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November 21st: Storytellers Pop Up with Todo Mundo

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Eco Caters co founder/Chef, Nick Brune, along with Chef Rick Gonzales of Green Truck SD, has teamed up with record label Todo Mundo to bring you a night of fun, flavors, and festive music.  The chefs have carefully prepared 7 organic courses, for you to pair with 7 live songs.  “We’re taking your ears and taste buds to Latin and South America. It’s going to be a magical journey; we hope you will join us.”

Founded by David Byrne in 2008, Todo Mundo has flourished into an important band here in California.  Originating from Columbia, Todo Mundo has brought back the calibration of music to the west coast.  Their bold, spicy music is sure to raise the heat levels in each course as the night unfolds.

Guests will receive a CD, 7 courses, 7 live tracks, and 2 home brews for $65

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MENU

 

1. Kraken Arepa

Marinated Octopus, Avocado, Venezuelan Corn Cake

2. Ensalada Betarraga

roasted beets, hearts of palm, mixed greens, onion sprouts,

honey beet dressing, local edible flowers

3. Smoked Pork Pibil

Springhill pepper jack pupusa, achiote roasted pork

4. Empanadas de Hongo

wild mushrooms, peas, carrot, raisins, salsa asada

5. Todos Mariscos

Fresh Local Seafood Ceviche

6. Argentinian Skirt Steak

roasted root vegetables, yucca frita, himichurri

7. Nutella Plantain Cake

Caramelized plantain, nutella icing, orange crema

For tickets and more info, please visit: Brown Paper Tickets

 

Nov18
By Eric

Studio 1342 Is A Wedding Photographers Dream

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Studio 1342 hosts a ton of weddings, and photo shoots, so why not combine them!  Our Los Angeles wedding catering team cooked a delicious dinner for our clients, and posed for a few photos in the process.

When couples get married, their wedding venue becomes the backdrop for their wedding photos.  If a couple happens to have a wedding at a hotel banquet room, they’re kind of limited to hotel-banquet-looking wedding photos.  However, if you happen to book your wedding at say… Studio 1342, you would not only have a killer Los Angeles wedding venue, you would also have access to all their cool lighting, backdrops, and their urban garden oasis.  Studio 1342 hosts a ton of weddings, and photo shoots, so why not do both!  It’s a wedding photographers dream!  Such was the case for Adam and Caro’s wedding.

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Our Los Angeles wedding catering team prepared some delicious appetizers for cocktail hour.  All the ingredients our kitchen used were organic, in season, and locally grown.   Our Los Angeles wedding caterers brought out a savory collection of fall favors like our roasted salsas with house fried tortilla chips, a hummus trio, grilled flat break, marinated artichokes, and a selection of local olives.

For Adam and Caro’s main course, our Los Angeles wedding caterers served a hardy vegetarian dinner full of fall flavors.  Guests started out with a simple salad with wild arugula tossed with in season fruit, crumbled Points Rye Bleu Cheese, and our house Apple Cider Vinaigrette.  Friends and family loved our grilled Portobello mushrooms with angel hair pasta, fried rice with marinated tofu and crisp green beans, roasted potatoes with sage and rosemary, and grilled vegetables from the Farmer’s Market.  There are not too many Los Angeles catering companies that would make Saturday morning trips to the local farmers market to buy fresh produce, but we’re not like other catering companies…

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From all of us at Eco Caters, we would like to thank Adam and Caro for choosing us as their Los Angeles wedding caterer.  We has such a wonderful time getting to know you two over the wedding planning process and we’re sad that its over.  Our Los Angeles wedding caterers would also like to thank Rachel and Sarah of ‘Rachel and Sarah Take Pictures‘ (pictured above) for allowing us to share these spectacular wedding photos!  You make everything look so perfect.

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Nov12
By Eric

San Diego Wedding Venue: Wild Willow Farm

Wild Willow Farm is a beautiful San Diego wedding venue for those of you seeking that all-in-one green wedding location.

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Wild Willow Farm, which is located just a short 15-minute drive from down town San Diego, and less than a mile from the Mexico boarder, is six acres of organic farmland with a passion for growing and educating our community on sustainable farming.  It’s also a beautiful San Diego wedding venue for those of you seeking that all-in-one green wedding location.

