Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc.

2806 Phelan Lane, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 Map · Phone number
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About Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc.

Nestled in the heart of the South Bay, Critic’s Choice is a full service Catering & Event Production company. Nearly 4 decades in business, they have always stayed true to their values as a family-owned company. Having served over 5,000 couples and clients, they treat each and everyone as if they were guests in their own home. For Critic’s Choice, it's all about the personal connections to the people and community they’ve had the pleasure of serving since 1984.

At Critic’s Choice, we believe in fresh, locally sourced, seasonal items, made from scratch each day at our premise in Redondo Beach, CA. Our dedication to quality is unmatched and we take great pride in the efforts needed to exceed even the highest of expectations. Whether you’re creating an every day Lunch for your colleagues, an intimate Sit Down Dining experience, a traditional Wedding with a grand Buffet, or an elegant Corporate Gala, the professionals at Critic’s Choice Catering have you covered. We take pride in offering our clients and customers the freshest ingredients, made with love, daily. With nearly 4 decades in the Hospitality Industry, our 5 Star Rated One-Stop-Shop can assist you with everything Food, Beverage and Production related. We constantly strive to produce outstanding food with exceptional service to match. Contact us today for your private complimentary Tasting with one of our passionate Event Specialists.

Critic’s Choice is the preferred caterer at more than 25 venues throughout Southern California. ,From breathtaking Malibu Beach Clubs, to Skyrise Penthouse Lofts, to Industrial Open Air Warehouse spaces, the Event Professionals at Critic’s Choice, look forward to pairing you with the perfect. Their Sister Company, Critic’s Choice, has established profound relationships with more than 3 dozen Event Venues throughout Southern California. Locations By Kaycie continues to add wonderful venues in and around Los Angeles. We are excited and confident that these Venues will be the perfect choice for many happy couples starting their collection of lifelong memories, and Corporate Clients looking to create an unforgettable Gala.

We believe that the most important day of your life is ours too. Our fun, passionate, friendly and creative Event Specialists look forward to creating the perfect custom menu for your event. From designing tablescapes, mapping out floor plans, rendering timelines and creating the perfect custom menu, we look forward to making your dream wedding a reality.

We also do our part as an "Environmentally Responsible" Caterer:

  • We recycle plastics, glass, cans, cardboard and cooking oil
  • We compost all Green Waste
  • We purchase produce from local growers
  • We are a "Heal the Bay" approved Caterer in the South Bay
  • We donate food to a local food bank
  • We use non toxic cleaning products in our kitchen



