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San Diego Wedding Caterers and Bakeries

I am searching for a caterer and bakery in San Diego for my wedding next year and I'm having a tough time sifting through all the possibilities out there. It's been difficult to find reviews on sites other than wedding sites. I'd like feedback that is more focused on the food, so I've come here for help.

So far, here are the ones that I've contacted. I realize that these vary quite a bit in price, but these were the ones rated highest on some of the wedding sites.

Caterers
Waters Catering
Pear Trees Catering
Indulge Contemporary Catering
The French Gourmet

Bakeries
Sweet Cheeks Baking
Sumi's Oven
Crumbs of Paris
Michele Coulon
M&M Patisserie
The French Gourmet

Any feedback would be much appreciated.

Thank you!!!!

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French Gourmet
960 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109

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  1. I used carriage trade catering and got tons of compliments. we had a california beach bbq theme and they managed to make it upscale to fit our location. also, the manager is a pleasure to work with and can customize each dish to your likings.
    for my cake, i used twiggs bakery and loved their work! cake actually tasted delicious-i would highly recommend checking them out. they were our first and only tasting because of how impressed we were right away.

    1. I was married last summer and we used VG Donuts in Cardiff for our wedding cake. No kidding! I was high skeptical but they totally delivered! We got a lot of compliments on our cake - three tiered chocolate and raspberry for one layer and two layers of banana cake with buttercream frosting. Our design was very simple and it looked perfect for us. Another plus was the price it was under $300.

      Not too sure about caterers, we were married at our golf club and they took care of that part.

      Good luck!

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      1. re: RebJaeBoe

        Thanks! I have seen VG Donuts mentioned before and the name just put me off right away. But $300 is a great deal.

        1. re: RebJaeBoe

          I second VG Donuts for wedding cakes.

        2. We used Flour Power for our cakes (we chose an assortment of flavors). Our only complaint was that our guests ate them all up ('cept for the top, of course) before we got to try any but the first slice we were served. ;-)

          The top (which we froze) was still delicious after a year.

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          1. re: The Office Goat

            2nd Flour Power. Their cakes are both beautiful and delicious! We had a three-tiered cake for the reception we threw for my son and his wife, and we received many compliments on the cake. I joined them for the tasting when they were deciding what they wanted, and how they could ever choose just three flavours is beyond me.

            1. re: phee

              I just received a birthday cake from Flour Power that was a delicious chocolate mousse cake. They have expanded their operation on Fletcher Pkwy in El Cajon to have retail and wedding business.

              1. re: phee

                LOL. When my wife and I did the tasting, we couldn't decide, either (hence the assortment at our wedding), and there wasn't a crumb left of any of the sample tasting slices (hence the screen name).

                1. re: The Office Goat

                  I guess I'm going to have to check out Flour Power out for a tasting. I just looked at the flavors on their site. Looks yummy!

                  1. re: skigyrl177

                    I must have defective tastebuds, because my wife and I did a tasting at Flour Power and we were really unimpressed. One of their cakes was decent (red velvet), but the others didn't do it for us at all. I'm not a fan of shortening in buttercream icing, it has a greasy mouthfeel to me, but that's what they use on their wedding cakes. The fruit fillings all had an unpleasant artificial quality about them. The experience was kind of a let-down, since we'd heard so many raves.

                    We did cupcakes for our wedding, and we were also bugged by Flour Power's higher cupcake price for weddings. Buying a cupcake at their bakery costs somewhere around $1.50/ea., but for a wedding they wanted about $3.00/ea., if I recall correctly.

                    We wound up going with Eclipse Chocolatier, where we got a great deal on their cupcakes. We actually got a discount on their regular price because of how many we bought, and our guests really liked them. Their chocolate cake batter uses creme fraiche, which makes it quite moist, and the unusual fillings were a hit - though we did opt for the less unusual fillings they offer.

                    1. re: Josh

                      Thanks for the info Josh. I'm not really a fan of shortening either, but understand why bakers use it. Artificial fruit filling flavors definitely are a put off. I'd want fresh.

