Eco Caters is the perfect San Diego wedding caterer for your perfect wedding day!
Friends and family gathered to celebrate the love of Randy and Amelia at a private estate, just outside of San Diego, California. Our San Diego wedding catering team was on hand to make this day special and to share in the joy these two wonderful people have for each other. It was truly a wonderful occasion.
Not only do we love the couples we cater for, we also love the food we serve. Our Southern California catering team takes great strides to ensure that Eco Caters is environmentally friendly. Through our organic practices and our ongoing commitment to supporting local farmers and businesses, we take pride in supporting our local community and find ways to give back. We are always pleased when our clients, like Randy and Amelia, also value these philosophies and appreciate the extra care we put into planning our events.
We believe this extra care to detail shines through in the food we serve as well. Whether you have a large corporate dinner coming up, or an intimate wedding, our San Diego wedding caterers will ensure your occasion is a special one, by serving the freshest ingredients grown right her in California. We also do our research to make sure that we are always serving sustainable seafood, free range meats, and the brightest vegetables. Our farm-to-fork system is what we feel sets us apart from other San Diego wedding caterers, and our clients agree.
In choosing the best of what Mother Nature has to offer, our San Diego wedding catering team hand picks ingredients from neighborhood farmers markets, a select list of organic family farms and trusted local fisherman. We rotate and recommend menu items that utilize seasonal ingredients and explore fun new ways to combine flavors.
We would like to give a special “thank you” to San Diego wedding photographer, Suzanne Hansen. She allowed us to share her intimate wedding photos of Randy and Amelia’s wedding with you. We would also like to thank Randy and Amelia for choosing Eco Caters as their San Diego wedding caterer. We wish them the best of luck. Cheers!
San Diego Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
Southern California chooses Eco Caters as their San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles area wedding caterer.
Jason and Kurt had such a fun wedding and their family was so kind to us. Our catering team was honored to be apart of their special day and to fuel all those dance moves on the dance floor. Thank you Jason and Kurt for choosing Eco Caters as your Orange County wedding caterer!
Jason and Kurt celebrated their Orange County wedding with organic and locally farmed goodness. We pride ourselves on choosing FDA Organic ingredients throughout our dishes and purchase protein and produce from local farms. We also buy fresh, sustainable seafood to ensure your event has no impact on our oceans. This extra care is what sets us apart from other Orange County wedding caterers.
Please check out our growling list of local and organic farms that we use during Orange County wedding catering events: Eco Caters Farms
Our Orange County wedding catering chefs are forever growing their pallet and testing new recipes to wow our client and their guests. When couples come in for tastings we offer them a wide range of dishes and appetizers that have stood the test of time.
We are also excited when clients share their passion in having a family dish or a special finger food from a first date. Our seasoned chefs can integrate these special requests into your menu to make your Orange County wedding a memorable one.
Eco Caters also works hard to use in season produce. Our chefs hand pick herbs, berries, cheeses, and vegetables from local farmers markets and orders directly from local farms. Purchasing in season produce means that ingredients are at peak nutritional value and bright. Our Orange County wedding caterers also do this because it keeps everything local. When you choose Eco Caters your supporting your local farmers and your local economy.
A special thank you to Jason Burns of Jason Burns Photography for allowing us to share wedding photos from Jason and Kurt’s special day! Jason Burns has a great collection of fun events that he has photographed. We encourage you to visit his website and snoop around: JasonBurnsPhotography.com.
Orange County Wedding Catering: Eco Caters
Orange County Wedding Photographer: Jason Burns Photography
Regardless of your cooking status, we have to eat the food we make, so why not treat ourselves to better tasting food? Here are 1o essential cooking tips from chefs that everyone should learn. We can all follow a recipe to the promise land but learning how to be better in the kitchen is what sets the “chef” apart from the “Cook.”
We often forget to taste our food before we serve it. This is a big fat no-no and is the easiest way to improv your cooking. A good cook should be constantly tasting and evaluating the flavors and textures of their food. Adding an extra dash of salt or a pinch of spice before you serve your dish can make a major difference in what you eat.
