Central Coast Wedding Catering Blog

A Gala at Taft Barn

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Ahhh, the magic of Taft Ranch. We love working here. The creek, the rolling hills, the wild flowers, the majestic oaks, the pond, the barn, and the AMAZING chandeliers inside. It’s has everything anyone would want for that ideal rustic barn wedding in San Luis Obispo County. And it’s a great alternative to a winery wedding.

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Last weekend, we catered a fundraiser for the North County’s Women Shelter here. A crowd of about 230 guests enjoyed classic barbecue dishes of spice-rubbed tri tip, ribs, all the fixin’s and of course, housemade corn bread and honey, butter.

Guests bid on silent auction items, gambled at the faux casino as thousands of dollars were raised for the shelter. After a plated salad of mixed greens, candied pecans, gorgonzola & pomegranate vinaigrette, guests enjoyed a BBQ buffet. Then, a plated dessert included a classic apple cobbler topped with fresh whipped cream with vanilla and cinnamon.

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While we spend much of our time catering San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles weddings, we are always happy to give to back to our community and support a worthy cause.

Events like this can allow a bit more freedrom or creativity for our event coordinators and chefs. This last picture doesn’t do it justice but had fun with the barn theme, using buckets and mason jars to adorn the appetizer areas.


Was your Valentines Dinner this good?

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For Valentines Day, we were delighted to cater at Edna Valley Vineyard in San Luis Obispo.

The theme, “Love Actually,” drew in droves of romantic couples from Shell Beach to Paso Robles looking to enjoy a five-course catered dinner at a winery.

Each course with paired with a different Edna Valley wine.
Among the favorites was the crispy rice cake with green onion, sweet potato and jalapeno paired with a crisp Pinot Gris. The entree of seared duck breast served with spatzel hash and roasted root vegetable was also a hit. Guests finished off the evening with chocolate-covered strawberries & a ganache-filled chocolate crepe.

Here are just a couple of photos from the event.
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This is an annual event for us so please consider joining us next year!


Four courses at Edna Valley Vineyard

Pacific Harvest Catering will be at Edna Valley Vineyard on February 13th catering a romantic four-course dinner.

The evening begins with spicy dungeness crab cakes and bleu cheese, caramelized shallot & pancetta tartlets paired with classic Edna Valley wines. That will be followed by a crispy rice cake with sweet potato puree, jalapenos and spicy pear chutney.

Next is a shrimp, scallop and crispy sand dab ragout, followed by seared duck breast served with spatzel hash and roasted root vegetables. Finish it off with a duo of chocolate crepe and a vanilla bean creme brulee.

Is there a better way to welcome Valentines Day 2010 than this? We didn’t think so.


Some Bagpipes & a little bit of Haggis…

Why not start with photos of dessert...

Why not start with photos of dessert...


So, this past weekend we were delighted to cater the annual Central Coast Scottish Society event at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero. The Pavilion is an awesome North County event venue.
The event pays tribute to Robert Burns, and is filled with festivities that include parading one of our chefs around with a tray full of haggis. Don’t know what haggis is? (Traditional Scottish dish that is unappealing to some, although loved by many…) While many of our clients know us as Paso Robles wedding caterer, we love these annual events that are festive, unique and fun.
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The Haggis Parade begins

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All this rain means CHANTERELLES!

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While many people get down when it rains, we at Pacific Harvest Catering get excited to go mushroom hunting! What better way to unwind from a big weekend in San Luis Obispo catering, than by hiking through local forests looking for glimpses of gold. Chanterelles are a delicious golden wild mushroom that are awesome in a variety of meals. The photo below is a great winter meal we created with them the night after finding them in an oak forest outside of San Luis Obispo.
This recipe for braised short ribs with chanterelles & potatoes is below. It’s an amazing winter recipe that takes just a few ingredients and a couple of hours in the oven. Enjoy!
(Sorry about the grainy photos, they’re from my phone…)

Braised short ribs with chanterelles & cubed potatoes

Braised short ribs with chanterelles & cubed potatoes

Braised Short Ribs with Chanterelles & Potatoes
4 short ribs
3 carrots, peeled & roughly chopped
1/2 white onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic
1.5 cups of red wine
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 potato, cubed & seasoned
2 chanterelles or wild mushrooms

Directions: Salt & pepper short ribs and sear in olive oil in a thick pot over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onions and sear for another 10 minutes. Stir in garlic & 1/2 of a chopped mushroom and cook for a minute or so. Add wine, cover and turn to higher heat for about 5 to 10 minutes until it reduces a bit.
Add a cup of water, cover and braise in the oven for 3 to 4 hours on low heat.
For potatoes: cube, season & toss in olive oil and bake at 375-400 until golden brown.
When ready to serve, sautee remaining chanterelle pieces in garlic and butter. Strain the sauce out of the pot and serve over the short ribs & potatoes while discarding the cooked vegetables. Top with delicious buttery chanterelles! Enjoy.

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An Autumn Wedding

In November, we catered a lovely wedding at Fleur de Lis in Atascadero. The beautiful estate was a perfect place for Christina & Trey to exchange their vows & hold their reception for about 150 guests. Chocolate & burgundy linens were adorned with manzanita branches, pumpkins & votive candles.

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Guests enjoyed tray-passed mac & cheese tartlets, assorted sausages & butternut squash bisque “shooter” during the cocktail hour. For dinner, chef-carved prime rib was accompanied by lemon rosemary chicken, chive potato cakes & grilled vegetables. The warm fall evening was perfect for an outdoor wedding.

Assorted locally-made sausages

Mike Larson set up a photo booth which provided lots of laughs from the guests & Harrison Douglas of Santa Ynez shot the photos.

wine glasses engraved with the name of the happy couple


Who we are

Figuring out how to get a blog going is not easy but we’re excited to try! As 2009 nears its closing, here is a picture of the leaders of the Pacific Harvest Catering¬†crew.
This is Dawn & Seth White… Dawn is the event coordinator while Seth oversees all the culinary operations as the head chef.

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We believe we have the best catering staff on the Central Coast!

Many of them have been with us for years and are awesome members of our team. Below are a few of us before a recent wedding near Paso Robles. Besides focusing on serving Fresh Local Fare from our local farmers, service is of the utmost importance to Pacific Harvest.
If you have any doubts, check out our reviews to the right!

Pacific Harvest Catering serving staff

Pacific Harvest Catering serving staff