Foods that are not FDA Organic can contain harmful chemicals and pesticides that have negative effects on the body and our planet. Making smarter consumer choices at the grocery store or when dining out helps support healthier farmers and persuades the food industry to also make better choices.
While we all want to make better choice with our food, understanding the FDA’s labeling of organic food can be a little tricky. There are four classifications the FDA labels organic food: 100% Organic, Organic, Made with Organic, and Specific Organic Ingredients.
Raw or processed agricultural products in the “100 percent organic” category must meet these criteria: All ingredients must be certified organic. Any processing aids must be organic. Product labels must state the name of the certifying agent on the information panel.
Raw or processed agricultural products in the “organic” category must meet these criteria: All agricultural ingredients must be certified organic, except where specified on National List. Non-organic ingredients allowed per National List may be used, up to a combined total of five percent of non-organic content (excluding salt and water). Product labels must state the name of the certifying agent on the information panel.
Multi-ingredient agricultural products in the “made with” category must meet these criteria: At least 70 percent of the product must be certified organic ingredients (excluding salt and water). Any remaining agricultural products are not required to be organically produced but must be produced without excluded methods. Non-agricultural products must be specifically allowed on the National List. Product labels must state the name of the certifying agent on the information panel.
Multi-ingredient products with less than 70 percent certified organic content (excluding salt and water) don’t need to be certified. Any non-certified product: Multi-ingredient products with less than 70 percent certified organic content (excluding salt and water) don’t need to be certified. Any non-certified product: May only list certified organic ingredients as organic in the ingredient list and the percentage of organic ingredients. Remaining ingredients are not required to follow the USDA organic regulations.
The secret to a great San Diego wedding is simple: great food, great people, and to capture it all, a great wedding photographer.
Danielle and Ted wanted to create a wedding that would allow them to celebrate their love together with their friends and family, while satisfying the foodie in them with delicious wedding food, and lastly, wanted to hire a top notch San Diego wedding photographer so that they could preserve their wedding day for years to come. After some careful wedding planning they did just that!
Danielle and Ted Chose Eco Caters as their San Diego Wedding Caterer. The couple came to our San Diego wedding catering team one afternoon to discuss how our staff could make their wedding a special one.Danielle and Ted were passionate about serving their guests organic and they wanted everyone to be wowed by the appetizers during cocktail hour, and the main dishes for their wedding reception. As a San Diego foodie ourselves, we want nothing less.
Our San Diego wedding catering team checked with our local farmers to see what produce was rip and in season and we carefully integrated these flavors into our dishes. These types of steps are tedious for some San Diego caterers but for us, it makes the world of difference in the way our food tastes.
San Diego Wedding Photographer: Image With Impact. San Diego wedding photographer Leylla Badeanlou of Image With Impact was so much fun to work with! Leylla Badeanlou added a classic, faded color look to Robin and John’s wedding photos. They soften everyone and give these two lovebirds a timeless feel.
We would like to say a special “thank you” toDanielle and Ted. Your family is amazing! You two have a great group of people surrounding you two. Thank you for your passion for organic food and for make Eco Caters your San Diego wedding caterer of choice. Our team celebrated right alone side you two and enjoyed every minute of it.
San Diego Wedding Vendors
San Diego Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
San Diego Wedding Photographer: Image With Impact
Helping you plan your upcoming Smog Shoppe event by making it easy on you.
I know I’ve said this a million times, but it bears repeating: our Los Angeles wedding catering company is right across the street from one of the best event spaces in Los Angeles, The Smog Shoppe! So, when couples and companies come in to see us and say they’re having a wedding or company event across the street, we get gitty! We love that we’re closer than any other Los Angeles wedding caterer to the Smog Shoppe. We’ve done a ton of events over the years with the Smog Shoppe (and their sister location, The Marvimon House and The Millwick), and we love working with them. We love their dedication to sustainable design, we love the atmosphere they create for celebration, and our proximity to one another makes event planning a breeze for everyone involved, including our recent client, the Landry Design Group.
