Since its grand opening on Thanksgiving day, 1927, The El Cortez Hotel has dazzled visitors with its beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture and it’s swank vibe. Eco Caters is proud to be a preferred vendor for the El Cortez and has catered countless weddings at this historic San Diego landmark. We look forward coordinating or catering your upcoming wedding and helping you book your celebration with the El Cortez Hotel.
In the summer of 1888 the Pacific Coast Steamship Wharf, a protected area of San Diego Bay, became the birthplace of the San Diego Rowing Club. Since then it has become a flagship for the community and a scenic spot for weddings and special events. The clubhouse has a beautiful contemporary design and the view of Mission Bay is even better.
Liz and Ben created a beautiful Los Angeles wedding by using some key vendors and one gorgeous wedding venue.
Millwick is an alluring event space just waiting to be played with. Once a forgotten warehouse, now a lush downtown Los Angels gem, with fun details hiding around every corner. Our Los Angeles wedding catering team is proud to be one of Millwick’s preferred vendors.
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. For more information visit: Marvimon.com/Millwick
Our Los Angeles wedding catering team is passionate about serving great food. That’s why we us only the freshest local produce and always USDA Certified organic ingredients. It was important to Liz and Ben that they not only serve great tasting food to their guests, but to also support local farmers and sustainable seafood. Our Los Angeles wedding catering team helped the Liz and Ben put together a menu that fit their budget, and we also helped them create dishes around the fruits and vegetables that would be in season around the time of their wedding.
Los Angeles wedding coordinator, Danielle Silver, of Orange Blossom Special Events did an incredible job organizing and managing Liz and Ben’s wedding. She was fun to work with and made the day smooth. Our Los Angeles wedding caterers assisted Danielle in moving furniture and ensuring everything stayed true to her timeline.
The friendly, professional event experts at Orange Blossom will help make the wedding of your dreams a reality. Our incredible event planners will be responsible for event coordination, vendor management, project plan creation, and risk and issue management; all allowing you to relax as your wedding is executed flawlessly!
Danielle and everyone at Orange Blossom are fantastic. Please visit their website and check them out for your upcoming events.
You know that when you hire a married couple to take your wedding photos, they get it. They understand how important the day is, how meaningful it is to get the right shots, and to make sure there’s a little love behind every photo. That’s why married couple Adi and Cat of Next Exit Photography take such exceptional wedding photos. They’ve been there. They’re the perfect team to photograph your special day and it shines through in their work.
Our Los Angeles wedding caterers would like to thank Adi and Cat for allowing us to share their work with all of you, and we sincerely encourage you to visit their website and take a gander at all their work. They have such an eye for capturing moments. Their work speaks for itself: NextExitPhotography.com
Congratulations Liz and Ben, and thank you for choosing Eco Caters as your Los Angeles wedding caterers. Our team had a blast catering your special day and it means a lot to us that you value the care we put into creating our organic dishes.
Eco Caters Chef Robert Wood had a nice writeup in the Washington Post this week! For the past few years now he has created organic meals for the Washington Capitals hockey organization, giving the team an athletic edge.
Below is the article published in the Washington Post:
Before every practice, Alex Ovechkin is handed a “Tropical Creamsicle” smoothie, loaded with mango, pineapple, orange and coconut milk to make it tasty. But the most important ingredients are the ones Ovechkin doesn’t taste.
The Capitals’ team chef, Robert Wood, adds ginger and turmeric, both anti-inflammatories that are good for digestion and keep swelling down in joints. He makes sure to mix in Brazil nuts, a good source of selenium, which has antioxidant properties.
Ovechkin’s smoothie is tailored just for him based on the results of a blood analysis he and his teammates did before the season. Each blood sample went through a micro-nutrient test, a hormonal test and then an adrenal test, which allowed the Capitals to compile individualized supplement packs and make adjustments to diets.
The results led Nate Schmidt to eat bananas after games for more potassium. Jay Beagle eats half an avocado after practices for more quality fat. Braden Holtby added more olive oils and walnuts to his diet for more magnesium.
The Capitals hope that becoming more sports-science savvy can help them take another step forward.
“You know, salary cap, you can only spend so much, so how can you get an advantage?” Coach Barry Trotz said. “You can get your advantage scouting, coaching, development and giving your players the sports science of it, everything from nutrition to biomechanics. And that’s what you can use for your advantage.”
