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Culinary Concepts

San Diego , CA

LOCATION

8575 Commerce Avenue
San Diego, CA US 92121 (map)
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ABOUT US

Culinary Concepts Celebrates nearly 2 decades of Creating Memorable Events...Taking the Ordinary to Extraordinary!

Why Culinary Concepts?

We believe that food in... Read more
Culinary Concepts Celebrates nearly 2 decades of Creating Memorable Events...Taking the Ordinary to Extraordinary!

Why Culinary Concepts?

We believe that food in itself should be entertainment.

Our Mission: To Enrich Lives, Fulfill Dreams, and Create Environments of Celebration.

Consistent attention to our clients’ wishes, precise execution, and beautiful and unique décor are all combined with our matchless savory cuisine to create an event that delights all the senses.

Our Catering Specialists are constantly designing innovative and fresh concepts, from a simple lunch meeting to an extraordinary culinary experience where food becomes art.

We immerse not only the guests, but our entire team into the theme of the event, so guests are fully engaged from the moment they enter until the last guest has departed.

Culinary Concepts exceeds the industry standards in Customer Service, Quality and Integrity.

We are committed to the Art of Off-Premise Catering! 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 - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Limited Bar, Open Bar
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pan-Asian, Polynesian, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
Yes we do! Free of charge for up to 4 guests, with a customized menu in our newly renovated tasting room. Clients will be pre-qualified prior to scheduling a tasting to ensure that Culinary Concepts is a good fit for your needs.
Are you also able to provide the wedding cake?
Yes, we work with a wonderful local bakery and coordinate the design of cakes for all of our clients, when desired. Butter Creme or Fondant, Chocolate of Vanilla, whatever your heart may desire!
If a bride decides to bring her own wedding cake, do you have a cake cutting fee? If yes, how much is the fee?
No cake cutting fee! All of our menus include cake plates and forks, as well as cake cutting services.
Are you licensed to sell alcohol? If yes, where are you licensed?
We are not licensed to provide alcohol, however, many of our brides prefer to provide their own alcohol and have us serve it for them. Also, many locations around town have required beverage providers, who we love partnering with!
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
No corkage fees! We will bill for bartender labor, and any bar equipment required (tables, linens, glassware etc.), but there will be no additional charge for corkage
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
All of our menus include china, flatware, linen napkins, coffee cups and saucers, unless otherwise stated. We also provide table linens (both standard and upgraded) in a multitude of colors!
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
Yes, we have a large team of highly trained, professional waitstaff, many who have worked for us for several years. One of the things that we are often complimented on is our friendly courteous staff!
What is your maximum catering capacity?
4000

REVIEWS

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Reb
Wedding:
6/28/2014
4.9/5.0
Nearly a month after the wedding, and do you know what I'm still hearing from the people who attended? "What an amazing wedding...the food was INCREDIBLE!"

Both me and my husband *love* food, and it's a love that's shared by pretty much all of our family and friends. Our guests range from total Foodies (with a capital F) who read food blogs and are always on the lookout for hot new chefs, to grandmothers and aunts with killer recipes that have been passed down for generations. We knew that food was going to be the one thing for our wedding where we were willing to splurge a little.

We also had a bit of a strange dream: we imagined a caterer who could provide the perfect mix of Mexican and Polish food. I'm Latina, he's 1st-gen Polish-American...so what better way to celebrate the joining of our families?

There were only a few caterers that we contacted that were confident that they could take on this challenge. Only three were responsive enough to arrange a tasting that could accommodate our busy schedules. Of the three...Culinary Concepts blew us away. The chef cooked his first pierogi ever at our tasting, and it tasted almost exactly like my mother-in-law's pierogi. And so on and so forth -- I wish I could list all of the incredible food that they made for us, but there's not nearly enough space!

On the day of the wedding, the food was JUST AS GOOD as it was at the tasting -- awesome when you're cooking for ~120 people! Culinary Concepts also somehow managed to cater perfectly to my mother, who is allergic to EVERY kind of pepper. Yes, even though the menu had peppers in nearly everything, they prepared special versions of each dish in a separate pan + plate JUST for her. My mother felt super-special; I'm sure she's never received that kind of service in most restaurants.

It's not a perfect 5, because it IS a bit pricey, and there are some extras that were unnecessary. Overall, though: incredible food, worth (just about) every penny!
Nearly a month after the wedding, and do you know what I'm still hearing from the people who attended? "What an amazing Read more...
Nearly a month after the wedding, and do you know what I'm still hearing from the people who attended? "What an amazing wedding...the food was INCREDIBLE!"

