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Are you at a hipster wedding? We sure hope so!
As an all-organic, locally farmed catering company based out of southern California, yes, we’re hired to be apart of a lot of hipster weddings. Our southern California catering company, caters and coordinates all kinds of weddings for all kinds of folks but none burst with as much wedding style and personality as a hipster wedding. They’re always original and always fun.
Below is a fun quiz to see if you are at a hipster wedding, or if maybe you’re on track to having one of your very own. But, if you really want to know if you’re at a hipster wedding, it all comes down to one test: Are they playing songs by LCD Soundsystem? Hopefully they are.
Here at Eco Caters our chefs choose organic food because they love its superior taste and quality. While more and more chefs are starting to agree with us, it’s our satisfied clients that matter most. Our clients taste the difference and their guests do to.
So, what is Organic? Simply put, organic food is grown without the use of pesticides, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Livestock that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones. It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that these chemicals and practices are unhealthy for our food, they’re also unhealthy for our bodies.
Mother nature has done a pretty good job of growing fruits and vegetables over the last several hundred million years, and I don’t think she needs our help. Organic food lasts longer, tastes better and is better for you. The more intense flavors in organic fruits and vegetables probably stem from two factors: higher average levels of antioxidants, and lower average crop yields. When it comes to livestock like beef, you can literally taste the grass in the steak! We here at Eco Caters also tend to use less salt on our organic food because it requires less sodium to bring out the flavor.
Organic produce tends to store better and has a longer shelf life. (Next time you’re in your grocery store take a look at the expiration dates on the organic milk and compare it to the other milk. It’s surprising!) This factor is due to lower levels of nitrates and higher average levels of antioxidants. The fact that our Los Angeles catering company buys all-organic (and local) food means that we cater thee absolute freshest and best tasting food around.
Does organic food cost more? The truth of the matter is that organic food doesn’t always cost more. Some items, such as coffee, cereal, bread, and even certain meats, may cost the same if not less than their conventional counterparts. And, as the demand for organics continues to grow, the cost will continue to come down.
If you want great food, you have to start with great ingredients. We think you’ll agree with our past clients that Eco Caters brings the freshest ingredients on earth, to you. We put as much love into preparing our food as we do selecting the local farms that our produce comes from. And it shows.
If you’re planning a wedding or special event in the Los Angeles or San Diego area, you owe it to yourself to come in and have a tasting. The food speaks for itself. And, since we buy local you’ll be supporting your community!
Style Me Pretty just wrote a nice article on a wedding Eco Caters catered and coordinated by our very own, Michelle Rodriguez.
Colorful weddings always stand out in my mind. I think it’s the vibrancy of the day that really gets me and with this Marrakesh House, that vibrancy is palpable. A couple with smiles as big as the state of Texas and a wedding crafted to reflect that energy and love is one you can’t go wrong with. Take florals beautifully designed by Seed Floral and images captured by onelove photography, weave them all together and BOOM! We have ourselves a looker with a whole lot of heart. See it all right here.
For almost 35 years, the Beylik Family has been dedicated to producing the very best produce possible from their farm near Fillmore in Ventura County. Sometimes the phrase “family business” is said because it sounds nice. Here it is more than mere words. Four generations of Beylik’s work and care for their crops every day. Their produce is available exclusively through Certified Farmer’s Markets from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles.
A really cool thing about this farm is that they keep their plants pollinated and in season year around, to do so these guys have released bees into their indoor facility as well as fans to keep the temperature where it needs to be. You can visit them at www.beylikfarms.com to learn more about their farm.
Specialty Produce distributes produce throughout San Diego County and beyond. They offer all types of fresh produce and sell directly to many restaurants and catering companies. Whenever we cannot find produce straight from the farm we go to Specialty. We especially like their Farmers Market Program, which brings fresh fruits and veggies down from the Wednesday Farmers Market in Santa Monica to San Diego. We often get stuff from Wiser Farms, Beylik Farms among others through this program. We can also source certified organic produce for certain items with Specialty Produce. You can actually go to their warehouse and buy consumer direct. Learn more about this and more at their website, www.specialtyproduce.com.