When it was his turn to provide a blood sample, Schmidt had Holtby with him, needing the support because of a fear of needles. Holtby helped distract him with a story while Schmidt tried to keep his squeamishness contained. He had undergone a similar blood analysis when he was in college, so after getting past the initial discomfort, Schmidt was happy to see his list of deficiencies was lower than the last time he had been tested.
“You’re a little more apt to believe somebody when they tell you something and then all of a sudden, they bust out your blood-work sheet and your levels are just through the roof in something and bottomed out in another,” Schmidt said. “Those numbers don’t lie.”
The Capitals felt comfortable because they saw the process work for a teammate last year. Troy Brouwer, now with the St. Louis Blues, had a blood analysis done, and learning he was deficient in certain areas explained why he occasionally felt worse than his teammates.
For several Washington players, that was the first time they saw that kind of testing in hockey, and Brouwer’s positive response to it intrigued them.
The micro-nutrient test reveals vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The hormonal test examines testosterone ratios. The adrenal one also involves hormones, but it determines whether cortisol levels and the like are up because that could impair performance. Based on the results, David LeMay, a physician the Capitals hired, then made recommendations for each player.
A team of strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, athletic trainer Greg Smith, nutritionist Sue Saunders and Wood then considered the best ways to improve certain areas for certain players. Sometimes, it was as simple as adding Brazil nuts to a smoothie or walnuts to a salad, but players also received pill cases with specific supplements and prescriptions.
The feedback has been that players feel better this season, “but then again, who knows? It could be just because we’re winning,” Smith said. Seeing the results of blood tests on a white piece of paper with certain columns and rows highlighted also caused players to be more mindful about what they eat away from the rink.
“It’s probably a good wake-up call for some guys, to be honest with you,” Brooks Orpik said. “They’re probably a little scared when they see the results. I think it’s good. Getting that information is probably something guys don’t have beforehand, so they probably have no idea what they’re high in or low in.”
The point is that stabilized micro-nutrient and hormonal levels will help the Capitals recover better after games during a lengthy season and potentially prevent injuries. Wood sneaks freshly ground spices, such as turmeric, into the made-from-scratch meals for the team because of the anti-inflammatory properties.
“Overall, they’re getting the amount that they need without having flavors they’re not comfortable with,” Wood said. “If I go overboard with one thing, they’re not going to eat it. . . . Food can be medicine, but it doesn’t have to taste like it.”
The Capitals started providing breakfast and lunch at the rink about six years ago, hoping to control two-thirds of a player’s everyday diet. Last year, Washington did blood analysis for a couple players experiencing fatigue, and the organization decided to do it for the whole team in early October. When the halfway point of the season arrives, there will be another round of blood analysis to examine the progress.
Smith said some teams take it further than the Capitals, with heart monitors and sleep monitors. Washington wanted to take incremental steps to see what would work and what wouldn’t before doing more next year.
“There’s going to be teams that do certain things better, but overall we want to be one of the teams that they go, ‘The Washington Capitals do it right,’ ” Trotz said. “That gets around to the players, too.”
Body weight is often measured after games to examine how much was lost, especially if an arena is warmer than usual. If there’s a big change, like a loss of 10 pounds over the course of a game, Trotz might cancel the next day’s practice and opt for a light workout instead.
He was hopeful the blood analysis could help explain some performance drop-offs. Nemish said a player hypothetically low on B vitamins and magnesium could recover more slowly, which then could negatively impact sleep. Or a lack of sleep could be the cause of certain deficiencies, like low testosterone.
“You wonder why a guy can’t play a back-to-back,” Trotz said. “You know, he had so much energy last night and he’s not even in the same area, his game has fallen off so far — is that mental, or is that physical? Sometimes it’s physical. Players’ bodies don’t metabolize carbohydrates as quickly and stuff like that, so how can you help that?”
Karl Alzner said he and a few other Capitals recently had a discussion about the new supplements they’re taking. Is it really working and making them feel better? He said his energy has been better, but could that also be because of a spread-out schedule to this point in the season? In the end, they shrugged and figured it definitely wasn’t hurting.
“The decision we came to is that even if it helps us 1 percent, it’s worth it,” Alzner said. “I’m going to go ahead and say it’s helping a little bit more than 1 percent.”
