Natural History Museum Event


National History Museum Exhibit Event

National History Museum Exhibit Event


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!


Silk-covered Buffet and Anubis Statue

Silk-covered Buffet and Anubis Statue


To learn more about the exhibit visit The National History Museum’s website!


Pagani Event

Pagani Huayra at the Petersen Museum
Pagani Huayra at the Petersen Museum
Pagani Huayra – Auto Gallery Event at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, Catering by LA Spice


 

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:


Video Link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tXeUKr0Gsw



The Italian Crudo Bar
“Bespoke” Italian Crudo Bar

Party Scenes from the Pagani & Auto Gallery Event at the Petersen Museum

 

 

Pagani Party Scenes
Pagani & The Auto Gallery Party Scenes
 
Hand Rolled Cigars for the Guests

 

For more fun party pictures, supplied by The Auto Gallery, please check out the link below…….


https://picasaweb.google.com/116705746259411591994/PAGANIATTHEPETERSON?authkey=Gv1sRgCPTt4O21j5n9Fw&feat=directlink#


Hand Crafted Zinc Cafe Tables


 

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!

  

 


Summer Peach Party


 

 It’s that time of year again: stone fruits are in season, and we’re crazy about peaches.   

From their alluring sweet smell, their gorgeous hue, to their candied taste, they are the quintessential summer fruit.   

Their triple-threat qualities are our prime inspiration for a summer party theme.   

 

Summer-inspired, youthful, airy, and feminine, the event is decorated in peach, yellow, rose, and cream. The peaches are the centerpieces in the decor, displayed in baskets, glass bowls, or vases, giving off their appetizing sweet smell. The event takes place outdoors, decorated by summer’s bounty of peach-colored flowers and greenery.


Sample Menu:
 

 LA Spice Cafe‘s special Summertime Peach Sangria

Sugared pureed fresh and luscious white peaches with Riesling, triple sec, peach schnapps, coconut syrup, and fresh vanilla bean  

Peach Caprese

Layered sliced freestone peaches, burrata cheese, prosciutto, and basil drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar   

Grilled Peaches

Halved yellow peaches, served alongside honey grilled salmon or chicken   

Peaches and Cream

Sliced donut peaches and homemade cream, served in a martini glass   


 

 


African Theme Catering Event


 

When it came down to choosing a theme for a dinner and cocktail reception for a leading furniture design and production company, we looked no further than the event’s location for theme inspiration.


Since the African Mammal Hall at the Natural History Museum was the location of this Annual Awards Gala, we decided on an African theme.



The Setting –


An impressive wall-to-wall diorama of African elephants and animal exhibits surrounded the seated guests at the NHM venue.


Our servers were dressed as safari guides, wearing khaki pants, white polo shirts, and pith helmets.



We used outdoor elements such as bamboo leaves, flowers, and wood for our appetizer plates and table set design.


   


The Menu –


We offered an eclectic African themed menu, highlighting the delicious cuisines from North, East, West, and South Africa.


Our menu highlighted common herbs, spices, produce, and meats from Africa, such as orange, saffron, mint, mango, ostrich, cous cous, moroccan spices, and yogurt.


Tray-Passed Hors D’ Oeuvres – 5 Flavors


Moroccan Scented Grilled Meatballs with Paprika, Garlic, Onion, Mint, and Cool Yogurt

Cucumber Cones with Spicy Dungeness Crab Salad, Saffron Crème

Durban Samosas with Curried Potato & Pea Crunchy Pastry Triangles Served with a Mango Atchar

Curried Coconut Chicken Salad in Phyllo Cups

Flash Fried Pampoenkoekies (Pumpkin Fritters) with Spicy Mango Salsa


Sit Down Plated Dinner


1st Course – Salad (Pre-Set)

Medjool Date and Mixed Green Salad with Feta Cheese, Toasted Marcona Almonds, Pomegranate Molassas And Honey Dressing

 

2nd Course – Main Entree

Moroccan Chicken Tagine: Braised Chicken with Saffron, Preserved Lemon, Garlic, and Olives with Steamed Citrus Cous Cous

Oven baked Sea Bass in Aromatic Chermoula Sauce with Baked Potatoes, Bell Peppers and Tomatoes


2nd Course – Vegetarian Main Entree

Vegetable Barley Cous Cous

Squash, Cabbage, Turnips, Chick Peas, Almonds and Fiery Harissa Spice Mix

 

3rd Course – Dessert

Malva Pudding

Spongy Apricot Pudding with Cardamom


 


50 Shades of Grey Birthday Party


        How does an

erotic

        fictional book manifest into a birthday party

celebration?

