Our Los Angeles catering company visited Carlsbad California to help the Hamilton family create a relaxing, all-organic rehearsal dinner.
And we’re off! Wedding season is now in full swing. With all the phone calls and appointments to tackle before your wedding day, Eco Caters can make sure your rehearsal dinner is a relaxing one. Let our chefs do all the work while you treat your family and friends to a flavorful catered rehearsal dinner. The Hamilton’s were kind enough to invite us into their home to prepare cocktails at their bar, and cook a delicious meal in their kitchen.
Eco Caters makes creating an organic catered rehearsal dinner a breeze. Our website makes it easy by showing you the different types of menus you can create, along with a list of our most popular and time-tested dishes. Don’t see your favorite cuisine on our list? No worries! Our seasoned chefs would be happy to create any dish you desire or venture into the more exotic. Our Los Angeles caterers will contact our local farms the day before and ensure that everything we use is in season, locally grown and USDA certified organic. Our Los Angeles catering team has done all the research on getting your food to your table in the most sustainable way.
The Hamilton family visited our Los Angeles caterers’ kitchen to taste and try an assortment of options for their catered rehearsal dinner. After eating everything, it was time for them to pair down their rehearsal menu to the must have items to share with their family and friends. Below is the menu the Hamilton family created for their home.
Fresh Hors D’oeuvres Served During Cocktail Hour
Chef’s Choice Assorted Local Cheese with Farmer’s Market Fruit and Preserves
Farmers Market Vegetable Crudite with Roasted Onion Dip and Buttermilk Ranch
3 Mini Sandwiches on the cutest lil’ Sesame Seed Buns:
Curry Chicken Salad with California Golden Raisins
Pastrami and Sauerkraut on Challah
Our House Cured Bacon, Lettuce, and Cherry Tomato
As the evening played on, guests found their seats around the backyard tables and took part in a family style dinner. Our Los Angeles caterers brought out fresh, crisp salads purchased only a day earlier, and piping-hot entrees straight from the oven.
Spinach Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, a local Chevre cheese, tossed with a Tomato Vinaigrette dressing
Juicy Porter Marinated Tri‐Tip Steak with Green Peppercorn Sauce
Crispy King Salmon topped with Fennel Onion Confit
Grilled Brussels Sprouts with crushed Mustard
Oven Roasted Farmer’s Market Root Vegetables
The Kiddies Menu
Grilled Chicken Strips with Fettuccini
From all of us here at Eco Caters we would like to thank the Hamilton family for choosing us as their Los Angeles caterers. We know how special it is to be invited into ones private home and we can’t thank you enough for allowing us to be apart of your special occasion. Cheers!
Los Angeles catering: Eco Caters
Eco Caters is offering a 15% discount on all items from SimplyBridal for a limited time.
We are also excited to give away a veil, a line of jewelry (except May Yeung, or head piece of your choice, on us! To be apart of our SimplyBridal Giveaway, simple EMAIL US and tell us why you love Eco Caters, along with the link to the bridal accessory you would love to have for your wedding. That’s it! We’ll announce the winner next month. Click on SimplyBridal’s logo and get started!
To receive 15% off your next order, use our discount code: SBL339EC
Expiration: June 14th, 2014. Shipping not included. Valid on everything except on items in “Gifts & Invitations”
WHAT IS SIMPLYBRIDAL?
SimplyBridal is an online retailer of quality wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, and accessories.
Based in Los Angeles, California, SimplyBridal strives to give women everywhere the opportunity to have the wedding of their dreams at an accessible price. We are determined to provide quality products within the wedding sphere that allows brides to achieve the style and quality that every woman deserves without stretching their budget.
SimplyBridal’s initial concept was straightfoward – to provide women with wedding dresses at more reasonable prices – and now they’re taking the next step in assisting brides to achieve the wedding of their dreams by offering customizable invitations and gifts. SimplyBridal has added thousands of new styles that offer limitless personalization choices to compliment your wedding. They want to give you the opportunity to add personal flair to your big day, such as monograms and motifs, at an affordable price.
SimplyBridal has gone beyond just helping you and your bridesmaids look immaculate on your wedding day; they want to make sure your entire event is one that you’ll look back on lovingly for many years to come.
SimplyBridal’s flexible return policy will guarantee you’re not 100% happy with and your friendly customer service team is with you every step of the way. They want to make sure you have the best possible experience and your wedding planning as stress-free as possible.
