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How to Find Good Caterers in Orange County CA

Considering the wide range of foods, prices and services available, finding the best caterers in Orange County for your event can be overwhelming. Catering companies specialize in different aspects of food and party services, so it pays to be sure they are right for your special event whether you want the caterers for a catered dinner for a special occasion, or snacks for a party.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best caterers in Orange County and issues related to hiring them.

Updated March 18, 2014

 The TOP 10 Catering Companies in Orange County CA

Soiree Catering
(714) 754-4405
2727 S Shannon St
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Areas Served: Santa Ana CA, Laguna Niguel CA, Costa Mesa CA, Newport Beach CA, Anaheim CA

Plums Catering
(949) 548-7586
369 E 17th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Areas Served: Orange County, Costa Mesa CA, Laguna Niguel CA, Mission Viejo CA, Santa Ana CA

Jason's Catered Events
(714) 347-1120
416 W 4th St
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Areas Served: Orange County, Santa Ana CA, Costa Mesa CA, Anaheim CA, Cypress CA

Pennington Catering
(714) 973-2173
PO Box 51657
Irvine, CA 92619

Areas Served: Irvine CA, Costa Mesa CA, Santa Ana CA, Lake Forest CA, Laguna Hills CA

Above All Catering Inc
(714) 220-1289
218 S Magnolia Ave
Anaheim, CA 92804

Areas Served: Anaheim CA, Buena Park CA, Fullerton CA, Costa Mesa CA, Santa Ana CA

Spectrum Catering
(949) 645-1060
902 W 18th St # B
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Areas Served: Orange County, Costa Mesa CA, Huntington Beach CA, Anaheim CA, Cypress CA

How to Find Good Caterers in Orange County CA 

 

There is no state license required for catering in Orange County CA and they are regulated only on the county or city level, so there is no state standard for competency and safety. Likewise, there is no legal requirement that they have worker's comp insurance or liability insurance and both are critical to you. If an employee of theirs were injured on your property and the caterer doesn't have worker's comp, you will be held liable. Similarly if any accidental damage occurs to your property and the company has no liability insurance, you will be on the hook for it.

This makes it all the more significant that all caterers bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have been evaluated by our research staff, and have had to pass all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous clients to verify high satisfaction, clean complaint record, verified worker's comp and liability insurance, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more. 

 

Good Caterers in Orange County CA Perform Numerous Services
Caterers in Orange County offer such a suite of services that they become just as much a part of the event as the celebration itself. These local caterers can tailor their services to enliven your party or event. Some of the caterers in Orange County provide fine catering for a full spectrum of events, from black tie galas, to luaus, to Western hoedowns. Most caterers also serve the standards, such as pasta feeds, breakfasts, luncheons, family-style gatherings, harvest parties, Texas BBQs, meetings, picnics, parties, or romantic dinners for two. Larger catering companies in Anaheim, Orange, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove CA might even host location shoots, weddings, corporate events, banquets, openings, reunions, or fundraisers.

Often prepared by personal chefs, the food served by local caterers in Orange County can be delivered, boxed and ready-to-heat or cooked on-site. If you'd like more involved catering services than the usual buffet, some local caterers coordinate and host elegant sit down meals, complete with hors d'oeuvres, entrees, dessert, servers, 5 star rated chefs on site, and custom designed menus. Many of these upscale caterers even have liquor licenses, so they can provide full bars and bartenders.

 

Good Caterers of Orange County CA Can Create a Personalized Menu
The caterers in Orange County run the gamut in terms of tasty spreads they can prepare. As a buffet or individual platters, some of the different foods served by caterers include chicken, ribs, hand-made sausage, pulled pork, salads, steaks, turkey dinners, baked goods, tri-tip, salmon, and lamb. The catering companies may also provide oysters, vegetables, hot dogs and hamburgers, brisket, ravioli, prime rib, and pork cushions.

