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Dana Point Wedding Caterers

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Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Danielle L.
Verified review

We hired Gourmet Lovers Catering for our wedding that was on July 23, 2016, honestly nothing but AMAZING!!!. From the very first contact till the very day of the event, everything went smoothly, everyone was on top of everything and Carolina and Boris were always attentive and making sure that we were worried free for our special day. When we first contacted Gourmet Lovers Catering, Carolina was very quick to respond and be at our services in any way possible. Both Carolina and Boris are so very down to earth, sweet and beyond helpful. With Carolina's great customer service, we knew that we definitely had to set up a food tasting in which I still remember her exact words were "come hungry" and let me tell everyone who is reading this that she is not kidding!! :). The food trial was very, very impressive. Personally I am a person who admires presentations and if I do not see quality presentations it is a turnoff but Gourmet Lovers blew us away!!! One of the best presentations and food tastings that we had experienced when trying to find catering for our wedding. Both Carolina and Boris were very welcoming, so welcoming that we pretty much felt like family. The presentation was beautiful for being just a tasting they went above and beyond. The quality, freshness and taste of the food was beyond words, all the food that was tasted literally melted in your mouth. Everything that was tasted was delicious. We ended up choosing the Marsala Chicken. After the tasting, Carolina was constantly available all the time in case anything changed or any questions needed to be answered. Just everything was great, it was perfect. The day of our wedding, all of our guests loved the food that guests were going back for seconds. Their staff was amazing. During the whole night, we had a personal server attending to our every need (I apologize but we do not remember his name but he was super sweet and beyond helpful, Carolina and Boris if you can remember the gentleman please tell him a big thank you from us). Once again, everything was awesome. Carolina and Boris are very passionate about what they do and it shows within their service and work. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to say thank you, thank you, a million times thank you for catering our wedding. Carolina and Boris, you guys are amazing and we simply adore you. Thank you for making our wedding worry free and delicious!!!

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 92 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Savannah D.
Verified review

We used Mr. Worldwide Catering for our wedding on June 6, 2015. Jose and his team did an outstanding job that went above and beyond my expectations. Our wedding was about 75 people and the salads were crunchy, kabobs (beef and chicken) were hot and moist, and my guests could not, I reiterate could not, stop talking about how amazing the food was. While many individuals think of wedding food as "blah", Jose made amazing food that impressed at an incredibly reasonable price point. For our wedding, we had fruit and veggie platters for the cocktail hour and for the main course we had: beef and chicken kabobs, hummus, roasted veggies, and a greek salad. He really worked with us on a menu that we wanted and delivered flawlessly.He plated and served both the appetizers and a meal for my husband and I so we could, shockingly, eat at our own wedding! My husband actually felt that what we ate on the wedding day was even better than our tasting!Not only did Jose offer incredible food at a reasonable price point, he was often in contact with my coordinator to ensure that everything flowed smoothly. I highly recommend Jose and his team. He was prompt, delivered everything he said and more, reasonable, personable, and everything I desired in a caterer.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 59 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Adam W.
Verified review

Shawna is AMAZING!!!! She came and hosted a dinner for 6 of us for my wife’s 30th bday. I should start from the beginning, but I have to say that her chocolate cake she made was PHENOMENAL!!!!! She made some amazing passed appetizers for us, followed by a perfectly cooked chicken dinner with enough for everyone to be full! She was so professional, so fun, even got a few hilarious jabs in on my friends! I would recommend her 10x over to anyone! Thanks for a perfect birthday dinner for my wife Shawna!

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
Joe B.
Verified review

I highly recommend Chef Mumsie for a wedding that needs catering or for any event that involves great food and wonderful service. It is hard to describe the quality of good food other than to say that it was delicious and all the guests were raving about it. Appetizers included incredible onion pastry puffs that were the talk of more than one conversation I had that night. Salad was also a big hit, not something one usually expects to say about salad. The entree was talked, posted, and blogged about. Beautiful flatware and table settings were used, and the service was light-footed, courteous, and professional. We felt we were in a 5-star hotel, not our own backyard (which is where we actually were). Aside from all this, I want to mention how impressed we were with the hard work that was so evident. Chef Mumsie's staff was present from 2pm on toward 11pm and never stopped moving for a second. We were promised that we would not have to worry about a single event during the day and that was exactly what happened. Without even realizing that we had left so much in the hands of our caterers, we passed the night catching up with old friends, connecting people, taking photos, and meeting each other's friends from far off -- never once did we have to stop to check up on any details of any kind. Chef Mumsie seemed to be in eight places at once at any moment, and everything took care of itself as if by magic. There were no hidden charges, unexpected twists, or demands for attention. We are very impressed and grateful for their efforts in feeding and satisfying 80+ people in a somewhat confined space -- done with grace, speed, and invisibility. .. and deliciousness!