Our San Diego wedding catering company is proud to play a part San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project: “a network of citizens, farmers, chefs, gardeners, teachers, and students working to encourage the growth and consumption of regional food. From farm to fork, we focus awareness and work toward a more ecologically sound, economically viable and socially just food system in San Diego.

By eating locally, not only do you get fresher, better-tasting food, but you also help support family farms and encourage a vibrant local economy.”

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Below is the menu our San Diego wedding caterers served to Rachel and Andrew’s friends and family:

Hors D’oevres

Chef’s selection of assorted cheeses with Farmer’s Market fruit and preserves

Hummus Trio with Cucumber Yoghurt, Mixed Olives, and Grilled Flatbread

 

Salad and Asian Station

Kale and Beet Salad with Julienne Carrot and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Jasmine Rice

Green Curry with Farmers Market Veggies and Mexican White Shrimp

Wild Willow Farm Stir Fry

 

Stone Oven Pizza Station

Spring Hill Cheese Pizza

Mountain Meadow Crimini Mushroom Pizza

Mexican White Shrimp and Market Vegetable Pizza with Jack Cheese and Pesto

 

S’more’s Station

Vegan Marshmallows

Graham Crackers

Cinnamon Graham Crackers

Dark Chocolate

Milk Chocolate

 

A special “Thank You!” to Rachel and Andrew for choosing Eco Caters as their San Diego Wedding caterer, to Wild Willow Farm for all the wonderful work they do, and finally to the amazing photography of Mark Mehlinger!  We look forward to seeing you all at our next event!

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San Diego Wedding Photographer:  Mark Mehlinger Photography

San Diego Wedding Caterer:  Eco Caters

San Diego Wedding Coordinator:  Eco Caters

San Diego Wedding venue:  Wild Willow Farm

San Diego Wedding Farms: Wild Willow Farm, Suzies Farm, Eco Caters own private San Diego Wedding Coordinator:  Sandy Feet Events

Oct21
By Eric

My Wife Grows Worms In our Closet!

Vermicompost:  Composting food in a small apartment is inexpensive, does not smell, saves the environment, requires almost no maintenance, and your plants will look amazing!

Photo by Chris Gardner

Photo by Chris Gardner

It’s true!  My wife keeps a five-gallon bucket filled with worms and compost in the coat closet-and we’re normal, clean people!  Really! I swear!  After shivering at the thought for almost a year that there are hundreds of worms eating discarded vegetables just inches from my winter coat, I came to realize that there is nothing smelly or nasty about it!  I have slowly gotten on board with this concept and I have to say, I’m converted!  And now I want to preach my wife’s closet compost concept to you!

At first, I thought this was the grossed thing we could possibly do in our closet.  My wife and I are both neat freaks so you can imagine my surprise when she suggested we start doing this.  I even had a little script rehearsed in case I had to unexpectedly explain it to guests if they happened to stumble upon it while visiting.  I also felt it was just a matter of time before there was a great worm escape; I would open the closet door one afternoon and find worms slithering in all directions.  And the biggest fear I had was the smell.  It’s going to smell!  I thought this bucket of food scrapings comingling with living creatures would surely stink up our expensive coats, the closet itself and even worse, stink up our apartment.   I think I may have even wanted it to happen so I could once and for all tell my wife what an awful ideas this was and get rid of this whole contraption.  But, as the months turned into years, nothing bad ever happened and it never smelled!  Ever!  In fact, if you lift the lid and strain to sniff anything all you can smell is the faint smell of fresh soil.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for vermicomposting, but composting is for people with backyards, not renters of a small apartment.  Boy was I mistaken.  Having a compost bucket in your living space is incredibly easy and makes such an impact on your garbage.  The worms do an amazing job of breaking down food.  They’re also pretty resilient!  We’ve neglected to drop any fruit and vegetable scraps into our worm compost bucket and they have held strong!  So, it’s not even something that requires much maintenance either.