                      No one has any opinions on Sweet Cheeks?

                      1. re: skigyrl177

                        To be clear, I don't think Flour Power uses artificial flavorings. I certainly don't want to slander them. They have a very good reputation and a lot of people like their stuff. To me, the way the fruit options tasted was just off-putting. Since you have a year, you probably ought to try them anyway and draw your own conclusions.

                        1. re: Josh

                          I agree, I'm really not a fan of flour power, I had some of their cake recently at a work function and I ended up throwing it away(unusual for me!!). Really not my thing. But they are definitely well liked. I find the shortening frosting and mix cakes not to my taste.

                          I was under the impression opera were planning to expand into wedding cakes, which would be interesting.

                          French Gourmet did my wedding cake, I was very happy with them.

                          Another alternative if you have money to burn is Michele Coulon. mmmmm

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                          French Gourmet
                          960 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109

                          1. re: jennywenny

                            Thanks Jenny. I'm actually the one who had e-mailed you last week about you doing my cake. =)

                            I did try to make an appointment with Flour Power, but they don't take reservations more than 6 months before your wedding. I'm doing my cake tastings more than 6 months before my wedding since my parents will be in town, so I guess I'm not going ot Flour Power.

                            1. re: skigyrl177

                              You can walk into Flour Power in El Cajon to have some of their baked goods- it used to be a Winchell's donut shop and I have had a cup of coffee and slice of cake there on more than one occasion.

                              I think the 6 month policy is because of price quotes more than anything. Also, if they still aren't charging for tastings (they didn't at the old location in El Cajon, before La Jolla also became a location), they don't want people coming in for a free snack saying they'll place an order in a year...

                              The cakes are very very good.

                      2. re: Josh

                        Thanks for providing another opinion.

                        Has anyone had experience with Sweet Cheeks?

              2. I am also searching for a wedding caterer. As food is very important to us I am seeking tasty food that is sustainable as well. I know that Super Cocina can accomodate us, which we will probably use for the rehearsal but am looking for something a bit more formal for the reception.

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                Super Cocina
                3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

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                1. re: jturtle

                  Classic, SC for the rehearsal dinner. If I bring a sweet gift, can I come?

                  1. re: Captain Jack

                    Does Super Cocina have a website? I'm not sure what I'm going to do for a rehearsal dinner yet either.

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                    Super Cocina
                    3627 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104

                2. Highly recommend Waters for both their food and its sourcing. Have had wonderful cakes from Flour Power. We went with the strawberry/marzipan confection "strawberry bagatelle" cake from The French Gourmet for our coronation of a wedding. Still one of my favorite deserts!

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                  French Gourmet
                  960 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109

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                  1. re: foodiechick

                    2nd Waters. Andrew Spurgin seems to make a great effort into sourcing sustainable ingredients and serving interesting dishes. I've been very pleased with his offerings at any events he's cooked at.

                    1. re: DougOLis

                      And not surprising...they're the most expensive quote I got.

                      1. re: skigyrl177

                        I sent them an email request a week ago and have yet to hear back...is this normal? Did you call them?

                        1. re: jturtle

                          They were a little slow to respond compared to the other caterers I've e-mailed. But they called me back eventually and were the most thorough in learning about us as a couple before making a proposal. I did find I had to bug them a bit. Give it a little time then send them another e-mail.

                          Who else are you talking to?

                          1. re: skigyrl177

                            Chile Co as they seem to emphasize sustainability, Cafe Chloe, and Crown Point but am open to suggestions. And good to know that about Waters thanks!

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                            Cafe Chloe
                            721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

                            1. re: jturtle

                              When / where are you getting married? We should compare notes.

                              I've scheduled the following for tastings next month. Listed from least $ to most $. I used chow recommendations and weddingwire.com.

                              Indulge Contemporary Catering
                              Pear Trees
                              French Gourmet
                              Waters

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                              French Gourmet
                              960 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109