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CULINARY BLISS. MAJESTIC LOCATIONS. UNFORGETTABLE EVENTS.

Those are the pillars on which THANK GOODNESS IT’S SOFIA CATERING was founded in 1989. Since then, the brother/sister team of Sofia Riley and George Marinos have taken TGIS Catering from a 1,000 square foot kitchen in Long Beach to the forefront of event planning and catering in Southern California. At TGIS, we believe every event is an opportunity to savor outstanding cuisine, experience innovative designs and leave your guests anticipating.

It All Starts With Food.

TGIS is Constantly Working to Find Fresh, New Takes on Existing Favorites and Testing Combinations of Foods Never Before Seen. We Hand Craft Our Own Menus to Represent the Diverse Melting Pot that is Southern California. All of Our Food is Prepared by Hand Daily and Overseen by Our Internationally Trained Chefs. Our Seasonal Menus Not Only Reflect Current Trends, but Also Capture the Magic of Tried and True Classics.

One Bite And You Will Recite, “Thank Goodness It’s Sofia”

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

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

$80

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

$60

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$70

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

$24

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

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up
Cake
Cake Cutting
Dessert
Cocktail Reception
Server(s)
Tastings
Chairs
Tables
China
Linens
Flatware
Glassware

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$24

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

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Wine

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?

African
American
Asian
BBQ
Caribbean
French
German
Greek
Indian
Italian
Latin American
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Middle Eastern
Seafood
Southern
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Halal
Kosher
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Open Bar
Champagne Toast
Signature Drink

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chairs
Tables

Which of the following items can you provide?

Barware
China
Flatware
Linens
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Reviews of TGIS Catering

4.3 out of 5 rating
4.3 out of 5 rating
23 Reviews
86% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.4 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.2 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.3 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.5 out of 5 rating
Emily
Emily C. Sent on 11/18/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent catering!

We loved working with TGIS and the food at our wedding was excellent. They were flexible, accommodating, responsive, and catered incredible tasting food family-style for our 215-person wedding. Highly recommend.
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Brittany Sent on 05/30/2018
5 out of 5 rating
I was very apprehensive about using a caterer I didn't know, but TGIS more than surpassed my expectations. When we did our personalized tasting, everything was so good we had a hard time choosing, and my fiance has worked in high end food service for most of his life, so he's pretty picky. I had a specific request for an appetizer, and I was worried that they would be offended that I wanted to change it or make it seem like it was really annoying, but they were very helpful. All my guests complimented the food and even complimented the bartenders!
J
Judy Sent on 05/09/2015
5 out of 5 rating
We absolutely loved Jeremy Smith and his entire crew!! They came from Long Beach to Palm Springs with their fabulous
food and everything they needed - on time, pleasant, hard-working!! They even remembered to bring our daughter's
wedding cake! Our daughter and her new husband were so impressed with all the vendors we used for their wedding at
an estate in Palm Springs that they want everyone to know!! I can't imagine anyone choosing any other vendor for a wedding
reception or any other event!! We had 131 guests from ten different states and even Norway - and they all raved about the
food and the bartenders, so we are really "happy campers" now!!
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TGIS Catering frequently asked questions

At TGIS Catering, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • China
  • Linens
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
The bar service starting price at TGIS Catering includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
TGIS Catering offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
TGIS 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 TGIS Catering, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • African
  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • Caribbean
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Spanish
At TGIS Catering, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
TGIS Catering provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Open Bar
  • Champagne Toast
  • Signature Drink
To cater to all tastes, TGIS Catering offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Linens
TGIS Catering is recommended by 86% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.3 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.5 in flexibility, 4.4 in quality of service, 4.3 in value, 4.2 in professionalism and 4 in average response time.

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