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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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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.

Susie + Nick, The Estate on Second

Fresh spring florals and elegance brought this wedding to life. The Leonard's celebrated their love for one another on April 16, 2016 at The Estate on Second, in Downtown Santa Ana, California.

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The mix of rustic décor, exposed brick, cascading greenery, and gold details, created a magical space for Susie and Nick’s special day. With florals by Growing Grace Floral Design and event coordination by Green Apple’s Meghan, it was truly a beautiful experience.

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The groomsmen sported charcoal grey suits and the bride’s maids were in a luxurious green, which complimented perfectly with the classic elegance of Susie’s dress. She was stunning!

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The ceremony was held in The Crystal Ballroom of the Estate. Under the exquisite chandeliers, Susie and Nick professed their vows to each other and celebrated their marriage with the ancient tradition of a Tree Planting Ceremony. To symbolise the roots of their relationship, continued growth of their love, and the unity they share in marriage, they planted and watered their plant to complete the ceremony.

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After the ceremony, guests were invited into The Attic of The Estate for hors d’oeuvres and drinks, while the The Crystal Ballroom was being set up for the reception. The newlywed couple wanted to include the perfect meal and accompaniments to complement their wedding. For small bites, we served Mini Filet & Wild Mushroom Wellingtons, Fig & Goat Cheese & Mascarpone Tarts, Lemon Parmesan Artichoke Hearts, Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms and Crab Cakes.

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Before dinner started, the couple honored their guests with a first dance as husband and wife.
They chose the Chef’s Choice for dinner, which included our Cabernet Braised Short Ribs, Atlantic Salmon Fillet, Salad, Pasta, Quinoa & Grilled Vegetable Stuffed Portobello Mushroom, and our crispy Oven Roasted Rainbow Fingerling Potatoes.

For the perfect finish to their meals, the newlyweds chose our Italian Dessert Station. A delectable collection of Chocolate Florentines, Cappuccino Cream Puffs, Fruit Tarts, Chocolate Dipped Biscotti and Mini Tiramisu Cupcakes.

Susie and Nick wanted to complete their golden detail theme with their wedding cake. A classic chocolate wedding cake with raspberry créme filling and light and airy whipped cream icing surrounded in golden glitter.

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After the feast, guests hit the dance floor, partied, and celebrated all night long, until it was time to wave off the newlywed couple on to their journey of life together.

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Congratulations to Susie + Nick! We were so happy to host your wedding at The Estate. We wish you both a long and happy marriage! We also want to give a special thanks to Sarah Shreves for her beautiful photography.

Mother's Day at Ellie's!

Aren't mom's the best? Why not come and celebrate yours on Mother's Day with Ellie's Table this weekend! Treat the most important woman in your life to endless mimosas and a create-your-own omelet bar! Of course, our standard Ellie's fare including tasty pastries, breakfast burritos, fresh croissants and the best cronuts you've ever tasted will be available as usual! Ellie's will be open from 7am to 2pm and seating is first come, first served. We'll see you on Sunday!

Taste of Jay's at The Casino San Clemente

We’re back with another “Taste of Jay’s!” This time, we held the event at The Casino San Clemente and had a great evening of food, music and fun!

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What is “Taste of Jay’s” you might wonder? This is our opportunity to let our guests have the Jay’s Catering experience before their events and see exactly how our food brings people to the table!

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The “Taste of Jay’s” experience begins with a Jay’s Event Specialist greeting each guest. The Event Specialist is available as a guide to answer any questions. Upon entering the venue, our guests see that we’ve created an event atmosphere complete with live music!

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Of course, the centerpiece of “Taste of Jay’s” is actually getting a taste of all that amazing food! Guests freely sampled the various food stations Jay’s set up starting with the Tuscan Bruschetta Station and our signature Craft Cocktails Station.

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Those stations were just the beginning. "Taste of Jay's" is meant to give our guests a real taste of what Jay's Catering has to offer. And with our Poke, Chicken, Carvery, Pasta, Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese, Taco, Sliders and Flatbread Stations... there was a lot of food to sample! But, enough talking about it… check out the pictures of this amazing food!

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Finally, we'd be remiss if we didn't include one of the highlights of any catering event... the Dessert Station! Featuring a variety of macrons, chocolate decadence, tarts and our signature Kougin Amann, this station was the perfect way to end this perfectly delectable evening!

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By the way, if that Kougin Amann has you salivating, you can always stop by our own Ellie's Table where we serve it up daily!

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At the end of the night, our Event Specialists check in with our guests to answer any questions and provide any assistance in making decisions for their event. (With all the options, sometimes it’s hard to decide!)

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Huge thanks to the following vendors for making "Taste of Jay's" possible!

Vintage Furniture provided by Sundrop Vintage
Florals provided by French Buckets
Specialty Linens provided by Luxe Linen
Lighting provided by Crown Five Lighting
Photo Booth provided by Shutterbooth
Live Music provided by:
Elizabeth Lamers
Jim Becker
Caitlin Lucia

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

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