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!


Our Corporate Breakfast and Lunch Holiday Menu Suggestions

Holiday Corporate Caterer Los Angeles

Holiday Corporate Caterer Los Angeles



 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!

424-5002125

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



Holiday Cookies



Fudge Brownies



Spirited Holiday Brunch



Dulce De Leche Strata (like French Toast on Top)



Brown Butter and Caramel Bread Pudding



Quiche Lorraine



Gruyere, Sweet Maui Onions, and Nueske Bacon



Chicken Apple Sausage



Crispy Bacon



Roasted Breakfast Potatoes



Fresh Fruit Salad with Berries



Cranberry Muffins, Chocolate Muffins & Currant Scones



Beverages



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.

(Serves 50-60)



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



Mediterranean Platter

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

Cranberry Ketchup



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




What's it like feeding 700 potential astronauts in the Mojave Desert?

Event Planning Los Angeles LA Spice in the Mojave Desert

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. 

 

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The Event Location: The Mojave Air and Space Port

Tent Structures for Catering LA Spice Los Angeles

This 2,000 pound cylinder block held our catering tent down amidst the intense desert wind!

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The beautiful Mojave

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The Assembly Line!

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Heirloom Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad with Farfalla Pasta, Arugula, Fresh Basil, Balsamic Vinaigrette  
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Salmon with Purple Mustard Sauce with a Summer Vegetable Succotash

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Servers Spencer and Chase showing off their VIP Event Staff Lanyards

Event Planners Los Angeles Virgin Galactic space ship

This guy, Space Ship Two, is responsible for taking guests out of this world!

Corporate Caterers Los Angeles Virgin Galactic aircraft

Space Ship Two


A Gluten Free, Sugar Free Baby Shower?


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.

 

 


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

 


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