More and more companies rely on our organic San Diego catering to serve their conferences and meetings.
Eco Caters had the pleasure of fueling the brilliant minds at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering and we had so much fun doing it! The campus has grown over the years and one of the most standout pieces is Do Ho Suh’s Fallen Star which is a quant little house that appears to have fallen from the sky and crashed into the roof of a tall campus building.
Eco Caters put together a three-day continental breakfast and lunch for the students and we can do the same for your upcoming conference. As always, everything our San Diego caterers used was FDA certified organic, and locally grown. Our chef created a menu that took advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables and offered a change of flavors everyday so that the students always had something fun to look forward to for lunch.
DAY ONE LUNCH MENU
Salad: Local Farmers Market Salad: wild arugula greens, in season vegetables, tossed with our house vinaigrette dressing
Lime marinated grilled chicken topped with a mango and avocado slaw
Our hardy balsamic eggplant quinoa
Sautéed green beans
Cilantro red pepper rice
Cookies and Brownies
Organic coffee and tea
DAY TWO LUNCH MENU
Farmers Market Salad includes, Best of the Market greens and vegetables with a house vinaigrette dressing
Cold Couscous salad with California shrimp, red onion, broccoli and a bright citrus vinaigrette
Sag Dal with spinach, mushrooms and rice
Grilled farmer’s market vegetables
Southern potato salad
Cookies and Brownies
DAY THREE LUNCH MENU
Farmers Market Salad includes, Best of the Market greens and vegetables with a house vinaigrette dressing
Chicken and sausage jambalaya
Sautéed tofu with onion, tomato and garlic
Garlic vegetable stir-fry
Cookies and Brownies
Our San Diego catering staff loved the new campus architecture and had so much fun conversing with everyone at the conference. Our community looks forward to the Universities next big idea and is excited to see where these young engineers lead us.
San Diego Company: UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering
San Diego Caterer: Eco Caters
Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles of water each year, and with only 27% of those plastic bottles being recycled, purchasing a reusable water bottle makes a huge impact.
Finding the best reusable water bottle that fits your life is essential. While it may fill a sustainable function, its got to be fashionable! If you’re going to lug this fella around with you everywhere you go, and be apart of your life, it, has, to, be, fashionable. Here’s a fun list of well-designed reusable water bottles in plastic, glass, and metal. They also make great customized wedding party gifts!
BENEFITS OF USING REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
-Body will be more hydrated because you will always have water with you
-You’ll look cool
-Never having to pay for water saves you money
-Helps save the environment and keeps plastic out of landfills.
-Seriously. You’ll look like, really cool.
PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES
Most plastics are petroleum based which as one can imagine carry toxins. Those toxins leak into the water inside the bottle. Believe it or not, not all plastic bottles are bad for you, or the environment. BPA free (or plastic free of the chemical bisphenol A) are safe and do not leak chemicals into your water. Reusable plastic water bottles are also some of the least expensive. Here are a few plastic water bottles options.
Touted as the first reusable water bottle, Nalgene took off like a wildfire in the 90s and is still found in kitchen cupboards, car trunks, and backpacks across the world. They’re slogan is “your water bottle for life” and I would have to agree with that. While I have moved on to a stainless steel water bottle, my Nalgene bottle was my first water bottle and I will never part with it.
Suggestion: Purchase the Nalgene bottles with the large opening vs. the smaller tops. They may require an extra pause before drinking so you don’t splash water down your chin but they are so much easier to clean and you can put so much more in them besides just water. Snacks. Dried goods. Matches. Soup.
Another popular brand. Camelbak makes a great selection of products from water bottles you can take to work, to water bottles you can take to the top of a mountain. They make durable, trusted products and in an assortment of colors and sizes.
This local company started right here in southern California. What sets this reusable water bottle apart is that it has an amazing, built-in water filter. It’s also thoughtfully designed. The bottle is made of Tritan plastic which is a BPA free plastic, known as the strongest plastic on the market.
GLASS WATER BOTTLES
There are some who feel that even though a plastic bottle may be BPA free, that it can still leak chemicals into your water or change the flavor of the water itself. While glass isn’t the most durable material it is easy to clean and glass is a highly recyclable and plentiful material, making it one of the most eco friendly options.
With its soft silicon webbing these nicely designed water bottles from Life Factory are perfect for daily use. They also make the most adorable kids sized water bottles too!
