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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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Melissa + Videnne, Serra Plaza Wedding

Melissa + Videnne held their wedding ceremony and reception at the picturesque Serra Plaza located in the heart of San Juan Capistrano. The two hired Jay’s to cater a meal that was both nostalgic and, of course, delicious.2 This historic, open space was the perfect setting for this thoughtful couple to wed. They wanted each element of their wedding to be a personal homage to the people, places, and experience that have shaped them. 3 The whole day had a classic and romantic feel to it. Vows were exchanged in the Grand Plaza Courtroom among their family and friends sitting in old-fashioned pews. The outdoor setting provided beautiful lighting and the rustic, old world, surrounding architecture set the scene.
4 All the decorations were simple and elegant DIY touches. The color palette was neutral, with predominantly blush and gray tones along with the occasional gem. Instead of a traditional guest book, the couple decided to get a Snellen eye chart poster that read “And they lived happily ever after” and had guests sign the frame so they could hang it up in their home.
5 As for the reception, the couple worked with Jay’s to create a culinary experience that reflected their most treasured memories. During cocktail hour, guests were invited to order Philly cheesesteaks the proper way, since the two considered the City of Brotherly Love their second home. 6After the mingling, everyone sat down to enjoy the meal we created for the couple’s big day. For entrees, guests could choose between our Chicken Breast with Zucchini Lime Bread Stuffing served with Lime Chardonnay Sauce or our Tri Tip Carvery with Argentinean Chimichurri and Charred Three Onion Sauce. And for sides, we four tasty dishes including Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Tortellini with Creamy Pesto, Marinated Grilled Vegetables and Pear & Walnut Salad. 7 For dessert, we set up our famous S’more Bar complete with artisanal marshmallows made from scratch. The couple’s cake reflected the elegance of the event. It was a four-tiered, white lace-textured cake dressed in scattered florals and an adorable “LOVE” topper. 8The rest of the evening was spent dancing the night away with brilliant strung lights and paper lanterns overhead. For a special touch, the two personalized CD mixes for their loved ones to take with them at the end of the night. 9 Thank you Melissa + Videnne for letting us be a part of your big day. And thank you to onelove photography for the beautiful shots of the day.

Harvest Engagement Inspiration Shoot with Southern California Bride

Jay’s was recently asked to take part in a harvest engagement party shoot for Southern California Bride, an online resource for brides getting married in Southern California. This inspiration shoot took place at the spectacular Ecology Center located in San Juan Capistrano. We were able to work alongside an incredible group of local vendors to create this lovely, autumn farm-to-table gathering. Our event specialist Nickie Good, did a wonderful job planning a menu that suited not only the exciting change in weather, but also the venue culture. 2 While the Ecology Ecology Center does not host weddings, it offers the perfect scenery for a small eco-friendly event. It’s also an education center that teaches community environmental solutions. The 1-acre stretch of land houses a general store in a historic farmhouse alongside eco-labs, and abundant landscapes. This space provided the perfect atmosphere and backdrop for our fall shoot. 45Alongside the farmhouse table dinner, a fun beer garden was included in the party’s festivities. Left Coast Brewing Co. provided an amazing selection of their crafted beers.
67All in the Detail Design handled the event coordination, organizing all the pieces of the evening together perfectly. As for the stunning bride-to-be, Love & Lace Bridal Salon provided the gorgeous lace bodice dress, while hair and makeup were styled by the talented Beauty and the Beach. Petals & Stones pulled the look together with stunning jewelry and creative direction. 813The party was set in a lush outdoor space beside the Congdon Farmhouse. Folklore Vintage Rentals contributed their furniture and Enchanted Fine Florals decorated the scene with the season’s most magnificent florals. And the adorable stationery and menu signs were made by Lucy Celebrates. 91510For this specific shoot, we wanted to create a meal that tailored to the surrounding environment: fresh. The first course included our Bruschetta Pomodoro with sliced baguettes. For the second round, we had our tasty Antipasto Skewers with Genoa salami, cherry tomato, Calamata olive, and Buffalo mozzarella. As for the third, we prepared our delicious Grilled Zucchini Roll-ups made up of lightly grilled zucchini ribbon, Boursin cheese, micro greens, and roasted pine nuts. 1112Of course we can’t forget dessert. For the sweet, we served our Dried Apricot Pecan & Mascarpone Tarts. And Rooneygirl Bakeshop made the most ideal cake for the shoot, complete with a wood-like frosting texture. 14We absolutely loved getting to be a part of this splendid, harvest inspiration shoot alongside these wonderful vendors. Thank you to Southern California Bride for including our cuisine in the shoot. And a huge thanks to Tiffany Amber Photography for sharing your photos of the event with us and Miguel Garcia Studios for capturing the shoot from start to finish.

A New Chapter for Jay's

Exciting things are happening at Jay’s. We like to dream big, always looking for new opportunities to grow and expand in the fields we’re passionate about. This past week we were able to enter into a new chapter of our story. Now, you’re all probably wondering what this change is. Well it’s awesome, we can tell you that. 2 When it comes down to it, entertaining is at the heart of what we do. Whether we’re catering a wedding, a corporate party or a small gathering, our mission is to bring people together. And what suits a good meal better than a beautiful setting?3
That’s right folks, we’ve decided to open our own venue! This crazy idea had been tumbling around our heads for some time, so we set out to find the perfect location that would compliment Jay’s style and philosophy. 4This week, our wishes became a reality as we were handed the keys to this magnificent building. The structure is a historical rarity for Orange County, as it still contains the original brick and exposed beams. Instead of spilling everything at once, we’ve decided to share little pieces of information at a time. So here are a few inside glimpses of our new space. 586 We hope you’re as enthusiastic as we are about this adventure. Making this place our own is going to be quite the incredible experience and we couldn’t imagine it without the support of all our wonderful customers. Stay tuned for more details and updates!7

Ellie's New Specialty Dessert: Kouign-amann!

