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Eco Caters proudly served all-organic and locally sourced food for a housewarming party for Stan Lee. 

As you may or may not know Stan Lee is the man behind Spiderman, Hulk, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men and countless other fictional characters who have grown up on the imaginative pages of a comic books and transformed into cinema block busters.  Needless to say our Los Angeles catering team was beyond excited to cater this auspicious occasion.

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The event was sponsored by Superhero You, a cool organization dedicated to unleashing the superpower we all have inside us; our brains! The organization has thrown some amazing events and their work is truly inspiring.

Our Los Angeles catering team prepared all-organic and locally sourced ingredients.  Our chefs focused on cooking in-season products from local farms.  For example, at our Los Angeles catering events we use Springhill cheese from an amazing family farm just north of San Fransisco.  The assortment of olives we served were chosen from Olive Ranch, a farm just east of Sacramento that is growing flavorful olives that could easily compete against the best Italian olive farmers.

Our Los Angeles caterers served a delicious menu of crowd-pleasing appetizers and finger foods that ran the gambit of flavors.  From an elegant dish of seared scallops topped with a bright carrot puree, to a down-home, comfort food dish of melt-in-your-mouth roasted pork belly drizzled with a sweet apple glaze, there was something for everyone.

Eco Caters Menu

Sea Bass Crudo with Pimento, Pickled Onion, and Crispy Capers

Seared Scallop with Carrot Purèe and Chive Oil

Roasted Pork Belly with a sweet Apple Glaze

Cucumber Cups with Mango, Chili and Preserve Lemon

Marinated Golden Beet Ravioli with Almond Ricotta and Chive

Tahini Chicken Skewers with Marjoram Coconut Yogurt

Fermented Curry Cauliflower with Pickled Onion and Mustard Seed

Marinated Fennel with Sage and 4 Month Old Springhill Cheddar

California Olive Ranch Olives with Orange Zest

Marinated Artichoke with Chili Flake, Parsley and Lemon

Chef’s Choice Charcuterie Display with Cornichon, House Mustard, Brown Rice Crackers Carrot and Celery Root Slaw with Marjoram

Our Homemade Hummus Trio with Gluten Free Flatbread and Tabouli

Our staff had an enjoyable evening catering this fun Hollywood Hills party and we want to thank Superhero You for choosing Eco Caters as their Los Angeles caterer.  We take pride in the quality of food we serve and its always nice hearing compliments from our clients and the guests we serve.  Odin's beard!

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Every week Spork Foods is offering gourmet vegan cooking classes and they have one more spot open just for you!

We all wish we could expand our cooking skills and give our tastebuds a little variety - especially us vegans!  Everyone could benefit from a few cooking classes.  Whether your treating yourself, gifting a few classes to your partner, or going with a group of friends, Spork Foods has some fantastic and down to earth cooking classes for vegan foodies.  Their chefs are fun, knowledgeable, and you will leave with great cooking tips and hands-on experience. We highly recommend them to anyone wanting to enjoy gourmet vegan cooking.

Eco Caters has had the distinct pleasure of working with Spork Foods for several years.  We use their flavorful vegan recipes at our events and our team love owners Jenny and Heather.  Together they have injected a fun dose of pizzazz back into vegan cooking.

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Jenny and Heather are the Chef Ambassadors for GO Veggie! Foods.  As the Chef Ambassadors, Spork Foods creates original recipes and unique, high quality cooking videos to demonstrate how to use the GO Veggie! vegan product line.  They also travel the country to trade shows and festivals, produce cooking demonstrations on television, organize and throw product launch parties, and host demonstrations and lunches at corporate events to engage consumers.  Jenny and Heather give customers a chance to be inspired about GO Veggie! products and how to creatively use the products in their everyday lives.