Some caterers can accommodate different culinary specialties at your request, such as Italian-Mediterranean cuisine, Chinese cuisine, Indian cuisine, BBQ, deli platters, or even special diets. Food can generally be served in hot or cold buffet style, or as pre-arranged party trays. In addition to the array of foods, full service caterers might furnish tables, chairs, umbrellas, or canopies if needed.

Some Caterers in Orange County Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these caterers in Orange County: Turnip Rose Elite Catering, Pennington Catering, Jason's Catered Events, Above All Catering Inc, Plums Catering, Soiree Catering, Spectrum Catering. Other caterers, including corporate caterers in Anaheim, Orange, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove that might still be in business include: .

 

 

 

How to Hire Caterers in Orange County CA 

Step 1: Describe The Catering Services Desired To the Potential Caterers
Explain the basic elements you want from the Orange County caterers. This includes a guest count, choice of food and any other goodies you've already thought of. The caterers can help you brainstorm.

Step 2: Answer Questions of the Caterers & Take Notes
After your brief description of the desired catering serivces, the caterers should give you input on feasibility, suggested enhancements and a rough estimate for the catering services. Pay attention to the manner in which the catering companies do this. If they just hand you a flyer and move on, the presence of the caterers at your event might be just as detached. So try and draw the potential caterers out with some questions about qualifications and experience in providing catering services. It might help to use the list below as a basis for your inquiries to local catering companies in Orange County.

How long have the caterers been providing catering services in Orange County?

How many catering jobs like yours have they done?

Do the caterers specialize in the theme or cuisine you have in mind?

Can the caterers provide some client names and phone numbers as references you can check? (All caterers bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had client references called  by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)

Do the caterers have a liquor license?

Are any city or county permits required for your event? If so, who is responsible for getting them, you or the catering company? If the catering company, is that cost included in their quoted price?

Do the caterers provide any furniture or themed props?

Do the caterers have liability insurance as protection for you? (All caterers in Orange County bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already shown proof of insurance to research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)

Do the caterers set up and/or clean-up?

What is the cancellation policy of the catering companies?

What is the required deposit for the catering services?

Will the caterers provide a detailed written estimate? This is important because cheap caterers in Orange County may not actually be less expensive but rather using cheaper food or less staff than another one. A detailed estimate will allow you to make exact comparisons.

Will the caterers provide a written contract?

How do the caterers determine costs?

Once the catering company has a detailed explanation of your event, ask the caterer what potential issues might arise that could change the cost they've quoted, and if any, by how much?

How well do the caterers know the staff that will be working your event? Are they well-known employees or do they hire temporary laborers?

Can the caterer prove that all the workers sent to your property are legally allowed to work in the U.S.? (All caterers in Orange County bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to hire only documented workers.)

If the caterers are enthusiastic about their field and the contribution they can make to your catered event, you can probably expect thorough and attentive catering services. At this point, if the caterers still seems worth your time, keep reading.

Step 3: Make a Preliminary Decision of The Caterers
By now, you may have serious prospects of potential catering companies. Consider all of the caterers you interviewed. The flashiest presentation isn't necessarily the best bet. Small catering companies might be able to provide comparable services at a lower price than large catering companies.

Step 4: Final Research on Caterers in Orange County CA
If you've chosen caterers, you know the benefits but you don't know the business. To be on the safe side, verify applicable credentials, such as business and food handling license, catering liquor licensure, and insurance.

Step 5: Make the Final Decision on the Caterers
Now that you're completely familiar with your caterers business practices and qualifications, you can comfortably set a date and sign a contract for the catering services in Orange County. Solidify your preferences and ask the caterers to provide a written and signed pricing, quality, and warranty agreement for all desired catering services. Reputable catering companies in Orange County should be happy to do this.  But don't let price be the only consideration. Cheap caterers in Orange County usually aren't the best ones. And if the estimate from one catering company is so much less than others, there may be reason for concern.