        With some

handcuffs, corsets, and forbidden fruit skewers

      of course.
      Anastasia and Christian’s erotic love came to life last weekend in Manhattan Beach with our

 

      50 Shades of Grey themed 50th Birthday Party.
      Below is our spicy

recipe

      for making your very own 50 Shades of Grey themed Birthday Party.

 

 

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Ingredients:

The Venue —–
Stark white setting with lighting only by candles scattered throughout the room
The Buffet —–

“Grey” theme, with various grey and black lace linens and a fishnet overlay
Tables and serving trays displaying black leather gloves, handcuffs, zip ties, and red roses

The Decorations —–

Centerpieces
Small trees, revealing leather whips, hand cuffs, zip ties, and Mr. Grey’s ties on its bare branches
Servers
In “sexy attire”, including corsets, fishnet stockings, and high heels,  all cloaked in red feathered masks, serving trays and rolling carts full of sensual goodies

The Food —–

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Hos D’oeuvres –

    “Ben-Wa” Risotto Balls

Flash Fried Green Risotto Balls with Pesto, Peas, and Asparagus

    “Forbidden Fruit” Skewers

Fresh Strawberry with Mozzarella, Mint, & Balsamic Glaze

    “Wrap your Lips around a Stick”

Maple Pecan Chicken Skewers with Spicy Maple Dip

    “Lip-Biting” Asparagus Spears with Hollandaise

“Picking up a spear of asparagus, I gaze at him and bite my lip”
Dangerous Deserts –

    Mini “Grey” Cupcakes

Assorted cupcakes with an edible 50 shades image or “grey” frosting

We hope your party turns as many heads as ours did.


Favorite Five for Fall








Here is a spicy sample of top five office favorites this fall season.


 




 

1. Forneris Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

Where you can lose yourself among corn fields, and buy unique gourds, pumpkins, and IPad-sized eggplants all in one location. The Corn Maze took us 25 minutes. How long will it take you?


2. Easy No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Tired of the pumpkin carving mess? So are we. We’re dying to paint our pumpkins with chalkboard paint.


3.Oak Glen Apple Farms

What’s better than making homemade apple pie, apple cider, and apple butter? Picking your own apples from a property of over 10 square foot miles with over 10 farms.


4. The Best Autumn Hiking In LA

Discovering the caves in Bronson Canyon is the ideal ominous outdoor activity.


5. LA Spice’s Fall Soup Recipe

Not only are pumpkins fun to decorate, but they are high in Vitamin A as well.


Chef’ Joachim’s Favorite Pumpkin and Apple Soup

(makes four servings)

1 1/2 pounds pumpkin, cut in one inch cubes

3/4 pound Fuji apples, peeled and cut in one inch cubes

1/2 coarsely chopped medium onion

1 bay leaf

1 medium fennel bulb, cored and cut into thin wedges

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. unsalted butter

3 cups of water

Garnish: toasted pecans, marjoram leaves, chopped

salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large saucepan add 3 cups of water. Turn the stove to high heat. Mix in the chopped onion, bay leaf and pumpkin. After the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low, cover and simmer until the pumpkin is tender (20 minutes).

2. Meanwhile on a large baking sheet, coat the fennel and apple with the extra virgin olive oil. Flavor with salt and pepper and toss well. Roast for 25 minutes or until tender and browning.

3. Take the bay leaf out from the soup. Puree the roasted apples and pumpkin mixture in a blender until smooth. Return to saucepan and warm over low heat. Stir in butter and salt and pepper, to taste.

4. Serve in pumpkin serving bowls and garnish with pecans and marjoram leaves.


 

Recipe for a pumpkin serving bowl

Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens Grilled Pumpkin Bowl with Veggies recipe

1. Cut off the top 1/4 of the pumpkin & discard tops

2. Scoop pulp and seeds

3. Place cut sides down in 3-quart rectangular baking dish

4. Add 2 tbsps. water

5. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-45 min/until tender


A Taste of History: Artistic Evolution


 We’re “Mad Men” for the Natural History Museum… 

 

We recently catered an event at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County that highlighted the new exhibit, Artistic Evolution, a part of the larger initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945-1980.