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For the First Time, Mr. + Mrs
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Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc.
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Details from our Styled Shoot
Our lovely couple
Our lovely couple
Detail shots
Detail shots
Spring Wedding Table Settings
Spring Wedding Table Settings
Gorgeous Centerpiece
Gorgeous Centerpiece
Breathtaking Tablescape
Breathtaking Tablescape
Stunning Bridal Boquet
Stunning Bridal Boquet
Published in Southern CA Bride
Published in Southern CA Bride
Stunning Flat Lay
Stunning Flat Lay
Our Most Popular Appetizers!
Our Most Popular Appetizers!
Watermelon Feta Bites
Watermelon Feta Bites
Antipasto Grazing Display
Antipasto Grazing Display
K + J Sunset Shoot
K + J Sunset Shoot
Reception ready
Reception ready
Seating Chart details
Seating Chart details
Candle Wedding Favors
Candle Wedding Favors
Gorgeous Sweethearts Table
Gorgeous Sweethearts Table
Wedding Cake Designed by us
Wedding Cake Designed by us
Spanish themed Tablescape
Spanish themed Tablescape
Tall Centerpieces
Tall Centerpieces
Personalized Cookies
Personalized Cookies
Signature Cocktails
Signature Cocktails
Detail shots
Detail shots
Bubble Tap Trailer!
Bubble Tap Trailer!
Champagne + Kombucha on tap!
Champagne + Kombucha on tap!
Micro Street Tacos
Micro Street Tacos
Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates
Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates
Pretty little Charcuterie
Pretty little Charcuterie
Cocktail Signage
Cocktail Signage
Gorgeous Floral Arrangement
Gorgeous Floral Arrangement
Lounges by Collective Rentals
Lounges by Collective Rentals
Petite Cocktail Arrangements
Petite Cocktail Arrangements
Cheese please!
Cheese please!
Gorgeous Bar + Bar Back
Gorgeous Bar + Bar Back
Corporate Gala at Exchange LA
Corporate Gala at Exchange LA
Tablescapes designed by us
Tablescapes designed by us
Details
Details
Centerpieces by our Partner
Centerpieces by our Partner
Clean + Corporate look
Clean + Corporate look
Blood Orange & Thyme Mojitos
Blood Orange & Thyme Mojitos
Sweethearts Table details
Sweethearts Table details
A closer look
A closer look
Grapefruit Mimosas
Grapefruit Mimosas
The Aero Bar featuring Mimoas
The Aero Bar featuring Mimoas
His + His
His + His
Pineapple Basil Margaritas
Pineapple Basil Margaritas
Fresh garnishes
Fresh garnishes
Flaming Brandy Coffee drink!
Flaming Brandy Coffee drink!
Fine Dining at its finest
Fine Dining at its finest
Filet Mignon with Garlic Butte
Filet Mignon with Garlic Butte
The perfect palette cleanser
The perfect palette cleanser
Organic Peach Salad
Organic Peach Salad
Fromage et Fruit
Fromage et Fruit
Champagne Cocktails?
Champagne Cocktails?
Pretty little details!
Pretty little details!
Tablescapes designed by us
Tablescapes designed by us
Candles on candles and candles
Candles on candles and candles
Diving into our Grazing Table
Diving into our Grazing Table
Grazing Tables
Grazing Tables
2 Tiered Naked Wedding Cake
2 Tiered Naked Wedding Cake
Custom Design NEON Sign
Custom Design NEON Sign
Gorgeous Wedding at Milwick
Gorgeous Wedding at Milwick
A Buffet worth photographing
A Buffet worth photographing
More details
More details
Getting ready shots
Getting ready shots
Beautiful floating lights
Beautiful floating lights
Table Settings designed by us
Table Settings designed by us
Trendy Cocktails for Boohoo.co
Trendy Cocktails for Boohoo.co
Sugar Cocktails
Sugar Cocktails
Cocktails designed by us
Cocktails designed by us
Interactive Treat Table
Interactive Treat Table
Custom Made Bar Signage
Custom Made Bar Signage
Branded Cocktail Napkins
Branded Cocktail Napkins
Our Glitter Models
Our Glitter Models
Branded Cups
Branded Cups
Glitter Dipped Candy Apples
Glitter Dipped Candy Apples
Ahi Poke Bar
Ahi Poke Bar
Poke anyone?
Poke anyone?
Hip + Trendy Lounge
Hip + Trendy Lounge
Champagne is ALWAYS the answer
Champagne is ALWAYS the answer
Interactive Poke Bar
Interactive Poke Bar
Hydration Station
Hydration Station
Bar details
Bar details
"I DO"
"I DO"
Farm Tablescapes by us
Farm Tablescapes by us
For the First Time, Mr. + Mrs
For the First Time, Mr. + Mrs
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48 Reviews for Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc.

Recommended by 99% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Debra Lauzon · Getting married on 05/02/2022

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Beyond Fantastic and Awesome and Yummy

    They catered our 30th wedding anniversary party and vow renewal ceremony. Beautiful presentation and fabulous delicious food with amazing friendly helpful staff. My friends are all still talking about the food! I will for sure use them again.

    Sent on 03/06/2020
  • Talia

    Talia Shapiro · Married on 11/01/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Just book them!

    Critic's Choice SAVED OUR WEDDING! When COVID hit, we found ourselves re-planning our wedding only about 3 months before. We had an all-inclusive venue and then all of a sudden were building a whole new team.

    We found Critic's Choice through a recommendation of another bride. We compared between Critic's Choice and a few other vendors, but ultimately went with Critic's Choice because of their flexibility, communication, and overall ability to work with our smaller group, but still give us the full package.

    Kaycie with Critic's Choice spent A LOT of time replying to emails and answering my questions to ensure I felt supported and knew they could do it all...and they could! We booked them pretty quickly and they were just incredible. They offered us a food tasting that we never expected for a smaller group, but it was wonderful. The food was delicious and the service excellent. When wedding day came, the food tasted just as good as we remembered! Like truly...it was SO YUMMY!!!!

    In addition, the team gifted us a few surprises that really helped make our day special. They truly went above and beyond to make us feel well taken care of and make our dream wedding came true! They took my vision for decor and look of the day and made it happen.

    They were able to work with our budget, guest count, and all dietary restrictions! They were respectful, knowledgeable, professional. Everyone from the catering coordinator, to the chef, servers, bartenders, etc...the whole crew was top notch!

    People were raving about our custom his/her drinks! Normally those aren't super popular at weddings, but we picked our favorites and they did it all well! The guests couldn't stop talking about how delicious they were.

    I could keep going on and on about how incredible this service was, but I will leave it at this:

    If you are considering Critic's Choice, stop considering and just book them. They will not disappoint!

    Sent on 11/11/2020
  • K

    Krista · Married on 10/26/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Great Caterers!

