(Closed) _REAL_ catering costs and recs in Los Angeles

posted 10 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Try TGISCatering.com  The pricelist I got from them has buffet prices from $46.50/person to $58.50/person.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

To be honest with you, it really depends on how you go about it.  I’m in the OC area, but I chose an LA County caterer.  However, I didn’t go the normal route of choosing one, but instead, went with a restaurant that does catering.  They also offered (included in their price), beverages (sans alcohol), linens, real china, real silverware, real glassware, etc. I’d say the average is normally $30-$50 a person.  Of course, it could go higher, but I’m thinking that’s for more "quality" then quantity. I think that if they’re charging you in addition (for take down, etc) then that’s too much, and I’d keep searching.  Except for cake cutting and corking charges, which is pretty common, everything else should be included.  Mine is including everything, except for a cake cutting charge, but you’ll see below that I get more for that then just the cutting.

I can recommend mine, which sounds a lot like what you’re describing.  They make great food, although not the most AMAZING EVER, it’s totally delish and for me on a strict wedding budget, the extras help immensely. Here are the details:

East Side Mario’s in Lakewood, CA http://www.eastsidemarioslakewood.com/

they INCLUDE the following:

3 beverages (lemonade, punch & iced tea)
3 appetizers
2 types of dishes (with sides and bread)
2 types of salads
Table Linens (colored to your theme) & cloth napkins
REAL china, flatware and glassware
2 servers (and a chef if you opt for their Build Your Pasta Buffet)

Plus, they offer cake cutting for a great rate (like $1.50/2.00 pp) and that INCLUDES coffee service.

I was floored when I read all that, and they only require like $250 down and the remaining a week before the event. Their prices range from $18-$30 (appox.) pp.

I’m getting a huge buffet, filled with food and all the above for under $3000 for 100 people.

Now, they offer other types of catering styles and you can almost customize what you’re going for.  Danielle is great and they really do offer you a lot of their services, and at a great price.  We did a taste test with them, and the food was really good (try the four cheese lasagna, my Fiance Italian (from Italy!) grandmother adored it.)

HTH! 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2001

You may want to check out StoneFire Grill. They were featured on Wedding Altered on the Style Network- their prices are extremely affordable and I’ve heard their food is quite tasty. http://www.stonefiregrill.com/SF.html

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

My recommendation: Go with a sitdown. The caterers aren’t reasonable. I got a quote of $25000 for 180 people that included a real ‘steal’ of $5000 rental fee of the ground. I thought that was ridiculous. They make you pay for every little thing: set-up, tear down, people on site (keep in mind overtime!!), chinaware (more expensive), keep in mind also that you pay taxes on gratuity (which every place does. No matter whether it is a fixed location with an inhouse caterer or a bring in caterer) etc. Also: Buffet style interupts the timeflow of your reception quite abit. Depending on how many people you have there is easily a difference of 20-30 minutes between the first and last person eating. Plus there is always a line. We decided to go with a sit down to avoid this. Reception sites with an inhouse caterer do have good packages that can include things such as: – hors d’oeuvres- cake- cake cutting- champagne toast- entrée Just my two cents…  

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

Like the brides above have said, it depends where you are, where your wedding is and what you want exactly….

I second stonefire grill, the have GREAT food.

I am using Command Preformance out of the conjeo valley/venutra area. They are reasonable and very professional… I just gave them a list of my needs and my budget and they somehow figured it out.

Pierre’s catering in the same area was really willing to work a budget and will negotiate with you (he’s kinda nutty though)

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I have to agree with anntiB.  I have worked a lot with East Side Mario’s and they are fantastic.  Their staff is very courteous and helpful and Danielle is awesome to work with.  If I was having my wedding here in California, I would have definitely booked them hands down!!!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Hee!  That’s great to hear, Danni!  (I was actually the one that posted the recommendation, but that’s okay…the boards get a little confusing about who posted)

 

I think that stonefire is really okay if you want BBQ, but if you want variety, I’m all for East Side Mario’s.  They just offer so much for your $$. 

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