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Food Is Art at The Hometown Chef Catering Co.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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Photos: Courtesy of The Hometown Chef Catering Co.

When the wedding reception food is as visually stunning as the wedding reception flowers and decor, well…you know you’re in the hands of an expert caterer. The Hometown Chef Catering Co. creates food that is as beautiful to look at as it is divine to devour. That’s because owner and executive chef Julio Avila is an artist by nature, and by background: He set out to earn a bachelor’s degree in painting before turning his attention to the culinary arts, graduating from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, in 1997. You can see Chef Julio’s inherent understanding of color, texture and composition in the magnificent morsels he creates, including glossy, translucent smoked salmon and cream cheese canapés, vibrant ceviche shooters, and gorgeous little quesadillas that pop with bright, fresh pico de gallo, to name just a few. To wash the delicious down, The Hometown Chef also crafts colorful, beautifully garnished custom cocktails including the spicy Cilantro Mango-Rita, the almond-infused Forget-Me-Not, and the bright and bubbly Berry Splash. And they’ll work with you to create your very own signature wedding cocktail—just ask!

This top Houston caterer is equally adept at the interactive food arts, with chef-attended stations serving up gourmet pasta, mouthwatering tacos and crisp custom panini, with creative flair.

Plus, you seriously will not meet a nicer group of people than Chef Julio, company CEO Tiffany Avila, and their team. We’ve been so fortunate to partner with these wonderful Houston catering talents over the years, and can’t wait to see what they’ll be serving up in 2017! Visit The Hometown Chef here, and get a taste for just how special your wedding hors d’oeuvre, reception meal, beverages and late-night treats can be—then schedule your consultation and start planning your perfect wedding menu. This is the good stuff, darlings. You and your guests deserve it! Bon appétit, xo.

Chef Eric Aldis Debuts New Wedding & Celebration Menus at Agave Rio

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

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Above Photos: Ama Photo & Cinema

Tucked away in the lush forests of Katy lies one of our region’s most picturesque wedding venues: With Old World, Mexican-influenced charm, and state-of-the-art amenities, Agave Estates offers all-inclusive wedding ceremonies and receptions services that combine gracious hospitality with relaxed elegance. Joining Agave Estates’ popular Agave Real and Agave Road venues is Agave Rio—the Estates’ new on-site celebration space and restaurant, offering superb private dining options for engagement parties, bridesmaids gatherings and rehearsal dinners, along with a dreamy, rustic-chic backdrop for intimate ceremonies.

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Photos: Chuck Cook Photography | Photos 1 – 7: new featured menu items | 8: Executive Chef Eric Aldis

And here’s even more exciting news: At the helm of the new Agave Rio is Executive Chef Eric Aldis—a star of the Houston culinary scene. Chef Eric started his career at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston, and has made a name for himself in culinary operations at such prestigious properties at the Bellagio Las Vegas and the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. Locally, Chef Aldis has earned a reputation for bringing sustainable food practices to acclaimed restaurants including Mark’s American Cuisine, Mo’s and Corner Table.

We recently spoke to Chef Eric about his partnership with Agave Rio, and what wedding couples—and Houston foodies—can expect from Katy’s newest restaurant/celebration space. Here’s what we found out:

HWB: What makes Agave Estates special, and how does the venue and its setting inspire you?

Chef Aldis: Agave Estates is special because of the architecture, the beautiful landscape…and a professional culture to match. The venue and setting inspired me to create a menu of American cuisine using local and exotic ingredients.

HWB: What are some of the signature menu items you are creating for Agave Rio?

Chef Aldis: Oysters Agave (a hearth-roasted Blue Point oyster with salsa verde, lump crab and Mexican truffle, grilled at 900 degrees); Chauvinist Pig (a house-carved pork shoulder with bacon, prosciutto and brie, served on brioche bread)…and Shipley Donut Bread Pudding.

HWB: Yum! How does creating menus for wedding celebrations differ from creating restaurant fare, and what do you enjoy about developing personalized, special-occasion menus?

Chef Aldis: We pride ourselves on providing high-quality restaurant fare as well as menus for wedding celebrations. Preparation and planning are identical for both. I really enjoy developing personalized special-occasion menus. It gives me the opportunity to step outside the box and create—especially when cooking for guests with special dietary needs and providing a true 5-star experience.

HWB: What excites you most about your Agave Estates partnership?

