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LAte2Dinner Apr 20, 2008 10:25 PM

Hey-

My fiance and I are planning our wedding. How has the food been at Calamigos Ranch?

How does it compare to Shutters and Patina Catering? Any other suggestions would be appreciated. We like food. A lot. Thanks!

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  1. monku RE: LAte2Dinner Apr 21, 2008 06:11 AM

    Went to a company Christmas party at Calamigos Ranch many years ago and the food was nothing that struck me as memorable. Only memorable thing was it was a nice place for an event and if you're thinking of having a wedding at night people will get lost finding the place or going home. I ended up on PCH when I wanted to be back on the valley side and I wasn't even drinking.

    1. Das Ubergeek RE: LAte2Dinner Apr 21, 2008 08:40 AM

      I was married there and went to a wedding there two weeks before my own. The other wedding had sit-down service, we had a buffet. The buffet was far, far, far superior.

      I didn't interview Shutters or anyplace Patina as it was way out of my budget so I can't compare.

      People still remark about the fruit platters, six years later.

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        LAte2Dinner RE: Das Ubergeek Apr 21, 2008 03:40 PM

        Any other suggestions?

      2. mermy RE: LAte2Dinner Apr 21, 2008 10:14 PM

        You should also check Good Gracious! Events. They catered one of our events last year and they are really good! I believe Spago has now started catering weddings. You might want to check them out also. If you're a fan of Sona/Comme Ca, the Food Art Group also does catering... :)

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          hungry_monkey RE: LAte2Dinner Apr 22, 2008 01:57 PM

          I recently attended a wedding at Calamigos and thought the food to be very mediocre. It was sit-down service. When I got married I used New York Food Company. They run Verandas in Manhattan Beach and La Venta in Palos Verdes. I know that they also do catering outside of their venues as well. I don't know how the pricing compares between using one of their venues to not, but I found the food to be quite good and many guests said the same.

          www.newyorkfood.com

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            mountaindew RE: hungry_monkey Apr 25, 2008 10:25 AM

            I also used New York Food Co. for my wedding about 12 years ago. The food was excellent, and they were quite willing to work with me in designing the menu -- eastern Mediterranean flavors, 3 stations (meat, fish, veg mains). Good value, too.

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            KatieM RE: LAte2Dinner Apr 23, 2008 09:42 AM

            We're using Auntie Em's for our wedding in June. So far they have been great to work with, came up with an awesome French/Spanish/Moroccan station menu (those are the three places we're visiting on our honeymoon) just for us. They're slightly more expensive than some of the more "typical" wedding caterers, but seem to be a far better value for the money. http://www.auntieemscatering.com/

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              LAte2Dinner RE: KatieM Apr 23, 2008 10:46 PM

              How much $$ is "slightly more expensive"?

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                KatieM RE: KatieM Apr 25, 2008 09:18 AM

                In total, I think our costs work out to about $80/head for food--this includes all staffing, tax and tips, but not necessarily rental costs or drinks (we're providing those separately, though Auntie Ems will mix them for us). I find that many wedding caterers come in around $60-70/head when you factor in tax and tip, BUT that will often only get you a generic buffet or three-course seated meal. We're getting a pretty extensive station menu (5-6 dishes per station), plus a dessert buffet for that price.

              2. maxzook RE: LAte2Dinner Apr 24, 2008 10:46 AM

                The nicest outdoor wedding/reception I've ever attended was at the Ranch House in Ojai, which can handle up to 140 guests. I don't know if their prices are competitive, but they're posted on their website. I also know that they are booked very far in advance:

                http://www.theranchhouse.com/

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                Ranch House
                500 W Lomita Ave, Ojai, CA 93023

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                  PD Girl RE: LAte2Dinner Mar 19, 2009 09:10 PM

                  I have been to a wedding there and I really did not enjoy the food that much. It was nothing special. My friends had a sit down dinner and the food was boring. I would recommend New York Food over Calamigos.

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