Personalized BBQ Branding Irons: Groomsmen Gifts

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What could be more southwestern than branding irons? How about personalized BBQ branding irons for the groomsmen of your Arizona wedding? In today’s post, we’re featuring BBQ Fans, one of our all-time favorite wedding and event vendors. These fellow Phoenicians are local BBQ fanatics with fun, one-of-a-kind BBQ related products that make for the perfect wedding or event gift. (more…)

Scott Gauthier’s G Collection: Featured Venue


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As one of the most unique venues in the world, the G Collection is a must-see if you’re planning an upcoming wedding or event — or just happen to be stopping through Phoenix. Its stunning collection of vintage automobiles and antiques looks more like the coolest exhibition gallery you’ve ever seen than a traditional event space.

Why To Consider The G Collection Wedding Venue

Features and services

Originally created as the private collection of acclaimed jewelry designer and car collector Scott Gauthier, the G collection is now a multi-room venue perfect for hosting weddings or events.

The location includes the G Collection gift shop, automotive museum, lounge area that accommodates up to 120 people, game room, the barn (which serves as a fully-functioning restoration shop of antique cars), and a large indoor/outdoor catering space.

Additional highlights from this venue include:

  • An extensive and impressive collection of Zagato bodied, hand-made racing cars built in the 1930’s- 1960’s. Options to create a dining experience amongst the cars is available.
  • Rare antiques like a collection of ancient bronze swords, Romans glass, Chinese sculptures, and Greek vessels .
  • Displays of Gauthier’s hand-crafted jewelry designs.
  • A full game room that hosts classic video games along and a 28-seat movie theater.
  • An elegant cocktail lounge that features a DJ booth, five flat screen televisions, and a world-class sound system.
  • Restrooms that feature antique perfume bottles and cigarette lighters.
    A classic beer can collection from Scott Gauthier’s youth including beer cans from the late 1800’s through the 1970’s.

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Catering Options

We’ve catered many different types of menus at G Collection. The unique space works well for black-tie events and meals like our famous Filet Mignon with Merlot Demi-Glace to Cauliflower Steak and with more simple themed-dishes like our classic burger shooters. If you can dream it up, we can make it!

Ready to try our delicious catering menu? Attend one of our monthly tasting events. This month’s tasting event is on May 25th at the Fresh From the Kitchen space. For full tastings calendar and details click here. Please note reservations must be made in advance.

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Why we love them

Besides providing one of the most awe-worthy venues we’ve ever seen, G Collection has an excellent event staff. They make sure every detail of your event is right — from working with excellent catering teams (like the FFTK team!) to transforming the space to fit each client. The G Collection team is an excellent resource and fellow industry expert in the event and hospitality industry in Phoenix.

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Check out these customer reviews:

“We had a fundraiser there that was “off the charts”. Weeks later, people are still talking about it! The service was fantastic, the venue was fantastic and I would highly recommend them for any private party!!!!”
– Donna T.

“The G Collection is perhaps one of the most elegant and unique venues in the Valley. I would highly suggest this space for those who are looking for a venue that is out of the ordinary – and actually something quite extraordinary!”
– Jennifer K.

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Work with us!

Ready to cater your wedding or event? We’d love to help create a customized menu for you. For information and private tasting sessions, please contact our team via phone at 602-694-1197 and email at

Under the direction of Chef Noelle Salinas, Fresh From The Kitchen has won numerous awards including the industry’s highest achievement, The Couple’s Choice award. Other achievements include being named the 2013, 2015, and 2016 Best Event Caterer by Arizona Foothills Magazine and catering the 2015 Maxim Magazine featuring Nick Cannon Super Bowl Party.

Agave of Sedona: FFTK Venue Spotlight

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Today we’re showcasing one of our all time favorite wedding venues: Agave of Sedona. This stunning event venue, situated in the majestic Sedona desert just north of Phoenix, features over 6,000 square feet of event space, including an elegant terrace overlooking the picturesque views.