“When making meatballs or meatloaf, you need to know how the mixture tastes before you cook it. Make a little patty and fry it in a pan like a mini hamburger. Then you can taste it and adjust the seasoning.”
~ Isaac Becker of 112 Eatery, Minneapolis
This step is often overlooked when cooking because the results are often minor, however this is a vital step in cooking food and abiding by temperatures is essential to achieving better results. Throwing a chick breast in a pan that hasn’t fully heated up will still cook your chicken, but it also means that the extra time it takes to warm up the pan and your chicken will result in a dryer chicken breast than had you been patient. Even that late night frozen pizza you pop in the oven will lack the crispness if you don’t give the oven those vital few minutes to heat up.
The next time you fry an egg, throw one in the pan before it’s warmed up. Now fry an egg in the same pan that’s hot. You will see a big difference in not only the way the egg looks but in its texture. The egg that was thrown into a cold pan will be thin and rubbery. The egg thrown into the hot pan will be thick and tender.
Growing up I watched my grandmother and mother run water over their pasta after draining it, and by habit, I too started rinsing my pasta. I later discovered that this was an unnecessary step. By rinsing your pasta you wash off the stick starches on the pasta, which prevents the pasta from absorbing and sticking to the sauce. If you ever looked down at your plate of spaghetti and found a pool of water around it, then you know what I’m talking about.
Cast Iron pans are inexpensive ($20) and are virtually indestructible. The are great for cooking meats, getting “grill marks” or color on your vegetable, you can throw the whole thing in the oven, and they will replace your non-stick pan. The only real enemy a cast iron pan has is soap. As long as you take a moment to oil your pan and wipe it down when finished, you will find that cast iron pans can out perform the most expensive of pans.
Non-stick pans are great for certain cooking applications but more often than not we average cooks will use the non-stick pan for almost every occasion. This leads to non-stick pans wearing out within a year and it losing it’s non-stick quality. Cast iron on the other hand has the same level of non-stick (when heated up or oiled) as your fancy higher end non-stick pans, and it will never wear out.
By shaving off the colorful rind of a lemon, lime or orange can make an unbelievable difference in your food and make you look like a gourmet chef. Adding a little lemon zest to a salad, over pasta, or fish fresh from the oven is amazing and so simple. Zesting can be done without a fancy zester too. You can finely chop it with a knife or use a small cheese grater if you have one.
You know that roll next to the plastic wrap at the grocery store you always gaze at but never buy? That stuff is cooking gold! If you line your baking sheet with it you can save yourself a lot of cleaning and scrubbing. If you line your cupcakes of muffins with it you will look like you bought them at a bakery. If you wrap fish and a few vegetables inside a little parchment paper pouch, you can make a moist dinner for one. It’s amazing stuff.
The longer it takes most meats to cook, the more moister that escapes and evaporates. If you pull meat from the fridge or the freezer and then throw it on the grill it’s going to take a lot of extra time to get that 30 degree center up to whatever temperature it needs to reach to cook. By letting your meat or fish reach room temperature (70 degrees) you will let your meat cook more evenly and in a shorter period of time. This equals better food. Being patient and taking the extra time to let your pans, ovens, and meats reach the temperatures they need to cook will make a notable difference in the tenderness of your dishes.
“To cook a steak, I always start by cooking it on its side, where there is a rim of fat on its narrow edge. I render it down so there’s good, flavorful fat in the pan for the rest of the cooking.”
~ Alain Ducasse of Benoit, New York City
Every cook should know how to make a Roux. It’s simple and greatly improves dishes. A Roux is the combination of fat and starch to make a simple thickening agent used to thicken soups, and sauces. Learning how to make a roux is easy and the results will elevate your cooking to the next level.
The number one rule for cooking is to never serve a new dish to guests. Always serve something you feel comfortable with and have experience cooking. Experiment and try out new recipes on a Tuesday and save the tried and true for Saturday night. It’s a sure fire way to impress guests and show off your cooking skills.
