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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

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

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

 

 

 

Cocktails & Wine: BevMo!
Linens: Designer Specialty Linens
Menus and Signage: Honeycrisp Design Studio

 


February 18, 2015

Modern Geo Wedding In Newport Beach Civic Center

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We love how Lauren & Jon had their wedding reception on a bridge, since that is where they first met!  When asked why they chose geometry for their wedding theme, Lauren responded, “to reflect structure and building for a strong future relationship.”  Plus, all of these geometric designs by Melissa Licht & The Love Riot are chic and colorful, perfect for this modern theme captured by Steve Cowell Photography.

The Newport Beach Civic Center was opened in 2013 with breathtaking architecture and a sprawling landscape, this atypical event center was built to serve the community. The iconic steel and glass structure is punctuated by natural forms reminiscent of the center’s environment.  The perfect modern space to showcase all the bright colors and geometric patterns in their wedding.

The facility includes a 2,200 square foot Community Room. This spacious area is perfect for meetings and receptions of up to 180 guests. The center maximizes use of natural day light with it’s enormous windows and offers flexibility with retractable walls that can open to the outside lawn. Rental of the Community Room includes kitchen facilities as well.

Outside, the Community Lawn allows for larger events such as ceremonies, concerts, and large receptions. This expanse comfortably hosts 1,200 people and is exclusively reserved for one event per day.

Pedestrian paths and bridges meander through the surrounding park. This newly built park was designed with interpretive trails, children’s play areas, and commanding views of the ocean.

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As featured in the Green Wedding Shoes blog!

Venue: Newport Beach Civic Center

Vendors:

Steve Cowell Photography

Melissa Licht

The Love Riot

Fraiche Studio

Social Dry Lounge

Lauren Vajda Design

Em Letterpress

Pippa Marx Studio

Sidecar Doughnuts

Sweet & Saucy Shop

The Flashdance

Angelica Strings


December 8, 2014

Pull Off the Perfect Stress-Free Get Together For the Holidays

Locale Magazine Interview With Arpi Torosyan, Creative Director of 24 Carrots

WRITTEN BY: NICOLE FERA as featured in Locale Magazine ‘s Ultimate Holiday Guide just in time for the season!

Although the holidays are one of the most exciting, energetic and heartfelt times of the year, they can also make you want to pull your hair out with all of the stress and anxiety that comes along with them. So, how can you avoid all of the meltdowns and freak-outs on your loved ones this holiday season? It’s easy. Thanks to our friend, Arpi Torosyan, Creative Director of 24 Carrots, you’ll be ahead of the game this time around and able to pull off the perfect, stress-free get together for all of your family members and friends to enjoy and praise you about the rest of the year. 

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Q: So Arpi, tell me a little bit about 24 Carrots and how you guys can help our readers have their best season to date! Arpi Torosyan: Well, first off let me begin by telling your readers what 24 Carrots is all about. Our company is the most sought-after Orange County catering and events company in Southern California. We offer unbelievably delicious food, unsurpassed personalized service and a genuine passion for helping people create unforgettable memories together.

Q: Being in this industry, I’m sure the holidays are some of if not the busiest times of the year. What makes you stand out during these times to all of your customers in the past and future to come?

AT: I think our creative staff and talented partners continually push for imaginative new ideas, making us one of the top trendsetters in the catering and events industry. Our friendly team’s refusal to compromise on quality means you’ll get the attention you deserve and your guests will get an experience they won’t be able to stop talking about. That’s what we pride our company on.

Q: It sounds like you have plenty of experience with making sure that your clients have the smoothest experiences during those chaotic weeks. What tips or tricks can you give to our readers at home for these upcoming holidays?

AT: Well, as we all know the holidays are the perfect time to host parties, cook your favorite meals and make special memories with friends and family. While it’s everyone’s favorite time of the year, the holidays also come with a lot of stress; decorating and cooking for 12-plus is not easy! The best way to tackle hosting is organization and prepping ahead of time. I would say that is the biggest trick that anyone can use.

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Be Prepared Ahead of Time. Additional Tips and Tricks From Arpi Torosyan of 24 Carrots.

„Set your table early: Your table can be set days, or even a week ahead of time. I always suggest investing in nice linen and chargers that you can leave on your table the entire season. This is a real time saver, especially in between holidays. 

„Linen napkins are key: Linen napkins can also bring in a special touch to your table and add a layer of contrast, color and décor. A napkin treatment is an added little detail that will wow your guests, but doesn’t take a lot of time or money. Tie your napkins with twine and cranberries, top with pine cones, or add a fun fruit or vegetable that goes along with your menu/theme (artichokes, for example). I always like to make place cards for guests and prop on the table with cinnamon sticks.

