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Torrance Custom Caterers

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Married To Food Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maria V.
Verified review

I was very happy with Chef Marcel's catering and his team. He came early and preped appetizers that were yummy. So everything went smoothly. My guest raved about the rice/orzo and the triton. I highly recommend his service to anyone looking for a great chef who is down to earth friendly and is great at what he does.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
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Hilary S.
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I needed a caterer for my dad's funeral reception. Spoke to other caterers but Carolina of Gourmet Lover's Catering was the only one who gave her condolences, this meant a lot to me. The full service presentation was tasteful, the food delicious and reasonably priced. There were no exta added on fees like the other caterers. I highly recommend Gourmet Lover's Catering, Boris & Carolina are a wonderful team and you will not be disappointed.

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

Chef Mumsie is, without exception, one of the best caterers I have worked with in the Los Angeles area. Her personal service, commitment to excellence, and over-and-above contributions made our several week-long meetings (during Summer 2014) a huge success. The menus were savory and enjoyed by all guests, the food was delivered fresh, not and easy for us to display well. Knowing that all the catering was completely taken care of allowed me to focus on the things that mattered--my guests! Not a single detail was missed. I very highly recommend Chef Mumsie's services to anyone in the Orange or Los Angeles County areas for any event, large or small. Without question, I will be a repeat customer! Thank you!

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl H.
Verified review

Anna and her crew at "The Grill and Pastry Creations Catering" were great! Anna arrived early before her staff and went work helping me with mixing punch and setting up the kitchen. She and her staff were very friendly and helped to calm us with their professionalism. Friends and family complemented us throughout the evening about the food served at my 50th birthday celebration. We were very happy with the products and services. Very professional with a casual feel. The Vegetarian Lasagna was the BOMB! We will be re-contacting you in the future. Thank you so much! Albert & Cheryl

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Hoofrish P.
Verified review

Sierra Madre Catering has the best tasting food! The flavor is always so fresh, they're really accomodating in making a custom menu and thier staff is really great. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a corporate meal or private party. I've had them for both.

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Aioli
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Craig Y.
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We had a birthday party with over 130 people this weekend and Aioli Catering knocked it out of the park! Food was delicious and there was plenty of it! Jordan was very responsive and professional. They showed up right on time and delivered a great meal at a great price. They followed up with us to make sure everything went well! I would highly recommend Jordan and Aioli catering for your special event!

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Kimberly F.
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Alexis was amazing form start to finish! I was giving a last minute birthday party for my husband and 4 other friends. I had a theme in mind and a budget to work with for about 20 people. Alexis came up with great suggestions for my theme and stayed right on budget. She delivered, prepared and set up everything for me and all with grace and charm. The food was way beyond the quality I expected. I clearly got more than I paid for too. I highly recommend her custom catering services and will definitely call on her again when the need arrises.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
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Kenia R.
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Thank you very much for catering our UCR Chicano Latino Alumni Fundraiser. Everything was beyond what we expected. Thank you!

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Jeff R.
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Segars culinary did a phenomenal job last night catering a very special dinner. Their attention to detail and ability to combine art and food in one amazing meal was second to none. They far exceeded our expectations and I would - and WILL - have them again to cook again soon. Without a question one of the best meals we have had in memory.

  • 13 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Kristan T.
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Food First Events & Catering Co. recently did two events for my company and the feedback was amazing! The food was stepped up in such a way that the impact was noticeable. The breakfast spreads that were delivered on time and set up impeccably were delicious with a few notable homemade pastry items that left people talking! I experienced nothing but professionalism, reliability and class from this experience. Also, working with David to make sure I met my budget was extremely easy and he was eager to help meet my needs without compromising quality. I highly recommend!

Mobile Caterer
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Dale G.
Verified review

This event went off without a hitch. Mobile Caterer was on time, on point and on the ball for the entirety of the event. They rolled with the changes I had and made the event a complete success. The food was incredible. The set up was beautiful. They went above and beyond considering they had the best value of any of the caterers who responded to my project request. It was truly seamless and effortless.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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David R.
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Shelley makes the most amazing, inspiring, and eclectic dishes. Always flavorful...you would never believe it was Vegan! I use her for all of my private catering needs. She's is always accommodating and provides impeccable ontime service. She always chooses organic, heart healthy produce for her creations. I have used her so many times, I honestly don't think there is something she cannot create!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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LYNDSEY M.
Verified review

Here are some highlights that stuck out: gave advice about all kinds of things leading up to the big day- rehearsal dinner location, invitations, wedding games; really listened to what we like & tailored her suggestions accordingly; was patient with us when we were indecisive; gave us a lot of guidance during the rehearsal; stayed all the way through the end of the night and packed up our parents' cars. One of her major "deliverables" is an awesomely detailed schedule of events! This was a huge asset for us. She was also extremely attentive & helpful! She was direct but not bossy- exactly what we were hoping for. I would definitely recommend her to any brides who need some guidance!

A Taste of Gourmet Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! I have hired other caterers in the past, but none of them come close the experience I had with Chef Lofthouse and his team. Chef Lofthouse created a spectacular menu and it was delicious to eat. He and his team took care of all of the planning and set-up for the event. They served perfectly on time, and gave me and my guests such great service, that my guests are still emailing me to get Chef Lofthouse's phone number. You are missing out if you don't have him cater your party!

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Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Julius C.
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Greg made our night a very memorable one! He really took the time to tailor a meal that was both creative and flavorful. His passion for food and cooking truly made this a REAL fine dining experience. If you want great food and good vibes, we highly recommend him.

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kaylee D.
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Chef LaTay was very professional and the food was the best I've ever had. Every morsel of food was delicious, even the baked goods were good. Her presentation was very appealing to the eye. I will continue to patronize Chef LaTay as my catering service.

Madkins Catering
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Carissa M.
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Provided Thanksgiving services for an intimate family gathering. Staff was professional and arrived on time. The food arrived hot and ready to eat. The turkey was extremely tender and flavorful. They offer large portion sizes, we had so much leftovers for black Friday. We will definitely use La Perry Catering in the future.

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
John C.
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Wendell catered a private event, for a group of all vegan / plant based guests. The food was phenomenal and some of the best plant based food I've had. There was a large variety of flavors and dishes - greens, tempeh, tofu, seitan, tons of veggies, quinoa and more. The variety of food was so good, I am looking to bring him as a private chef for a series of wellness retreats.

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!

abeautifullife jamaican
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nathan L.
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Aja and her team were nothing but amazing! I hosted an event in October and wanted something new and different for the food. The Jamaican Fusion cuisine she prepared was full of flavor and everyone was raving about it. I highly recommend her for any of your catering needs.

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

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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