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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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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.

ABC-OC All Member Meeting at The Estate on Second

On March 9, 2016 The Estate on Second held one of it’s most charming and empowering events of the year thus far.

Coordinated by (one of our favorites) Green Apple Event Co., the evening began upstairs with a cheeky cocktail hour. As lively ABC-OC members mingled over clinking glasses, live music by Undercover Live created the ambience.

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ABC-OC, Association of Bridal Consultants - Orange County, is the oldest and largest training organization for wedding professionals in the world. Since 1955 they have cultivated over 4,000 members and are continuing to educate, train and create wedding miracles in not only all 50 states but 27 countries.

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After cocktails and delicious hot paella, the evening continued as the ABC Orange County members headed down stairs for some amazing food, mesmerizing decor and music by Vox DJs. The brick walls were illuminated with The Estate On Second’s elegant chandeliers and rustic western chic aesthetic. The event design also featured farm tables topped with shabby centerpieces, cozy candles and succulents.

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As the Orange County Branch has instilled a foundation built on education and philosophy, ABC-OC came together not just for a typical mixing and mingling event, but an event with a strong message.

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As the group took their seats, Jasmine Star took the stage, a woman who is not only an international wedding photographer but a branding and marketing strategist for creative entrepreneurs. As she began her speech, she vowed to K.I.R., “Keep It Real.” Star kept her speech real and true as she encouraged the group to follow their dreams and turn creative ideas into creative actions.

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Finally, Jay’s created a custom menu that did not disappoint. A grand buffet of mouthwatering food including, Ensalada Las Mesas, Esquites, Tequila Lime Chicken and even Filet Mignon Carvery served with Argentinian Chimichurri and charred three onion sauce. Jay’s also provided a dessert station featuring a selection of Horchata, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and Hibiscus macrons.

Across the board, it was a night of beautiful scenery, delicious food and inspiring people. The Estate On Second was so thrilled to have ABC-OC and as they say... a little party never hurt nobody!

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We want to thank the following incredible vendors who contributed to the success of this event:
Florals by Sweet Age Events
Linens by ModMixStudio
Lighting by Ampersand Events
Stationary and Graphic Design by Fab Unique Designs
Videography by Hoo Films
Rentals by Sundrop Vintage

Photography provided by: Victoria Johansson Photography.

Shelbie + Justin - The Loft on Pine

On January 9, 2016, Jay’s was back at The Loft on Pine for another exquisite wedding. This time, it was Shelbie and Justin who chose to tie the knot at one of our favorite venues.

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With coordination by Meghan of the Green Apple Event Co., the day began with Shelbie and the bridesmaids getting ready in the upstairs Bridal Suite while the men put themselves together in the Groomsmen’s Lounge in the basement.

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Justin got his first glimpse of his bride as she made her way down the main staircase against the backdrop of the classic brick walls. Of course, Chard Photographer was there to capture this and every other minute of this memorable day.

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After a classic ceremony that saw the groomsmen in black suits, the bridesmaids in grey dresses and Shelbie in a gorgeous, white wedding dress, the guests made their way downstairs for cocktail hour where Jay’s Catering provided tray-passed hors d’oeuvres including Mini Filets & Wild Mushroom Wellington with Béarnaise Sauce and Lemon Parmesan Artichoke Hearts.

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Back upstairs to the 2nd floor, the reception kicked off with a first dance, toasts and dinner. Lavender's Flowers provided lush floral arrangements while Jay’s Catering Coordinator, Emily Anderson, worked with Shelbie and Justin to make sure they had the perfect meal to compliment the perfect night! Guests had a choice of Zucchini Lime Chicken or Colorado Prime Beef all served with gourmet mashed potatoes, baby vegetables and fresh baked dinner rolls.

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Jay’s also provided our classic dessert station featuring a selection of French Macarons, Raspberry Chocolate Decadence, Fresh Fruit Tarts, Vanilla Bean Chocolate Eclairs and French Apple Tarts!

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Finally, Shelbie and Justin danced the night away with their guests with music provided by Vox DJs. Jay’s is honored to have been included in this memorable event and we wish Shelbie and Justin all the happiness in the world as they begin their new lives together.

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Celebrate Easter Sunday with Ellie's!