I gave one of these to my sister last year for Christmas and she takes it with her everywhere. She loves it. She’s an elementary teacher and has commented on how nice the lid is at covering up the rim of the bottle where you put your lips. Apparently the kids are always touching the bottle but since the lid prevents their hands from touching it she has yet to get the flu or a cold from her students. That’s a nice feature!
THE CLASSIC SWING TOP GLASS BOTTLE
These simple designed bottles have been around for centuries and will be used long after we’re gone. They’re cheap. They’re classic. They’re timeless. Pulling one of these out of the fridge on a hot day couldn’t be more refreshing. These bottles are great for sharing and romantic on picnics.
STAINLESS STEEL WATER BOTTLES
Stainless steel water bottles are virtually indestructible. They require the least amount of energy to make, and easy to recycle. Out of all the water bottle materials stainless steel is my go-to-choice. They do cost a little bit more but well worth the investment. Klean Kanteen is the Nalgene of the stainless category, but there are two companies that have designed some awesome new stainless steel water bottles.
Out of all the water bottles I’ve come across none look as futuristic and modern as these well-designed bottles by Kor. These bottles have a stainless steel bottle with a BPA free plastic top. The lids twist off nicely. They’re just sexy!
After spending a few months researching a new water bottle to use everyday at work, I bought myself a S’well bottle and couldn’t be happier with it. First off, it’s so well designed! It looks sleek and the double walls keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. I’ve dropped it countless times and it has yet to dent. It’s a nice size and I really do take it with me everywhere I go. It’s a small start up company and they are very forward thinking. I have a feeling this little guy will be my buddy for the next few years.
Back by popular demand, The Storyteller’s Dinner!
We are excited to have yet another Storyteller’s Dinner this spring. If this is your first event with us, or you happen to be one of our regulars, we know our May 4th event is going to be a great one because it will be our first vegetarian dinner. Whether you’re vegetarian or you’re interested in experiencing some of the best vegetarian cuisine in California, this is the dinner for you!
Chef Nick Brune of Eco Caters and Hillcrest’s, Local Habit, teamed up with Dave Holtze of Green Truck San Diego to create a one-of-a-kind dinner pairing five organic gourmet courses, five local beers, with five songs from musician BRI.
The beautiful songs of, BRI will grace our May 4th event. BRI’s blend of folk, rock, and blues combined with her warm voice are perfect for a spring evening. Check out BRI’s music HERE.
San Diego’s Storytellers will be hosted at Porter’s Pub in La Jolla on May 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm and 8:00pm. Tickets are $50 and include 5 courses and a CD, $12 for beer pairings. Tickets are limited.
LOCATION: Porter’s Pub in La Jolla 105 Eucalyptus Grove Ln., La Jolla, California 92093
FIVE COURSE MENUE
1. Kale Kisses
Kale Roulade with Paneer, Baby Kale Fritto, and Spicy Chili Sauce
2. Clean and Rugged Country
Grilled asparagus and wild ramps with marcona almonds
3. Movers and Shakers
Spring Noodles with Local Seaweed and Smoked Broth
4. Love You Like
Creamy farro risotto with pine nuts, blistered cherry tomatoes and mushroom sauce
Vanilla Bean Pudding with Baked Apple and Oatmeal Crisp
Eco Caters, your southern California organic catering company was featured in a great article on vegan catering this week on Colin Cowie Weddings.
Colin Cowie Weddings is a fantastic wedding website full of savvy ideas and hip wedding fashion. They have a great eye for new wedding trends and one of those is a boom of vegan catering. This week founder and CEO of Eco Caters, Adam Hiner, spoke with Joanna O’Leary about his love of creating hearty vegan dishes:
HOW TO SERVE YOUR VEGAN WEDDING GUESTS IN STYLE
Brussel sprouts are a fabulous dish for both vegan and meat-eating wedding guests.
Once upon a time, vegans were offered a steaming plate of vegetables and were expected to swoon, but vegan lifestyle and cuisine has evolved to something truly amazing and delicious! If you and your partner live an animal-friendly lifestyle or have friends or family that do, read on to discover all the unexpected options for vegan dining.
Secure a caterer or chef experienced in attending to vegan dining and willing to tailor menus to your particular needs. Make sure they clearly understand your definition of vegan and your feelings about any “borderline” foods like white sugar, honey or wines processed using animal products.
