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Antonio Ayestaran has been a professional chef for over 25 years. He is an A.C.F. (American Culinary Federation) apprentice graduate, a certified Chef de Cuisine and certified Pastry Chef.

Antonio, along with 6 other chefs, represented the state of California at the largest cooking competition in the world; the Culinary Olympics in Germany, in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Antonio received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for his efforts.

Antonio prides his business on working closely with his customers, creating custom experiences for each event. He works closely with many of the largest organizations in Nevada County cooking for fundraisers, donating meals and time, giving back to the community whenever possible.

We want our customers to have the best day that they could have ever dreamed of. In order for us to do this we only schedule one event at a time. This ensures that you have the best "on point wait staff" and that all of our products and services are available, and of course, that Antonio can be at each event. Our main focus is to create amazing food and make you feel as comfortable and special as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$40

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$32

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$36

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeuvres?

$26

Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting
Server(s)
Tastings

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$6

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)

What event services do you provide?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Breakfast / Brunch
Buffet
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

American
Asian
BBQ
Caribbean
French
German
Greek
Italian
Latin American
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Seafood
Southern
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Kosher
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
Signature Drink

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chairs
Tables

Which of the following items can you provide?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
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Nichole C. Married on 09/23/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best food of my life (and our guests)!

There are no words to describe how amazing our food, desserts, and bartending was for our wedding. We've been married for a little over a week now and I'm still getting at least one person a day telling me how great the food was. Antonio and his team did so much more than cook amazing food, they helped keep the day running smoothly and the flow seamless. If you have the chance to work with Antonio for your wedding you will be incredibly lucky.

All the food was AMAZING, but if you have the chance to add the pumpkin raviolis to your menu, DO IT! They were a hit!

Thank you Antonio again for helping me create the wedding of our dreams!

Love,
The Lee's
Lauren
Lauren I. Married on 05/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best wedding feast ever!

If you鈥檙e getting married anywhere near Grass Valley, CA, and you want to thoroughly impress your guests with the best wedding food they鈥檝e ever had, hire Antonio. Everything was delicious, timing was perfect (the buffet moved quickly and no one was waiting too long), and his team of sous chefs, servers, and bar tenders were fantastic. The appetizers and dinner were much more important to us than dessert, but Antonio also did our cake and desserts for us: fresh fried churros and a variety of cannoli flavors! Our only complaint is we wish we could have had the opportunity to eat more of his food, but it鈥檚 true what they say, you鈥檒l barely eat at your own wedding.
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Christy S. Married on 04/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Antonio is the Best!

Antonio is a fantastic chef. We used him for our son's wedding and we couldn't have been more pleased. We had a tasting with him months before the wedding and the food was very good. But then when we got to the actual event it was even more delicious and so well presented that it was amazing. His crew was also the best, serving drinks, keeping the charcuterie table filled, bringing water, just everything. And he likes to make sure there is plenty of food for the event, so not only was there enough the night of the reception, but we had enough for our out of town family guests to have the next day. He is definitely worth the money spent! Could not have been better.
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner

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We have been working with Antonio for many years and it's always a pleasure. He and his staff are completely professional and we always hear raves about his food and food presentation. We love finding out that Antonio is the caterer at weddings we perform at because we know we'll be eating well that day!

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Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering frequently asked questions

At Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
The bar service starting price at Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering includes:
  • Bartender(s)
Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Custom Menu
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings
At Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • Caribbean
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Spanish
At Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Kosher
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • Signature Drink
To cater to all tastes, Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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