Cuisine

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With you in mind, Executive Chef Sergio Arellano has assembled a high quality international team of the best talented culinary professionals and experts just for you and your guests.

You asked for Asian food and you will get the real thing. Chef Ken Luu is an established and dedicated culinary leader and is an accomplished graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York, with over 20 years of culinary expertise and wisdom from both sides of the ocean. Be sure to ask about our fantastic Asian menu options when you meet with us.

For your authentic variety of North Indian, South Indian, or Indochinese needs, Chef Banerji is the answer. Born and raised in India, Chef Banerji understands the subtle intricacies of flavors from that part of the world. You will love the Chicken 65, made with the perfect balance of 65 different spices and seasonings, just for you!

 

 

10 New Winter Wedding Ideas

If you’re considering getting married in the winter months, these wedding ideas for January nuptials might spark your imagination to create the perfect day.

Winter Weddings: Advantages

Although spring and early summer are more popular times for weddings, there are many advantages to a winter wedding, especially in January. Since that month is after the winter holidays, and before what is considered the rush of the bridal “season,” you may find the venue of your choice more available and have your pick of dates and times. You also have a wonderful variety of themes to choose from that work well with a wedding taking place in this month, no matter what climate you are in.

 January Wedding Themes

Many weddings today start with a theme to plan around. For January and winter weddings, theme ideas might include:

  • Blizzard or winter weather
  • Winter wonderland
  • Snowflakes/ and or Icicle theme
  • “Alaskan” or “Arctic” theme
  • A fun “summer” theme that might contrast with the cold or blustery weather
  • Whimsical penguins, polar bears, or other animals that live in cold climates
  • A New Year’s/New Beginnings theme
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Snow White
  • A “Golden” wedding – gold was first discovered in California in January in 1848
  • Formal wedding themes

Your invitations, cake, favors, and décor can all be coordinated with the theme you’ve chosen.

 January Wedding Colors

A January wedding works well with many colors. Any shade of blue, silver, and white are gorgeous choices for a winter wedding in this month. Although pastel shades are largely reserved for spring weddings, several pastel shades, such as ice blue or baby blue, lavender, or dusty rose are perfect “icy” options. Rich, deep, elegant colors such as the following also work well for a January or winter wedding:

  • Navy
  • Midnight Blue
  • Plum
  • Burgundy
  • Garnet
  • Emerald
  • Hunter Green
  • Gold
  • Deep Aqua/Turquoise

Who wants Cake? Wedding Cake Ideas

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Inspired by vintage brooch bouquets, this genius baker adorned a pearlescent tiered wedding cake with bejeweled fondant flowers.

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The hand-cut accordion folds on this wedding cake were fashioned from gum paste.

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We can totally see this pop-art creation at a gallery reception. Love the contrast of the square tiers and sugar-paste rings.

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For an architectural twist on the chevron, baker Allison Kelleher used hundreds of hand-cut fondant tiles.

Get a Glimpse into Olympic Gold Medalist Tara Lipinski’s Engagement Party

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Olympic medalist Tara Lipinski brought home the gold for the United States in the 1998 ladies’ singles figure skating competition, but now, she’s taking on a different kind of adventure – saying “I do!” Tara and fiancé Todd Kapostasy have been engaged since last year, and the pair was ecstatic to be able to celebrate their upcoming nuptials with an engagement fête in Beverly Hills on Saturday (May 21st, 2016). “Due to our hectic work schedules, Todd and I aren’t able to officially tie the knot until 2017, but we couldn’t wait that long to celebrate,” Tara shares. “Having an engagement party was a great chance for our friends and family to get to know each other better and get excited for the big day.”

With the help of celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss, Tara selected an elegant white-and-gold concept for her event, hosted by Wedding Paper Divas, and filled the space with simple, low floral arrangements in shades of ivory. The event also featured a sentimental painting of the moment Todd proposed to Tara, which appeared on the invitations and serving trays, as well as the couple’s custom Snapchat filter created for the party. Guests enjoyed celebrating with the happy couple through lively dancing, and a personalized photo booth that featured specialty props – including a fake gold medal to honor Tara and a fake Emmy to honor Todd’s sports Emmy.