treats that are sure to warm hearts this Valentine’s Day.

You can't go wrong with cupcakes. We have Classic Red Velvet, Chocolate Delight, Coconut Islander, and Strawberry Shortcake, and they’re all looking for some love.234Our Sweetheart Sugar Cookies are here to lend you some sugar, with Conversation Hearts, Heart Lips, and Monster Hearts.710Macarons are an all time favorite, so we wanted to add two more to the assortment: the dashing Honey Lavender and handsome Brandied Cherry, because nothing helps say “I love you” more than a delightful and delectable macaron.96We want everyone to feel the love this Valentine’s Day! No matter where you are or what you’re doing, our Valentine's Day Menu is here to sweeten up the festivities.

A Tour of Taste

When deciding on food for your event, it’s important to have options. The more options you have, the more likely you are to find the selection that perfectly suits you. We have some exciting options for you to choose from, and we would love for your taste buds to jump for joy. If you weren’t able to make it to the latest Taste of Jay’s, don’t fret; we want to walk you through it, exploring the moments both sweet and savory, so no food-lover gets left behind.22Walking into the Taste of Jay’s at The Estate on Second, you’ll find yourself in The Crystal Ballroom, wonderfully decorated by Sundrop Vintage, with beautiful flowers by French Buckets, and groovin' to tunes thanks to Vox DJs.211920The first station greeting you is the Tuscan Bruschetta Station. You choose your own custom bruschetta featuring a plethora of options: Spring Pea Hummus, Saffron Tomato & Roasted Peach Confit, Caramelized Maui Onions with Roasted Garlic, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms, Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes with Asparagus, Shaved Grana Padano Cheese, White Truffle Oil, and Fig Balsamic Syrup, all placed atop your choice of Rosemary Olive Baguette or Ciabatta Bread.25To your right, a fabulous Pasta Station, featuring Tortellini with Pesto Cream Sauce and a Vegetarian Rotolo Bolzano in Marinara Sauce, napped with Fontina Cheese Sauce.
To your left, the Chicken Station with four of our most loved signature chicken entrées: Zucchini Lime Chicken with Lime Chardonnay Sauce; Chicken Florentine with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce; Chicken Veronique with Champagne Cream Sauce; & Santorini Chicken with Lemon Sauce, Artichoke Hearts, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Capers, and Basil.3274Continue on to our Mashed Potato & Mac 'N Cheese Bar, choosing from Yukon Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Mashed Potatoes, and Panko Crusted Mac ‘N Cheese, with sides of Applewood Smoked Bacon, Chives, Cheese, Brown Sugar, Pecans, and Butter. If that’s not enough, move over to the Slider Station, and get your hands on our Roasted Kalua Pork Sliders with Maui BBQ Sauce, Apple Cabbage Slaw, and Crunchy Onions, or our Brisket of Beef with Bleu Cheese Aioli and Roasted Red Onions, all on delicious Brioche Rolls.6Drinks anyone? Satisfy your thirst and find the perfect beverages for your guests at our Wine & Champagne Bar, Craft Cocktail Bar, and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Station. For all you sommeliers and oenophiles, the Wine & Champagne Bar will tickle your fancies, featuring De Loach Chardonnay, Merlot, & Cabernet Sauvignon; BV Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, & Pinot Noir; and Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut Sparkling Wine.

Our Craft Cocktail Bar is an interactive station that’s both fun and rewarding. You pick between a variety of fruits, juices, and aromatics, and then bring your selections to the bartender where your alcohol of choice is added, topping off your personally crafted creation.

Also, our Non-Alcoholic Beverage Station offers delightful refreshments, including Lavender Lemonade, Blood Orange Iced Tea, and Infused Water with Cucumber & Mint.789Get ready for the Carvery, where succulent Tri-Tip is served on Jay’s Famous Cheese Rolls with Charred Three Onion Sauce, Argentinean Chimichurri, and Crunchy Onions.

Another exciting stop on this taste tour is our new Poke Station, where you can dive into Pork Belly, Ahi, Hamachi, & Shrimp with a world of delicious toppings!1013Let’s take this party up to The Attic, sporting more amazing décor. Sundrop Vintage brings a truly inspiring Art Deco, vintage glam vibe that is enduring and tasteful.23242528Tacos, tacos, and more tacos! Outside on The Terrace, you’ll find the Tacos & Toppings Station with a variety of delectable taco combinations. Start with your choice of protein—Carne Asada or Carnitas—on House-Made Corn Tortillas freshly grilled on-site. Then pick your choice of nearly any topping you can think of, from Cotija Cheese Crumbles to Roasted Jalapeños & Onions, and finish it with a side of Jay's House-Made Tortilla Chips with Salsa.