I’ve made this dish many times and it yields stunning results. It’s so simple and yet so incredibly juicy and flavorful. Chef Keller explains how to make this dish with only a few ingredients and with minimal steps.
Eco Caters, your Los Angeles wedding caterer prepared an organic feast fit for the Los Angeles foodie couple, Gabi and Jeff.
Gabi and Jeff held their wedding ceremony and reception at the fashionable Smog Shoppe. The Smog Shoppe also happens to be right across the street from our Eco Caters Office! Score! As a Los Angeles wedding caterer, we cater tons of events at the Smog Shoppe and since our kitchen is only thirty steps away event planning is a breeze.
Gabi and Jeff wanted to go all out during cocktail hour and since our kitchen was so close Eco Caters was able to prepare some special appetizers, like fresh shucked oysters.
Our organic Los Angeles wedding catering company shucked three choice oysters of differing origins: our local California oyster, a northern west coast variety and a popular Japanese oyster. The trio was complimented with our hot and savory horseradish sauce, a traditional mignonette, and a zippy cocktail sauce.
Eco Caters is passionate about catering the best food for our client’s special events. We prepare dishes using USDA organic foods from local farms. We serve grass fed meats and sustainably sourced seafoods. This extra love sets our food apart from other Los Angeles wedding caterers and we look forward to serving your up coming wedding!
Head coordinator Lauren of our Los Angeles wedding catering team helped Gabi and Jeff create the perfect wedding menu. From designing a flavorful bar menu, a fun assortment of finger food for cocktail hour, to a hardy (and sustainable) plated reception dinner, Lauren arranged a menu fit for a Los Angeles foodie, and guests raved!
Justin of ‘Your Inner Song Photography’ did an amazing job capturing Gabi and Jeff’s wedding. His lens captures fun reactions and intimate moments. His creative vision in camera angles and post filtering choices make for stunning, standout photographs. We want to thank Justin for allowing us to share his work. We are so proud to show it off to all of you! We also encourage you to visit his website and book him for your upcoming event or photo shoot. Website: www.yourinnersong.com
We would like to give a special thanks to Gabi and Jeff for choosing Eco Caters as your Los Angeles wedding caterer. You two are the sweetest couple and we wish you the very best. Cheers!
LOS ANGELES WEDDING VENDORS
Los Angeles Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone
Los Angeles Wedding Shoes : Prada
Los Angeles Wedding Hair Styling: Blind Barber LA, website:www.blindbarber.com
Los Angeles Wedding Venue: Smog Shoppe LA, website: www.marvimon.com
Los Angeles Wedding Caterer: Eco Catering LA, website: www.ecocaters.com
Los Angeles Wedding Cake: Magnolia Bakery
Los Angeles Wedding Floral Design: Seeds Floral, website: www.seedfloral.com
Los Angeles Wedding Chuppah : My Chuppah, website: www.mychuppah.net
Los Angeles Wedding Teepee Rental: Stefan Wigand, website: www.stefanwigand.com
Los Angeles Wedding Photography: Your Inner Song Photography, website: www.yourinnersong.com
Los Angeles Wedding Photo booth: The Bosco, website:www.thebos.co
Los Angeles Wedding Videographer: Atif Ateeq, website: http://www.atifateeq.com
Los Angeles Wedding Graphic Design: The bride, Gabi Laub
Wedding Planning & Event Design: The bride, Gabi Laub and Jewel Georgieff Wedding Design, website: www.pralique.com
Los Angeles Wedding Lighting & Sound: Brad Kemp Stag Labs, website: www.stagelabs.com
Los Angeles Wedding DJ: DJ Dash Speaks, website:www.dashspeaks.com
and DJ NSR, website: www.iamnsr.com
Los Angeles Wedding Officiant: Rabbi Toba August
Eco Caters Wedding Coordinator Lauren Sullivan put together a classy Los Angeles wedding by combing the old historic Maxwell House, with our fresh organic wedding food.
