Derek Dickenson began his training in Europe in 1979 and moved to California in 1983 to manage the renowned La Couronne restaurant. His passion for food and service led him to open Dereks’ Bistro and Dickenson Fine Catering in 1995. Derek’s Bistro was sold in 2009 so he could focus solely on catering and special events.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to our staff and our services. We are here to assist you in creating the best possible event for you and your guests. Each step in the process will involve you and your vision so that your event, large or small, will be designed around your needs. Whether a sit down Dinner for 400 or an intimate Cocktail Party for 20, every event receives our renowned attention to detail. We promise you excellent food, beautifully presented, and perfectly served.
We focus on giving our clients the best in food and service, creating and managing custom designed events since 1989. From weddings to corporate events and fundraisers to graduations, the variety of events and different themes that we are able to create and produce has been the reason for our solid reputation of distinction.
We look forward to meeting you and working with you on your event.
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Nicholas · Married on 05/25/2014
The catering and service from Derek was absolutely amazing. Derek was a dream come true. He provided everything we needed, wanted, and more. Derek was extremely helpful in all the planning for my wedding. The food and service was behind anything I could have imagined. He provided an amazing selection of food and was very helpful to craft our food to certain items we desired. I would highly recommend Derek for any event. The personal touch and caring Derek showed was perfect. The food and service was outstanding. Words cannot describe how truly amazing Derek was in every aspect of the catering service.Sent on 05/29/2014
Gabriel · Married on 08/29/2009
Dickenson West was one of the best finds in a wedding of fantastic vendors. When we finally settled on having our wedding at Castle Green in Old Town Pasadena, our contact there suggested we stop by "Derek's" (which is the restaurant branch of the business as opposed to the catering branch) and talk to Caroline Armer. Although we basically popped by to try the food and introduce ourselves, within a half hour we knew we'd found the right people to handle our event. The food (both at the restaurant and at the wedding) was excellent, and Caroline got right down to business with us, feeling us out for our tastes, our budget and our overall expectations for the wedding. She got it right away and brought out samples of wines for us to try that she thought might be good for serving with the dinner and at the cocktail reception, she brought us samples of hors d'oeuvres and desserts...it turned into a tasting months before we even got to the official tasting. Every step of the way as we were planning our wedding Caroline adapted and changed - and stayed within our budget!Sent on 09/11/2009
On the wedding day itself, the service was fantastic. Caroline assigned her best waiters to a few select VIP tables so that our parents and siblings were given extra care (something my parents specifically noted to me at the end of the night). I could go on and on about the various little things Caroline did to make our lives easier during the week of our wedding from taking specific bottles of wine for me and my wife as well as my parents, to keeping specific cigars in her humidor for my family etc etc. But basically, this was the best food and the best service I've ever seen at a wedding. And we heard this from many of our guests as well. I can't recommend them highly enough. They just did a flat out spectacular job.
herik · event on: 12/10/2014
Great event company to work with. They thought far in advance for us, so we need not worry about the unannounced...they knew. Again following their thought process their ideas for food were right on the mark, particularly when you are hosting for entertainment attendees.Sent on 12/23/2014