Award-winning caterer now provides event space

Award-winning pork tenderloin with fennel boysenberry reduction sauce served over herb basmati rice. Monica Kirkland, New Life Photography & Design photo
Award-winning pork tenderloin with fennel boysenberry reduction sauce served over herb basmati rice. Monica Kirkland, New Life Photography & Design photo

Award-winning caterer New Life Culinary Creations has recently opened up The Corporate Room, a 2,000-plus square foot private event and meeting center conveniently located off I-15 and Baxter Road in Wildomar.

The Corporate Room can comfortably entertain 165 and is perfect for parties, weddings and corporate events. The event space features an 8-foot by 16-foot stage with wireless internet, public address system and projector, as well as a built-in bar area, a spacious wrap-around patio and convenient parking. The company offers basic room rental to full service event coordination for worry-free enjoyment. The full-service catering company is fully licensed and permitted in the suite adjoining The Corporate Room.

Executive Chef Steve Bearse and high school friend Jeff Kirkland, self-branded as The Home Cook 2.0, reunited after many years and joined forces to create one of the Valley’s premier catering companies, New Life Culinary Creations. Bearse has a passion to cook and create new dishes. His favorite quote is “we all eat and it would be a sad waste of time to eat badly.” Kirkland’s love for food and cooking for family provided a common bond. Kirkland also handles the back-office administration, while Bearse provides the leadership and creativity in the kitchen.

The pair has over 50 years combined customer service experience.

“We understand catering with excellence and exceeding customer expectations,” said Bearse, “We often hand craft menus to suit the many occasions.”

The company has established a sterling reputation for delicious and creative food, great customer service, smoothly-run events and a willingness to be involved in community service and events.

“Among other events, we have been involved in community fundraisers like Reality Rally for Michelle’s Place, Taste of the World for Temecula Rotary and the SoCal Chef Open for Oak Grove Center for Education & the Arts,” said Bearse.

New Life Culinary Creations competed against 12 top chefs in 2014 and won the People’s Choice Award at the seventh Annual SoCal Chef Open held at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Their award-winning dish was their signature pork tenderloin topped with boysenberry fennel reduction glaze over fresh herb basmati rice.

Bearse has also received rave reviews for his Mexican white wing-chicken tender topped with fresh jalapeno slice, wrapped in bacon then deep-fried, tossed in buffalo wing sauce, topped with housemade ranch sauce and fresh chopped cilantro.

Another favorite is his BPP Chicken, a boneless skinless chicken breast stuffed with garlic herb cheese, crisp bacon then rolled up in prosciutto, baked and served with a creamy lemon herb sauce.

New Life Culinary Creations has done intimate in-home dinners for four as well as full-service events for 400. They have also hosted events in The Corporate Room for the Murrieta and Wildomar Chambers of Commerce, The League of Cities, American Heart Association and KB Homes.

“We have a lot of fun doing what we love,” said Bearse. “Offering delicious food, awesome service, and great values for local families, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. We look forward to serving more and more groups, especially since we have a great venue for their events.”

For more information, visit their websites at www.newlifecatering.com and www.thecorporateroom.com. They can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.

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