Natalie's 2013 Hot List for Hidden Catering Gems in Orange County

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Having a Wedding or Special Event and Looking for the Latest Food Gems in Orange County?  For the past 10 years, I have been creating  “One of a Kind” Events  and  behind the scenes, I've  been observing and collecting  secrets in the industry.  What I know for sure about my list for this year is that all of these people have true passion for what they do, and I'm honored to share in their talents!   Here is my  look at today’s hottest event food trends in the  OC.

BEST SUSHI:

Akioni Sushi Catering  -  www.akioni.com

BEST SUSHI: Akioni Sushi Catering
BEST SUSHI: Akioni Sushi Catering

If you love sushi, then Aki is your man.  To meet Aki is to love him.  He knows more about sushi than anyone else that I’ve ever met, and he’ll customize your sushi station  with stuff you’ll love.

FARM TO TABLE FOOD WITH THE GARDEN TO PROVE IT:

Park Ave Dining  -  http://www.parkavedining.com/

Yep.  This place is in Stanton, and I’ll drive there just to walk through the garden.  You have lots of options for private dining.  My favorite?  The garage.

FARM TO TABLE FOOD WITH THE GARDEN TO PROVE IT: http://www.parkavedining.com/
FARM TO TABLE FOOD WITH THE GARDEN TO PROVE IT: http://www.parkavedining.com/

GELATO:

Dolce Gelato  -   www.dolcegelato.com

This is the real deal in Gelato.  You should meet Rick and his team at his shop in Laguna, and hire him to come to your event. His “Hottest flavor for 2013 is Salted Maple Caramel”.

GELATO: Dolce Gelato
GELATO: Dolce Gelato

PIZZA:

Pizza 900  -  www.pizza900.com

Greatest Event Pizza Around.

PIZZA: Pizza 900
PIZZA: Pizza 900

ANYTHING ICE:

Ice Bulb  -  www.icebulb.com

Check out Marc’s ICE SPHERES.  cheap car mechanic These have become the hottest and sexiest product to hit the beverage scene in years.   Mixologists, hotels, restuarants, and bars around the country are purchasing this 2.25” clear sphere that maximizes your cooling and minimizes your dilution.

ANYTHING ICE: Ice Bulb
ANYTHING ICE: Ice Bulb

TOP MIXOLOGIST:

Neil  at www.starfishlaguna.com

Ok.  This gentleman (and that, he is) is a professional bartender who has been creating drinks long before the word “Mixologist” ever came into being.

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Pinch and learn from the master of drinks.

TOP MIXOLOGIST: Neil at www.starfishlaguna.com
TOP MIXOLOGIST: Neil at www.starfishlaguna.com

PARTY FAVORS:

Orange Clementine  -  www.orangeclementine.com

Think Classic Orange County.  Orange and Lemon zest.  The best in baking ingredients and the most beautiful presentation in boxes to be left for your guests visiting the OC.

PARTY FAVORS: Orange Clementine
PARTY FAVORS: Orange Clementine

APPETIZERS:

Jason’s Catering Caribbean Rumaki   -  www.jasoncatering.com

What could be wrong with bacon?  Everyone loves Jason’s Rumaki… including the folks at Orange Coast Magazine who did a complete photo shoot for this gem of an appetizer.

APPETIZERS: Jason’s Catering Caribbean Rumaki
APPETIZERS: Jason’s Catering Caribbean Rumaki

FUN FOOD STATIONS:

24Carrots.com  - www.24carrots.com

24 Carrots Catering  is always cooking up something new and special! Call them for their latest creations in food stations.

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THE ULTIMATE SWEET STATION :

Sweets Indeed  -  www.sweetsindeed.com

Marie at Sweets Indeed is a former bride, and her passion for creating incredible sweet stations is unbelievable.  She knows how to uncover the most delicious and unique desserts from the best vendors all over the world.

THE ULTIMATE SWEET STATION : www.sweetsindeed.com
THE ULTIMATE SWEET STATION : www.sweetsindeed.com

 BEST FOOD TRUCK:

The Lime Truck  -  http://thelimetruck.com/

I sometimes get hooked into the concept of a "Food Truck", thinking that the food is going to rock.  Often, I'm disappointed.  Not so with The Lime Truck.  They do create masterpieces and they still deserve the title of Best Food Truck (which they won on The Amazing Food Truck Race).  There is no substitute for good healthy food done in a quick way.

BEST FOOD TRUCK: http://thelimetruck.com/
BEST FOOD TRUCK: http://thelimetruck.com/

That's it for now. I've tasted too much gelato, eaten too many sweets, and tried one too many appetizers.  It's off to the gym for me.

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