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How to Find Good Caterers in the San Fernando Valley CA

Considering the wide range of foods, prices and services available, finding the best caterers in the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley and issues related to hiring them.

Updated December 21, 2013

 The TOP 10 Catering Companies in the San Fernando Valley CA

Artistic Catering
(818) 765-5500
7316 Varna Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605

Areas Served: Van Nuys CA, Burbank CA, Santa Clarita Valley, Studio City CA, Chatsworth CA, Reseda CA

Roberts Catering Service
(818) 848-8337
435 S Main St
Burbank, CA 91506

Areas Served: San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks CA, Burbank CA, Van Nuys CA, Woodland Hills CA

Starlite Caterers
(818) 789-7588
15739 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436

Areas Served: San Fernando Valley, Burbank CA, Encino CA, Chatsworth CA, Calabasas CA, Van Nuys CA

Triangle Catering
(818) 781-2823
15455 Cabrito Rd
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Areas Served: Chatsworth CA, Studio City CA, Sherman Oaks CA, Burbank CA, Santa Clarita CA, Encino CA

Someone's in the Kitchen
(818) 343-5151
5973 Reseda Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356

Areas Served: Studio City CA, Sherman Oaks CA, Burbank CA, Encino CA, Woodland Hills CA, Sylmar CA

Limelight Catering Inc
(818) 365-0140
12301 Gladstone Ave
Sylmar, CA 91342

Areas Served: Burbank CA, Studio City CA, Sherman Oaks CA, Van Nuys CA, Woodland Hills CA, Reseda CA

Out Back Catering
(818) 909-4949
14731 Keswick St
Van Nuys, CA 91405

Areas Served: North Hollywood CA, Burbank CA, Van Nuys CA, Studio City CA, Woodland Hills CA

How to Find Good Caterers in the San Fernando Valley CA 

 

There is no state license required for catering in the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley CA Perform Numerous Services
Caterers in the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley 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 Burbank, Chatsworth, Reseda, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, Santa Clarita and San Fernando 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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley CA Can Create a Personalized Menu
The caterers in the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these caterers in the San Fernando Valley: Limelight Catering Inc, Triangle Catering, Out Back Catering, Starlite Caterers, Someone's in the Kitchen, Roberts Catering Service, Artistic Catering. Other caterers, including corporate caterers in Burbank, Chatsworth, Reseda, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, Santa Clarita and San Fernando that might still be in business include: .

 

 

 

How to Hire Caterers in the San Fernando Valley CA 

Step 1: Describe The Catering Services Desired To the Potential Caterers
Explain the basic elements you want from the the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley.

How long have the caterers been providing catering services in the San Fernando Valley?

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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley. 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 the San Fernando Valley should be happy to do this.  But don't let price be the only consideration. Cheap caterers in the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley 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 the San Fernando Valley CA 

Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations for Caterers in the San Fernando Valley
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 the San Fernando Valley
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 the San Fernando Valley within the following zip codes:

91505, 91304, 91326, 91337, 91383, 91353, 91324, 91307, 91413, 91392, 91501, 91503, 91499, 91311, 91410, 91508, 91325, 91385, 91344, 91357, 91615, 91403, 91310, 91316, 91436, 91404, 91346, 91327, 91618, 91416, 91608, 91506, 91328, 91405, 91612, 91355, 91426, 91401, 91390, 91372, 91605, 91610, 91352, 91356, 91350, 91423, 91609, 91616, 91341, 91607, 91354, 91614, 91381, 91306, 91364, 91345, 91406, 91384, 91523, 91331, 91333, 91522, 91409, 91521, 91502, 91303, 91329, 91393, 91313, 91412, 91321, 91396, 91402, 91504, 91510, 91611, 91411, 91382, 91322, 91367, 91407, 91604, 91601, 91526, 91335, 91470, 91387, 91371, 91603, 91495, 91308, 91394, 91343, 91340, 91380, 91602, 91617, 91342, 91408, 91351, 91330, 91496, 91334, 91606, 91386, 91040, 91482, 91365, 91507 and 91395

 


 

 

Caterers / Catering Arleta CA

Lucky's Catering Park Arleta CA 91331

 

 

Caterers / Catering Burbank CA

Bobby Weisman Caterers Burbank CA 91506

Boyz in the Kitchen Catering Burbank CA 91505

Calamigos Catering Burbank CA 91506

Command Performance Catering Burbank CA 91506

Copenhagen Catering Burbank CA 91506

Gourmet Proppers Caterers Burbank CA 91502

Judy's Catering Burbank CA 91505

Mr Big Catering Burbank CA 91504

Roberts Catering Service Burbank CA 91506

 

 

Caterers / Catering Calabasas CA

Fresh Brothers Catering Calabasas CA 91302

 

 

Caterers / Catering Canoga Park CA

Alligator Pear Catering Canoga Park CA 91304

Bella Donna Special Events Catering Canoga Park CA 91303

Berookhim Royal Catering Canoga Park CA 91306

Classic Cuisine Catering Canoga Park CA 91303

Dean's Catering Canoga Park CA 91304

Henri's Catering Canoga Park CA 91303

 

 

Caterers / Catering Canyon Country CA

LA Trends Gourmet Catering Canyon Country CA 91387

 

 

Caterers / Catering Castaic CA

George's Bar-B-Q Catering Castaic CA 91384

 

 

Caterers / Catering Chatsworth CA

Liquid Catering Chatsworth CA 91311

Alex Gourmet Catering Chatsworth CA 91311

 

 

Caterers / Catering Encino CA

Country Market Catering Inc Encino CA 91316

Starlite Caterers Encino CA 91436

Balebosta Catering Co Encino CA 91316

 

 

Caterers / Catering Granada Hills CA

Party Nara Catering Granada Hills CA 91344

Mort's Mobile Gourmet Catering Granada Hills CA 91344

 

 

Caterers / Catering Mission Hills CA

Catering Co Mission Hills CA 91346

What's Cooking Good Looking Catering Mission Hills CA 91346

 

 

Caterers / Catering Newhall CA

Custom Catering Newhall CA 91321

 

 

Caterers / Catering North Hills CA

Cannoli Kings Catering North Hills CA 91343

 

 

Caterers / Catering North Hollywood CA

Artistic Catering North Hollywood CA 91605

Bullseye Catering North Hollywood CA 91605

Chef in Charge Catering North Hollywood CA 91605

Epicurean Events Catering Los Angeles North Hollywood CA 91601

Food Fetish Catering North Hollywood CA 91601

Kosher On Location Caterers North Hollywood CA 91605

Le Monge Banquet Hall Catering North Hollywood CA 91605

Poquito Mas Catering North Hollywood CA 91601

S&G Catering LLC North Hollywood CA 91605

Sams Catering North Hollywood CA 91606

Spicy Charlie's Catering North Hollywood CA 91615

Supreme Bean Catering North Hollywood CA 91601

 

 

Caterers / Catering Northridge CA

Brent's Delicatessen Catering Northridge CA 91324

Cheers Catering Inc Northridge CA 91324

Defuria Catering Northridge CA 91343

Fresh Gourmet Cuisine Catering Northridge CA 91324

Mona Lisa Catering Northridge CA 91326

Parties to Go Catering Northridge CA 91324

Touch of Class Catering Inc Northridge CA 91326

 

 

Caterers / Catering Panorama City CA

Mario Guzman Catering Panorama City CA 91402

 

 

Caterers / Catering Reseda CA

Big Screen Cuisine Caterers Reseda CA 91335

Cast N Crew Caterer Reseda CA 91337

Cast N Crew Motion Picture Catering Reseda CA 91337

Dr Lunch Catering Co LLC Reseda CA 91335

Hollywood Caterers Reseda CA 91335

Kessab Catering Reseda CA 91335

Sharon's Catering Reseda CA 91335

 

 

Caterers / Catering San Fernando CA

Catered Affairs San Fernando CA 91340

 

 

Caterers / Catering Santa Clarita CA

Distinctive Catering Santa Clarita CA 91386

 

 

Caterers / Catering Saugus CA

Tea Gardens Catering Saugus CA 91350

 

 

Caterers / Catering Sherman Oaks CA

Dine With 9 Caterers Sherman Oaks CA 91413

Famous Catering Sherman Oaks CA 91403

Royal Catering Sherman Oaks CA 91423

Yams Catering Sherman Oaks CA 91423

 

 

Caterers / Catering Stevenson Ranch CA

Fortune Express Catering Stevenson Ranch CA 91381

 

 

Caterers / Catering Studio City CA

Mediterranean Express Caterers Studio City CA 91604

Another Bite Catering Studio City CA 91604

 

 

Caterers / Catering Sun Valley CA

Chef Robert Catering LLC Sun Valley CA 91352

Eagle Foods Catering Sun Valley CA 91352

K & G Studio Catering Inc Sun Valley CA 91352

Lucchese Catering Sun Valley CA 91352

Salvador Caterers Sun Valley CA 91352

Unique Catering Inc Sun Valley CA 91352

 

 

Caterers / Catering Sunland CA

Mario's Catering Sunland CA 91040

Gala Catering Inc Sunland CA 91040

Ann & Mario Catering Sunland CA 91040

 

 

Caterers / Catering Sylmar CA

Cookin With Lennys Catering Sylmar CA 91342

Custom Caterers Sylmar CA 91342

D'Caterers Sylmar CA 91342

Limelight Catering Inc Sylmar CA 91342

Terence of London Catering Sylmar CA 91342

 

 

Caterers / Catering Tarzana CA

Bahador Gourmet Catering Tarzana CA 91356

Cafe On Location Catering Tarzana CA 91356

Eventful Catering Co Tarzana CA 91335

New Renaissance Glatt Catering Tarzana CA 91356

Party Organization Catering Tarzana CA 91356

Someone's in the Kitchen Catering Tarzana CA 91356

Voila Gourmet Catering Tarzana CA 91335

 

 

Caterers / Catering Universal City CA

Gourmet Bites Catering Universal City CA 91608

 

 

Caterers / Catering Valencia CA

Catering By Charlie & Associates Valencia CA 91355

 

 

Caterers / Catering Valley Village CA

Party People Production Caterers Valley Village CA 91607

 

 

Caterers / Catering Van Nuys CA

Air Culinaire Caterers Van Nuys CA 91411

Baked It Myself Catering Van Nuys CA 91411

Distinctive Catering Van Nuys CA 91407

Food ETC Catering Van Nuys CA 91406

Lady Liberty Catering Van Nuys CA 91401

Lombardo's Catering Van Nuys CA 91405

Lori's Kitchen Catering Van Nuys CA 91406

Marjolaine Catering Van Nuys CA 91406

Masala Catering Van Nuys CA 91405

Metapan Catering Van Nuys CA 91405

My Sister & I Catering Van Nuys CA 91406

Out Back Catering Van Nuys CA 91405

Rick Royce Premier BBQ/CATER Van Nuys CA 91406

Stevie's Catering Van Nuys CA 91406

Sunrise Kitchens Caterers Van Nuys CA 91405

Triangle Catering Van Nuys CA 91406

Woorigip Catering Van Nuys CA 91406

 

 

Caterers / Catering West Hills CA

Majestic Catering Inc West Hills CA 91304

 

 

Caterers / Catering Woodland Hills CA

Absolutely Everything Entertainment Catering Woodland Hills CA 91367

Dan's Super Subs Catering Woodland Hills CA 91364

Home Cooking 4u Caterers Woodland Hills CA 91303

Michael D's Cafe & Catering Woodland Hills CA 91364

Parties at Your Door Caterers Woodland Hills CA 91364