July Catering Managers Panel

July 8, 2014
by Bethany Thomas, Commemory Fine Art
ABC-OC Communications Chair

Highlight Video from Boffo Videohttp://vimeo.com/100597488

Close to the ocean in Newport Beach right on Fashion Island is the Newport Civic Center,  a modern gem of a location perfect for a contemporary couple to transform the venue into a work of art for their wedding. The July All-Member meeting featured delighted the senses with a visually playful and gorgeous outdoor display that was strategically easy for guests to mix, mingle a just have fun!

With a ton of anticipation we all gathered inside for the Catering Managers Panel where we looked forward to learning from some of the most experienced sales and catering managers in Orange County. Moderated by Kerri Hatter of LVL Weddings and Events, each member provided incredible insights about what they look for in their vendors, how to get on their coveted preferred lists plus an open forum for questions and answers. If you’d like to know who is currently on their list, visit their website or they will provide it to you:

Lynn Wagoner, Director of Venues, 24 Carrots Catering & Events

Kathy Nosek, Social Catering Manager, The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel

Michele Knudtson, Director of Weddings, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Shelly Wakefield, Director of Catering, Shady Canyon Golf Club

Enjoy the intensly rich and vibrant photos by Joan Fuller Photography:

Thank you to our incredible sponsors. Please like and follow them!

Venue | Newport Civic Center

Coordination | Above All Catering & Simply Sweet Weddings

Catering | 24 Carrots Catering

Cake | Rossmoor Pastries

Dessert | Above All Catering

Flowers and Specialty Furniture | Floral Riot

Stationery| Le Paperie and Co

Music | Kevin Miso

Photography | Joan Fuller Photography

Rentals | Baker Party Rentals

Specialty Furniture | Archive Vintage Rentals

Lighting | Invisible Touch Events

Linens | GBS Linen

Video | Boffo Video

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April Open Meeting: Chuck Jones by 24 Carrots

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – Chuck Jones by 24 Carrots

by Bethany Thomas, ABC-OC Communications Chair
Commemory Fine Art

You know the saying ‘if the walls could talk’? Then you probably heard what this cast of characters said about last week’s ABC-OC event at Chuck Jones by 24 Carrots 

“Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Mud. Brilliance. That’s all I can say. Sheer, unadulterated brilliance!” Wile E. Coyote

“The way I run this thing you’d think I knew something about it (24) Carrots are devine… You get a dozen for a dime, It’s maaaa-gic!” Bugs Bunny

“You know, it is possible to be too attractive. Do not come wiz me to ze Casbah – we shall make beautiful musicks togezzer right here!” Pepe Le Pew

Afterward, our own characters had this to say about the evening on our group Facebook page –

“I learned about two new categories and other changes about the Trendsetter Awards from Stacey Hofflich Gitten of Hitching Post Public Relations. I also learned all about fabrics from Rrivre Davies ….I am now doing bridal gown design. No more event film making for me,” Steve Moses

“I’m an animated person. To be surrounded by animated characters was wonderful. Even the shyest of people were animated just being there.” Alan Katz

“The flourless chocolate cake by 24 carrots was INCREDIBLE!” Katherine Hoggard

“The salad bar was fun and delicious!” Niloufar Sanai Gibson

“The Trendsetter categories and rules are now posted on our website at http://abc-oc.net/trendsetters. Entries will be accepted starting mid-May!” Stacey Gitten

 Thank you to our talented sponsors!

Venue | Chuck Jones by 24 Carrots | http://chuckjonesby24.com/
Catering: 24 Carrots Catering | www.24carrots.com
Speaker | Rrivre Davies | www.rrivreworks.com
Florals | Flowers Etc. | www.flowersetcweddings.com
Paper Designs | AmpersandInk | www.ampersandinkdesigns.com
Rentals: FormDécor | www.formdecor.com
Rentals | Signature Party Rentals | www.signatureparty.com
Linens | Designer Specialty Linens | www.designerspecialtylinens.com
Photography: Jacquelyn Rachel Photography | www.jacquelynrachel.com
Photo Booth & Videography | Godfather Films | www.godfatherfilms.com
Music | Dart DJ | www.dart-dj.com
Lighting and A/V | The Event Company | www.eventcompanyoc.com


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February 2011 Coordinator Meeting: Summer Watkins’s Trend Report

by Lindsay Longacre

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Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 was a very special day for the ABC-OC coordinator group who had the privilege of being wowed and inspired by some of the top wedding professionals at the beautiful Franciscan Gardens.   Stepping into the space you were immediately drawn in by the vibrant color palette designed by the very talented and innovative Inviting Occasion.   Sayeh Studios hand written paper accessories along Wildflower Linens were the perfect compliment to the overall design.

As guests arrived they were greeted by bite size gruyere grill cheese sandwiches with a shot of french onion soup provided by 24 Carrots Catering. It could not have been a more perfect fit for the breezy start to the afternoon.  Guests were able to enjoy the sounds of C Squared Events while they were mingling.

The highlight of our luncheon was our lovely guest speaker Summer Watkins, creator and writer for Grey Likes Weddings. Summer filled the audience with great insight on wedding trends for 2011 and was a true fresh of breath air.

After lunch guests were also invited to try the ever so amazing sweets provided by Itty Bitty Sweets which were displayed on Raise the Cake’s custom cupcake stand.  On the way out guests were handed another dose of sugar from The Cookie Chew who provides custom truffle stuffed cookie favors.

The afternoon was perfectly captured by Studio EMP and Godfather Films which you can preview below.