Last week we were thrilled to cater a VIP event at the museum and get a sneak peak at the highly anticipated exhibit! The Natural History Museum’s newest exhibit, Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs, features beautifully preserved mummies and artifacts from Egypt and Peru
The exhibit does an amazing job of showcasing ancient Egyptian and Peruvian cultures along with the Mummies, and our menu and decor did the same! We spiced up the event with authentic Egyptian and Peruvian flavors with guests enjoying authentic regional dishes such as delicious falafel with tatziki sauce and Peruvian empanadas. The decor would not be complete without this traditional Anubis statue, the Egyptian Protector of Graves, and rare Egyptian silk fabric draped on the buffets!
To learn more about the exhibit visit The National History Museum’s website!
We’re very excited to share some photos and a video from the Pagani event catered by LA Spice last week. Held at the Petersen Automotive Museum, the event showcased the rare Italian “bespoke” Pagani Huayra. The catering reflected the Italian, hand-crafted theme through a luxurious Italian Crudo Bar with action chefs creating small plates, made to order, and sleek, modern décor adorning the room. Car enthusiasts were also served delicious appetizers as they enjoyed the sights and as they traveled around the room, they could indulge in desserts at a beautiful, decadent chocolate station and even have freshly rolled cigars. You can relive this elegant night through this video created by Pagani or through pictures of the event here:
For more fun party pictures, supplied by The Auto Gallery, please check out the link below…….
We get so many inquiries about our beautiful zinc cafe tables. They were hand-crafted for us by Bastille Metal Works. We love the warmth the zinc brings to the room rather than steel. We love the little brass nail details and the added depth to the table top. Thank you, thank you Bastille Metal Works!
Ooh the Holidays…
It’s our favorite excuse to throw a party & celebrate.
From elegantly plated Christmas and Hanukkah dinners, a Holiday Brunch, to a “Cool Yule” Holiday Cocktail Party, we’re excited to cater for you this Holiday season.
Call us for a quote today, we’d love to chat about your Holiday plans!
Here’s a list of our 2013 Holiday Menu Suggestions –
Cool Yule Cocktail Party
Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Smoky Butternut Squash Soup, Chipotle, Achiote
Fried Butternut Squash Pumpkin Risotto Ball with Cinnamon Swirl, Crushed Pecans
Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich, Cranberry Walnut Olivada
Cherry Tomato and Mozzarella Caprese Skewer with Basil and Balsamic Reduction
Flame Grilled Tri Tip on Crostini with Peperonata
Curried Chicken in Phyllo Cups
Smoked Salmon on Crostini with Crème Fraiche and Chives
Three Mushroom Tapenade with Parmesan and Thyme in Phyllo Cup
Thyme and Rosemary Scented Root Vegetable Tartlets with Lemon Vinaigrette
Medium Rare Herb Grilled New York Steak, Pumpkin Bread Bruschetta, Fig Chutney
Holiday Spice Marinated Beef Skewer with Gorgonzola Drizzle and Pear Relish
Mini Short Rib Sliders, LA Spice’s Intense Horseradish Sauce
Holiday Spice Crusted Lamb Skewers, Pumpkin-Orange Chutney
Balinese Chicken Satay, Peanut-Hoisin Dipping Sauce
Spiced Ground Turkey Meatballs with Sour Cherry Dipping Sauce
Tuscan Kale-Mascarpone Artichoke Tartlets
Crispy Duck Quesadilla, Cherry-Canella Dipping Sauce, Crema Mexicana
Pacific Salmon Skewer, Cranberry Mustard Drizzle
Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese Shots
Mini Maple Glazed Turkey Sandwiches, Cranberry Ketchup, Lettuce,
Star Anise Poached Pear, Robiola Cheese
Sweet Potato Pancakes, American Sturgeon Caviar, Sour Cream, Chives
Grilled Bourbon Marinated Tiger Shrimp with Pumpkin Curry Sauce
Traditional Hanukkah Dinner
Oven Baked Salmon with Ginger Beurre Blanc
Cabernet Braised Boneless Short Ribs, Onion Gravy, Celery Root Puree
Chive Potato Latkes with Sour Cream and Chunky Apple Sauce
Grilled Green Asparagus with Mint and Toasted Hazelnut Gremolata
Endive and Arugula Salad, Autumn Dried Fruit,
Assorted Caramelized Nuts, Creamy Stilton Dressing
Artisan Rolls, Challah and Sweet Butter
Chocolate Dipped Coconut Almond Macaroons
Additional Hanukkah Dessert Ideas
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes
Green Apple Compote or Creamy Milk Chocolate Sauce
Port Wine Stewed Cherry & Apricot Strudel with Almond Flour, Muscovado Sugar,
Port Wine Sauce and Whipped Cinnamon Cream
Sumptuous Holiday Brunch
Corn Flake Crusted and Banana stuffed French Toast
Market Vegetable Scramble, Gruyere Cheese, Charred Scallion
Smoked Salmon Frittata, Crème Fraiche, Fresh Dill
Red Bliss Roasted Potatoes, Sweet Shallots
Thick Slab Nueske Bacon, Brown Sugar, Banyuls Vinegar
Persimmon and Pomegranate Arugula Salad
LA Spice Signature Orange Cranberry and Rosemary Strawberry Scones
Outrageous Chocolate Brownie Bites
Warm Winter Gatherings
An Open House Buffet
Boneless Beef Short Ribs Skewers, LA Spice’s Intense Horseradish Sauce,
Pearl Onion, Red Wine Gravy
Fennel Crusted Salmon Skewers, Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Grilled Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese Sandwiches
Applewood Smoked Bacon, Apples and Roasted Red Onions
Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Mini Quiche
Tuscan Kale-Mascarpone Artichoke Tartlets
Spiced Potato & Cheese Samosas, Minted Cranberry Dipping Sauce
Barley and Mushroom Salad with Radicchio, Green Peas, Champagne Vinaigrette
Winter Pear Salad, Mixed Greens, Point Reyes Blue Cheese,
Candied Pecans, Roasted Pear Dressing
Glorious Christmas Tree Trimming
Open-faced Herb Roasted Turkey Bites, Chipotle Aioli, Cranberry Sauce,
Butter Lettuce on Portuguese Roll
Maple Glazed Ham, Vanilla Scented Kabocha Pumpkin Puree,
Spiked Cider Sauce on Mini Brioche
Mushroom Risotto Balls with Pumpkin Aioli
Toasted Corn Bread topped with Sausage and Maple Pecan Crema
Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Hazelnut Vinaigrette
24 Hour Marinated Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries, and Butternut Squash
Autumn Greens, Warm Root Vegetables, Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Baked Pita Chips with Trio Dip
Roasted Cauliflower and Golden Raisin Dip,
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus,
Basil Pesto and Mascarpone Dip
Mini Latkes Station
Delicious Mini Latkes – Made to Order!
Yukon Gold Potato, Sweet Potato, and Winter Root Vegetable
Served with Assorted Toppings
Braised Short Rib & Horseradish, Smoked Salmon Tartare, Wild Mushroom Ragout
Ginger-Cranberry-Orange Chutney, Crème Fraiche, Homemade Apple Salsa
Sugar Plum Sweets
LA Spice’s Turtle Cake, Decadent Layers of Chocolate, Caramel and Pecans
Caramel Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Bourbon Vanilla Sauce
Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake Lollipops
Pumpkin Pie Bars with Chantilly Cream
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars with Chantilly Cream
Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Hard Sauce