Los Angeles wedding coordinator Lauren Sullivan worked intimately with Kim and Arvin to bring their wedding dreams to life. Lauren helped the couple find a lavish wedding venue (The Maxwell House) that fit their budget and collaborated with them over their vegan brunch menu.
Since Lauren is the event coordinator at our Los Angeles Eco Caters office, she is able to coordinate our clients weddings, and, oversee the catering for their special day. Overseeing both the wedding coordination and the catering ensures that weddings run smoothly. Lauren worked tirelessly to make Kim and Arvin’s wedding perfect, and she can do the same for you!
This Pasadena wedding venue, the Maxwell House, is an enchanting Mediterranean Italianate style estate house with tile roofing, painted ceilings, stucco walls, and oozing with class. The Maxwell House is an ideal wedding venue for Los Angeles couples
“In 1929, George H. Maxwell, a wealthy East Coast litigator and philanthropist commissioned architects Marston and Maybury to build a 13,000 square foot “bungalow.”
The soaring entry hall and decoratively painted ceiling panels provided the perfect setting to accommodate the Maxwells’ love of entertaining on a grand scale and today showcases paintings on loan from the historic California Art Club.” ~MaxwellHousePasadena.com
The Maxwell House‘s rich history makes for an ideal wedding venue. It’s lofty entrance and elegant dinning rooms impress during cocktail hour, while it’s large patio is perfectly suited for an outdoor wedding ceremony. The onsite kitchen also provides ample space for a Los Angeles wedding caterer to cook up an exceptional dinner.
Eco Caters is an organic Los Angeles wedding catering company that serves food from local farms, sustainable seafood, and free range proteins. For the Maxwell House wedding, our clients Kim and Arvin requested a vegan brunch menu that our head chef Rob was excited to create.
“When couples come to us requesting a full vegan wedding menu, we understand the responsibility we have to them. It is important to me that we honor their vegan menu, while also satisfying their non-vegan guests. I think the word “vegan” scares some people but once they’ve tried our catering they are often pleasantly surprised – I love those moments. I love serving vegan food so flavorful, that guests are not even aware that they’re eating vegan.” ~ Chfe Rob, Head Chef of the Los Angeles Eco Caters
Kim and Arvin hired Britney Moore of Britney Moore Photography to capture their special occasion and the photos (as you can see) are wonderful. Britney is one of Los Angeles’s top wedding photographers and she was as blast to work with. She makes everyone feel at ease behind her lens which allows her to capture beautiful candid moments. We encourage you to visit her website and take a peak at some of the other great weddings she’s shot: BritneyMoore.com.
LOS ANGELES WEDDING VENDORS
Los Angeles Wedding Venue: The Maxwell House
Los Angeles Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
Los Angeles Wedding Photographer: Britney Moore Photography
Why Does Organic Food Cost So Much? Risk and Cow Poop.
If there’s one thing we know for certain about organic food, it’s that it costs more than non-organic. In some cases organic food can cost up to 47% more. If you’re like me you’ve probably stood in the grocery store, raised your eyebrows at the cost of an organic apple sitting next to a non-organic apple and thought, “Holy Moly! Why is organic so expensive? Is it all just for better soil?”
A couple simple factors contribute to the extra cost associated with organic food and once you understand where that extra cost comes from, it makes it a little easier to swallow.
One of the advantages of using harmful chemicals is that you can make plants do some pretty supernatural things, like produce three times the amount produce in the same plot of land as naturally grown organic plants. This means that farmers harvest fewer vegetables per square acre of land than when using chemicals.
Also, the organic pesticides and fertilizers that organic farmers use cost more because they are often byproducts of other plants or animals and not synthetically made in a lab. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of work to stockpile enough cow “poo” to spread over a field to ensure sure your vegetables grow up healthy.
Organic farmers have higher standards for housing their livestock, which means that they spend more money to raise them. This means that chickens, pigs and cows have more room to move around and that they are fed higher quality feed which is also more expensive for farmers to use.
To be a USDA certified organic farmer you must maintain your organic status. This means that famers have to pay a $400 to $2,000 annual fee to run soil tests. This is not a dire cost of organic farming, but it adds up.