Choose meals that you can prep and platter in advance: Getting most of the food you plan to serve prepared early ensures that you have little to do when guests arrive. This will save anyone the stress of having to play host, entertainer and personal chef all at the same time.

„Hors’ d’oeuvres can be a lifesaver: It’s important to platter some hors d’oeuvres so your guests can enjoy drinks and small bites while you are putting the finishing touches on your main dishes. This keeps people happy, busy and out of your way while you finish up your soufflé or sprinkle those last seasonings on your mashed potatoes. Our favorites are a cheese and charcuterie platter, and Mediterranean spreads such as hummus, baba ghanoush and olive tapenade—all served with crackers and a fresh baguette. These hors d’oeuvres are great because they can be store bought and will look great as long as they are transferred onto slate, wood boards and mini decorative bowls.

„Avoid time-consuming entrees: For example, a prime rib roast can be marinated ahead of time, put in the oven and taken out and served when your guests are ready for dinner. Gourmet comfort foods such as mac and cheese can be set in a pot with the boiled macaroni, sauce mixed in and ready to be cooked as guests are enjoying hors d’oeuvres. It is important to note that you should always stay away from risotto-like labor- intensive meals when serving a large group. 

Photo Credit: Jeff Farsai Photography | Mike Villa Visuals


November 19, 2014

Gluten-Free Tasting Menu

We’ve developed a tasting menu for our guests with all gluten- free appetizers, entrees, and desserts for today’s refined palate.  We’re very excited about giving our clients exactly what they want and creating these new menus that make everyone happy!   The one-on-one tastings we offer our clients is also the perfect opportunity to meet with our Executive Chef who can answer menu questions and/or provide recommendations to suit your needs. Enjoy!

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HORS D’OEUVRES

 

Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary

Chili Infused Vodka and House Smoked Bacon, Mini Celery Stick, and Skewered Spanish Olive

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Paella Barcelona

Traditional Spanish Paella, Served with Savory Saffron Rice, in a Mini Paella Pan

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Mini Waldorf Salad in a Bacon Cup

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Surf and Turf Spoons

Kurabuta Pork Belly with Pickled Red Cabbage and Fish Sauce

and Seared Scallop with Ginger and Scallion

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Tropical Fruit Ceviche

Served with House Ceviche Sauce and Crispy Plantain Chips

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SOUP

 

Roasted White Corn Chowder with Dungeness Crab

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SALAD

 

Grilled Peaches and Basil Salad, with Toasted Pine Nuts, Grilled Tree-Ripened Peaches, Fresh Basil, Shaved Pecorino Cheese, and a Drizzle of Balsamic

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SMALL PLATES

 

Grilled Butternut Squash Steak

With Roasted Poblano and Corn Relish, Queso Fresco, and Fresh Coriander

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Crispy Skin Striped Sea Bass

With Bean Ragu, Meyer Lemon Emulsion, and Popcorn Shoots

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DESSERT

 

Peach Cobbler Served in a Roasted Peach with a Brown Sugar Crumble and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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Photo Credit: Mike Villa Visuals


October 29, 2014

Bohemian Romance at The Colony House

We are so excited to announce our newest venue, The Colony House— a hip, contemporary, and industrial-inspired event venue with craftsman-style architectural influences that complement the neighboring Colony District of Anaheim, CA.  This rustic yet stylish 6,000 square-foot venue features a number of versatile indoor and outdoor spaces designed to bring any vision to life.  The Colony House is available for booking wedding ceremonies and receptions, social gatherings, corporate style events and business meetings, or any type of special occasion.

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Where everyone feels at home.

A home should be inviting and welcoming. A place where people can come together to create special memories, share stories, exchange laughs, or even shed the occasional happy tears.  The Colony House offers a mix of different styles, architectural influences, and versatile spaces that make it a chic and stylish venue for any type of event or special occasion. The entire venue can accommodate up to 750 guests, but features unique spaces that can be customized and intermixed depending on your event size and personal preferences. Filament lighting throughout the venue provides a warm and inviting feel so your guests will always feel at home.

We are head over heels with the Green Wedding Shoes blog featuring The Colony House, with photos captured by the ever talented Joel Eckman Maus of Studio EMP Photography,   With a beautiful exposed brick wall and a vaulted craftsman style ceiling, this venue was the perfect backdrop for this bohemian romance wedding shoot.  From the boho-gypsy inspired decor, to the lush, vibrant blooms by Inviting Occasion, to Found’s stylish poufs + cozy-looking vignettes, we’re big fans of the design of the entire day. 

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Follow The Colony House on Instagram at @TheColonyHouse and on Facebook.

Schedule a tour today with The Colony House Venue Manager, Nicole Gagnon by calling us at (714) 576-8989.

Thank you to all of our vendor partners for showcasing our new hip venue :
Creative Art Director of 24 carrots: Arpi Torosyan