Villa Toscana Photoshoot

We were thrilled to be part of TOS Events collaborative photo shoot at the newly reopened Villa Toscana.  Laura and Taryn’s vision for a modern twist on the wine country wedding came to fruition with bright pops of color from the floral styling of Panacea Event Floral Design, sultry lighting by Kramer Events, and sassy linens and specialty furniture provided by Embellish and Classic Party Rentals. It was all perfectly captured by the talents of private estate and vineyard wedding photographer, Mike Larson.  We refer to this handful of awesome professionals as “the dream team.”  The Cake Cathedral provided a gorgeous ruffle inspired wedding cake while Trumpet Vine introduced some more globally inspired flavors to the menu.

For the menu we went with small bites that were both interesting to the eye and palate.


Salt Block Station with Asian Marinated Flank Steak Skewers

Kimchi Fried Rice and Quail Egg Spoons

Squid Ink Pasta and Seared Scallops

Watermelon and Pistachio Dukkah Bites

Sweet Chili Chicken Wings

DIY Ramen Bar

Mike Larson Photography

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Meet Our Event Manager, Gayle Powers

Our Event Manager Gayle Powers brings extensive experience in the hospitality industry and an unparalleled passion for events to the Trumpet Vine Team.

A California native, Gayle was raised on the Central Coast. Starting in her father’s restaurant, she knew hospitality was in her nature. After high school she moved to Chico for college, where she began working in a high profile floral shop, which focused on weddings, along with other restaurant jobs to make ends meet. Gayle also studied business in Torino, Italy for 5 months before receiving her Bachelor’s in Recreation Administration with a concentration in Special Event Management and a minor in Business Administration at California State University, Chico.

After a floral internship in San Francisco for the well-respected Michael Daigian Designs, she returned to the Central Coast as an Event Specialist and Weddings Division Manager for a large volume catering company. While at that company, she was able to develop her skills and gain experience in the local thriving wedding community.

Gayle’s fervor, eagerness to please, and attention to detail are instrumental to making each event a success at Trumpet Vine Catering. She is as devoted to each event as the next and strives for perfection in every aspect of event planning.

In the off season Gayle enjoys camping, cooking, prepping for her garden for the spring, wrangling her chickens and sharing the fruits of her labor with all she loves.


Gayle Powers

Harvest Wine Festival at Pianetta Winery

As Paso Robles’ 130+ wineries welcome the new vintage, we will be celebrating Harvest Festival with the fine folks at  Pianetta Winery this Saturday. Check out their Tuscan inspired family style menu and be sure to stop by their tasting room in downtown Paso Robles this weekend.


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Prosciutto Wrapped Pear with Arugula, Chevre, Blood Orange Balsamic

Humboldt Fog, Saba and Roasted Grape Crostini



Tuscan Kale Salad- Cavelo Nero, Roasted Butternut Squash, Pomegrante, Pecorino, Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

All Day Braised Lamb Shank- Dolce Gorgonzola Polenta, Gremolata, Pan Sauce Reduction

Warm Farro- Dried Cherries, Grilled Raddichio, Pistachios and Caramelized Shallot

Roasted Brussels Sprouts- Pancetta, Raisins,  and Pine Nuts



Chocolate Dipped Cannoli, Orange Scented Ricotta

Cheese Three Ways

 As part of our quest to make each menu reflective of our couple’s tastes, we invite them to visit the lovely folks at  Vivant Fine Cheese in Paso Robles where they can sample cheeses from around the world.  After selecting 5-7 of their favorites, we know exactly what to order for their wedding day. Cheeses are displayed on our rustic wooden tables with origin or wine pairing suggestions for each, thus providing an educational component for guests while they graze.

But wait, there is more.   Our Tour de Torte has been a crowd favorite for years.  They look pretty and their creamy texture  make them “user friendly” to enjoy.  Made with a blend of three cheeses, the tortes are layered with colorful savory or  sweet fillings ranging from pesto and sun-dried tomato to  fresh fig and crispy prosciutto to dried cherry and spiced pecan. 

And finally, our new favorite is the Mozzarella Tasting.  Guests can sample a variety of mozzarellas, ranging from fresh to smoked to buffalo, along with pestos, roasted grapes, chutneys and other condiments.



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Real Wedding: Kelsey and Aaron at HammerSky Vineyards

Last fall, we had the pleasure of catering Kelsey and Aaron’s  wedding at one of our favorite venues, HammerSky Vineyards. Their wedding was full of whimsical and romantic flourishes, right down to their food choices. Kelsey and Aaron’s guests enjoyed treats like our One-Bite Chicken n’ Waffles and Petit Peach Cobblers in addition to a hearty buffet dinner.  Scroll down to pictures by One Love Photography of this beautiful wedding and the full menu!