Why You Should Consider Agave Of Sedona For Your Arizona Wedding

Why We Love Them

At Fresh From the Kitchen, we pride ourselves on working closely with event venues to provide the best catering possible for our weddings and events. Working with venues like Agave of Sedona make it easy; the level of service, attention to detail, and care provided by the Agave event team is second to none. Agave of Sedona truly is among the best of the best! It’s why the venue has a five-star rating by popular wedding site, TheKnot.

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Features & Services

The Fresh From the Kitchen caters a lot of weddings and events. In fact, we’ve catered more than we can count! We’ve learned that one of the most important decisions engaged couples make is their venue. Selecting a venue that has options to personalize the ceremony and reception to your specific vision, that has helpful and experienced staff, and strong industry connections, is key. Agave of Sedona has all of these things and more. In fact, they offer the following features and services:

  • The Grand Montage Ballroom: Ideal for couples and groups looking to host a large event, the Grand Montage Ballroom comfortably accommodates up to 180 guests. Features include: floor-to-ceiling windows that provide panoramic views of Sedona’s legendary Red Rocks, large decorative mirrors, and romantic hand-blown glass wall sconces.
  • The Blue Agave Room. If you’re planning a smaller and more intimate gathering, the Blue Agave room, which seats 55, may be more ideal for your wedding or event. The great thing about this space is that it can be customized to fit your specific needs. It works great as a formal dining area or as a dance floor area during the reception.
  • Agave Terrace. Perhaps the best part about the venue is the Agave Terrace. The stunning terrace juts out into the majestic Sedona dessert. Couples can say “I do” beside gorgeous rock formations and a stunning landscape. The terrace also opens up into the ballroom area to provide a useful indoor-outdoor feature.

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Catering Options

We’ve catered many different types of menus at Agave of Sedona. Everything from our famous Filet Mignon with Merlot Demi-Glace to Cauliflower Steaks with Capellini Puttanesca. If you can dream it up, we can make it! Want to give our menu a try? Attend one of our upcoming tastings. Our next one is May 25th at the FFTK space, for full tasting details click here.

agave of sedona catering

Work with us!
Ready to cater your wedding? We’d love to help create a customized wedding menu for your event. For information and tasting sessions, please contact our team via phone at 602-694-1197 and email at

Under the direction of Chef Noelle Salinas, Fresh From The Kitchen has won numerous awards including the industry’s highest achievement, The Couple’s Choice award. Other achievements include being named the 2013, 2015, and 2016 Best Event Caterer by Arizona Foothills Magazine and catering the 2015 Maxim Magazine featuring Nick Cannon Super Bowl Party.

Top 10 Best Phoenix Wedding Venues Of 2017

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Phoenix is a gorgeous place to get married. We may be biased (okay, probably a lot biased) but we’re pretty sure it’s one of the best places to get married in the states. WalletHub seems to think so too; in fact 9 Arizona cities, including Phoenix, were named to the site’s 2017’s Best Places to Get Married list. The list factors in things like total wedding cost, Phoenix caterers, facilities and amenities, and activities and attractions to award top cities. Now that we know Arizona is a fantastic place to get married check out the top 10 Phoenix Wedding Venues to host your big day!

10. The Croft Downtown

Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, The Croft is a perfect wedding venue for couples looking to create a modern feel to their wedding. The venue offers urban cement floors, wood trellised ceilings, and over 10,000 square feet of venue space. Additional amenities include on-site valet parking, stylish decor furnishings, and attached garden patio. For more information on The Croft Downtown, click here.

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9. MonOrchid Creative Studios

Located in central downtown, Phoenix, this venue is a great option for couples looking for a creative space to transform for their big day. The studios can be made into standard ceremony, cocktail and reception areas or it can be transformed to include whatever the couple can image like featuring a live band or art gallery. The venue calls itself the “Blank Canvas”, and indeed that’s what it is for weddings and events. For more information on MonOrchid Creative Studios, click here.

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8. Venue at the Grove

Utilizing Arizona’s stunning natural landscapes, the Venue at the Grove is a beautiful outdoor sanctuary. The venue offers options for both indoor and outdoor spaces via an indoor hall and accompanying large outdoor patio lit with over 30,000 lights. The space also has a rustic barn that’s perfect for wedding luncheons or reception dinners. For more information on the venue at the Grove, click here.