This article is from a Washinton Post link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/capitals/capitals-embrace-new-dietary-supplements-to-improve-performance/2015/12/09/5c37398e-9e7e-11e5-a3c5-c77f2cc5a43c_story.html?postshare=6641449773749093&tid=ss_fb
Planning a wedding can be a challenge. As Elisabether and Sergio discovered, finding the right venue and vendors is key to the success of a smooth wedding. Here is the couples cheat sheet to a successful Los Angeles wedding.
“The 1909 is located in the heart of the Topanga National Park, hidden under the canopy of protected California oak trees, and nourished by the sacred waters of Topanga Creek.
Centrally located off Topanga Canyon Blvd. , The 1909 is an ideal location, only minutes away from Woodland Hills to the north, and Malibu to the south.
The 1909 was envisioned to provide a unique platform for a variety of social and business events, and designed with special attention to the needs of those desiring elements of calm and harmony in their gatherings.”
Jeanette Finley of Jeanette Finley Events was a pleasure to worth with. She has personally jumped in at the last minute and saved countless weddings and she is fantastic at sticking with her timeline and your budget. Jeanette was a great communicator with our Los Angeles wedding catering team and the other vendors attached to this wedding. She’s incredible.
Our Los Angeles wedding catering team prides itself on locally sourced ingredients, sustainable seafood and everything is USDA certified organic. The extra love we put into our food permeates throughout our company.
The day our your wedding, our staff will arrive early at the 1909 wedding venue to properly set up our kitchen and go over your tables to make sure that each and every glass is aligned and each fork is polished. While you and your guests are enjoying the ceremony and cocktail hour, our Los Angeles wedding catering team is working diligently behind the scenes to make sure every piece of your menu is prepared to the highest standard. Eco Caters makes sure that every appetizer dish and every plate is detailed and arranged to perfection. And, when your friends and family taste our all-organic food for the first time, they will be impressed with the fresh flavors we use to create them.
Once our Los Angeles 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.
Katie Pritchard is one of our favorite wedding photographers. She is good natured, honest and full of sunshine. Katie‘s not only fun to be around, she’s also extremely talented at what she does. That’s a deadly duo if you ask us. She charms her way into personal moments and captures the most intimate shots. Her use of after effects and post filters pull out vivid colors. Please, take a moment and visit her website. Tell her Eco Caters sent ya!
Eco Caters would like to give a special thanks to Snow and Will! Thank you for choosing us as their organic Los Angeles wedding caterers! Our team had a blast working with you and we wish you nothing but the best!
The South Coast Botanic Garden is one the best wedding venues for Los Angeles and San Diego. Our organic Los Angeles wedding catering team highly recommends the South Coast Botanic Garden for medium to smaller sized weddings.
The South Coast Botanic Garden, “The Jewel of the Peninsula”, is located on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula, located 10 miles south of the Los Angeles Airport in California. Conveniently located to many South Bay communities, this 87-acre Botanic Garden has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean, and southern Africa. The Garden is situated in Sunset’s Zone 23, one of the most favored growing areas in the world. About 100 trees and shrubs are rare mature specimens, infrequently seen elsewhere. The wide variety of plant life provides food and shelter to an abundant wildlife and bird population, and over 200 species of birds are sighted annually. Popular features include a small lake, Mediterranean Garden, AARS Rose Garden, Water-Wise Garden, Garden for the Senses, Cactus Garden, Children’s Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Dahlia Garden, Herb Garden, and Japanese Garden. There is an attractive Wedding Lawn and two Gazebos, Events Meadow, and Frances Young Auditorium available for events. Source – SouthCoastBotanicGarden.org
The Events Boutique wedding coordinators are top notch. Covering Southern California, Las Vegas and Palm Springs locations, this fun team goes above and beyond to pull off exceptional events. Our Los Angeles wedding caterers enjoyed working with their crew and we look forward to our next endeavor. To find out more about the Event Boutique wedding coordinators please visit their website: TheEventsoutique.com
Jessica Hickerson is the sweetest. She married her high school sweetheart and happily lives with her two dogs in an old vintage house which she herself has renovated. Her big heart and romantic nature shines through in her photographer. You can see the love and passion in everyone of her shots.
Our Los Angeles wedding caterers would like to thank photographer Jessica Hickerson for allowing us to share her work with all of you. Jessica did an amazing job at this South Coast Botanic Garden Wedding. We encourage you to snoop around her website and take a look at all the great photography she’s taken over the years: JessicaHickerson.com
Whether you’er looking to throw an upcoming holiday party or wedding celebration there’s sure to be a crowd expecting to take back a few cocktails. More and more weddings and parties are venturing away from the typical beer and wine selection for craft cocktails and more exciting ingredients. Here’s our top four cocktail trends for your upcoming party.
