Our San Diego catering team was on hand to celebrate the Terra Madre Gardens grand opening!
The Terra Madre Gardens is a great San Diego venue for weddings and connecting with nature. It has s beautiful old tree grove, yurts for rent (or wedding party), fire pits, and an onsite brick pizza oven which was perfect for our homemade pizzas (pictured below).
Jessica Sanchez and David Solomon are the creative minds behind the Terra Madre Gardens, located north of downtown San Diego. This husband and wife team have a passion for organic farming and they love sharing this love with the community on where our food comes from.
Terra Madre Gardens has an impressive selection of fruits and vegetables; Apples, Oranges, Avocados, Guavas, Mangoes, Dragon fruit, Passion fruit, Cherimoyas, Lemons, Macadamias, Figs, Peaches, Apricots, Grapes, Papayas, Blackberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Mulberries, Bananas, Sugarcane, Carrots, Onions, Beets, Hops, Sage, Thyme, Lavender, Salads greens, Broccoli, Kales, Cabbage, just to name a few. And that list is growing as more and more people come out to enjoy the garden.
Our San Diego catering team was invited to help Jessica and David with their grand opening and we couldn’t have been more excited to be involved with the Terra Madre Gardens.
Our San Diego catering team took full advantage of the amazing brick oven available at the Terra Madre Gardens. The chefs at Eco Caters have been perfecting their homemade pizza dough for years and couldn’t wait to show off their pies. Our San Diego catering team uses the very best in organic ingredients and our pizzas are no exception. Each pie came out crispy, flakey, and bubbling with local California cheese.
Our San Diego catering company also prepared our popular (and juicy) Chicken Satay with a zippy yogurt sauce.
A very special thanks to Heidi-O Photo for sharing her work with us! We highly encourage you to visit to see more of her fabulous work at HeidioPhoto.com
Check out the photos below to see more of the grand opening!
Here’s our shortlist if the best photo booths to rent for your California wedding!
Photo booths are a wedding staple nowadays, so finding a cool booth out of the sea of photo booths and companies that exist can be trying. So we thought we’d help you DIY wedding planners out there by cutting through the noise with our shortlist of the best photo booths for your upcoming wedding.
Photo Matica do tons of weddings in the southern California area and their photo booths are great for weddings. They’re easy to work with, simple to set up and have that classic vintage photo booth look. They offer a range of booths and printing decor. They can even print out duplicates of everyone’s photo strip so that you can add them to a special album as a keepsake.
Why take a lonely still photo when you can turn your experience into a custom flip book? These little flip books are amazing for weddings. Guests have so much fun creating them and passing them around. And, if guests are not interested in making a flip book they have the option to take photos like a normal photo booth. The best of both worlds.
The Booth and Bus company is a great way to add some excitement to your wedding. Who doesn’t want to take photos inside a classic VW van? It’s the ultimate California wedding photo booth. Not only do they provide a beautiful VW van photo booth but they also bring lots of amazing vintage decor like luggage to props to round off the whole experience. They are the sweetest people to work with and have a great selection of backdrops to fit your needs.
Foto Pod Booths almost look like stand-alone works of art. Foto Pod Booth is a great choice for a wedding. They set up a cool inflatable, square white igloo. If you’re looking for something a little more modern or just want something unique. They cover the greater Los Angeles and Playa Vista area.
Phone number(310) 902-5400
The best photo booth for a wedding is to go with the classic booths! These old machines are works of art. Open up the back panel and you will see a mini factory of moving parts, chemical dunk tanks to process the pictures in real-time. What you end up with is a truly vintage photo taken on silver paper and processed right before your very eyes. The look and feel of these photos are second to none and a true treat for you and your guests.
The people at Classic Photo Booth are great and know their stuff. They comb the world for these beautiful 100 year old photo booths and restore them to original condition. They have a great collection of booths. Stepping in one and hearing the machines inner gears come to life is amazing.
San Diego catering team, Eco Caters, created an organic menu for Cait and Justin’s Bradford Ranch wedding.
