If you’re planning a wedding, organizing your 20th high school reunion, or even arranging a birthday party for a friend or family member you’ll be searching for reliable, affordable, and professional catering companies. Los Angeles is home to thousands of caterers and event planners, and it can be more than a little bit difficult finding the right one for you.
At events like weddings, birthday parties, and reunions it’s important that the food you serve convey the right atmosphere and provide the right feeling for your guests. These types of events are all about relaxing with friends, being comfortable, being at ease, and not every style of food can accomplish that. If you’re planning a birthday or wedding, when evaluating the many catering companies Los Angeles has to offer you’ll probably want to skip the expensive French restaurants and the new-wave sushi bars. Neither of those options have anything to do with comfort.
When most people think of comfort food, they think of Italian food. Breads and pasta, pizza and lasagna — these are the foods that make us comfortable. Even once you’ve narrowed it down to Italian catering companies, Los Angeles still has enough of those that the choice remains a difficult one. This is why it’s important to look at a number of other factors to further narrow down your choice. The most important of those factors is almost certainly quality.
Word-of-mouth has always been a good way to find great places to eat, but the same doesn’t really hold true for catering companies. Los Angeles is a big place, and it’s unlikely that your friends and family have experience with many of the catering options available. This is part of what makes Internet such a valuable tool. A simple search for “Italian catering companies Los Angeles” will give you a very long list of possibilities. Websites like Yelp, and Urban Spoon will give you all the details and customer comments you need to make an informed decision.
In addition to quality, another factor that it’s important to consider is location. If your get-together is in Encino, you don’t want to hire a caterer from Brentwood. You want the food served at your special event to be hot and fresh, not cold and old, and every second that food spends on the road to your venue makes it one second colder and one second older. The closer to your event your caterer is, the happier you’re likely to be with the result.
Once you’ve narrowed your list down to highly rated Italian caterers in your area, you’ll likely find that it’s still a long list. Every major city has an abundance of Italian catering companies, Los Angeles is no exception. Keep in mind, though, that every caterer on your list now is likely to be a good choice, which means you can now afford to be even more choosy.
To further narrow down your list, look at things like how long each caterer has been in business. Call a few of them to get a feel for their customer service. Ask how flexible they are in terms of food allergies and dietary restrictions. Maria’s Italian Kitchen, for example, has nine locations, gluten and nut free options, and have been doing business in Los Angeles for almost 30 years.