To find out more about Spork Foods vegan cooking classes we encourage you to check out their website!  Every week they offer a different class focusing on teaching you how to be a better cook.  www.Sporkfoods.com

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    [post_content] => One sunny afternoon while catering a private event in Malibu our team had the pleasure of working with Crystal, the energetic, quick witted cupcake-baker behind Cream By Crystal.  Her cupcakes were amazing!  And so was she!  Winning last years Cupcake Wars on Food Network and her growing list of celebrity clients, I was eager to know the chef behind these incredible sweets. 

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WHAT’S THE MOST AMOUNT OF CUPCAKES YOU’VE EATEN IN A SINGLE DAY?

Probably a dozen-but of course it’s in intervals! A mini or more keeps the doctor away! 3 minis=3-different flavors. That is equivalent to a full size cupcake but this way you get variety with each bite!

YOUR CUPCAKES REALLY DO TASTE AMAZING. CAN YOU TELL US YOUR SECRET?

Affectionately known as “Cream”-The Signature Mini Cheesecake Cupcake is our specialty! Unique flavor combinations and fantastic taste combined with quality ingredients and fresh products has helped to place Cream by Crystal on the map as one of the best new confectionery spots in Los Angeles, California. Not to mention our new CbC award-winning gourmet hybrid-CreamCakes won national recognition on Food Network's Cupcake Wars. It’s the best of both worlds-have your cake and eat cheesecake too!

WHAT GOT YOU INTO BAKING? 

I've always loved to cook. I actually auditioned for the job when I was a child. The job was for "Big Mama's Little Helper":) Everything from Scrambled Eggs to German Chocolate Cake I tried to assist her in. Spatula..Check..Teaspoon..Check..Measuring Cup..Check. However, there was always one specialty that we made that I couldn't wait to bake & devour. Cheesecake! After my Grandma passed, the mission was to share my love for our family recipe with the world. The creation of Cream by Crystal is a tribute to my Big Mama's memory. By baking each batch of sweets, I honor her legacy as she will always remain the original Dessert Queen in my heart.

CAN YOU SHARE ANY BAKING TRICKS WITH US? 

Instead of using a measuring cups and spoons you can buy a inexpensive scale and use glass ramekins to weigh out your ingredients. It really takes the guesswork and eyeballing out of measuring ingredients plus you will get the right amount every time. No waste, no worries, no spills trying to pour back or throw out the extra;)

WHAT’S THE BEST CUPCAKE YOU’VE EVER HAD?

Mine of course. Duh;) No seriously, kudos to all my fellow “Baker Cupcakers”. There are so many talented cupcakeries in the Los Angeles Area:  I love Sprinkles-Dark Chocolate, Confection Co-Op formerly known as Frosted-Lemon, Doughboys-Red Velvet and I'm still adding to my list!

CBC CW WinnerHOW HAS THE CUPCAKE WARS AFFECTED YOUR BUSINESS? 