Eco Caters is catering San Diego with thee best in organic food. Cait and Justin worked with our chef to create the perfect custom menu to fit the personality and budget. Cait and Justin were so fun to work with and everyone on our staff had a blast serving their friends and family.
Our relationships with our clients start with a love of food. We are farm to fork. Our San Diego catering company uses the highest in local and organic ingredients to prepare the best dishes. We encourage our clients come to us with unique ideas and love solving creative culinary problems to make each and every event original. Our San Diego catering team even has day-of wedding coordinators to help you pull everything off!
Bradford Ranch is a forty five minute drive from San Diego and an ideal wedding venue. The half-mile long tree-lined drive way is a great way to welcome wedding guests. This 150 acre ranch is at the foot of the Elena and Barber Mountains and offers a beautiful 360 degree view. With shaded walkways, a stylish barn, oak tree groves, tennis courts, and a Honeymoon Cottage, Bradford Ranch has everything you’ll need to create the perfect wedding.
Cait and Justin took full advantage of the rustic vibe at the Bradford Ranch. Guests enjoyed an intimate ceremony under a beautiful old oak tree. Following the ceremony, our San Diego catering team tray passed cocktails while guests participated in sack-races and a photos. TheBradfordRanch.com
Our San Diego catering team would like to thank Ann and Travis for sharing their work with us! They are a fun husband and wife team and a blast to work with. We encourage you to click over to their website and take a look at other weddings they’ve shot! AnnSumiPhotography.com
Juliette brought the whole day together. As the site manager at the Bradford Ranch she knows the place inside and out. Juliette was great at answering questions for our San Diego catering staff and so helpful. If you and yours are thinking of having a wedding at the Bradford Ranch give Juliette and call. She’ll take care of you and set your mind at ease. TheBradfordRanch.com
Need a wedding photographer? Eco Caters is here to help. Finding the best wedding photographer for your wedding day is essential. The pictures your wedding photographer captures are the moments you’ll preserve for years to come. With so many wedding photographers out there, here is a cheatsheet to help you hire the best wedding photographer!
A great place to start is with the type of style you want your wedding photographer to have. Photographers are artists and they each excel at their own style of photography. Do you want a wedding photographer who focuses on traditional wedding photos or more edgy photos? Documentary style wedding photos or something that looks like it came from the glossy pages of a fashion magazine? Candid wedding photos or something more classic like your parents wedding album? Black and white, faded color, or brilliant color pop.
As you comb through the web looking at other couples wedding photos, think about these types of style questions with your partner. They will help you home in on the best wedding photographer to suit your personalities.
A wedding photographer who not only excels at snapping great photos, but also has a talent for using photoshop and adding after effects is going to cost you. There is great skill involved in framing photos and artistically using a computer to manipulate the colors and shadows in your wedding photos. Once you do find a wedding photographer you like, you may get sticker shock when you find out how much he or she charges.
If you do find that the type of photographer you desire is out of your price range you do have a couple options to help you reach your desired look.
The first is collecting the type of images on the internet that you do like and asking your wedding photographer if he or she can emulate these types of shots. This also helps your wedding photographer know what kind of wedding he needs to shoot.
The second, and more risky alternative, is to seek out a young, up and coming wedding photographer. They may be super talented but not have the portfolio yet to start charging the premium packages. You do run the risk of an incompetent wedding photographer who misses key moments or loses your photos but if it pays off, you may land a great wedding album on a budget.
Don’t forget to do your wedding research! You may be confident you landed thee best wedding photographer in the world, only to find they are a total asshole to work with the day of your wedding. It’s always best to have a meeting with your wedding photographer and see if your personalities match. We also recommend reading reviews of their work on yelp or request testimonials from past brides. It is also a good idea to ask if you can see full wedding shoots he or she has done.
Once you’ve narrowed down your wedding photographer it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty. Is the main photographer you want going to personally be shooting your wedding or is one of his assistants? How many hours will he or she be on location with you shooting photos? What types of packages do they offer? Is the wedding photographer going to color correct all of your photos or just a handful of the ones you pick? Is he or she going to use your photos for promotional use or do you own the rights to them?
