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February 4, 2015

Pasta-Bilities as Featured in Ceremony Magazine


“The Build-Your-Own-Pasta-Bar is an interactive foodie experience to indulge guests in an Italian feast.  Watch as master chefs roll out gourmet noodle flavors by hand and create your very own meal with a delectable array of toppings and sauces to satisfy any carb-o-licious craving.”StudioEMP-5980






Perfect Plates

“While taste is most important, the art of plating is the first impression your guests have of the food.  Present them with a dish that is plated to perfection and they won’t be able to wait to wet their palette. (Well, maybe after a quick #instagood pic to capture their #foodie moment.)”


Black and White Squid Ink Pasta | Pan-Roasted Sea Bass, Glazed Carrots, Cilantro, Shiso Pesto paired with Sauvignon Blanc





Fava Bean Agnolotti | Curry Emulsion, Edible Flowers, Baby Pattypan Squash, Turmeric Paneer paired with Chardonnay


Crispy Pork Belly | Tagliatelle Carbonara Burnt Brussels, Roasted Butternut Squash, Shaved Parmesan paired with Pinot NoirStudioEMP-5351




Pasta Verde | Mint Pappardelle, Braised Lamb Ragu, Roasted Root Vegetables, Ricotta Salata paired with Merlot



Spicy Lobster Capellini | Stewed Tomatoes, Seafood Broth, Tarragon paired with Chardonnay StudioEMP-5471




Warm Potato Gnocchi | Gorgonzola, Smoky Bacon, Tear-Drop Tomatoes, Stinging Nettle Pesto paired with Cabernet Sauvignon


Red Curry Coconut Salmon en Papillote



After-Dinner Affogatos

“Treat your guests to a delectable after-dinner drink with our “Affogatos & Zeppole” pairing station.  This coffee-based dessert starts with a scoop of gelato or ice cream and is drowned in a shot of espresso.  Spike it with amaretto or liqueur for an over 21 libation.  And don’t forget the Zeppole; the Italian pastry makes this the ultimate coffee and donut indulgence.”









“24 Carrots: Made with Love” and the “Pasta-Bilities” spread was featured in the new 2015 Ceremony Magazine in both Orange County and Los Angeles/ Santa Barbara.




Perfect Plates




Chef: 24 carrots Executive Chef Ashley Santo Domingo

Design: 24 carrots Creative Art Director Arpi Torosyan

Photography: Studio EMP

Venue: The Colony House

Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

Classic Rentals

Wine Pairings: ONEHOPE Wine

Florals: Art with Nature

Coffee Affogatos: Bear Coast Coffee


November 6, 2014

Thanksgiving and Fall Entertaining

It’s that time of the year!  The air is more crisp and cooler and the holidays are coming.  It’s the time for togetherness, joy, tradition, and festive gatherings.  With only three weeks left until Thanksgiving, we put together, with the help of One Hope Wine, our favorite Thanksgiving dishes and recipes.  Now you can spend more of that quality time with your family and friends creating those lovely memories.



For traditionalists, there is a classic Thanksgiving dinner featuring Sage- Peppered Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings, including an old-fashioned Apple Sausage Cornbread Stuffing (recipe below). Our contemporary holiday menu showcases Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Candied Apples and Jalapenos; Roasted Beets Tossed with Lemon Zest, Pistachios and Goat Cheese; seasonal accompaniments such as Twice Baked Baby Red Potatoes with Butter, Cheddar, and Chives; Green Eggs & Ham Deviled Eggs; Thyme- Infused Roasted Root Vegetables (recipe below); and Biscuits with Lemon Cranberry Butter.  We ended with a classic Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving dessert, or any time of year!












Thyme- Infused Roasted Root Vegetables

Yield: 4 servings


2 lbs mixed root vegetables (we use baby carrots, the smallest parsnips you can find, and a mix of yellow and red beets)
Olive oil, to taste
Salt + pepper, to taste

Balsamic- Thyme Vinaigrette Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons thyme, minced
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons parsley, minced
1 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons miso paste


Gently peel the carrots and parsnips. Leave them whole if they are all the same size – if not, chop the larger veggies to equal the size of the smaller ones. Peel and chop the beets into rough cubes, about 1-inch all around.

Place all the vegetables onto a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Place in a 400°F degree oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes, shaking them periodically for even cooking. Remove from oven when soft, slightly brown, and caramelized.

Meanwhile, prepare the balsamic- thyme vinaigrette. Place all the ingredients aside from the oil in a mixing bowl. Drizzle in the oil while whisking to combine. Season to taste.

Drizzle dressing all over the vegetables to coat, return to the oven and caramelize for five more minutes.



Apple Sausage Cornbread Stuffing 

Yield: 6 to 8 servings


Cornbread (recipe follows)
10 slices oven-dried country white bread
8 tablespoons butter
2 cups celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 Granny Smith apples ¼ inch, diced
1 lb apple sausage
7 cups chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons sage
1 tablespoon thyme
5 eggs, beaten

Cornbread Ingredients

1 cup self-rising cornmeal
1/2 cup self-rising flour
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine crumbled cornbread, dried white bread slices and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and brown, then add the celery, onions, and apples and cook until transparent, approximately 5 to 10 minutes.

Pour the mixture over cornbread mixture. Add the stock and cream, mix well, taste, and add salt, pepper to taste, sage, and thyme.

Add beaten eggs and mix well. Pour mixture into a greased pan and bake until dressing is cooked through, about 45 minutes. Serve with turkey as a side dish.

Cornbread Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into a greased shallow baking dish. Bake for approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.











Visit One Hope Wine’s Fall Entertaining blog for delicious wine pairings for you to enjoy around your table.  Cheers to pecan pie and have a safe holiday season!

Thank you to:

One Hope Wine

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