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28.11.2012 Catering News 1 Comment

Holiday Catering Packages – Thanksgiving

While the Holiday season is a time for most to enjoy time with their family it is made possible by the hard workers that are out there sacrificing their time for the better of others.  It’s a time of year that is rarely taken for granted.

thanksgiving event dining hall

At Convivial Catering it is also a time that reminds each of our chefs of a particularly special event.  The family and friends that come together for better or worse and give appreciation to their own cooking.  When we look back we often recall special moments of relatives passing down the secrets of the holiday feast.  Aunt Fran’s slow and low cooked rosemary brined tequila, lime injected spatchcocked and braised turkey would be shared only with those inside the circle of trust.  The effort that went into those meals was noted, and it just makes us appreciate the enjoyment that our food brings our customers during the holidays.

When we came together to cook for the SD Womens Club’s thanksgiving event this year, there was an extra festive feeling in the air.  Preparing the bird and sides for 100+ plates was inspired as the meal invoked memories of holidays we spent with our families and recipes handed down.

We look forward to the christmas and holiday season.  The events are always fun and festive, the recipe’s are age old classics, possibly with a twist of our own, and the clients always seem to be in great spirits. Convivial Catering is now offer Catering Packages for large holiday events in our on site dining hall (shown above), as well as off site holiday event locations, all prepared at our state of the art kitchen in Bankers Hill kitchen.  

We are currently offering Turkey Roasts, Spiral Glazed Hams, a complete array of sides and can prepare any specific recipe that your guests would enjoy over these holidays.  Contact us with the number of guests and any ideas you might have and we can get right back to you with a delicious solution to your thanksgiving or holiday catering event needs.three turkeys prepared for the thanksgiving feast 2012

25.09.2012 Catering News No Comments

Convivial Catering partners with San Diego Womens Club.

All of us here at Convivial Catering are very excited to announce a new partnership with the San Diego Women’s Club!

We will be the official caterer for the members of this prestigious social club and are proud to work together with them.  While not everyone is aware of the club, it is steeped in tradition and has become a premier venue for memorable occasions including many beautiful weddings and philanthropic events that benefit the community.  Many of the events take place in the Main Hall which is connected to an outdoor patio, a dinette hall, as well as a well furnished foyer.  The 500 square foot kitchen is now the official kitchen of Convivial Catering as we look forward to building a great long lasting relationship with the membership and providing fine cuisine whenever the opportunity arises.

Outside the San Diego Women's Club

San Diego Women's club Catering hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

As our clients already know, Convivial Catering has been based out of a storefront  in Del Cerro with our office in Ocean Beach, and is now glad to announce their new location at the San Diego Women’s club.  The new address is:

Convivial Catering, 2557 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 suite #B.

We are still fully equipped with the finest culinary tools and an A rating by the county health department.  While it is an exciting time for us we are also accepting the challenge of the relocation and the opportunity to impress our new clients.  Over the years this has become second nature as that is the focus of our business day in and day out.

A few more facts about our new location and partner The San Diego Womens Club:

– They are a Non-Profit community center, with a focus on community volunteerism.

– It is a Non-Partisan club and open to all women who are interested in joining a charitable organization

– Established 120 years ago

– There is no age requirement to join

– Live music, DJ’s and Bands are invited and permitted to play the main hall as a venue, or at your event.

– Alcohol is permitted when served by a licensed vendor

– The club can accommodate up to 357 guests at a time

For more information please visit the website for The San Diego Women’s Club Wedding Venue

 

