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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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Steve + Emily Wed at The Casino San Clemente

2Steve + Emily recently wed at the picturesque venue by the sea, The Casino San Clemente. The couple hired Jay’s to staff + cater their wedding, and our Event Specialist, April Chaim, did a splendid job of organizing the cuisine. 34The wedding was an intimate affair of 138 guests--made all the more so through the wedding party's personal touches--and full of the charm + glamour of old Americana.78The ceremony was held in the Rock Garden.111413The bride’s father fell terminally ill just a day or two prior to the wedding. So, Emily’s brother walked her down the aisle, while their Dad watched the proceedings on an iPad via Facetime.12Lots of tears were shed and the family’s emotion + closeness shone through—truly a special moment.15After the ceremony, it was time for Cocktail Hour in the Lounge + on the Patio of the Stars, during which time we tray-passed Crab Cakes with Mango Papaya Salsa hors d’oeuvres. We also set up a hors d’oeuvres station of fresh Crudite and Homemade Chips. Of course, what is Cocktail Hour without the drinks? Jay’s set up an open bar featuring our premium liquor. The couple also designed a signature drink—the “Dirty Shirley”—and it was a big hit with the guests!5The mood for the rest of the evening was set in the Grand Ballroom, as everyone joined in celebrating the newlyweds with a Champagne toast after depositing their well-wishes. For dinner, Steve + Emily chose our All-American Buffet, which includes: BBQ Chicken, 16-Hour Smoked Beef Brisket, Caesar Salad, a Mashed Potato Station (Mashed Yukon Gold and Sweet Potatoes with all the fixins’), a Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter, and Freshly Baked Rolls & Butter. Scrumptious!10The décor + design reminded one of an elegant American picnic, with square white plates, Mason jars, and old family photos gracing the space.9623The breathtaking chandeliers in the Grand Ballroom added a pure element of sophistication, while the delicately potted flowers for the tables and hanging rose arrangements made the wedding endearingly simple + romantic, too—a wonderful combination.1718When it was time for dessert, guests indulged in our All-American Dessert Station, composed of a decadent selection of: S’more Pops, Old-Fashioned Cookies, Assorted Mini Cupcakes, Petite Fruit Pies, Rice Krispy Pops, & Assorted Gourmet Brownies. It doesn’t get more classic Americana than pie, right?1920Steve + Emily cut the cake after dinner, as well. We designed a gorgeous (+ delicious) 3-layered, round naked cake. The couple chose White Cake with Strawberry Cream Filling, topped with Fresh Strawberries and displayed on a stunning gold board.16For the rest of the night, guests continued sipping on cocktails and dancing. The festivities went on late into the evening, and everyone had a marvelous time celebrating Steve + Emily’s big day.2122We’d like to thank the newlyweds for allowing us to contribute to making their wedding day the lovely, memorable event it was! Thanks also to Brett Hickman Photographers for sharing his pictures from the wedding with us.

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Caterer: Jay’s Catering//Venue: The Casino San Clemente//Photographer: Brett Hickman Photographers

Venue Spotlight: The Lombardi House

We've proudly selected The Lombardi House for our latest "Venue Spotlight" feature! Located in Los Angeles, C.A. + built in 1904, The Lombardi House is both central and historic. Originally a private residence, The Lombardi still accommodates both long + short term residents in it's four beautiful suites. As a venue for special events, the house offers a rare combination of rustic elegance privately set in the heart of Los Angeles. If you love old Hollywood glamour, gorgeous gardens, + fascinating local history, then the Lombardi is the place for your next occasion. To learn more about this venue +/or to inquire about booking, click here.23456

Eventful: Designing with Foxtail Florals

Ready to make your week a little bit more Eventful? Good—so are we! This week, we decided to tackle the ever-important + often confusing topic of event design. Nickie Good, our lovely Event Specialist here at Jay’s, took a few moments to chat with Corie, owner of Foxtail Florals, about the ins and outs of event design. Corie is an experienced + skilled industry professional who designs both flowers + events in their entireties. Nickie met up with her at the stunning Giracci Vineyards to sip on fine Giracci wine + ask some insightful design-related questions.

Our crew joined Nickie + Corie at Giracci to get the 411 on what it’s like to design events; the process, the triumphs, the challenges, the tips, + the little known facts. Our day at Giracci started right as we entered through the winery’s splendid gates. As we drove down the driveway, old oak trees began casting shadows across the grounds. A rustic horse stable greeted us to the right, while Wishing Well Court’s magnificent gazebo hailed us from the left.