Fifth generation farmer Chris Cadwell took over his family’s remaining undeveloped fourteen acres of hillside property overlooking the Pacific Ocean’s Channel Islands in Carpinteria, California. No Cadwell had ever had the desire to work the steep piece of property until Chris, and his family began cultivating it for organic garlic.
The name Tutti Frutti is Italian for “All Fruits.” The Cadwell family has been growing organic produce for Southern California since 1988. Their produce is sold at many local grocery stores and served in amazing restaurants. To find out more about Tutti Frutti farms go to www.tuttifruttifarms.com
Eco Caters loves Sage Mountain Farm, not just for their savory Sage Candy Onions, but for their dedication to educate people on sustainable and organic foods. They are one of the leaders of sustainable farming in Southern California. Owners Phil and Juany Noble have grown their farm significantly over the last 5 years. They are Certified Organic growers, and are located at 40630 Sage Road, in Aguanga, California (about 20 miles East of Temecula – if you want to check out the farm for yourself. Just be ready to pick up a shovel and help out while you are there. One thing you will find out if you visit is just how much they care for the produce and animals they are raising. Their vegetables are grown using sparkling clean natural well water. At their high desert property, they use pure organic guidelines to raise steers, chickens, pigs and goats. You can get produce from Sage Mountain Farms in many different ways other than visiting the farm. You can find their produce at Whole Foods grocery stores around San Diego as well as many farmers markets including Ocean Beach and Hillcrest. You can also join their CSA program to get a fresh box of organic produce delivered weekly. Find out more at www.sagemountainfarm.com.
Jaime Farms has been a family owned and operated business since 1997. Jose Luis Jaime was an immigrant worker who came to the United States looking for the American dream, he was ready to work hard in the fields. As he worked for Taguchi Farms, he learned his trade well and became the right hand of Mr. Joe Taguchi. After fifteen years of loyal and hard work he was given the opportunity to make his dream come true. Mr. Jose Luis Jaime became the owner of Taguchi Farms (renaming or giving birth to Jaime Farms). Now Jaime Farms has four farms to cultivate from the City of Industry land, Chino , Yucca Valley and our newly acquired farmland in Santa Maria. You can read more about Jamie Farms and find out the restaurants that serve their produce at www.jaimefarms.com.
Suzie’s Farm is known for their amazing micro greens distributed under the name Sun Grown but we have found that they grow an assortment of amazing heirloom produce. We often use their beautiful multi-color carrots, strawberries, beets (purple, chioggia and golden), fennel and cherry tomatoes for salads and other dishes. Nestled in the Tijuana River Valley, Suzie’s Farm is producing some of the best veggies we have seen in San Diego.
Robin Taylor and Lucila De Alejandro, owners of Suzies Farm see farm life as an example of a way to live. They named their farm after a dog that was abandoned in the Tijuana River Valley. They took the dog in and named her Suzie. She taught them to live at peace with the world, to get back up when you get knocked down, and to know how to be present and available when opportunities present themselves to you. So eventually when they expanded their operation beyond Sun Grown, the name Suzie’s Farm came naturally. When the breeze blows up from the river and rustles through the acacia trees, you know that the spirit of Suzie is near and guiding Robin and Taylor. Hopefully you will feel it too.
Besides loving animals these two also really like to cook. You must check out their website to find a plethora of recipes that all sound amazing. You can also find all the local farmers markets they frequent which include Ocean Beach, Hillcrest and Little Italy to name a few. Check them out at www.suziesfarm.com.
For about 6 years Sid and Raquel Weiser ran Weiser Family Farms as an orchard. They grew apples, peaches and pears. It was their son Alex who got them into the world of root veggies.
While assisting at the local Farmers’ Market, Alex encountered chefs, the public and specialty produce buyers who wanted seasonal, high quality and superior tasting produce. Listening to this input, Alex began to focus on creating a bio-diverse farm dedicated to applying sustainable farming techniques. His overriding desire was to supply people with unique fruits and vegetables at their peak, rather than picked for commercial usage. Today, Weiser Family Farms grows in the Greater Bakersfield area, Tehachapi and the Lucerne Valley, cultivating a tapestry of high quality produce year round.
Weiser Family Farms is, and has always been, a family farming entity in the true sense of the word. You can count on them to put as much care and effort into serving you as they do in selecting and growing their unique, locally grown produce.