Women in Film and Music event with Beth Orton, featuring Castle Gourmet!

Back yards, booze, great tunes, and gourmet veggie food? Well all right! That’s exactly what people got at an exclusive party in Venice, CA this past weekend. Taking place in a private home, a select lucky group of people (supporters of the film and music industry) were invited to enjoy a fantastic evening celebrating WIF (Women in Film) and their launch of a music branch of the enterprise. The amazingly talented singer/song writer Beth Orton performed, cocktails were flowing from the ever delicious Hendricks Gin and Reyka Vodka, and gourmet vegetarian Hors D’oeuvres provided by your truly… It was a special night, without a doubt!

Chef Anne Lee makes MAGIC FOOD for VIP SXSW event at Airbnb’s Pop-Up Park

If we’ve been a bit silent for a while.. there is a reason why! We’ve been busy busy producing a crazy awesome culinary event across state lines. Chef Anne Lee was flown to Austin, Texas this past week during the SXSW music conference to be a part of Airbnb’s Pop-Up Park experience. This was no small feat! The event was a smash hit. Not only did the invite only VIP guests get to test the newest Castle Gourmet Dining experience – Chef Anne Lee’s Culinary Alchemy, they also got an up close and personal live performance by renowned magician Helder Guimaraes. It was phenomenal!

The food was fun and playful, with elements of mystery and surprise to every dish.

Special thanks to The Windish Agency  for producing the event, those at McSweeney’s for all the support, and to all that were down in Austin for SXSW and came out to support and experience the event!

VEGA Unleashed party heats it up! In a healthy way, of course.

Renowned vegan and proprietor of vegan sports performance supplement line VEGA – Brendan Brazier is hot and only getting hotter. The man is unstoppable, and in addition to the multitude of books he has published, has now launched a new health and fitness magazine. THRIVE Magazine had their launch party this past Saturday night in DTLA, also serving as an afterparty for the Natural Products Expo West Convention that went on all of last week. It was only appropriate that Chef Anne Lee of Castle Gourmet Dining was asked to hook the party of more than 400 people up with some tasty vegan treats. In the health food and vegan world this is huge! Haha, so we were stoked. And so, it seemed, was Brendan Brazier himself, as well as some  cute ladies who posed for a pic with the food on the red carpet… Even food can be glamorous!

Looking good! And, of course, check out the super yummy treats we made…

And, if you get a chance, check out the new mag!

Castle Gourmet Honored to Cater Spike Jones’ HER Movie Oscar night Official After Party!

What a fantastic weekend! Los Angeles always gets a buz in the air on Oscar night, no doubt about that. This week was no exception. With Spike Jones’ indie film HER being nominated for a variety of awards, a lot of people were really pumped. And we were pumped too! That’s because Chef Anne Lee of Castle Gourmet  had the honor of providing food and refreshments to more than 400 people at Spike Jones’ Official HER Oscars after party at Mack Sennett Studios! DJs for the evening included Win Butler from Arcade FireSqueak E. Clean and Chris Holmes and Allie Teilz of The Embassy. There were a multitude of celebs in tow, including a Beatle… none other than Sir Paul McCartney himself! That man can dance!

The night was packed with an excited and hungry crowd. The theme for the event was ‘RED’ – and so was all of the lighting, so we didn’t end up getting too many good pix (that may have been the idea, haha!) But it was seriously fun.

The lighting was in no way kind to the food, but that didn’t stop anyone from chowing down.  Special thanks to Mack Sennett Studios, as well as Chris Holmes, Ana Calderon, and the rest of the crew at the The Embassy for having us. Was a great night!

A Day in Topanga – Love was in the air!

Chef Anne Lee was invited to be a part of ‘SUP Magazine’s “A Day in Topanga” event this past Saturday, Feb 22. The event took place in an awesome setting in Topanga Canyon – a private home nestled against the mountainside. It was a beautiful and intimate winter picnic at a modern rustic mountain retreat.

