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Catering in Encino, CA,
(310) 558-8190
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4.8 out of 5
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  • 22 Reviews


    Megan Gorey

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  • Nathaniel and his team at Contemporary knock it out of the park! They helped develop a menu that was special to our day and were open when I asked for a few changes (e.g., salad options) prior to the wedding date. Our bar service was also through Contemporary, and they did an awesome job! Thank you so much, Nathaniel!!

    Lauren Rote

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  • I can't enough good things about Contemporary Catering. My guests were SHOCKED by the professionalism and service. We had 160 guests, and it was important to us to go with a caterer of high quality food as well as service. Contemporary comes with MORE staff than most other catering companies. This makes a HUGE difference to your guests overall experience. It honestly felt like we were at a 5 star restaurant at our own wedding. The food was AMAZING, the bartenders were super fun, and no one ever had to ask for more water or wine, because a server was already there filling up their glass. Schedule a tasting with them ASAP (they book way in advance). You won't regret it. THANK YOU Contemporary!!

    Vanessa

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    5 out of 5
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  • Contemporary Catering satisfied not only our tastebuds, but our budget, high standards of service, and desire for culinary creativity on our wedding day. Contemporary Catering recently catered our wedding at Cielo Farms as they were the venue’s required vendor. As Catering is a huge part of a wedding, this requirement helped us narrow down our options & we all immediately felt a weight off of our shoulders as soon as we met the staff. Rob and the whole team were incredible off the bat. They continued to deliver throughout the entire YEAR-LONG process! Rob & Elise worked with us to stay on track with our budget, and accommodate our dietary requests/restrictions. From bartenders to cooks to captains, the entire staff was professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. The service was far beyond expectations. I didn’t hear a single complaint, which is hard to achieve when you are feeding 175 people! In fact we received several compliments that it was the best food our guests hav ever ha... Read more

    Natalie

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    5 out of 5
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  • The people at Contemporary Catering really went above and beyond for us. Food is SUPER important to both my husband and myself. Having some restaurant experience myself, service is just as important as the food itself. They truly excelled at both! We wanted our guests to feel special and well cared for on our wedding day and Contemporary Catering was the best partner in making that happen. Every single step from initial phone conversations to developing our menu to choosing rentals felt so custom and personal. I never felt like just a name or a dollar sign. They also worked with us to keep things really close to our budget while still getting the most for our money. We received endless compliments from our guests and other vendors about how awesome Contemporary was to work with and how wonderful the food was. My family and I felt taken care of all day and that meant so much to us. Basically they treated us and our guests like royalty, made really unique/amazing food, were great partner... Read more

    Ramon

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    5 out of 5
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  • Rob Pausmith and the team at Contemporary Catering catered our wedding a couple months ago and our guests are STILL raving about them. One gentleman, who is well traveled and has amazing taste, said that the meal was one of the best he’d ever had in his life. Rob spent an afternoon with my wife and I and created a whole menu based on our different upbringings, culture, (Filipino, British, but also Southern/ Virginia), and was able to create an original and delectable meal, that somehow told our story, and was presented exactly to fit in with our elegant/rustic theme. They truly went all out with the details, and our experience and the experience of our guests both with the food, AND (and it’s important) the Service, was truly seamless. They helped to make it so that all we and our guests had to do was enjoy our day. Weddings are difficult enough - contemporary catering can take a lot of pressure off, while bringing a mind blowing food experience to your wedding. Rob was also ... Read more

    Andrew

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    5 out of 5
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  • Contemporary Catering is incredible. Period. Hire them. It will be the best decision you make. It certainly was ours. My (now) wife and I spent over a year planning our wedding weekend and Rob, Rachel, and, of course, Chef Nate, were there for us every step of the way. First, the food: It is 5-stars, no joke. I am a “foodie” and a bit of a self-admitted food snob. Honestly, I would drive an hour daily to Encino to eat in their test kitchen 7 days a week if they would let me. Even now, three weeks after our wedding, our guests continue to rave to me about the food (pro tip: you NEED to serve the mini chicken and waffles appetizer). Trust me when I tell you that their execution was flawless and the quality was exquisite. Second, the people: You will not find a more invested, passionate, and sincere team of individuals who love what they do and are so good at it. They are unbelievably responsive, overly generous with their time, extremely attentive to detail and... Read more

    Brynna

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    5 out of 5
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  • I cannot say enough good things about the amazing food that Contemporary Catering provided for my wedding. As vegans, it was important to my husband and I to have an entirely plant-based menu from start to finish and Contemporary Catering pulled that off even more deliciously than we expected. Everything was fresh, healthy, and insanely tasty! I definitely recommend Contemporary Catering, especially if you have any dietary needs such as being vegan or any allergies. They took our needs seriously and wowed everyone. A meal from Contemporary Catering will not be one your guests will soon forget!

