When it comes to food, cocktail hours are the perfect opportunity to set the tone for a wedding celebration, giving guests a preview of what’s to come – and martini style catering is a trendy and stylish way to serve even the most traditional dishes. Rather than offering set menus with run-of-the-mill food options, Limelight Event Services is a food and beverage program that provides clients with a “blank slate” for creativity and individual expression. This accomplished California-based catering team is not bound by sourcing limitations, restrictive menus, or a standard routine. Instead, they curate bespoke culinary experiences for couples who want to “wow” wedding guests with unrivaled quality, flavor, and ingenuity.

Limelight Event Services is available to a unique portfolio of luxury California wedding venues including 1880 Union Hotel, Britt Scripps Manor, Newhall Mansion, and Seven4One. Executive Chef, Jesse Brockman – winner of The Great Food Truck Race, Season 2 on the Food Network – is the culinary expert behind the operation, wielding a limitless kitchen when he meets clients in person to interactively customize the food and beverage package for their wedding. Limelight Event Services says, “The best expression of our clients’ personality and desire come to life, whether it’s an avant-garde recipe served in a martini glass, an inventive take on a family favorite, or a thoughtfully crafted artisan cocktail. With our cuisine, no corners are cut, and no efforts are spared to meet the highest level of culinary splendor and satisfaction.”

Serving hors d’oeuvres in martini glasses is an increasingly popular cocktail-style food trend that incorporates a swanky presentation with timeless and elegant tastes that guests will love. An example of martini style catering by Limelight Event Services includes:

-Braised short rib cooked low and slow, served atop smoked sweet potatoes pureed with sage brown butter and maple. Finished with red wine demiglace and micro beet greens.

-Picked Fuyu persimmons and fresh heirloom tomatoes, served with mesclun greens and toasted pine nuts tossed in a vadouvan-cider vinaigrette. Garnished with pistachio oil and smoked goat cheese.

-Turmeric-crusted salmon and five-spice carrots with watercress and arugula, dressed in a ginger-infused vodka ponzu. Served on an umami risotto with porcini and roasted beets.

-Deconstructed “Surf n Turf” paella with charred adobo chicken, jumbo prawn, Spanish chorizo, atop saffron rice cooked with lobster bisque.

Of course, any martini style appetizer, full entrée, or decadent dessert from Limelight Event Services can be customized to reflect any couple’s tastes – from childhood comfort food favorites, to gourmet flavor pairings.

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