Composting newspaper, egg cartons, vegetables and fruit alone can really make a difference in the amount of garbage you throw away each week, but the truly amazing benefit to composting food in your closet is when you add this rich soil these little guys create in your potted plants.  Every time my wife adds the fertilizer from our vermicompost to our plants you can actually see them grow a few inches in just a weeks time.  This organic fertilizer is much more effective than any chemical fertilizer you can buy.  We’ve even started giving our worm fertilizer to our neighbors after they commented on how much healthier our plants look compared to theirs.

So how can I start my own apartment vermicompost?  Easy!  All you need is a dark space large enough for two five-gallon bucket, and track down some worms.  Most nurseries carry worms and they are plentiful.  Due to the rise of folks starting their own vermicompost systems some places may charge $20 to $40 for a batch of worms.  Don’t do it!  We’ve given away hundreds of worms to our friends for free and it makes absolutely no impact on our composting.  These little guys multiply like crazy and I’m sure if you find the right person, someone would give you all the worms you’ll ever need for free.

 -  Put pen sized holes in the bottom of one of the two five gallon buckets.  Slide that bucket into the other five gallon bucket to catch worm droppings and extra water.  Cut slits into the lid so that the worms can breath. 

-  Create your vermicompost bed by shredding 1-inch strips of newspaper or egg carton. 

-  Next, wet the paper with water.  It’s important to ring out the excess water and fluff-up the wet newspaper.  Place the fluffed-up wet newspaper into the container.  The container should be one-half to three-fourths full.

-  In a well-lit area or outside on a sunny day empty the worms on top of the shredded newspaper (making sure the light or sun is shining down on the box).  The worms will quickly go down into the bedding material because they don’t like the light. Once they go into the bedding they will start making their new home in the bedding.  Keep the bedding moist.

-  Add a little soil over the bedding material.  Worms need soil or sand to digest their food.  Wait for about 7 days before adding other food to the worm bed.  The worms need to become acclimated to their new environment for the first week. 

-  Add vegetables scraps and fruit as you go.  Never add acidic foods like onions, citrus peels, ginger, or garlic.  They’ll kill your worms. 

-  Never let food get high enough to touch the lid of your bucket.

-  Every month or some slide your buckets apart, add water to your rich fertilizer mixture and feed it to your plants. 

Having an apartment vermicompost system is easy and inexpensive so give it a whirl!  If you’re intrigued to have your own compost but uneasy about doing so while living in a small apartment like I was, give it some thought!  You’ll be glad you did! 

 

Categories: Sustainable Ideas
Oct07
By Eric

Choosing A Catering Company For Your Wedding

Choosing a San Diego wedding catering company for your wedding plays an essential part in defining your special day.  You want to make sure your catering company serves memorable food to your guests, and you want to make sure they do it right.  Lanaya and Kevin were one of those couples.  They got married in San Diego and wanted to have a green wedding with a vegetarian menu, and Eco Caters delivered!

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Here at Eco Caters we do more than just catering weddings.  Not only can we simply you’re special day (by also coordinating you wedding), but we also have a small, tightknit team that will handle your wedding with care.   We also pride ourselves on the quality of our food.  Everything our San Diego wedding catering company serves to your guests is FDA certified organic.  We also purchase our food from small local farms and do our best to serve in season produce.  We purchase sustainable fish and can even help you implement other green ideas into your wedding.

Our relationships with our clients start with a phone call or an email.  From there our staff can help you figure out the best solutions to fit your needs and budget.  We are always excited when couples we meet have unique ideas or traditions they want to infuse into their wedding night.  One aspect of Lanaya and Kevin’s wedding that was important to them was to serve the best vegan wedding menu, and that’s something we get a lot of requests for and can handle!  A lot of San Diego wedding caterers find vegetarian cooking to be a nuisance; they don’t feel that a vegetarian wedding can be as tasty and satisfying as one with meat, and that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Eco Caters often does such a great job preparing our menus that a lot of time guests are not even aware they just at a vegetarian dinner.  That’s something we love hearing.

