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Ceremony Magazine Orange County 2017 | Food Tour – Part 2

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Photography | Studio EMP
Food & Beverage | 24 Carrots Catering
Location | The 1912
Floral Design | The Bloom of Time
Rentals | Found Vintage Rentals
Flatware | Classic Event & Tent Rentals
Calligraphy | Project Watermark

Ceremony Magazine Orange County 2017 | Food Tour – Part 1

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Photography | Studio EMP
Food & Beverage | 24 Carrots Catering
Location | The 1912
Floral Design | The Bloom of Time
Rentals | Found Vintage Rentals
Flatware | Classic Event & Tent Rentals
Calligraphy | Project Watermark

Ceremony Magazine Orange County 2016 | Quality Cuisine

Quality Cuisine
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Our staff’s favorite restaurants:
Manpuku Costa Mesa, Little Sparrow Santa Ana, Broadway by Amar Santana Laguna Beach, and Eat Chow Costa Mesa

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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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Ceremony Magazine Orange County 2016 | Blushing Bride

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Photography | Kelsea Holder Photography
Location | The Estate on Second
Paper Goods | Aerialist Press
Cakes & Sweets | Jay’s Catering
Formalwear | Friar Tux Shop
Floral Design | MV Florals
Linens | La Tavola
Coordination, Styling & Tabletop Rentals | Lovelyfest Event Design
Rentals | Archive Rentals
Gown | Claire LaFaye
Veil | The Veiled Beauty
Jewelry | Kendra Scott
Hair & Makeup | Joy Castaneda

Ceremony Magazine Orange County 2016 | An Edible Journey

An Edible Journey
An Interview with 24 Carrots

On-trend food ideas for 2016 weddings:
Produce is finally getting to be the star of the meal instead of just a side, and it’s one of our favorite ways to incorporate a lot of color and flavor into the dining experience. Our current favorite is the grilled butternut squash steak topped with roasted poblano and corn relish, queso fresco, and fresh coriander.

We’re also seeing a revival of pairing menus, where we complement each dish with a cocktail or wine course (maybe even whiskey!). These are typically requested by couples who want the reception to be a truly exceptional dining experience for their guests.

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Favorite, creative ways to display food at stations:
Our favorite stations are set up to be enjoyed during cocktail hour or dessert to maximize accessibility to the stations. Proper vessels for display and signage that matches the rest of your wedding inspiration tops off the overall look.

Trending ways to elevate the presentation of meals:
Couples are becoming more aware of food presentation and making it a priority when finalizing menu selections. One of the best ways to ensure a clean and classic plate is a compressed dish, such as our compressed salad of baby arugula. It’s a long standing favorite, but we’re thrilled to see it embraced often.

Our specialty is:
We believe in the complete guest experience. From the minute guests arrive to your wedding, they’re attended to. Special touches come standard for us, such as a welcome beverage, bride and groom service during cocktail hour, or complimentary cake cutting. We make sure that we create an atmosphere in which people are blown away by the excellent food and the quality of service.

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Neat late-night wedding snack ideas:
A spiked coffee or hot chocolate station is always one that goes over well with guests. It can be as caffeinated (or as boozy) as you’d like!

Our food philosophy:
We believe that food is a journey and we want to take you along for the ride. We offer a variety of outstanding cuisine that we all personally love and have sampled ourselves. And because everybody’s taste buds differ, we don’t limit ourselves to the standard menus. Our chefs are always up for a challenge and we’re always looking for ways to expand our culinary horizons.

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3 words that should describe a well-executed wedding meal:
Timely. Tasty. Memorable.

Without considering any budget, what three courses would you suggest?
1. Compressed Watermelon Salad
Pickled and compressed heirloom watermelon with balsamic reduction, basil emulsion, and sea salt foam
2. Peppercorn-Crusted Filet Mignon with Café de Paris butter
Potatoes dauphinoise, broccolini with extra virgin olive oil and crushed chili flakes
3. Decadent Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Torte
Nutella fuilletine crunch, bitter hazelnut biscuit, dark chocolate sabayon mousse, sea salt caramel cream, draped in nutella ganache, chocolate pralines, raspberry champagne reduction

What is your best advice for couples looking for their perfect caterer?
Firstly, take time to enjoy being engaged. It’s easy to get overwhelmed at this time that should be such a joyous occasion. Once you get an idea of your wedding wish list, call us and trust the professionals to guide you along. We get to plan weddings every single day and we want nothing but the best for your big day. After all, we’re in this together.

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Photography | Studio EMP
Catering | 24 Carrots