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Whether it's an informal reception with some appetizer trays or a full sit down dinner, getting the right food for you and your guests can seem daunting. Add to that special dietary needs and desires, and, well, who has the time for months of menu tastings? Here's our round up of L.A.'s best healthy caterers that will work with your budget and palette.
Valley Brink Road
This boutique catering company offers on-site chef services utilizing seasonal, organic, and local ingredients with a focus on a Mediterranean style of cooking. Owner Barrett Prendergast was doing farm-to-table way before the term had even been coined so you're guaranteed a meal that's rustic and delicious, and she can easily cater to any dietary restrictions that you or your guests may have.
These guys make everything from scratch — from sauces and pastas to bread. Not only are all of their ingredients ethically sourced and from local vendors, they also cater vegan and gluten-free events on a regular basis. Some examples of vegan dishes that would satisfy the most die-hard meat-and-potatoes-loving guests are truffle mac and cheese cups and vegan sliders with caramelized onions. As an added bonus, Eco Caterers also offers full service event and wedding coordinators to help you plan your entire event from start to finish. Read real brides' reviews here!
These guys are all organic, all vegan, all the time! With a kitchen in Venice Beach, this healthy catering operation can provide you with everything from appetizer trays to muffin baskets and everything in between. They are also able to accomdate even the strictest of diets and will happily create you a menu that can exclude ingredients like nuts, oil, sugar or dairy. They also whip up great smoothies and drinks for the alcohol-free crowd. Read real brides' reviews here!
Jennie herself has been catering since 1985 and, nowadays, she and her team are pretty booked for weddings almost every weekend of the year. Gifted in the art of plant-based cooking, this eco-friendly catering company can easily create a menu for you that has meat but great vegetarian or vegan options. As a fun aside, Jennie has also been collecting vintage china for years, so many couples end up using her eclectic assortment as their place settings on their wedding day. Read real brides' reviews here!
This self-taught chef is now the owner of three different locations that feature her signature vegan ice cream (called Kind Kreme) as well as a complete vegan menu. Over almost all of their ingredients come from local farmers and for your wedding day, you can choose from a traditional catering set-up or opting for the Sage food truck. Whether your reception is a casual day affair or evening black tie, Sage has everything from brunch items to formal dinner ideas.