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Funeral Reception Catered at Torrance Cultural Arts Center

A couple of weeks ago my team and I catered a funeral memorial event at Torrance Cultural Arts Center located in Torrance, CA. I feel very honored when clients hire us to cater the memorials of their loved ones. I understand this is not an easy time for them and planning an event in such a short period of time is neither easy nor pleasant. Our goal is to remove the stress of the planning and ensure our guests and host can focus on celebrating the life of their loved one.


This particular client wanted a joyful celebration full of color and life so we focused on creating a Spring assortment of stationary savory and sweet bites. This included a variety of crostinis, tea sandwiiches, and mini desserts.


Funeral Memorial Menu for Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Stationary Bites

Watermelon Cube Salads with Micro Arugula, Balsamic Reduction & French Feta

Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles with Creamy Tapenade & Goat Cheese Filling

Assorted Petite Tea Sandwiches:

Egg Salad with Watercress

English Cucumber & Boursin

Ham & Swiss with Mustard Spread

Spring Crostini Bar

Grilled Flank Steak Crostini with Chimmichurri, Grilled Vidalia Relish & Sriracha Aioli

Spanish Manchego Crostini Served with Quince Paste

Edamame Hummus Crostini with Tapenade

Roasted Medley Of Beets with Goat Cheese Mousse, Toasted Nuts & Micro Arugula

Heirloom tomato, Basil & Mozzarella

Chef's Choice of Seasonal Assorted Desserts


In addition to the food, we also created the colorful gerbera daisy centerpieces for the high cocktail tables covered in coral linen. As we got ready for this event, it occurred to me just how rare color is used in Western memorial services as the color of choice for such events usually tends to be black. I realized the use of color is very much a personal choice when planning memorial services and for some people it represents life and hope, which I thought was beautiful. It's also worth mentioning that Torrance Cultural Arts Center was a very ideal space - calm, relaxing, and versatile. The venue even has a Japanese garden that presents a beautiful and serene space for events.


Find out more about Bite's funeral catering services in Los Angeles or hosting an event at Torrance Cultural Arts Center. Below are pictures of our menu and setup from the event:


Cocktail Table

Gerbera daisy centerpieces on high cocktail tables.

Asparagus Puff Pastry

Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles with Creamy Tapenade & Goat Cheese Filling

Dessert Station

Chef's Choice of Seasonal Assorted Desserts

Displayed bites on Table

Spring Crostini Bar and Stationary Bites

Grilled Flank Steak Crostini

Grilled Flank Steak Crostini with Chimmichurri, Grilled Vidalia Relish & Sriracha Aioli

Cocktail Table Setup

The venue had a nice wide open area where we set up the cocktail tables.

Beets & Goat Cheese Crostini at Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Roasted Medley Of Beets with Goat Cheese Mousse, Toasted Nuts & Micro Arugula

Daisy centerpieces on a table

Close up of the centerpieces.

Chicken Satay Skewers at Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Chocolate cupcake on red riser

Mini chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting.

Edamame Hummus with Tapenade Crostini for Funeral Menu at Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Edamame Hummus Crostini with Tapenade.

Egg Salad Tea Sandwich for Funeral Menu at Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Egg Salad with Watercress Tea Sandwich

Ham and Swiss Tea Sandwich for Funeral Menu at Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Ham & Swiss with Mustard Spread Tea Sandwich

Raspberry shortbread for Funeral Menu at Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Mini Raspberry Shortbread Dessert Bites.

Spanish Manchego with Quince Paste Crostini for Funeral Menu at Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Spanish Manchego Crostini Served with Quince Paste

Chocolate truffle brownie on tray

Mini chocolate truffle brownies.

Watermelon Cubes at Torrance Cultural Arts Center

Watermelon Cube Salads with Micro Arugula, Balsamic Reduction & French Feta

Funeral Reception Catered at Torrance Cultural Arts Center Photo Gallery

Asparagus Puff Pastry
Cocktail Table
Dessert Station
Displayed bites on Table
Grilled Flank Steak Crostini
Cocktail Table Setup
Beets & Goat Cheese Crostini at Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Daisy centerpieces on a table
Chicken Satay Skewers at Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Chocolate cupcake on red riser
Edamame Hummus with Tapenade Crostini for Funeral Menu at Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Egg Salad Tea Sandwich for Funeral Menu at Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Guests talking amongst cocktail tables
Ham and Swiss Tea Sandwich for Funeral Menu at Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Raspberry shortbread for Funeral Menu at Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Spanish Manchego with Quince Paste Crostini for Funeral Menu at Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Chocolate truffle brownie on tray
Watermelon Cubes at Torrance Cultural Arts Center

By: Elizabeth Goel -- May 17, 2014
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