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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Thank You Ricardo Barragan

“I truly loved my job with all my heart" - Ricardo Barragan

We want to give a huge thanks and congratulations to our very amazing Cook, Ricardo Barragan on his retirement today after an outstanding 30 years of service here at Jay's Catering!

Ricardo started with us in 1986 with a passion for his work and food, and he has loved every second of it! He is an incredible employee here at Jay's and we're going to miss him!!

He has always said "God placed Jay’s on my path in life, and it has been a true blessing."

He truly has a passion for his work and we love him very much for being with us! We have been blessed by his many years of service and the passion he brought every day. Thank you Ricardo!

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.

Jessica + Ryan, The Casino

Jessica and Ryan Ashton said “I do” on April 2, 2016! Their romantic wedding was perfected by the abundance of gorgeous floral details created by the mother of the groom, Diane Ashton. All in the Detail Design coordinated the fabulous event located at The Casino, in the wonderful beach town of San Clemente!

The lovely ladies of the Bridal party got ready together with the help of Hair and Makeup artist Kelly Scripps. Their exquisite bridesmaid dresses complimented the blushing pink floral decor at this dream of a wedding!

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After the Ashton’s ceremony, and while the wedding party took a little detour to take some gorgeous pictures, guests were invited to sample some of our delicious hors d'oeuvres. We served Mini Filet and Wild Mushroom Wellingtons and Bruschetta Pomodoro.

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When the wedding party returned, it was time for our newlyweds’ first dance together as husband and wife. Next was dinner time! For dinner we served our popular Tuscan Buffet, which included Cheese Tortellini with Creamy Pesto Chicken Parmigiana and Roasted Italian Zucchini.

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The rest of the evening was fun and light, with party games outside like Jenga and Cornhole, and dancing inside with entertainment by DJ Tim Coy of California DJ’s. We ended the night with some traditional bouquet tossing, and the cutting of the cake. The Ashton’s chose our favorite Marble Cake with Chocolate Bavarian Filling and a French Buttercream Icing. To join the dessert table, we also served up a bunch of cupcakes with four different flavors to choose from: Carrot with Cream Cheese, Marble with Chocolate Bavarian Filling, White with Strawberry Creme, and Chocolate with Vanilla Bavarian Filling.

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We wish the Ashton’s a lifetime of happiness, joy and lots of wonderful memories. Thank you for letting us be part of this dreamy wedding day! Special thanks our event specialist Emily Anderson and to the awesome Nick Radford Photography for the stunning photographs.

Ellie’s Table at The Egan House

We’re at the final countdown of the unveiling of our second Ellie’s Table location at The Egan House in San Juan Capistrano set to open Fall, 2016. We can’t wait to share the beauty of this magical home with you, so we’re posting our progress photos!

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A Brief History

The Egan House was built in 1883 and again in 1898 after a fire, by the “King of Capistrano”, Judge Richard Egan. The Victorian/Greek revival style building made of terracotta bricks was originally named Harmony Hall and known to be the center of luxurious dinner parties and lavish social events which were attended by the most influential and famous people of that time. As one of the founding fathers of San Juan Capistrano, Irish-born Judge Egan settled in 1868 and purchased 160 acres of land where he ruled as judge, mayor, railroad director, school board member and just all around leader of the town!

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When we found this location, it was love at first sight! We really couldn’t resist having a second Ellie’s Table at this beautiful historical building. When we began the restoration, we knew that no one else could create a more grand vision than interior designer Becki Owens. She did an amazing job creating a relaxing, cafe feel while highlighting historical features, and bringing out the grandeur of the home that was lost over time. Our exquisite floors were created by Cement Tile Shop, and the lighting by Cedar & Moss and Rejuvenation.


We cannot wait to open our doors, and we hope you guys will enjoy our new Ellie’s Table as much as our first location in San Clemente!


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