Lastly, be prepared to wait a month or two after your wedding to receive your photos. Wedding photographers are usually busy during wedding season and it takes a lot of hours after your wedding has been shot to comb through your photos, color correct them on a computer and get them back you.
Calling all wedding & event planners, engaged couples, and anyone looking for an amazing location to host their next event!
Sip, Savor & Sample! Come enjoy an evening at this beautiful garden venue with organic food, open bar, and local vendors!
Brick Oven Pizza
Camp Fire S’Mores
Craft Beer & Cocktails
Event Veondors: Terra Madre Gardens – Eco Caters – Seven Stems Design – Raphael’s Event Rentals – Yummy Cupcakes – Mobile Photo Booth – Heidi-O-Photo – Social Lights – Dancing DJ Productions – Red Trolley Studio
To RSVP please email Nicole at nicole@EcoCaters.com by May 23rd!
Eco Caters: your organic Los Angeles catering team serves the best in local ingredients!
Eco Caters: your organic Los Angeles catering team serves the best in local ingredients! It’s true! Our team works directly with local farms to select the best Mother Nature has to offer. We do our research to ensure our seafood is sustainable. We also make sure that everything we serve is USDA Organic.
Our chefs work with clients to help them create the perfect custom menu. We’ll help you with your budget, your tastes, and we can also incorporate in-season fruits and vegetables! We go above and beyond other Los Angeles catering teams to make sure every detail is made with care. We also specialize in wedding coordination!
Lauren is the jack of all trades. She heads our Los Angeles department and oversees all our events. Having your wedding coordinator by the head of your catering company allows her to have full control over your special day. She can work directly with the kitchen to make sure everything is pulled of like clockwork. She does it well.
Lauren also has direct lines to all the major venues in LA and help you save money when booking. Coordination is one more thing we offer that sets us apart from other Los Angeles catering companies. It makes our job easier and makes your day easier.
Millwick is one of our favorite Los Angeles wedding venues! Eco Caters is a preferred vendor with Millwick so we do lots of weddings under her arched rafters. Our Los Angeles catering team can help you set up a viewing with the venue and go over any special requirements you may need.
Marvimon has moved to Millwick! Originally built as a livery and then used as a cold-storage warehouse, Millwick has reinvented itself as a unique stand alone, super-loft open to private events, outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions, exhibitions and productions. It now boasts a flowing 7,000 square foot floor plan (4,500 sq ft interior + 3,000 sq ft garden courtyard) melding both interior and exterior areas. Millwick is an excellent wedding site for up to 175 people for garden ceremonies and reception. Experienced, professional site management is provided. Located downtown Los Angeles in the heart of the Artist District, Millwick is convenient to many of the best new and historic hotels, restaurants and nightlife the city has to offer. ~ Read more at Marvvimon.com/Millwick
A special thank you to Los Angeles photographer Mike Maez for sharing these great photos with our team! Mike and his crew were a pleasure to work with we recommend them highly. Check out the video the cut together and all the great photos below! Thanks for working with our Los Angeles catering team, Mike!
Here are five fabulous outdoor weddings!
Outdoor weddings… Mother Nature doesn’t always play nice, and that’s part of the gamble when creating an wedding outside. But, when the weather does behave there’s no better place to celebrate love than the great outdoors! Here are five beautiful couples who put together five beautiful outdoor weddings.
We’ll start off our list of outdoor weddings with this fun wedding for Felicia and Tim. The Dent House located in Ojai, just an hour north of downtown Los Angeles is a great place to tie the knot. The Dent House is the ideal wedding location for any couple seeking a Los Angeles get-away for them and their guests. This outdoor wedding venue has a quite, woodsy, down-home-country vibe that makes you feel worlds away from La La Land.
With a stunning view of the Patuxent River in the distance, Sotterley Plantation is a beautiful outdoor wedding venue nestled in the rural hills of Hollywood, Maryland, located outside of Washington, DC.
