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Contemporary Catering

Encino , CA
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16900 Burbank Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316 US (map)

PHONE

310-558-8190

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ABOUT US

Contemporary Catering is a unique, full-service catering and event production company that specializes in custom event creation. Our event team can handle every aspect of your party,... Read more
Contemporary Catering is a unique, full-service catering and event production company that specializes in custom event creation. Our event team can handle every aspect of your party, including menu design, rental needs, location selection, valet services, lighting, and event design. Our progressive and perfectionist attitude sets us apart from other companies and is what gives each event a signature style. We are the best at what we do and we know it…..our goal is to prove it to you. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American, Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Premium Liquor, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

REVIEWS

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Ramon
Wedding:
10/9/2016
5.0/5.0
Rob Pausmith and the team at Contemporary Catering catered our wedding a couple months ago and our guests are STILL raving about them. One gentleman, who is well traveled and has amazing taste, said that the meal was one of the best he’d ever had in his life. Rob spent an afternoon with my wife and I and created a whole menu based on our different upbringings, culture, (Filipino, British, but also Southern/ Virginia), and was able to create an original and delectable meal, that somehow told our story, and was presented exactly to fit in with our elegant/rustic theme. They truly went all out with the details, and our experience and the experience of our guests both with the food, AND (and it’s important) the Service, was truly seamless. They helped to make it so that all we and our guests had to do was enjoy our day. Weddings are difficult enough - contemporary catering can take a lot of pressure off, while bringing a mind blowing food experience to your wedding. Rob was also instrumental in helping us put together, and communicate with the rest of our vendor team. We couldn’t recommend them higher.
Rob Pausmith and the team at Contemporary Catering catered our wedding a couple months ago and our guests are STILL raving Read more...
Rob Pausmith and the team at Contemporary Catering catered our wedding a couple months ago and our guests are STILL raving about them. One gentleman, who is well traveled and has amazing taste, said that the meal was one of the best he’d ever had in his life. Rob spent an afternoon with my wife and I and created a whole menu based on our different upbringings, culture, (Filipino, British, but also Southern/ Virginia), and was able to create an original and delectable meal, that somehow told our story, and was presented exactly to fit in with our elegant/rustic theme. They truly went all out with the details, and our experience and the experience of our guests both with the food, AND (and it’s important) the Service, was truly seamless. They helped to make it so that all we and our guests had to do was enjoy our day. Weddings are difficult enough - contemporary catering can take a lot of pressure off, while bringing a mind blowing food experience to your wedding. Rob was also instrumental in helping us put together, and communicate with the rest of our vendor team. We couldn’t recommend them higher. Read less
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Andrew
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
Contemporary Catering is incredible. Period. Hire them. It will be the best decision you make. It certainly was ours.

My (now) wife and I spent over a year planning our wedding weekend and Rob, Rachel, and, of course, Chef Nate, were there for us every step of the way.

First, the food: It is 5-stars, no joke. I am a “foodie” and a bit of a self-admitted food snob. Honestly, I would drive an hour daily to Encino to eat in their test kitchen 7 days a week if they would let me. Even now, three weeks after our wedding, our guests continue to rave to me about the food (pro tip: you NEED to serve the mini chicken and waffles appetizer). Trust me when I tell you that their execution was flawless and the quality was exquisite.

Second, the people: You will not find a more invested, passionate, and sincere team of individuals who love what they do and are so good at it. They are unbelievably responsive, overly generous with their time, extremely attentive to detail and endlessly patient. Without a doubt, we can say that thanks to Contemporary our wedding day was perfect and we are so grateful to everyone on the team.

Rob and his team provided so much more value than I ever thought possible. We will ALWAYS refer Contemporary to our friends, families, and loved ones in need of wedding catering and, personally, we can’t wait to work with them again to cater other events in our future! Thank you, yet again, Rob, Rachel, and Chef Nate!
Contemporary Catering is incredible. Period. Hire them. It will be the best decision you make. It certainly was ours. Read more...
Contemporary Catering is incredible. Period. Hire them. It will be the best decision you make. It certainly was ours.

My (now) wife and I spent over a year planning our wedding weekend and Rob, Rachel, and, of course, Chef Nate, were there for us every step of the way.

First, the food: It is 5-stars, no joke. I am a “foodie” and a bit of a self-admitted food snob. Honestly, I would drive an hour daily to Encino to eat in their test kitchen 7 days a week if they would let me. Even now, three weeks after our wedding, our guests continue to rave to me about the food (pro tip: you NEED to serve the mini chicken and waffles appetizer). Trust me when I tell you that their execution was flawless and the quality was exquisite.

