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Nov 5, 2006 10:51 PM

pasadena wedding caterer?

Hi All,

I am looking for a very afforadable caterer for a wedding with 70 guests at a home in South Pasadena. In May 2007.


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  1. Teresa,

    I have done the same for the same but, maybe for us 85-90 guests. After much research my S.O. and I decided on Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock. What we liked best was the relaxed and casual but, quality of service provided to us from both Terri (owner) and Elyane (catering rep). I was really interested in The Kitchen for Exploring Foods - Pasadena. I went over a menu (via email only) exchanged a few emails but, then the link broke and no one ever got back to me. So, we chose Auntie Em's.

    To keep cost down, we are staying away from shellfishes, expensive meats and passed hors d' ouevres. Instead I am creating a wine/cheese bar prior to the ceremony and including smoked salmon and supplying my own wine/champagne. Then we're having chicken and beef tenderlions for dinner. Additionally, Auntie Em's makes incredible dessert treats. So, I'll get a small inexpensive wedding cake (Porto's or ?) then compliment with A.E. desserts and fresh fruit. Elayne was really accommodating listening to all my ideas and desires. She really made an effort to incorporate all I wanted. Give her a call and take a ride over there. Let her know I sent you. (Shari -AKA Kitchen Queen, May 12, 2007). Have a meal, take home a to die for cupcake. We were there for Brunch today. S.O. had baked banana and pecan french toast. Outstanding! I met Jodi, the very gregarious wine/cheese/hors d'ouevres expert and she introduced me to a few "tasties" from the cheese counter. They're all really terrific. Good Luck!!! :)KQ

    1. Hi Teresa,

      I used a young catering company in Pasadena called Elements Catering for my wedding at the Pacfic Asia Museum for 100 people. I looked into Kitchen for Exploring Foods, but after several frustrating run-arounds, I went with Elements and found them fabulous and very reasonable to work with. I wanted an Asian theme, so they served hors d'oeuves of stuffed chicken wings, pork satay with pineapple/spicy peanut sauce and roast duck vegetable rolls; then, a dinner of steamed salmon w/ginger, red onion,lemongrass, caramelized ribeye steak with jasmine rice and fresh veggies. Delish! The set-up and execution was marvelous and I am still getting compliments months afterwards on the decor and food! Carol Grogan was the contact at 626-440-0100 or at She and the young chef O'Neil are the owners. Good luck!

      1. The Kitchen for Exploring Foods catered our wedding. They were excellent - professional, responsive, and darn good cooks. They are willing to work with you on price so just tell Peggy what your budget is.

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        1. re: shimpiphany

          Great food, but very expensive. I had some friends look into it, and even their lower-end food is quite outrageous.

          1. re: Clare K

            actually, for the food we got they were by far the least expensive. of all the references we got for them, not one considered them pricey. not sure what kind of food your friends wanted, but the KFEF was at least 30% less than most other caterers - with no compromise in quality.

        2. As posted, we were ready to go with the Kitchen based on reputation even though they were 25% more expensive foodwise than two other caterers in Pasadena, and that was before the table and chair equipment set-up(another 20% on bill, which would have made them almost 50% more than Elements, which we went with. The Kitchen is definitely not inexpensive, in our minds.

          1. I used Duxbury Catering, they are located in South Pasadena on Huntington.