Blue Skies, Fine Food, and Great Friends | A Catered Affair by Personal Touch Dining

By, May 06, 2013

We recently had the honor of catering Shahara and Stephen’s gorgeous wedding reception at the Fairbanks Ranch Club House in Rancho Santa Fe, California. With its lush green golf courses and sparkling lakes, the Club House is one of San Diego’s most picturesque wedding locations. We loved helping our couple to plan a menu that would complement the beauty of their day.


Just prior to their fabulous reception, Shahara and Stephen shared their vows at Mary Star of The Sea, in La Jolla, amongst family and friends.


After the ceremony, guests made their way to the Fairbanks Ranch Club House for an outdoor cocktail hour, with tray passed hors d’oeuvres. Shahara and Stephen’s family and friends really seemed to enjoy the broad assortment of appetizers we presented.


After a quick limo ride to Rancho Santa Fe, Shahara and Stephen were reunited with their guests. There was so much energy in the room as they made their grand entrance, and as they danced together as a newly married couple!


Flora Glamor provided dining tables for the formal dining area, which were covered in iridescent crushed satin and ivory linens. The tables were adorned with gorgeous centerpieces of alternating heights, which were comprised of pastel colored roses and hydrangeas. Finishing off each centerpiece were dangling crystals, which sparkled against the sunny blue skies.


Next up?  Dinner! We provided a long-reaching buffet featuring hand-carved grilled tri-tip, crusted chicken, garlic whipped potatoes, a field green salad, and fresh seasonal veggies.  Delicious.


After dinner, guests were treated to a fun frozen yogurt station, with several flavor varieties, and decadent candy toppings.  We thought this was a very creative way to add to the traditional cake ceremony. But, don’t worry…there was still cake!


Following dinner, the dance floor was open for business!


After the last song, everyone headed down to the edge of the lake to light floating lanterns, and send the newlyweds on their way.


What a fabulous way to wrap-up a perfect day.


Caterer: Personal Touch Dining
Photography: True Photography
Venue: Fairbanks Ranch Country Club
Florist: Flora Glamor
Hair Stylist: Hair by Reyna
Bakery: Edelweiss Bakery
Wedding Dress: Here Comes the Bride
Church/Temple: Mary Star of the Sea
Disc Jockey: Musically Yours (My DJS)
Jeweler: Unicorn Jewelry & Watch Boutique
Makeup: Valerie Vonprisk


A Unique and Charming Wedding at Mt. Woodson Castle | Ramona, California

By, February 26, 2013

Mt. Woodson Castle is a historic event venue, nestled in the rugged natural setting of Ramona, California. Built in the 1920’s, the Castle sits adjacent to the Mt. Woodson Golf Club. It is multi-level, and consists of 12,000 square feet! With an amazing management team, led by our Venue Coordinator Tracy Zemke, Mt. Woodson Castle offers magical wedding ceremonies and receptions.


In October of 2012, we held a beautiful Mt. Woodson Castle ceremony and reception for Kyle and Melina. With help from Julie Scrivener, wedding coordinator from The Best Wedding for You, Kyle and Melina’s rustic country wedding theme came together exceptionally.


Melina and her ladies prepped for the wedding in the Bridal Suite, which is located inside the Castle, upstairs from the Great Room.


Meanwhile, the guys got ready and relaxed down the hall, in their own Groom’s Suite.


As soon as the wedding party was ready for the celebration to begin, they popped their heads to announce their presence.


Kyle and Melina’s ceremony was held on the Front Lawn of the Castle, surrounded by friends and family. The Castle itself served as a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony.

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After reciting their vows, Kyle and Melina ventured around the Castle’s property to enjoy their first moments as husband and wife.The happy couple was photographed near various locations, including the windmill and the serene lake.


After the ceremony, guests moved dining tables on the Upper Lawn, near the Castle’s front doors. Since the bride and groom both have backgrounds in graphic design, each table was named after a different type font. The reception was filled with beautiful shades of ivory, burgundy and burlap, with the décor and centerpieces created by Tessilk Flowers.


Mr. and Mrs. Isbell were welcomed into the reception during their grand entrance. Later into the evening, guests enjoyed a delicious menu from Personal Touch Dining.


Following dinner, Kyle and Melina share their First Dance as husband and wife inside the Castle’s Great Room.


The Great Room is aptly named, with its 16-foot ceilings, charming fireplace, wood beams and stone walls. For this wedding, the Great Room was transformed into an evening party, with music by Elite British DJ.


The evening continued with tons of dancing,  a bouquet toss from the balcony of the Castle, and a cupcake cutting to end the evening. It was truly an amazing wedding for a very beautiful couple.

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Venue: Mt. Woodson Castle
Photographer: True Photography
Caterer: Personal Touch Dining
Videographer: Campbellicious Video
Bakery: Coronado Cupcakery
Disc Jockey: Elite British DJ
Wedding Dress: Novella Bridal
Officiant: Pastor Mike Mitschke
Florist: Tessilk Flowers
Coordinator: The Best Wedding For You
Makeup: Tiffany Monday
Hair Stylist: Tiffany Monday


Catering by Personal Touch Dining at Rancho Bernardo Courtyard Wedding

By, January 15, 2013

At Personal Touch Dining, our management team works with brides and grooms to select a delicious, customized menu for the wedding day. We understand the essentials needed, and we work hard so that your wedding day runs smoothly. From our popular tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, to our chef-crafted seated meal items, we help to create a sumptuous event.

Recently, we had the chance to work with an amazing couple, Jezriel and Rai, for their wedding at the Rancho Bernardo Courtyard. With the help of their fabulous coordinator at Oh So Chic Events, the reception turned out beautifully. The couple was able to sit back and enjoy their day like they should.


One of Personal Touch Dining’s most requested tray-passed food items is our Spicy Chipotle Shrimp. It features seasoned shrimp with chipotle cream cheese, which is garnished with fresh parsley and served on a crisp flour tortilla.


Another item tray-passed during Rai and Jezriel’s cocktial hour was our delicious Sirloin and Gorgonzola Mushroom Caps.


Personal Touch Dining’s tablescape includes complimentary water and champagne glasses at the dining table, silverware, cucumber-infused ice water carafes, and delicious artisan breads and butter.


After the cocktail hour, guests began the meal with a House Tossed Green Salad. The salad featured mixed greens,  yellow squash, crumbled feta cheese, and dried cranberries. To top it off, it was drizzled with an orange sesame dressing, and garnished with orange wedges.


Some guests chose our filet medallions served medium, which were topped with caramelized onions and a garlic butter enhancement. The filed was served alongside garlic whipped potatoes, and fresh, in-season vegetables.


We fulfilled all of the catering services for this event, including bartender service, dining table linens and napkins, silverware, glassware, china, a beverage station, champagne toast, and cake cutting display.


Caterer: Personal Touch Dining
Photographer: True Photography
Coordinator: Oh So Chic Events
Tuxedo: A Better Deal Tuxedo
Linens and Rental: A Perfect Table
Bakery: Edelweiss Bakery
Musician: Israel Maldonado
Videographer: NR3
Venue: Rancho Bernardo Courtyard
Church/Temple: Saint Therese of Carmel
Florist: Studio B Floral Design
Lighting and Décor: Tim Altbaum Productions