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Once couples have narrowed down their menu we encourage them to come in for a food tasting.  The food tasting at our San Diego wedding caterers is a fun and filling one.   Our chef will prepare your menu while the two of you enjoy a romantic tasting for two.  We’ll offer wines, cocktails and beer to pare with your courses while our seasoned chef walks out of the kitchen with a fresh new dish.  Our chef will explain the ingredients and process for each dish to better help the two of you make the right choices when finalizing your menu.  Below is vegetarian menu Lanaya and Kevin decided on for their wedding reception:

COCKTAIL HOUR HORS D’OEUVRES

Homemade Hummus Trio with Olive Salad and Grilled Flatbread

Vegetable Crudite with Roasted Onion Dip and House Ranch

WEDDING RECEPTION DINNER

Farmers Market Salad includes, Best of the Market greens and vegetables with a house vinaigrette dressing

Pan Sautéed Polenta with Carrot, Celery Root, and Fire Roasted Tomatoes (Pictured above.)

Grilled Garlic Rubbed Fennel with Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Gouda Mac and Cheese (One of Eco Cater’s most popular dishes!)

French Beans with Crispy Shallot

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Once our San Diego Caterer team has cleared every last plate, and found every last linin napkin, and after every guest has enjoyed their cup of coffee or tea, we will check in with you and make sure that everything was satisfactory.  We’ll wish you off and quietly clean up behind us and make it so clean, it will look as if we were never there.  It’s how we do each and every wedding.

A very special thanks to Lenaya and Kevin for choosing Eco Caters as their San Diego wedding caterer!  Our entire staff commented on fun and happy your wedding was.  We had a wonderful time getting to know you over our phone calls and correspondence and it was so nice to finally put the faces with all of your family members.  From all of us here at Eco Caters, we wish you a very happy “Congratulations!!!”

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 WEDDING STATS

San Diego Wedding Caterer:  Eco Caters

San Diego Wedding Photographer: Amy Boring

San Diego Wedding Rentals:  Raphael’s Party Rentals

San Diego Wedding Florist: La Costa Farms

San Diego WEdding DJ: Joe from AV Event Designs

 

Sep30
By Adam

This Holiday Season, Choose Eco Caters!

Roasted turkeyBetween our Los Angeles and San Diego offices, our all-organic catering team has the greater southern California area covered this holiday season.   Whether you’re looking to have Eco Caters prepare a traditional Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Las Posados meal, or just a festive office holiday party, Eco Caters can help you create a custom menu to cook some of your favorite family staples or help you choose from some of our already popular dishes.

No matter how big or small your holiday party, Eco caters will use certified organic produce, purchase everything locally (to not only reduce our carbon footprint, but also to support our local economy this holiday season), and put our love into each and every step of preparing your holiday feast.

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect catering company this holiday season, or just don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, we encourage you to give us a ring!  (Los Angeles 310.202.0326   San Diego 858.246.6129   Washington D.C. 202.810.3262)  With one simple phone call our friendly staff can walk you through planning your event, give you price points, and create ways to incorporate your traditions.  Let us help you thank your guests this holiday season with all-organic catering from Eco Caters.

Here is a fun sample menu to get your Holiday Party started! 

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Below is a list of some of our popular Holiday menu items

Starters 

  • Baked Brie with Roasted Macadamia Nuts and Homemade Preserve
  • House Cured Salmon Display with Capers, Egg, Purple Onion, and Dill Crème Friache
  • Duck Confit Spring Rolls with Apricot Mustard
  • Chef’s Choice Cheese Display with Market Fruit and Preserves
  • Mezze Platter with Hummus Trio, Tabouleh Salad, Olive Medley, and Fresh Pita
  • Antipasto with Marinated Artichoke, Sweet Peppers with Arugula, Marinated Cherry Tomato with Mozzarella, and Mixed Olives
  • Vegetable Crudite with Roasted Onion Dip and House Ranch
  • Creole Eggplant Dip with Local Crab and Chive
  • Organic Slider Display Including: (add $1.50 per person)
  • Roasted Turkey Slider with Apple, Cranberry, Arugula, and House Mustard
  • Muffalatta Slider with Olive Salad
  • Honey Baked Ham with Orange Marmalade and Watercress
  • Roasted Eggplant and Tomato with Lemon Shallot Relish
  • Charcuterie Display served with House Mustard, Cornichon, Pickled Onion, and Garlic Rubbed Crostini (add $2.50 per person)
  • Chilled Seafood Display with Shrimp, Oysters, Clams, Mussels, Lemon Caper Aioli, and Cocktail Sauce (add $5.50 per person)
  • Char-grilled Pacific Oysters with Creole Liquor (add $2.00 per person)

