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Food Fight: Vendor Meals

The age-old vendor meal policy is an industry-wide hot topic that our Leadership Team has grappled with, and revisited time and time again. For most of our 15+ years of business, 24 Carrots proudly paved the way, feeding our wedding vendors hot meals, with flexible timing. At a time when the wedding industry wasn’t prioritizing vendors, this was a welcomed change. We found some of our best clients and industry cheerleaders in this process – who are still with us today!

A few years ago, we changed our policy to align with the traditional catering approach: feeding vendors after guests. We did so with much reluctance, but out of necessity, as the timing of vendor meals, coupled with an overwhelming lack of communication, were negatively affecting our client experience.

If you’ve experienced our team in any capacity, we believe you should know this about us: that we work together to fix problems. That we communicate respectfully, learn from each other, and grow together. And that service excellence comes standard at 24 Carrots. So when the challenges of our revised policy were brought to our attention, we listened to those partners who respectfully engaged and communicated directly. While our catering service contract is with the client and not our vendors, our vendor teams are very important to us and we value the hard work a team puts into a wedding day. When faced with this issue once more, our decision boiled down to the heart of 24 Carrots: hospitality.

We are proud to go back to our 24 Carrots roots, to offer the following options to accommodate timeline requests:

Plated Vendor Meal: The same entree meal as the guests. Our favorite option! We are happy to accommodate requested timing with the following guidelines (see below for important notes).

Vendor Buffet: Allows for flexibility with varying vendor schedules. Perfect for larger teams. 10 person minimum and rental of table and linen are required.

Deluxe Boxed Meal: The perfect grab and go. Great for entertainers or those who have to eat before hot meals are ready.

Important Notes: While we’ve always offered these three options, timely communication of the following information allows us to serve you best:

    • Number of vendor meals and meal service request time must be submitted to the designated 24 Carrots representative (either directly or through a planner / coordinator) 10 business days in advance. This will allow for requests to be worked into the timeline and service order and for our chefs to prepare accordingly.
    • All dietary meals should be requested to the designated 24 Carrots representative (either directly or through a planner / coordinator) 10 business days in advance.
    • If this information is not received, vendor meals default to a plated vendor meal after guest service is completed.

Just like any other wedding details, communication and planning ahead are the keys to success! One of our 24 Carrots core values is service excellence: our commitment to proactively identifying and meeting the needs of our clients, colleagues, and communities. You can expect this from us and in return, we thank you in advance for your proactive communication.

We are grateful for every opportunity to do what we love, and we look forward to serving you!


Gratitude Dinner at Franciscan Gardens

At 24 Carrots, we love creating impactful experiences for our clients. Sometimes that means focusing on the big moments – like confetti blasts and 40’ carousels, but it can also mean gathering at the table together and having heart to heart conversations. 24 Carrots hosted a Gratitude Dinner at our very own Franciscan Gardens to say thank you to some of our incredible partners who have been with us on this 15-year journey.

We love reliving and sharing the experience with you and we’re thankful to have so many ways to not just tell, but show you the curated experience for this Gratitude Dinner. As an extra special treat, our friends at Delovely Details were guests that evening and have been so gracious to share their first-hand experience being treated like the VIPs that they are.

As 24 Carrots does, every detail was meticulously thought of and everywhere you turned was another vignette that tugged at you and invited you in to experience it. 24 Carrots does an amazing job at turning a simple “dinner with friends” into a journey for the eyes, mind, and soul. We are so grateful to work with them as often as we get to and consider them friends. It was a perfect night.

Read more here about being a guest at a 24 Carrots event!

 

 

 

Production + Catering: 24 Carrots Catering

Venue: Franciscan Gardens

Floral Design: Oak and the Owl

Furniture + Lounge: Found Rentals

Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens

Photography: Brett Hickman Photography

Videography: Villa Visuals

Entertainment: Elevated Pulse

Lighting: Premier Lighting and Production

Calligraphy: Project Watermark

Laser Cut Details: Delovely Details


Wanderloft Spring 2019

Wanderloft is an “upscale sip and see for the modern bride” hosted by The Loft on Pine. 24 Carrots had the honor of being part of this trendsetting showcase once more. Inspired by the phrase “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird”, our design incorporated 1,000 hanging paper cranes, a traditional symbol of love and devotion. Penelope Pots brought the design to life with beautiful florals incorporated into Found Rentals birdcages and complementary pieces.


The menu for the day were small plate versions of our Fine-Dining menu. The fan favorite of the night was our Black Cod, Red Thai Curry, Mint, Basil, Cilantro, Pea Sprouts, Nori Rice Cracker. Served alongside Carrot and Papaya Salad and Furikake Parker House Rolls, these bites packed a lot of punch! Menu signage by Delovely Details, incorporating our terracotta color inspo with a punch of pink.

