Real Paella Catering is a wedding catering business that serves the North Florida area and specializes in authentic Spanish cuisine. Head chef, Juan Ten Boquera, offers engaging dining experiences that delight all of the senses. While preparing his delicious paella dishes, talented musicians play lively flamenco and classical music, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of Valencia, Spain. Real Paella Catering is capable of catering to events with up to 1,000 people.
Real Paella Catering prepares each meal in full view of the wedding guests, allowing them to participate in the excitement and create a memorable wedding. Each meal can be served directly from the pan or in a buffet format. Juan Ten and his team make sure to cook enough for everyone with plenty for seconds. Beyond providing standard fare, Real Paella Catering offers a window into the joys of cooking and the potential that food has to bring people together. Some of the services they provide to events of up to 1,000 guests include:
- Full delivery, setup, and cleanup
- Custom menus
- Provided tables, linens, chairs, and place settings
- Bartenders and servers
- Free catering delivery
Traditionally composed of fragrant spices, steaming rice, and mouthwatering meats and vegetables, Real Paella Catering offers multiple variations to choose from. These pans feature ingredients like fresh and locally sourced organic vegetables, seafood, pasture-raised chicken, rabbit, and other tantalizing add-ons. As the main course simmers, guests can indulge in a selection of imported Spanish cheeses, chorizo, olives, and other tapas. Real Paella Catering also offers sweet desserts made from scratch and refreshing Spanish sangria.
- Hispanic or Latinx-owned
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Juan Ten Boquera was born in Valencia, Spain. His parents Lola and Salvador are also Valencian going back several generations. Valencia is the region where paella, the signature dish of Spain and one of the most beloved dishes in the world, originated centuries ago. Juan comes from a long line of culinary craftsmen. Juan’s mother, Lola, is an outstanding cook, who taught Juan at an early age how to prepare authentic paella and other specialty dishes. Lola knows several family secret recipes, passed on by word of mouth for generations.
Juan’s grandfather, Salvador Ten Montoliu (1897-1974), chef and inventor, is credited to have registered in the 1950s the patent to the first gas furnace retrofitted to cook paellas (paellero de gas).
Family owned and operated, Real Paella Catering was founded in Tallahassee, Florida in 2006. We are committed to providing you with the highest standards in quality, service, and presentation.
Juan Ten entices the senses with cooking demonstrations and live flamenco music. The genial gastronome specializes in paella, a signature dish of Spain that brings families and friends together around the giant pan from which the delectable dish is served. Juan re-creates the experience during live demonstrations as guests gather around the cooking site filling their nostrils with the aromatic fragrances of roasted garlic, spices, and al dente saffron valencian rice. Ears remain attuned to the mellifluous melodies of master guitarist Silviu Ciulei, strumming the harmonious beats of flamenco music, while tongues stay entertained with the Spanish cheeses, olives, chorizo and a glass of sangria. When the main course arrives, anticipating eaters relish in the tender meats, seafood, or vegetables resting atop a bed of delicious rice.
Real Paella Catering’s tempting tastes derive from fresh local ingredients and spices, rice, and oil imported from Spain. The master chef only uses all-natural, never processed products, and only of the very best quality.
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I just love Juan and his crew! They bring fun and dance to your wedding affair, along with fantastic food, of course! Cheers!