Find a catering service in El Cajon, CA

Find catering services in El Cajon, CA

Find catering services in El Cajon, CA

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Top 10 catering services in El Cajon, CA

Clients agree: these El Cajon catering services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Soul Sarap

Soul Sarap

New on Fash
3+ years in business
Serves El Cajon, CA
My name is Chef Litisha and Soul Sarap specializes in dishes infused with Filipino and Southern-American flavors. With 18 years of professional cooking experience, I'm skilled in high-end dining, New American, and French cuisine. I'm a chef that pays attention to detail and I always strive to source all of my ingredients locally. I'm attentive and always have the intention of making my customers happy.
Pacific Coast Palate

Pacific Coast Palate

New on Fash
2 hires on Fash
3+ years in business
Serves El Cajon, CA
Not your average caterer but your culinary experience. We have several highly trained chefs on the team, fine dining trained servers, mixologists to bartend, a creative director to assure the food syncs with your overall theme, and an event coordinator to make sure your event goes smooth as butter. We will work with you to customize a menu, assist you with table settings and all of your staffing needs. We bring the 5 star dinning to you and your guests.
The Soul Bistro

The Soul Bistro

5.0(1)
3 hires on Fash
19+ years in business
Serves El Cajon, CA
Bonny S M. says, "Soul Bistro came forward and is willing to donate his time to cook for 6 people at their home to be auctioned off at our Big-Table San Diego fund raiser. We are so blessed and looking forward to him sharing his cooking expertise with others. Bonny Morano - Big Table- San Diego" Read more
Madras Cafe

Madras Cafe

New on Fash
Serves El Cajon, CA
Hi, this is Raja. I have it 22 years experiencing food industry make all kind of food. I’m already partnership with Madras Cafe. It’s an Indian kitchen located in Sorrento Valley San Diego . I am opening one more restaurant also I do all kind of indoor outdoor live catering
Curbservn

Curbservn

5.0(3)
5+ years in business
Serves El Cajon, CA
Lee Lee L. says, "The customer service is great. The food was delicious. Seasoned very well. I do highly recommend this place you won't be disappointed." Read more
Tainos Popup And Private Chef

Tainos Popup And Private Chef

5.0(3)
5+ years in business
Serves El Cajon, CA
Lee J. says, "Amazing food, wonderful ambiance and a friendly and attentive team. It was an amazing experience that I plan to revisit in the near future. Thanks Chef Frank. " Read more
French Chef At Home

French Chef At Home

New on Fash
8+ years in business
Serves El Cajon, CA
I have been in the food industry since my young age, since both of my parents were chefs in France where i am from. I went to Culinary school in Lyon before moving to California in 2006. I was lucky to have met and work with amazing and passionate chefs in the Bay Area when i did learn so much! When i moved from San Francisco to San Diego i decided that it was time to fly on my own and open my catering and private chef business, i thought it was going to be “an extra” job, but it Actually went off and i got many booking right the way! I love private cheffing because it is never ever boring, not a day is the same, i get to create and custo
Cassandra Kitchen And Event Planning

Cassandra Kitchen And Event Planning

New on Fash
7+ years in business
Serves El Cajon, CA
Hello, I have 30 years experience in the hospitality industry, and I have a true passion for creating exciting and unforgettable events. I look forward to working with you to create a week night meal plan for your family or an exciting event with special guests.
Kitchen 1726

Kitchen 1726

New on Fash
1 hire on Fash
6+ years in business
Serves El Cajon, CA
My name is Kryssie and I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Orange County at 15. I'm a classically trained chef and I’ve been cooking professionally for about 15 years in the hotel industry. I like to work with seasonal and sustainable ingredients as much as possible. I became a freelance chef in 2020 specializing in Filipino-fusion but well-versed in other cuisines as well. I like telling my story and sharing my culture through food.

Your Wedding and Event Catering questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Fash.

How much is catering?

Catering costs $10 to $35 per person for basic party food or a drop-off service. On average, caterers charge $500 to $7,500 total for 50 guests, $1,000 to $15,000 for 100 guests, and $1,500 to $23,000 for 150 guests. Alcohol or bartending options often cost extra.

Formal catering or wedding catering costs $30 to $200 per person for plated meals, a buffet, or food stations. A food truck rental costs $10 to $40 per person, depending on the type of event and whether you hire the truck on a weekend or holiday. Popular food truck menu options include tacos, pizza, BBQ, and ice cream.

What is catering?

Catering means supplying food and drink at a party, wedding, or other gathering. Some catering companies provide waitstaff, while others offer self-serve buffet stations or simply drop off prepared food to an event. Different catering companies provide different types of foods and cuisines, including:

  • Italian
  • Mexican
  • Barbeque
  • Japanese
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches
  • Ice cream
  • Breakfast or brunch

How far in advance do I need to order catering?

Most caterers recommend ordering at least a few weeks to 6 months in advance, depending on the type of event and number of guests. However, catering a small party may not require as much advance time as a wedding, holiday party, or large corporate event.

Large chain restaurants often provide limited, drop-off catering services and require less notice than professional catering companies. Some chain restaurants and grocery stores offer catering services with only one day's notice.

What do caterers provide?

Caterers supply all the food for your event, either cooking it on-site or preparing it in their own kitchen beforehand. Many catering services include serving dishes, plates, glasses, and silverware in their price. Some caterers also offer tables, chairs, linens, or custom place settings for an added fee.

How long do caterers stay at an event?

Caterers typically serve food for 1 to 4 hours, depending on the time of year and number of guests. Setup usually takes 1 to 2 hours. Ask your caterer whether they will include any of the setup or cleanup time in their estimate.

Do you tip caterers?

Some caterers include a gratuity charge of 15% to 20% on your bill that is split between the servers. Before adding a cash tip, ask your caterer or review the contract to make sure a gratuity charge is not already included. If you decide to give cash tips directly, pay each person between $15 to $50.

How do I choose a catering company?

Search our list of caterers, then:

  • Get three or more free estimates to compare.
  • Read their reviews and menus on Fash and Google.
  • Choose a licensed, insured, and experienced company.
  • Try menu tasting before your event if possible.
  • Make sure they're a good fit for your budget and schedule.
  • Get a written estimate or contract.
  • Avoid making a large payment before your event begins.

After reading reviews and asking questions, hire the best company in your area.

What questions should I ask caterers?

When looking for local catering companies, consider asking the following questions:

  • How long have you been catering?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How far in advance do I need to book?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • Do you allow menu changes?
  • Will you bring prepared food, or will you prepare it onsite?
  • How long will you be able to serve food?
  • How long do you need to set up?
  • Do you charge extra for travel fees?
  • Will you give me a written estimate and contract?

Reviews for El Cajon catering services

Recent success stories from people in the El Cajon area.
David M.
OMG food was sooooo GOOD! I would definitely come again. Fast service, great presentation and everything was on point!!! If you haven't experienced Curbservn you're missing out
Curbservn
Eric G.
Tainos was an experience everyone should enjoy. Attending the popup was the perfect night. The food was amazing, high quality and well plated. Frank is an excellent chef and his attention to detail was perfect. I would highly recommend.
Tainos Popup and Private Chef
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