Second, the people: You will not find a more invested, passionate, and sincere team of individuals who love what they do and are so good at it. They are unbelievably responsive, overly generous with their time, extremely attentive to detail and endlessly patient. Without a doubt, we can say that thanks to Contemporary our wedding day was perfect and we are so grateful to everyone on the team.

Rob and his team provided so much more value than I ever thought possible. We will ALWAYS refer Contemporary to our friends, families, and loved ones in need of wedding catering and, personally, we can’t wait to work with them again to cater other events in our future! Thank you, yet again, Rob, Rachel, and Chef Nate! Read less
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Brynna
Wedding:
5/6/2016
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about the amazing food that Contemporary Catering provided for my wedding. As vegans, it was important to my husband and I to have an entirely plant-based menu from start to finish and Contemporary Catering pulled that off even more deliciously than we expected. Everything was fresh, healthy, and insanely tasty! I definitely recommend Contemporary Catering, especially if you have any dietary needs such as being vegan or any allergies. They took our needs seriously and wowed everyone. A meal from Contemporary Catering will not be one your guests will soon forget!
I cannot say enough good things about the amazing food that Contemporary Catering provided for my wedding. As vegans, it Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about the amazing food that Contemporary Catering provided for my wedding. As vegans, it was important to my husband and I to have an entirely plant-based menu from start to finish and Contemporary Catering pulled that off even more deliciously than we expected. Everything was fresh, healthy, and insanely tasty! I definitely recommend Contemporary Catering, especially if you have any dietary needs such as being vegan or any allergies. They took our needs seriously and wowed everyone. A meal from Contemporary Catering will not be one your guests will soon forget! Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
11/21/2015
5.0/5.0
The world needs to know about Rob Pausmith and Contemporary Catering.

I hired Contemporary Catering for my wedding, which was a three-day event with more than 200 guests. We retained Contemporary to provide the catering for all three days. They knocked it out of the park.

First, Rob was simply a joy to deal with every step of the way. Weddings can be extremely stressful. Our wedding would have been a pressure cooker were not for Rob. He called us at home to make sure everything was going smoothly. He introduced us to our flower vendor. He took an interest in our wedding and made us feel like we were the most important people on earth. It was incredible to deal with someone we trusted, someone who at all times acted with the utmost of honesty and integrity. It was like dealing with an old friend (even though we just met).

Second, the food was absolutely sublime. Chef Nate took an active role in helping to plan our menu. He offered creative input and generated new ideas for dishes he had never prepared before. And Chef Nate really can do it all. Contemporary handmade the tortillas for our rehearsal dinner. We had a floating burrata bar with an incredible charcuterie selection as wedding appetizers. Chef Nate handmade ravioli for the vegetarians and served perfectly prepared tri-tip for the carnivores. Virtually everyone I spoke with said that this was the best food they have ever had at a wedding.

Rob and Chef Nate played a very special role in the most important day of our lives. It simply would not have been the same without them. We cannot wait to use Contemporary for our next event (hopefully, a baby shower in the near future). I recommend Contemporary without reservation.
The world needs to know about Rob Pausmith and Contemporary Catering.

I hired Contemporary Catering for my Read more...
The world needs to know about Rob Pausmith and Contemporary Catering.

I hired Contemporary Catering for my wedding, which was a three-day event with more than 200 guests. We retained Contemporary to provide the catering for all three days. They knocked it out of the park.

First, Rob was simply a joy to deal with every step of the way. Weddings can be extremely stressful. Our wedding would have been a pressure cooker were not for Rob. He called us at home to make sure everything was going smoothly. He introduced us to our flower vendor. He took an interest in our wedding and made us feel like we were the most important people on earth. It was incredible to deal with someone we trusted, someone who at all times acted with the utmost of honesty and integrity. It was like dealing with an old friend (even though we just met).

Second, the food was absolutely sublime. Chef Nate took an active role in helping to plan our menu. He offered creative input and generated new ideas for dishes he had never prepared before. And Chef Nate really can do it all. Contemporary handmade the tortillas for our rehearsal dinner. We had a floating burrata bar with an incredible charcuterie selection as wedding appetizers. Chef Nate handmade ravioli for the vegetarians and served perfectly prepared tri-tip for the carnivores. Virtually everyone I spoke with said that this was the best food they have ever had at a wedding.

Rob and Chef Nate played a very special role in the most important day of our lives. It simply would not have been the same without them. We cannot wait to use Contemporary for our next event (hopefully, a baby shower in the near future). I recommend Contemporary without reservation. Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Nace is the man. As the owner and head chef of Contemporary Catering, this guy is non-stop. While many other vendors took their sweeeet time coming up with a menu and pricing, Nace created his menu and proposal while we spoke at our first meeting. He was straight-forward and fair, was incredibly sweet and accomodating and created a delicious, creative menu that met our semi-foodie needs exactly.

