Served in the kingly confines of its facility near the shore of Lake Alhambra, Almansor Court's feasts treat revelers to a welcome royal regimen of freshly formed eats. Normally known for housing festive private receptions, Almansor Court throws open the doors of its well-appointed banquet hall for its all-encompassing Sunday champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., serving public palates without the pretense of invitations or fancy tongue-size tuxedos.
Rather than engraving offerings in a block of unforgiving granite as most restaurants do, Happy Trails Catering keeps eaters on their phalanges with a weekly rotating menu of fresh, eclectic entrees, sandwiches, and salads. Previous patrons have enjoyed delicate quiches (tomato, basil, and parmesan or roasted vegetables and goat cheese, $9.50), hearty lasagnas (basil pesto or beef and marinara, $9.50), and a delectable meatloaf sandwich on ciabatta ($9.50). Mindful masticators wishing to achieve a Zenlike meat-and-bread balance can indulge in gourmet sandwiches ($8.50) such as the Nordic sage-roasted turkey breast with lingonberry cream cheese and caper mayonnaise or the herbivore-friendly roasted vegetable with lemon-dill mayonnaise and provolone cheese.
For over 30 years, Kilroy's Sandwich Factory has delivered hot entrees, sandwiches, salads, and boxed lunches—all made from scratch—to events, parties, and a sprawling list of clients. House-baked breads house toppings such as turkey, ham, or roast beef to create personal sandwiches or massive 6-foot subs. Other options include hot entrees such as carne asada, lasagna, and tilapia, and cheese, meat, or vegetable platters.
With pewter chandeliers, high ceilings, and crisp white booths and tablecloths, Opera establishes its sense of style before patrons even sit down. The space blends ultra-modern sensibilities with a tinge of old-world flair, hinting at an eclecticism that also informs the menu. Here, lunches and dinners can be inventive or familiar; casual or meticulous; served on a plate or served trailing behind a paper airplane flung from the kitchen. Cooks can do everything from prepare a simple spaghetti with homemade meatballs to elevate pan-fried sole with nut butter, field mushrooms, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. And they don't just stick to Italian cuisine, either?they also prepare Spanish paella and even gourmet tacos. This diverse approach applies to the dessert menu, as well. Customers can conclude their meal with the likes of classic American apple pie, Italian tiramisu, English bread pudding, or French cr?me br?l?e.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Most popular offering: Cooking Parties & Private Event Catering
Pro Tip: Food Lovers and those craving face-to-face fun interaction should be invited!
Good for Kids: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
My business is one of only a few unique to Southern California that provide in-home instruction and demonstration cooking parties. Our menus include recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. We offer a menu that ranges from comfort Soul Food to Thai Food with a twist.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
I decided to start this business after completing my cookbook titled _The Dish, which is a collection of short stories and recipes that speak to how I came about developing and obtaining some of the family favorites. Completing the cookbook made me realize how great it would be to share the recipes with a live audience participating._
What?s your favorite part about your job?
The opportunity to create meals for people who enjoy the art of cooking, and to meet and make great friends.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We like to tailor our menus to satisfy the client's desired atmosphere. We interview the client about their intended guests and the vibe they would like to create for the special event.
It’s easy to become mesmerized while standing in line at Fresh Cutt Carving Grill—just behind the counter, slabs of roasted meat are finished on the grill and hand carved to order. This is where Fresh Cutt’s signature three-step ordering process begins. First, customers select one of the high-quality meats, such as all-natural chicken, prime cut steak, and chipotle PorkBelly, to be hand-carved. Then, they can have their chosen meat rolled into a pita or tortilla, spread across fresh salad greens, layered into a plump sandwich, served as is on a plate, or fashioned into a cummerbund for black-tie butcher’s galas. Finally, they can customize their meaty creation with a colorful assortment of fresh ingredients, such as wok-sizzling vegetables, fresh cut slaw, and pinto beans. If they’re not in the mood to make their own meal, they can order from an unintimidating menu that features specialty dishes, such as a pizzeta layering spicy shrimp, avocado-jalapeno salsa, fresh cilantro, and cheeses atop a pita crust, and sides such as hand-cut fries and avocado salad.