 

 

Tips About Caterers in Orange County CA 


Write a Description of the Catering Services for the Caterers.
Get your requirements in order so that you can consistently relay them to the caterer. To avoid any miscalculations, all caterers should hear the same thing. Then you can better judge which caterers respond most favorably to your event criteria and the catering services you desire.

Let Your Caterers Guide You.
Don't be too set in your ways. Many caterers in Orange County have an abundance of extra features and catering services that could spice up your event. Take advantage of the caterers expert consultation and consider their full menu of options before you make up your mind.

Let Yourself be Pampered By The Caterers.
Most caterers in Orange County can provide the average buffet, but you can also find caterers who cook gourmet ethnic food, brings a wait staff, bartenders, arranges games and contests, or any number of extra catering goodies. Instead of a simple get-together, your party could be an extraordinary catered affair to be remembered.

Get the Catering Services Writing From the Catering Companies.
Particularly if your caterers are only one of many services you're hiring to accomodate your catered event, keep track of all dealings. Keep your own notes, but get all agreements for the catering services in writing as well.

Make Sure The Catering Companies Are Self-Sufficient.
Make sure you can rely on your caterers to independently run their operation. The last thing your want is to have to baby-sit a confused catering staff that was supposed to prevent you from having to deal with such things.

 

 

Resources About Caterers in Orange County CA 

Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations for Caterers in Orange County
ABC California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (www.abc.ca.gov)
ACEP Association of Catering and Event Professionals (http://www.acep.com/)
BBB Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.com/)
CCFMA Convenience Caterers & Food Manufacturers Association (http://www.mobilecaterers.com/)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
DHS California Department of Health Services (www.dhs.ca.gov)
ICA International Caterers Association (http://www.icacater.org/)
NACE National Association of Catering Executives (http://www.nace.net/)

Media Related to Caterering in Orange County
Catering Magazine
Catering Update
Cater Source Journal
Chef
Event Solutions
Special Events Magazine

 
The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Caterers in Orange County within the following zip codes:

92803, 92887, 90624, 92659, 92816, 92845, 92837, 92799, 92844, 90720, 92709, 92886, 90721, 92675, 92856, 92657, 92836, 92627, 92694, 92859, 92805, 92655, 92817, 90742, 92706, 92704, 92841, 92688, 92629, 92673, 92801, 92602, 92648, 92697, 92866, 92679, 90622, 90633, 92672, 92808, 92708, 92868, 92637, 92620, 92610, 92899, 92811, 92863, 92804, 92735, 92806, 92838, 90632, 92861, 92615, 90740, 92619, 92660, 90631, 92654, 92870, 92605, 92821, 92802, 90630, 92840, 92650, 90743, 92678, 92623, 92683, 92649, 92702, 90621, 92711, 92871, 92712, 92833, 92857, 92846, 92609, 92728, 92656, 92701, 92661, 92651, 92823, 92865, 92705, 92812, 92604, 92822, 92831, 92780, 92834, 92809, 92684, 92607, 92617, 92624, 92612, 92825, 92703, 92625, 92707, 92646, 92693, 92690, 92862, 90620, 92814, 92630, 92677, 90680, 92864, 92815, 92691, 92626, 92867, 92616, 92850, 92614, 90623, 92647, 92628, 92662, 92869, 92653, 92843, 92652, 92692, 92835, 92603, 92658, 92710, 92606, 92618, 92781, 92782, 92832, 92676, 92842, 92885, 92725, 92685, 92698, 92674, 92663 and 92807


 

Caterers / Catering Aliso Viejo CA

Bigelow Catering Aliso Viejo CA 92656

Opah Restaurant Catering Aliso Viejo CA 92656

Restaurants On the Run Caterers Aliso Viejo CA 92656

 

 

