California Fresh Catering Reviews

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26 Reviews for California Fresh Catering

Recommended by 97% of couples

4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.8
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.9

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  • Kayla

    Kayla Edwards · Married on 01/25/2020

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

    Life savers!

    We waited until what seemed like what was last minute to decide on a caterer, when our planner Katharine proposed we meet with CFC - it was a done deal. Julia and her team were AMAZING.
    They extremely accommodating to work within our budget and small time frame to get our menu prepared. We had some dietary restrictions for some guests and they were able to work that in as well. Our food was exceptional and everything that we wanted, we received so many compliments. They are a pleasure to work with and will do anything to make sure your day goes according to plan. We highly recommend meeting with them!

    Sent on 03/26/2020

    California Fresh Catering's reply:

    Thank You, Kayla! We really enjoyed working with you and Harrison and so glad we were able to relieve you of some of the stress since you both were working full time. It was a beautiful blend of families and the special Native American ceremony you added in addition to the traditional was so symbolic - while we did not see it - the guests were so complimentary. Many Blessings to you both! Julia and the CFC Team
  • Kimberly

    Kimberly · Married on 11/09/2019

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

    Amazing job at out wedding!

    We recently hired California Fresh for our wedding and the experience could not have been better! From day one they were courteous and accommodating. We fell in love with their food at a tasting and somehow they managed to top themselves on the actual wedding day. On top of that we had a few guests with specific dietary needs and California Fresh didn't bat an eye. They came up with a gorgeous spread for everyone (and extra mac and cheese for the bride!) Everyone was raving about the food afterwards and we didn't have to break the bank for it either. If you're looking for great service and not typical "wedding food" you cannot go wrong with California Fresh.

    Sent on 11/16/2019

    California Fresh Catering's reply:

    Thank You, Kimberly! It was a pleasure to work with you and we are soooo glad you got some mac n'cheese! Many Blessings as you all start your new life together.
    Best,
    Julia
  • M

    MICHELLE · Married on 10/19/2019

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

    Wedding Catering

    California fresh catered our wedding and they did an outstanding job!!!! Julie, Penelope and the entire staff were exceptional from day one; they were accommodating, friendly and were always making sure our guests were ok. The food was excellent. I highly recommend them.

    Sent on 01/02/2020

    California Fresh Catering's reply:

    It was our pleasure. We loved seeing the families enjoy each other so much and we wish you and Francisco have many happy, healthy years together! The CFC Team
  • Jessie

    Jessie · Married on 09/28/2019

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

    Delicious!

    This was the third caterer we met with. We really clicked with them upon our first meeting. We decided before leaving that they were the group for us. And what a good decision we made! The service we received was excellent. The food was beyond delicious. Something we noticed with the other caterers is that everything was bland because they have to appeal to so many different pallets- CF wasn’t afraid to add some flavor. And it was DELICIOUS! Do yourself a favor and check them out for your special day (and be sure to try the Huli Huli Chicken - it was a big hit).

    Sent on 09/30/2019

    California Fresh Catering's reply:

    Jessie,
    We loved working with you all and so glad all enjoyed the Huli Huli chicken, our Hawaiian inspired dish with fresh grilled pineapple chutney! Your trail mix bar was an awesome touch! Thank you for being such a good communicator and wonderful to plan with!
    Many Blessings from your CFC Friends,
    Elizabeth, Alma, Julia
  • K

    Kristie R · Married on 08/24/2019

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

    Highly recommend!

    Julia and all the staff at California Fresh were so wonderful to work with. They went above and beyond at our tasting and Julia was so helpful during the planning process. All of our guests raved about how good their meal was! I highly recommend California Fresh. Their food is amazing and their service is top notch.

    Sent on 09/30/2019

    California Fresh Catering's reply:

    Kristie, You just glowed on your wedding day! It was so much fun planning with you and your mother and think your guests really appreciated your added touches. The mac n' cheese station was a huge hit as was the parm ranch chicken! We wish you all the best and hope our paths cross again! Cheers, Julia
  • C

    Cindy Hoye · Married on 06/22/2019

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

    Delightful to work with

    California Fresh made planning for my daughters wedding a delightful experience. Very easy to work with. Prompt responses. Delicious food especially the mashed potatoes!

    Sent on 08/26/2019

    California Fresh Catering's reply:

    Thank You, Cindy! You were so organized and great to work with! Many Blessings to Bethany and Dylan and your new family. Julia
  • M

    Megan · Married on 03/30/2019

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

    Wonderful food & service

    CFC catered our March 2019 wedding and we absolutely loved working with them. They were responsive and incredibly easy to work with. They allowed us to make many changes to our menu leading up to our big day. The day of our wedding they treated us, our guests, and our vendors like royalty. We had a buffet but they brought food to our sweetheart's table and checked on us multiple times throughout dinner. We had a dessert bar as well, and after our cake cutting they asked us what desserts we would like so they could bring them to our table. All of our guests commented on how wonderful the food was, and they even packaged up leftovers and sent several 'to-go' boxes home with us. We would absolutely recommend them for any event!

