New York Food Company (La Venta and Verandas, South Bay)
Considering that NYFC owns two lovely venues in South Bay (Verandas on Manhattan Beach and La Venta in Palos Verdes), there's a dearth of information on the internet about the quality of their services. Nary a mention on Chowhound and two short reviews on Yelp. Other than that I've come up with nothing. This tells me:
-they're adequate but nothing special
-they're so good people are trying to keep them a secret
-they're a low-radar quality operation, like so many catering services
-or people just don't think to review caterers as often as they do restaurants, for obvious reasons
But a girl can't go by quotes inserted in a venue's a glossy brochures alone! Has anyone ever had good or bad experiences with foods catered by NYFC? TIA very much!
Verandas is a lovely venue. At a friends' wedding in December, the only really memorable item was an expresso/tiny dessert buffet table. Service was really great and food was decent/not bad.
At a prior job, we used their catering services. I think they are "adequate but nothing special" -- but a high-quality operation, nonetheless (and reliable, which counts.)
I think it's really hard to balance a specific date, number of people, kind of meal, location, and budget with fantastic food. Focus on the one or two things from this kind of list that are really important to you, then just try to flex on the others.
When we were wedding planning, great-tasting food that most people would like, within a limited budget were the most important factors. So, we threw a fantastic party at our condo's community room/pool -- for 100 people. Fritto Misto catered, we bought our own alcohol (and lots of it!!!), and served the chocolate ganache cake from Trader Joe's for dessert. All -- including servers and a bartender, (but excluding alcohol costs) for less than $10/person. Our friends and family loved the food -- carnivores, kids and veggies raved. And, my uncle commented that it was the only wedding he'd ever been to that served *good* beer.
Sounds like my kind of wedding! Great food and wine are the most important to us too, so we're flexing on everything else as well. Based on these reviews I think I'm going to forego Verandas for a less lovely location and in favor of better food and drinks for all. Also considering building my own dessert table from favorite local bakeries/confectioners and a few personal recipes instead of using the caterer.
When I worked in the South Bay I used NYFC extensively for small and large meetings and almost uniformly received raves from participants, not only for their varied offerings, but their expedient and professional service. I don't hand out compliments readily, but their salads, wraps, hot and cold sandwiches, and even light suppers were always pretty tasty and their presentations were just a bit beyond others groups I used. All that plus they are affordable. However, I only used them for work gatherings, no personal/party experience.
re: Silver Lake Guy
I've been to several gathering/weddings at both Verandas & La Venta. The food is exceptional. I think perhaps the lack of information or opinions on NYFC may be due to where you are looking. Go on any of those wedding planning boards and brides will rave left and right about the place. A friend took me to her tasting for her wedding. Amazing. Veranadas isn't my favorite location (right next to the Chevron refinery) but La Ventas views alone are to die for. Although the place is on the small side IMO.
LA Venta even offers the option to bring in your own booze (which is awesome, booze consumption makes or breaks a wedding)
I don't know when your nuptials are planned but they book like crazy fast. My GF waited 2 years just to get the date she wanted. Good luck.