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March 16, 2017

Good as Gold: St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration

Our St. Patrick’s Day inspiration is featured up on Inspired By This and on Pop Sugar Food! As a holiday centered around great food and drink, we wanted to offer some alternatives to dyeing your beer green and adding food coloring to everything. We shared a couple of our favorite recipes up on IBT + Pop Sugar for you to make at home. This spread is as good as gold!

Photos: Villa Visuals / Featured: Inspired By This + Pop Sugar Food

Stout Float (Our favorite was Rouge Chocolate Stout)

Irish-Misu | Baileys Mascarpone Chocolate Cream, Jameson Caramel, Golden Crunch


Irish Nachos

Mini Pots of Gold Mac and Cheese

“Dirt” Cups | Chocolate Mousse, Oreo Crumbles

Lucky Charms Ice Cream

Photos: Villa Visuals


May 19, 2016

The Art of Setting a Table

If you’ve ever watched the opening sequence of Chef’s Table, you know that setting a table is an orchestrated art. (If you haven’t, it’s available on Netflix, and you’re welcome ;)

Yes, the back of the house is undoubtedly where the magic happens, but the place setting is the guest’s first impression, and thus, equally important. There are a lot of nuisances on a table setting that vary depending on the situation (restaurants, bistros, catering), but today we’d like to take you behind our scenes and approach this from a wedding and event stand point.

All of our in-house staff is trained to follow this little cheat sheet:

Cheat Sheet

Helpful hints:

  • Table setting varies from event to event based on the menu (i.e. most fine-dining menus require an extra knife – one for salad, one for entrée. Most menus do not require any spoons unless they have coffee service).
  • All flatware needs to be placed 1 inch from the edge of the table.  It must be polished and clear of any spots.

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These hints are great for hosting at home, setting up photo shoots, or just being one step ahead of your other A-type personality friends. When you book with 24 carrots catering, we’re happy to arrange dinnerware rentals on your behalf – you don’t have to worry about counts, setting up, or cleaning up. Some clients choose to arrange their own rentals themselves or use their wedding planner for this task. We love collaboration and are happy to assist with guidance on table setting rentals based upon your menu (such as sizes appropriate for service, quantities, and padding). Please don’t hesitate to ask us for help!

If you’re interested in learning more, 24 carrots is honored to be a part of LVL Academy this year, expanding on “Table Top How To’s”. More information and registration here: http://www.lvlevents.com/lvl-academy

Happy place-setting!

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Photos: Brandon Kidd Photography | Troy Grover Photography | Brian Leahy Photography

LVL Events | Giracci Vineyards | Wayfare | Mod Mix Studios | Casa de PerrinSignature Party Rentals | Olive Willow Designs | Sugar Doodle Cookie Co | Lavender’s Flowers | Found Vintage Rentals 


September 3, 2015

Franciscan Gardens Bridal Shower Inspiration

Franciscan Gardens is our intimate Spanish-style venue in the heart of old town San Juan Capistrano. We host about 120 weddings a year in this romantic space, and countless other occasions. With lush green backdrops and bistro lighting to complete the al fresco atmosphere, it’s the perfect space to have an event.

For some bridal shower inspiration, this shoot was featured on Style Me Pretty, with dreamy shots photographed and styled by Kim Le Photography: “In collaboration with ME Weddings and Morning Lavender Boutique, we wanted to come up with a bridal shower inspired look that matched the sweetness of spring, the romance of weddings and the joy of bridal showers.” Too sweet not to share!
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BAR MENU: Peach Old Fashioned | Rose Lemonade

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BRUNCH MENU:

Sweet Honeydew and Cantaloupe with Shaved Proscuitto

Belgian Endive Petal with Shaved Braeburn Apple

Mini Lobster Roll with Tarragon Aioli

Ahi Tuna Carpaccio

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Photography: Kim Le Photography | Event Coordinator: ME Weddings | Catering: 24 Carrots | Makeup:Beauty By Angelina | Hair: Kacee Geoffroy | Calligraphy: Letters To You | Wedding Venue: Franciscan Gardens | Balloons & Tassels: Loveprettydetails | Cake & Cake Pops: Sarie Cakes | China, Flatware & Glassware : Dish Wish | Clothing & Jewelry: Morning Lavender | Farm Table: ATB Rentals | Hair Accessories: Chic Shack | Napkins & Runner : Fusion Decor | Paper Flowers : Handmade By Sara Kim | Placecards & Hanglers: Delovely Details | Vintage Rentals: Etablir Shop


April 1, 2015

Get Your Easter off to a Hopping Start!

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No matter who you’re trying to impress, this Easter dinner menu will “wow” just about anybody… even the Easter Bunny himself!  This fresh and savory Easter meal our Executive Chef Ashley Santo Domingo put together below has just about everything you could want in a reinvented Easter dinner… from a wonderful Roasted Rosemary Lamb to perfectly cooked sides to kicked up deviled eggs.  It’s pure celebration food, perfect for gathering around the table with your closest friends and family.

 Easter Dinner Menu

 

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Multi Colored Deviled Eggs (recipe below)

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Spring Citrus Salad 

Blood Oranges, Cara Cara Oranges, Grapefruit, Avocados, Hearts of Palm, Spring Mixed Greens, Belgium Endive, Citrus Vinaigrette

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Pommes Anna

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“Easter Egg” Root Veggies 

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Pan-Seared Broccolini 

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Mix things up with these four variations on deviled eggs!