DOING VEGAN RIGHT
You don’t need to compromise your morals or beliefs and serve meat for the sake of your guests. “If you do it right,” advises Jenifour Jones, owner of Go Get It Events, “guests won’t even know they are eating vegan food and will be impressed and surprised if they ever realize that their meal was [made] without animal products.” Simple swaps such as switching plant for animal proteins, like soy or seitan for chicken or fish, can render familiar dishes vegan-friendly.
KEEPING IT HEARTY
Swapping instead of nixing will also satisfy robust appetites. “I always like to make vegan entrees very hearty,” explains Adam Hiner, founder and CEO of L.A.’s Eco-Caters, “as many meat-eaters will associate vegan food as not ‘filling’ enough.” Look for inspiration in ethnic cuisines- many Thai and Indian dishes, Hiner advises, are naturally vegan. James Beard-nominated chef Steven Petusevsky similarly recommends adding some Asian vegan influence via action wok stations, serving seared tofu with long beans in a ma po sauce.
The vegan couple willing to offer some meat or non-vegan options will also find it’s easy to create a balanced menu. For the main course, says Meg Hall, executive chef and owner of the boutique L.A. caterer Made By Meg, you can simply make one dish and add protein to the non-vegan portions. One of Hall’s vegan specialties, grilled Asian pears with avocados, baby arugula, candied walnuts and pomegranate “jewels,” is a fabulous dish that can be made even more appealing to meat-eaters with the addition of grilled skirt steak.
Above all, remember that family and friends are there to support you—that means who you love, how you live and how you eat.
~ Original Article Link: http://www.colincowieweddings.com/articles/food-drink/how-to-serve-your-vegan-guests-in-style
Those of us living in the San Diego area are fully aware of that iconic Junípero Serra Museum is as it gracefully sits atop the city. Having a wedding at the Junípero Serra Museum is just as iconic. Eco Caters, your organic San Diego wedding caterers brought this location and the wedding party of Yzzer & Doreen to the table, with some amazing seasonal dishes, and a little love.
Our team was honored to be Yzzer & Doreen’s San Diego wedding caterer, and excited to see all the couples just like them who are passionate about organic food and sustainable practices. We here at Eco Caters go out of our way to ensure that every ingredient we use in our signature dishes are locally sourced, USDA Organic, and in season. This extra care is something you won’t find in many San Diego wedding caterers.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of touring the Junípero Serra Museum yet we highly recommend it. It’s a great day trip! It is truly a romantic endeavor. Having your own wedding there is no different. Those historic Spanish walls, and her view are ideal for a celebration of love.
The Junípero Serra Museum, in Presidio Park, is one of the most familiar landmarks in San Diego. As a major symbol of the city, it stands atop the hill recognized as the site where California began. It was here in 1769 that a Spanish Franciscan missionary, Father Junípero Serra, with a group of soldiers led by Gaspar de Portolá, established Alta California’s first mission and presidio (fort).
Often confused for the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the Serra Museum was built between 1928-1929 for the purpose of housing and showcasing the collection of the San Diego History Center (then the San Diego Historical Society), which was founded in 1928. The structure was designed by architect, William Templeton Johnson, using Spanish Revival architecture, to resemble the early missions that once dominated the landscape of Southern California. ~ sandiegohistory.org/serra_museum.
Our San Diego wedding catering team put together this menu for our clients Yzzer & Doreen:
Salsa Trio with Homemade Organic Tortilla Chips & Guacamole
Our Flaky Vegetable Empanadas
Farmers Market Salad includes, Wild Arugula, local vegetables, and our House Vinaigrette Dressing
Slow Braised Beef Brisket with Tomato and Garlic
Chipotle Blueberry Rubbed Chicken with Extra Chipotle Blueberry Sauce on the Side
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mustard
Flame Grilled Corn on the Cob Marinated with Fresh Lemon and Smoked Chili
Cupcakes. Cupcakes. Cupcakes.
Yzzer & Doreen, Eco Caters would like to say “Thank You!” from the bottom of our hearts for choosing us as your San Diego wedding caterers. We know how personal the day of your wedding is and we were touched that you shared it with us.
A special thanks to San Diego wedding photographer, Gerardo Gabriel! His photographs speak for themselves but we still want to compliment him on his work. Gerardo has an eye for beauty and he was so fun to work with. Thank you for taking these amazing photos of our dishes!