The Terrace is also home to the Flatbread Station, a fast favorite with Chicken, Goat Cheese, Arugula, & Pesto Flatbread, Traditional Sausage & Pepperoni Flatbread, and a Vegetarian option with Grilled & Marinated Vegetables.1211Back inside, we’ll finish up with all those sweet treats we love so much at the Dessert Station. Here, we have Chocolate Raspberry Decadence, Tropical Fresh Fruit Tarts, an assortment of our Macarons, and more!1415161718That’s all for now! Be sure to come join us for a tasting, we’d love to have you. Huge thanks to all our vendors for helping make this possible, and to Kristina Adams Photography for capturing it all!

Sun + John, Natural History Museum Los Angeles

While some dream of a more traditional wedding, perhaps in a church or a lovely outdoor garden, others prefer to take a more contemporary approach. Sun + John are one of the couples that break the mold with class. These sweethearts celebrated their union at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. From the gorgeous botanical grounds to the massive dinosaur fossils, this wedding was surely one to be remembered. With the help of our Event Specialist, April Chaim, and the coordination of Chloe + Mint, this day was an ideal scene for guests to enjoy.
2 3 4 5 Of course this couple had an equally cool and eclectic spot where they would get ready for their big day. The beautiful bride dressed and got all dolled up at the Line Hotel, in the heart of Koreatown. Her strapless, beaded blush gown, elegant cape, funky shoes, and sweeping hair made for a truly spectacular look.
6 As for John’s getup, he wore a black suit fit with a spiffy floral tie, crocodile tie clip, and brown oxfords. To top it all off, he sported a paper flower boutonniere to match the bouquet and the other whimsical florals throughout the space. 8 7 9 The two shared a sweet first look in the museum’s rose gardens. They exchanged gifts and walked about the greenery before heading into the museum for the ceremony.
10 Sun’s paper bouquet was absolutely stunning. With its pastel color palette, wild shape, and an array of flower types, it brought a romantic pop to her ensemble. 11 12 Inside, guests took their seats in the rotunda with stretching columns and an intricate domed ceiling. After the bride’s mother walked her down the aisle, the two exchanged their thoughtful vows in front of their closest family and friends. 13 14 After the “I Dos,” everyone enjoyed cocktails next to the incredible dinosaur fossils before heading into the reception for dinner and a rompin’ good time. Guests were welcome to the signature libations we mixed up for Sun + John: His Fools Russian and Her Malibu Gun. As for hors d’oeuvres, we passed around our Filet & Wild Mushroom Wellington with Béarnaise Sauce and Crab Cakes served with a Mango Papaya Salsa.15 16 17 In the African Hall, the tables were beautifully dressed with crème textured tablecloths, sprawling paper florals, white ceramics, and gold accents. Exhibits of native African species surrounded guests as they celebrated. Fun animal masks, photos of the couple’s adventures and meaningful décor we’re added to the space for a personal feel. 18 For dinner, the couple opted our buffet style setup with delicious Grilled Marinated Vegetables, Arugula & Asiago Salad, Zucchini Lime Chicken, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Vegetarian Rotolo Bolzano, and Tri Tip Carvery served with Argentinian Chimichurri with Charred Three Onion Sauce.19 20 Then came the dance party, toasts, and traditions. John + Sun were full of joy and excitement surrounded by their loved ones. 21 22 When it was time for cake, the two headed to our dessert station filled with all sorts of sweet goodies for guests to enjoy: Mini Lemon Meringue Pies, French Macarons, Petite Crème Brulee, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes, and Mini Coconut Capped White Bavarian Cream Cupcake. The main event was a three-tiered Marble and Chocolate Cake with Chocolate and Vanilla Bavarian Frosting topped with French Buttercream Icing. 23 Congratulations to Sun + John, we wish you the best on this new and exciting journey. Thank you to Honey Honey Photography for sharing your gorgeous photos of their day with all of us!