Caterers / Catering Anaheim CA

AK Catering Anaheim CA 92801

Above All Catering Inc Anaheim CA 92804

Ararat Armenian Cuisine Catering Anaheim CA 92804

Aromattic Catering Anaheim CA 92807

Bedazzled Caterers Anaheim CA 92807

Blake's Place Cafe & Catering Anaheim CA 92806

Canyon Catering Anaheim CA 92807

Catering By Ashley Anaheim CA 92807

Catering Kitchen Anaheim CA 92801

Cham Ya Catering Anaheim CA 92807

Chef Adam's Catering Service Anaheim CA 92807

Chef David's Catering Anaheim CA 92807

Cortina Italian Market Catering Anaheim CA 92804

Elegant Fondue Caterers Anaheim CA 92807

Flames Catering Anaheim CA 92801

Garden of Eating Caterers Anaheim CA 92804

Gold Coast Catering Anaheim CA 92807

Greenside Cafe Caterers Anaheim CA 92801

Jaureguis Catering Anaheim CA 92801

Jerusalem Catering Anaheim CA 92801

Marina Cafeteria Catering Anaheim CA 92805

R & E Deli & Catering Anaheim CA 92806

Royal Catering Anaheim CA 92805

Royal Event Gourmet Catering Anaheim CA 92801

Royal Event Gourmet Catering Anaheim CA 92805

Sam Kwang USA Caterers Anaheim CA 92801

Sandor's Gourmet Catering Anaheim CA 92806

TGI Catering Inc Anaheim CA 92801

Wellness Nutrition Catering Anaheim CA 92806

Zait & Zaatar Caterers Anaheim CA 92801

 

 

Caterers / Catering Brea CA

Alicia's Catering Brea CA 92821

Bella Donna Halls & Catering Brea CA 92822

Melrose Catering Brea CA 92821

Parties By Panache Caterers Brea CA 92821

 

 

Caterers / Catering Buena Park CA

Java Catering Buena Park CA 90620

Party Works Catering Buena Park CA 90621

 

 

Caterers / Catering Corona Del Mar CA

Rothschilds Catering Corona Del Mar CA 92625

 

 

Caterers / Catering Costa Mesa CA

Avila's El Ranchito Catering Costa Mesa CA 92627

Catering for All Occasions Costa Mesa CA 92626

Cosmopolitan Events Caterers Costa Mesa CA 92627

Creme De La crème Caterers Costa Mesa CA 92626

De Pillo Catering Costa Mesa CA 92626

Francesca's Kitchen & Catering Costa Mesa CA 92627

Health Food Chalet Caterers Costa Mesa CA 92627

Helaire Catering Costa Mesa CA 92626

Jr's Delicatessen Caterers Costa Mesa CA 92626

LSG Sky Chefs Caterers Costa Mesa CA 92626

Ohana Catering Costa Mesa CA 92627

Plums Catering Costa Mesa CA 92627

Promenade & Gardens Catering Costa Mesa CA 92626

Provecho Catering Costa Mesa CA 92626

Spectrum Catering Costa Mesa CA 92627

Wahoo's Fish Taco Catering Costa Mesa CA 92626

 

 

Caterers / Catering Cypress CA

Kapow Thai Cuisine Catering Cypress CA 90630

Erhart's Caterer Cypress CA 90630

 

 

Caterers / Catering Dana Point CA

Chef Gregory's Gourmet Catering Dana Point CA 92629

Party Girl Caterers Dana Point CA 92629

Ribjoint Restaurant Dana Point CA 92629

Tutor & Spunky's Deli Caterers Dana Point CA 92629

 

 

Caterers / Catering El Toro CA

Jolanda's Cafe & Catering El Toro CA 92630

 

 

Caterers / Catering Fountain Valley CA

Art of the Party Caterers Fountain Valley CA 92708

 

 