    Critic's Choice was on our venue's preferred caterer list so we decided to check them out. We worked with Lorraine throughout the planning process. She always went above and beyond during our wedding planning and was very good at responding promptly to any questions we had. Critic's prices are VERY reasonable considering everything you get. The quality of the food on our wedding day was just as good as it was at our tasting. Critic's also offers a very reasonably priced wedding package that includes a ton of stuff like the wedding cake, napkin and table linens, coffee bar, etc. Another plus is that they have several bar packages available (we were able to provide all of the alcohol and they provided the bartenders and mixers which saved us a ton of money considering we were able to have an open bar for the duration of our wedding). The only "bump" we ran into was that the napkin linens ended up being the wrong color on the day of. Not too sure what happened there, but in the grand scheme of things, this was such a minor fault that we'd still give Critic's a 5-star rating. Thanks Lorraine and Critic's Choice!

    Sent on 11/27/2019

Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner

Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc. Pricing

Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc. Price Rates

Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc. FAQ

  • What is the average catering price per person for plated service?
    $ 30
  • What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?
    $ 20
  • What is the average catering price per person for stations?
    $ 15
  • What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeuvres?
    $ 30
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?
    Set Up
    Clean Up
    Cake
    Cake Cutting
    Dessert
    Cocktail Reception
    Server(s)
    Tastings
    Linens
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 20
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Open Bar
    House Beer
    House Wine
    Champagne Toast
    House Liquor
    Signature Drink
  • What event services do you provide?
    Delivery
    Set Up
    Clean Up
  • What catering services do you provide?
    Breakfast / Brunch
    Buffet
    Cake
    Cake Cutting
    Cocktail Reception
    Custom Menu
    Dessert
    Family Style
    French Service
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Lunch
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tapas
    Tastings
  • What types of cuisine do you cater?
    American
    Asian
    BBQ
    Cajun
    Caribbean
    Chinese
    French
    German
    Greek
    Indian
    Italian
    Japanese
    Korean
    Latin American
    Local
    Mediterranean
    Mexican
    Sandwiches
    Seafood
    Southern
    Southwestern
    Spanish
    Thai
    Vietnamese
  • What dietary needs can you accommodate?
    Gluten Free
    Lactose Free
    No Pork
    Halal
    Nut Free
    Organic
    Vegan
    Vegetarian
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Limited Bar
    Open Bar
    House Beer
    Specialty Beer
    House Wine
    Specialty Wine
    Champagne Toast
    House Liquor
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Outside Alcohol

Professional Network & Endorsements

9 Endorsements

  • Mimi Teller Photography Wedding Photographers

    Wonderful food and service. I have enjoyed Critic's Choice both at business related and personal functions

  • Amy Ling Events Wedding Planners

    Everyone at Critic's choice is just so professional and courteous! They're a breeze to work with and most important of all, the food is just absolutely AMAZING... what can I say, they're definitely my preferred vendor!! Go Critic's Choice!!

  • The Sepulveda Home Historic Weddings

    Critic's Choice Catering goes above and beyond to satisfy the likes and needs of our engaged couples. Their professionalism and friendly approach is highly appreciated by our staff. We are completely confident in their ability to please our brides. Not to mention, the food is EXCELLENT!!!

Map

  • 2806 Phelan Lane Redondo Beach, CA, 90278 See on map
    3105451144 (Phone number)
    3102148099 (Other Phone Number)
    3102148114 (Fax Number)
    We are open in the evenings and weekends by appointment only. Regular hours apply for Monday thru Friday
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Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc. frequently asked questions

At Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc., what does the full wedding catering service cost include?

At Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc., the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:

  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
  • Linens

At Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc., what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc. includes:

  • Bartender(s)
  • Open Bar
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Liquor
  • Signature Drink

What event services does Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc. offer for weddings?

Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc. offers the following event services for weddings:

  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up

What catering services does Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc. provide for weddings?

Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc. offers the following catering services for weddings:

  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Custom Menu
  • Dessert
  • Family Style
  • French Service
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Lunch
  • Outside Cake
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tapas
  • Tastings

What types of cuisine can you find at Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc.?

At Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc., you can find the following types of cuisine:

  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • Cajun
  • Caribbean
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Sandwiches
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Southwestern
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

What dietary needs can be accomodated at Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc.?

At Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc., the following dietary needs can be accomodated:

  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • No Pork
  • Halal
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

What type of bar services does Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc. provide for wedding events?

Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc. provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:

  • Bartender(s)
  • Limited Bar
  • Open Bar
  • House Beer
  • Specialty Beer
  • House Wine
  • Specialty Wine
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Liquor
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink
  • Outside Alcohol

What percentage of users recommend Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc. and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Critic's Choice Catering and Event Production Inc. 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.