A well-kept horse-riding area marks the center of the property; apropos, since Giracci is a triple threat: Equestrian center, winery, and special event space all in one. Behind the riding arena is Giracci’s Tasting Room + Oak Tree Court, where we met up with Nickie + Corie.

In Oak Tree Court, twinkle lights are wrapped high up the oaks’ mighty branches; both full + halved wine barrels serve as chairs, set askew along the parameter of a gently bubbling fountain. While we visited during the day, it is easy to imagine Giracci alive at night, buzzing with the excitement of a wedding reception. Sweeping trees, flowers, + lush grass surround the venue’s various structures, contrasting with the summer season’s aridity. The aesthetics of the place are at once dazzling and inspiring to an imaginative Designer like Corie.

Corie’s Foxtail Florals is a couture flower + event design company that specializes in using design to make brides’ special days personal to them + their grooms. Corie is all about the details, and when it comes to making her clients’ weddings memorable, she really hits it out of the park. While Foxtail Florals deals largely in creating couture floral arrangements, Corie is also well-versed in other aspects of event design. She uses everything from linens + props to personalized dance floors + custom signage in order to send her clients’ events over the top.

To learn more about Corie + Foxtail Florals, be sure to visit her website here.

Mixology with Jay's

Nothing gets guests in a more festive mood than a nice, hand-crafted drink during cocktail hour, especially if that drink is special to the bride + groom in some way. You may know that we offer an array of bar services—like our popular Premium Open Bar—but did you know that we’re masterful Mixologists, too?

At Jay’s, we both do the classics properly and turn new, exciting drinks into instant classics. Maybe you want a bar composed of nothing but Manhattans + Old-Fashioneds to match your 1940’s-inspired wedding. Or, perhaps you are looking for a trendy + refreshing beverage to serve guests at your pool party. Regardless of the nature of your event—and the special cocktails you want to serve at it—our artisan-crafted drinks are guaranteed to bring that wow factor your next summer affair. Take a look at examples of both our classic + trendy drinks below!234Bourbon or Rye//Bitters//Sugar//A squeeze of lemon567Bourbon or Rye//Sweet Vermouth//Angostura Bitters//Freshly-cracked ice cubes//One Maraschino cherry or lemon twist8910Hendrick's Gin//Fine tonic//Several fresh ice cubes//A generous squeeze of lemon or lime111213White Rum//Freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice//Freshly-squeezed lime juice//Sugar//Mint leaves//Soda water//Quartered lime//A slice of grapefruit//Fresh ice cubes171819Aperol//Prosecco//A splash of soda water//A slice of orange for garnish141516Berry-flavored Vodka//Limoncello//Simple syrup//Fresh raspberries//Lime wedges
We also specialize in creating signature drinks for our clients that match the tone, theme, + even color schematics of their events. Signature drinks are most popularly designed by couples for their wedding days. However, any special occasion can be enhanced by a cocktail created uniquely for you, as it is a wonderful way to further personalize your event. When it comes to Mixology, the possibilities are limitless and we absolutely delight in exploring them. Cheers!

Vintage Glamour at The Loft on Pine

Andie + Dave recently tied the knot at The Loft on Pine. We were absolutely thrilled to staff and cater this stunning couple’s gorgeous wedding. Jay’s expert Event Specialist, Patti Robledo, did a superb job of making sure the couple’s menu + day were perfect for them and their guests.1716The couple’s intimate wedding of 70 guests was made all the more so because Andie + Dave’s personalities shone through the details.131415From a leather-bound, twine-wrapped Bible to a sign reading, “MANS 1959 FRANCE”, this wedding was a true example of vintage glamour done perfectly.19As guests entered The Loft, they were greeted by a chalkboard door announcing the theme of the affair: “Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it a meaning”.2021The ceremony followed on The Loft’s upper tier as soon as the attendees were all present. It was an emotional and moving moment between Andie, Dave, and their friends + family.18After the ceremony, everyone found their place cards on chalkboards set atop antiquated furniture.3031Cocktail hour immediately followed the ceremony, during which we served an abundance of tantalizing tray-passed hors d’oeuvres: Mini Filet & Wild Mushroom Wellingtons with Béarnaise Sauce, Fig, Goat Cheese & Mascarpone Tarts, + Crab Cakes with Mango Papaya Salsa. As guests’ delighted their palettes, they also refreshed themselves at our open Soft Bar.2223After cocktail hour, it was time for dinner. The tabletops were decorated with vintage, framed postcards, books, and even little crystal lanterns.3233The simple flowers and candlelight just enhanced the romantic aesthetic tone, further emphasizing the venue’s warm ambiance.2425For dinner, we prepared a sumptuous buffet, which attendees feasted on after the Champagne & Cider toast.2345Everyone enjoyed our: Zucchini Lime Chicken, Vegetarian Rotollo Bolzano, Champagne Rice Pilaf, Fresh Green Beans Sautéed with Bacon, Shallots, & Dill; Pear Salad (with Dried Cranberries, Candied Walnuts, Stilton Cheese, + Pear & Balsamic Vinaigrette), + Homemade Brioche Rolls and Assorted Rustic Artisan Rolls with Herb Vegetable-Crusted Butter Medallions. The party was in full swing by the time dessert came around! We prepared a decadent Tropical Dessert Station that tickled guests’ sweet tooth. It consisted of...7Mango Dessert Shots10Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries11Individual Pineapple Upside Down Cakes9Tropical Fruit Tarts6Chocolate-Dipped Banana Cream Puffs8...+ Light Pink French Macarons with Raspberry Filling. Yum!2726Dancing and merriment continued late into the evening, and everyone had a wonderfully memorable time. We’d like to thank Andie + Dave for allowing us to be a part of their special day, as well as Kenneth Pfeifer Photography for sharing his breathtaking photos from the day with us!2829
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Catering: Jay’s Catering//Coordinator: Carly P Design Studio//Photography: Kenneth Pfeifer Photography//Additional Photography: Michelle Darlene Photography//Venue: The Loft on Pine//Hair: Isaak's Salon//Band: Moonsville Collective