On the way out, our guests also received custom dipped fortune cookies. Inside? A personalized fortune from 24 Carrots!

Thank you to our amazing creative team!

Venue: The Loft on Pine

Catering: 24 Carrots Catering

Floral Design: Penelope Pots

Laser Cut Details: Delovely Details

Rentals: Found Rentals


The Yost Theater: Grand Reopening

We were pleased to debut our opening act for the grand reopening of The Yost Theater. This red-carpet premiere included encore-worthy moments: breathtaking decor, theater-inspired entertainment, and classic black and white films playing on the LED screen – and that’s just the opening act!

Some of our favorite first-impression details included a Gatsby girl in the ticket booth, a champagne welcome, and a walk-of-“frame” wall to highlight our creative partners.

The main space hosted breathtaking chandeliers, custom-curated bars and theater-inspired stadium seating, making a grand statement the minute guests walked in.  

indoor theater event space

Food is always the headliner at 24 Carrots, but for this opening, it was absolutely show-stopping.

There were many photo-ready moments, courtesy of designer Lavenders Flowers, complemented by perfect partners who provided luxurious velvet-curtain linens, with our favorite phrases and says shining bright for all to see.

Putting the entertainment value over the top, Luxury Entertainment came in with a jazz trio and DJ mashup playing modern hits, and dynamic lighting was provided by N Effect Productions.

To keep the party going after the curtains closed, we gave flavored bitters as favors.

We are proud to be a part of this historic space – thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate and give it the encore it deserved. The Yost Theater, welcome to the family!

(For venue questions and calendar availability, please visit https://theyosttheater.com/)

 

#toasttotheyost | Hosted by 24 Carrots + N-Effect

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Venue: @yosttheater

Catering + Bar: @24carrotscatering

Floral Design: @lavendersflowers

Photo + Video: @villavisuals

Live Music + DJ: @luxuryentertainmentgroup

Performances: @champagnecreativegroup

Furniture + Lounge: @foundrentals

Supporting Rentals: @brighteventrentals

Decorative Lighting: @revelryeventdesign

Intelligent Light + Halo Booths: @neffectpro

Linens: @latavolalinens

Laser Cut Details: @delovelydetails

Marquee Sign: @mymarqueesd

 

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Norm + Sherri | Huntington Bay Club Birthday Party

When the owner of 24 Carrots AND his lovely wife celebrate a milestone-birthday, we naturally pull out all the stops! Norm and Sherri celebrated their 50th and 60th birthdays at the newly-renovated Huntington Bay Club. Surrounded by amazing family and friends, we were so thrilled to be able to spoil this sweet couple who is obviously extra near and dear to our hearts.

The focus of this event was the food, and just like the quote printed on the menu stated, guests were encouraged to “eat like you mean it!”. A fully-custom menu, personalized cakes, and surprises waiting around every corner made for an epic celebration. Cheers to Norm + Sherri!

COCKTAIL HOUR STATIONS

Raclette Station

Raw Bar

Meat Swing Carving Station

TRAY-PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES

Saffron Spanish Chorizo Arancini

English Muffin, Burrata, Local Honey

Corn Arepa w/ Oxtail, Aji Panca, Cotija, Cilantro

DINNER RECEPTION

PLATED DINNER

Charcoal-Roasted Hachiya Persimmon, House-Made Fromage Blanc, Brown Butter Pistachio Crumble, Maple Ver Jus

Crudo of Japanese Hamachi, Koji Crème Fraiche, Shaved Truffle, Celery-Shimeji Giardiniera

Homemade Gemelli Pasta, Hokkaido Sea Urchin, Fine Herbs

Dijon-Braised Rabbit, Charcoal-Roasted Rapini, Pickled Custard Seeds

Suckling Pig Confit, Market Apple, Ginger, Mint, Cilantro, Nuoc Cham, Cracklings

Pear Tart, White Wine Poached Pears, Almond Cream, Candied Walnuts, Vanilla Gelato

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORM AND SHERRI!

Venue: @huntingtonbayclub
Catering + Production: @24carrotscatering
Rentals: @foundrentals
Floral Design: @penelopepotsfloraldesign
Photographer: @mishinaphoto
Linens: @latavolalinen
Tabletop: @casadeperrin
Calligraphy: @projectwatermark
Live Band: Dave Hill
DJ/MC: @elevatedpulse
Guest Entertainment: @hubbadubrubb
Cake: @sweettraders