Rich Chocolate Bread Pudding
Fire Roasted Apple Pear Trifle Shots with Caramel Sauce
Baileys and Cream Shots with White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies
Maple Pots de Crème with Almond Praline
Freshly Baked Mini Holiday Cookies
Fresh Gingerbread with Warm Apple Compote and Calvados Whipped Cream
Creamy Gorgonzola Cheese with Oranges and Balsamic Caramel
Manchego Cheese with Quince Paste, Grapes and Slices of Crusty French Bread
Cherry Cheesecake Bars
Mini Oreo Cookies with Red and Green Butter Cream
Mini Cinnamon Apple Tarts with Salted Caramel Sauce
Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Pecan Streusel
Butterscotch Pudding with Maple Crumble
Elegant Plated Dinners
Passed Hors d’hoeuvres
Choose Three Appetizers from our Hors d’hoeuvres Menu
Roasted Parsnip-Apple Soup, Bourbon and Pain D’epices Croutons
Curried Kabocha Pumpkin Soup, Garam Masala Scented Cream
Winter Pear Salad, Mixed Greens, Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans, Roasted Pear Dressing
Red and Golden Beet Salad with Orange and Fennel, Anise Vinaigrette
Pan-Seared Angus Beef Filet au Poivre
Yukon Gold Potato-Yam Puree, Sauteed Baby Spinach, Candied Yam
Neiman Ranch Pork Medallions
Cider Braised Red Cabbage, Brandy Glazed Fuji Apples, Pomme Boulangere, Hard Cider Sauce
Maple Glazed Organic Chicken Breast
Riesling Braised Mission Figs, Brioche Pudding, Balsamic-Fig Reduction
Rosemary Crusted Colorado Lamb Chops
Quince-Pear Chutney, Wild Rice Pilaf, Grilled Asparagus
Oven Baked Sea Bass
Cranberry Mustard Sauce, Crispy Shallots, Maple Celery Root Puree
Grilled Pacific Salmon
Cauliflower Puree, Saffron Sauce, Oyster Mushrooms
LA Spice’s Individual Turtle Cake with Layered Chocolate, Caramel and Pecans
Individual Rustic Apple Galette with Salted Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust
Holiday Cocktail Suggestions
Midori, Champagne, Red Sugar Rim on Glass
Champagne, Cranberry Juice, Lime
Champagne, Green Crème de Menthe, Green Sugar Rim
Holiday in Spain
Cider Spiked Sangria
Snowdrift Sleigh Ride
Pomegranate and Tequila Cocktail
Vodka, Amaretto, Heavy Whipping Cream, Nutmeg
“The Grinch” Martini
Vodka, Midori Melon Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup,
Maraschino Cherry for Garnish
Candy Cane Lane
Vodka, Peppermint Schnapps, White Crème De Cacao, Grenadine,
Half & Half, Soda Water, Candy Cane Garnish
Rum, Eggnog, Grated Nutmeg & Cinnamon for Garnish
Vodka, Kahlúa, Bailey’s Irish Cream
Rebel with a Claus
Calvados Spiced Apple Cider with Vanilla, Cloves and Allspice
Kahlua, Absolut Vanilla, Hot Chocolate and Whipped Cream
The Peppermint Paddy
Brandy, Crème De Menthe, Dark Rum, White Hot Chocolate,
Chocolate Whipped Crème and Crushed Peppermint Pieces For Garnish
Call us for a quote today!
Show appreciation this Holiday season with a LA Spice Holiday Luncheon.
Whether you’re recognizing employees or clients, Holiday Luncheon from LA Spice is a delicious way to express appreciation for those who have helped bring in another successful year for your company.
Trust us – we know wonderful things happen when people gather around great food.
Easy booking with a simple phone call!
Let your work-free, stress-free corporate holiday celebration begin!
We will deliver your selected scrumptious holiday dinner ready to eat, beautifully packaged in disposable platters and containers, including attractive plastic ware and paper goods. Packages available only M-F, 7:30am-2:30pm. 15 guest minimum. Delivery charge & sales tax will be added.
Here are our Corporate Holiday Suggestions for 2013.
