Archive for April, 2014

Art of Catering Dishes on Food Trends and Favorite WCEP Events

Smarsh Holiday event 2013, an Art of Catering favorite.

Creatively adapting to diverse dietary restrictions from a growing population of vegan, nondairy, and gluten free clients without jeopardizing taste or the Portland “foodie” experience can be a catering challenge–though Art of Catering (AOC) has developed solutions to meet these dietary standards while offering innovative menu and service trends clients are after.

Along with the influx of vegan and gluten free menu requests, Art of Catering Event Coordinator, Eric Sandstrom, is noticing clients straying from plated, seated, traditional banquet menus, and are turning to small plates and family-style menus.

“People like to share and sample” said Sandstrom, which is why so many clients are choosing to forego formality–opting for a variety of tapas, or small plates. Art of Catering recommends passed service for a menu comprised of tapas, or “composed plate” buffets; caterers prepare 7.5 to 9 inch plates with different samplings of complementary menu items, and arrange the mobile “composed plates” on a buffet table for guests to pick up and enjoy. AOC and West Coast Event Productions collaborated to select WCEP’s new new vortex and pasta plates which are perfect for small plate menus.

Hors d’oeuvres and small plates can be difficult to execute under vegan and gluten free guidelines, as so many feature a bread or starch-based vessel, though creative adaptions like using endive leaves as a base for hors d’oeuvres items like Art of Catering’s popular artichoke tapenade, is one of the many ways caterers can adapt to combine somewhat contradicting food trends.

Art of Catering and West Coast Event Productions have collaborated to deliver countless creative events over the past 15 years.

“We have a history with West Coast; it is always fun when clients give us the autonomy to be creative. I love seeing what West Coast comes up with, and we work with our staff to match the theme” said the Art of Catering Event Coordinator. “Working with West Coast on SMARSH holiday events has been among my favorite; we’ve done everything from glamorous Gatsby, to a gritty 80’s theme where our servers even wore side ponytails”.

From staff appearance to plating, Art of Catering is known for presentation and precise execution. Never scheduling more than three events in one day, “clients choose Art of Catering when they are looking for a higher level of food and service… we don’t try to be the biggest, but the best” said Sandstrom.  Attention to detail, and the ability to create any menu from authentic Asian cuisine to a dessert display that mirrors the event color palette has earned AOC’s reputation in Portland’s event industry, and positioned the company as a favorite among West Coast Event Production clients.

 

In-house Custom Built Urban Farmer Collection

The industrial chic and pleasantly contradictory concept of the Urban Farmer look is versatile for any event from corporate seminars to weddings. West Coast Event Productions has been developing an extensive Urban Farmer collection over the years, building various innovative and custom pieces in-house using a mixture of wood materials, sleek metals, and complementary neutral colors.

Cargo stools, slate and wood table

Urban Farmer bars with pendant lights, wood slatted backdrops, custom built in-house.

Wood slatted backdrop, Lit PDX Sign, chrome and wood coffee table. All pieces fabricated in-house at WCEP.

Teak Wood Bistro Table, black bar stools.

Slate top wood tables, cargo stools, custom built 10 foot tall wood slat room dividers-capable of accommodating monitors.

Chrome coffee tables with natural wood.

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If you, or someone you know, is engaged and interested in being considered for this once in a lifetime opportunity, send an email to luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com. Include a photo of the couple and answer the following questions with as much detail as you’d like:

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The winning couple will receive a gift certificate valued at a minimum of $1000 from each of the following vendors, all whom made this inspirational photoshoot happen.

Photographer: Krissy Allori Photography
Floral: Swoon Floral Design
Vintage Rentals and Styling: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals
Cake: Artisan Cake Company
Videography: Moving Picture Weddings
Venue: Gerding Theater at the Armory
Hotel: Hotel Deluxe
Bartending: Mint+Mirth
Caterer: Artemis Foods
Custom Designed Gown: Michelle DeCourcy
Hair and Makeup: Jein King Hair & Makeup
Wedding Planning: Bridal Bliss
Invitations and Graphic Design: Modern Moments Designs
Custom Laser Cut Wood Favors & Decor: Nimbi Design
Transportation: PDX Pedicab
Music: John Ross Music
Photobooth: Happymatic
Rentals: West Coast Event Productions

Email luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com if you’re feeling lucky in love!

This promotion is open to all engaged couples residing in the greater Portland, Oregon area. Full details, terms and conditions will be shared with potential finalists. Once the final ten couples have been selected, the promotion will no longer consider additional entries, so please contact us immediately if you are interested.

2014 Spring and Summer Color Trends

The 2014 spring and summer color trends are a fabulous mixture of classic pastels and vibrant, eye-catching colors that are complementary as accents or alone. Here are some of West Coasts’ favorite combinations of this year’s spring and summer color trends designed by and available from WCEP. Get inspired by Freesia yellow, Celosia Orange, Dazzling Blue, and Radiant Orchid. 

 

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