One of the most high-risk jobs on the planet is farming. One bad harvest year can sink an entire family farm. The average medium sized farmer has to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars to plant and fertilize their fields every year, which means that farmers go deep into debt just to put seed in the ground. If Mother Nature gives the farmer a rough year due to drought or too much rain the farmer can get into serious finical trouble in a hurry.
Organic farmers have also demanded that they receive decent rate for their labor of love and you can’t really argue with that. If we want to encourage more farmers to start growing organic meats and vegetables they deserve to be compensated fairly for their work.
Wedding dress designer Monique Lhuillier has some wonderful new wedding dress trends coming forth this year. Monique Lhuillier was inspired by the classic tale of Alice In Wonderland and the wedding dress designs are romantic and feel like they’ve been pulled from the pages of a fairytale.
“My collection is very sensual and elegant, really pushing the limits,” Lhuillier told The Knot. “I researched Alice in Wonderland references — specifically the fantasy of it and darker elements. There’s a lot of darkness, but also a lot of light. The gowns are extremely sensual, sultry and close to the body. I’m so excited to see them come to life. These gowns look at the naughty and nice side of a bride.”
The wedding dress fabrics feel more airy and flow with the brides every move. More from The Knot: Don’t Even Think About Having a Barn Wedding Without Reading This First
Eco Caters, your Malibu wedding catering team prepared a special menu for this lavish, star-studded event, at the Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate.
It is simple to see why Christina and Tyrone chose to have their wedding at the Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate. To take full advantage of this magnificent mountaintop villa, Christina and Tyrone turned to the creative minds of WINK Weddings, an industrious yet fun wedding coordination company, who deserves full credit for this stunning wedding. WINK Weddings was a pleasure to work with. Their team does an exceptional job of orchestrating every single detail of a wedding into something dazzling and fresh.
The Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate is an awe inspiring wedding venue. It’s perched 2,000 feet up in the Santa Monica Mountains and offers a spectacular 360-degree view of the mountain range. The large estate house is fit for royalty and topped off with spacious patios, a helicopter pad, an infinity pool, and a garage sporting a pink convertible once owned by Marilyn Monroe.
Our Malibu wedding catering team prepared a beautiful platted dinner for the 250 guests. Every ingredient Eco Caters served was carefully sourced from local farms. We do this because it ensures freshness, peak flavor, and of course supports our local community.
Our Malibu wedding catering team also took great care in creating Christina and Tyrone’s wedding menu with organic, and in season fruits and vegetables. Choosing an all-organic wedding menu and using only seasonal produce, means everything is bright, packed with nutrition and sustainable to our planet. Environmental impact is something we hold dear to our hearts here at Eco Caters, and something we seamlessly incorporate throughout our company. It’s one of the many things we pride ourselves on over other Malibu wedding caterers. The extra TLC we put into our food, shines through in every bite.
A special “THANK YOU!” to Christina and Tyrone for choosing Eco Caters as their Malibu wedding caterers, and to Sarah of One Love Photography for allowing us to share her exceptional wedding photos with us. Over the years, our Malibu wedding catering team has done countless events with One Love Photography and we love the dedication to her work.
Malibu Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
Malibu Wedding Planning And Coordination: WINK!
Malibu Wedding Photography: onelove photography
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Makeup: Seana Gorlick
Hair: Joseph Chase
Calligraphy: Poppyjack Shop
Malibu Wedding Lighting: The Lighter Side
Malibu Wedding DJ: Dart DJ
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Malibu Wedding Ceremony And Reception: Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards
Malibu Wedding Florist: Seed Floral
Malibu Wedding Catering: Eco Caters
Malibu Wedding Band: Night Owl Productions
Malibu Wedding Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals
For those of us with hectic schedules, a picnic is a great mini-vacation and a great way to reconnect with the family or our partner.
The first usage of the term pique-nique hails from 1692. Picnic is actually based on the verb piquer, which means ‘pick’ or ‘peck’ with the rhyming nique meaning “thing of little importance.”
