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May 6, 2015

Mother’s Day: A Pizza Your Heart

We know how challenging it is to show our mothers appreciation that does our thanks justice. This Mother’s Day, we chose to love on our moms the best way we know how: with food!

A homemade meal shows thoughtfulness in preparation, and also gathers the family together for a meal – two things that mom is sure to love. Our menu inspiration of pies (pizza) and pies (peach) includes uncomplicated but interactive recipes for fathers and littles to make together, while being elegant enough in presentation to wow everyone! Give mom a “pizza your heart” (and don’t forget the champagne!).

Pro-tip: Prep the dessert pie ahead of time and have it bake off while enjoying pizza!

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Pizza My Heart (Arugula and Prosciutto)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup your favorite marinara sauce

1 (8-ounce) your favorite pizza dough

4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

2 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 1/2-inch-wide strips

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 1/3 cups baby arugula

 

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Take pizza dough and flatten with your hands on a slightly floured work surface. Start at the center and work outwards, using your fingertips to press the dough to ½ inch thick.

3. Brush the top of the dough with olive oil. Spoon marinara sauce on top of pizza. Top evenly with mozzarella.

4. Place pizza directly on middle oven rack. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until bottom of crust is browned and cheese melts.

5. Remove pizza from oven; blot away any liquid from cheese using a paper towel. Top pizza with prosciutto.

6. Combine lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add arugula; toss well to coat. Arrange arugula mixture over pizza. Cut pizza into 6 slices. (Double the recipe to fill more hungry stomachs!)

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Peachy Keen On You (Old Fashioned Peach Pie)

Ingredients:

Pastry for a double-crust 9 inch pie

5 cups fresh peaches, sliced

1 cup sugar

1/3 – 1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons sugar

 

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Stir together flour, 1 cup sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.

3. Mix together peaches with the combined dry ingredients.

4. Turn into pastry-lined pie pan and dot with butter.

5. Sprinkle top with 2 tablespoons of sugar.

6. Cover the edges with foil to prevent over browning. Remove foil for last 15 minutes of baking.

7. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through the slits in the crust.

(In lieu of a traditional lattice or crumb topping, we cut out hearts from our extra pastry. This is a great task to keep little hands busy, while adding an extra special touch to dessert.)

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Photo credit: Mike Villa Visuals

Linens (napkin only): Luxe Linen

Pie Dish and Server: Anthropologie 

 


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!

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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

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 5, 2015

Food + Love Photo Contest- Enter to Win

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How To Enter:

Get inspired from our Valentine’s Day Love You a Brunch Part II blog post and share with us your most creative home-cooked Valentine’s Day meal. Photo can be posted on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and must include #24carrotsVDay. Winner will receive a private 3-course dinner for two, prepared by our Executive Chef, Ashley Santo Domingo. Dinner will take place in our tasting room in Irvine, CA.

 

Photo Contest Rules:

1. No purchase necessary. Promotion is void where prohibited. Only one winner will be selected.

2. Promotion begins 02/05/2014 and ends 02/15/2014 at 11:59pm PST, when all photos must be posted (“Promotion Period”).

3. 24 carrots catering and events retains the right to disqualify any entrant if all promotion rules are not followed.

4. By accepting the prize, the winner acknowledges that 24 carrots catering and events has neither made, nor are in any manner responsible or liable for, any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the prize or to any portion thereof.

5. 24 carrots catering and events reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest at their sole discretion.

6. A complete release of Facebook by each entrant or participant.

7. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

8. Private dinner to be scheduled at a date and time that is agreed upon by 24 carrots catering and events and the contest winner. Dinner must be scheduled within 6 weeks of being awarded.

9. Judging by Executive Chef Ashley and 24 carrots Panel will be done after 11:59 pm on February 15th. The judging is based on three criteria: creativity, presentation, and difficulty.

10. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 17th.


February 2, 2015

Valentine’s Day- Love You a Brunch Part II

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Happy February!  We hope your February is filled with lots and lots of LOVE.  Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away, and lucky for us— it is on a Saturday this year!

Start your Valentine’s morning off by preparing a romantic brunch to serve up in bed to the one you love.  Nothing says “I love you” more than heartwarming fare… especially when it’s served in bed.  Valentine’s morning is the perfect excuse to indulge in a Lover’s Egg’s Benedict and heart-shaped Valentine’s Day Tuna Tartar, paired with his and hers Sex on the Beach.

