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July 14, 2017

Summer Inspiration: Cake by the Ocean Cocktail

We are loving the summer vibes at Baker Party Rentals, as we celebrated their 35 year anniversary! To keep cool this summer, we’ve included the recipe for the fun signature cocktail, Cake by the Ocean, for you to make your own pitcher at home!

    • 2 cups vanilla vodka
    • 2 cups coconut rum
    • 2 cups pineapple juice
    • 2 cups orange juice
    • Club soda, optional
    • Maraschino cherries, pineapple, and orange slices for garnish (optional)

To make a pitcher: Add vodka, rum, and both juices to a pitcher filled with ice or frozen pineapple. Add 2-4 cups club soda to make it more like a punch, or to feed more people, if desired. Place some orange slices and pineapple wedges in the pitcher.

 

We hope you enjoy!

The rest of the Baker Jive 35 was full of some great treats and yummy designs, including a biscuit bar with housemade gravy – yum!!

 

 

Vendor team for Baker Party Rentals #BakerJIve35

Catering – 24 Carrots

Photography – Lorely Meza

Florals – Paul Fenner Floral Design

Florals – Studio La Fleur

Paper Goods – Darla Marie Designs

Laser Cut Signs – The Bleu Dahlia

Band – Dart DJ/Django Foxtrot

DJ – Vox DJ

Desserts – Paloma’s Paletas

Restrooms – Lady Loo Porta-loo Restrooms & Trailers

Alcohol – Hi Time Wine Cellars

Flower Sponsor – Mayesh

Flower Sponsor – OC Wholesale Flowers


January 22, 2014

The Top Questions to Ask Your Wedding Caterer… Answered

Finding the best caterer for your wedding involves much more than just tasting the food, so today I am joined by Event and Design Specialist, Carizza Rose of 24 carrots, who has provided us answers to the top questions that will help you prepare for your big day.  After all, a wedding is an event of a lifetime, and you’re only taking efforts to make it memorable for yourself and your guests.

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{Photo credit: Nicole Caldwell Photo}

Janet: What size of events does 24 carrots cater?

Carizza:  Whether hosting 10 of your closest friends for a special occasion, 400 guests for a lavish event, or planning a backyard Garden Wedding, we pour in the same care and dedication to each event, to ensure that the event is executed flawlessly and that you get to enjoy your celebration.

 

{Photo Credit: Studio EMP Photography}

{Photo Credit: Studio EMP Photography}

Janet: What do you do best and why do so many clients end up booking with 24 carrots?

Carizza: 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.

 

Janet: What range of menu options and courses does 24 carrots offer?

Carizza: 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. We believe that food is a journey and we want to take you along for the ride.

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{Photo credit: Studio EMP Photography}

Janet: Could a client sample your menu?

Carizza: Of course! Our complimentary, intimate menu tastings are part of what makes 24 carrots unlike any other caterer. You are joined by your personal Event & Design Specialist, who leads you through the process of selecting your menu and makes sure that your experience is just right. Since we don’t do group sessions, we’re able to take the time to get to know you and focus all of our attention on perfecting the meal for your event.

 

Janet: How many times will a client be meeting with you and will you be present at a client’s wedding or special event?

Carizza: Every experience is unique to each couple, but regardless of how many times we meet, you’re always our priority. We work closely with outstanding wedding professionals who have nothing less than your best interest in mind. We’ll not only be there through the planning process to create a delightful menu and arrange logistics, but we’ll also be there the day of your wedding.

 

Janet: Will  24 carrots be providing tables, chairs, plates, table linens, silverware, salt and pepper shakers, and more?

Carizza: We can coordinate and provide full- service rentals for you or you can arrange your own.  Typically we find that it’s less of a burden on you if we take care of it, since it makes for a shorter to-do list for you! 24 carrots takes the burden of day-to-day management off your shoulders and frees you to focus on the fun parts.

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Janet: Does 24 carrots offer food for certain dietary restriction, such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc?

Carizza: Absolutely – we regularly cater for gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan requests and are happy to provide for any specific requirements you may have. Just let us know ahead of time and those guests are attended to with extra care.

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Janet: Does 24 carrots provide liquor, what about signature cocktails?

Carizza: Yes – We have a talented bar manager and mixologists to help you create the perfect cocktails and food wine pairings.  Tell us your favorite liquors and even your color palette of your wedding and we can make it happen!

http://mikevillavisuals.com

{Photo Credit: Mike Villa Visuals}

Janet: What is your staffing ratio?

Carizza: Since every event has its nuances and challenges, so we believe that boiler-plate staffing formulas don’t work. Based on what we learn about your needs relative to service caliber and budget, our detailed catering proposal will show you exactly how many chefs and wait staff you’ll need. We always want to ensure we have enough hands on deck so that everyone gets fed in a timely manner.  All of our staff is trained in-house the 24 carrots way, which means that exceptional service is consistent through and through.

 

Janet: Where is the food prepared?