At Ellie’s Table, we love to celebrate holidays. We're all about bringing people together over great food, and holidays give us an opportunity to go all out! Celebrating Easter in style has become a quick tradition for us at Ellie's Table. If you were there last year, you know what a great day we had and we're excited to do it again this year! So, we will be hosting a delicious, custom omelet bar and serving up endless mimosas all day. In addition to our everyday pastries and goods, we will be offering these special items as well as supplementary seating in The Casino San Clemente’s beautiful West Wing & Patio of the Stars right next door. As far as omelets go, customers will be able to make up their own tasty concoction or choose from our five suggested omelet creations:

Three Cheese Omelet
Fresh cage free eggs gently whisked, cooked to perfection with garden vegetables, white cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and goat cheese.

Egg White Omelet
Farm fresh egg whites, Sonoma goat cheese, fresh herbs de Provence, wild seasonal mushrooms, vine ripe tomatoes.

Ellie’s Table Omelet
House smoked salmon, garden vegetables, avocado and crème fraiche.

Southwestern Omelet
Choice of machaca beef, diced potatoes, Monterey Jack cheese, and a fire roasted salsa tomatillo with poblano chilies & sweet onions.

Meat Lover’s Omelet
Smoked bacon, house made maple chicken sausage, vine ripe tomatoes, white cheddar cheese and Jay’s salsa.

Build Your Own
Seasoned Pasteurized Egg Mixture / Brown Organic Eggs in the shell / Seasoned Pasteurized Egg Whites Mixture / Shredded Jack cheese / Shredded White Cheddar Cheese / Crumbled Goat Cheese / Fresh Herbs de Provence / Wild Mushroom Mixture / Diced Vine Ripe Tomato / Garden Vegetable Mixture / Avocado / Crème Fraiche / Shredded Manchaca Beef / Fried Diced Potatoes / Roasted Salsa Verde / Jay’s Salsa / Bacon Bits / House Smoked Salmon Pieces / Crumbled Chicken Sausage / Homemade Siracha & Tabasco Sauces. 23 Omelets will be $10.50 each and Endless Mimosas will be $15.00. And if omelets aren't your thing, or you need an extra bite, we will be serving up our tasty Breakfast Burritos, Homemade Cronuts, Savory Croissants, along with all our regular cafe fare and coffee drinks. Ellie’s will be open from 6:30am-2:00pm. We will not be taking reservations and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Come join us for a lovely Ellie’s Easter Sunday by the beach for great food and drinks. We can’t wait to see you there!

Our 2016 St. Patrick's Day Menu!

Everyone has a wee bit o’ the Irish in them on St. Patrick’s Day! Put your finest green tweed on and get into the true spirit this year with our take on traditional Irish feast favorites like Corned Beef and Cabbage or a Palm Sandwich! And don’t forget to finish on a sweet note with our decadent Shamrock Sugar Cookies!
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It Takes A Village

Jay’s Catering has a lot going on these days. Whether it’s at a wedding at The Estate on Second, breakfast at Ellie’s Table or any of the other events we cater, we’re constantly striving to create exceptional food experiences for our guests. To make this happen, we have an amazing team of people who are the backbone of the Jay’s Catering family. So, to make sure they know how much we love them, we decided to throw them an employee appreciation party in the way that only Jay’s can!
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Under the big tent, our team and their families were invited to have some fun, connect with one another and, most importantly, eat some great food!
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To prime the appetites of our partygoers, we featured our Esquites Station with flame grilled corn, whipped butter, cayenne peppers, valentina sauce and cotija cheese! Our unique Mexican Fruit Cup Station offered fresh cut pineapple, coconut, jicima, papaya and mango with a lime wedge garnish for good measure.
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Moving into the main course, team members stopped by the Taco Station where they chose from fresh Mahi Mahi, delicious Carne Asada and tasty Al Pastor with all the toppings. But, we wanted to do something a little different as well, so Chef Peter set up the Whole Pig Station where he cooked up… a whole pig!
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Finally, the dessert stations were the perfect way to end this amazing meal experience! With a Popcorn Station, a Churro Station and an Ice Cream Sundae Station (with all the toppings, of course), the kids in attendance were very satisfied! (Okay… the adults were as well!)
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You may have noticed that our team members were dressed up as Super Heroes. Well, that’s because we wanted to have some fun appreciating our super employees and their families! You might laugh… but we had fun!
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At the end of the day, after playing games, winning prizes and eating a lot of fantastic food, we went home happy and proud to be a part of the Jay’s Catering family!
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