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Salad

  • Maggie’s Pepper Mix with Julienne Onion, Feta, and Pear Mustard Seed Vinaigrette
  • Scarborough Herb Mix with Pumpkin Seed, Shaved Purple Onion, Tomato, and Sweet Pepper Vinaigrette
  • Maggie’s Winter Mix with Weiser Farms Baby Carrots and Chrones, and Garlic Croutons with House Made Buttermilk Ranch
  • Wild Arugula with Smith Farms Apples, Pumpkin Seeds, Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Main Dishes

  • Creole Injected Fried Turkey with Giblet Gravy
  • Rosemary Bread Pudding Stuffed Turkey with Pan Gravy
  • Herb Crusted Stand-Up Rib Roast with Red Wine Pan Sauce
  • Coriander and Dried Mushroom Dusted Leg of Lamb with Zinfandel Reduction
  • Colorado Venison Chop with Julienne Onion Fritto
  • House Cured Piru Canyon Honey Baked Ham
  • Broiled Filet of King Salmon topped with Leek Potatoes
  • Creole Seafood Gumbo with File’
  • House Smoked Andoille with Jidori Chicken Gumbo Ya Ya
  • Pecan Island Duck Gumbo with Fairview Farms Turnips

Vegetarian/Vegan Dishes

  • Honey Glazed Tofurkey stuffed with Rosemary Apple Bread Pudding
  • Creole Injected Tofurkey with Caramelized Onion Jus
  • Cranberry, Orange, and Mint Cous Cous Stuffed Acorn Squash with Allspice and Toasted Pecans
  • Vegan Shephard’s Pie with Crispy Onions and Gravy
  • Grilled Garlic Rubbed Fennel with Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Canary Watercress Puree

Sides 

  • Rice Stuffing with Grassfed Kansas Beef
  • Truffle Smashed Potatoes
  • Traditional Smashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Weiser Farms Potatoes with Chive
  • Southern Yams
  • Sauteed Winter Greens
  • Orange Scented Cranberries Sauce
  • Brocollini with Garlic and Shallots
  • Grandma’s Gouda Mac N Cheese
  • Olympus Oyster Stuffing
  • Homemade Green Bean Casserole
  • Vegan Corn Bread Stuffing
  • Truffle Cauliflower Gratin
  • Roasted Fairview Farms Root Vegetables
  • Glazed Carrots

Desserts

  • Apple Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream
  • Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Whipped Cream
  • Lavender Scented Crème Brulee
  • Double Fudge Bourbon Walnut Pie with Caramel Sauce
  • Espresso Brownie with Hazelnut Ice Cream
  • Jamaican Rum Cake with California Golden Raisins
  • New Orleans Bread Pudding with Makers Mark Whiskey Sauce
  • Banana Cheesecake with Ganache
  • Raw Apple Pie with a Fig Almond Crust

*all dishes may change according to season

Sep27
By Eric

Recyclable and Compostable Plate Ideas

tumblr_msqaolu3S11r9qhhio1_500Memories…. Remember when your family would have those get-togethers or BBQs and the only two options for disposable plates where those round sheets of paper or the heat shrinking Styrofoam?  (As seen here in this Sears Kenmore barbecue promotional ad.)

We don’t have to use those anymore!

Nowadays there as so many disposable plate options that the age of struggling to eat outside is over.  Our memories can fall back on the homemade food and not us struggling to walk it our heaping plate to the lawn chair.  Moreover, there are a handful of companies that have made some pretty impressive products!  Best of all, they are recyclable and compostable.  Using green plates and disposables are here and here to stay.  Here is a few green companies we have tested and used.

