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Emily's Catering keeps on delivering

Local business serves many appetites in area

Stacy Drake

Nevada City Advocate

Over the course of their 10 years in business, Emily Scott-Arbaugh and her husband, John Arbaugh, have been serving up sweet deserts, wedding cakes and savory dishes - all the while responding to the needs of the community and establishing Emily’s Catering and Cakes as the go-to catering solution for area events, large or small. They operate from their location at 421 Colfax Highway in Grass Valley, and are open to the public during their seasonal “Holiday Pop-up Bakery” events. The next scheduled Pop-up will be in time for Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras, February 13th through the 16th, , 10 AM - 5 PM. 

They do so much more than event catering and their expansive ala-carte menu selection proves it. “We have three branches of our business, catering, wholesale and bakery retail”, says Emily. John and Emily employ five full-time kitchen staff who handle daily orders that can range from a single birthday cake to same-day office lunches. “We look at what ingredients are in season for short-notice orders and create a menu that works for the group based on ingredients that are readily available” All of the ingredients used in both the sweet and savory offerings from Emily’s are local and organic whenever possible. They also utilize their sixteen on-call service staff or “Cater-waiters” as Emily calls them, for catered events. 

As if that isn’t enough to keep a business busy, in addition to the daily orders and catering services, Emily’s staff prepares 50-60 hot lunches, per day, Tuesday - Friday for the Yuba River Charter School during the school year. “We do pasty day, burrito day, potato day and Friday’s are pizza day – the kids love it” laughs Emily. Lucky kids! 

If you have an event coming up but don’t know the exact date- like the birth of a baby, for example, Emily’s will sell you unbaked sweet and savory items- all ready for you to pop in the oven when the time is right for you. (I highly recommend the biscuits you can buy unbaked frozen, and pop one or two in the oven when you want one- piping hot, lots of butter and a little jam- heaven!). 

Now that’s the best of both worlds- first class baked goods on your schedule that you make in your kitchen. Frozen, unbaked items usually readily available for purchase are biscuits, pot-pies, turnovers and other breakfast pastries. 

The Holiday Pop-Up Bakery is open to the public 10 AM -5PM during the Pop-Up Bakery dates, which, in 2018 will be around these holidays: Valentine’s Day/Mardi Gras, Mother’s Day, Fall Harvest, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can choose from a wide variety of cupcakes, pies, tarts, cookies and gift boxes – all decorated for the associated holiday. What do you get someone who loves chocolate? You can also join their Chocolate of the Month Club, each month decorated for the theme of the month, for either 4 months, 6 months or 1 year. 

Then there’s the wedding cakes. The list of services goes on and on at Emily’s and she welcomes the opportunity to discuss custom orders with enthusiasm.

For more information about all the services Emily’s Catering and Cakes has to offer please visit their website at emilyscteringandcakes.com or call 530-273-CAKE (2253). Bon Appetit!

About the photo: John in the kitchen preparing a savory pastry order for a customer