Southern Style Holiday Luncheon
Cider Glazed Roast Turkey with Mixed-Herb Gravy
Country Mashed Potatoes
Citrus Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Seasonal Vegetables
Field Green Salad with Dried Cranberries, Oranges& Candied Walnuts
in a Champagne Vinaigrette
Artisan Rolls, Butter
Pumpkin Pie Bars
Outrageous Fudge Brownies
Santa’s Mid-Day Madness
Herb Roast Turkey Breast, Provolone & Field Greens
on a Baguette with Cranberry Sauce
Honey Glazed Ham on Croissant
with Rosemary Honey Mustard, Lettuce & Tomato
Brisket of Beef on Baguette with Caramelized Onions
& Horseradish Sauce
Grilled Winter Vegetables on Focaccia
Red Potato Salad with Spiced Pecans
Field Greens, Radishes & Cucumbers
in a Champagne Vinaigrette
Freshly Baked Holiday Cookies & Brownies
Add to any menu:
• Traditional Bread Stuffing with Celery, Onions, Apples & Fresh Herbs
• Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes
• Crumb Crusted Ham
• Cabernet Braised Beef Brisket
• Beef Bourguignon
• French Braising Dish with Bacon Lardons & Button Mushrooms
• Penne Pasta with Butternut Squash Sage Parmesan Cream Sauce
Add desserts to any menu:
• Pumpkin Pie (Whole)
• Apple Pie (Whole)
• Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Bites
‘Tis the Season Holiday Buffet
Pomegranate Balsamic Glazed Baked Chicken Breast
Orechiette with Butternut Squash, Sage & Brown Butter
Seasonal Roasted Vegetables
Field Greens with Parmesan, Toasted Almonds &
Creamy Lemon Almond Vinaigrette
Rolls and Butter
Spirited Holiday Brunch
Dulce De Leche Strata (like French Toast on Top)
Brown Butter and Caramel Bread Pudding
Gruyere, Sweet Maui Onions, and Nueske Bacon
Chicken Apple Sausage
Roasted Breakfast Potatoes
Fresh Fruit Salad with Berries
Cranberry Muffins, Chocolate Muffins & Currant Scones
Soft Drinks & Still Waters
Chilled Spiced Cider or Ginger Punch
Holiday Coffee Bar with Festive Condiments
Rich & Creamy Hot Chocolate Bar
Add a Festive Holiday Theme –
We’ll deliver and set up a complete themed party on your tables or in your conference room, including:
Buffet Equipment Buffet Linens Theme Décor
Choose Your Party Theme:
□ White Winter Wonderland
□ Candy Canes & Peppermint
□ Go For Baroque ~ Opulent Red & Gold
An Artful Array of Domestic Cheeses
Wedges & Slices of Sharp Cheddar, Monterey Jack,
Smoked Gouda, Pepper Jack & Gorgonzola.
Garnished with Grapes & Crackers.
Graceful Platters of International Cheeses
Wedges & Slices of Sweet & Creamy Gorgonzola,
Sharp English Cheddar, Artisan Aged Manchego,
Smoked Gouda, Monterey Jack & Herbed Chevre.
Garnished with Grapes, Assorted Dried Fruits,
Toasted Nuts & Imported Crackers.
Cranberry and Orange Glazed Brie
with Peppered Almonds
Served with Toasted Pita Crisps.
Warm Brie with Red & Green Grape Salsa
Served with Crostini.
Smoked Salmon Pinwheel Log
Served with Whipped Cream Cheese, Capers,
Chives and Toasted Pine Nuts.
Served with Bagel Chips & Imported Crackers.
Shrimp Cocktail Platter
Served with Lemon Slices & Traditional Cocktail Sauce.
Assorted Sushi Platters
Cut Rolls: California, Spicy Tuna, & Cucumber
Nigiri Sushi: Tuna, Salmon & Shrimp
Bruschettas (3 pieces each)
Baguette Slices brushed with Olive Oil
then toasted until crispy.
Served with your choice of (1) Topping:
Tomato Basil Cranberry Walnut Olivada
Kalamata Olive Sun- Dried Tomato
Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Artichokes, Marinated
Olives & Flat Bread.
Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip
Served with Toasted Pita Crisps. (Min. 25 Servings)
Chilled Tortellini Salad Platter
With Fresh Cherry Tomatoes,
Sun Dried Tomatoes, Basil & Pine Nuts.
LA Spice Holiday Favorites
Rare Roast Tri-Tip with Gorgonzola
On a Garlic Crouton.
Grilled Sirloin Steak Skewers
With Peach Bourbon Sauce.
Maple Pecan Crunch Chicken Skewers
Spicy Maple Dipping Sauce
Country Ham with Cranberry
in a Mini Buttermilk Biscuit
Toasted Beef Raviolis
With Alfredo or Marinara Sauce.
Toasted Butternut Squash Raviolis
With Sage Cream Sauce.
Mini Beef Sliders
Caramelized onions and Tomato Jam
Maple Glazed Turkey Slider
Petite Sandwiches On Artisan Rolls
Hearty little sandwiches that will
fill up your hungry guests
Roast turkey, provolone & maple tarragon mayo
Rare roast beef with bourbon mustard
Shaved ham, Swiss cheese & shallot thyme mayo
Grilled chicken with mango mayo
These bite-sized treats are sold by the dozen. Three dozen minimum per flavor.