VERTERRA LEAF PLATES

We love Verterra plates and often use them at our events.  Founded on the belief that it’s possible to combine high design with the highest standards of environmental responsibility, VerTerra now redefines what stylish, sustainable and compostable disposable dinnerware can be. Thoughtfully and beautifully designed, VerTerra offers a chic touch of nature to each table.  Durable and versatile, VerTerra is lightweight yet sturdy and stands up to hot foods, hot/cold liquids, the hot sun and can even used to bake in the oven, store in the fridge and reheat in the microwave.   Since VerTerra is all-natural – made from only fallen leaves, steam, heat and pressure, there are no concerns about plastics, glues, lacquers, veneers or any toxins to leach into foods.

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The company also have an impressive mission statement: Our mission is to produce the highest quality products at fair prices using sustainable production methods and fair wage labor for the environmentally and socially conscious consumer.  Each and every day we are inspired by our name, rooted in the Latin phrase “veritas terra” or “true to the earth.” At VerTerra, being inspired means doing what we do best – producing dinnerware that’s biodegradable, durable, and stands out for its natural look and feel. We stay true to the earth by using an agricultural byproduct – fallen leaves – that we borrow (and frequently save from being burned) and then return to the earth.

VENEERWARE BY BAMBU

All Occassion Veneerware by Bambu is certified organic, from organically cultivated bamboo.  This green alternative is not only sturdy, it’s approved by the FDA and biodegrades within 6 months of discarding.  Bambu also creates some nice quality long-term products too like bowls and cutting boards, which I can also attest too.  My wife and I have been using Bambu brand cutting boards for years they have held up beautifully.

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PLATES WITH PURPOSE/RIVERSIDE DESIGN GROUP

If you only have a more than a few gathers a year why not think about something more sustainable, rather than throw away?  If repurposed is more you thing and you want to class up your party a bit, gives these Plates With Purpose by Riverside Desgn Group and look!

plate2Made with post-industrial and pre-consumer recycled glass, Plates With Purpose are dishwasher and microwave safe and feature 8 custom design graphics. What makes Riverside Design Group’s plates so unique is that each design promotes awareness for a specific charity!  A portion of the profits are donated to the noted charity depending on the style you choose. The flower pictured above benefits the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania, the wheat plate below it raises funds for the Greater PA Community Food Bank, and so on.  These plates are a great contribution to any party.

Whatever your party needs, have some fun and explore!  There are so many sturdy and earth friendly alternatives out there to thee old worthless paper plates of yesteryears, that you’ll never have to worry about having your plate collapse on you again. 

Categories: Sustainable Ideas
Sep26
By Eric

Asian Pacific Museum Wedding Venue

Los Angeles is full of wedding location gems; the Asian Pacific Museum is one of them. 

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The garden and courtyard is a breathtaking space.  It stirs romance in one’s heart and nostalgia for a simpler time.  “Pacific Asia Museum’s courtyard is inspired by the classic gardens of China where architecture is in harmony with nature. It contains many of the traditional plants and decorative elements that support this unity. While the layout, pond and plants have changed over the years, the courtyard remains a focal point, providing transition between public and private space.”  The garden provides the perfect atmosphere for a happy celebration and is ideal for weddings.  Everything is full of life, just as couple, Eileen and Marlon were when they sat down with our Los Angeles wedding caterers to aid in their colorful wedding.

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It was important to Eileen and Marlon to have a sustainable wedding.  Just as our Los Angeles wedding catering team believes, they too care where their food comes from.  We here at Eco Caters buy everything certified organic and from small local farms.  Not only does this practice preserve Mother Nature, but its also makes for brighter, more flavorful food that you and your guests can taste.   That’s something we pride ourselves on over other Los Angeles wedding caterers.  Below is a custom wedding menu that our chef created while working closely with the couple.