Now dish up a little love for your sweetie, prep your favorite flowers, light some candles, put on a feel good romantic movie, cozy up, and enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day Tuna Tartar

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Fresh diced ahi, burning chilis, pine nuts,  sriracha aioli, bloody citrus, red berries, and beet chips

Ingredients: 

1 cup ¼ inch diced ahi

1 tbsp. toasted pine nuts

1 tbsp. brunoised fresno chilies and jalapenos

½ orange blood orange segments

4 pieces grapefruit segments

2 berries brunoised strawberries

1 tsp. yuzu

dash aji amarillo paste

1 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. fresh grapefruit juice

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp. brunoised cucumber

Instructions:

Mix everything well and let the tuna marinate for a few minutes.

Place a heart shaped cookie cutter on the plate and stuff it with the mix, then slowly pull it up while lightly pressing down on the tuna mix.

Repeat to make two hearts on the plate.

Garnish with shaved radish cut into hearts, micro greens, and your favorite chili sauce, heart-shaped croutons, and beet chips.

 

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Lovers Eggs Benedict

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Two English muffins topped with smoky chorizo and grilled asparagus, two poached eggs,  and chipotle hollandaise

Ingredients: 

2 English muffins cut into hearts

4oz chipotle hollandaise

6oz cooked chorizo

2 poached eggs

8 pieces cut and trim grilled asparagus

Roasted red pepper cut into a heart shape

Instructions: 

Toast muffins with butter and place on plate.

Smear hollandaise on bottom of both muffins.

Place grilled asparagus on top of the bottom muffin, then top with the roasted red pepper.

On the top muffin, stack  chorizo, a poached egg, and then coat with chipotle hollandaise.

Garnish with micro greens.

 

Chipotle Hollandaise

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

3 large egg yolks

2 tbsp. hot water

1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

1/8 tsp. salt

1 tsp. sauce from a canned chipotles in adobo

Instructions:

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until it is foamy but not browned, about 5 minutes.

Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and using the double boiler method, set a small bowl on top of the saucepan (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water).

Add the egg yolks to the bowl, 2 tablespoons of hot water, the lemon juice, salt, and adobo sauce, and whisk until foamy and just starting to thicken, about 5 minutes.

Slowly add the melted butter a little bit at a time and whisk the sauce until it is smooth. Turn off the heat and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the sauce stand over the warm water for up to 30 minutes before serving.

 

Mini Skillet Breakfast Potatoes

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Home-style potatoes, paprika and spice, roasted peppers

Ingredients:

2ea boiled whole russet potatoes, cooked until just tender (do not overcook) then diced ¾  inch

1 cup diced red peppers

½ cup diced red onion

2 tbsp. paprika

1 tsp. granulated garlic

1 tsp. sea salt

Pepper to taste

Instructions: 

Mix ingredients, coating the potatoes with the seasoning.

Roast in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, until peppers, onions, and potatoes are tender.

Heat in a pan with a small amount of oil and crisp potatoes.

Once hot and crispy, place in mini skillets and garnish with cilantro.

 

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Beet Chips

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His and Hers Sex on the Beach

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Blood orange juice, splash of cranberry juice, vodka, peach schnapps, served tall, and on the rocks

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 oz vodka (our favorite Is Hangar One Mandarin Blossom)

1/2 oz peach schnapps

2 oz cranberry juice

2 oz blood orange juice

Instructions:

Add vodka and peach schnapps to a highball glass over ice. Fill with equal measures of cranberry juice and orange juice, stir, repeat to make two.

 

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Stay tuned for our next blog post of our Valentine’s Day Second Annual Photo Contest on details on HOW TO WIN A FREE DINNER FOR TWO cooked by award-winning Executive Chef Ashley Santo Domingo!

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Photo Credit: Studio EMP Photography

Creative Director: Arpi Torosyan

 


December 18, 2014

Peppermint Love

Celebrate the season with this festive cocktail that will warm up any winter wedding!

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The Drink (makes 2 servings):

2 ounces Peppermint Schnapps

2 ounces Coffee-flavored Baileys

1 ounce Espresso liqueur

Garnish the glass rims with crushed candy canes

Combine ingredients in glass and top with half-and-half

 

Enjoy!

As featured in WeddingWire’s WinterBook 2013