Event Venue & Wedding Catering Services in Pasadena, California

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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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Castle Catering Pasadena Uplights
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


Marcie De Leon (day-of-coordinator)
(562) 999-2571  

Photographer:  Paul and Jewel Studios
(805) 324-3341  

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

DJ: PR Attractions
(951) 522-9252 

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.


  • Event coordinator: Samantha Sisk, La Bella Dia Weddings & Events. (626) 497-5726. . www.labelladia.com
  • Caterer:  https://castlecatering.net
  • Alcohol: Bill Sullivan, The Bottle Shop. (626) 355-1262
  • Flowers: Grace, Tea Rose Garden. (626) 578-1144. 
  • Photographer: George Street Photography.  (866) 831-4103. www.georgestreetphoto.com
  • DJ: Scott Norris, Coastline Music. (310) 396-0527. 
  • Ceremony musicians: Desiree Deasy, Ladies Choice String Quartet. (818) 402-7475. 
  • Bakery: Cakery Bakery.  (818) 790-3223
  • Photo Booth: Brian Davis, Lucky Photo Booth. (323) 229-9455

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.

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. 

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

What To Look For In A Catering Company

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You still remember that last time you’ve been at a wedding party.

Good food, friendly waiters, frequent replacements when a certain dish or pastry was too popular to last, water and drinks served to you as soon as you approached the table.

A good catering service is like that.

I remember this family wedding party I’ve been at in 2004 with a certain pleasure. Aside from the setting — a beautiful garden in front of the restaurant! — the food was delicious, it matched everybody’s tastes and there was enough choice for the vegetarian and the allergic not to feel left out.

They didn’t cheat us — the food was great and nobody felt sick after the buffet.

So, what you should look for in a catering company?

Well, aside from reading the reviews and hearing from people who have experienced their services before, meet with the company representatives and make sure the catering service has the following 8 quality points before you make your choice.

1. Availability to furnish menu samples for tasting

A good and honest catering company will let you taste the food before you plan it all out to make sure it is what you’re looking for.

If the company doesn’t allow you to taste their menus, something’s wrong and you better get suspicious of the quality of their food and cuisine.

A good caterer has nothing to hide about their food. Make a web search for negative reviews if you’re in doubt.

2. Prompt, on-time service

The party for your special event is starting soon — why isn’t the catering here yet?

A catering company is always prompt and on-time with their delivery service, so if they’re late and they still won’t call you and give you a reason for the delay, this is a sign the company isn’t serious.

Make sure to be clear about this matter as soon as you place an order with a catering company.

3. Food quality and conservation

There’s no need to highlight how important it is for the food to be fresh and come from quality sources, preferibly organic and naturally grown.

Conservation is also a decisive factor in the quality of the food. Good food gone bad because of a bad conservation practices is not only dangerous to your guests’ health, but it can also lead the catering company’s business to immediate death, so a conscientious company will take serious care of food conservation.

You should be able to asses this 3rd quality point when you taste the sample menu. Make sure to give the caterer detailed feedback on the quality, especially if you feel something’s might be wrong.

4. Friendly yet efficient staff

When the catering company doesn’t just supply food, but even service staff (waiters, attendants), you know this is a sign of prestige. The staff should be friendly and personable while attending to your guests.

If you have a lot of kids at the party, ask for a kid-friendly menu and staff with kid entertaining skills. A good catering company has staff that knows how to entertain kils and make your event interesting for them, too.

5. Clarity on the transports

I f you agreed on certain delivery times but the catering company is late, they should provide enough reason for you to wait.

Accidents happen, there might be a roadblock or another urgent matter coming up to delay the caterer, but if they don’t pick up the phone to let you know, your trust will definitely drop right there.

Ask the company for clear procedures in case of transport delays and how long they normally take to deliver.

6. Reliability and honesty

Serious businesses are always honest and reliable, and this is even more important for catering companies, especially about the replacement of bad or corrupted food and delivery times (see previous points for details).