Being a Cupcake Wars Champion has been an AMAZING honor, being amongst the Hall of Fame of the best cupcakeries in the country. The victory is even SWEETer after coming back Season 9 and winning our redemption episode www.creambycrystal.com/cbctv. I am forever grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to me and I am having a blast sharing our Award-Winning CreamCakes Confections with the world! #creamdreams DO come true! WHO'S THE MOST FAMOUS MOUTH TO EVER HAVE CHOMPED DOWN ON YOUR DELICIOUS CUPCAKES?  Good Times! We were featured on Kris Jenner show with co-host Khloe Kardashian, Jason Kennedy and the E! crew for his Birthday Bash! The Mending for Kids charity event at the London West Hollywood, caught up with the Revenge Stars-Emily VanCamp and Joshua Bowman for their cream commentary. Red Velvet and White Chocolate Peppermint were the faves that evening! HalloweenDO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR COUPLES LOOKING TO HAVE CUPCAKES AT THEIR WEDDING? Ahhh I LOVE Weddings it’s a day to celebrate LOVE and you want to be surrounded by people and things you LOVE. Couples who are looking for a new spin on dessert to add the WOW factor to their BIG Day should look no further than Cream by Crystal. Our Cheesecake Confections would be the perfect addition to a Pre-Reception Cocktail Hour. Meal reversal, it is a proven fact sweets before eats helps curb cravings and helps you lose weight;) Or as a part of the Dessert Bar people love variety and Weddings are a day to indulge so why not invite your guest to try all your favorite dessert picks. And because of the size of our minis they are guilt-free you can pop at least 3 without blinking an eye. Not to mention they are decorations themselves. Our beautiful bites can be customized to your theme, for the BlingBride add sparkle with glitter, gold or silver shaves or for the NaturalBride, we can use elements such as zest, chocolate shaves or fruit and to top it off we can custom color the frosting and add a edible personalized logo-this can be a couple's monogram, signature or tagline for the day. Lastly, our swag sweets can be used as a fun favor idea-a gift box of goodies as a guest giveaway. It is the perfect ending to the perfect evening. Celebrate with Cream! #carpecream DO YOU HAVE ANY TOP SECRET RECIPES IN THE WORKS?  Of course, new flavor finds are always in the works at the Cream Confectionery Citchen. We are looking to revolutionize the world of sweets with cutting-edge flavor combinations! Even today I was thinking of whipping up a White Chocolate Apple Cheesecake Cupcake topped with Rum Drizzle and a Praline Crunch. Go BIG or Go Home! If any EC readers out there have a flavor personality they would like to share with us we are open to suggestions, contact our cream concierge concierge@creambycrystal.com or 800.875.8027x1 for details. Stay tuned to www.creambycrystal.com for updates to our flavor personality family.

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HOW CAN THE REST OF US GET OUR HANDS ON YOUR CUPCAKES? DO YOU SELL THEM AROUND TOWN? Cream by Crystal’s Cheesecake Confections are made to order, guaranteeing freshness, from our heart to yours.  Our sweets can be purchased in our online cream shop creambycrystal.com/shop select your date and time and within 24 hours dessert can be delivered right to your door, your office or your clients, family or friends as gifts. It’s the gift that keeps on giving especially for the Holidays, as a Thank you or Just Because. Need an immediate fix…You can also find us inside: B&K Sugar Arts Lab 2835 South Robertson Boulevard Thanks Crystal! To find get your fingers on some of Crystals fantastic cupcakes visit her website at CreamByCrystal.com     [post_title] => An Interview with Cream By Crystal [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => an-interview-with-cream-by-crystal [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-11-03 16:30:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-11-03 23:30:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.ecocaters.com/?p=8187 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )
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Local, Organic Catering

At Eco Caters we strive to produce the most flavorful cuisine for every event while upholding very high standards with regards to quality and eco-consciousness.  We do so in many ways but primarily by catering organic food bought directly from local organic Southern California, Virginia and Maryland farms, depending on the location of your event.  In addition to organic catering we try to minimize our impact on the earth by composting our scraps and using that compost to grow organic herbs and vegetables.  We also use hybrid cars for delivery, reuse scrap paper, refer our clients to other “green” minded vendors and we never waste any food.  We specialize in weddings, corporate functions and private events of all sizes.  Our cuisine is a blend of California fresh mixed with French, Cajun and Southern flavors to bring to your senses a new experience that we know you will love.

Although we are extremely environmentally conscious and waste very little, we believe that we can always do more.  That is why we have plans to build out a completely green kitchen in each city that we offer catering, purchase bio-diesel vans for delivery running off of our own used vegetable oil and go 100% paperless.  In addition we are involved in community projects that will plant organic gardens throughout Southern California, Virginia and Maryland and educate the public on growing and eating organic food.  Catering organic food for community events will be our way of giving back and raising awareness for the necessity of local organic farms.  Please contact us for more information on upcoming community events in which we would appreciate your involvement and support.  Organic catering is only the start and we hope that you will join us in our journey to support our local organic farms and our community.

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