Entertaining in the summer trumps every other time of year. Sunny days and warm summer nights offer options galore for hosting inside or out. After locking in the where and when and finalizing the guest list, it’s time to plan the menu. Take the pressure off and seek out one of LA’s best caterers for summer weddings, backyard barbecues, sunset cocktail soirees or family reunions.
443 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Simple Gourmet’s catering philosophy is about serving delicious hand-crafted foods in innovative ways. The female-owned business (founder/chef Melanie Barsuk and executive chef Taji Marie) that has been in operation since 2003 specializes in full-service special event catering and superior customer service. From intimate in-home dinner parties for 10 to larger corporate events to buffet dinners for hundreds of people, Simple Gourmet also works with sports nutritionists to create menus for the LA Kings and the LA Galaxy on a weekly basis.
The inspired combination of preparing and serving delicious organic menus with full-service event coordinating is what keeps clients booking Eco Caters for everything from “green” weddings to vegetarian cocktail parties. The chefs, spearheaded by chef Nick Brune, create menus that combine the local fresh flavors of California with the Creole flavors of New Orleans. Chefs work directly with local farmers and ranchers such as Maggie’s Farm (Agoura Hills), Jamie Farms (City of Industry), Straus Family Creamery (Marine County), Jidori Chicken (Los Angeles) and many more to hand select the highest quality organic produce and meats when preparing hundreds of recipes and dishes.
The Kitchen for Exploring Foods
1434 W. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
The Kitchen’s owner, caterer and author Peggy Dark is a devoted foodie. Dark runs this full-service catering business, known for working closely with clients on weddings, parties, receptions, bar/bat mitzvahs, picnics and other events from small dinners to festivities with thousands of guests. Dinner menus dazzle guests with a range of themes including Tuscan Festival, Summer Dinner and Asian Fare featuring everything from specialty cocktails to tray-passed appetizers, first course, entrée and always a dessert to match. Breakfast and brunch menus inspire summer entertaining with omelets made to order, frittatas, soufflés and more. Dark’s overall party vision gives LA clients a fun, trouble-free party. Visiting The Kitchen’s store in Pasadena is a treat where customers will find gourmet-to-go food and gift items.
Related: Best Wedding Florists In Los Angeles
4120 Verdugo Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Known for macaroni and cheese pies, lasagna cupcakes and lettuce tacos, Heirloom LA puts a creative twist on food and presentation. The team behind Heirloom, Matt Poley and Tara Maxey, unite in their passion for comfort food, farm-to-table and flavor integrity. Weddings, spring flings or just getting friends together on a Saturday night, whatever the event is, Heirloom’s tomato gazpacho shot with charred burrata, basil and olive, Matt’s chicken roulade and stuffing with salsa verde sauce and a dessert buffet of freshly made pies will create lasting party memories.
3630 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
The epitome of backyard grilling and none of the work, Earlez Grille makes house calls and feeds a slew of people some of the best grilled food in Los Angeles. Run by two brothers, Cary and Duane Earle, the catering menu tops all expectations with hot dogs, burgers (turkey and veggie), turkey, beef and vegan chili bowls. French fries (cheese and chili fries if that is your pleasure) are made fresh on the spot. The price, the location and the food can’t be beat.
Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.