The first thing clients look for when planning a Los Angeles wedding is the venue. One of my absolute favorite venues in Los Angeles is the Smog Shoppe. Smog Shoppe events seem to be a little more fun and exciting than the others. There’s just something special about the layout and the vibe of the indoor/outdoor wedding venue that gets people in a swinging mood.
A Smog Shoppe wedding or event is also great because clients have both indoor and outdoor spaces all in one spot. It’s also a eco friendly! They have solar panels, reusable rain water tanks, and its made of recycled materials. The Smog Shoppe is a great venue for your green wedding or corporate event.
The all-organic and locally sourced Los Angeles catering company is a perfect match with the Smog Shoppe. The Eco Caters kitchen is located directly across the street from the venue making it a breeze. Eco Caters also does tons of events with the Smog Shoppe and the two have a great relationship with one another.
For the Landry Design Group the organic Los Angeles catering company put together a crowd pleasing menu all created from local farms, in season produce, and everything is certified USDA organic.
Our Los Angels catering team would like to give a special thanks to the Landry Design Group for making Eco Caters apart of their holiday party! We are honored you choose us as your Los Angeles caterer and we look forward to next year!
We are excited to plan your next event! Eco Caters is more than a catering company that servers high end organic food, we are also event planners!
To get a quick quote or to help you plan your next Los Angeles event, please reach out to us: email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Los Angeles 310.202.0326
Washington D.C. 202.810.3262
San Diego 858.246.6129
A special “Thank You!” to Mackenzie and Dan for choosing Eco Caters as their San Diego wedding caterer on what was a joyous wedding weekend! The two of you were amazing and our team had a great time getting to know your extended families.
Eco Caters has been supporting our community by purchasing from local farms and preparing USDA organic food all over Southern California. With our kitchens, based out of Los Angeles, San Diego and Washington D.C., and our farm to table philosophy, Eco Caters has been growing strong. We love sharing our clients passion for sustainable food and strive to make each event we do a personalized one. Our San Diego wedding catering team enjoyed preparing food for Machenzie and Dan’s family and friends, and we thank them for sharing their very special day with us!
Our San Diego wedding caterers served guests a family style dinner. As guest passed colorful dishes of braised pork, our popular Gouda Mac-n-Cheese, grilled sea bass and roasted root vegetable medley (pictured below), live music by DJ Nick Chavez kept the mood upbeat and moving. Everyone had a great time, and that makes us happy.
Photographer Rachel Solomon is an award winning photographer featured on Style Me Pretty, Arizona Bride, Junebug, Once, Wed, wedding Chicks and many others. She’s amazing to work with and isn’t afraid to tell you what she thinks, which in this business is refreshing to be around. We enjoyed working with her and appreciate her allowing us to share these wonderful photos with you. To check out more of Rachel Solomon’s work or to book her for your next event, we encourage you to check out her website: Rachel-Solomon.com
Marston House is a great place for anyone in the San Diego area looking for a wedding venue.
One of California’s finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement, the Marston House was constructed in 1905 for George W. Marston and his wife, Anna Gunn Marston. George Marston is noted for many things but most prominently as a civic leader whose interest and work in historic preservation, conservation and history is well known.
The property was designed and built by the internationally renowned architects William Sterling Hebbard and Irving Gill. Surrounded by five acres of rolling lawns, manicured formal gardens, and rustic canyon gardens, this 8,500 square-foot home became a house museum in 1987 after the Marston family gifted it to the City of San Diego for the enjoyment of the public.
Spend some time exploring the grounds, formal gardens and canyon pathways in the shade of towering pine, eucalyptus and oak trees. Learn about one of San Diego’s most prominent families and the master architects and landscape designers who worked with the family to create one of the region’s most important estates.
San Diego Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
San Diego Wedding Ceremony: Grace Lutheran Church
San Diego Wedding Reception: Marston House
San Diego Wedding Event Planning & Design: Duran Events
San Diego Wedding Floral: Little Fox Flower Shop
San Diego Wedding Bridal Gown: Justin Alexander
San Diego Wedding Gown Boutique & Custom Alterations: Suzanne’s Bridal
San Diego Wedding Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
San Diego Wedding Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters
San Diego Wedding Menswear: Vera Wang
San Diego Wedding Stationery & Invites: Celebrations in Paper
San Diego Wedding Hair: Vanessa Jenners
San Diego Wedding Makeup: Crista
San Diego Wedding Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
San Diego Wedding Entertainment: Nick Chavez DJ Services
San Diego Wedding Live Music: Adam & I
San Diego Wedding Videography: Shawn Lloyd Films
San Diego Wedding 2nd Shooter: Shauntelle Sposto
Cookbook review of Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making, by James Peterson.