San Diego Wedding Venue: Junípero Serra Museum
San Diego Wedding Catering Team: Eco Caters
San Diego Wedding Photographer: Gerado Leon
San Diego Wedding Season: Spring
Nicole and Joey created their Smog Shoppe wedding bursting with soft spring colors, personality, and a timeless rustic style. Eco Caters, your organic Los Angeles wedding catering team celebrated this auspicious day with a delicious menu of local and in-season ingredients.
WEDDING VENUE: THE SMOG SHOPPE
Nicole and Joey tailored the style of their wedding perfectly with the Smog Shoppe’s rustic wood grains, eclectic décor, and lively personality. Our Los Angeles wedding catering team loves doing events here. Over the years we have catered and coordinated countless weddings and corporate events at the Shoppe. Our team helped Nicole and Joey utilize the space and shared with them a few tricks to optimize their wedding day.
IN-SEASON CALIFORNIA PRODUCE FOR SPRING
Our Los Angeles wedding catering company prides itself on not only using organic and local ingredients within our dishes, we also take advantage of the brighter flavors and freshness of in season fruits and vegetables. Springtime is always a popular time of year for weddings; it’s also a popular time for filling your wedding menu with an abundance of great in-season produce. Eco Caters is happy to customize our client’s menu with whatever ingredients fancy their taste buds, but here are just a few in-season fruits and vegetables we think you and your guests will enjoy here in southern California:
Asparagus, Avocados, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Blood Oranges, Grapefruits, Lemons, Kale, Mushroom, Passion Fruit, Peas, Strawberries, Basil, Cucumber, and Raspberries.
We always strive to use the freshest organic ingredients and so naturally Eco Caters opts to use in-season produce from the local farms we purchase our fruits and vegetables from. We don’t buy our products from Costco or Smart and Final the way a lot of our competitors do. We support local farms and our local economy; something we pride ourselves on over other Los Angeles wedding caterers.
LOS ANGELES WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: BRANDON KIDD PHOTOGRAPHY
You’re likely to catch us smiling behind our lenses, but when we aren’t we love to travel, drink coffee, devour Chipotle, and play with our pup, Millie.
To view more of their work check out www.brandonkidd.net
Thank you Nicole and Joey for choosing Eco Caters as your Los Angeles wedding caterer! Our crew talked about your wedding all week long around the office. Thanks to Brandon and Kristin Kidd for allowing us to fill our blog posts with all of your amazing wedding photography! And to all of you at The Smog Shoppe, we’ll see you again real soon!
Los Angeles Wedding Venue: Smog Shoppe
Los Angeles Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
Los Angeles Wedding Photographer: Brandon Kidd Photography
If you’re recently engaged and living in New York City or Los Angeles, you’re in luck! There are two Wedding Salon bridal shows coming to you in March. Here are all the details:
The Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Salon will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm at The Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC. Whether your considering a destination wedding or planning a trip-of-a-lifetime honeymoon, this event will feature representatives from top resorts and destinations from all over the world including Curacao Tourism, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun, All Inclusive Hard Rock, Puerto Rico Tourism Board, The Villa Group, The Rack at Rock Creek, Iconic Weddings and more. And, oh yeah, celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie will also be making an appearance. This event will also include cake tastings, cocktails, makeovers, gown previews, raffles, giveaways and an amazing goodie bag!
For all you Los Angeles brides, check out the Wedding Salon Los Angeles on Monday, March 10 from 4pm to 8pm at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. At this exciting event, you’ll find a TAO Bachelorette Suite where you and your pals can discover how to plan the ultimate bachelorette party, cake tastings from Charm City Cakes and Hansen’s Cakes, reception tablescapes from top designers, gorgeous wedding gowns, representatives from top venues and destination wedding sites worldwide, delicious treats from Eco Caters, beauty consultations, and an amazing goodie bag!
For more information or to purchase tickets, check out the Wedding Salon’s website!
SAN DIEGO GARDEN PLOTS AVAILABLE!
If anyone in the San Diego is interested in having their very own garden plots to grow organic vegetables and herbs, then you’re in luck! The wonderful people at Herb En Routes Community Garden have some new garden plots available! They have irrigated and non-irrigated plots and are very reasonably priced! Great for families!
For more details contact Herb En Routes Community Garden at Info@HerbEnRoutes.com