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Testimonial: Michael and Linda Clemons

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client-testimonial-pasadenaDear Ron and Starla,

I am taking this opportunity to thank you both, and your staff for making my daughter’s wedding reception (May 21, 2016) a huge success. The venue was exceptional and classy; your aesthetic contribution and suggestions were on point and made the overall planning experience stress free (quite frankly it was painless, lol). The food and drink was impressive and a very pleasant surprise (quality and taste was great). The guests were thoroughly satisfied, and expressed numerous times how good the appetizers and dinner was (thank you for recommending StoneFire Grill Catering Services). The friendly and professional manner in which you and your staff served us and our guests speaks volumes to your commitment to excellence (we are still getting glowing compliments for the entire reception presentation). Please let your staff know they were wonderful.

You exceeded our expectations, and if we should ever (and we will) have another function, Castle Catering will be our pick.

On behalf of my daughter Ajiani Clemons-Preston, family and friends … THANK YOU!

Sincerely,

Michael and Linda Clemons

How to Properly Cater a Wedding Ceremony

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Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life. It’s the day you leave the world of being only one person to become a couple, a family. When you are in the process of planning your wedding, there are many decisions that need to be made; from the dress to the wedding favors, and everything in between.

One of the biggest expenses associated with a wedding is the catering and decorating. You can opt to hire a professional to handle all of this for you, but that usually comes with a big price tag. Instead, you may choose to go for the do-it-yourself route and cater and decorate your own wedding.

Develop a Strategy

Before you even start to think about what you want to serve for food, or even what type of decorations you want at your wedding, you want to plan a strategy ahead of time at home.. Ensure you have the help of extra hands, because remember, it is your wedding day, you are going to need the help of friends and family to get the job done right.

After you got your team together, think about what you want to serve for food, and what type of decorations you want to include.

The Food

The food is one of the biggest things that many guests come to a wedding for. If you are catering your own wedding, one way to save money is to make it a potluck reception. This is when you ask friends and family members to bring a certain food dish to your reception and serve it there. This will allow everyone the option to feel as if they played an important role on such a big day. It will also allow you to save a great deal of money by hiring a professional caterer.

The Decorations

Creating your own decorations can be a fun and exciting way to extend the feeling of love and excitement that leads up to your wedding day. The first thing that many guests see upon entering a wedding ceremony is the decorations, so make it count. If they love skateboarding have décor related to that theme. Remember to include a guest book for your guests to sign. You can choose to go the creative route and double your guest book as home décor after your wedding is over. Many people are opting to have a tree framed and have their guests place their painted thumb print on as leaves to the tree. This gives you a unique and memorable picture when your wedding day has gone by. Another option is to have wooden signs of the bride and grooms initials and have your guests sign them. Don’t forget the table décor with added personalized wedding favors to give your guests a little memento to take home.

Because your wedding day is a day you will always remember, it’s important to make it as memorable as possible. Catering your own wedding can be fun and exciting when you develop a strategy and plan ahead of time. Remember to include buffers for the possibility of something going wrong so you are not thrown off track on the big day.

Wedding Traditions Throughout The World

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Your wedding is one of the most special, memorable, and exciting days or your life, but there’s so much to consider when planning for the big day. Will you have a cake or cupcakes? Buffet or table service? How many people will you invite? What will you wear? What traditions will you uphold? In America, we’re used to a few common wedding rituals to bring us good luck and happiness in the future.

But have you ever wondered where these traditions come from and why they are significant?

Wedding Traditions

One on the most well-known rituals — carrying something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue — originated from an old English rhyme. Something old signifies continuity; something new represents optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; and something blue represents purity, love, and fidelity.

Another common ritual, throwing the bouquet, also originated in England and dates back to the 14th century! Back then, it was common for wedding guests to rip off pieces of the bride’s dress for good luck. To stop guests from doing this, they began throwing their garter instead. Eventually, it became customary for the groom to remove and throw the garter to the male guests and the bride to throw the bouquet to the female guests.

Though there are some of the most common wedding traditions, they aren’t the only ones. Around the world, newlyweds celebrate their special day in a variety of fun and quirky ways. In Germany, the bride and groom cut a log in half after the ceremony to symbolize how by working as a team they can accomplish difficult tasks. In India, it’s customary for the bridal party to steal the groom’s shoes, which the groomsmen must find. To learn more about wedding traditions around the world, take a look at this visual created by FTD.

 

Southern California School Nutrition Association Fundraiser

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Catering Services in PasadenaRecently the Southern California School Nutrition Association held their annual fundraiser at The Romanesque Room. The evening had a “Beatles theme” which was carried out in various aspects of the décor including a decorated VW “bug” vehicle, a “yellow submarine”, peace symbols, and large cut-out figures of the “Fab Four”. The tables had accents of tie-dyed material … the room was filled with eye-catching color and props. A cover band, Britain’s Finest, played three sets of the Beatles’ hits, complete with costumes to reflect the various stages of the group’s career. The music was great! Other Beatle memorabilia added to the festive mood and all the guests had a great time!