Attended by 120 guests, the event focused on a time when the museum was the premiere art venue for the City of Los Angeles. Art historian Dr. Charlotte Eyerman presented an in-depth look at the show’s paintings, drawings, and prints from Los Angeles’ past, including works from artists like John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Lee Mullican, and Mel Ramos, pictured here with Steve & LeAnne Schwartz (me!) in front of his picture “The Atom”.



To match the post-war era art displayed throughout the event, we created a retro-50’s vibe focusing on nostalgic eats and mod details.

The Yum:
“Daily News Read All About It” 
Appetizers:
French Onion Dip in Martini Glasses served with Celery, Carrots, and Tomatoes
Swedish Meatballs on Skewers
Classic Deviled Eggs
Lamb Kabobs with Mint Jelly
Signature 1950’s
Drinks:
Classic Martini with Orange Bitters and a Lemon Twist
Old Fashioned with Bourbon, Bitters, with a Sugary Twist of Orange Peel and Cherry
Classic Cosmopolitan with Vodka, Cranberry Juice, and a Squeeze of Lime
“Breaking News…Dinner Time…in the Fin Whale Passage”
Entrees:
Steak Diane, a Sauteed Thinly Sliced Pounded Filet Basted in a Rich Cognac Sauce
Sauteed Chicken Breast Supreme with a Creamy Mushroom-Sherry Sauce
Caesar Salad with Garlic Croutons and Shaved Parmesan
Peas and Pearl Onion
Macaroni & Cheese
Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Chives
Nostalgic 1950’s
Dessert:
Strawberry Pop Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce


The Look:
The event had a retro feel, decorated in black, white, and red accents, surrounded by the amazing natural artifacts of the museum.


The centerpieces of deep red amaryllis and roses created a striking contrast on the black linen and the white of the china and wood chairs.  We even used a retro-elegant napkin fold reminescent of fine dining establishments of the era.


We can’t wait to hear about Pacific Standard Time’s next new art exhibit!

Holiday Favorites


 

      It’s that time of the year again.

 

    The most wonderful time of the year.

 

      The time when we crave chestnuts roasting on an open fire,

 

    and the fresh scent of pine and peppermint in our homes.

 

    Click the following links to discover our favorite sources of inspiration for this holiday season.

 

    We hope it inspires you too!

What We’re Listening to in the Office
Unique Holiday Side Dishes

 
Wedding & Event Inspiration Boards

 
Current Venue Obsession

 
Layered Desserts

 
Cranberry Centerpieces

 
Festive Drink Ideas

 
Unusual Produce from our Favorite Farm

 
Fall Color Trends

 
Los Angeles Chefs’ Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

 
How We Debunk Holiday Stress

 


Elegance with a bit of "Cheers"


      How bar-inspired made-to-order stations really {LA}spice things up.

 

 

    It’s no secret that people love watching food being made-to-order. It’s like watching an artist make a masterpiece or a scientist create a new invention. Party guests love to chat away, sipping on a signature specialty drink and nibbling on chef-created small plates, personalized to every individual taste.

 

      We love the Amalfi bar from

Town and Country Event Rentals

    as pictured above.

 

    The elongated deep wood table top and high bar stools give off a “Cheers” vibe, but with a more elegant look. A bar never fails to emit warmth, comfort, and fun…any time or place in any situation.

 

    And that’s what is so great about bars. They are a blank canvass that can easily create a new and exciting setting for your party.

 

    We used the Amalfi bar and bar stools recently at an “End of Summer Bash” in Rolling Hills as a tapas bar, but there are many different uses for a bar at your next party or event:

 

      Shake your Salad and Martini Station

 

      Asian Fusion Station with wok, sushi and sake

 

      Pub Crawl Station with pub-inspired grub and drinks

 

      Taste of Italy Station with wine tasting and antipasto

 

      Early Bird Station with mimosas and crepes

 

      Lets be Kids Again Station with juice cocktails and childhood favorite finger foods

Mad Men

      Station with Tom Collins and tonics and tidbits in blankets

 

      Caffeine Station with coffee-infused drinks and treats

 

    Girls Only Station with cupcakes and cupcake-inspired cocktails

 

    Bars hold a relaxing atmosphere where people can catch up with old friends or make new ones. With its community style seating, it’s easy to create an atmosphere where “everybody knows your name”.

 

      Great additions such as these carnival lights from

Town and Country Event Rentals

    give the bar an intimate and romantic, yet playful look from day until night-time.

 


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