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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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Angele + Jeffrey, The Estate on Second

Angele and Jeffrey Black had a blast on their wedding day at The Estate on Second on July 16, 2016! The couple wanted to keep it entertaining and lively with a dash of romance. Their wedding coordinator, Annika Romo, helped them achieve this. From the dazzling floral arrangements to the fun games throughout the night, the Black’s made sure to have the time of their lives!

The beautiful bride Angele started her day getting ready with her bridesmaids in the Bridal Suite. The groom and his groomsmen got ready upstairs in The Attic. Lanterns, candles and gorgeous florals draped the runway. The ceremony was held in the grand Crystal Ballroom in front of all of their loving family and friends.

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After the ceremony, guests were invited into The Attic for hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Our Event Specialist, Casey Golding, helped the bride and groom choose their menu for the night as well as their set up at The Estate. For small bites, we served Gloria’s Caramelized Bacon Wrapped Mini Franks and Buffalo Chicken Wings with a Bleu Cheese Dip! (Yes… that tastes as amazing as it sounds!)

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For dinner the newlyweds chose our all time favorite, the All-American Station which includes Smoked Beef Brisket and St. Louis Pork Ribs! On the side, we served a light Mint Fruit Salad and Creamed Corn. But, that’s not all! The guests also got to DIY their Panko Crusted Three-Cheese Mac and Cheese with a wide array of delicious toppings like Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sliced Mushrooms, Italian Sausage, Crunchy Onions and Sundried Tomatoes.

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At our All American Dessert Station we served up a collection of S’more Pops, Fresh Fruit Crostatas, Old Fashioned Cookies, Rice Krispy Treat Pops and Mini Rocky Road Cupcakes.

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We want to give a special thanks to the wedding videographer Theater 10 Wedding Films, and to Waveform Events for their DJing and lighting at the wedding and lastly to wedding photographer Alyssa Armstrong for these amazing photos of the day!

Taste of Jay’s at The Estate on Second

Here we are at The Estate on Second for another Taste of Jay’s Event where we invite all of our future brides, grooms, event coordinators and more to taste the different flavors that Jay’s has to offer for your event!

This Taste of Jay’s was special because we teamed up with the fresh Indian taste-makers of ADYA, located at the Packing District in Anaheim, CA. We’re excited to be able to offer this new choice as part of our catering menu to bring more diverse and enticing food options!

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Chef Shachi Mehra, the creative mind behind ADYA, wants to serve you fresh and flavorful Indian street food. Her contemporary spin on classics like Tandoori Chicken and her Bombay Style Sliders are just some of the interesting, delicious dishes you can choose from!

At Taste of Jay’s, Chef Mehra brought her Tangy Semolina Shells, Crab Bhel Puri, and her most delicious Pav Bhaji and Keema Pav Bombay Sliders.

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As for the rest of the food options that evening, we had our most popular stations on display: Tuscan Bruschetta, Chicken, Mashed Potato & Mac and Cheese Bar, Pasta, Flatbread, Carvery, Poke, Tacos, Sliders, Hors d’oeuvres and of course a Dessert and Craft Cocktail Bar! At our dessert station we had everyone’s favorite... our prized Kouign Amann, a buttery light pastry with a crème brûlée filling that is glazed to perfection!

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We want to give a special thanks to our vendor partners who brought this event together with their beautiful contributions. French Buckets Florist created a marvelous space with their gorgeous flower decorations. Sundrop Vintage provided their elegant vintage furniture and VOX DJ’s kept the music going all night long to entertain our guests!

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Paige + Josh, The Estate on Second

The Hofherr’s Wedding at The Estate on Second was a beautiful, asymmetrical masterpiece. The bride, Paige, is a huge fan of asymmetry and wanted to incorporate it into the fine details of her wedding day, which the wonderful K. Sage Events helped coordinate and design to make her dream a reality!

Starting with the details, Paige and Josh created their own wooden signs that were used throughout the venue. Floral Fete created the most charming cascading pageant-style bouquet and the Bride mixed triangular menu cards with her tabletop design to play against the circular plates.

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After the vows and the speeches, our team jumped into action and served the hors d’oeuvres. Our Event Specialist Hannah Stuber helped the happy couple plan the catering and venue, and they started with small plates of Crab Cakes, Chicken Spring Rolls and a Bruschetta bar with all of our delicious fixings. Then we enjoyed the newlyweds very first dance together; one of the bride’s favorite moments from the day as it ended in laughter and cheers after a spinning move resulted in the bride’s hair becoming attached to her new husband’s cuff links!

At dinner we served a delightful Mango Papaya Chicken with Stir Fry Veggies, Spicy Wasabi Mashed Potatoes and a Wild Cherry Salad with Fresh Baked Rolls and butter on the side.

Our favorite part of their night, and a nice personal touch to their wedding day, was the cake cutting. Next to the cake the sweet couple had photos of their parents and grandparents cutting their own wedding cakes. Paige and Josh really wanted to incorporate family to show a legacy of love on their love-filled day. For their wedding cake, we created a 3-tiered Marble Cake with a decadent Chocolate Bavarian Filling and a French Buttercream Icing.

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Emma Lynn Cinema captured a beautiful love story wedding between the couple in this gorgeous video you must watch!

Cheers to the Hofherr’s for their beauty in the unbalanced, and special thanks to Mallory Dawn Photography for capturing it all!

Kim + Tim, The Estate on Second

Welcome to Kim and Tim’s bright spring wedding at The Estate on Second! The Frost’s created a fun yet classic wedding day with the help of our own Event Specialist Hannah Stuber and wedding planners Ripe Designs.

Kim looked stunning on her wedding day. Her bridal party got ready in The Estate’s dazzling bridal suite with their makeup and hair done by Dolled up by LU-LU. We served the bridal party some pre-wedding snacks including Turkey Focaccia Sandwiches, Grapes and Mini Layered Basil Tortes with Crackers.

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The ceremony was held in the gorgeous Crystal Ballroom. Magnolia Floral Design created aisles lined with cascading greenery and candles, as well as a romantic floral arch.

Guests were invited up into The Attic to enjoy music by Taps and hor d'oeuvres. Small bites included the delicious and popular Filet & Wild Mushroom Wellingtons with Bearnaise Sauce and Chicken Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce.

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For dinner the newlyweds chose our Classic Buffet of Chicken Breast stuffed with Zucchini and Lime Bread Stuffing with Lime Chardonnay Sauce. On the side, guests enjoyed a Pear and Walnut Salad, Creamy Pesto Tortellini, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans with Bacon, Shallots and Dill. For sweets we created a 3 tiered Chocolate and Vanilla Bavarian Filling Wedding Cake. Delicious!

The rest of the night’s entertainment was provided by Vox DJ’s who got everyone out on the dance floor! Signature drinks served as requested by the happy couple included, “The Rusty Gold” with whiskey, coke and lime and “The Ripe and Ready” which included vodka, ginger beer and lime.

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Congratulations to the the Frost’s, and special thanks to their wedding photographer Kristina Adams Photography for the gorgeous shots from their day!

Eventful with The Estate on Second

We’re back with a brand new and improved Eventful video and we’re kicking things off at our own venue in the historic Santa Ana downtown district, The Estate on Second!

Follow our Director of Weddings and Special Events, Emily Anderson as she takes us through and enlightens us on a little history of each grand room of The Estate. Then we introduce one of our favorite Entertainment vendors VOX DJ’s. DJ Jack Farmer tells us why he loves DJing at The Estate and how his company works with every event and customer.

Take a tour of The Estate and learn how it can be the perfect venue for any event.

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.

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