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
Eco Caters, your Los Angeles wedding catering and event design team, kicked off our first wedding of 2015! Take a looksy!
Cortney and Alec tied the knot in style with a soft pallet of pink and violet colors, finished with elegant details. The bride stunned guests with her backless wedding dress, designed by Katie May, while the groom could have made the cover of a men’s fashion magazine in his dapper suit and unique cufflinks by Steampunk Luxury. The wedding was a relaxing affair with infectious dance music by DJ Haute Mobile Disco and delicious locally sourced food by our Los Angeles wedding caterers.
During cocktail hour our Head Chef, Rob, served a fun and savory parade of finger-foods fresh from the kitchen. Our Los Angeles wedding catering team tray passed our crowd-pleasing Grass Fed Beef Sliders with smoked cheddar and our special house cured bacon. Guests also raved over our Seared Tuna with Citrus Slaw and a yummy Chicken -N- Waffle drizzled with sweet maple syrup.
Cortney and Alec, thank you for choosing Eco Caters as your Los Angeles wedding caterer, and for sharing your special day with our team! We would also like to give a special thanks to B&G Photographer for sharing these beauitiful wedding photos with us. If you’d like to see more photos from Cortney and Alec’s wedding or to see more weddings from B&G Photography please visit their website B&G Photography.
If you are interested in having Eco Caters at your next wedding or special occasion, we encourage you to reach out to us! Our friendly team can create a custom menu for your budget and your tastes. Everything we serve is made with love, using the freshest locally sourced and organic ingredients.
Los Angeles Wedding Catering: Eco Caters
Los Angeles Wedding Venue: Smog Shoppe
Los Angeles Wedding Photographer: B&G Photography
Los Angeles Wedding Flowers: Oak & the Owl
Los Angeles Wedding Gown and Veil: Katie May
Los Angeles Wedding Pearl Halo: Handmade by Sara Kim
Los Angeles Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Los Angeles Wedding Reception Dress: John Zack
Los Angeles Wedding DJ: Haute Mobile Disco
Los Angeles Wedding Cake: Eat Cake Cafe
Los Angeles Wedding Lighting: Stage Lab
Los Angeles Wedding Photo Booth: Paper Moon Vintage
Los Angeles Wedding Hair & Makeup: Mandy Perez
Los Angeles Wedding Groom Suit: District Homme by Deborah Sabet
Los Angeles Wedding Wedding Band: Christian Bauer
Los Angeles Wedding Cuff Links: Steampunk Luxury
Los Angeles Wedding Shoes: Boss by Hugo Boss
Los Angeles Wedding Bride and Groom Gifts: Little Okins
While March brings forth Women’s History Month and the Youth Art Month, it also offers our first burst of fresh and in-season fruits and vegetables of the year.
Why the importance on “seasonal” fruits and vegetables?
While one can can always find tomatoes, leafy greens, and essential fruits at the local grocery store, it does not always mean that it’s “fresh.” That limp head of lettuce may not have been grown nearby. It may have traveled thousands of miles across the globe and picked over a week before landing in your fridge. By this time these delicate living organisms have diminished in nutritional value, and flavor.
The main benefit of eating local, in-season produce, is the gift of maximum nutrition. In addition, you are investing in, and supporting, your community by purchasing from local farmers. Lastly, you drastically reduce your carbon footprint by not having your food shipped across the continent.
Lastly, purchasing in season fruits and vegetables just taste better! They are fresh so they are typically riper and more crisp than products that sat in a crate for days on end. Some of the best places to pick these in season fruits and vegetables is at your neighborhood farmers market. It’ll give you a chance to compare freshness from different farms, and also give you the chance to talk directly with the growers.
Here are a list of 20 in-season fruits and vegetables you should add to your grocery list for the month of March.
2. Brussels Sprouts
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.
The Beach Terrace Inn is a small and intimate hotel, with a beach front location that is both privileged and rare. The beach Terrace Inn specializes in beach weddings and they have a wonderful reception room that has a full ocean view. A wedding with sand in your toes… A poolside cocktail party… A wedding reception under the warm glow of a Pacific sunset… You can’t go wrong with this amazing San Diego wedding venue.