Post # 1
I’m looking for a venue that either has on-site Chinese food, or allows off-site Chinese caterers. So far, for on-site I’ve located Hilton Universal, and Hilton San Gabriel, but nothing much else, besides Chinese restaurants. I know the Hilton Universal has good food because my sister had her wedding reception there, but I don’t really want to have my wedding reception there. I am hoping for something that’s a bit nicer than a typical Chinese restaurant. Any suggestions as to places with good Chinese food and a nice atmosphere? Also, I’ve been playing with the idea of getting a venue that allows outside caterers, and bringing in a Chinese caterer. I’ve heard about Furiwa, Grace Catering, Hotelbanquet, Jade Palace and Seafood World. Does anyone have any experience with any of those vendors? Any suggestions for any other Chinese caterers? Especially those who cook on-site?
Post # 3
I think the Westin Bonaventure also does it, but double check, they may have changed.
I talked to the Hyatt in Orange County and they contract with Furiwa, and I think the Sheraton does also. (they’re both located on Harbor.) The Hyatt is much nicer, and I think their catering manager is super professional and easy to reach.
There really isn’t much else, unless you can do the legwork of finding a restaurant that is willing to go offsite and do the Chinese food. Contact Furiwa, they seem to do it for a few hotels in Orange County.
Post # 4
Have you looked into the Pacific Palms? It has a nice gazebo for weddings and a golf course for pictures. They do have a chinese banquet menu.
Post # 5
Furiwa, a caterer in Orange County contracts with a bunch of different hotels in the area, Grand Hyatt, Sheraton and DoubleTree. My sister had them cater her wedding at the Grand Hyatt 11 years ago and I am having my wedding done by them in December. I’ve had a very good experience with them so far.
Post # 6
I originally wanted to have some Korean food at our reception, so I did some research into venues that allowed outside catering. Long story made short, there are not that many venues that allow it in LA/OC areas!! One option is to rent out a private home/estate where you have much more freedom to bring in caterers and vendors. There are many such estates in Malibu and Rancho Palos Verdes. These are private residences, but they frequently rent them out for events or filming. Most of these homes have large lawns so you can bring in tents and rentals and do as you please!
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! How do you find out about the private residences?
Post # 8
Don’t know if you’re still researching, but private residences can be super pricey. $10K and up, depending on the size.
I have a similar problem – I’m getting Thai food catered from a local restaurant in Malibu. But my wedding is at the Malibu Beach Club, near Zuma Beach, and they allow outside food as long as they are licensed. The beach club is right on the beach, awesomtastic views.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
I just recommended this venue to someone else, but the Oviatt penthouse allows you to use outside catering.
Their rates start at $3000 for weekdays.
Mrs. Daffodil got married at the Bonaventure, and I believe she brought outside catering. She also looked into the Hilton in Universal City, which has a Chinese catering dept.