This past year has been quite the exciting journey for our café, Ellie's Table. As we’ve settled into San Clemente’s tight-knit community, we’ve created a wonderful bond with our loyal customers. On October 17th we will be celebrating Eleanor's birthday. As many of you know, Ellie’s Table opened in homage to the owner’s grandmother, Eleanor Mastroianni, and her culinary talents. Our intention from the beginning has always been to maintain Ellie’s imaginative approach and aesthetic in all that we do. That essence, best put by our slogan: “Happiness is Homemade,” is why we value our customers and their input so much. Our story was built on family and we want to celebrate that as we continue to grow.23
One of our customers has been asking us to add a special dessert called Kouign-amann to our menu for quite some time now. We thought Ellie's birthday would be the perfect day to add our version of this Breton cake to our menu. Kouign-amann is a crusty, layered cake containing folds of bread dough, butter and sugar inside. As the cake bakes, the layers puff up and the sugar caramelizes. For our interpretation of this tasty sweet, we decided to add a crème brulee filling. We assure you, this is a treat you are going to want to taste. So drop by on October 17th to try this new menu item or order a batch for your upcoming holiday party. 4 We can’t thank you all enough for supporting Ellie’s Table and making it your neighborhood café. It has been an incredible adventure, and we’re excited to see what’s ahead. We want to also express our gratitude for suggesting this delicious dessert, we can’t wait to share our version with you all! 5

Holiday Menus Are Here!

It’s officially Fall! Which means exciting things are happening here at Jay’s. We’re thrilled to announce that our Holiday Menus have arrived, here to make your season a little bit brighter.

The holidays are not only defined by a chilly change in temperature, but also by quality time with family, festive gatherings, and spirited traditions. However, planning parties and preparing a meal for a large group of guests is no simple task. At Jay’s we celebrate these times, knowing that memories are made and relationships are often fostered over a good meal. We’re here to take the stress away from our clients so that they can be fully present and enjoy this wonderful time with loved ones.

Our Holiday Menus are an easy solution to the worries of this busy season. Plus, the items on these menus are delicious, crafted with any size guest list and the season’s best ingredients in mind. Our menu options are always made from scratch, giving your party cuisine that homemade feel with quality, gourmet taste.

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving meal, a small holiday brunch, a themed dessert & drinks soirée, or a feast for many, Jay’s is able to provide scrumptious food suited to your specific gathering. Don’t spend your holidays slaving over the stove. With Jay’s, you can focus on what’s most important to you, while we do what we do best. Let the party planning and festivities begin! Cheers to pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and of course, yummy hot apple cider!

Adam + Kim, The Loft on Pine

Adam + Kim recently wed at The Loft on Pine, a magnificent venue in the heart of Long Beach. The couple hired Jay’s to provide a unique selection of eats for their big day. Our Event Specialist, Patti Robledo, made certain that every detail of the event was carried out perfectly. 2 This historical, urban venue was quite the fitting space for Adam + Kim’s wedding. Vows were exchanged in the beautiful Great Hall in the presence of their loved ones. The stretching room features wood floors, columns, worn brick walls, vaulted barn-like ceilings, and ornate windows that cast a magical glow.3 The hall was decorated in a shabby chic style, suiting the feel of the existing space and showcasing the couple’s personality. Antique accents and simple greenery were scattered about the inviting room. Bloomin Bride Designs pulled everything together with a blush & gold color palette and florals, providing a lovely, romantic setting for such a heartfelt day.
4Instead of just table cards, guests were given cute handkerchiefs for any joyful tears that might be shed during the evening. 56After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour, which included one of the couple’s favorite treats: boba tea! During this time, Jay’s hosted a tasty build your own bruschetta bar.7Then guests made their way to their tables at the reception. Instead of a traditional plated meal, the couple went with a fun approach by having our small plate stations. The first was a Mac ‘N’ Cheese Martini station that offered different takes on the comfort classic with a variety of gourmet toppings. At the next station, Jay’s prepared two different sliders: Cabernet Braised Short Rib with crunchy onions, stilton cheese and creamed horseradish on a brioche bun and for the second, Kahlua Pulled Pork with Maui BBQ sauce and apple cabbage slaw on a Hawaiian bun. The third station offered our Caprese Salad as well as our Spinach Salad, which includes strawberries, feta cheese, and candied pecans with balsamic vinaigrette.8The night was full of laughter, kind words, and elation as guests celebrated Adam + Kim’s union. Greenhouse DJs provide a great selection of tunes for dancing the night away. 9Instead of just cake, the couple opted for a homemade pie station. These sweets included Apple Pie, Banana Rum Caramel Cream Pie, Lemon Meringue, Pecan Pie and Mixed Berry Crostada. 10Thank you Adam + Kim for letting us be a part of your special day. And to the Youngrens for sharing these gorgeous photos of the day with us.

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