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Looking for Paella Caterer in SD

vinosnob Jun 30, 2010 03:28 PM

Any suggestions on a caterer that specializes in making traditional paella on site?


  1. goodhealthgourmet Jun 30, 2010 03:43 PM

    found these with a Google search - give 'em a call:

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      vinosnob Jun 30, 2010 03:50 PM


      I found these as well, but I'm looking for recos based on personal experiences.

      Bad paella = bad party :)

      1. re: vinosnob
        goodhealthgourmet Jun 30, 2010 04:04 PM

        i hear ya. but at the very least, you can probably get referrals and talk to people who have used them before. any caterer worth their salt with nothing to hide will gladly provide them. then again, there's no guaranteeing the references' palates will be as trustworthy as Chowhounds' ;)

        good luck!

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet
        eatemup Jul 1, 2010 12:22 PM

        I used the Paella Valencia one referenced above about 3 years ago and they were very good and very reasonable. They also referred me to a Flamenco guitarist.

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        normalheightsfoodie Jul 1, 2010 11:42 AM

        There is a new place on PArk Blvd near the Corner of Adams Avenue. I recently had their paella at an event and it was very good. I do not know if they cook on site, but it is worth checking.

        You might want to contact the House of Spain In San Diego
        2168 Pan American Road East, San Diego, CA 92101
        (619) 615-3188‎. They are located in Balboa Park.

        Let us know what you find.

        Balboa Park
        1549 El Prado Ste 8, San Diego, CA 92101

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          vinosnob Jul 1, 2010 01:13 PM

          Thanks all for the suggestions. It looks like we're going to pass on the paella.

          Now, we're looking for a caterer or pizza joint that can cook pizzas to order on site using an outdoor professional pizza oven.

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          1. re: vinosnob
            normalheightsfoodie Jul 1, 2010 04:29 PM

            There is a guy who has a mobile oven and he attends the WED Farmers MArket on adams Ave.

            Sounds fun!


            1. re: vinosnob
              Alice Q Jul 2, 2010 09:05 AM

              I just went to a party last weekend catered by the Principis guys - the food was really good, but they were a little slow getting it out. Putting out some appetizers or nuts & olives to supplement (or asking them to do it) would fix that though. The pizzas and apps were passed, and they had some salad and roasted vegetables on the table.

            2. honkman Jul 1, 2010 11:42 PM

              I know you are now looking for a pizza baker but if you are still looking for a caterer who is specialized in paella, here is a link to a LA blog who recently used apparentyl very successful a caterer from San Diego specialized in paella for her wedding:


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