Caterers / Catering Fullerton CA

Catering Systems Inc Fullerton CA 92831

Colette's Catering Fullerton CA 92831

Colette's Catering & Specialty Fullerton CA 92831

House Catering Fullerton CA 92833

Orange County Catering Fullerton CA 92831

P M Catering Fullerton CA 92831

Pedro's Catering Inc Fullerton CA 92831

Sandra's Catering Fullerton CA 92831

Summit Event Catering Fullerton CA 92831

Tiscareno's Catering Fullerton CA 92831

Title Free N Clear Caterers Fullerton CA 92835

 

 

Caterers / Catering Garden Grove CA

A Catered Affair Garden Grove CA 92845

Brodard Chateau Caterers Garden Grove CA 92844

Chiappe's Catering Garden Grove CA 92843

Dragon Catering Garden Grove CA 92844

Happy Bakery Catering Garden Grove CA 92843

Jay Catering Garden Grove CA 92843

Pj Abbey Express Caterers Garden Grove CA 92840

Your Personal Chef Catering Garden Grove CA 92843

 

 

Caterers / Catering Huntington Beach CA

Casa Blanca Catering Huntington Beach CA 92647

Corner Gourmet Caterers Huntington Beach CA 92649

Creative Catering By Ellen Huntington Beach CA 92649

Erika's Catering Co Huntington Beach CA 92647

Good N Plenty Caterers Huntington Beach CA 92648

Just Ask Alison Caterers Huntington Beach CA 92647

Love at First Bite Catering Huntington Beach CA 92648

Reyes J & R Catering Huntington Beach CA 92647

Suzanne's Catering Huntington Beach CA 92646

TK Burgers Caterers Huntington Beach CA 92648

Twelve Delights By Frank Catering Huntington Beach CA 92649

Ultimate Touch Catering Huntington Beach CA 92646

 

 

Caterers / Catering Irvine CA

24 Carrots Caterers Irvine CA 92614

Alan Catering Irvine CA 92612

Apple Spice Junction Caterers Irvine CA 92618

Curry Pod Catering Irvine CA 92612

Food Team Catering Irvine CA 92614

Gourmet Caterers Irvine CA 92604

Imagine Beyond Caterers Irvine CA 92618

International Eatery Caterers Irvine CA 92606

J H Ham's Party Productions Catering Irvine CA 92618

Lori's Kitchen Caterers Irvine CA 92614

Meyerhof's Cuisine & Catering Irvine CA 92614

Mumm's Catering Irvine CA 92614

Pennington Catering Irvine CA 92619

Regency Caterers By Hyatt Irvine CA 92614

Rude Awakeningz Home Chef Irvine CA 92606

Salt Water Catering Inc Irvine CA 92606

 

 

Caterers / Catering La Habra CA

La Habra Heights Cafe Caterers La Habra CA 90631

 

 

Caterers / Catering Laguna Beach CA

230 Forest Avenue Catering Laguna Beach CA 92651

Chef Gregory's Gourmet Caterers Laguna Beach CA 92651

Stalker's Fine Foods Catering Laguna Beach CA 92651

 

 

Caterers / Catering Laguna Hills CA

Angels Touch Caterers Laguna Hills CA 92653

Chef Mollys Gourmet Solution Caterers Laguna Hills CA 92653

Sweet Obsessions Catering Laguna Hills CA 92654

Table for 8 Catering Laguna Hills CA 92653

 

 

Caterers / Catering Laguna Niguel CA

Behind Bars Catering Laguna Niguel CA 92677

F & BB Catering Laguna Niguel CA 92677

Neff-Neff Catering Laguna Niguel CA 92677

 

 

Caterers / Catering Laguna Woods CA

Tummy Stuffer Catering Laguna Woods CA 92637

 

 

Caterers / Catering Lake Forest CA

Cary Co Caterers Lake Forest CA 92630

Catering On the Run Lake Forest CA 92630

Luscious Jimmy's Catering Lake Forest CA 92630

Monique's Catering Lake Forest CA 92630

Taste Catering Lake Forest CA 92630

 

 

Caterers / Catering Mission Viejo CA

Three's Catering Mission Viejo CA 92692

Lakeside Chinese Cuisine Catering Mission Viejo CA 92692

 

 

 

Caterers / Catering Newport Beach CA

Cheaper Than A Wife Caterers Newport Beach CA 92657

Culinary Designs Catering Newport Beach CA 92660

Harbor Catering Newport Beach CA 92663

Heather's Affairs Catering Newport Beach CA 92660

Seaside Catering Newport Beach CA 92663

Stargrazers Caterers Newport Beach CA 92657

 

 

Caterers / Catering Orange CA

24 Carrots Caterers Orange CA 92865

Audrey's Edibles Catering Orange CA 92869

Behind the Scenes Caterers Orange CA 92867

Chiles Verdes Catering Orange CA 92868

Creative Cuisine Caterers Orange CA 92867

Culinary Art Caterers Orange CA 92867

Elegant Affair Catering Orange CA 92868

Global Specialty Products Catering Orange CA 92867

Irvine Park Railroad Caterers Orange CA 92869

Orange Tree Deli Catering Orange CA 92865

Speedy Wok Catering Orange CA 92868

Turnip Rose Elite Catering Orange CA 92867

Villa Park Catering Orange CA 92867

 

 

Caterers / Catering Placentia CA

Catering By Greg Placentia CA 92870

Spectacular Catering Placentia CA 92870

Sally Ann Catering Placentia CA 92870

 

 

Caterers / Catering Rancho Sta Margarita CA

South County Catering Rancho Santa Margarita CA 92688

 

 

Caterers / Catering San Clemente CA

Billys Meats Seafood & Deli Catering San Clemente CA 92672

Bliss Catering San Clemente CA 92673

Delish Dish Catering San Clemente CA 92673

Petite Sweets Caterers San Clemente CA 92673

 

 

Caterers / Catering San Juan Capistrano CA

Capistrano Catering San Juan Capistrano CA 92675

Emerald Catering San Juan Capistrano CA 92675

 

 

Caterers / Catering Santa Ana CA

Capistrano's Catering Department Santa Ana CA 92705

Cater Tots Santa Ana CA 92705

Chefs Ala Carte Caterers Santa Ana CA 92704

Cindy's True Blue Catering Santa Ana CA 92704

Country Garden Caterers Santa Ana CA 92701

Creative Catering Santa Ana CA 92707

Enchanted Moon Catering Santa Ana CA 92706

Garlinda Catering Santa Ana CA 92707

Gourmet Caterers Santa Ana CA 92705

Jason's Catered Events Santa Ana CA 92701

Kinnon's Catering Santa Ana CA 92705

Madga Catering Santa Ana CA 92701

Posh Productions Inc Events Santa Ana CA 92704

Soho Taco Catering Santa Ana CA 92707

Soiree Catering Santa Ana CA 92704

Upper Crust Catering Santa Ana CA 92707

 

 

Caterers / Catering Seal Beach CA

Cart Blanc Caterers Seal Beach CA 90740

 

 

Caterers / Catering Trabuco Canyon CA

Something Special Catering Trabuco Canyon CA 92679

One Bite at A Time Catering Trabuco Canyon CA 92679

Heaven On A Plate Caterers Trabuco Canyon CA 92679

 

 

Caterers / Catering Tustin CA

Bread Basket Caterers Tustin CA 92780

Azarra's Gourmet Catering Tustin CA 92780

 

 

Caterers / Catering Westminster CA

Crystal Rose Catering Westminster CA 92683

 

 

Caterers / Catering Yorba Linda CA

Black Gold Banquet Caterers Yorba Linda CA 92886

Chef Du Jour Catering Yorba Linda CA 92886

Stefano's Golden Baked Hams Catering Yorba Linda CA 92886

Tipping Tea Pots & Merca Catering Yorba Linda CA 92886

Traveling Gourmet Caterers Yorba Linda CA 92886