An Interview with Jay’s Catering
Favorite, creative ways to display food at stations:
At Jay’s, we know that visual appeal is key to the success of events and that absolutely includes food station presentation. Delicious and beautiful cuisine should be complemented by an equally enticing environment. Our favorite display approaches include implementing custom signage as well as adding natural décor touches like fresh florals alongside interesting trays and containers that diverge from the expected “catering” serveware.
Unique dessert ideas:
We are dessert fanatics that thrive on creativity in the bakery. Our torched crème brûlée kouign amann is an unusual and decadent sweet that is also an entertaining experience for guests. The outer layer is flaky, buttery and croissant like, while the center is filled with a velvety crème brûlée custard that is torched to caramelized perfection on the spot. We also love our cookies & milk shots and build-your-own s’mores station.
Trending ways to elevate the presentation of meals:
Hands-on stations and plenty of guest inspired options! We realize that people love participating in the catering process. That’s why so many of our menu options are stations that include an interactive element. Whether it’s picking toppings, adding final touches on site, or concocting a unique cocktail with our array of herbs, syrups and fruits, we want to make sure that our guests’ experience with our food is tasty, beautiful, and fun.
Unique flavors to incorporate in 2016 to wow guests:
Incorporating an unconventional twist on classic dishes is a surefire way to impress your guests and their taste buds. We like to explore a global fusion approach, by adding Indian, Korean, Persian, and other international flavors to traditional cuisine.
A favorite wedding menu you created this year:
One of our favorite wedding menus we created this year is a custom vegan menu that contains an array of delectable eats, including tofu bahn mi sliders and corn chowder shooters topped with chipotle romanesco.
Our food philosophy:
At Jay’s, food is the centerpiece that holds the limbs of our operation together. When it comes to quality cuisine, there’s no room for sacrifice. We always ensure that taste is our priority. Once a dish is cooked to perfection, then we focus on the beauty of vibrant presentation. That’s why all of our food is made fresh and from scratch. We insist on using sustainable ingredients whenever possible and consider delivering simple, clean foods with bold flavors to be our mission. While our tradition provides us with an excellent foundation and knowledge base, we also consider ourselves innovative, adapting with the times and trends.
Our staff’s favorite restaurants:
Manpuku Costa Mesa, Little Sparrow Santa Ana, Broadway by Amar Santana Laguna Beach, and Eat Chow Costa Mesa
What is your best advice for couples looking for their perfect caterer?
Choose a catering company that understands your vision and can execute it well. Don’t settle by limiting yourself to a preset menu, instead, find a creative caterer that is inspired by amazing ingredients and your event concept. At Jay’s, our sales team doesn’t just take orders. They are trained and experienced event specialists. Their role is to get to know our couples and their taste before helping them create the perfect menu for their wedding. Our focus is always food and people centric, so we make certain that everything we serve is exceptional and that everyone we work with has an excellent experience.
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