    User6222174

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    5 out of 5
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  • The world needs to know about Rob Pausmith and Contemporary Catering. I hired Contemporary Catering for my wedding, which was a three-day event with more than 200 guests. We retained Contemporary to provide the catering for all three days. They knocked it out of the park. First, Rob was simply a joy to deal with every step of the way. Weddings can be extremely stressful. Our wedding would have been a pressure cooker were not for Rob. He called us at home to make sure everything was going smoothly. He introduced us to our flower vendor. He took an interest in our wedding and made us feel like we were the most important people on earth. It was incredible to deal with someone we trusted, someone who at all times acted with the utmost of honesty and integrity. It was like dealing with an old friend (even though we just met). Second, the food was absolutely sublime. Chef Nate took an active role in helping to plan our menu. He offered creative input and generated ne... Read more

    Lindsay

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    5 out of 5
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  • Nace is the man. As the owner and head chef of Contemporary Catering, this guy is non-stop. While many other vendors took their sweeeet time coming up with a menu and pricing, Nace created his menu and proposal while we spoke at our first meeting. He was straight-forward and fair, was incredibly sweet and accomodating and created a delicious, creative menu that met our semi-foodie needs exactly. As soon as I found Nace, the rest of the wedding just fell into place. He helped with absolutely everything-- rentals, flowers, everything. Seriously, the guy's been doing this for a long time and he hasn't lost any of his unbelievable enthusiasm, professionalism, or creativity. He was flexible when I needed to change things back and forth, back and forth :) and even came up with amaaaazing, truly unique, ice cream at the last minute to pass around at the reception. He treated us like family and we got amazing value for our money. Everyone should be so lucky as to work with Nace and J... Read more

    Mollie

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  • Wonderful staff and amazing food!

    Melissa

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    5 out of 5
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  • This review has been a long time coming. For nearly six months my wife and I traded emails with Nathaniel, organized a gazillion tastings, and shook up the menu more often than we can remember. See, my wife is Vietnamese, and I am Peruvian. We wanted a menu that reflected both our cultures, and our passion for great food & presentation. Nathaniel and his team stepped up and accomplished what no one else in LA could on our wedding day. What started as a challenge to any caterer willing to accept it, our wedding menu became an exercise in patience and experimentation. From the Tiradito & Pork Bao appetizers, to the Molecular Gastronomy Amuse Bouche, to the Pisco Sours, the Bun Tit Nun and the Lomo Saltado -- Nate, we can't thank you enough, from the bottom of our PeruViamese hearts, for the immeasurable effort and attention you gave us. My wife and I produce events for a living and were humbled by the dedication and service Contemporary Catering offered us from the beginning. It's truly... Read more

    Jennifer

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    5 out of 5
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  • Words cannot express how happy I am that we hired Contemporary Catering for our wedding. From beginning to end Nathaniel and Jenny were extremely helpful, professional and responsive. I got the sense that they really cared about our wedding and truly went the extra mile for us – more like 1,000 miles! Jenny met us at the venue on multiple occasions and helped me with so many aspects of our wedding beyond the food, from the rentals, to the timeline, to helping me find pashminas to buy days before the wedding. Jenny and Nathaniel were both present at our wedding and made sure everything ran smoothly. Nathaniel even fixed a strand of lights that went out during our reception. They were both extremely attentive to our needs and made sure we ate and that all of the guests were enjoying the food. The food was just as delicious at our tasting as it was at the wedding. So many of our guests raved about the food and appetizers and loved it because it wasn’t standard “wedding food”. ... Read more

    Lauren

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    5 out of 5
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  • It's going to be hard for me to convey in a simple review just how much Contemporary Catering did for our wedding. Nathaniel and Jenny were so invested in our event and we enjoyed every minute we spent with them. Getting married at the Exposition Park Rose Garden & Natural History Museum in downtown LA meant an extraordinary amount of moving parts were involved, and they pulled off a wedding that surpassed our wildest dreams. Our parents were very hesitant about our venue, and Nathaniel was able to ease all of their apprehensions, whether it was building a kitchen outside the venue, adding lighting, reviewing contracts, and more. Nathaniel met with my family, with my husband and me, and with me one-on-one a number of times, and these status updates always made me feel completely confident and less stressed about all the details that go into a wedding. We were constantly in communication the week before the wedding, and he couldn't be more supportive and attentive. On the day of the w... Read more

    Alyssa

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    4.4 out of 5
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  • We are so happy that we chose Contemporary to feed all the people we love. They were so easy to work with. The tastings were wonderful and their team works hard to make sure you are pleased. We received numerous compliments on the food at our wedding and how delicious it was. I would highly recommend Jennifer and her awesome team!

    Jon

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  • Everything everyone said below is true - top notch delicious food, happy guests...so what’s the problem? Megan was assigned as our coordinator... Everything was going fine until we discovered (about a month before the wedding) that Megan had our wedding start time an hour later than we had discussed. Contemporary were one of half a dozen vendors that were all getting constant timeline updates from our wedding planner. Contemporary were the only ones that had the wrong time... Now, either Megan did this intentionally to inflate the bill or she just dropped the ball. (Either she's shrewd or bad at her job. Take your pick, neither one makes you feel very good) We had to eventually go over her head and call Rob to straighten things out - he apologized and comped us the hour... From this point on everything with Megan became cold and petty...suddenly it took her 3 days to respond to emails, she had no idea we wanted to serve coffee - $1 per person...extra $1pp to o... Read more

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