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Aioli
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ani F.
Verified review

We were very happy with the food and service room Aioli. Catering our family event made everything run smoothly, and gave me the opportunity to mingle and visit with our guests. The food was delicious, and delivered and set up on time. I would highly recommend Aioli.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kenia R.
Verified review

Thank you very much for catering our UCR Chicano Latino Alumni Fundraiser. Everything was beyond what we expected. Thank you!

  • 3 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Denny O.
Verified review

Kieth did an outstanding job in catering my wife's 80th birthday party for a family group of 12. It was also our 61st anniversary, so it really was a special night for all of us and the dinner was delightful and cooked to perfection.

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Robert D.
Verified review

Our plans to have our wedding meal prepared by our favorite restaurant fell thru 3 weeks before our wedding. I knew Christine Mcmaster as an excellent cook and had been to 2 private dinners catered by her. Quite anxious, I called her and she put me at ease with her assurances and suggestions to take my time and figure out what we would really like. Great advice! We chose Mediterranean food. Together with Chris we quickly settled on a menu. There were so many details but she handled it all from overseeing the table setting, shopping, deliveries and arranging table display. It was amazing I actually could relax. The meal was sumptuous elegantly prepared and plated all by Chris and her kitchen staff. Our dinner menu was: A simple greek salad, hummus, tzatziki, baba ganoush, roasted vegetables, flat bread Then Shawarma lamb, roasted chickens, and feta rice w/ pistachios. There were 35 people at the wedding meal and all the courses were on time and beautifully plated. The kitchen was quiet and when I went in everyone was smiling and extremely busy. Chris ran the kitchen in a quiet organized way that was contagious to all who worked there. Truly an amazing woman. Her sense of elegance shined thru both in the delicious food and its presentation. My husband and I will have lasting memories of Christine and how she stepped in and played an integral part in helping create our dream wedding. I highly recommend you have her cater any function. All you have to do is relax and enjoy it.

Tortas 2 Die 4 Catering
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Yvonne C.
Verified review

He hasn't catered for me yet but everything I heard was amazing this is truly someone I would get to do my catering for my wedding. I loved everything he said and more the price is just right after I will be having 400 guest, I will absolutely recommend him for any type of event. I can't wait until I have his delicious food served for my family and friends.

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chrystal F.
Verified review

Spoke with Shannon, she is so compassionate about making the wedding day perfect. She asked questions and shows very much that she would be there for me with anything I need. I can’t wait to work with her on my wedding day! I booked with her quickly because she is a jewel I couldn’t let get away! I’ll send another review after wedding ❤️ Chrystal

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Amber H.
Verified review

We asked our friends and family members who had recently been married what they thought the most important part of the wedding was, and they unanimously said "THE FOOD". From the moment we requested a quote Bill's attention to detail made it a wonderful and memorable experience. We were provided with and absolutely delicious lunch at our tasting; where Bill customized our menu to fit our unique wedding theme. The staff was friendly, informative, professional and genuinely warm and kind. Bill's help however moved beyond his fabulous food. For any and EVERY coordination mishap, he was there with creative and inventive solutions. His staff went above and beyond, even assisting in set up and decoration. We were truly overwhelmed by their generosity and their willingness to be of assistance. On our wedding day, as we ran from the car to the venue to avoid the terrible storm; we were greeted by Bill with a mini buffet for the bridal party so that we would have a chance to actually eat at our wedding. To say the food was amazing is an understatement. I cannot describe how delicious it was or how beautifully and artfully arranged. I truly cannot do it justice. When asked, our guest said that hands down, it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. Our menu included custom flank steak sliders with asian slaw, a variety of sushi, mini ribs, chicken skewers, grilled vegetable stuffed crepes, procuitto wrapped asparagus, endive spoons filled with tabouleh, chicken sate, and so much more. The service was impeccable and after everything was done, the staff cleaned and left everything immaculate. Most importantly, Bill was sensitive and understanding of our situation. You see , we were two brides. Bill and his staff were shining examples of what it is to treat everyone with equality and dignity and respect. We were afraid of vendors not wanting to work with us and Bill took all that anxiety away. Through his vast network he found amazing and supportive vendors who were ready to celebrate with us and were empowered by our decision to get married. We cannot thank Bill enough for the many kindnesses he bestowed on us and we cannot wait to eat at his amazing restaurant again. - C & A