There’s no point in hiring a catering company if they have a history of unreliability and dishonest behavior to their clients. These two factors are perhaps the most important in the list, so make sure you look for them when you read client testimonials and reviews.

Use Yelp.com to find out.

7. Communication and transparency

Your catering company will call you if they have a shortage of a certain food, couldn’t get in touch with one of the suppliers or the delivery has to be delayed for some reason. Communication is essential. If the company doesn’t call you and the service disappoints you, that’s a catering service not to use a second time.

Also, they should be transparent about their procedures and how they handle food. This is especially important if there’s a history of allergies in your family, so don’t hire the catering company if they seem to be sleazy or if there’s a risk they will use ingredients one of your guests can’t tolerate.

8. Good quality/price ratio

Finally, the quality of the service and the food should go hand in hand with a fair price. Low quality food at a stellar price is a no-no.

Don’t buy into the “prestige” talk the company may fill your head with — the real prestige is in honesty and reliability, not in names. If the food isn’t good and the service is scarce and uncommunicative, this isn’t the company you want to hire.

What other quality factors did you observe last time you hired a catering company for an event?

Valentines Dinner Via Castle Catering & Restaurant Partners at The Romanesque Room

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Again this year I am organizing a special Valentines Dinner for some very Special People. Forty to forty-five Soldiers and their spouses will enjoy an intimate dinner provided by Castle Catering and it’s Restaurant Partners at The Castle Green and The Romanesque Room.

I want to give you an opportunity again this year to express your gratitude directly to one of our Heroes by delivering “your” message that you are proud of them and thank them in the form of a Valentines Day card.

I am not only asking you to participate, but if you are comfortable doing so, help us get the word out by forwarding this email to your contact lists. As I ask this, I do not know if this request violates any kind of privacy issues for you….if it does, then don’t worry about forwarding. We are just trying to get as many Valentines Day Cards with a “message of thanks” as possible.

Here is what I am asking you to do if you are so inclined…

1)         Send a Valentines Card with a message of Thanks to:

                         “A Soldier and Spouse”

                          C/O Castle Catering   Suite 102

                           50 E. Green St.

                           Pasadena, CA.  91105         

2)         Certainly NOT required….but if you would like to enclose a check for $5, $10 or $20….or whatever you would like, made payable to “The Wounded Warriors Project” the soldiers will see them and we will forward them all to the Wounded Warriors Project.

3)         Last, if you are so inclined…..forward this message to some of your contacts and give them the opportunity to also send a Valentines Day  Card with a “Thank You” message.

That is it…..I hope you will participate.

Thank you so very much.

Owner, Castle Catering

Ron Hobbs  

Ron Hobbs
Owner, Castle Catering
50 E. Green St.  
Pasadena, CA.  91105
(32) 195-68-49
Fax  (626) 793-6769


February 13th 2014, Castle Catering is joining with Stonefire Grill Restaurants to produce a wonderful Valentines experience for post deployment Veterans and their spouses.

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Often after a deployment some Veterans face challenges re-establishing family relations. Castle Catering, Stonefire Grill and other selected restaurants have come together to help with this transition by highlighting the day meant for special relationships…Valentines Day.

Here is how you can participate in this wonderful event:

We are asking all who read this to send a “Valentine’s Day Thank You card” to a Soldier and Spouse to be opened by one of our participating Soldiers the night of this event. You can thank one of these Heroes personally through such a card.

If you choose to help, we are asking two things…neither of which is required, but if the spirit moves you, feel free to participate.

1) Forward this request to your contacts to give them the option to participate and let’s see how many cards we can have our veterans open the night of this event.

2) If you wish, include a check for $10 or $20 or any amount made payable to “The Wounded Warriors Project”.

The donations to WWP is certainly not required so don’t feel obligated. The card and you forwarding this info to your contacts is the primary effort.

Last year with only 10 days notice we received several hundred cards and raised $3,000 for the Wounded Warriors Project. We would love to enhance these results this year and have our participating Veterans hear and read Thank You cards from as many supporters as possible.