08.07.2011 BBQ catering, Catering News, Local San Diego No Comments

Chargers Catering Season

Caterers rooting for the football season missed out twice since tailgating is a top draw for quality BBQ catering. This 2011 season there are added concerns and local businesses everywhere believe the game must be played. Personal chefs and caterers are rooting for their businesses as well.  Considering catering events based around the sport drive revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars to the catering industry, missing even half of the regular season could effect the bottom line dramatically.
In the past year it’s been struggles for the chargers and as the NFL trade talk deadlines come closer the entire nation becomes a bit more interested in the once far away concerns that the owners and players may not work this out. For fans this is devastating but it has a huge effect on other parts of our society. Economically the sport of professional football stimulates many other areas of the economy that many people might not think of. As a personal chef in San Diego I have many clients that are mainly interested in my skills off the field, as a BBQ chef. While they utilize my skills all year long, the tailgate is a specialty that is always booked on game day. For me it’s a great opportunity to spread the word about my business because the clients always have a policy of sharing and the food speaks for itself. Its a great source of spreading word of mouth marketing ( no pun intended) and i also keep a great client on a weekly rotation.
If the Players and owners in the NFL don’t come to an agreement to play next year, one implication will be about 8-10 home games that would normally be great catering jobs for a personal chef like myself. This is a good amount when it comes down to it at the end of the year. however I feel much worse for the fans that don’t get to enjoy my pulled pork or smoked asada taco’s, two favorites that any personal chef in the San Diego area NEEDS to know. These are also special events for a private party chef since they are always a very enjoyable time and each event has a unique environment that “i can recall distinctly making many games very special events.
Catering a tailgate party is something that I have taken great pride in. It takes the right tools, something that I have acquired after years of learning the trade. The smoker needs to be wheeled out early so that iti can be brought to the right temp and all your condiments and rubs need to be applied much earlier. another fact that any personal or bbq chef knows. The grill needs to be brought up to temperature as well for certain meats that aren’t being smoked. the second factor is the time of the game. This is going to dictate the type of food that is going to be served for the most part. The side dishes will be a fresh mix for a morning game and a heavier more substantial food is going to be preferred for afternoon or night games. The Serving time comes quickly for those who are unprepared and the biggest factor in the timing is know your barbecue equipment and using your skill as a personal chef. The sauces are the the kicker. With carne asada and catering you have the opportunity to explore a world of flavor that is brought to you from the amazing Mexican cuisine that is so under rated. The same is true with a Texas style barbecue which utilize very unique sauces and flavors.
Most caterers don’t realize the broad range of flavors that truly make up each cuisine and offer the same generic dishes like sad salmon with bummed out broccoli or chewy chicken and poor man’s potatoes. I wouldn’t dream of it. Not when the games on the line.
The chargers have given it a good chance to play a couple extra games next year and many more than the fans are rooting for it. It’s amazing that a sport so widely loved can come down to arbitration as it has and could be threatened to be played this next year. If it does you can find me catering at San Diego’s new arena football league. So long as there isn’t a team next year called the Los Angeles Chargers, I will be happily helping The fans and my patrons grub on an amazing season (ing).

Caterers rooting for the football season missed out twice since tailgating is a top draw for quality BBQ catering. This 2011 season there are added concerns and local businesses everywhere believe the game must be played. Personal chefs and caterers are rooting for their businesses as well.  Considering catering events based around the sport drive revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars to the catering industry, missing even half of the regular season could effect the bottom line dramatically.

In the past year it’s been struggles for the chargers and as the NFL trade talk deadlines come closer the entire nation becomes a bit more interested in the once far away concerns that the owners and players may not work this out. For fans this is devastating but it has a huge effect on other parts of our society. Economically the sport of professional football stimulates many other areas of the economy that many people might not think of. As a personal chef in San Diego I have many clients that are mainly interested in my skills off the field, as a BBQ chef. While they utilize my skills all year long, the tailgate is a specialty that is always booked on game day. For me it’s a great opportunity to spread the word about my business because the clients always have a policy of sharing and the food speaks for itself. Its a great source of spreading word of mouth marketing ( no pun intended) and i also keep a great client on a weekly rotation.

If the Players and owners in the NFL don’t come to an agreement to play next year, one implication will be about 8-10 home games that would normally be great catering jobs for a personal chef like myself. This is a good amount when it comes down to it at the end of the year. however I feel much worse for the fans that don’t get to enjoy my pulled pork or smoked asada taco’s, two favorites that any personal chef in the San Diego area NEEDS to know. These are also special events for a private party chef since they are always a very enjoyable time and each event has a unique environment that “i can recall distinctly making many games very special events.

Catering a tailgate party is something that I have taken great pride in. It takes the right tools, something that I have acquired after years of learning the trade. The smoker needs to be wheeled out early so that iti can be brought to the right temp and all your condiments and rubs need to be applied much earlier. another fact that any personal or bbq caterer knows. The grill needs to be brought up to temperature as well for certain meats that aren’t being smoked. the second factor is the time of the game. This is going to dictate the type of food that is going to be served for the most part. The side dishes will be a fresh mix for a morning game and a heavier more substantial food is going to be preferred for afternoon or night games. The Serving time comes quickly for those who are unprepared and the biggest factor in the timing is know your barbecue equipment and using your skill as a personal chef. The sauces are the the kicker. With carne asada and catering you have the opportunity to explore a world of flavor that is brought to you from the amazing Mexican cuisine that is so under rated. The same is true with a Texas style barbecue which utilize very unique sauces and flavors.