Regardless of its painfully boring history there’s something romantic in the fact that nothing has really changed. Picnics are still enjoyed the same way they were centuries ago with a cozy blanket, a little food, and a relaxing outdoor view. Picnics also offer an inexpensive way to take a break, slow down, and enjoy the moment with your kids or partner.
Over the years my wife and I have become little picnic professionals. We go on some many that we have a little system down. Often we find a simple half hour picnic is the most memorable part of our week and we wish more couples and families were out there fancied them.
First things first, you need a simple picnic kit in your car at all times. Trust me, you have no idea how nice it is at a moments notice. My wife and I have a cool old wool blanket, a couple forks, a little cutting board, a dull yet workable knife, and a couple books ready to go at the drop of a hat. If you live within distance of a beach a towel and flip-flops are also convenient.
Picnic food for us goes in two completely different directions. We either enjoy making everything from scratch (egg salad, pasta salad, sandwiches, deserts, etc), or, we drop by the grocery store deli on our way out and grab cured meats, cheeses, fruits, baguette and premade goodness. It’s also not against the rules to grab takeout; we used to think that was cheating but we quickly got over that. The key is to make it easy on you.
Yes you do! The true secret to picnics is to be spontaneous with them and frequent. Picnics are not meant for next weekend or some ideal summer day, they’re meant for the moment. Park the car on the way home or layout on the living room rug tonight. We all need a break from our gadgets and our work and picnics are remarkable at pulling us back into the moment and reconnecting with the people that matter most.
You don’t have to stop at simple. The picnic can be as elaborate and as creative as you’d like. Here’s a collection of fun picnic inspired images!
Making healthy smoothies are easy! And, the best part is, you already have the ingredients to make one in your kitchen!
Over the years my wife and I have gone through several morning rituals. We went through a toast and jam phase, a coffee phase, we bought an expensive juicer and did the juicing phase, but the one that’s stuck around and stood the test of time has been making healthy smoothies with our blender every morning. It’s the easiest and the healthiest way to start your day off right.
I’ve included a few of my favorite recipes below but feel free to get creative! Anyone can make a healthy smoothie with three simple ingredients. Here is a list to get you started, but again, feel free to experiment with different combinations and add to this list as needed.
The base of your smoothie is the liquid. Liquids like milk and Coconut milk are great options because thy add an extra boost of protein. You should avoid juice if possible because of all that added sugar.
Milk, Almond Milk, Soy Milk, Rice Milk, Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Fruit Juice, and Vegetable Juice are great ways to start off a healthy smoothie.
This is where the majority of your vitamins and minerals will come from so the more ingredients you can pack in the better. Raw and fresh is the key here but purchasing a bag of frozen berries or kale is a sure way to have smoothie ingredients on hand when you need them.
Kale, Spinach, Blue Berries, Strawberries, Black Berries, Mango, Banana, Orange, Tangerine, Cucumber, Beats, Ginger, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Coconut Pulp, Avocado, Carrots, Fennel, Sea Vegetables, Zucchini, and Tomatoes are loaded with nutrients and break down well in blenders.
Adding protein to your smoothie will help you feel full and keep you from snacking a half hour later.
Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Coconut Milk, Flax Seeds, Seaweed, Oats, Chia Seeds, Milk, Yogurt (unsweetened is best), Pumpkin Seeds, Quinoa, Raw Egg, Soy Milk, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts, Hemp Seeds, Cacao Nibs, along with a mile long list of available protein powders.
Here is a shortlist of some of my favorite smoothies.
1 Banana, sliced
¾ c (6 oz) Vanilla Yogurt
1 Tbsp Honey
½ tsp Freshly Grated Ginger
1 1/2 Cups Fresh Strawberries
Pulp of 1 Avocado
1 Cup Low-fat Milk
Honey, if desired
The Blue Banana
1¼ Cup Light Soy Milk
½ Cup Loose-pack Blueberries
½ Banana, Sliced
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
Banana And Almond Butter
My favorite one is also the simplest.
1 Tablespoon Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter)
2 cups of milk