    Sent on 04/26/2019
  • Chelsea

    Chelsea Pulliam Smith · Married on 02/23/2019

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

    So easy to work with and delicious food!

    We had the pleasure of having California Fresh cater our wedding and we could not be happier! We compared a few other caterers and California Fresh was the best value, had the most polite staff, and the best menu options! Their huli huli chicken is amazing! Julia, Julie, and Penelope are so easy to work with and made planning a breeze for me. I would definitely recommend choosing California Fresh to cater any special occasion!

    Sent on 04/02/2019
  • E

    Elizabeth · Married on 07/14/2018

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

    My husband and I got married in July in NC and our venue (WinMock) recommended California Fresh Catering to us. We are so glad we took this recommendation because they were amazing! We planned our wedding from another state, and Julia was incredibly helpful and organized. All of our emails were answered quickly, and she helped us organize a taste test for when we would be in town. On the day of the wedding, they were very professional and took care of everything! And the food is absolutely delicious! Our guests could not say enough good things about the selection. They served lime chili shrimp linguine and Bourbon Street chicken with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables, a garden salad with 3 dressing options, and 2 varieties of bread. We also had a few guests who were vegetarians, and they were more than willing to accommodate a request for vegetarian options. I believe the vegetarian guests were served Bourbon Street tofu, which I heard was fantastic! Some of the selections on our menu were also gluten-free, which allowed us to accommodate our guests on gluten-free diets. Working with California Fresh Catering was a perfect experience. They are organized, detailed, professional, and great at what they do. I can't say enough good things about them!

    Sent on 10/08/2018
  • B

    Bill · Married on 10/21/2017

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

    Working with Julia and the entire CFC team was wonderful. From our initial menu sampling to handling last minute (or second) rental additions and adding extra plates, Julia helped make the process as stress free as possible. Our guests commented on how wonderful the food tasted and the service was second to none. We strongly recommend CFC!!

    Sent on 11/05/2017
  • T

    T · Married on 10/07/2017

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

    We decided to use California Fresh to cater our wedding reception and had such a great experience planning with them that we decided to use them for our rehearsal dinner as well. Communication was so easy throughout the process despite living across the country. Prices were reasonable and service was outstanding. When it rained on the day of our wedding, they even brought extra towels to wipe off the ceremony seats just in case, even though that wasn't their responsibility. The food was also incredible, and we got so many compliments--I especially recommend the barbecue and their chickpea dish! They also were so helpful in arranging rentals and knew exactly how much of everything we would need. I highly recommend California Fresh!

    Sent on 11/17/2017
  • J

    Jennia · Married on 12/19/2015

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


    Jennia Spainhour Austin
    Bobby and I would like to thank California Fresh Catering for the beautiful job that they did for our Wedding on Dec. 19th @ Winmock @ Kinderton/Granary. My experience working with them was just wonderful from beginning to end. My initial contact with Julia, to my wedding day with Julie, was nothing less than perfect. So professional, so accomadating, so genuinely nice. Not only did Julia work under a short notice of hire... but she went above and beyond to offer helpful advice of how to and when to do certain things at the wedding which was not even part of the service I was hiring her for. Julie at the wedding was more than I could have dreamed or asked for. She was perfect and attended to the needs of all, especially Bobby and myself. The presentation was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the staff was 5 star and then some. "Thank you" for being such an important part of making our day a beautiful memory!!

    Sent on 01/16/2016
  • Mandi

    Mandi · Married on 05/24/2014

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

    California Fresh is a fantastic catering company and I would recommend them to anyone! Julia, Penelope and the team were so friendly each and every time we met them or even emailed them. They answered all of my questions and were patient when I asked the same thing multiple times!

    The food was excellent - and they even prepared one of our dishes according to a family recipe! Talk about flexibility ;)

    They provided servers, bartenders, set-up, clean-up, etc! They did everything, and for a very reasonable price!

    Sent on 06/02/2014
  • J

    Jillian · Married on 05/17/2014

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

    California Fresh catered our outdoor wedding and they did a fantastic job! They were a delight to work with and were very professional. Best of all, the food was DELICIOUS!! In particular, the roast beef carving station and black bean casserole were big hits with our guests. California Fresh donates all their profits to charity so not only do you get great food and service but you can feel really good about where your money is going. We highly recommend California Fresh!

    Sent on 05/21/2014
  • N

    Nicole · Married on 10/19/2013

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

    We cannot say enough about Julia and Penelope at California Fresh! They make such an amazing team and truly went above and beyond for our wedding. The food was fantastic and we love that they are a non-profit organization with great meaning. They were recommended by our coordinator and we couldn't have been more pleased!

    Sent on 11/08/2013
  • B

    Bonny · Married on 09/15/2013

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

    My wife and I would like to thank California Fresh for catering our wedding. They did an amazing job throughout the whole process. They understood and provided exactly what we wanted. The food was delicious, they were very fast setting up and the service was excellent! What originally appealed to us was their non-profit business structure and their charitable work. California fresh provides exceptional service and food while supporting a good cause. Their passion for what they do really comes through.

    Would recommend to anybody needing catering for their event.