Castle Catering Chefs prepared the meal which included passed and stationary hors d’oeuvres, the famous mashed potato martini bar, a crepe station, and a slider station. Mini-cheesecakes and brownies completed the menu.

Catering ServicesThe event was a wonderful success for the organization … and felt like a journey back to the 60’s!

Pasadena Bar Association Meeting

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Pasadena Bar AssociationThe Romanesque Room hosts many weddings but is also a great location for corporate events. The local chapter of an association for attorneys met for their monthly meeting in late September. Dinner was provided by Restaurant Partner, Buca di Beppo, and Castle Catering provided the service. Tom Girardi, Celebrity Attorney, was the speaker at this meeting.

The client was very pleased with the venue and service and are planning multiple events here in 2015. This is another example of the versatility of the venue for large and small events and the options afforded by our Restaurant Partners Program.

Castle Catering September 2014 Event Schedule

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The first weekend in September was a busy time for both Castle Catering & The Romanesque Room. Two weddings took place along with a retirement party. These events took place in The Romanesque Room over a three day period. The same weekend our sister property, Castle Green, held another wedding ceremony and reception.

Castle Catering provided all the food for the retirement party which included appetizers and four stations – Italian, Mexicana, Slider bar, and our unique mashed potato martini bar which gives the guest a choice of two hot toppings and five self-serve toppings over creamy mashed potatoes served in a 10 oz. martini glass.

Pasadena California Catering ServicesRestaurant Partners provided food for two of the weddings. They were StoneFire Grill and Carmine’s Italian Restaurant. Castle Catering provided the hors d’oeuvres that were served during the cocktail hour at both parties.

We had the opportunity to work with Chef Cipriano Reyes of Dolci Vita Catering for one of the weddings. Chef Cipriano was a friend of the bride’s and did an outstanding job with all of the food for their event.

The parties were all successful…and the clients were happy!

Wedding Ceremony & Reception in Pasadena

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Wedding Ceremony in Pasadena
On Monday, July 21, another wedding ceremony and reception was held at Castle Green.  One of Castle Catering’s Restaurant Partners, In-N-Out Burger, supplied their signature “Double-Double” burgers as the entrée. The Castle Catering Chefs prepared hors d’oeuvres as well as mixed green salad, garlic mashed potatoes and hot vegetable to complement the burgers.  This is an example of how Castle Catering’s Restaurant Partners Program gives our clients almost limitless choices of cuisine … including options like the iconic In-N-Out burgers.
Wedding Ceremony & Reception in Pasadena

Vendors:

Marcie De Leon (day-of-coordinator)
(562) 999-2571  marciedeleon@thecucumberbride.com

Photographer:  Paul and Jewel Studios
(805) 324-3341  jewel@paulandjewel.com

Flowers: V & B Studios
(310) 409-5623

DJ: PR Attractions
(951) 522-9252 dave@prattractions.com

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Castle Green Wedding Venue

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Castle Green, the “sister property” of Castle Catering/The Romanesque Room held a wedding on the 5th of July. It was quite a success as Castle Catering provided all the food for the event. The ceremony was held on their expansive lawn and then the guests moved inside to the ballroom for the reception. The event coordinator was Samantha Sisk of La Bella Dia Weddings and Events. With the cooperative efforts of Samantha and all the vendors, it was another flawless event.

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Awards Banquet for the Pasadena Rugby Football Club

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Rugby Club June 2014

Rugby Club June 2014

Rugby Club Memorabilia

Rugby Club Memorabilia

Rugby Club Awards

Rugby Club Awards

The Awards Banquet for the Pasadena Rugby Football Club was held in The Romanesque Room on Saturday, June 28 with amazing sisal rugs. Next will be a skateboard bearings event.

Alex Rylance is the coach and our contact.  Castle Catering worked with one of our Restaurant Partners, StoneFire Grill, to provide a two entrée buffet for the group.

51st Annual “An Evening with Star Chefs”

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The Chefs at Star Chefs

(Left to Right) Mary Grace Hankins, Xavier Vargas, Christian Hankins, Omar Rivera, Walter Galvez

The 51st Annual “An Evening with Star Chefs” for the benefit of Rosemary Children’s Services was held on June 21 in the front of Pasadena City Hall.

Rosemary Children’s Services in a non-profit organization dedicated to helping abused, abandoned and/or neglected children similar to a nanny agency. 

Founded in 1963 by Julia Childs,  “An Evening with Star Chefs” is Pasadena’s “oldest, largest, and most prestigious culinary benefit” according to the invitation letter by Rosemary Children’s Services.

The Chefs of Castle Catering participated as part of this annual fundraiser.  There were 300+ guests in attendance in front of Pasadena City Hall.  The Chefs prepared three items:  1. Appetizer: Stuffed mushrooms 2. Entrée: Carnitas 3: Dessert: Bread pudding