A Menu as Memorable as The Big Fake Wedding in San Diego

Where are my brides and grooms at? I have to tell you about an event I had the pleasure of catering a couple weeks ago. The event is called The Big Fake Wedding, a unique and exciting bridal show event that connects brides and grooms to the best local vendors in their area. I have to be honest, I almost forgot I was at a bridal show with the dinner and drinks, emotional vow-renewal ceremony, and dance party reception! Talk about getting psyched on your big day!

I’ve been getting requests to share my menus from The Big Fake Wedding. I hear ya! Check out the menu below. My goal is to create eclectic and innovative catered dishes that work perfectly for YOUR event. As a vendor and caterer at The Big Fake Wedding, I was inspired to put together a menu that was particularly fresh and flavorful.

Lastly, I wanted to share about The Big Fake Wedding to my future brides, grooms, and wedding planners  because we all know how intense the wedding process is, right? It can be overwhelming to find the right person to work with for your special day. I thought you should know I met some amazing vendors at the event that you should consider checking out during your wedding planning. You’ll find the list below.

Chef Joann Menu for The Big Fake Wedding

Mashed potato bar with mushroom ragout or bbq pulled pork

Street taco bar with ancho lime chicken and roasted vegetable hash

Rainbow spring rolls

Street corn cups with lime and tajin

Seafood salad cucumber canape


Looking for some vendor recommendations for your wedding? I can vouch for these folks.


Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream
Family owned Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream prides themselves in offering Gourmet Super Premium Hawaiian Made Ice Cream. They have over 300 flavors in their recipe book but rotate 32 flavors a day. Rich, creamy and flavorful ice cream is a priority at Hammond’s as they take the comfort of the neighborhood ice cream parlor and combine it with a more contemporary decor at their shops. Hammond’s is located in North Park, Pacific Beach and Point Loma.

Chef Joann Customized Catering
(Hey, I had to! 🙂

Bridal Show

The Big Fake Wedding

Stationary and Calligraphy

Bijou Creative
Fine art weddings and events stationery and day of paper design

Lovely Little Letters
Krystle is the hands and creative behind Lovely Little Letters, a small business focused on calligraphy services and hand lettered goods. Lovely Little Letters provides all things calligraphy; whether its welcome signs, seating charts, escort cards, envelope addressing, or event gifts for bridal parties, you name it, she’ll do it! She’ll gladly serve clients from San Ysidro all the way to La Jolla! Feel free to visit her Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/lovely.little.letters/).

Rosy Avenue Calligraphy
Owner Madison loves to create unique wedding experiences, adding to the beauty of the wedding with some decor, signs, and items to make to event stand out for you and your guests! Custom orders make your event more personal to you and make great additions for your future home together!


BijouRocks and custom jewelry
Reine Krief of BijouRocks is passionate about custom jewelry design by creating one-of-a-kind pieces with a personal story for your special day. Whether you want a new design or repurpose your grandmother’s vintage pearl necklace, Reine Krief can help realize your dream wedding look. BijouRocks is located at 128 E. Cliff Street Solana Beach, CA 92075. Email inquiries info@bijourocks.com

Hair and Makeup

Dapper Dolly Salon – Hair and Makeup


Urban Marigold Floral Design

Wedding Photography and Videography

Great Woodland Photography

Christa Norman Photo

Ernie and Fiona Photography

Alexander Documentarian

Ready to book us to cater your next event? Fill out the contact form today.

See ya at the table,

Chef Joann

Bone Broth and why you should be drinking it





Since the weather has finally cooled down enough here in San Diego to enjoy making bone broth and soup again, I decided I should write a post to explain to you all the benefits of real bone broth and how easily you could incorporate it in to your diet.  Bone broth isn’t some new craze or dietary trend.  Its been around for centuries and we as a fast paced society, have lost sight of it since the industrialization of food.  Real bone broth doesn’t come in a can from your grocery store.  Unfortunately, many of the broths and stocks you find today at the store are loaded with chemicals and bad sodium, and they can be costly.  Its so easy to make your own broth at home, for less money and you can get all of the amazing health benefits that our grandparents were getting. Here are some of the amazing health benefits of bone broth:

Health Benefits:
  • A great source of minerals from bone broth which are easily absorbed by the body
    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Phosphorous
    • Trace minerals
  • Fats in bone broth can help restore gut health which will help with absorption of minerals.
  • A great source of gelatin and collagen
    • helps support connective tissue
    • helps hair and nails grow well and strong
    • can help heal the gut.
    • helps keep joints healthy
    • want even more gelatin?  Add chicken or calves feet to your broth.  Ask your farmer or butcher!
  • Used to treat adrenal fatigue
  • A great source of the amino acids glycine and proline.
    • Proline is essential to the structure of collagen and is necessary for healthy bones, skin, ligaments and tendons.
    • Glycine helps detoxify the liver and is necessary for the body to produce the powerful antioxidant, Glutathione.  Glycine also helps promote muscle repair and growth.


And here is an incredibly easy recipe orI have bone broth for sale should any of you find this process too difficult or unappealing.

  1. 5 to 8 pounds of grass fed beef soup bones
  2. Vegetable scraps (carrots, celery, garlic, onions, mushrooms, leeks)
  3. Filtered water to cover (I like to cover by 2 inches)
  4. 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  5. Bay leaves, if desired
  1. Roast your soup bones in a 400 degree oven for about an hour. Your bones should be brown and fragrant. Do not skip this step, or your broth will smell and taste terrible!
  2. Drain the fat from the bones.
  3. Add the bones to your stock pot along with your vegetable scraps.
  4. Add filtered water to cover by 2 inches and bring your pot to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, add the vinegar and bay leaves.
  6. Turn down your heat to maintain a gentle, low simmer.
  7. Cook for at 18-24 hours then strain your broth into a larger bowl that you can easily scoop from into jars.  You can discard the bones and veggie scraps at this point.
  8. Cool and store!
  9. Enjoy!

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 + Eat healthy, nutritious, organic, gluten-free & paleo
+ Customizable weekly meals on the go
+ Now having a personal chef is accessible & affordable


+ Each meal feeds 2-3 people.
+ Organic & gluten-free ingredients.
+ Meals are packaged in glass containers to safely reheat in the oven.
+ Delivery and pick-up options.
+ Custom packages with discounts available for larger families.


+ For only $200 per week you receive 5 different meals.
+ All meals can be made paleo for only $20 more per week.
+ Initiation fee of $95 gets you glass containers that are yours to keep
should you discontinue the service.

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