    Sent on 10/01/2013
  • User3307907 · 2+ years ago

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

    Julia and Penelope were a dream to work with during our wedding planning process and did an amazing job for our wedding. We were planning an NC wedding from out of town, so their responsiveness over email was a huge factor in helping me feel comfortable and in working out all of the details.
    We wanted them to provide food and drinks for our cocktail hour and reception, as well as some pre-ceremony drinks for our guests. We were able to set up a tasting several months before the wedding, and that reinforced my feeling that we had made a good decision! Everyone was so sweet, and the food was exactly what we were hoping for. They even made adjustments to the recipes to accommodate some of our guests' dietary restrictions, including lowering the salt.
    They also worked with us to stay within our budget, including allowing us to purchase disposable plates and napkins for cocktails and dessert and to buy our own alcohol for the bar. This helped us save money without sacrificing the quality of food we were looking for! Plus, they worked closely with our baker, 3 Sisters Artisan Bakery, to help us reduce delivery and service costs.
    On the day of the wedding, everything was exactly as we wanted it. Cocktail hour food was delicious, and the dinner buffet went very smoothly. All of their volunteers were very professional, and I have absolutely no complaints! They even managed to serve tomato soup with no accidents, which I thought was really amazing.
    Everything was delicious, and I would definitely use California Fresh again!

    Sent on 06/07/2013
  • R

    Ratliff · Married on 10/27/2012

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

    Julia and Penelope are such a joy to work with in preparing for a wedding...they are open to suggestions but have so much knowledge to offer..the food was great and was presented in a beautiful and elegant way...

    Sent on 11/03/2012
  • User2707739 · 2+ years ago

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

    Did our reception food - buffet. The food was kept super hot despite that it was a buffet. The food was very good, fresh, and meats moist not overdone or dry. They are so enthusiastic and supportive - a pleasure to work with!

    Sent on 11/17/2012
  • S

    Sara · Married on 08/19/2012

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

    California Fresh was the easiest vendor to work with. They were so incredibly nice and accommodating. They had tons of experience and helped me figure exactly what we needed when I had no idea. Everyone loved the food, and the catering staff and servers were incredibly polite, professional and friendly. They definitely made our wedding day perfect.

    Sent on 10/20/2012
  • User1548166 · 2+ years ago

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

    Julia and Penelope were great to work with in putting together my wedding menu! They are very responsive via email and by phone. They are willing to help in whatever way they can to get everything done the way you want it. The food was great. We especially loved the beef tenderloin and mediterranian vegetarian pie.

    Sent on 12/29/2012
  • Kira

    Kira Balaeff · Married on 03/16/2019

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Incredible food incredible staff

    We absolutely loved working with Jayme and Jeanine from California Fresh! They were super helpful and sweet every time we communicated. The food was also ridiculously delicious and we received compliments on the food from all our guests. I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants a great deal, with amazing food and the sweetest most professional people in the business!

    Sent on 04/18/2019
  • C

    Chrystal Randler · Married on 10/20/2018

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Great food!

    We hired California Fresh for our wedding and they were excellent! People raved about the food all night. Being in California, my husband and I were unable to go to a tasting with them. I sent my sister instead and she had great things to say. So we ultimately went with them and so glad we did!

    I had requested a special appetizer item and they were able to deliver on that. They were very flexible with our numbers and helped us with our open bar quite a bit. I heard a lot of great comments about the food as well! I did have some myself and really enjoyed it. If it weren't for the adrenaline, I would have gorged myself on it all. The meatballs and chicken courscant were my favorites!

    Julia and Penelope are great and easy to work with. I think if we had been physically in the area, it might have been slightly easier to communicate. We had to do a lot of our communications through emails and phone calls and with a 3 hour time difference, that was hard to manage. But overall, everything worked out BEAUTIFULLY and I felt we made the right choice with them.

    Sent on 11/02/2018

    California Fresh Catering's reply:

    Dear Chrystal and TJ,
    It was wonderful working with you all from AFAR! You are both great communicators and so glad it was such a positive experience for you both! Super that you got some of the Beef Wellington apps!!!
    Nancy was very helpful in the Tasting and she chose well for you!
    Ashley at Carolina Charming is also a dream! A wonderful team and we thank you for making us part of your special day!
    Cheers! Julia
  • A

    Ashley · Married on 09/24/2011

    4.8
    • Quality of service:
      4.5
    • Responsiveness:
      4.5
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    We chose this caterer over a few others not only because their food tasted better, but also because they were so flexible. We were able to custom create our menu to match our taste and our venue. None of the other caterers we dealt with offered that service. Additionally, the ladies have wonderful personalities and are so eager to please their clients. We loved their history, how they came to be, and the fact that they have stayed true to that and donate to local charities. They thought of everything, so that I was not worried or bothered on the wedding day. We left it in their hands and were very pleased!

    Sent on 01/18/2012
  • User3731911 · event on: 12/06/2013

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      3.5
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    This caterer is very responsive and professional. They were prompt with all communications and their service is top notch. Their food is very good with lovely presentation. The only negative, and it is very minor, was that they didn't have quite enough mini desserts for our party. But overall a great caterer.

    Sent on 12/12/2013