Loved ones witnessed the blissful union of Nick and Nicole at Sotterley…and what a splendid ceremony it was! Our Washington, DC wedding catering team was on hand to make the day much more special and to share in the celebratory vibes of the occasion. The all-organic menu matched the rustic elegance of this gorgeous outdoor barn wedding.
The couple wanted to have their outdoor wedding held at the Ahmanson Ranch just up the 101, outside of Malibu. When you exit off the freeway and enter the ranch you are immediately struck by the rustic southern California landscape. For any of you romantic film buffs out there, this is the place they shot Gone With The Wind. The road winds its way up to the top of a breathtaking lookout of the peak of the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s an enchanting piece of property for an outdoor wedding. As you can see from the beautiful wedding photography curtsey of Ning Wong and his crew at Ning Wong Studios, Rachelle and LB couldn’t have picked a better venue to celebrate their marriage.
Newly engaged couples are always on the lookout for that romantic, all in one, outdoor wedding, and no couple can resist the timeless attraction to the Adamson House in Malibu. Once a couple has walked around the historic Adamson House and breathed her sweet ocean breeze, they fall hard. If you’ve never been, let me entice you with these beautiful Adamson House wedding photos from Los Angeles wedding photographer, Laura, of Beautiful Day Photography.
The Adamson property stretches out over a few acres of prime beachfront property. The pearl of the estate is the Spanish Colonial Revival style home, which was built in 1929. It. Is. stunning! The immense tile work and overall architectural design of the house is something everyone should see firsthand. Even if you’re not looking to host an event on the property, it’s a state park visit every Los Angelino should have the pleasure of visiting.
And out number one outdoor wedding…… The Paramount Ranch! The Paramount Ranch was used 50 years ago as a western film set, but it’s no ghost town. The Paramount Ranch is a one-of-a-kind wedding spot and if you’re in the market for a wedding location you owe yourself a visit. It’s cheaper to rent than almost any place in Los Angeles, and it’s beautiful! There’s a reason so many TV shows and movies were filmed on the 2,700-acre ranch. The scenery is peaceful, untouched and breathtaking. You can walk in any direction and feel like you’re in a romantic movie.
Kat and Zachary were such a fun couple! Their Smog Shoppe wedding was coordinated by Lauren of Eco Cater’s.
Eco Caters is not only a Los Angeles catering company, we also excel at wedding coordination! Lauren oversees everyone of our Los Angeles weddings, including Kat and Zachary’s. She is fantastic at helping couples budget their Los Angeles catering menu. She’s also great at combing through venues and vendors to find the one that best fit each couples personality. Kat and Zachary wanted to incorporate their family dogs into the wedding and Lauren found fun ways to make them apart of their special day.
If you’re looking for flavorful organic Los Angeles catering, look no further than Eco Caters. Eco Caters is a preferred vendor at the Smog Shoppe and our team do everything we can to provide out clients with the choicest organic and locally sourced ingredients. We hand pick our fruits and vegetables from California farms and and neighborhood farmers markets. Our sea food is sustainable, our beef grass fed. All of this extra love shines through in every one of our dishes.
Mandee Johnson is one of our favorite photographers to work with. She has a playful eye and a wonderful sense of humor. Mandee’s not only great at capturing warm candid moments, she’s also great at pulling them out of people. You can easily see the playful spirit she preserved with Kat and Zachary on their wedding day.
Mandee Johnson’s talent goes far beyond just wedding photography. She’s been hired to shoot for Spotify, Coke, Comedy Central, and Old Milwaukee, just to name a few. She’s also the co-founder and executive producer of CleftClips which is responsible for producing some of the top comedy events in LA and abroad over the last ten years.
Please take a minute to click on her website and snoop through Mandee’s impressive collection of work. You may even recognize a few famous people… MandeeJohnson.com
What is there to say about the Smog Shoppe that hasn’t already been said? This iconic Los Angeles wedding venue is known around the country. We here at Eco Caters coordinate and cater countless events each year at the Smog and guests always end up having a blast. It’s the perfect venue to relax and let loose. Such was the case with Kat and Zachary.