HORS D’OEUVRES

Chef’s Choice Cheese Display with Market Fruit, Preserves and Crostini

Warm Finger Sandwiches

Pulled Pork with Stewed Collard Greens on a Mini Corn Bread Bun

Crab Cake Slider with House-made Tartar Sauce on a Mini Brioche Bun

Grass-fed Beef Slider with Smoked Cheddar and Caramelized Onion

WEDDING RECEPTION MENU 

Caesar Salad with Roasted Garlic Croutons and Shaved Parmesan

Braised Beef Brisket with Tomato, Garlic, Olives, and Preserved Lemon

Rosemary Marjoram Chicken Breast finished with a Sherry Wild Mushroom Sauce

Grilled Farmers Market Vegetables of Zucchini, Carrot,  Red Bell Pepper, Red Onion, and Yellow Squash

Eco Caters, your Los Angeles wedding catering team along with the help of some truly amazing wedding vendors, made this wedding so much fun.  We enjoyed creating this event with all of them and we hope you give them a looksee if your planning your own wedding!   A special thanks to Eileen and Marlong for choosing Eco Caters as their Los Angeles wedding caterer!

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WEDDING STATS:

A special thanks to photographer Jonathan Chance for sharing his eye popping wedding photos with us!

Los Angeles Wedding Cake/Cupcakes: Jessica Reed, Swirlz Bakery – (626) 390-1752

Los Angeles Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters – (310) 854-9414

Los Angeles Wedding Coordination: Cindy Pham, Mad Love Events – (626) 841-1112

Los Angeles Wedding DJ: Carmin, Wedding Bug – (626) 478-7351

Los Angeles Wedding Floral: Johanna Villard, Flower Fetish – (818) 415-2308

Los Angeles Wedding Hair & Makeup: Karen Lee & Team, Makeup by Karen Lee – (626) 228-6296

Los Angeles Wedding Lighting: Foster Denker, Ambiance Party Lighting – (626) 799-8656

Wedding Officiant: Jacob Jurado, Jacob Marries – (323) 552-3139

Los Angeles Wedding Photographer: Jonathan Chance (Chang), Xstudio – (626) 592-2323

Los Angeles Wedding Rentals: Classic Party Rentals – (310) 202-0011

Los Angeles Wedding Venue: Gabriella Karsch, Pacific Asia Museum – (626) 449-2742 x33

Sep26
By Eric

How Eco Caters Does Weddings at The Smog Shoppe

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Eco Caters, your organic Los Angeles wedding catering team is proud to be one of Smog Shoppes’ preferred vendors.  Our team creates custom, all-organic and locally sourced menus for all budgets, and coordinates for all sizes.  Since our kitchen is literally right across the street from the Smog Shoppe in Culver City, we do a ton of events here and we know them well!  Here’s a walk through of how our team handles your wedding!

Most of our clients reach out to us via email or through a lovely phone conversation with Samantha or Staci who run the office of our Los Angeles branch.  Both of them are happy to hear your budget, number of guests you may have coming, and hear your ideas on food.  Our Los Angeles wedding coordinator and caterers can put together a proposal for you, outlining all your requests and set up a delicious food tasting with.

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SETTING UP A FOOD TASTING

Food tastings are so much fun, so come hungry!  Here at Eco Caters, our Los angeles wedding catering team sets you and yours down at a table for two, and walks you through the menu you discussed.  This menu can include items you wanted us to create for you along with some of our classic, popular dishes we have served over the years.  Our coordinator will then leave you two alone as you enjoy a romantic dinner together.  Our chef Daniel will slowly bring out courses of food for you both to try along with paired wines or water infused with fresh mint.

Once your multiple course dinner has filled your bellies, our coordinator will come back in and sit down with you and see what foods you loved.  From their we can help couples narrow in on their perfect wedding menu.

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THE BIG DAY

On the big day our staff will walk across the street and start setting up your event early.  Our friendly Los Angeles wedding caterers will come in and meticulously set up each table setting, arrange the details, prep the bar, and get our kitchen ready to serve your friends and family.

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SEARED ALBACORE TUNA APPETIZERS

Pictured above is one of our popular appetizers:  It is a seared Albacore Tuna (which is a safe sustainable fish caught here off the California coast!), atop a bed of cabbage slaw tossed with sweet citrus juice and topped with cilantro.  Yumm!

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GRILLED CHICKEN WITH OUR GREEK YOGURT DIPPING SAUCE

These are great, savory morsels for everyone.  The grilled chicken is perfect for a hot day.