Carizza: All of our food is cooked fresh (never frozen) on-site by our chefs. This in turn means quality of food is exquisite and that you get the best culinary experience possible. We often build out satellite kitchens, which means that even if your wedding venue doesn’t provide a kitchen space, it’s not a hindrance to us, because we just bring our own! Our chefs are not only professionally trained in the kitchen, but also trained as event chefs, which means that whatever challenges may arise on site, they can adjust and accommodate – which is especially important in weddings.

 

Janet: Do you provide cake cutting?

Carizza: No matter what the occasion (wedding, corporate grand opening, birthday celebration, etc.), we provide a complimentary cake cutting when we are providing the meal for the event.

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Janet: If a wedding is centered around a theme, would 24 carrots be able to accommodate me with details and décor?

Carizza: Our Executive Chef at 24 carrots, Chef Ashley, will partner with Creative Art Director, Arpi Torosyan to create and evolve the memorable appetizers, dishes, and desserts and tie it all together with a cohesive theme.  Aside from food styling, Arpi could bring in a variety of vessels, displays, and finishing touches to make your special day truly your own.  Follow our pages on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram for creative ideas to get you started!

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{Photo credit: Studio EMP Photography}

Janet: What is your favorite menu item?

Carizza: Our Chili and Spice Rubbed Chilean Sea Bass with Cilantro Lime Butter is to die for! Served with our Three Potato Gratin Dauphinoise and Glazed Baby Carrots makes it a dream meal, which is making my mouth water just thinking about it!

 

Janet: When should a client book their wedding?

Carizza: Absolutely reserve your date with us as soon as possible. We want to make your wedding a priority, so we don’t overcommit ourselves with events. This means we do close dates off to new events, so get in for a tasting, sample the menu, and then book the full experience with us!

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{Photo Credit: Studio EMP Photography}

Janet: Any last minute advice?

Carizza: 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.

 

Carizza Rose, 24 carrots Event and Sales Specialist

Meet Carizza Rose, 24 carrots Event and Design Specialist
{Photo Credit: Mike Villa Visuals}

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December 23, 2013

Memorable Holiday Cocktail Recipes

We have been counting down the days until Christmas and can hardly believe it’s arrived!  The holiday season is filled with parties and these festive cocktails are perfect for adding to the spirit of Christmas.

Sparkling Pomegranate Poinsettia

Sparkling Pomegranate Poinsettia

 

If you’re looking for a festive cocktail, the Poinsettia is a classic that is destined to bring you an extra bit of holiday cheer.  Mixed with pomegranate liqueur, this drink is a nice sparkling and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for a holiday party or to kick-off your evening.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 oz. Poma liqueur

2 oz. Cointreau liqueur

2 oz. orange juice

6 oz. Champagne

Preparation:

Mix the first three ingredients in a tumbler with ice.  Slowly add the Champagne, stirring gently.  Strain into Champagne flutes.  Enjoy!

Sealed with a Kiss

Sealed with a Kiss

 

This tasty kiss is a wonderful sweet blend of cherry-flavored vodka, crème de cacao, hot chocolate and whipped cream and makes the ultimate dessert or party drink.  Tis the season to cuddle up by the fire with this tasty holiday beverage.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

3 oz. cherry flavored Vodka

1 oz. White Crème de Cacao

8 oz. Hot Cocoa

2 oz. Half ‘n’ Half

Whipped Cream

Maraschino Cherries

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients into two mugs and top with whipped cream and a Maraschino Cherry.

 

Cheers & Happy Holidays !

2013 Holiday Card

 

 

 


October 18, 2013

Fall for Autumn Brews

As the temperature gets cooler and the leaves start to change, we start to embrace the warm, aromatic flavors of fall.  Shorter days, crisp cool mornings, blazing leaves, and seasonal beers!

When it comes to beer, breweries present their autumn brews that offer warm flavors full of pumpkin and spice.  Enjoy our selection of our 5 favorites, we know your grooms and groomsmen will love these seasonal beers as part of your wedding bar menu with 24 carrots!

Beers

Our 5 Must Try Beers:

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale

BlueMoon

Aroma of caramel malt with notes of nutmeg and clove that dominate as the beer warms up.

“A pumpkin ale crafted with autumn’s bounty of vine-ripened pumpkin and flavors of cloves, allspice, and nutmeg.  Then brewed with a touch of wheat for a smooth, lightly spiced finish.”  — Blue Moon Brewing Co.

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Dogfish

A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar.  The brown sugar and spices play off of the maltiness of the beer perfectly.  We love the nice balance and it was quite enjoyable.

Flipside Red IPA

Flipside

Featuring a ruby-red hue, restrained malt body and abundant tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors, Flipside Red IPA is the perfect beer for early Fall!  A pretty solid take on a red ale. Good mix of upfront hop esters with a good balance of toasty caramel malt.

Paulaner Oktoberfest

Paulaner

Looking for something with a nice, malty, nutty flavor but that’s not too strong? Paulaner Oktoberfest might be the brew for you!

America’s Original Pumpkin Ale- Buffalo Bill’s Brewery

Pumpkin Ale

It tastes like pumpkin pie in a bottle featuring baked and roasted pumpkins, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.  Very light and smooth.  Overall I give this beer a hearty recommendation. If you are a pumpkin beer fan, this one definitely shouldn’t disappoint.