The best Los Angeles caterers have an innate understanding of what Angelenos want – and need– to eat. In LA, the combination of love for health and the pressures of a life on-camera drive food trends. LA caterers insist on creating delicious food that is, at its core, health-aware. Recently, as esteemed food critic and writer Jonathan Gold points out in Food & Wine, a more diverse range of food options has captivated the City of Angels. Here’s a list of the 10 best LA caterers that are onto the trend, serving up dishes that exemplify the tastes of their town.
1. Super Food For Super People (Culver City)
Keeping your team well-fed and healthy is at the core of Super Food for Super People. Chef Carolina Johnson custom designs every menu to meet specific dietary needs. That might mean selecting the ever-popular seared Ahi tuna tacos or a “Budda Bowl” filled with Ahi, roasted cauliflower, and seasonal greens. This Los Angeles caterer recognizes breakfast as the most important meal of the day and helps customers power up with quinoa bowls topped with in-season fruit or an egg and avocado sandwich on a brioche bun. Johnson’s twist on this classic breakfast sandwich? A layer of whipped cauliflower puree.
2. Around The World Catering (Sherman Oaks)
Continental cuisine informs Around the World Catering’s sensibilities. Their Asian steak satisfies crowds with its delicately charred crust and a hint of soy. While Mediterranean and European dishes, like angel hair pasta with tomatoes, basil, and garlic and chicken shish kebab anchor the menu. You’ll also find California-inspired dishes at this Los Angeles caterer, like almond crusted salmon and soft tacos that are perennial favorites.
3. My Taco Man (Monterey Park)
My Taco Man does one thing and it does it really well: tacos. Taco fans everywhere will savor this Los Angeles caterer’s chunky guacamole but taco connoisseurs will talk your ear off about the Mexican red rice. This oft-forgotten side dish gets all the love it deserves and rounds out a taco bar in the best way possible. Yes, it is really that good.
4. Kebab Daddy (Glendale, CA)
High-quality meats are a hallmark of Kebab Daddy. The certified Angus ground beef and pork that define the Los Angeles caterer’s famous lule and beef shish add a natural, deliciously beefy flavor that elevates the traditional kebab. Round out these protein-packed offerings with soft lavash and a house mix of eggplant, tomato, Anaheim peppers and spices for your next catering order. Some call it the salsa of the Mediterranean.
5. Jamba Juice (Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA)
Smoothies just may have gotten their start in Los Angeles. Picture all the nutrition of vegetables in the convenience of a sippable beverage. Jamba Juice will blend smoothies to order for your event (their smoothie packs are very popular). But their bowls, fruit and Greek yogurt and açai primo, are the showstoppers. Each creates an interactive opportunity for customers to build their own breakfast or snack.
6. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA)
Slow roasted and slow smoked meats are menu musts at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. Roasted on site in a style known as “slow and low”, beef brisket and pulled pork are not-to-be-missed classics while pork ribs are glazed with enough sweet sauce to stir up discussion between fans of regional ‘cue stylings. Pair it all with sides of mac-n-cheese, cole slaw, barbecue beans, and potato salad for a most authentic barbecue experience.
7. Locali Conscious Convenience (Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA)
Responsibly grown, innovative food is more than a catch phrase at Locali Conscious Convenience. It’s a way of life. Recognized by Zagat for their amazing sandwiches, including a vegan Reuben on rye layered with the traditional sauerkraut and vegan Russian dressing, Locali also dishes up some fun quinoa bowls. The Chickadee layers quinoa with romaine, cucumbers, and red peppers and the Odyssey tops the chickpeas with spinach, artichoke tapenade, plenty of spinach, cucumbers, and a creamy dill dressing. Do not forget breakfast from this Los Angeles caterer – Locali’s breakfast burrito was listed top 5 in LA by CBS News.
8. Got Kosher Inc. (Beverly Hills, CA)
International kosher cuisine with French Tunisian flair, courtesy of Chef Alain Cohen, does not quite sum up Got Kosher, Inc. Yes, this Los Angeles caterer is Glatt kosher but that fact fades to the background once customers experience the deep flavor of their dishes like miso soy glazed chicken or snapper ceviche tostadas. The couscous here is legendary and the tuna Niçoise and Persian cucumber salad are just an entrée to the wide range of flavors Got Kosher is capable of.
9. Marsa Lounge (Brentwood, CA)
The flavors of the Mediterranean give sharp focus to the menu at Marsa Lounge. Chef Nassir NASR, a native of Tunisia, knows his way around classic meze like stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and baba ghanoush, but it is the shish that gets all the attention. Shish Taouk (chicken) or shish kebab (salmon or beef) are paired with onions and bell peppers. Make it a meal with a fattoush salad and the sophisticated fig yogurt. This deceptively simple dish is little more than fresh figs swaddled in sheep’s milk yogurt that together equal more than the sum of their parts.
10. Goodfella’s Taco Catering (Paramount, CA)
No, Joe Pesci is not on staff but Goodfella’s Taco Catering knows its way around a taco. Go basic or deluxe with a range of meats like carne asada beef, al pastor pork, or chorizo, as well as fish plus all the extras (it is what they are known for, after all). But Goodfella’s also does a mean kebob and its hamburger and hot dog options include vegan burgers and Dodger dogs.
The LA market offers a huge range of caterers by region and cuisine style. Take a peek at our listings in the Los Angeles area to get started.