Kicked Up Deviled Eggs

Wasabi Sesame

Ingredients:

6 hard boiled eggs, yolks and whites separated

2 oz mayo

1 drizzle sesame oil

salt and pepper (pinch)

1 tbsp. wasabi powder

sesame seeds, for garnish

 

Directions:

Blend the mayo, yolks, sesame oil, wasabi, salt and pepper.  Pipe the mix into the whites and garnish with sesame seeds.

 

Sundried Tomato

Ingredients:

6 hard boiled eggs, yolks and whites separated

2 oz mayo

salt and pepper (pinch)

1 oz sundried tomatoes, rehydrated and pureed smooth

tear drop tomato wedge

micro-greens (for garnish)

 

Directions: 

Blend the yolks with the mayo, salt and pepper, and sundried tomato puree.  Pipe into egg whites and garnish with tomatoes and micro-greens.

 

Smokey Bacon

Ingredients:

6 hard boiled eggs, yolks and whites separated

2 oz mayo

bacon, cut into ½ inch julienne strips, cooked crispy

micro-parsley (for garnish)

smoked paprika (to top)

1/2 tsp dijon

salt and pepper (pinch)

 

Directions: 

Blend the yolks with the mayo, salt and pepper and Dijon.  Pipe into egg whites and garnish with bacon strips, micro-parsley, and paprika.

 

Saffron & Pepper

Ingredients:

1 oz pureed roasted red peppers

6 hard boiled eggs, yolks and whites separated

2 oz mayo

smoked paprika

1/2 tsp dijon

saffron threads

salt and pepper (pinch)

 

Directions: 

Blend the yolks with the mayo, salt and pepper, roasted pepper puree, and Dijon.  Pipe into egg whites and garnish with saffron threads and paprika.

 

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Photography: Mike Villa Visuals

Creative Art Director: Arpi Torosyan of 24 carrots


February 24, 2015

California Wedding Day Enchanted Dinner at The Colony House

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

As featured in California Wedding Day’s blog: California Pink Hues and Garden Glamour at the OC’s Colony House:

“We are so inspired by Orange County’s newest venue, The Colony House. The unique space melds historic Craftsman architecture with a modern sensibility that creates an inviting palette for a beautiful wedding–from vintage to modern. So when it came time to host a dinner party for our 60 of our nearest and dearest in the wedding industry, we knew this was the perfect location. Add in the OC’s Best Wedding Planner, Kerrie Underhill of Platinum Weddings by Kerrie and the result was so magical that we had to share this gorgeous design to inspire brides and grooms.

Underhill and Melissa McGown of Flowers by Cina’s overall design aesthetic was a modern feeling juxtaposed with romantic bohemian touch. The light and airy space has a cool loft feeling to it and Flowers by Cina expertly accentuated the Colony House’s beautiful wooden beams by hanging six crystal chandeliers that were elegantly enhanced with lush green garlands, creating a sense of a garden with in the space. The dark midnight blue linen (Soleil from Designer Specialty Linens) created a perfect modern backdrop for the tabletop elements that included a boho-inspired silver basket weave charger from Classic Party Rentals, personalized menus by Honeycrisp Design Studio with a vibrant Aubergine Metallic Weave napkin folded underneath. Flowers by Cina’s added a vibrant energy and pure loveliness with fuschia and pink-hued centerpieces that wound down the two feasting tables. Flickering floating candles added a soft touch of romance while gorgeous seating vignettes from Found Vintage Rentals nestled around the perimeter of the party created the perfect place to sip and chat after the feasting had completed. The overall look was completed by the brilliant lighting design provided by Illuminated Events. Rounding out the experience was an amazing dinner (we want seconds of the Braised Short Rib! See full menu below for inspiration) by 24 Carrots paired with the perfect wines by BevMo.”

We are thrilled to showcase our full menu for such a luxurious and intimate affair and to be able to share with you more event photos, captured by Christine Bentley, of this enchanted evening! Enjoy!

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Tray Passed Hors d’oeuvres:

Mini Turkey Pot Pie Puffs

Kurabata Pork Belly
with pickled red cabbage and soy caramel sauce

Butternut Squash Soup Shooter
with mini rye grilled cheese

Lobster Pops
crisp lobster cake, bibb lettuce, edible flowers, béarnaise sauce on bite-sized house made buns

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Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

24 Carrots Catering and Events Dinner Menu with Wine Pairing by BevMo:
First Course: Beets and Blood Orange Salad with Endive, Roasted Baby Beets, Blood Oranges, Persimmon and Charmoula paired with La Caña Albarino 2012
 
Main Course: Duet of Pomegranate Wine Braised Short Rib Bourguignon and Turmeric Citrus Roasted Sea Bass, Fresh Pomegranate and Cara Cara with Butter Whipped Meyer Lemon Thyme Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus with smoked sea salt, paired with Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge, 2010
 
Dessert: Figs and Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Fresh Fig Tart, Sugar Bruleed and topped with a Citrus Spiced Whipped Cream, paired with Hardys Whiskers Blake Port, NC

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day