I am no Chef, but definitely a foodie. Who isn’t nowadays? Whether we admit it or not, we all want to be as cool as Anthony Bourdain when it comes to dining out, and as skilled as a five star chef in our own kitchen. But as much as we daydream about having a sophisticated palate and a skilled hand with a sauté pan, the honest truth is that most of us will never have a truly adventurous appetite, or impress anyone with our cooking skills. The world of cooking seems too daunting and complex to have someone take the time and teach us the ropes… And then! This cooking book by James Peterson fell into my lap!
Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making, by James Peterson, is an in-depth and comprehensive book about cooking. More specifically how to make sauces, but it’s much more than a collection of recipes (like any other cookbook). This cookbook reads more like a biography – a great one too! I started reading this book in bed before I’d doze off and found that I could not put it down!
The book is well written and starts off with a fascinating history of cooking: how cooking has evolved from the Greek empire, through the medieval period, and into modern day. It shares great insight into what to look for when purchasing ingredients at the grocery store. It highlights tips on keeping food fresh, how to dry your own spices, and how to freeze homemade stocks for dinners to come. It explains how to cook the most incredible sauces in the most down-to-earth way. This book has gotten me excited to cook at a higher level and I can safely say that it has improved my cooking.
James Peterson is an award-winning food writer, cookbook author, photographer, and cooking teacher who started his career as a restaurant cook in Paris in the 1970s. He is the author of fifteen titles, including “Sauces,” his first book and a 1991 James Beard Cookbook of the Year winner, and “Cooking,” a 2008 James Beard Award winner. He has been one of the country’s preeminent cooking instructors for more than 20 years and currently teaches at the Institute of Culinary Education (formerly Peter Kump’s) in New York. He is revered within the industry and highly regarded as a professional resource. James Peterson cooks, writes, and photographs from Brooklyn, New York.
This book hooked me in like a good novel, and it will always be referenced in my kitchen like a handy bible. I can’t imagine that there are too many cookbooks out there that are juicy enough to read from cover to cover, and I know there are few as comprehensive as this one.
If you want to improve your cooking skills Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making, by James Peterson, is the best cookbook I have ever found. This cookbook has a lifetime of recipes and wisdom in it, and I can’t endorse it more enthusiastically. It’s a great introduction to anyone wanting to learn how to cook, and its reference guide for anyone one who’s professional trained. Go get it!
Get ready! We might be only days into 2015 but wedding planning for this year is already underway. Here are our top five wedding trends to look for in 2015!
5. Garden flowers. The just-picked garden look for table settings will be a big hit this year. Couples will select soft colored flowers and gentile tones with greens pooling over the sides. Crowning Glory or crowns of woven flowers worn in the bride’s hair will also be a big hit this year. Depending on the overall theme of the wedding these flowers might be more subtle or larger, blossoming flowers.
4. Organic food. Couples choosing organic catering have been on the rise in the past few years and we expect to see a big uptick in couples being more conscious about choosing organic and local foods.
3. Off-the-shoulder neckline wedding dress. A 2015 wedding trend we are witnessing in wedding dresses are the off-the-shoulder neckline wedding dress. This wedding dress trend fits in with the whimsical English fairytale décor of the garden flowers and catering from the locals. It’s a romantic and timeless wedding trend that we think most brides will fall in love with.
2. A burst of unique videos and photos. There are a lot of photographers investing more into Go-Pros and little drone helicopters to capture weddings from all sorts of angles, like viewing your ceremony from above along with all the beautiful surroundings. With cameras as small as they are today the possibilities are endless as to what new and wild ways couples and wedding photographers are going to capture that special day.
