Feed your wedding party San Diego-style: From back yard taco parties to intimate, supper-club style dinner service, these local caterers are special occasion pros.
A MIHO Experience
San Diego's first ever farm-to-street "Gastrotruck" has evolved into a full-fledged catering company with several rad offshoots, like MIHO Catering Co. - a solid choice with three distinct menus for couples looking to host a casual affair - and The Vetted Table, for those who want their wedding feast to look as though it was pulled from the pages of a gourmet magazine. Besides delicious food with opulent presentations and impeccable table-top designs, A MIHO Experience also offers full-service bar catering with its Barçon Cocktail Co., a collaborative project with Sycamore Den.
To find out more, visit amihoexperience.com where you can find links to MIHO Catering Co., The Vetted Table and Barçon Cocktail Co., along with catering request forms.
San Diego Taco Co.
If you're looking to host a down-home wedding, consider hiring these taquiza experts to feed your friends and family. A taquiza is a full-on taco party, and the tastiest option in town - hands down - comes off the mesquite wood fire grill that is San Diego Taco Co.'s mobile cart. Featuring a menu of steamed or fried tacos with seafood and veggie options, plus delicious sides like the Mexican street corn, fire roasted and seasoned with a zesty chile, lime, queso fresco and crema combination.
Couples can make a date out of visiting Salud!, the company's hip taco shop and tasting room in Barrio Logan.
2196 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan. (619) 255-3856 or sdtacos.com
For a wedding party of up to 50 people, hire supper club specialists Logan Mitchell and Gary McIntire to design a multicourse menu aimed to please adventurous eaters. Cellar Door, now in its fifth year, features Mitchell's locally sourced fare with pairings by McIntire's Native Spirits Cocktail Co. Between vintage table settings and glassware for rent and this dynamic couple's taste for the finer things in life, couples will be in good hands while collaborating on their one-of-a-kind wedding feast.
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For budget-conscious couples, it is possible to take the reigns and cater your own wedding with the help of these local companies specializing in cooking classes, prepared food ready for pick-up, and even tableware rental from design pros.
Cookbook Tavola Calda
The former fast-casual Italian eatery recently tweaked its concept to a catering company and cooking school in one, led by chef Gregorio Serafini Pozzi. Whether couples are looking to cater their own wedding or have Pozzi design and execute the menu, Cookbook hosts weekly tastings (3 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday), where catering menu items are available to sample for tasty inspiration.
2034 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. (619) 450-6064 or cookbooktavolacalda.com
French Garden Shoppe At the French Garden Shoppe, now celebrating its 25th year in business, owner Eugene Marley and his staff specialize in tabletop decoration and design for special events. Couples can stop by the store to share their vision, and walk away with a comprehensive plan to outfit tables for their wedding party. From rentals to discount pricing on porcelain plateware, this old-fashioned shop with its personalized customer service will only add to lovers' warm and fuzzies.
2307 India St., Little Italy. (619) 238-4700
Amy T. Granite is a dauntless eater who has written about food in San Diego since 2006. You can follow Granite and her tasty adventures on Twitter and Instagram @saysgranite. Send your mouth-watering ideas to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.