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Catering in San Diego, CA,
(858) 530-1885
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4.7 out of 5
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  • 28 Reviews


    Irene

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    5 out of 5
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  • First things first, the food at our wedding by Culinary Concepts was so amazing that we heard A LOT of compliments from our guests, saying they wouldn’t normally expect too much from wedding food, but it surprised them that everything tastes so fantastic! Leo and I were sure that Culinary Concepts is THE ONE for our wedding when we first had a call with Katie. She asked great questions and listened to what we had envisioned. We wanted to incorporate the cuisines from places that we’ve traveled to into our catering experience. Katie and her team came up with brilliant ideas and helped us realize our vision, and they executed it perfectly. Katie and Anita were really friendly and easy to work with. They are so organized and detail-oriented that they helped me make sure I am not missing anything for our wedding. Overall, we are extremely satisfied with the quality of service and the food they provided!

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    Thank you Irene. It was our pleasure to share the day with you and your family. We love what we do and being a part of your celebration brings us happiness and joy. Best wishes for a long and happy future!

    Dalila

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had our wedding at the Japanese friendship garden, and we had to choose from their list of approved caterers. We were kind of worried because we only had 30 guests, and a small budget since we were paying for everything by ourselves. As the caterers from the list were being scratched off for being way over our budget, the ones that seemed manageable to us just ignored my e-mails after I told them what our limit was. I was already feeling self-conscious from other vendors snubbing us off for other services, but thankfully, Katie and her team were amazing and patient from day one. As if the great service wasn’t enough, the food was also delicious. The day of the tasting, we were fully convinced that they would deliver the kind of experience we were hoping for on our wedding night. When the actual evening came, they were prompt in their service, able to fully communicate with the venue and the other vendors we had employed for the night's festivities. We heard nothing but compli... Read more

    Katy

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    5 out of 5
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  • Culinary Concepts was such a great company to work with! Our guests all raved about how good our food was at our cocktail hour and reception. We had a scheduled tasting, which was a world's difference compared to other tastings we had experienced. Katie was so friendly, personable, and professional. She talked us through every aspect of our wedding as we all ate our sample courses, which were delicious. She gave great tips and suggestions for our wedding planning, which were greatly appreciated. At the reception, we had a dual entrée plated dinner that was cooked onsite, Everything tasted so fresh and really gave the SoCal vibe we were looking for. They even accommodated for guests that had dietary allergies or restrictions. They are such a great, professional company; thank you for helping us achieve our perfect day!

    Brent

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    5 out of 5
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  • Culinary Concepts Catering is one spectacular catering company. For one, they understand their customer. Most catering companies usually have a list of dishes they can make and you create your menu based on their selections. However, Culinary Concepts was able to create a custom menu for our wedding that felt completely ours. When we first started discussing our wedding, we gave them a simple instruction: we're looking for something modern and unique with a Southeast Asian flair. We were impressed that their first go at our menu, we asked for ZERO changes. Everything single bite we tasted from their custom menu was absolutely delicious and was well inline with our vision. We couldn't believe it. You could tell they really listened to us and understood the vision we were trying to achieve. What was more amazing is the food tasted even better at our wedding than it did during our tasting, and our guests could not stop coming up to us and raving about it! The biggest hit of the ni... Read more

    Alyssa

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    5 out of 5
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  • The team was amazing. They provided special meals for all my guests with dietary needs, provided exceptional service and were incredibly responsive to all my questions. Gina, Myra, & Alicia provided amazing before and day of help. I couldn't have done it without them.

    Gina

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    5 out of 5
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  • Culinary Concepts did such a fantastic job catering our wedding this past June at the Scripps Seaside Forum!! Merlot was our catering specialist, and she was great to work with. She worked with us throughout the process, arranging our tasting, conducting a walk-through with our day-of coordinator, selecting and adjusting our menu, keeping on top of our table layout & seating (even up to the last minute!), and more. She was very careful in handling the dietary restrictions, and even helped us save a bit of money, when our guest count turned out lower than expected which would otherwise have increased the per-person price. Javier was our banquet captain, and he made sure the service & food quality was top notch. He & the team served tray passed appetizers and cheese & veg displays at our cocktail hour, and served plated dinners of salad with a choice of bourbon mustard glazed tri-tip, crispy skin herb roasted chicken or stuffed bell peppers. During the ceremony, they presented a ... Read more

    Kimberly

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    5 out of 5
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  • From the first email exchange Merlot made me feel comfortable and made me feel like my opinions mattered. She was always a delight to work with and accommodating to my last minute changes. I have referred them to anyone looking for event catering in San Diego as their food was to die for! Our venue wouldn't allow food trucks but thank goodness because they brought the non traditional wedding food (which is what we wanted) along with the formal elegance of a wedding. Could t have been happier with our decision! *our guest still being up the good and we are almost 6 months post wedding ??