Kalie + Jake, The Estate on Second

Today we are sharing a sweet union with gorgeous botanicals and unique bits of whimsy. Kalie + Jake celebrated their marriage at The Estate on Second alongside their dearest family and friends. 2 3 On their special day, the space was styled as the perfect mix of rustic décor, elegant style, and personal touches. With the help of coordinator Jamie Delsigne, it was truly an evening to remember. 4 5 6 7 The excitement began as the two prepared for the day with their respective parties. While the guys hung out and dressed up in grey, suspenders, and fun socks, the gals got all dolled up in the Estate’s Bridal Suite. 8 9 Kalie was absolutely stunning in her sweetheart strapless gown. To complete the ensemble, Jamie Gomez gave her a beautiful, yet natural look and sweeping locks. The bridesmaids were dressed in gorgeous light grey gowns, while the maid of honor wore a complimentary charcoal tone. 10 11 The couple opted to have their ceremony in The Attic. This intimate upstairs room was the ideal setting for their ceremony. Beautiful flower arrangements by Growing Grace Floral Design lined the aisle with romantic candles. Woodland tree stumps were decorated with vintage accents, moss, florals, and succulents to add a fresh, personal aesthetic. 12 13 14 Natural light flooded the room as Kalie made her way toward Jake. The two shared their vows, said their “I Dos”, and exchanged rings in the presence of great company. After, everyone celebrated as the made their way back up the aisle with pure joy.
15 16 18 17 After the ceremony, guests were invited out on the Terrace to partake in cocktail hour with tasty hors d’oeuvres and libations. The newlyweds collaborated with us to offer their very own signature cocktails. For small bites, we served up Mini Filet & Wild Mushroom Wellington with Béarnaise Sauce along with a Crudite & Homemade Chip Station. 19 20 Meanwhile, Kalie + Jake were taking their first photos as husband and wife outside The Estate. Once cocktail hour simmered down and everything for the reception was set, guests went downstairs to The Crystal Ballroom for the big celebration. 22
The whole room was decked out with lovely details, from the wedding party’s farmhouse tables covered in sprawling garland to the painted brick table numbers. 23 24 25 Guests found their respective tables by choosing their copper “party animal” name tag from the bunch. Hand-lettered signage by Nicole Solis was placed around the room at various stations. To add to the fun and theme, Kalie + Jake themed questionnaire games and tree bark pencils waited at the tables. 26
Before the delicious dinner ensued, the couple was warmly welcomed into the reception and had their first dance in front of their loved ones. 27 The couple went with some of our classic and nostalgic, comfort food items: Chicken Breast Tenders, Macaroni & Cheese, Caesar Salad, Bone-in BBQ Chicken, and Smoked Beef Brisket. 28 29 As everyone enjoyed their meals, bridal party and family shared toasts, reminiscing and wishing Kalie + Jake the best of luck in the years to come. 30 32 Then it was time to cut the cake. The two headed to the splendid dessert station fit with our freshly baked cookies and assorted sweets. To complete the look, the credenza was decked in botanicals, white antique pieces, and a “EAT” neon sign overhead. 31 For the main event, we prepared a dreamy Tiered Lemon Naked Cake filled with Lemon Crème filling and dusted with powdered sugar. To add that extra flair, they picked a gold “Mr. & Mrs.” cake topper to finish off the look. 33
Once everyone had their sweets, guests hit the dance floor to celebrate these two. The rest of the night was filled with laughter and love. 21
Congratulations to Kalie + Jake, we were so thrilled to host your wedding at the Estate. We wish you all the best. And a very special thanks to Laura Ford for sharing her amazing photos of the day.

The Great Bake: Holidays at Jay's Headquarters

It’s just days away from Christmas and we’re busy as ever here at Jay’s headquarters. It’s our favorite time of the year, when our ovens are continuously baking holiday goods, letting off the sweet scents of the season. And we know so many of you love it just as much. We have orders on orders of delightful meals and treats for all of your holiday celebrations over the next few days.
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At Jay’s and Ellie’s, we have an amazing staff that is willing to go beyond the expected, day after day. Our bakery team has been working countless hours prepping for holiday orders, making every item tasty and beautiful for our customers to enjoy. Every baked good is treated with care and prepared to an exceptional quality. 784
These batches will be served at festive gatherings, dinner parties, and at our café, Ellie’s Table, down in San Clemente. From Macarons and Fresh Fruit Tarts to whimsical Holiday Sugar Cookies, our kitchen is bursting with flavorful ingredients that are sure to boost your holiday spirit and appease that sweet tooth.9116
When you go pick up your favorite cookie at Ellie’s, you may not realize all that goes into that one little sweet. Every Macaron is individually filled to perfection and each cookie is decorated by hand with great attention to detail. We are ever so thankful for our dedicated staff that works long hours; bustling to make sure every order is equal parts timely and delicious.
1213 We hope you have the merriest of weeks, filled with happiness, gratitude, laughter, and a host of scrumptious eats. Thank you to our incredible kitchen and bakery teams for your hard work and joyful attitudes. From our family to yours, we wish you all the best during your holiday festivities.

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