A Caterer’s Tips for the Best Summer BBQ Dishes!

Having a Summer BBQ can get a great deal of work for the host. Coming up with a menu plan seems to be the hardest part. Having to decide what to make to make it appealing to guests with all different tastes. It gets stressful! And not to mention expensive. Here are some great tips from our Catering Staff to add to your famous BBQ Chicken, Grilled Flank Steak, or just plain Ole’ Hotdogs and Hamburgers!

 

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Heirloom Tomatoes and Caprese Salad – nothing like a nice juicy tomato and mozzarella salad with some fresh basil and don’t forget the balsamic glaze. Everyone loves tomatoes and cheese!

 

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad

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Plain Old Potato Salad – You can’t go wrong with a potato salad with the mayo and scallions but maybe flair it up a bit and go Southern Style and add in that paprika!

 

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Big Bowl of Guacamole – Everyone loves a nice chip and dip. Nothing goes better in the Summer than a nice cool bowl of fresh avocados and chips.

 

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These are just a couple ideas to add flair to that party that you want perfect.  Easy to do and eager to please sides are the answer.

 

Check out other menu ideas from Kitchens for Good!  Keep in mind we can also do it all for you if you want it catered! To get in touch with our catering staff you can fill out this form or call 619-450-4040.

 

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Summer Picnic Tips

Summer is just starting. Here are some ideas on how to take picnicking to a whole other level.

 

Décor

We live in a world that revolves around social media. Décor is a huge part of any Summer / picnic party. To spice up your picnic, try using your imagination. The current trends at parties involve a lot of décor and a lot color. Try using boxes, crates, mason jars to create a beautiful event.

 

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Food

Like the décor, the aesthetic of the food is also a huge part of throwing an amazing summer picnic. You have to make sure your food is Instagram worthy. To take great pictures of your food there has to be good lighting and a good angle. Avoid shadows in your pictures. Taking a very simple meal and making it aesthetically pleasing will change the way food is displayed. Another way to minimize your labor is to cater your picnic. Catering your picnic can be an easy way to reduce your labor and to maximize the aesthetic of your food. Kitchens for Good is the perfect caterer to host your next picnic.

 

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Environmental Health Coalition

 

On April 14th, Kitchens For Good had the pleasure to host The Environmental Health Coalition’s Annual Awards Celebration. This has been one of the biggest and liveliest events Kitchens For Good has hosted thus far.

It all started with a reception station in Celebration Court. Located a couple feet away from our ballroom, Celebration Court is perfect for an afternoon reception.

 

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The sun was setting as guests started to arrive, the air was crisp. It was a perfect afternoon for a reception. Appetizers were passed and our bartenders were ready to tackle the long bar lines. Live music was playing softly setting the tone for a perfect evening.

 

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Meanwhile, inside of the ballroom, Kitchens For Good’s staff provided the finishing touches to the event set-up. Staff members prepared to serve 450 guests.

 

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Chef Aaron created a mouthwatering menu that was to die for. Below, is a picture of our signature Butter Leaf Lettuce with Cotija Cheese, Teardrop Tomatoes served with a Cilantro Cream Dressing.  For the Entrée, we served Loaded Mexican Corn, Spanish Rice, and our delicious Vegetarian Enchiladas. All items on the menu were vegetarian-friendly.

 

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All in all, this was a night of beautiful decorations, mouth-watering Mexican food and inspirational people. This is one event that will be hard to forget. Kitchens for Good hopes to host many more events like this one!

Harvesting Community Relationships

 

Fresh Produce Provided by Coastal Roots Farm

Fresh Produce Provided by Coastal Roots Farm

On Friday, October 23, 2015, Kitchens for Good Catering and Events, a full event and catering service company in San Diego, Ca, were proud to cater the third annual Let’s Go Local! Produce Workshop. The event was organized by Community Health Improve Partners (CHIP) and hosted at the Leichtag Foundation Ranch located in Encinitas, CA.

The Produce Workshop serves as a way for vendors, growers and produce distributors to feature their products and services to businesses, community members, local government and other entities. This event provides a unique setting to connect with and create business relationships, offer sources for healthier, local produce, build community and to explore new partnerships.

“Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) works throughout San Diego County to advance solutions to priority health needs through collaboration and community engagement. CHIP works to create a healthy, sustainable, and just food system because it is now clear that the health of the food system is inextricably tied to the health of people, our local economy, and the environment.”

The farm provided the backdrop as an inspiring environment that set the mood. By utilizing the already beautiful surroundings, it was transformed into a charming event space. There’s something to be said about creating an outdoor event that allows for community relationships to grow and enriching ideas shared.

Puff Pastries with Garlic Crème Fraiche and Local Cherry Tomatoes

Puff Pastries with Garlic Crème Fraiche and Local Cherry Tomatoes

To highlight the event’s mission, Kitchens for Good Catering and Events was provided with fresh produce (tomatoes, zucchini, chard and herbs) from Coastal Roots Farm, the community farm located on site at the Leichtag Foundation Ranch. The tables were set with a menu that complimented the day’s agenda—Crostini with Tomato Fennel Jam, Mint Pea Soup Shooters, Puff Pastries with Garlic Crème Fraiche and local cherry tomatoes.

Aviva Paley, Director of Programs for Kitchens for Good Catering and Events said, “We were pleased to be a part of this event as it is core to our mission to support the local farming community by buying local. Hopefully many of the connections KFG made with farmers at the event will lead to an ongoing buyer relationship for our kitchen endeavors.”

