108 Reviews
Plated, Buffet, Stations, Family Style

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About Simply Elegant Catering

Mike Faulkner, and his wife Laura, own and operate Simply Elegant Catering. They are passionate about food and entertaining which translates to planning creative menus for personal and business type of social events ranging from; beautiful weddings, bar-bat mitzvah celebrations, holiday gatherings, luau parties, banquets, family reunions… just about any type of event. At Simply Elegant Catering, we believe anything is possible. Let us help you plan your event to create the statement and or memories you want.

We have over 30 years of experience in this business and as a certified food service caterer we have the ability to travel and operate just about anywhere in Southern California. Recent large clients include the Pasadena Tournament of Roses (2,800 guests) and the City of Hope.

Today, Simply Elegant offers the latest, newest, and innovative fresh ideas for your wedding. Our wedding reception ideas, together with our truly magnificent wedding cakes are just one more reason we are referred to year after year by families, event planners, and corporations alike. Our staff is skilled at planning any type of event you might want – weddings, bar-bat mitzvahs… you name it! Corporate accounts welcome!

As a full service company we are prepared to attend to every detail of your event. Leave all the work to us!

Categories: Wedding Caterer

Regions serviced: Los Angeles

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108 Reviews for Simply Elegant Catering

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Simply Elegant did a great job catering our wedding in August 2017. We were impressed from the get-go by the complimentary tasting which was not only delicious but gave us enough food for a week! Mike, the owner and head chef, wanted us to see what the service would look like and brought out true to size examples of what he would serve. He took detailed notes on what we did and didn't like about each item and when it came to the day-of, the food was just as good as we remembered.

We were on a pretty tight budget for our wedding and Paramount Ranch, a pretty bare-bones (but gorgeous) venue that had no kitchen. We went with Simply Elegant in the end because of the quality of the food AND because they were the most cost-effective when it came to the food related rentals. Trust me, my mom and I did our due diligence and Simply Elegant offered the straightforward process at the lowest price for building a kitchen on-site from scratch.

Mike gave us a lot of great deals and did everything he could think of to keep us happy. My only complaint would be that we didn't hear from him starting about a month before our wedding but, Justin, one of his employees, took his place as our contact and was nothing but delightful.

We went with family style since it was the same price as buffet. It was a) way prettier and b) meant we didn't have to rent all the buffet table stuff or worry about decorating that. I thought the presentation of the food at the guest tables and our sweetheart tables was very attractive. All of the waitstaff was very friendly and helpful the whole day, and even stacked our ceremony rental chairs that we had gotten from another vendor while people were dancing! They took great care to make sure my husband and I had water on hand at our sweetheart table at all times too, which I really appreciated.

I highly recommend Simply Elegant for overall value, service, food, and most food related rentals.

Profile Picture Justine, 8/12/17, 4 Reviews
Category: Catering
Services Used: Cocktail Reception, Custom Menu, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Tastings, Clean Up, Delivery, Set Up, Bartender(s), Outside Alcohol, Gluten Free, No Pork, Vegan, Vegetarian, American, BBQ, Southwestern

We loved working with Mike!! He is one of the nicest guys! And his food is delicious!! We went with Argentina Style Flank Steak served with chimichurri sauce and Cilantro Lime Chicken for our 130 guests. Mike also had a kids menu for the kiddos at our wedding -- chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. Our guests were so complimentary of our selections and as I walked around taking photos, I noticed that a few extra vegetarian plates had also been served to guests who I didn't realize were vegetarians. Mike -- as always -- had planned ahead and was ready for anything. I highly recommend Mike and Simply Elegant Catering.

Profile Picture erin, 11/12/16, 10 Reviews
Category: Catering
Services Used: American, Spanish, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor, Vegetarian, Family Style

We were referred to Mike by a friend who spoke very highly of him. It was all true, Mike is fantastic to work with. He was extremely professional, accommodating and responsive throughout the planning stages and during the event. He had catered at our venue before so we he already knew what to do, where to set up, table layouts etc. That was very helpful. At the day of the event everything went very smoothly and on time, the staff was great and of course the food was delicious. I think you can find catering options that are cheaper (though not by much), but we thought Simply Elegant was worth every penny.

Profile Picture Razi, 4/2/16, 1 Review
Category: Catering
Services Used: American, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, House Beer, House Wine, Vegetarian

Simply Elegant Catering Pricing

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Professional Network & Endorsements

Mike and his entire team at Simply Elegant Catering are ready and willing to go above and beyond your expectations. I have worked with and referred them numerous times and it always end up with the same result: the client beaming on how flawlessly everything went! I couldn't have asked for an easier caterer to work with!

Simply Elegant Catering always has great tasting food, fabulous service and presentation. As an event designer and organizer, I couldn't ask for a better catering service. Thanks Mike!

Simply Elegant Catering is just that! 5 star services to enjoy with an easy attitude and approach to serving clients. Every time I get a chance to work with Simply Elegant I know the quality and teamwork we will have and offer our clients. And their FOOD!-enough reason to celebrate! Thank you Simply Elegant Catering, see you soon! DJ Pasha Gonzalez

Mike's staff, including Angel and the rest of his team were fantastic to work with! They did such a wonderful job with the food display as well as their wait services. They did their job quickly and efficiently and were a pleasure to work with. I'd recommend Mike from Simply Elegant Catering over and over again. Thanks for making the Andaya/Stobbe wedding fabulous!


1929 Huntington Drive, South Pasadena, CA 91030   See On Map
626-799-6468 (phone)