    User4768077

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  • Outstanding tasting experience. The entire team from the moment we parked to the end of the tasting was great! They focus on every detail and really present culinary art.

    Stephanie

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    5 out of 5
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  • The whole team at Culinary Concepts (Christie, Aubrey, and Javier) did such a great job at our wedding last weekend! We were able to customize the entire menu, and they were able to do everything! Everyone at the wedding loved the food and had more than enough to eat. At the reception, they provided a private server to make sure that my husband and I had food and drinks throughout the whole night. Overall, their quality of food is great as well as their service!

    Cassie

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    5 out of 5
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  • We first met Chef Donald and Sous Chef Chris at the Orfila Bridal Show in 2013. We came to the show specifically to find a caterer, so we brought my best friend (and Maid of Honor), who is a chef with plenty of catering experience. She was able to ask the questions we never would have thought to ask, and she was thoroughly impressed with Donald and Chris. We also all agreed that the albacore bruchetta they brought for us to sample was our favorite of the day! We scheduled a tasting, and after working briefly with Kathy (owner), we were one of the first couples to have the opportunity to work with Christie as she started working with Culinary Concepts. Christie was absolutely INCREDIBLE to work with!!! She was professional and fun, and was extremely responsive whenever we had questions for her. She made sure everything was absolutely perfect on our wedding day, and the server staff was extremely professional and friendly! One of the servers brought a plate of hors d'oeuvres for us as we... Read more

    Randy

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • Wonderful food. The best we ever had at a Wedding. Good company to work with.

    Rebecca

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • Nearly a month after the wedding, and do you know what I'm still hearing from the people who attended? "What an amazing wedding...the food was INCREDIBLE!" Both me and my husband *love* food, and it's a love that's shared by pretty much all of our family and friends. Our guests range from total Foodies (with a capital F) who read food blogs and are always on the lookout for hot new chefs, to grandmothers and aunts with killer recipes that have been passed down for generations. We knew that food was going to be the one thing for our wedding where we were willing to splurge a little. We also had a bit of a strange dream: we imagined a caterer who could provide the perfect mix of Mexican and Polish food. I'm Latina, he's 1st-gen Polish-American...so what better way to celebrate the joining of our families? There were only a few caterers that we contacted that were confident that they could take on this challenge. Only three were responsive enough to arrange a tasting that could a... Read more

    Frances

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    4.1 out of 5
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  • Food is very important to us - we've had a lot of mediocre wedding food and knew we wanted to avoid that. We struggled to select a caterer after multiple tastings, but booked with Culinary Concepts immediately because of their incredible food and excellent vegetarian options. They delivered on the day of, serving a delicious meal cooked on the premises. We added an option for late-night fries, which our guests loved. The service was great - they prepared special plates of appetizers and mains for my husband and me, so we could actually try the dishes we had selected. And they also packed up food for us to take home and enjoy later. The decor they provided and the presentation of the food was lovely and worked well with our venue. Catering is a huge undertaking and the caterer is responsible for so many aspects of the wedding day. We felt that CC met our expectations overall, especially at the Scripps Seaside Forum which requires you to provide everything yourself. We would still highly... Read more

    Karen

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Culinary Concepts catered our May 2015 wedding at Scripps Seaside Forum. Merlot was a pleasure to work with. She answered our questions quickly and efficiently and kept us on track with payments. The food was amazing (a small selection: lamb chop lollipops, caprese skewers, steak, salmon with avocado/mango salsa) and we and our guests were very happy!

    Kevin

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    4.7 out of 5
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  • Culinary Concepts is wonderful to work with. From the menu selection, to answering questions, to execution during the night was absolutely excellent! All the guests raved about the quality of the food and the amazing dessert bar. Christie and Aubrey were so easy to work with and very understanding of all the changes leading up to the wedding. They are very prompt with responses and invoice changes. I highly recommend Culinary Concepts!

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