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SALAD COURSE

As guests take their seats to watch the first dance, our Los Angeles wedding caterer team will discretely pass out plated salads for guests.  Pictured above is our wild arugula salad with fresh peaches and apricots from the local farmers market, local Points Reyes Bleu Cheese, and tossed in our Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

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FAMILY STYLE WEDDING DINNER

A group of friends share a family-style reception dinner with grilled pacific fish, truffle mashed potatoes, grilled farmers market vegetables (whatever is in season), and a dry rubbed flank steak.
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WRAP UP

After our Los Angeles wedding caterer, Eco Caters, has cleared every last plate, and guest have had their fill of coffee and desert, our crew will quietly clean up the kitchen and put everything back the way it was, give the newly weds and big hug and bid them a fond farewell.  We will keep in touch with our clients after a day or two, or maybe after their honeymoon, and see how their experience was.  Often, it is common that we keep in contact with our brides and grooms for years to come; we receive photos of children as couples grow their family, new houses, whatever fun milestones couples go through, we are right their with them.  We’ve personally saw them through one milestone in their life (their wedding), and it often creates a bond that leaves a lasting impression.

Sep14
By Adam

Wedding at Embarcdero Marina Park

San Diego has some picturesque parks to tie the knot along its port, but one of the most popular is the Embarcdero Marina Park.  Whether you choose the north or the south side of the park, you are in a prime location surrounded by white beach, green grass, and spectacular view of downtown.  Eco Caters, your San Diego wedding catering team was on hand to serve our clients Tamara and Tim.

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Saturday, 3:00 PM

Tamara and Tim, along with their wedding party and their family, gather for a beautiful, breezy wedding ceremony at the Embarcdero Park in San Diego.

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3:16 PM

Tim leans in to kiss Tamara as friends and family erupt into cheers for the new couple.

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3:17 PM

Ice cubes clink into the bottom of a lowball glass as spirits, and club soda fizz to the top; cocktail hour jumps into full swing.

Your San Diego wedding caterers bring on decorated platters of choice Cheese, market fruits, and a homemade apricot preserve.  Guests were also offered a hummus trio, tabouli, an olive salad, all paired with our warm flatbread.  Our clients Tamara and Tim were also impressed with our antipasto with marinated artichoke, sweet peppers with wild arugula, Marinated Cherry Tomato with Mozzarella, and mixed olives, so, we were happy to add these items to their menu!

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4:10 PM

A guest falls in love with our roasted salsa trio with organic tortilla chips.

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5:15 PM

Our San Diego wedding catering team believes that each and every event we do should be start with the freshest all-organic ingredients.  Our clients Tim and Tamara also wanted to serve their wedding guests fresh Farmer’s Market vegetables, locally sourced meats, and everything organic.

As friends and family took their seats our San Diego wedding caters kicked off the “family style” reception dinner.  Ceramic bowls of deliciously prepared food where brought out straight from the kitchen and placed in the hands of hungry guests.

To start off, guests passed a bowl of wild arugula, mixed with Farmer’s Market vegetables, and finished with our Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

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5:27 PM 

For the main course our San Diego wedding caterers brought out a smoky braised short rib rubbed with annatto, orange, and garlic, our grilled corn polenta cakes with a root vegetable ragout, black truffle potato puree, and our always popular roasted asparagus marinated in fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

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7:15 PM

First dance!  Tim held out his hand and escorted his new bride out onto the grassy dance floor for a romantic first dance.  After everyone had snapped their own photos to capture the moment, ladies ditched their heels, guys loosened their ties and joined in on the celebration.  Eco Caters best san diego wedding catering wedding venue location embarcadero marina park north south all organic catering caterer - 04

9:30 PM

A gentleman in a green tie officially has too much to drink.  But he was not alone :)
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9:50 PM

Last dance!  Everyone took to the dance floor for the last dance.

A special “Thank You!” to Tim and Tamara for choosing Eco Caters as their San Diego wedding caterer, and to David Su Photography for sharing his great wedding photography with our blog readers.  Until next time San Diego!

WEDDING STATS

San Diego Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters

San Diego Wedding Location: Embarcdero Marina Park

San Diego Wedding Photographer: David Su Photography

Sep12
By Eric
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