1. And the number one wedding trend of 2015 will be… Western theme. Yep. Western themed weddings are in and Southern California is going to be a hotbed for ranch weddings and wedding parties accented with leather, antlers wild flowers, and outdoor venues. Bourbon and whisky were big last year as mixed cocktail options and that trend will nicely carry over with western themed weddings.
Our San Diego catering team created an all organic and locally sourced menu for Robin and John’s romantic Junípero Serra Museum wedding!
Robin and John are the type of people you just want to be around. They’re fun and always smiling about something. Their San Diego wedding was held at the romantic Junipero Serra Musseum and we wish you could have been there with us! Everyone had a ball, including our San Diego caterers! Their celebration was infectious, and the San Diego History Center is a spectacular place to throw a wedding.
We prepared a hardy menu of Robin and John’s desired dishes, along with some fresh and in season appetizers for their cocktail hour. Our San Diego catering team kept all the bowls and platters full of delicious goodness, while Robin and John’s family and friends did their best to clean them out. Everyone nibbled throughout the night and spent their energy on the dance floor.
Eco Caters works hard to ensure that everything we serve is all-organic and prepared fresh. Our San Diego catering team puts in small orders with local farms (which we encourage you to visit on the tab above). Our chefs hand pick select fruits, cheeses, and seafood for our events and our staff can also help you coordinate your event. Either from start to finish or simply the day of.
The San Diego History Center is located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Balboa Park. Consisting of a beautiful grand atrium and 8 different galleries, this museum is ideal for corporate events and wedding receptions. The museum also houses our Thornton Theatre and Conference Room, perfect for meetings and lectures.
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.
For more information on the San Diego History Center CLICK HERE. Our San Diego catering team would be happy to help set up this wedding venue with you as well. Eco Caters also coordinates events making it easier for you organize!
Junípero Serra Museum, in Presidio Park | 2727 Presidio Drive, San Diego, CA 92103
Eco Caters, your San Diego catering company was pleased to work with Imagery With Impact, a classy, high end photography company that captured some amazing wedding photos. Imagery With Impact was fun to work with and as you can see, these wedding photos speak for themselves! They captured some wonderful moments, and bottled the electric celebration that carried on through the night.The more I began shooting portraiture the more I realized that people were my passion. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to parachute into some of the most important moments in people’s lives and document their story. I love the adventure that comes with wedding photography and how each wedding is so completely different from the next. Stunning wedding photos are more than your gear and technical skill behind the lens. It’s all about knowing and connecting with the people in your photographs.
Our San Diego catering team would like to thank the Junipero Serra Museum for inviting us to cater on their historic grounds. A special thanks to Imagery With Impact for allowing us to share these fun photos of Robin and John’s wedding with all of you. And lastly, we would like to thank Robin and John for choosing Eco Caters as their San Diego caterer. We truly had a blast being apart of your special day, and we wish you two the very best!
San Diego Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
San Diego Wedding Venue: Junípero Serra Museum
San Diego Wedding Photographer: Imagery With Impact
Having trouble finding that special gift for that spacial someone? Check out our Last Minuge Holiday Gift Guide!
Reusable coffee Cup
If you have anyone on your list who loves coffee or tea, than a reusable coffee cup is a simple yet practical gift. These awesome porcelain mugs from DCI look just like the paper cups but feel much better in the hand. Being able to bring in a reusable coffee mug is a great eco-friendly way to treat someone and they keep your beverages warmer than the paper one’s any way. It’s also a great gift to help someone live a little greener without them even knowing it… Shhh!
We’ve all played Candy Crush a little too long and forgot to call mom back before our phone battery died. It happens. This powerful little solar pack is perfect for casual use, camping, or being prepared for the “Big One.” Not only is this little guy waterproof, it also packs a 5,000mAh battery allowing you to save up a charge for later.
The perfect relaxing gift. This diffuser releases an ultra-fine water mist, suffusing the air with the scent of your favorite essential oil. Because it doesn’t require heat, this diffusion method maintains the integrity and holistic properties of the essential oil. A color-changing light provides soft illumination through the frosted glass cover, adding to the restful spa ambiance. Simple controls allow you to select white light, cycling colors, a solid color of light, or no light, as well as continuous mist, mist at 15-second intervals or no mist.
