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.
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
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.
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!
HOW 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!
DO 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 email@example.com or 800.875.8027×1 for details.
Stay tuned to www.creambycrystal.com for updates to our flavor personality family.
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
To find get your fingers on some of Crystals fantastic cupcakes visit her website at CreamByCrystal.com
Every couple is looking to take that unique wedding photo. While everything on land may have already been captured, the sea seems to be the new frontier in wedding photos.
Wedding and Lifestyle photographer Adam Opris has captured absolutely amazing under water wedding photos. Combining his love of the ocean with his work behind the camera, Adam Opris is turning heads with each and every photo session he has. His technical use of underwater lights combined with his SCUBA license set him atop the growing pile of wedding photographers.
“I began shooting my future nieces in their swimming pool to test out the new housing and to learn how it all worked with lighting and exposures,” Adam says. “After seeing what was possible I started dreaming big.”
Anyone can take underwater photos nowadays but there is a quality in Adam’s photos that you just don’t see in other wedding photos. There’s something captivating about the way the beams of light sparkle through the waves and the way the wedding dress magically flow with the current. The images feel still and peaceful. What a beautiful and unique way to remember your wedding day.
His wedding photos have inspired countless couples to think outside the box for their photos. Adam Opris didn’t stop at just wedding photos either! He has a fantastic collection of galleries on his website showing underwater maternity photos, yoga, fashion shoots, even the behind the scenes photo shoots are amazing to see.
Check out some of Adam’s work bellow:
The holiday season is fast approaching but it doesn’t have to be stressful! Your San Diego and Los Angeles organic catering company is hear to help you.
From company holiday parties to private home dinners Eco Caters has you covered. With our time tested recipes, customizable menus and commitment to locally sourced organic food, our team will help you create the perfect holiday party to impress each and every one of your guests. CHECK OUT OUR HOLIDAY CATERING MENU
Choose from a wide variety of organic dishes from our Herb Crusted Stand-Up Rib Roast with Red Wine Pan Sauce, to our Char-grilled Pacific Oysters with Creole Liquor. If you don’t see one of your grandma’s favorite dishes on our menu list, we’d be happy to add it!
COMPANY HOLIDAY PARTY CATERING
No matter the size of your business Eco Caters can work with you to create the perfect event for your budget. We can do in-office breakfast, lunch, dinner, or after hour parties. We can take on just the catering to full on event coordination.
Purchasing healthy organic catering is a great way to show your employees that you care. Studies have also shown that companies that offer free meals to their employees from time-to-time boost company creativity, productivity, office happiness, and take more pride in their company.
PRIVATE RESIDENCE HOLIDAY PARTY
Cleaning up your home for company to come over for the holidays is a task unto itself. Why spend hours cooking food when you can be out mingling and enjoying yourself. Let one of our chefs come in and prepare a homemade meal right before your very eyes. We have a nice selection of comfort foods like out popular Grandma’s Gouda Mac N Cheese and our Pecan Island Duck Gumbo with Fairview Farms Turnips, to a flavorful selection of vegetarian or vegan options as well, like our Honey Glazed Tofurkey stuffed with Rosemary Apple Bread Pudding or our Vegan Shephard’s Pie with Crispy Onions and Gravy.
Our chef will do all the grocery shopping, and using your kitchen, chop, toss, cook, grill, marinate, bake, and serve you and your guests a memorable dinner. We can also bartend if you want us to serve drinks or create a special drink list for specialty cocktails.
This year we look forward to making your holiday season a fun one!
Weiser Family Farms began in 1977 when Sid Weiser, a chemistry teacher and counselor at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles decided to pack up the family and follow his dream of working off the land. Sidney and his wife Raquel laid down roots in Tehachapi, California. There, they learned to tend to the fruit trees . . . apples, peaches, and pears. In the ensuing years, they acquired farmland in other locations where they branched out into a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Weiser Family Farms also takes part in a lot of farmers markets and we encourage you to seek them out at your local market! Their website has a healthy list of farmers markets in the area that offer their produce. weiserfamilyfarms.com/farmers-markets
What started out as a small family shop in Orange, California, Anderson Seafoods has evolved into a full-scale, state-of-the-art operation and is recognized as a leading authority in the seafood industry. If you’ve ever experienced great seafood at your favorite restaurant which was “a cut above”, it most likely came from Anderson Seafoods. Our on-line store features an unparalleled assortment of Fresh, Frozen, Smoked Seafood and Entrees as well as Specialty Items, guaranteed to please even the most discerning palate. Eco Caters uses their fish throughout our Los Angeles wedding and business events.
The Polito Family Farms is an exciting and family run citrus farm located in Valley Center, California. Our Los Angeles kitchen uses their juicy oranges, limes and lemons to brighten our dishes and to make popular homemade lemon-aid. Our lemon-aid is made fresh and in small batches, made to order for our weddings and business events. If you’d like to taste Polito Family Farms locally grown fruits for yourself, visit them at these popular farmers markets: La Cienega Farmers’ Market, Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, and the Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market.
Maggie’s farm, in Agora Hills CA, is owned and operated by Nate Peitso who learned the business from his parents. Their family farm is dedicated to producing the highest quality organic greens available. Most of the mixed greens and herbs we use at our events come from Maggie’s. Their mixes have the perfect blend of flavors, and a true cult following. In addition to greens and herbs they have the most amazing farm fresh eggs winter greens and other spectacular produce from time to time.
You can find their greens at restaurants such as Bouchon in Los Angeles and of course here at Eco Caters. Maggie’s is best known for their “stellar mix.” If you haven’t had this mix you should go to the Santa Monica or Venice Markets and try some immediately. You can also find them at farmers markets in San Diego including the Little Italy market on Saturdays and the new Rancho Santa Fe market on Sundays.
Just eight miles east of San Diego on the Santa Fe Valley resides Be Wise Ranch, an organic farm that has been growing organic produce since 1977. The ranch grows a tasty assortment of fruits and vegetables that Eco Caters has utilized in our own kitchen for years. They also have a fabulous weekly box pick-up service were they deliver to different pick-up points throughout San Diego. It’s a great service for anyone in the bay area who wants to show their direct support for their local organic farmers.
Go Green Agriculture was started by a first generation farmer with a computer science degree. All the vegetables they grow use hydroponics and uses no soil what so ever. Their process uses 80% less water than traditional farms and they have expanded their model to other parts of the country. It’s truly a farm model for the future. They were even invited to the White House to be recognized as a “Champion of Change.” Eco Caters uses their greens at our San Diego kitchen, and we are always pleased with their product. Look for their lettuce, kale, and spinach at your local grocer!