The Kitchens for Good offices, internal event spaces and kitchen are located in the Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego, Ca. We only serve locally sourced, fresh ingredients and offer high-quality meal options that bring catering to a whole new plateau. We infuse our passion for cooking with healthy, farm-to-table produce and enjoy catering events like this because it allows us to demonstrate our seasonal menus while supporting a cause we love.

Kitchens for Good Catering and Events is the social enterprise arm of Kitchens for Good, a non-profit whose mission is to “break the cycles of food waste, poverty and hunger through innovative programs in workforce training, healthy food production and social enterprise.”

“Alice in Wonderland” themed Quinceañera


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Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events
hosted a beautiful quinceañera at our facilities located in The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation on December 5, 2015. In attendance that day were 230 guests who were all there to honor their family member and friend on her special day.

 

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Held in our ­­­­­­­­­­­­Celebration Hall, that has a capacity of 500, we were able to provide plenty of room for everyone to eat and dance the night away. We worked with some of our specialty vendors to provide the décor, desserts, music, and a picture booth while our catering staff prepared fresh food in our in-house kitchen.

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THE THEME

Alice in Wonderland Quinceañera 

Our client worked with Party Forever to create an Alice in Wonderland theme for her quinceañera. Just as Alice falls down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, emerging with new wisdom, a quinceañera is a girl’s entry into womanhood and her own newfound wisdom.

 


THE MENU

Our professional catering team created a mouthwatering, customized menu that our guests thoroughly enjoyed. On the menu that evening was a house salad with balsamic vinaigrette, chicken breast stuffed with spinach, mushroom and ricotta, chicken demi, chef select seasonal vegetables, roasted garlic smashed potatoes, served with fresh dinner rolls.

THE ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Nando Worked His Magic with the Sound, Lights and Entertainment

 

 

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

“What a fantastic event. The food was delicious; venue was perfect, DJ made the party happen with a great mix of music.”

 

“This place is great. A lot of parking is available.”

 

“The look is magical.”

 

“This is exactly what I had envisioned and hoped for.”

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Alice in Wonderland Cupcakes

 

 

Kitchens for Good Catering and Events is the social enterprise arm of Kitchens for Good, a non-profit whose mission is to  “break the cycles of food waste, poverty and hunger through innovative programs in workforce training, healthy food production and social enterprise.”

Every event you book with Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events supports culinary job training for the unemployed and healthy meals for those in need.

Written By Jessica Dearborn

San Diego Workforce Conference

 

CREATING COHESIVE PARTNERSHIPS

On November 5th the team at Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events had the pleasure of hosting the San Diego Workforce Conference – Identifying, Tackling and Closing the Skills Gap, presented by the San Diego Workforce Partnership. This full day conference and sit down luncheon took place at the Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego, California, in Celebration Hall, our banquet hall offering 6 break-out rooms, soaring ceilings, and full AV capabilities.

With breaking the cycle of unemployment and poverty so core to our mission at Kitchens for Good, we were thrilled to be part of such an important event. Five-hundred people gathered to participate in a discussion on an in depth look at newly released labor market information and regional workforce development initiatives underway across San Diego County, a topic that was especially beneficial for finding partners and forming strategic alliances.

The panel’s moderator was Tina Ngo Bartel, Director of Business Programs and Research at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. The topics discussed were: Identifying the Skills Gap, Tackling the Skills Gap and Closing the Skills Gap.

While attendees were enjoying lunch that was prepared by our skilled chefs in our in-house kitchen, the Honorable Kevin Faulconer, Mayor, City of San Diego “Welcomed the attendees and shared the City of San Diego’s support and commitment to connecting job seekers to our regional innovation economy. He also talked about his support of efforts to lower the youth unemployment rate. Mayor Faulconer is a strong supporter of CONNECT2Careers, our youth employment program. He spoke of his first job as a paper boy and how first jobs make a difference in career paths and work-readiness skills that can last a lifetime.” Heather Milne Barger, Vice President of Communications at San Diego Workforce Partnership said.

Aviva Paley, Director of Programs of Kitchens for Good, was one of the few selected to give a Lightning Talk to share with the crowd about its new Culinary Job Training Program and its plans to close the skills gap in this field. In four short minutes Aviva excited the audience about the possibility of kitchens to transform people’s lives and careers.

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The event’s menu far surpassed the attendees expectations which included some of our specialty foods: house rolls; grilled Mediterranean vegetables; a mixed-green salad with poached pear, gorgonzola cheese, candied walnuts and white balsamic vinaigrette; Origins Hummus with grilled pita bread; herb roasted potatoes; with lemon-herb chicken and Mediterranean beef tips, both served with grilled onion and peppers.

 

 

This event exemplifies the great use of this space for conferences and large meetings—with room to seat 500 people at round tables, state of the art audio visual, and gourmet event food that one participant tweeted as “The best event food I ever had!”

Tina Ngo Bartel said “The staff at Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events is easy to work with, very accommodating. Attendees gave raving reviews of the food. Everybody thought it was the best food at one of our conferences.” She also commented that “The food is affordable and helps a good cause.”

Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events is a full service catering and event company with our offices, internal event spaces and kitchen located in the Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego, CA. We serve locally sourced, fresh ingredients and offer high-quality meal options that bring catering to a whole new plateau. We infuse our passion for cooking with healthy, farm-to-table produce and enjoy catering events like this because it allows us to demonstrate our seasonal menus while supporting a cause we love.

Kitchens for Good, Catering and Events is the social enterprise arm of Kitchens for Good, a non-profit whose mission is to “break the cycles of food waste, poverty and hunger through innovative programs in workforce training, healthy food production and social enterprise.”

Written by Jessica Dearborn

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