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7. Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Place

Located in the heart of Phoenix’s chic warehouse district, Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Place is a stunning option for couples with a big guest list. The warehouse features over 10,000 square space of interior event room and 1,500 of immaculately landscaped patio space. The building, which was built in 1918, utilizes a nice blend of modern elements with high-quality architectural accents from the early 1900’s. For more information on Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Place, click here.

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6. The Icehouse AZ

The Icehouse is a gorgeous, and relatively new event space, located in downtown Phoenix. The space typically serves as an art venue and gallery but offers rentals for weddings and corporate events. The venue is well-known and a favorite amongst the art community in Arizona. If you’re looking for a hip venue with a local vibe, this is your spot! For more info on Icehouse, click here.

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5. Secret Garden Event Center

Located in the South Mountain foothills, the Secret Garden Event Center is a stunning outdoor venue. The location offers indoor event areas including the Carriage House and Traditions Pavilion and outdoor event areas with manicured lawns and beautifully landscaped foliage. The location is also great for corporate events, launch events, and other celebrations. For more info on Secret Garden Event Center, click here.

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4. Desert Botanical Gardens

One of our absolute favorite Phoenix area event venues is the Desert Botanical Gardens. During the day this venue is a gorgeous 140-acre botanical garden displaying Arizona’s famous cacti and foliage. At nights and on the weekends, the gardens are transformed into an event space perfect for weddings, corporate events, and more. With such beautiful surroundings, couples don’t have to worry about decorating when they book this venue! For more information on Desert Botanical Gardens, click here.

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3. The Farm at South Mountain

If you’re looking for a rustic, outdoor venue, look closely at The Farm at South Mountain. This wedding venue is an outdoor-lover’s dream. The estate features pecan trees, large grassy spaces, and blooming flowers. This venue features two separate areas to accommodate weddings of any size, larger parties can use The Canopy space and smaller parties can utilize Stone Grove for a more intimate feel. For more info on The Farm at South Mountain, click here.

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2. Wrigley Mansion

For couples looking for a more formal event venue, the Wrigley Mansion is the perfect place. The estate was built in the early 1930’s by Walter Wrigley of Wrigley chewing gum fame. The mansion is an iconic landmark in Phoenix and offers 360-degree views of the city and surrounding mountains. Wedding parties have access to 10 distinct room options and several outdoor options for events. For more info on The Wrigley Mansion, click here.

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1. Boojum Tree

The Boojum Tree venue is consistently ranked among the area’s best venues, and for good reason, the venue offers gorgeous outdoor options and equally stunning indoor rooms with beautiful curved archways and traditional Western architecture. The venue itself is set back from the road giving it an intimate and exclusive. For more info on Boojum Tree, click here.

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Ready to hire Fresh From the Kitchen for your big day? We’d love to help you bring your wedding catering dreams to life. If you can dream it, we can create it. Let our talented team of experts craft a personalized menu for you. For more information on Fresh From the Kitchen and our services, please send us an email via:, or give us a call at: 602-694-1197.

Under the direction of Chef Noelle Salinas, Fresh From The Kitchen has won numerous awards including the industry’s highest achievement, The Couple’s Choice award. Other achievements include being named the 2013, 2015, and 2016 Best Event Caterer by Arizona Foothills Magazine and catering the 2015 Maxim Magazine featuring Nick Cannon Super Bowl Party.

Real Wedding Feature: Meet Elana and Erin

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“Weddings are beautiful. They are a testament to a couple’s love. Everyone is happy at a wedding. Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by happy people in love?”
– Founder and Head Chef Noelle Salinas, Fresh From the Kitchen

The opportunity to be apart of a client’s wedding, one of the most special days in someone’s life, is truly meaningful. We love helping our couples make their dream wedding a reality. We also understand how important this day is and work to ensure everything runs smoothly. From crafting high-quality, fresh food that’s minimally processed, and free from USDA hormones and antibiotics to working with locally-sourced organic produce, our team at Fresh From the Kitchen is there for you every step of the way. (more…)

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