Hammer Sky Vineyard

Hammer Sky Vineyard

Hammer Sky Vineyard

Hammersky Vineyard

Hammer Sky Vineyard

Hammer Sky Vineyard

Hammer Sky Vineyard

Hammer Sky Vineyard

Kelsey and Aaron’s Menu:


Spicy Fig and Prosciutto Tartlets with Caramelized Red Onion, Cambazola on a Puff Pastry
One-Bite Chicken n’ Waffles with Maple Syrup Drizzle
Grilled Shrimp on Warm Polenta Muffin Topped with Spicy Remoulade
Beef Tenderloin Crostini with an Artichoke Tarragon Puree, Parmesan, Arugula on a Salt n’ Pepper Crostini

Signature Cocktails

French 75
Ward Eight
En Fleur


Tuscan Bread Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Heart of Palm, Cucumber, Cuigini Mozzarella, Red Onion, Pasolivo, and Tangerine Olive Oil
Harris Ranch Spiced Rubbed Choice Top Sirloin Served Over Fork Crushed Purple Majesty Potatoes with a Choice of Horseradish Crème Fraiche or Peppercorn Red Wine Sauce
Crispy White Truffle Risotto Cakes with a Sweet Grape Tomato Caper Sauce
Balsamic and Herb Marinated Breast of Chicken Roasted with Grapes, Shallots, and Thyme
Grilled Market Vegetables with Green Goddess Vinaigrette


Salted Caramel Brownie Bites with Vanilla Milk Shake Shooters
Petit Peach Cobblers
Deconstructed Banana Cream Pie

Port Bar

Toasted Nuts
Fresh Figs
Chocolate Truffles


Venue: HammerSky Vineyards
Photographer: One Love Photography
Florist: Adornment Flowers

Salt Block Cooking

Looking for something unique and interactive for your event? Trumpet Vine has discovered a new way to prepare and serve food for events that will wow your guests and their palates, Salt Block Cooking. This global cuisine concept involves grilling food atop pink Himalayan salt blocks. The salt block concentrates flavor into meat by drawing out moisture and leaving food perfectly seasoned. Did we mention this whole process looks cool? Because it looks really cool! The 600-million-year-old salt block is not only gorgeous and luminous but a great conversation starter; it’s not every day that you’re eating food off something that is older than the land you’re standing on!

Salt Block Cooking

Leftovers for Lovers

Does anyone really get to eat at their own wedding? With all the people, formalities, and excitement, taking 5 minutes to enjoy a meal often goes to the wayside. It’s important to us that all our couples enjoy the full Trumpet Vine experience and that’s why we offer “Leftovers for Lovers.” A unique Trumpet Vine service, “Leftovers for Lovers” features an insulated picnic basket stuffed full of appetizers and dishes from the reception menu. We make sure this send-off picnic gets tucked into the getaway car at the end of the evening so our newlyweds can munch and relax privately back at their suite. When it is all said and done, our couples have a little memento from their wedding caterer to last a lifetime.

Sunset’s “Savor the Central Coast” Colbie Caillat

Trumpet Vine + Sunset’s “Savor the Central Coast”

We are excited to be part of Sunset’s “Savor the Central Coast” concert with Colbie Caillat at the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheater later this month. Trumpet Vine will be providing wine-friendly picnics bags as one of the evening’s dining options.

Each picnic-to-go will include a savory fig and blended cheese torte, crostini, charcuterie, Castelvetrano olives, and a farro salad with dried cherries, pistachios, grilled raddichio and truffle vinaigrette. Our vegetarian alternative to charcuterie includes hummus, tzatziki and falafel. Each picnic bag also will be accompanied by a bottle of Vina Robles wine.

Visit Sunset Savor for more concert and picnic details.

Sunset Savor the Central Coast

In Support of Same Sex Marriage

We were surprised to recently receive an inquiry from a potential client asking if we catered same-sex weddings.  Of course we do!

We’ve had the pleasure of catering several same-sex marriages over the years.  Regardless of orientation, we believe all unions are an awe-inspiring example of love that is shared by all of our clients. We are beyond excited to continue supporting marriage equality one memorable and delicious wedding dinner at a time.

We are also proud to announce that we are listed as a gay-friendly wedding vendor on The Knot‘s sister site!

Central Coast Gay Wedding

The Brunch Reception

The traditional “day after brunch” is getting a new time slot.    One of our favorite wedding trends is the “breakfast for dinner” concept.  Much like the “comfort” craze, breakfast foods inspire that familiar nostalgia that gives us the warm fuzzy feeling.  From a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” inspired menu for a daytime reception to a “Sophisticated Southern” evening extravaganza we love how our couples are inspired to use “breakfast for dinner” as a way to express the energy and style of their wedding.

Vintage Coffee Station for Brunch Wedding Reception

Image: Jill Thomas

Brunch themed receptions also give a twist to traditional bar offerings.  In lieu of wine and beer, a chef-attended Bloody Mary or mimosa bar, where guests can add a variety of garnishes makes for a great visual presentation and encourages mingling.

Check out a couple of our favorite brunch style menus: Breakfast at Tiffany’s & Southern Style Brunch.

Omelette Bar for Brunch Wedding Reception by Trumpet Vine Catering

Image: Jill Thomas

Have a style in mind that we can build your menu around – share it with us.   We delight in personalizing your celebration. Who’s ready for waffles?


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