Belle Fete Catering

Newport Beach, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

The feedback I hear most often from my clients is that most caterers "over-sell and under-provide". Many chefs and/or catering companies excel in one or two areas (i.e., great food and presentation, but so-so service; or fabulous service but mediocre menus). No matter what the size, occasion, or budget of the event, it is my job to ensure that all 3 areas (food quality, presentation, and service) are covered. Also, I am personally handling every step of the catering process, unlike many other chefs or catering companies who have a large, over-extended staff dealing with multiple events on the same day or week. If I choose to bid on or undertake an event, I am "in it" 110%. I also hire the absolute best servers, bartenders and sous chefs in the industry. All have been trained and employed for many years by 5-star hotels and restaurants. When it comes to service, especially, you get what you pay for.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love crafting new menus and coming up with creative ideas for specialty events, based on different needs and desires. I am also a "people person", I really do love working with nice, interesting people and I think my clients appreciate the same. I have many loyal clients who have become dear friends and cheerleaders.
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Location

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Background check

Complete

Years in business

12

Number of employees

10

Times hired on Thumbtack

20

Reviews

23 Reviews
  • Lee J. Feb 25, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Difficult situation ... handled professionally
    Chef David was an absolute delight to work with. He was very compassionate to my situation. I had just lost my wife to cancer and didn't have an exact date for her funeral and following reception, which Chef David was catering. David worked with me and accommodate my every need to successfully pull off a difficult event.
  • Ryan S. Jul 20, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Surprise birthday party for my wife. They helped coordinate everything remotely as we were coming to the west coast from NYC. David was great. Easy to work with. Good menu. Professional and responsive. Would highly recommend him
  • Gretchen S. May 17, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    The service was amazing. The servers were extremely friendly. The food was delicious
  • Connie T. Jan 11, 2016
    Belle Fete Catering catered our department holiday party this year and the food was amazing! David was easy to work with, and his service was as impeciable as his food. We will definately be using his services again.
  • Jo L. Dec 22, 2015
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    David catered a Newport boat parade party for us for fifty guests. This is the second time he has catered an event for us, and he got rave reviews from all our guests. He was extremely patient with setting up a menu because I kept changing my mind. He had great pre-set options to help make setting a menu easier. All the food was outstanding especially the delicious desserts which stood out from any desserts I have had before. Tasted like home cooking. His staff is professional and personable. David handled all the food, took care of ordering the rentals, set up tables and cleaned up after the event. He even fixed a broken door lock. I highly recommend Belle Fete Catering to everyone. I look forward to working with him again.
  • Yuri K. Dec 18, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Alicia A. Nov 12, 2015
    Belle fete catered a fundraiser for us and the food was delicious! The staff was very classy and professional. They took great care of guests and paid special attention to all the details. Easygoing and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend this cater to others.
  • Margie S. Nov 8, 2015
    We had David from Belle-Fete catering help us with a birthday party for 50 guests. David and his staff were so incredibly helpful and so friendly. The food was perfectly prepared and so delicious. The staff that ran the bar and worked as severs were very professional, friendly, and very experienced. I am so grateful to Belle Fete in going above and beyond and making the celebration so special and stress free. I will definitely be using them again for my next event!!!!
  • Mariah N. Jun 22, 2015
    Food and service was professional, flexible, prompt and delicious. They catered my wedding and nothing but good things to say from me and my wedding guests. *Get the bite sized chicken and waffles. You're welcome.
  • Stefanie F. May 20, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Thank you David for the incredibly delicious food and for making the party so much fun! We had such a good time and enjoyed meeting/working with you! We will definitely have you cater for us again!! Stefanie
  • Denise M. May 17, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    From start to start to finish, an amazing experience. Completely professional, talented in all aspects of event planning. Most importantly, DELICIOUS food. No need for me to find a caterer. I will use Belle Fete for all my events.
  • Mark K. May 3, 2015
    David and his wonderful team created a delicious menu and helped establish an extraordinarily warm and welcoming environment for our guests. The food and desserts were a huge hit and the staff did a wonderful job of addressing my guests by name. He was also VERY responsive and easy to work with. Several guests wrote me today to rave about the food. We are definitely having him back.
  • Lucy H. Mar 20, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    David and his team were terrific. He catered hors d’oeuvres for 50 pax and provided the servers for our business reception. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. His team were professional and friendly and I received compliments from my guests on both the food and the friendly service. He was responsive and flexible in working out our menu and leading up to the event too. I definitely recommend David and I will be using his services again.
  • Ashley S. Jan 12, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    My organization hired David to cater our holiday fundraiser that coincided with the Newport Boat Parade. He created a menu that was appropriate for an audience ranging from children to CEOs and that could be served buffet style. Everyone raved about the food! One guest had several food allergies, David was very conscientious spent 15 minutes explaining how the food was prepared and what she could consume - certainly above and beyond! We ordered food for 75 people and he brought enough for 85, which was greatly appreciated. I look forward to working with David again, I will certainly recommend him to family and friends!
  • Amy D. Dec 22, 2014
    The best! Great food and great guys! On time and clean-up was like they weren't there at all. I'll use them again!