Chef Sydney Andrews
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra L.
Verified review

Sydney made a special/private dinner for my fiancé and I after our engagement. She was amazing!! She emailed with my fiancé ahead of time and found out what sort of foods we like and what was meaningful and special to our relationship and then based the menu off of that. She was present enough to explain things to us, but also gave us our privacy. It was the perfect balance. It was so fun to feel like we have a private chef catering to all of our needs and expectations. Very romantic! The food Sydney cooked was AMAZING! From the appetizer to the dessert, we could not have asked for a better meal. I would highly recommend Sydney. You will not be disappointed.

M&M Events Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Robyn P.
Verified review

Morgan catered my wedding reception. She did an excellent job. We had about 60 guests and she made all the food and decorated the facility. Over all she is the best and I would recommend that people use her.

Divoon Dining
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Pamela S.
Verified review

Divoon Dining was able to produce a delicious Mac and Cheese for a simple dinner and then a five course gourmet feast at another time, all with smooth and unobtrusive preparation and good humor, which contributed to the whole excellent dining experience. We look forward to doing it again.

Swamp Daddy's BBQ
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
DaNny A.
Verified review

We will never use anyone else for our catering needs. The quality, taste, value are second to none. I would recommend these guys to anyone regardless of the event size.

Yummy Creations
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Ra'Daniel McCoy
Verified review

Always on point, always on time ... when it comes to choices for my personal catering and event planning needs, Yummy Creations is always mine!

Craftsman Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Cirse S.
Verified review

We used Craftsman Catering for our wedding a few weeks ago and Joe and his team did a FANTASTIC JOB! The food was delicious and the value and service we received was excellent. We also hired Craftsman Catering for their bar services and all the drinks were FABULOUS as we received many compliments about them! Joe, the owner of the company, worked with us to create our signature drink. Joe was great to work with because he was really nice and he put a lot of work into our event. It was a huge advantage that Joe showed up to work the day of our event as many company owners do not work their events and just send their staff. We researched over 20 catering companies before hiring Joe and no one offered us the same value, product, and service that Joe provided for us. Our event was very detailed with over 200 guests, so there was a lot of work that went into it, and the venue we used was extremely strict. Thankfully, Joe and his team were very patient, accommodating, and adaptable to work with. We had many vendors and Joe was one of the easiest to work with. We HIGHLY recommend Craftsman Catering! Thank you for all your hard work!

Berg Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew L.
Verified review

April and her crew came in at the 11th hour to save my wedding catering! Thy provided above average quality service and delicious food. April was happy to work with our specific needs and she delivered exaclty as hoped. I'll be using her services in the future

Maria Master Makeup Artist
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jasmin G.
Verified review

She responded quickly and was amazing with setting up. Trial the make up and hair was amazing and i just couldn’t be happier with my look for my best friends wedding

O'SIDE BBQ MAN
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Krystal C.
Verified review

We had our annual conference and needed someone that had some flexibility on the amount of guests attending. O'Side BBQ Man was not just accommodating but provided amazing service. He arrived early to make sure he was ready to serve on time and also the food was amazing. Everyone wished they could have had seconds, maybe even thirds. We will definitely be booking O'Side BBQ Man for any future company events.

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We hired Unique Luxury Catering to prepare a family dinner for 8 for my wife's birthday on our patio at the Villa we were staying in at Pelican Hill.Chef Brad prepared a spectacular meal and the carrot cake was over the top.The red wine reduction with vanilla bean was a very special treat for everything to be plated in.The cucumber with lobster & quac & apricot / almond appetizers were perfect starters.Great evening ,Great setting ,fabulous meal ! Thanks !

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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