Throwback Thursday – Wedding Edition

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Howard1Back in 2008 I ran a children’s program in Harbison Canyon, CA called the “Critical Hours Program.” I had around 20 kids, aged 5-17, and we all got to hang out from 2:00pm until 6:00pm Monday through Friday. We played on Neopets.com, watched movies, played games, I taught them to cook, sew, and how to make cool magnets from perler beads. We had a blast, and I like to think I taught them a few useful things along the way. I have to admit, I had a few favorites. One of my very favorites was a kid named Sarah Rae. She was 11 or so when I met her, she was always a super smart kid, was always was coloring her hair crazy colors, was cat-obsessed and had geckos. We were meant to be friends...

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A Year in Review…

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I feel like it was just yesterday that I started here at Bekker’s Catering in a tiny office with one other salesman, sharing a computer, but it was 4 years ago this spring. In the span of time that I have been here we have expanded into a second large facility, doubled our workforce, hired a larger sales staff, added vehicles to our fleet, and from 2010 to now, have grown somewhere in the neighborhood of 600% in terms of people fed per year. Our growth has been spectacular, and reflected in the many awards we had the honor of receiving this year, including-

#1 Family Owned Business Award 2014 from the San Diego Business Journal

Top 100 – San Diego’s Fastest Growing Private Companies 2013 and 2014

Book of Lists- Top Independent Caterers in San Diego

San Diego Chamber of...

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The Greatest Gift of All…

In our line of work, we have the opportunity to work with a number of fantastic organizations. One of our regulars, and one of my very favorites, is the Down Syndrome Association of America. We work with them a few times a year to put on events such as the Buddy Walk and their holiday party. This holiday season we teamed up with the DSA to put on a spectacular holiday party for the families who benefit from the organization. I had the great fortune of organizing and leading a craft station for the kids, and boy! did we have fun! I wanted to share some of the photos from the event, and a little (belated) holiday spirit!

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As always…Heather Cole – Bekker’s Blogger Extraordinaire!

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A Time to Celebrate – A Holiday Wedding in San Diego

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In San Diego we have the luxury of hosting events year-round. Our lovely weather lends itself well to outdoor events at any time of year, and we often cater outdoor weddings in December. When I initially spoke to the mother of the bride for my December 27th wedding I knew we were going to have a great time working together. Her daughter had fallen in love with a serviceman, a complication I understand well, and they had a very limited window in which to get married. The couple was very laid back, and wanted to have a good time with their friends and family. I had booked the entire event before even speaking with the bride and groom!

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We set up a time to meet at the venue and I had the pleasure of meeting the whole family! The bride, groom, and both sets of pa...

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Women Who Mean Business!

Olga treats each and every client as if they were a member of her family. She truly cares about the success of every event, and more often than not she ends up working alongside the catering crew out on events. Many CEOs delegate all the “hands-on” work, but not Olga. I have seen her cut fruit, drive huge refrigerated trucks, grill chicken and much more. She works seven days a week, often the first to come in and the last to leave. I have never known anyone with a stronger work ethic.

Recently the owner of Bekker’s Catering, Olga Worm, was nominated for the Women Who Mean Business Awards presented by the San Diego Business Journal...

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Marvelous and Moroccan

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Sometimes you meet a couple and you just KNOW that you were meant to work together. That was certainly the case with Luis and David. When we first met, we talked about Star Trek, Moroccan lanterns and fancy destination weddings. After spending over a decade together travelling and exploring together, they wanted a wedding full of unique and personal touches that reflected their travel-filled relationship and helped to share their journeys with their friends and family.

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Moroccan decor is a personal favorite of mine, so I knew we would enjoy planning their wedding! Upon our initial consultation we had planned to serve a continental-style buffet with a tri-tip carving station, roast chicken, mashed potatoes, rice pilaf and salad nicoise...

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A Woodland Wedding

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We first met with Sabrina and Shane in January of 2014. They were all smiles about their upcoming nuptials at the lovely Hidden Valley Retreat in Valley Center. Together we planned a custom (mostly Gluten-Free) menu for them with Tropical Bruschetta and Balsamic-Glazed Caprese Skewers for hors d’oeuvres, and a dinner featuring Steaks Grilled on-site, Coconut-Encrusted Tilapia with Mango Salsa, Grilled Vegetables, a Mashed Potato Martini Bar with Elaborate Trimmings and a Fresh Spring Mix Salad. At the last minute, we had a change of plans, and though the ceremony remained at Hidden Valley, the reception took place at the Hill Top Winery. The ceremony was beautiful (as you can see from the video!) and all the guests had a fantastic evening!

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Elegance in Purple

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Wedding-424I recently had the pleasure of working with the Cuvier Club to coordinate a beautiful Jewish wedding. The bride and groom are personal friends of the family, and it was a joy to work with people we know! From the beginning of the planning process to the day of the wedding, they were absolutely wonderful to work with. We met many times before the wedding, and each time came up with another fun idea to make the wedding more special. The bride and groom had a great laid back approach, and just wanted to make sure everyone had a fantastic time!

Wedding-29You would never guess from the photos, but this was the hottest day of the summer! Even lovely La Jolla hit 100 degrees! Fortunately, we had a  fantastic breeze, air conditioning, and some elegant parasols to escape the heat...

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Falling Leaves and Wedding Rings…

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As fall approaches here in San Diego we also approach our second wedding season. You heard me correctly, our second wedding season. San Diego’s climate makes our hometown a fantastic place to get married (nearly) year-round. Our summers are warm, but sometimes a little hazy; But as we transition into fall we see the same warm temperatures and much clearer days. If you are thinking of having a fall wedding in San Diego here are some tips and tricks to make the most of it!

Many venues offer “off-season” discounts. Ask your venue if they offer any discounts by season!  The worst thing that can happen is they say no! If not, many venues also offer lower prices for Sundays. Historically August and September are the hottest months in San Diego...

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San Diego is the New Gotham…

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pandasupersNow, if you follow our blog, you will recall a Superhero themed event we put on for the annual UCSD staff picnic. I mentioned in that blog post that this seems to be the “Year of the Superhero” for us. UCSD was fun, but it seemed to be missing something…SUPERHEROES! At this recent event for Watkins Manufacturing in Vista, we pulled out all the stops, and hired our own set of caped crusaders from Party Karacters inc. We also booked The Carbon Copy Band to play all the standard Superhero theme songs. The event was a BLAST! Some guests even arrived in costumes of their own!

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superseatsWatkins Manufacturing is one of our largest and most established clients. We have been working with them for somewhere around 30 years! If there’s one thing they love, its our Barbecue! The men and women at ...

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