As soon as I found Nace, the rest of the wedding just fell into place. He helped with absolutely everything-- rentals, flowers, everything. Seriously, the guy's been doing this for a long time and he hasn't lost any of his unbelievable enthusiasm, professionalism, or creativity.
He was flexible when I needed to change things back and forth, back and forth :) and even came up with amaaaazing, truly unique, ice cream at the last minute to pass around at the reception.

He treated us like family and we got amazing value for our money. Everyone should be so lucky as to work with Nace and Jenny at Contemporary Catering.
Nace is the man. As the owner and head chef of Contemporary Catering, this guy is non-stop. While many other vendors took Read more...
Nace is the man. As the owner and head chef of Contemporary Catering, this guy is non-stop. While many other vendors took their sweeeet time coming up with a menu and pricing, Nace created his menu and proposal while we spoke at our first meeting. He was straight-forward and fair, was incredibly sweet and accomodating and created a delicious, creative menu that met our semi-foodie needs exactly.

As soon as I found Nace, the rest of the wedding just fell into place. He helped with absolutely everything-- rentals, flowers, everything. Seriously, the guy's been doing this for a long time and he hasn't lost any of his unbelievable enthusiasm, professionalism, or creativity.
He was flexible when I needed to change things back and forth, back and forth :) and even came up with amaaaazing, truly unique, ice cream at the last minute to pass around at the reception.

He treated us like family and we got amazing value for our money. Everyone should be so lucky as to work with Nace and Jenny at Contemporary Catering. Read less
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Mollie
Wedding:
3/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Wonderful staff and amazing food!
Wonderful staff and amazing food!
Wonderful staff and amazing food! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
This review has been a long time coming. For nearly six months my wife and I traded emails with Nathaniel, organized a gazillion tastings, and shook up the menu more often than we can remember. See, my wife is Vietnamese, and I am Peruvian. We wanted a menu that reflected both our cultures, and our passion for great food & presentation. Nathaniel and his team stepped up and accomplished what no one else in LA could on our wedding day. What started as a challenge to any caterer willing to accept it, our wedding menu became an exercise in patience and experimentation. From the Tiradito & Pork Bao appetizers, to the Molecular Gastronomy Amuse Bouche, to the Pisco Sours, the Bun Tit Nun and the Lomo Saltado -- Nate, we can't thank you enough, from the bottom of our PeruViamese hearts, for the immeasurable effort and attention you gave us. My wife and I produce events for a living and were humbled by the dedication and service Contemporary Catering offered us from the beginning. It's truly rare in this industry or any other. We hope to one day work with you again; maybe at one of our corporate events, and again - THANK YOU for making our dream date come true!

- Michael & Melissa
This review has been a long time coming. For nearly six months my wife and I traded emails with Nathaniel, organized a Read more...
This review has been a long time coming. For nearly six months my wife and I traded emails with Nathaniel, organized a gazillion tastings, and shook up the menu more often than we can remember. See, my wife is Vietnamese, and I am Peruvian. We wanted a menu that reflected both our cultures, and our passion for great food & presentation. Nathaniel and his team stepped up and accomplished what no one else in LA could on our wedding day. What started as a challenge to any caterer willing to accept it, our wedding menu became an exercise in patience and experimentation. From the Tiradito & Pork Bao appetizers, to the Molecular Gastronomy Amuse Bouche, to the Pisco Sours, the Bun Tit Nun and the Lomo Saltado -- Nate, we can't thank you enough, from the bottom of our PeruViamese hearts, for the immeasurable effort and attention you gave us. My wife and I produce events for a living and were humbled by the dedication and service Contemporary Catering offered us from the beginning. It's truly rare in this industry or any other. We hope to one day work with you again; maybe at one of our corporate events, and again - THANK YOU for making our dream date come true!

