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San Clemente Caterers

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Aioli
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
Verified review

Aioli is amazing! We use their catering every week for office lunches and often for special events. They are very professional and always on time. The staff magically appears with fabulous, healthy food selections. All this for a very affordable price. We love you guys! You are the best in the business and we thank you for all you do! :)

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 48 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey S.
Verified review

I have to qualify this review first by saying I have worked as a professional cook and have owned a catering business. So I have an eye for and know what works and what doesn't, what can be prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality, and what can be done on sight and off-site with the aim of making sure everything is properly expedited and comes out on time. When I arrived the table was set up nicely set up and decorated. However, we had previously informed Chef that we were going to be 13 and we would like two tables, as some people are uncomfortable with sitting at a table of 13 people. So we had to ask Chef to please separate the two tables. When Bridgette came the day before, my wife mentioned she wanted a table of 6 and one of 7, not two tables pushed together to make 13. There were also no cloth napkins, but paper napkins. I guess assuming that a request for "linens" did not include cloth napkins, only tablecloths. But I digress. Even though this was done in our home where we are well equipped, I still expect anyone coming to prepare food to come fully equipped to meet their needs without having to use the home equipment. This was not the case, as Chef used our Kitchenaid, tongs, and other items. As well, they did not have a serving platter for one of the hors'd'oeuvres. Furthermore, they had to use some of our silverware because they did not bring everything needed (spoons, forks). There were steak knives on the table when we were eating fish, and no other knives. I had no problem with this because, of course, I wanted the event to go smoothly. But other clients might not have been as flexible. Finally, they used all my kitchen towels and had them all wet, from I don't know what- but it's easy enough to bring your own hand towels. As well, because we used the plates on the table for hors'd'ouevres, they had to wash and prepare again for salad plates, as they had expected the hors'd'oeuvres to simply be finger food. Nonetheless, the hors'd'oeuvres-asparagus with prosciutto and chicken bites, or whatever they might have been-still require plates. This delayed serving. More forethought should have been given to how this was all going to go down. Personally, I would have brought the salad all prepped. Because it wasn't prepped, it meant a longer serving delay. The server didn't know the difference between wine and water glasses-some basic protocol needed. The food was excellent and I had several very positive compliments from the guests, this is where they shined, and it was served hot and fresh like it should be. We had a delicious shaved fennel salad with parmesan, and a main course of Blackened Sea Bass with a succotash and roasted potatoes. That is the beauty of preparing on-site. I say this with the caveat, as mentioned earlier, that a few things could have been prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality. This would have allowed the service to flow more quickly and not have such long delays between dishes. As Chef prepared the chocolate mousse on site, some people had to leave before dessert since it took well over 45 minutes between our main course and dessert. While we had agreed that I would supply the chocolate, it I had known it was going to take chef so long to prepare it, I would have suggested it be made beforehand. If I had done this lunch, I would have brought the mousse pre-made. They used up my whole bag of ice too-I would have brought ice. Finally, food left over was taken away and not left with us. I asked the server I f she was going to leave the food to me as she was walking out and she laughed uncomfortably and said no. My assumption is that the client paid for the food, they should get any leftovers. I give Kudos to the Chef for excellent food, but the service was uncomfortably slow and everyone noticed. Finally, the server was inexperienced. Overall, organization and attention to details were lacking. To end on a positive note, they did an excellent job leaving the kitchen just as the found it and were friendly and professional despite the hiccups mentioned. I didn't have to worry about anything. If you are looking for good food, Chef Mumsie does a great job. But please ask that they send you experienced servers, and make sure to point out every possible detail that you can think of, because in my experience, they did not have a checklist or form to check off what you do or don't need for an event.

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jeff W.
Verified review

Highly recommend Gourmet Lovers Catering and Cakes. These guys are the best and the service was second to none!!!