Most caterers don’t realize the broad range of flavors that truly make up each cuisine and offer the same generic dishes like sad salmon with bummed out broccoli or chewy chicken and poor man’s potatoes. I wouldn’t dream of it. Not when the games on the line and the fans are hungry.

The chargers have given it a good chance to play a couple extra games next year and many more than the fans are rooting for it. It’s amazing that a sport so widely loved can come down to arbitration as it has and could be threatened to be played this next year. If it does you can find me catering at San Diego’s new arena football league. So long as there isn’t a team next year called the Los Angeles Chargers, I will be happily helping the fans and my patrons grub on an amazing season(ing).

12.11.2009 Catering Event, Catering News, Local San Diego No Comments

Catering live! San Diego Channel 5.

Convivial Catering’s Jeff Heavey had the opportunity to once again impress the likes of Chrissy Russo, Arthel Neville, Raoul Martinez and Shally Zomorodi in this weeks Fox Morning News Spot. Once again Convivial prepared a creative rendition of a standard dish and recieved a few compliments from the staff. This is always an enjoyable event. The number of things that can go wrong on live TV is a little higher than say a corporate luncheon. The main reason being the fact that television studio’s are normally ill equipped, somewhat unpredictable and while entertaining and cooking is something convivial is accustom to do it in front of a couple thousand people can have a bit of added pressure.

The morning news give convivial the chance to be visible to many people that normally would not be aware of our san diego catering services. Many of those people that found out about our unique and delicious catering solutions are now good friends and loyal clients. Most are business catering events from early morning viewers and events requiring a personal chef. convivial appreciates the fact that this gives people a chance to be familiar with the kind of people that provide our catering services.

View our Executive Chef Jeff Heavey who begins to plate at 1:30 in the video.

The good news is it went off without a hitch. The camera angles and lighting showed the food well, the cooking area was ready when i got there and the staff and news anchors were amiable and responsive. Next time im out there I will have to come equipped with some more clean jokes to keep people involved if the set dies down at all. Whats brown and sticky? give up?

A stick.

09.09.2009 Catering News, Helpful Catering Tips No Comments

Wood Stone Oven Guide.

When your looking for a unique cooking experience consider the options offerred by Wood Stone oven company.  Just like the name says, the ovens are available in a wood burning model that is mainly used in high end cuisine that requires an authentic smoked taste and in old style pizzeria’s.  There are two things about Wood Stone Ovens that stand out to me as unique in my experience running kitchens and as a San Diego personal chef prepping and cooking in other’s kitchens.  First is the ability to cook on a true stone surface, the entire oven is made of a cast porcelein stone that retains a nice even temperature and allows the cook to use different area’s of the oven for different periods of the cooking process.  Second is the option to have these ovens installed with gas heat.  This gives the cook a truly authentic look with the flexibility and control of gas heat.  The cooking surface is still a stone material and this gives the chef a broad range of options when preparing everything from breads, meats, quiches or pizza.  The only issue for a caterer is space that one of these ovens consumes.  While the cooking surface is larger than most any oven the additional space taken up by the porcelein dome and gas equipment may not work for larger volume events.  I personally prefer a viking range and a few bakers pride ovens but am consistently impressed by the authentic look and hearth baked taste associated with a well tamed Wood stone.

14.08.2009 Catering News, Helpful Catering Tips, Website updates No Comments

Welcome To Convivial Catering

San Diego catering services demand the highest quality of food and a level of attention that is met in few geographic locations.  Convivial Catering operates each event with the processes and supervision of executive chef Jeff Heavey.  Chef Jeff Heavey and his staff implement the skills learned in years of training under many of the worlds most distinguished chef’s and executes catering experiences that make memories.

Convivial’s staff takes the guess work out of catering events.  Sample menus are available for each specific catering need.  For those looking to create a truly memorable occasion on their special day Convivial offers fine cuisine that will fit the broad range of tastes required for wedding catering.

Business Catering must be well presented, timed perfectly and consistent.  Convivial is proud to recommend healthy solutions for businesses looking to provide delicious and convenient meals to staff members.  Many San Diego businesses choose Convivial’s business catering to impress clients and partners and leave a lasting impression of quality.

Many of the best experiences that Convivial has the priveledge of being part of are with San Diego’s fundraising communities.  Many of the events that are catered are a dirct result of our commitment to providing reasonable solutions to event catering and having the flexibility to maintain a cost effective yet delectable product, consistently.

Thank you for joining us in our mission to continue as San Diego’s premier catering service.  We appreciate the opportunity to impress.  You can contact us to see sample menus, learn about the options that exist for your unique catering need and to get a quote for our services.