Normally you would get the stink-eye if you warped a thermostat and gave it someone as a gift, but not the Nest. Not only does this little guy save you 20% from your AC and heating bill, it looks cooler than Jimmy Dean in a leather jacket! With it’s simple interface and smarty-pants innards, it’s just begging to be played with. The thermostat learns when your home and away, and seamlessly adjusts the temperature of your home throughout the day. It even helps you save money during peak energy hours. The Nest thermostat is a great gift idea for any of those tech loving friends/family members of yours. Nest.com
We all want to come up with that thoughtful gift but often we end up racking our brains trying to comb the malls and department stores, but rarely do we ever think about getting someone a trip or tickets to a concert, or an outdoor retreat. Giving the gift of an experience can be much more meaningful, memorable and unique. Movie tickets, cooking classes, camping retreats, pottery classes, a night at a B&B… They all offer a refreshing change and can fit anyone’s price range.
Let one of ur chefs come into your home and prepare an all-organic meal for you and your family or a group of friends. It also makes a great gift for a friend. Having a professional chef cook up a meal in your very own kitchen is so much fun. We’ll customize a meal off of your suggestions, come in and prepare everything fresh, serve it, and we’ll even do the dishes! We receive lots of private dinner requests as gifts for other clients and we’d be happy to set up one for you!
Robert Wood, head chef of the Eco Caters Washington D.C. branch receives a nice tribute for the great work he’s doing as the head chef of the Washington Capitals.
Head Chef of the NHL Capitals talks about the important work of fueling the bodies of these amazing athletes. The Washington Capital hockey team consume anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 calories a day and eat all most a pound of protein! Eco Caters, Washington DC’s organic catering company, prepares food that is sourced from local farms and fisherman, and focuses on in season fruits and vegetables. Whether you’re looking to feed a national hockey team, or your upcoming private event, Eco Caters has you covered!
Your Los Angeles wedding catering team created another organic wedding at the Fig House.
Christine and Tim pulled together an amazing wedding with lots of laughs and bursting with vintage color. Christine and Tim served an all organic feast from Los Angeles wedding caterers, Eco Caters, and celebrated under the roof of a spacious industrial warehouse space nicknamed the Fig House.
The Fig house is a spacious Los Angeles wedding venue perfect for parties under 250 for sit down dinner, and 450 for standing cocktail style parties. The Fig House pulls in mid-century modern design elements and melds them with an indoor/outdoor layout, giving it an iconic California feel. The Fig House was founded by Steve Fortunato (roomforty) as the first venue venture of The Hospitality Collaborative. Eco Caters, your Los Angeles wedding catering team has coordinated and created custom catering menus for countless events at the Fig House. We abide by all house rules and can work with the venue to make sure your next event their is a flawless one.
Eco Caters, your all organic and locally sourced Los Angeles wedding catering team, tailored a special menu for our clients Christine and Tim. Our head chef combined some traditional dishes requested by the couple and created them by using in season fruits and vegetables. Aside from implementing a few dishes the couple felt were key to their menu, Christine and Tim were not sure what appetizers and side dishes they could pair with their special requests. These are the creative moments our chefs love!
During Christine and Tim food tasting, our chef explained what flavors would go well with certain foods they requested and our Los Angeles wedding catering team presented them with a special selection of popular recipes our past clients have fallen in love with, and they did as well! We talked over the menu, made some tough choices and paired it down to a flavorful selection that fit their budget.
As you can clearly see, Jennifer of Jennifer Fujikawa Photography is a beautiful Los Angeles wedding photographer. She has an artistic approach to her work and captures some unique and candid moments. She also has a refreshing take on shooting the wedding party, setting her style above the rest. We encourage you to visit her website to see more of her fabulous photographs: Jennifer Fujikawa Photography
A special Thanks to Christine and Tim for choosing Eco Caters as their Los Angeles wedding caterer! Everything turned out beautifully! We would also like to thank Jennifer Fujikawa Photography for sharing her work with our team. We love seeing all the happy faces and the colorful decor.
Los Angeles Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
Los Angeles Wedding Photographer: Jennifer Fujikawa Photography
Los Angeles Wedding venue: The Fig House