From all of us at Eco Caters, we’d like to give Kat, Zachary, and their entire extended family a big “thank you!” We were honored to coordinate and catering this special occasion and wish them nothing but the best! Cheers!
5 Wedding Caterer Questions You Should Be Asking
Red Trolley Studios created an insightful video with Eco Caters Head Chef, Nick Brune. Nicks shares his knowledge by answering five questions everyone should know about their wedding caterer.
We are glad to announce that we partnered up with San Diego Events Company to create a project that will help brides and grooms when planning their wedding. We meet with San Diego’s best wedding vendors and ask them what are 5 the most important questions the couple should ask when hiring a particular wedding vendor.
This episode was created for you by San Diego Events Company and Red Trolley Studio.
Hello, my name is Nick Brune, I’m an executive chef at ECO Caters. We are in Los Angeles and San Diego and we focus on local organic cuisine. Today we are going to talk about 5 questions you should ask your caterer before you book them.
It is really important when you meet your caterer to make sure they are licensed and insured business, to protect liabilities as far as venue and guests are concerned. Another thing to look into is their liability insurance as far as the liqueur is concerned, to make sure that the bartenders can serve liqueur to your guests in a safe way and control beverage throughout the event.
We are in Los Angeles, San Diego and Washington, DC, so each of our companies source products within their areas. Each one of our menus is different. In San Diego, we love Maciel Family Farms, one of my favorite guys in Farmers’ Market. We really love Suzie’s Farm. When it comes to seafood, Catalina Offshore Products doing amazing things down here… The whole idea is, when you are talking with chefs or with guys who are giving you a tasting, to make sure they can name these farms, name a ranch where they are getting their pork, beef or seafood from. In these days, in the organic natural world often these things can’t be as local as you’d like, but at least if they can name that farm then it shows they’ve done their homework to really find out the best product for you. Making sure that you are getting the best product at your table is important.
One of our favorite things to do at ECO Caters is to customize menus, to change it up a bit to suit our customers’ needs. Whether it’s where you’re from, whether it’s how you’ve met, whether it’s a certain dessert you’ve had on one of your anniversaries means a lot to you, we love to hear that and we love customize things to fit your wedding, to make sure your wedding is really about you.
As far as budget is concerned, first and foremost, a lot of brides don’t quite know exactly what this costs when they get involved. This is probably the biggest event people would throw in their entire lives. So when it comes to budget we figure that out when you walk in with your caterer. Let them know what your budget is so we can customize things to suit your event, make sure that food is being served in a correct way, the quality of food is there, whether it needs to be a plated event or whether it needs to be a buffet with your budget. All these things your caterer can work with you on. Again, we really love to get organic food out to the masses; that’s one of our biggest goals here at ECO Caters, to make sure it becomes a main stream. We want to make sure that we show everybody that this is something that mid-level bride can afford, that this can be a part of everyday dining.
Right when you sit down with your caterer, a good question to ask them is what services do they provide besides catering. And if they only provide catering, that is not bad thing; it is great to focus only on food. However, there are lots of elements to your event and there are a lot of people that you need around to make sense and work for you. You need to know if your caterer can get rentals for you, if they are coordinator, if they can serve booze, if they can purchase booze. All of these things are very important for you to consider really early for your event. It is terrible to find out if you caterer can’t even buy you a liqueur two weeks before your event, so figure out these things early. Also, listen your caterer as well, and if they say you’ve got a plated event and they think you really need a planner or coordinator and if they don’t have that service, then that is something you should look into to make your event flow correctly.
When it comes to tastings, right when you first contact your caterer, once you exchange an invoice or two and get an idea what they cost and it makes sense to you, once you have your wedding booked, the first thing you should look for, is your tasting. I think all caterers should provide this to their clients, whether it is free or charged service, either way I suggest doing a tasting. It’s not only a very important part of the planning process, but it is also fun for you and your fiancé to get out and have a private tasting, it is like having your own private chef serving you a meal and you really are getting taken care of.
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