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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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What Are You Serving on St. Patrick's Day?

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!

Whether you’re just planning on dinner for a few friends or want to throw a full-on parade, we have all of your St. Patty’s Day cuisine needs covered. Conveniently pick your order up from either Jay’s Catering or Ellie’s Table. Sláinte! Download the St. Patrick's Day Menu

Sweets for Your Sweetheart on Valentine's Day

Treat your sweetheart to delicious homemade desserts this Valentine's Day! Nothing says "I Love You" more than a delectable cupcake, uniquely flavored macarons, or our personal favorite, Crème Brûlée Kouign Amann; crème brûlée baked within flaky croissant dough and gently torched on top, yum!!

Click the link to see all of our Valentine's Day Menu offerings. Don't forget to place your order ahead of time - Valentine's Day is just around the corner!

Having a Super Bowl Party? We'll Provide the Food!

Super Bowl parties are the perfect occasion for family and friends to gather around and root on their favorite team while eating hearty snacks and delicious treats! With Jay's Catering Super Bowl Menu you can place your order ahead of time, pick it up at Jay's Catering, either of our Ellie's Table locations, or simply have it delivered to your party. Providing food for all those rowdy football fans can be quick and easy, leaving you plenty of time to decorate with your favorite team's colors and logo! Whether you are a New England Patriots fan or an Atlanta Falcons fan, you can't go wrong with Jay's!

Egan House Ribbon Cutting

Ellie herself joined us in a Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Wednesday, November 16th, to mark the first day of operation at the newest Ellie's Table location - Egan House. We are thrilled to occupy such an iconic building in San Juan Capistrano in her honor, and are even more thrilled to announce that Ellie's Table Egan House is now open!
02 Jay's Catering & Ellie's Table staff are gathered in front of the Egan House to celebrate Ellie's second bakery and café.
03 We are also thrilled to announce our new Executive Chef, Lewis Chan! He loves working with unique flavors and will be adding exciting new items to our menu.
04 A young man named Oliver comes in to Ellie's Table North Beach every Saturday and always asks the manager, Katy, "Where's Ellie today?" He has become Ellie's biggest fan and we were honored to have him involved in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. He got to meet Ellie for the first time and even hand wrote a card for her! Ellie was so excited to meet him she presented him with an Ellie's Table gift basket, including a T-Shirt, Hat, and Tumbler with Ellie's Table logos as well as his own personal gift card so he can buy all of the Chocolate Cronuts he wants!
05 The moment when Ellie and her grandson, Armand, officially cut the ribbon.
06 Jay & Ellie's beautiful family captured in front of the history wall in Egan House, where you can read Ellie's story.
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Place Your Holiday Order Before It's Too Late!

With October in full swing, some of our favorite holidays are right around the corner. This time means so many things in our book: intentional time with friends and family, cold weather, festive traditions, and of course, preparing excellent food that our clients will remember for the months to come. Our holiday season schedule is filling up fast, so make sure to place your order as soon as possible!

Below is a list of dates that are filling up fast for this 2016 Holiday Season - get your order in early to secure your date!

CLOSED DATES:
- December 3
- December 10
- December 12
- December 13
- December 14
- December 15
- December 16
- December 17
- December 18
- December 24

2 This season is a busy one. So we want to help you make the most of these special months. As a family-owned caterer, we happen to be experts on a few key things: food and traditions. Our passion is in the kitchen; with every turkey we roast and every pastry we bake, we put our heart and soul into our work. Let us do the cooking, so you can host the best holiday party with tasty eats and enjoy this season without unnecessary stress. 3 If you’re looking to host a holiday gathering, big or small, we have a versatile Holiday Menu dedicated to holiday fare. With our delectable sweet and savory options, your event is sure to be the talk of the town. From Applewood Smoked Ham and Winter Kale Salad to Pumpkin Pie Cake and a Hot Chocolate Station, we’ve got festive bites & libations covered and we can’t wait to be a part of your next get-together. Our schedule is filling up fast, so make sure to place your order as soon as possible!5
Place your upcoming orders before more dates close! We look forward to celebrating with you and your family during this fun and crazy season.

Maggie + Derek, The Estate on Second

It was a beautiful day on Saturday, September 3 when Maggie Francisco and Derek Augarten said “I do!” at The Estate on Second!

This amazing couple opted for a morning ceremony which meant Maggie and her bridesmaids were up and getting ready at 4:50am! Fortunately for them, Heather and Caitlyn of Dolled Up OC were there to make sure they looked their best! (Of course, the guys wouldn’t start getting ready for several hours!)

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The main event, overseen by Table7 Events, boasted a spectacular color palette featuring shades of ivory and cream with sage and blush, which complimented the look of the The Estate perfectly. Lavender's Flowers made sure that the ceremony and the reception were tastefully decorated with a lush selection of greenery and flowers. And with beautiful furniture provided by Sundrop Vintage, the stage was set for a perfectly memorable event.

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After a beautiful ceremony, local band Dallas & Doll set the mood for the reception as the wedding party made their Grand Entrance. As the wedding took place a little earlier, the happy couple worked with our own Event Specialist Hannah Stuber to provide a tasty brunch for their guests to enjoy! For hors d’oeuvres, an assortment of muffins, scones and season fresh fruit was served. The brunch buffet provided a variety of options including two salads: a Pear Salad (with romaine and wild field greens as well as pears, dried cranberries, walnuts and stilton cheese served with a pear vinaigrette), and a Caesar Salad (with romaine lettuce tossed in our homemade creamy caesar dressing with herbed croutons and shredded parmesan cheese).

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In addition, we brought our famous Martini Mashed Potato bar where guests were invited to choose their favorite toppings including gorgonzola crumbles, fresh bacon crumbles, shredded jack and cheddar cheeses and green onions. Not only that but guests had classic brunch options available such as a Trip Tip Carvery, Blueberry French Toast Casserole, Egg Scrambles, Homestyle Potatoes, Bacon and Italian Brunch Bread. All the while, the Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar was open for business!

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After some eating and socializing, Maggie and Derek cut their cake as the band played “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” by the Four Tops. Jay’s provided a lovely two-tiered lemon cake with lemon créme filling an French buttercream icing.

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After the sugar-rush, it was on to the dance floor to dance the afternoon away!

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We want to wish Maggie and Derek all the best as they begin their new lives together! Special thanks to Jim Kennedy Photographers for providing the amazing photos!

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