It Was A Celebration To Remember!
On January 30th, we celebrated Blue Heron’s 25th year in business at the Piedmont Community Hall, www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/recreation/facilities, and it was quite a party! We welcomed the Blue Heron family of staff, vendors, even other caterers, to help us celebrate the fun times we’ve had over the years. The stories were priceless, with the original owners, Karen Bolla and Lisa Wilson talking about their starting years and then how it felt to hand over the reigns of their “Heron” to us. One of Blue Heron’s first bartenders, Phil Caires, and first server, Janet Jacobson, were in top form in their original suits that we used to politely require our staff to wear. The step and repeat was a huge hit, with Ditto www.dittopho.com, taking perfect pictures of everyone in their cocktail attire. Our photo booth, provided by Archival Photo Booth, www.archivalphotobooth.com, was so much fun they had everyone laughing through the night! Jason at Quantum Music Event Planners, www.qmepplanners.com played the tunes that we remember hearing at our events through the years and did beautiful lighting throughout the hall. The evening included lots of traditional Mexican dance music that kept our head chef, Humberto, (who happened to have his birthday that day) dancing with everyone! He outdid himself and his kitchen staff with a menu that took us back to some original recipes and included some timeless ones that have been favorites with our clients for years. Check out this menu!
At The Bar
Small Bowls of Marinated Olives
Bowls of Fried Salted Almonds
Suppli di Riso ~ Creamy textured Arborio Rice Balls with a Center of Mozzarella
and Crisp Exterior
Yorkshire Pudding Puffs with Roast Beef and Horseradish Cream
Smoked Gouda Puffs with Sun-dried Tomato Filling
Prawn Tamales with Tomato Cilantro Dipping Salsa
Filet of Beef with Crispy Shallots and Shi-take Mushrooms
Potatoes Au Gratin
Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Platter
Balsamic Onions, Roasted Eggplant,
Red Bell Peppers, Zucchini and Yellow Squash
Mushrooms, Brussels Sprouts, Baby Carrots
Lemon Chicken Breast
Orzo Shitake, Caramelized Onions & Spinach Salad
Roasted Filet of Salmon with Chardonnay Oak Salt
finished with Creamy Fresh Herbs and Lemon Butter
Romaine, Roasted Chilis, Roasted Peppers, Oranges, Goat Cheese,
Jasmine Rice with Toasted Garlic, Toasted Shallot and a bit of Coconut
Doughnuts (Doughnut Dolly)
Cupcakes (Montclair Baking)
Lemon Tartlet with Candied Violet, Coconut Tartlet, Fruit Tartlet (BH)
Fresh Fruit Display
Cheryl Lew from Montclair Baking, www.montclairbaking.com brought the most delicious cupcakes with our logo on them! She has also been in business for 25 years (or more) and we really appreciated her heartfelt words on the mic. And Doughnut Dolly, www.doughnutdolly.com made us awesome filled doughnuts with our name and logo on the paper bags! They were gone in a heartbeat!
Other fun things were Blue Heron lapel pins, which we see our staff and friends wearing proudly around town, a blue candy buffet, blue pens and blue signature cocktails, The Skyy Blue Heron at The Blue Heron Sapphire in test tubes, just for fun!
Here's a few pictures of our crew and a photo of our original logo in 1988!
Thanks to all who helped us celebrate this milestone! Cheers!