Memorial at The McCharles House

Established in 1885, The McCharles House is a veritable ode to Orange County history + is officially listed in the Tustin Historic Register. Once a family home, it is now meticulously preserved as a tea room, restaurant, + special event space. We had the honor of catering + staffing a Memorial Service last week at the stunning house, which our Event Specialist, Lauren Harper, did a lovely job of coordinating.23About 150 people attended the service. The family wanted the event to feel at once intimate + elegant, retaining the formal aspect of the day. The McCharles House was a natural choice, with its organic gardens and vintage Victorian ambiance. It is composed of: The Summerhouse (featuring a wedding gazebo from the Disneyland Hotel), The Sequoia Lodge, The Drawing Room, The Porchside, and The Courtyard. These 5 areas are all interconnected, so that guests can languorously wander around the property without feeling inhibited.3222For the Memorial, friends + family entered through the welcoming area at the front of the house before walking to the front patio to graze on Jay’s Seasonal Fruits and Crudités. We decorated this station with Reindeer Moss + Wheatgrass before setting it atop stone plates.756Adjacent to it was our Beverage Station, comprised of Lemonade, Iced Tea, + Basil-Infused Water.4Details like pink roses in vintage, mismatched cups + individually-potted succulents on each of our Navy Blue, linen-draped cocktail tables made for a beautiful contrast with the venue’s overwhelming greenery. The McCharles House feels timeless; like a snippet of history that is alive with trees, flowers, + small shaded enclosures. You truly feel soothed in this unique venue, which makes it an ideal place to gather for a Memorial Service.2120As the guests progressed to the back of the house, they selected White Peach Sangria + Chardonnay from our Bar. After procuring refreshments, attendees explored The Summerhouse’s gazebo, under which a Classical Guitarist gently strummed his strings.1819Here, we arranged our Mashed Potato & Mac n’ Cheese Stations, the latter of which included delicious Panko-Crusted Jack, Asiago, and Gorgonzola Mac n’ Cheese.1716An array of toppings at our Mashed Potato Station, like Applewood-Smoked Bacon + Caramelized Onions, only added to our elevated take on a true comfort food classic. Under The Summerhouse’s gazebo, we also setup our Slider Station, replete with both our All-American Sliders (with Angus Beef on Freshly-Baked Brioche Buns) + our BBQ Chicken Sliders (with Apple Slaw on Mini Hawaiian Rolls).

After everyone enjoyed our savory cuisine, they headed to our Gourmet Dessert Station on The Porchside. For this event, we made a fresh collection of...1112Mini Lemon Meringue Pies15French Macarons109Petite Crème Brulees1314Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries8...Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes, + Chocolate-Dipped Florentines. We also provided a Coffee Station here to accompany the desserts!24For the rest of the afternoon, guests explored the house’s Sequoia Lodge + Drawing Room, which were lately decorated to reflect the brightness of the Summer Solstice. The McCharles House’s décor changes by season, transforming from its natural vintage state into a modern paradise—depending on the wishes of the client. We were truly privileged to be able to cater this elegant service, + sincerely thank the family for allowing us to be a part of it. For more on The McCharles House, please visit their official website here.

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Caterer: Jay’s Catering//Photography: Stanton Agency//Venue: The McCharles House//Classical Guitarist: Joseph Yashar

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