Chef Aldis: This partnership excites me to be able to provide an entertainment venue for Katy, Texas—my hometown!

As enamored with Agave Rio—and all of Agave Estates venue and event-package offerings—as we are? (And really, how could you not be?) Call 281.665.3337 or email Agave Estates at to schedule a venue tour or book dining reservation for Agave Rio. And…dig in!

 

Maroon, Gray & White Wedding at The Corinthian by J. Cogliandro Photography

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

When Brittney first met Taylor through a mutual friend while they were both attending Texas A&M, she wasn’t so sure about dating the “old” guy. Six months later, that changed. Brittney decided to text Taylor to see how he was doing and the rest was history. Taylor planned the perfect proposal in Paris that completely swept Brittney off of her feet. “We stayed in a quaint little hotel near the Eiffel Tower and he told me that we were doing an 8 AM Eiffel Tower tour but he wanted me to look nice so we could take some pictures beforehand. At 7 AM, we stood in Trocadero Square where the Eiffel tower sits beautifully in the background attempting to take selfies. A photographer walked by offering to take pictures of us and it turns out, Taylor had been talking to this photographer and coordinated this whole plan. I had no idea. The photographer’s line was “the lighting is perfect now” and that is when Taylor got on his knee and asked me to marry him.” Looks like dating an “older” guy isn’t so bad after all, huh. It was only appropriate for the pair to plan their Houston wedding around the Texas A&M color palette of maroon, gray and white, which complemented their gorgeous wedding venue, The Corinthian, perfectly. Just wait until you see the beautiful photos from their wedding, thanks to J. Cogliandro Photography. You’ll be swooning for sure. Congrats Brittney and Taylor, we wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Venue: The Corinthian ~ Caterer: Jackson and Company ~ Bridal Gown: Alvina Valenta from Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Wedding Shoes: Rene Caovilla ~ Bridesmaids Dresses: Brickhouse Bridal ~ Rings & Jewelry: Donoho’s Jewellers

2015 Wedding Cake Trends

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Whether your style is traditional, ornate, or chic and modern, we’ve got you covered with the hottest 2015 wedding cake trends from our favorite national and local Houston bakers. Trust us, that sweet tooth of yours will be satisfied.

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1. Who Made the Cake! ~ Photo: Nhan Photography ~ 2. Sweet and Savory Shop ~  Photo: Jose Villa ~ 3. Beyond Buttercream ~ Photo: Jennifer Bratko ~ 4. Supreme Kakes & More ~ 5. Cakes by Krishanthi ~ Photo: Nicola & Glen ~ 6. Gigi’s Cupcakes ~ Photo: Binford Creative Photography ~ 7. Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Photo: Larry Fagala ~ 8. Who Made the Cake! ~ Photo: Nhan Photography ~ 9. Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Photo: Nhan Photography ~ 10. Who Made the Cake! ~ Photo: Nhan Photography ~ 11. Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Photo: Larry Fagala ~ 12. Hannah Joy’s Cakes

Peach, Pink and Gold Wedding at The Houstonian by J. Cogliandro Photography

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Ashley had been bugging Rick to plan the perfect date night, and that he did. Rick made dinner reservations at one of their favorite restaurants. Even when were then seated at a table with a dozen roses and a bottle of wine, Ashley still didn’t suspect anything. After all, they were low-key, private people–it never occurred to her that Rick would propose in public. But as soon as they were done with their meal, the restaurant’s manager personally presented the couple with dessert under a cloche cover. When Ashley removed the cloche, she discovered a ring box, and, well, let’s just say it turned out to be a date night she’d never forget. Ashley and Rick’s opulent wedding at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa was a dream come true. “We ended up creating exactly what we wanted, a very festive and romantic atmosphere with a classic feel that recognized the importance of the moment”,” the bride says. Tall pink and peach candelabras, and hanging candles above the dance floor, added the perfect touch of romance and elegance to the evening. Thanks J. Cogliandro for the beautiful photos, and congrats to the newlyweds!

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Photos: J. Cogliandro Photography ~ Wedding Reception Venue: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa ~ Wedding Gown Designer: Lazaro ~ Wedding Gown Salon: Ivory Bridal Atelier ~ Shoes: Manolo Blahnik ~ Groom’s Suit: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Cake: Susie’s Cakes & Confections ~ Lighting: Bright Star Productions ~ Registry: Macy’s Wedding Gift & Registry, Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel