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How to Find Good Caterers in Ventura County CA

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

Updated December 21, 2013

 The TOP 10 Catering Companies in Ventura County CA

Command Performance Catering
(805) 523-3232
5273 N Commerce Ave # 6
Moorpark, CA 93021

Areas Served: Moorpark CA, Ventura CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Oxnard CA, Simi Valley CA, Ojai CA, ...

Canteen of Coastal California
(805) 485-1414
121 Bernoulli Cir
Oxnard, CA 93030

Areas Served: Ventura County, Oxnard CA, Camarillo CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Ventura CA, Simi Valley CA

Kay's Gourmet Catering
(818) 889-1161
30941 Agoura Rd # 322
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Areas Served: Westlake Village CA, Simi Valley CA, Oxnard CA, Simi Valley CA, Thousand Oaks CA

Renaissance Catering Inc
(818) 999-0990
PO Box 7623
Westlake Village, CA 91359

Areas Served: Westlake Village CA, Oxnard CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Simi Valley CA, Ventura CA, ...

Behind the Scenes Catering
(805) 646-1133
1002 E Ojai Ave # D
Ojai, CA 93023

Areas Served: Ojai CA, Ventura CA, Oxnard CA, Camarillo CA, Simi Valley CA, Thousand Oaks CA, ...

Buenaventura Catering
(805) 650-7559
1673 Donlon St # 205
Ventura, CA 93003

Areas Served: Oxnard CA, Simi Valley CA, Ventura CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Camarillo CA, Ojai CA

Fanfare
(805) 643-0970
10 Harbor Blvd
Ventura, CA 93001

Areas Served: Simi Valley CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Oxnard CA, Ventura CA, Ventura County CA

How to Find Good Caterers in Ventura County CA 

 

There is no state license required for catering in Ventura 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 Ventura County CA Perform Numerous Services
Caterers in Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura County CA Can Create a Personalized Menu
The caterers in Ventura 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 Ventura County Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these caterers in Ventura County: Renaissance Catering Inc, Kay's Gourmet Catering, Buenaventura Catering, Behind the Scenes Catering, Canteen of Coastal California, Command Performance Catering, Fanfare. Other caterers, including corporate caterers in Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura that might still be in business include: .

 

 

 

How to Hire Caterers in Ventura County CA 

Step 1: Describe The Catering Services Desired To the Potential Caterers
Explain the basic elements you want from the Ventura 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 Ventura County.

How long have the caterers been providing catering services in Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura County should be happy to do this.  But don't let price be the only consideration. Cheap caterers in Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura County CA 

Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations for Caterers in Ventura 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 Ventura 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 Ventura County within the following zip codes:

93062, 93032, 93064, 93003, 93004, 93034, 91361, 91358, 93043, 93020, 93031, 93036, 93024, 93066, 93094, 93023, 93040, 93035, 93044, 93099, 93041, 93012, 93010, 93033, 93016, 91319, 93060, 93009, 93005, 93015, 93061, 93007, 93001, 91320, 93063, 91360, 93006, 93022, 93030, 93042, 93021, 91362, 93011, 93065, 91359 and 93002

 


Caterers / Catering Camarillo CA

D J's California Catering Camarillo CA 93012

P & A Food Systems Catering Camarillo CA 93012

Sterling Hills Wedgewood Wedding Caterers Camarillo CA 93010

 

 

Caterers / Catering Moorpark CA

Fine Foods By Julie Catering Moorpark CA 93021

Two Guys From Italy Catering Moorpark CA 93021

Command Performance Catering Moorpark CA 93021

 

 

Caterers / Catering Newbury Park CA

At Your Service Catering Newbury Park CA 91320

 

 

Caterers / Catering Ojai CA

Q Time Caterers Ojai CA 93023

Marty's Catering & Barbeque Ojai CA 93023

Behind the Scenes Catering Ojai CA 93023

 

 

Caterers / Catering Oxnard CA

Adventures in Taste Catering Oxnard CA 93035

Canteen of Coastal California Catering Oxnard CA 93030

Capistrano's Catering Oxnard CA 93035

Cappuccino Club Caterers Oxnard CA 93035

Chavez Catering Oxnard CA 93030

Mi Pueblo Caterers Oxnard CA 93030

Penjamo Catering Oxnard CA 93030

 

 

Caterers / Catering Port Hueneme CA

Antonio's Mexican Food Catering Port Hueneme CA 93041

 

 

Caterers / Catering Simi Valley CA

Bon Appetit Catering Simi Valley CA 93065

Astorga's Catering Simi Valley CA 93065

 

 

Caterers / Catering Thousand Oaks CA

Fine Foods By Julie Catering Thousand Oaks CA 91362

Jimenez Catering Service Thousand Oaks CA 91362

Mr Omelette Caterers Thousand Oaks CA 91362

Sunset Caterers Thousand Oaks CA 91360

 

 

Caterers / Catering Ventura CA

Blazin Bar B Ques Catering Ventura CA 93003

Buenaventura Catering Ventura CA 93003

Catering Co Ventura CA 93001

Chanel Islands Catering Ventura CA 93001

Cool Food Catering Ventura CA 93003

Dearmore Catering Ventura CA 93003

Dj's California Catering Ventura CA 93003

Fanfare Caterers Ventura CA 93001

Main Course California Catering Ventura CA 93003

Sandwich Factory Catering Ventura CA 93003

Scofield Catering Ventura CA 93003

Sparky's Catering Ventura CA 93004

Stacey's Catering Ventura CA 93003

Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Caterers Ventura CA 93003

 

 

Caterers / Catering Westlake Village CA

Brent's Delicatessen Catering Westlake Village CA 91361

Europa Cafe Caterers Westlake Village CA 91362

Good to Go Gourmet Caterers Westlake Village CA 91361

Kay's Gourmet Catering Westlake Village CA 91361

Merlins Kitchens Catering Westlake Village CA 91362

Monrose Catering Westlake Village CA 91362

Pierres Catering Co Westlake Village CA 91362

Pure Specialty Cuisine & Catering Westlake Village CA 91362

Renaissance Catering Inc Westlake Village CA 91359

Sienna Deli Catering Westlake Village CA 91362