As You Like It Events & Catering

Corona, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

We provide inspired menu design and incomparable service. Expect amazing.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

We enjoy getting to know our clients and helping them make their event dreams come true!

Location

Corona, CA 92880

Years in business

21

Number of employees

10

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Reviews

5 Reviews
  • Alexandra M. May 30, 2017
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Rachel was extremely kind, professional, and generous, and she was willing to work with our group's specific needs. We would highly recommend her!
  • Margaret R. Nov 10, 2015
    They were our caterers for our Veteran's Ball and they are so professional and the food was scrumptous!
  • Tamara S. Nov 9, 2015
    I would highly recommend "As You Like It Catering" for any type of event; professional staff, great management, and outstanding food! You are in good hands with this company.
  • Kathie W. Nov 2, 2015
    As ypu like it catering was given a task for a special fundraiser for us. They made some desserts from a special recipe just for us. It was attention to details. Their staff os professional & so nice to woek with. They are awesome.
  • Kerry O. Nov 2, 2015
    This is an experienced caterer, with a veteran staff of servers who work extremely well together and a slew of outstanding chef(s) that understand that a meal's bottom line is "did it taste good?" And by golly, they can put together a feast that all of top chefs on the Food Channel would drool over. I've been to about a half dozen events catered by them and when I see their name, I know I'm in for a great time and culinary delight. If you have an event coming up, call them and then at least as to the food part of your event, you know everything is going to be handled. Rachel or Phyllis are organized, helpful and very accommodating.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Catering is the heart of our business, so our pricing is based on the cost of food service that is needed. Our menus are priced per person, with the exception of our "Gourmet a la Carte" menu, which is priced per quantity. From here, we add whatever is needed to provide an accurate estimate of catering costs for a particular event.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Once we receive an inquiry, we try to provide whatever specific information is requested. Usually an event has so many variables that it is most helpful if we can talk with our customer for 20 - 30 minutes. We like to get a good understanding of what is needed, as every event is different. We like to know first what type of event is planned, and then get more event details (number of guests, style of service, theme or decor, other event services that are needed, type of food, budget, beverage or bar service, staffing details etc.).
How did you get started doing this type of work?
As You Like It Catering & Events was started in 1996, when the owners took over a small cafe in Corona. Pretty quickly, it became clear that catering was the way to go, and the dining room was changed over to office space, and the kitchen was revamped to handle larger catering orders.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We have worked with all kinds of customers over the years! Small and large companies, non-profit organizations, school groups, civic groups, and families and individuals all over the Inland Empire and beyond. Our customers have had us assist with very casual, laid-back events, turn-key events where we provide everything needed, and weddings both elegant and down-to-earth.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We recently catered a 50th wedding anniversary for the sweetest couple. Planning started about 10 months ahead, and we met with them frequently to help get all the details together. We handled the venue, service staff, bar service, plated dinner service, decor and linens. It turned out beautifully, and it was such a pleasure getting to know the couple and their family.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure your caterer knows what is most important to you. What is it about your event that is absolutely critical? It could be the ambiance you want to create, making sure you stay on budget, providing an exceptional meal, or simply making sure your guests are well fed and happy. For us, our focus is on the quality and presentation of the food, and on providing excellent service. Make sure you have a good fit with your caterer, and they have the resources and experience to handle what you need them to do.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Have an idea of what you would like to spend, and what that will included in that cost. For an event, it is important to have a date selected; your caterer or event planner might be reluctant to provide an estimate if you don't have a firm date. Decide what is most important for your event. What are your goals? Also decide what would be nice to have, but that is not critical.