- Michael & Melissa Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Words cannot express how happy I am that we hired Contemporary Catering for our wedding. From beginning to end Nathaniel and Jenny were extremely helpful, professional and responsive. I got the sense that they really cared about our wedding and truly went the extra mile for us – more like 1,000 miles! Jenny met us at the venue on multiple occasions and helped me with so many aspects of our wedding beyond the food, from the rentals, to the timeline, to helping me find pashminas to buy days before the wedding. Jenny and Nathaniel were both present at our wedding and made sure everything ran smoothly. Nathaniel even fixed a strand of lights that went out during our reception. They were both extremely attentive to our needs and made sure we ate and that all of the guests were enjoying the food. The food was just as delicious at our tasting as it was at the wedding. So many of our guests raved about the food and appetizers and loved it because it wasn’t standard “wedding food”. Our wedding truly would have not been the same without the help of Contemporary Catering and, of course, their wonderful food. I would highly recommend them to anyone planning a wedding or special event. I want to have another party just so I can hire them again!
Words cannot express how happy I am that we hired Contemporary Catering for our wedding. From beginning to end Nathaniel Read more...
Words cannot express how happy I am that we hired Contemporary Catering for our wedding. From beginning to end Nathaniel and Jenny were extremely helpful, professional and responsive. I got the sense that they really cared about our wedding and truly went the extra mile for us – more like 1,000 miles! Jenny met us at the venue on multiple occasions and helped me with so many aspects of our wedding beyond the food, from the rentals, to the timeline, to helping me find pashminas to buy days before the wedding. Jenny and Nathaniel were both present at our wedding and made sure everything ran smoothly. Nathaniel even fixed a strand of lights that went out during our reception. They were both extremely attentive to our needs and made sure we ate and that all of the guests were enjoying the food. The food was just as delicious at our tasting as it was at the wedding. So many of our guests raved about the food and appetizers and loved it because it wasn’t standard “wedding food”. Our wedding truly would have not been the same without the help of Contemporary Catering and, of course, their wonderful food. I would highly recommend them to anyone planning a wedding or special event. I want to have another party just so I can hire them again! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
7/3/2011
5.0/5.0
It's going to be hard for me to convey in a simple review just how much Contemporary Catering did for our wedding. Nathaniel and Jenny were so invested in our event and we enjoyed every minute we spent with them. Getting married at the Exposition Park Rose Garden & Natural History Museum in downtown LA meant an extraordinary amount of moving parts were involved, and they pulled off a wedding that surpassed our wildest dreams.
Our parents were very hesitant about our venue, and Nathaniel was able to ease all of their apprehensions, whether it was building a kitchen outside the venue, adding lighting, reviewing contracts, and more. Nathaniel met with my family, with my husband and me, and with me one-on-one a number of times, and these status updates always made me feel completely confident and less stressed about all the details that go into a wedding. We were constantly in communication the week before the wedding, and he couldn't be more supportive and attentive.
On the day of the wedding, Nathaniel was so attentive to my needs, and even handled my "eyelash emergency" with great professionalism. Our customized menu was so unique and delicious--our guests are still talking about the chilled cantaloupe soup, the duet of proteins, and the abundance of appetizers.
Contemporary Catering not only gets the job done, they surpass your expectations in every way, and fill your guests up with great, creative dishes.
Thank you Nace, Jenny, and the rest of the Contemporary Catering team!!!
It's going to be hard for me to convey in a simple review just how much Contemporary Catering did for our wedding. Read more...
It's going to be hard for me to convey in a simple review just how much Contemporary Catering did for our wedding. Nathaniel and Jenny were so invested in our event and we enjoyed every minute we spent with them. Getting married at the Exposition Park Rose Garden & Natural History Museum in downtown LA meant an extraordinary amount of moving parts were involved, and they pulled off a wedding that surpassed our wildest dreams.
Our parents were very hesitant about our venue, and Nathaniel was able to ease all of their apprehensions, whether it was building a kitchen outside the venue, adding lighting, reviewing contracts, and more. Nathaniel met with my family, with my husband and me, and with me one-on-one a number of times, and these status updates always made me feel completely confident and less stressed about all the details that go into a wedding. We were constantly in communication the week before the wedding, and he couldn't be more supportive and attentive.
On the day of the wedding, Nathaniel was so attentive to my needs, and even handled my "eyelash emergency" with great professionalism. Our customized menu was so unique and delicious--our guests are still talking about the chilled cantaloupe soup, the duet of proteins, and the abundance of appetizers.
Contemporary Catering not only gets the job done, they surpass your expectations in every way, and fill your guests up with great, creative dishes.
Thank you Nace, Jenny, and the rest of the Contemporary Catering team!!! Read less
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Cynthia
Wedding:
8/21/2010
5.0/5.0
The entire staff at Contemporary Catering was unbelievably professional, responsive, and helpful in planning and executing the perfect event. They worked with us in delivering a top-quality & creatively customized menu to our 230+ guests, and for a phenomenal price. I would recommend them to anyone looking to hire true professionals who are passionate about the business they are in for whatever your event type or size. Thank you Contemporary Catering!
The entire staff at Contemporary Catering was unbelievably professional, responsive, and helpful in planning and executing Read more...
The entire staff at Contemporary Catering was unbelievably professional, responsive, and helpful in planning and executing the perfect event. They worked with us in delivering a top-quality & creatively customized menu to our 230+ guests, and for a phenomenal price. I would recommend them to anyone looking to hire true professionals who are passionate about the business they are in for whatever your event type or size. Thank you Contemporary Catering! Read less
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