Folky steel-guitar and banjo player Daniel Bachman performed live, and Hors D’oeuvres and dinner was provided by Castle Gourmet Dining. It was pretty magical!

Special thanks to ‘SUP Magazine for the invite. We hope to do it again!

LA Underground Market Success

Castle Gourmet was invited to participate in the LA Underground Market on Saturday Feb 8. It was a great success, and so much fun meeting all sorts of other local culinary craftsmen!  We look forward to joining the LA Underground Market again at a future date.

A sampling of the food we offered!

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FAUX GRAS: White Truffle and Chambord Pate served on a Crostini, Macadamia Caprese Napoleon on a Dundried Tomato Flax Cracker, Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup with Crispy Fried Capers.

Castle Gourmet’s 2013 Holiday Party Pix, check ‘em!

PIX FROM OUR HOLIDAY PARTY! 

It was so fun and so delicious, take a look and droooool a little bit, hehe. (click the pic!)

Winter wonder dinner party menu

Winter Solstice VSSL Brunch Party with Castle Gourmet

Our good friends at VSSL got us together to help them celebrate the season. This past Sunday, VSSL hosted a beautiful brunch event at an amazing loft location in DTLA.  The day was packed with great people, awesome DJs spinning chill out tunes, flowing mimosas, and quiche! Haha. Thanks to the VSSL crew for having us, it was a pleasure.

Winter Wonder Dinner Party

 
 It’s the Holidays, lets have a party!!! 
 
And you are cordially invited! The Holidays are a time to feast, and man are we doing that!  This year, Chef Anne Lee revisits some of her favorite traditional holiday dishes, and reinvents them in to insanely scrumptious sensations at Castle Gourmet Dining’s Holiday Dinner Party. Join us in December for 7 (yes 7!) courses in a prix fixe plant based feast and celebration!
 
If you’d like to make a reservation, please email us at [email protected]
 
Saturday, December 14
CHEF ANNE LEE and PHYILLIS NAVIDAD present
 
A night of decadent food and delicious drink in celebration of the Holiday Season at Castle Gourmet Dining’s

WINTER WONDER DINNER PARTY

 (click to enlarge)holiday-party-invite
 
7pm, Saturday, December 14
 
Reserve now by emailing us at Reserve@CastleGourm[email protected]
Space will fill up fast for this event, please RSVP ASAP to ensure seating. 
 
Cost:  Dinner – $50 per person,  Wine Paring – $25 per pairing
All dishes are plant based
 
Head Chef: Anne Lee
Pastry Chef: Misa Chaillingsworth
 
At a private location in Los Angeles, CA
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MENU:
~Puff Pastry Stars, Creamy Basil ‘Cheese’, Tomato Caviar, Balsamic Reduction
~Winter Greens, Fennel, Feta ‘Cheese’, Pomegranate, and Candied Pecan in a Maple Miso Balsamic dressing
~Curried Squash Soup, Black Pepper Sour Cream, Crunchy Caper Fries
~Roasted Red Beet and Garlic Gelee, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, Crispy Quinoa
~Sweet Potato and Celeriac Au Gratin, Frizzled Leeks, Parsley Oil
~Saged Lentil Walnut Bake, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom Reduction and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. Served with Cranberry Chutney.
~Winter Spiced Fernet Branca Poached Pears, Chocolate-Cherry Hot Fudge, Creme Anglaise
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Hope to see you at dinner!
 

Photos from our Day of the Dead Autumn Feast!

Did you see us in Daily Candy last week???

Our Dia de los Muertos event was featured in their weekend guide. Pretty cool!

Daily Candy Castle Gourmet feature

Thank once again to our fantastic guests this evening. You made it all so fun and amazing! You can see pix from the event in our photo section. (Click photo)

Main Course – Sweet Millet and Jackfruit Carnitas Tamale Pot Pie

Keep an eye out for updates coming soon about out next event – our 2013 Holiday Party!!!