Catering Emily’s Quinceanera

Once in a lifetime, a girl turns 15....in the Mexican culture this mean party!!! A HUGE party! A Quinceanera is planned and dreamed about their whole lives much like we would plan a wedding (but much more fun!!). Being asked to cater such a wonderful event for this family was truly an honor. Let me introduce you to the Urbina family:  Martin & Clarissa, Emily and her 2 big brothers, Seth and Joey. They wear many, many, MANY hats including being pastors of Vida Victoriosa spanish church. 894017_10200779802119065_284823831_o
(Photo credit: All Things Beautiful Photography by Cindi Tennison) 
Words cannot tell you how much this family really means to me but I know they have invested much of their time and selves into so many young people including my own son over the course of his lifetime. Ok, back to this party! The Food (my part of this amazing event): Street taco bar with corn tortillas, shredded chicken and steak bites, spanish rice and beans, all the toppings, and a chips & salsa bar. Then there's the ceremony, the cake, the mariachi band, the dj and music, the dancing, the pure fun and laughter with a couple hundred people. Truly, this was one of the funnest events I have ever been to in my life! I love being part of the happy events in people's lives!! A glimpse of the party can be seen in the pictures below.  "Para la vida loca" Here's to the crazy life! 🙂 ~ mj '13 EmilyUrbina Quinceanera 032313 '13 EmilyUrbina Quinceanera 0323131  

Catered Wedding Rehearsal Dinner for a Princess and a Cajun!

Fairy tales do come true....see, once upon a time, a beautiful Irish princess met a young Cajun man....their courtship endured the tests put before them and a decision was made, not in haste, but after an extended period of time...and finally a date was set! 🙂 So on Friday evening, March 22, 2013, I was honored to cater the wedding rehearsal dinner for said princess and cajun! Two beautiful families came together to celebrate and I got to see the sneak preview of a beautiful ceremony that would take place the following day....not to mention the food!! Oh yeh, that's where I came in lol.  The menu:  Beef Tenderloin Kabobs, Chicken Kabobs, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Tuscan Vegetables, Hot Rolls, Salad, and Specialty Cookies and Hand-Crafted Chocolate Truffles! I am so happy for this couple and truly wish them the very best and a life of happiness together! ~ mj '13 Dufrene Reeder Rehearsal Dinner 032213

Happy Pi Day!!

Mmmmmm pie..... okay, so I do know that pi and PIE are two totally separate things and only one of those do I understand. 😉 I'm sure you can guess it is the one that normally has crust and can hold any number of preferred fillings to satisfy the taste buds. Pie. One of those yummy delights that my sister never could master and I heard many horror stories of her throwing balls of pie dough across the room at her laughing husband and I'm most certain lots of curse words were uttered under her breath. He learned to either duck or stay out of the kitchen. My mother, on the other hand, was the master of pie dough. Actually, she was the master of everything and could pretty much win the grand prize on anything she made, but her pie crust was and always will be the best I have ever had.  Years ago when she was battling cancer and staying at my house as I cared for her, I decided that while she still could, she NEEDED to teach me her secrets to making the perfect pie crust. Even though I always held out hope that she wouldn't leave this world or me behind, I somehow knew deep inside that it was now or never.  We spent time in my kitchen as she showed me and taught me and I practiced over and over. For some reason, this seemed REALLY important at the time. And honestly, I do not regret it in the least bit. It is some of the best memories I have of us together. Regardless to say, I now proudly make pie crust (much to the disgust of my sister who still cannot make pie crust to save her life) with the same confidence that my mom had. I think its perfect or as perfect as any pie crust can be that's not my mom's. I am happy with it anyway, and Lord knows, I am my worst critic! So there you have it. My pie story. And one of the fondest, most cherished memories I have with my mom. Now, every time I make a pie, I look to heaven and thank my mom for her undying patience and for teaching me the simple things in life that mean so much now. Happy Pi Day, Mom! {blows kiss towards heaven} ~ MJ pie crust

Catering a Ladies Bunco Party!!

Oh what fun to cater for a group of ladies that get together for amazing food and spend a competitive evening together playing bunco! For this particular night, the host house asked me to cater and we decided to custom create a special menu:  Grilled Teriyaki Lime Chicken Kabobs, Red Pepper Quinoa & Brown Rice Stuffed Zuchini Boats, Garden Salad, Hot Rolls, and trays of Specialty Hand Crafted Chocolate Truffles and Specialty M-Jamma Cookies & Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies. The meal was very healthy and delicious....but that only gave more room for the delectable decadence of the truffles and cookies. See how that works?? 😉  Para la Vida Loca! Here's to the crazy life! ~ mj Cater Bunco Party 3413

Catering the “Fan Favorite” Fajita & Salsa Bar!!

What is the absolute most popular thing we cater right now?? The infamous "Fajita and Salsa Bar"!! For this particular Growth Track Seminar event at Highpointe, we did grilled Steak Fajitas with all the yummmmmmmy toppings including a house recipe Chipotle Avocado Ranch Sauce. Also on the menu as an extra...Chicken Fajita Stuffed Sweet Peppers (OHH yes, these are amazing if I do say so myself!), and then of course, Fresh Salsa, as well as, a Black Bean & Corn Salsa. And then there is dessert....oh...yes. I made Red Velvet Crinkle Cookes and then...and then....oh my goodness... and then...I created and served up a brand new dessert shooter for this event...Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Dessert Shooter, making my own homemade dulce de leche caramel. It was aahhhhhmazing!!!! Can you tell how much I loved this??!! Honestly, it is so much fun to create new recipes using the freshest of ingredents and then to serve them to the most awesome people on the planet. The reward is the smiles, happy tummies and taste buds!! =) Para La Vida Loca!! (Here's to the crazy life!) ~MJ (yeh...that is me in the picture) Cater Growth Track 030113