Poached Salmon Bites
with Citrus Dipping Sauce
Silver Dollar Crab Cakes
with Key Lime Aioli
or Roasted Red Pepper Remoulade
Caramelized Onion Pizza Triangles
With Turkey Sausage & Goat Cheese.
Turkey Cranberry Meatballs
Curried Chicken Salad in Phyllo Cups
Spicy Butternut Squash Empanadas
With Tomatillo Salsa
Call us today to chat about your holiday party. 424-500-2125
Yesterday’s event might just change the future in travel.
And we were lucky enough to cater it.
The “Your Flight DNA” event took place at the Virgin Galactic Hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Richard Branson shared his space travel enterprise with 680 guests, or shall we say, potential future astronauts.
Guests heard Branson, pilots, and the original visionaries speak about this exciting progress in out-of-this-world travel as they marveled at the Space Ship Two and White Knight Two , the crafts that plan to be the universe’s first commercial airline.
We all truly enjoyed our “behind the hangar” experience.
Of course, inside of the hangar where the event took place was top secret, so we are unable to share that experience with you through photos. However, here are some behind the scenes photos.
Thank you Daily News Readers for voting us Best Caterer in Los Angeles for the third time! We appreciate it!
To read all of the winners, go to their site at http://www.dailynews.com/
Goal 1. How did we help create connections among guests and company?
Surprisingly, choosing the menu and layout of the lunch was important in fulfilling this goal. We chose a buffet line so people could continue conversation with others while getting their food. The client did not want any food that was messy to eat order for the guests to easily continue communicating with others, so they chose kebabs, a cut-free entree.
The client framed posters that beautifully depicted manufacturing in action, including vintage aerospace and manufacturing posters.
Also displayed were photos of the company’s history, an addition that enables the guests to learn more about the client and manufacturing.
A company welder made dragons out of manufacturing parts for centerpieces to match the “Slay the Dragon” discussion theme. The dragons were an example of manufacturing resourcefulness and showed just how creative the employees in the manufacturing field can be. This was a key component at the event that not only showed the personality of the company, but also connected to the goal of the corporate luncheon: to illustrate manufacturing at its finest.
After lunch and the discussion, the event ended with tours where guests were able to view the property and learn more about the company.
Goal 3. How did we help gain membership for NAM?
The layout of the luncheon was key in helping gain membership for NAM. We wanted guests to easily listen and follow the guest speaker. At the front of the room, we placed a wood podium and wireless mic for the speaker and two LCD monitors to show the speaker’s slideshows and video clips. This ensured the luncheon’s message was conveyed to both audio and visual learners.
In the planning of a corporate meting, it is an added touch to make sure that no one’s back is facing the speaker. While setting up, we placed all the chairs at the tables to face the speaker, so that guests could comfortably listen and take notes during the presentation.
Remember, a Los Angeles event planner isn’t someone who just provides food for an event. Caterers work with the client and makes his or her vision a reality. Meeting the goals of the client is key in making a corporate luncheon successful.
Yes, it is possible!
We catered a baby shower for our cafe manager Chiara last weekend, who is gluten and sugar free.
Although it sounds like an impossible trio, having a baby shower with only gluten and sugar free options is possible!
We made Chiara a superhero themed watermelon and fruit cake. The only ingredient? Fruit!
We also served owl chocolate cupcakes to align with the baby shower’s owl theme. Gluten free flour was the base, and no refined sugar was in the cupcake or frosting, only agave. Using nuts to create the owl face was a perfect gluten and sugar free addition!
Add some delicious gluten and sugar free small bites, and you’ve got yourself a party.
August 1 is National IPA Day!
What is your take on India Pale Ale beers?
According to the official site for IPA Beer, it’s name does not come from its origin, but rather its history. The first mention of IPA’s existence was through supplier George Hodgson, who sold his IPA beer primarily to British troops working for the East India Trading Company in India in the beginning of the 1800s, hence it’s name.
The beer is golden in color and bitter in taste. IPAs have a high concentration of hops, aiding their bitter (and some say aquired) taste.
Because of its bitter taste, we recommend pairing the beer with rich, spicy, and meaty flavors, such as our LA Spice Signature Sandwich, House Ground 8oz All Beef Burger, Open Face Pulled Pork Sandwich, and our Ariba Chilaquiles (if you feel bold enough to have beer with breakfast!).
So what IPA beers do we offer at LA Spice Cafe?