Send cards to this address:
A Soldier and Spouse
c/o Castle Catering
50 E. Green St. Suite 105
Pasadena, CAlif. 91105

Thank you for your interest and support for our Special Valentines Day Event.

Your Wedding Handbook

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Get Organized

Plan your leave from work

Apply for leave work as much in advance as possible. Complete all pending tasks and divide the workload between cooperative co – worker. ìThis way you can get up to speed real quick when you return from your blessed out honeymoon.

Delegate small wedding day tasks

Delegate duties in advance; get a couple of close friends to be by your side during the ceremony to calm your nerves and handle the gifts, some relatives (in rotation) to greet guests at the entrance, someone with a list of all vendor contact information.

Have a chat with your photographer

Decide the theme you want for the marriage pictures and give the photographer a list of moments you want captured.

Put your best friend in charge

On your big wedding day, The last thing you want to tackle is calls from people asking for directions to the venue or someone who wants to know what time the wedding start. Hand over your mobile phone to your best friend and let her field all calls. Also give her a small bag of just in case items; lip gloss, tissues (tones of them), deodorant, mint, an extra pair of (older, more comfy) sandals and a list of your vendors phone numbers.

Pack your accessories and wedding night bag

Pack a bag with all the accessories you will require to get dressed on the wedding day. This includes jewellery, makeup, hairpins, safety pins, undergarments. Leave this bag next to your wedding dress along with your bag of just in case items. Also, pack a small bag to carry with you to the hotel for the wedding night. This bag should have everything you will need. Besides lingerie, make sure to pack a change of clothes for the next morning, your cosmetics pouch and a midnight snack (since no one seems to eat at their own wedding!)

Stop worrying 24 hours before the ceremony

It does not matter if the flowers on the stage decoration are different from the ones you chose, or the caterer is running late ñ your job as event planner stops the day before the wedding. After that, you need to hand over your duties to others. Focus on the here and now, on your beautiful wedding and make sure that every happy moment I engrained in your memory forever.

Gather Memories

Make a DVD of the days leading up to the wedding

What I am sure I will continue to find truly endearing and entertaining in the years to come is the DVD of my wedding preparation from the strange practices to the makeup trails to some heartfelt moments with my family. Maybe you can include messages from your close friends and family as well.

Write out Thank you notes

A lot of people have worked tirelessly, spent lots of money and treated you like a princess in the weeks leading up to your big day. Make some time to write personalized cards for all of them and give it to each one before the wedding ceremonies begin.

Look And Feel Your Best

Oodles of pampering

This is perhaps one of the most essential and enjoyable parts of your pre-wedding routine. Book appointments at least 10 days in advance for your pre-wedding beauty regimen, preferably at a spa you frequent. Make sure to include a stress relieving massage to soothe those nerves.

Break in your high heels

Have a brand new pair (or three) for the various wedding functions? Break into them a couple of weeks in advance so youíre not stuck with nasty shoe bities.

Get lots of sleep the night before

No matter what beauty regiment you go through in the days before your wedding, unless you are well rested on the night before the big day, you will neither look nor feel your best. The last thing you need is a headache putting a damper on your mood. So the evening before your wedding should be a quite one spend quality time with your family, eat a healthy meal and get at least eight hour of sound sleep. Eat something and use the washroom before the ceremony. You have got a long day ahead of you. Grab a healthy snack before you put on your makeup and use the washroom right before you head out to the mandapî

Hug your BFFs

Have a moment with your closest friends. This is a very emotional moment for your girlfriends. Grab them in a group hug and let them know you love them. A moment with just you and the girls will help calm your nerves.

Focus on your husband-to-be

If, in spite of your best efforts, things get too chaotic, try this trick. Every bride will have a moment of nerves, no matter how perfect everything around her is. Itís human nature. When this happened turned complete focus on my handsome fiancÈ and on the beautiful life we were about to embark upon together. My mind instantly quietened down and I had a lovely smile on my face that made me look even more fabulous in the pictures. Maybe you could even give his friend a note to slip to your fiance right before the ceremony. This could pep things up a bit for the two of you and help ease the stress too!