Top Pro
  • 18 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
David T.
Verified review

Our experience with Chef Mike was outstanding. The food was excellent and plentiful. The servers were polite and responsive and the bar tender was everyone's favorite. The clean up was satisfactory. I would definitely recommend Gourmet Your Way Catering.

Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 90 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 149 hires on Thumbtack
Marina D.
Verified review

I am so glad that we chose Mr. WorldWide Catering for our wedding day! My husband and I both wished we could have had more time to have eaten way more tacos, it was so good! Everyone loved the food and when we walked around to see everyone during dinner, all everyone could say was how much they enjoyed it! Jose worked with our budget and was amazing through the whole process - I would recommend him to anyone looking for a professional, friendly, and talented caterer!

  • 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 !

One Hot Dish Catering Co.
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel C.
Verified review

One Hot Dish catered my wedding in at Camp Wrightwood and went above and beyond my expectations. We chose their BBQ menu and it was phenomenal. Every guest complimented the food (especially the Texas Egg Rolls and Mac n Cheese). Michelle was amazing as well. She was at the site early, communicated with me frequently and was just such a major blessing. She helped create a low stress environment and handled everything with professionalism and finesse. I would HIGHLY recommend One Hot Dish catering!!!

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 63 reviews
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Janice F.
Verified review

I would highly recommend Lilian for your catering needs! She catered our business cocktail party for approximately 25 people in our home supplying tray-passed hors d'oeuvres. She possesses a vivacious personality and is extremely fun to work with! Her culinary skills are excellent...the food was fantastic! (My personal favorite was the Sicilian Swordfish Skewers.) She will be the first person I call when I need a caterer again!!

Chef Leslie Ann Catering
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara Z.
Verified review

I attended a dinner party prepared by Chef Leslie that was amazing in all aspects. The quality and presentation of the food was fit for a royal dinner. Great dinner and service! Would definitely recommend her for any type of catering need.

BAPS!
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy B.
Verified review

We used BAPS! catering for our annual Halloween party for about 100 people. The food was AMAZING and a crowd pleaser. The prices were reasonable and Brad was professional and responsive; super helpful. They did drop-off service and set it up with everything we needed and extra supplies and food to replenish as things ran out. Would use them again and highly recommend them.

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
Verified review

I used 'drop off' service, everything was perfect! Fantastic catering by Keith for a summer party I organized for my 89 year old mother. He and staff were right on time, plated everything on beautiful serving dishes, and set up everything. Food was terrific, got lots of compliments. Recommend highly.

APRIL'S on GIRARD Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Carolann N.
Verified review

Simply put....AMAZING! April is our new go to event caterer, she is the best of the best. Details, exquisite food, and she is so warm and kind on top of that! All if our guests were so impressed!!

  • 18 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Bob D.
Verified review

I found Catering by Ashley/Blackburn's on Thumbtack. Wow, what a find! First they showed up on time, big plus. They were helpful and friendly in setting up. There were no hidden fees or surprises. They were very good with people. Bill and Ashley were both lovely people and professional. They were able to cater within my budget. The food was excellent! I received many compliments from those within my company on how good the food was.

Qworks LLC
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Hilary F.
Verified review

They catered my company luau and knocked everyone's socks off with the whole roasted pig! I've been to several other events QWorks catered and I can honestly say it's the best Southern California BBQ I've ever had. They use only high quality, fresh ingredients. Not only is the food great, the owners are really nice guys who are super easy to work with and want to do their very best to make your event a success.

Tuition Bites
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 13 hires 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!

Actual Requests

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Need a Caterer on June 28, 2014

Pala, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - with servers
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    Italian
  • Number of guests
    60-80

Need Catering Services on June 1, 2013

Los Angeles, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    I'm not sure yet
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    BBQ
  • Number of guests
    80-100
  • $1205.32
    Average price

Need a Catering Service on May 11, 2013

Poway, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    I'm not sure yet
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    Mexican/Latin
  • Number of guests
  • Details
    looking for a taco stand for 30 people
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