Introduced in England back in the early 1800’s, this cocktail has lately seen a resurgence at weddings and cocktail parties. It’s light, fruity, refreshing and fun to say, “Pimm’s Cup.” Great for hot summer days. Enjoyed by the light weights and the most seasoned of drinkers. There are many variations on the recipe but basically it boils down to a splash of Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur, a splash of sparkling lemonade (or ginger beer), ice, and garnished with your choice of strawberries, cucumber, mint or oranges.
There has been a rise in craft cocktails, and that means creating top quality drinks that shy away from sugar to hide the alcohol, to drinks that embrace more earthy flavors. With the help of “mixologiests, more seasoned bartenders are creating cocktails that infuse herbs like thyme and basil. They are also bring out the heat with fresh peppers, raw ginger and horseradish. These drinks tend to be a little more costly to make but the results are impressive.
You no longer have to buy the generic bags of ice from the grocery store anymore to stock your bar. Bartenders are having fun experimenting with ice as well. One large cube takes a simple glass of whiskey to a whole new level. Clear cubes with flowers and herbs inside them add an extra level of color. Best of all, if you plan ahead you can create your own dazzling ice cubes for your next party at little to no cost.
Ginger beer has been popular for a few years now but it’s not going away. Strong flavored ginger sodas are popular at weddings and grocery stores alike. There is a healthy variety of new ginger beers on the market. We love the spicy ginger flavors of Bundaberg, Cock and Bull, and the all natural Reeds Extra Ginger Brew.
Of course you can do the classic Moscow Mule which is ginger beer, vodka and lime, but there are also great cocktails out there that involve whiskey too. Ginger beer is also a great option for anyone at the party who would like a non alcoholic drink. Ginger beer has a little more sophistication to it than just drinking diet coke that guests enjoy.
Our San Diego wedding catering team not only catered this wonderful wedding, we also coordinated it!
Newlyweds Grace and Manveer are one of those fun couples we all want to be like. They brought their lovely family and friends to celebrate their special day, and Eco Caters brought the food, drinks and party favors to pull it all together. Here’s the bride in her own words:
“Everything turned out so beautifully and I can’t thank you all enough. You actualized my dream wedding!” ~Grace
Having your wedding at the San Diego Library is a bold choice, and a smart one. It’s high ceilings and modern architecture combine for an almost cathedral-like feel. It offers all the amenities and is centrally located. It also offers a marvelous view of downtown, which in the evening, might be the best place to have a drink while look down at the city.
(Psst! Guys! It also has a great view overlooking the Padres baseball field. So even on your wedding night you can keep an eye on the game.)
Eco Caters, your organic San Diego wedding caterer, not only catered, we also coordinated Grace and Manveer’s special day. We helped the couple materialize their wedding into something they were proud of.
Our San Diego wedding coordinators Emily and Jessica work tirelessly with all of our clients to help them create weddings within their budget. Emily and Jessica sift through hundreds of San Diego wedding vendors to pick the right ones to fit our client’s tastes and needs.
Eco Caters, your all organic and locally sourced San Diego wedding catering team, tailored a special menu for our clients. Our head chef combined some traditional dishes requested by the couple and created them by using seasonal fruits and vegetables. Aside from implementing a few dishes the couple felt were key to their menu, Grace and Manveer were not sure what appetizers and side dishes they wanted to pair with their special requests. These are the creative moments our chefs love! We helped design a menu to make all the flavors come together and also found ways to stay under their budget.
Something we pride ourselves on over other San Diego wedding caterers is our passion for organic and sustainable food. Please, take a moment and look over our growing list of Eco Caters approved local farms: Organic California Farms
Studio Castillero, again, did an exceptional job capturing another San Diego wedding. Their careful eye to lighting, play on shadows, and use of filters to bring out pops of color, sets them above other San Diego wedding photographers. They’re the best.
We would like to thank Grace and Manveer, and Studio Castillero for allowing our San Diego wedding catering team to share these photos with all of you. And, we encourage you to visit Studio Castillero website: StudioCastillero.com
Our San Diego wedding catering team helped Jenny and Mike create the perfect Junípero Serra Museum Wedding.