  • Aneesa H. Dec 15, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    From the initial proposal to the follow up day after the event, David has been the easiest and most pleasant professional we have worked with in a while. We had a party with platter served appetizers. All of the food was amazing, but special mention to the chicken & waffle bites and blackberry cobbler spoons. They were out of this world!! Not only were my guests wowed by the food, but they truly loved Eddie (the server) as well. David's goal was for my boyfriend and I to feel like guests at our own party and that we did! I highly recommend David and would give him 10 stars if I could!
  • Justin S. Dec 10, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    David and his staff were outstanding. Unrivaled attention to detail, great service, excellent food. I've already had numerous requests from friends and colleagues!!!
  • Rick B. Oct 5, 2014
    Chef David was a pleasure work with. His food and his staff were exceptional. We chose Belle Fete Catering over three other very noted caterers primarily because of David's willingness to work within our budget to provide a first class party for our family.
  • Julie K. Sep 26, 2014
    We hired Belle Fete Catering for a 12-person dinner party to celebrate our daughter's baptism. David was so easy-going to work with and proposed a wonderful multi-course dinner that was delicious, beautiful in its presentation and stayed within my budget. While David had full control in the kitchen, our server was attentive, thoughtful and organized. What a treat the entire experience was. I was stress-free and thoroughly enjoyed our company. Having this amazing dinner at home made the already special day so intimate and complete. By the end of the night, you never would have known they were there. The kitchen was immaculate.
  • Jennifer R. Sep 22, 2014
    Not only was the food delicious, but it was also a pleasure working with David. I would absolutely use Belle Fete for any future events.
  • Anna P. Sep 21, 2014
    We had a cocktail hour for about 25 guests, followed by a private dinner party for 45. We interviewed many different caterers and selected David and Belle Fete catering. In their proposal they included many fabulous menus from previous similar events they had done. This really helped simplify the (sometimes) over whelming challenge of planning these big events. They were responsive, knowledgeable and efficient. We also used David and Belle Fete as our event coordinator and they were amazing. The entire evening was perfect! The food and presentation as well as the staffing could not have been better. We had great comments from all of our guests and highly recommend Belle Fete!!!!
  • Richard B. Sep 20, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Excellent! Although, our event is still a couple of weeks away, David has been great with his suggestions, staying within budget, and making himself accessible to us. If his culinary expertise is half as good as his customer service, and i truly believe it will surpass our expectations, our party will be a huge success! I will give a final review in October!
  • Heather R. Jul 7, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I hired Belle Fete to cater my mother's 50th birthday. Everything was fantastic! David was able to help me stay within my budget without skimping on quality, class, or taste. He and Elizabeth (server) were very professional and personable, going above and beyond to not only provide perfect food and service, but also helping me prepare the party space when they had some down time (which I am very grateful for). I will definitely be working with them again!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
As mentioned previously, I typically like to determine a client's budget and work backwards. I provide as much as possible to remain within budget, and it typically works to my clients' benefit. The 2 major factors involved in pricing: economies of scale (i.e., the larger number of guests, typically the less cost per person for a particular menu item) and market pricing/seasonal choice and availability. Also, staffing is determined based upon desired serving style (drop-off/set-up only; buffet; tray-passed; sit-down table service).
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am constantly in contact with Orange County's and Los Angeles' top event planners, and other chefs whom I respect and admire, in staying current with the latest trends. I am also always working on developing new menus as well as searching for the freshest and best ingredients to use in preparation for my events.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My mother is one of the most talented cooks I know, and she was definitely a major influence in my passion and interest in cooking. After college, I co-founded a food manufacturing company that I ran for several years ("Heaven's Bistro", the first low-fat, super premium pizza on the market in the early 2000s. I personally created and developed the BBQ Chicken Pizza, rated the best tasting low-fat pizza on the market by Men's Health Magazine in the June 2006 issue). It was a natural transition to segue into catering.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I typically am hired by clients who are looking to work with a hands-on chef, who appreciate guidance but also have a definite point-of-view or vision of what they want to make their event special and unique. So it's a mutual collaboration, not a one-way conversation in either direction.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently was hired to cater a last-minute wedding. Really sweet story, the groom decided he could not live without his girlfriend, who's visa was about to expire. I had a week to not only come up with a special menu within a specific budget, but also to hire staff and coordinate rentals/decor. It turned out beautifully, it really was an extraordinary event and the clients were blown away.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure that you are comparing "apples to apples" - just because a bid is the least expensive does not make it the best deal. Conversely, the most expensive bid does not make it the highest-quality or best choice. Word-of-mouth and/or personal references are much more accurate and honest than paid advertising (i.e., who comes up first in a google search). Also, it is helpful to have a budget in mind ahead of time (either per person or event total). I always provide as much as possible to fit within a specified budget, and the menu options I recommend are based accordingly.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Like almost every other industry impacted by outside economic factors, so too has the catering business, especially in relation to food costs. My cost of goods has increased by about 20% in the last year alone. Even still, I believe I have remained extremely competitive and fair in my pricing.