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Eco Caters own, Jessica Sleep, coordinated this lovely day. She worked with the couple to help them secure fun vendors, create an organic wedding menu, and worked tirelessly behind the scene to ensure everything went according to plan.
Our San Diego wedding catering team goes above and beyond just serving organic food, we help our clients with event design and wedding coordination. Whether you’re interesting in a seasoned wedding coordinator or just gourmet catering, Jessica Sleep and our San Diego wedding catering team is ready to help.
The Junípero Serra Museum, located in Presidio Park, is an ideal setting for a stunning and unique wedding or social event. The mission-style building was constructed in 1929 as museum, not a mission, and is located above San Diego’s historic Old Town. Centrally located in San Diego, the museum boasts spectacular city and ocean views. The rustic outdoor terrace and our intimate interior gallery creates a perfect historical atmosphere for any event. It’s a venue our San Diego wedding caterers love to work with.
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 caterers created an all organic feast for Jenny and Mike’s wedding. The couple wanted a flavorful taco buffet with all the fixings. We worked with the couple to find a menu that fit their tastebuds and their budget.
Creating an organic menu that uses local ingredients and sustainable seafood can be overwhelming, that’s why our San Diego wedding caterers do all the work for you. We have an ongoing list of sustainable California farms we purchase fruits,vegetables and protein, along with an ever evolving menu that takes advantage of in season produce.
Aaron Willcox was a fun wedding photographer and we encourage you to check out his photos. He preserved bright colors and the quirky vibe of Jenny and Mike. Our San Diego wedding catering team would like to thank Aaron for allowing us to share these photos with you. To see more of Aaron Willcox‘s work please visit his website: WillcoxPhotography.com
Clients Scott and Shayne threw a lavish Great Gatsby themed party in San Diego’s iconic El Cortez. Our San Diego catering team went back in time to cater this super fun event.
As guests mingled, a bartender poured gin into a chilled martini glass. A waiter serves warm hors d’ oeuvres fresh from the kitchen, to a giggling lady with white gloves. The dim light from brass wall sconces illuminate a jazz band. The singer approaches the mic, his warm voice fills the room, transporting everyone back to the 1930s…
This was one of the best Great Gatsby parties. The old hotel added so much character. The guests meticulously dressed the part. Our San Diego catering team had so much fun.
The El Cortez is an exquisite, historic San Diego hotel perfect for an elegant wedding or a Great Gatsby themed party. It’s glowing sign has been seen by almost everyone living in San Diego, but sadly few people have stepped inside for a cocktail. If you haven’t, you owe it to yourself to pay The El Cortez a visit.
“From its opening in 1927 through the 1950s, it was the most glamorous apartment-hotel in San Diego. The large “El Cortez” sign, which is illuminated at night, was added in 1937 and could be seen for miles. In the 1950s, the world’s first outside glass elevator was built at the El Cortez. During the late 1960s and 1970s, the El Cortez fell on harder times. The El Cortez closed as a hotel in 1978 when it was purchased by evangelist Morris Cerullo to serve as an evangelism school. Cerullo sold the property in 1981, and the El Cortez was threatened with demolition until the San Diego Historic Site Board designated it as a historic site in 1990. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.” ~Wikipedia
Our San Diego caterers makes creating an organic catered event a breeze. Our website makes planning a menu easy by showing you the different types of dishes you can create, along with a list of our most popular and time-tested recipes.
Don’t see your favorite cuisine on our list? No worries! Our chefs would be happy to create any dish you desire or venture into the more exotic. Our San Diego 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 San Diego catering team has done all the research on getting your food to your table in the most sustainable way.
BELOW: The 1930’s was the birth of the grilled cheese. So why not but a gourmet twist on an old classic. Our popular Truffle Grilled Cheese.
This event was truly a class act, right down to the smallest details. A tip of the hat to coordinator Doris Dunkel of San Diego Events Company for pulling together every aspect of the evening into something that really did feel magical. It was a pleasure working with Doris and we look forward to out next encounter.
San Diego photographer Jessica Elaine not only captured the event well, she put fun filters on a few of the photos, making it truly feel like a party from another period. Jessica was a joy to work with and we thank her immensly for allowing us to share these images with all of you. To view more of Jessica Elaine’s photographer, please visit her website: Jessica-Elaine.com
San Diego Venue: The El Cortez
San Diego Catering: Eco Caters