Both me and my husband *love* food, and it's a love that's shared by pretty much all of our family and friends. Our guests range from total Foodies (with a capital F) who read food blogs and are always on the lookout for hot new chefs, to grandmothers and aunts with killer recipes that have been passed down for generations. We knew that food was going to be the one thing for our wedding where we were willing to splurge a little.

We also had a bit of a strange dream: we imagined a caterer who could provide the perfect mix of Mexican and Polish food. I'm Latina, he's 1st-gen Polish-American...so what better way to celebrate the joining of our families?

There were only a few caterers that we contacted that were confident that they could take on this challenge. Only three were responsive enough to arrange a tasting that could accommodate our busy schedules. Of the three...Culinary Concepts blew us away. The chef cooked his first pierogi ever at our tasting, and it tasted almost exactly like my mother-in-law's pierogi. And so on and so forth -- I wish I could list all of the incredible food that they made for us, but there's not nearly enough space!

On the day of the wedding, the food was JUST AS GOOD as it was at the tasting -- awesome when you're cooking for ~120 people! Culinary Concepts also somehow managed to cater perfectly to my mother, who is allergic to EVERY kind of pepper. Yes, even though the menu had peppers in nearly everything, they prepared special versions of each dish in a separate pan + plate JUST for her. My mother felt super-special; I'm sure she's never received that kind of service in most restaurants.

It's not a perfect 5, because it IS a bit pricey, and there are some extras that were unnecessary. Overall, though: incredible food, worth (just about) every penny! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Karen
Wedding:
10/5/2013
4.8/5.0
Culinary Concepts did a fantastic job for our wedding! Gina was so helpful in picking our menu and the tasting was above and beyond the other caterers we met with. On the day of, everything went smoothly and tasted fantastic. Our guests raved about the food and we would highly recommend them to other brides.
Culinary Concepts did a fantastic job for our wedding! Gina was so helpful in picking our menu and the tasting was above Read more...
Culinary Concepts did a fantastic job for our wedding! Gina was so helpful in picking our menu and the tasting was above and beyond the other caterers we met with. On the day of, everything went smoothly and tasted fantastic. Our guests raved about the food and we would highly recommend them to other brides. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Natalia
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Culinary Concepts was the perfect caterer for our outdoor, seated dinner at our September wedding!
Gina was incredible. She helped us with every detail: the tasting, picking out tray-passed h'ourdeurves, the coffee and tea display table, every portion of our seated dinner (from linen colors to napkin fold) and sweet additions for our dessert display.
Our guests (which included a few professional chefs) were so complimentary about the food! We were answering questions for weeks about who our caterer was to other engaged couples who attended our wedding.
We couldn't have been happier with the taste and service of Culinary Concepts.
Culinary Concepts was the perfect caterer for our outdoor, seated dinner at our September wedding!
Gina was Read more...
Culinary Concepts was the perfect caterer for our outdoor, seated dinner at our September wedding!
Gina was incredible. She helped us with every detail: the tasting, picking out tray-passed h'ourdeurves, the coffee and tea display table, every portion of our seated dinner (from linen colors to napkin fold) and sweet additions for our dessert display.
Our guests (which included a few professional chefs) were so complimentary about the food! We were answering questions for weeks about who our caterer was to other engaged couples who attended our wedding.
We couldn't have been happier with the taste and service of Culinary Concepts. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Brent
Wedding:
8/2/2013
4.2/5.0
I am so glad we used Culinary Concepts for the catering at our wedding. We vibed with them from the get-go. They seemed to totally understand our vision and were so down with all the food we wanted. We had a very laid back, backyard party feel to our shindig and they delivered. There was a little period in the middle of our dealings where staffing and employees were shuffled around or left to pursue other interests, things like that, so we seemed to fall through the cracks for a second, but we called and were able to figure it all out and everything worked out perfectly in the end. As for the food itself? Off the chain. Everything was SO good and folks are still talking about the food 3 weeks later.
I am so glad we used Culinary Concepts for the catering at our wedding. We vibed with them from the get-go. They seemed to Read more...
I am so glad we used Culinary Concepts for the catering at our wedding. We vibed with them from the get-go. They seemed to totally understand our vision and were so down with all the food we wanted. We had a very laid back, backyard party feel to our shindig and they delivered. There was a little period in the middle of our dealings where staffing and employees were shuffled around or left to pursue other interests, things like that, so we seemed to fall through the cracks for a second, but we called and were able to figure it all out and everything worked out perfectly in the end. As for the food itself? Off the chain. Everything was SO good and folks are still talking about the food 3 weeks later. Read less
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Giovanna
Wedding:
9/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Where do I start...I could write a book on just how the team at Culinary Concepts just blew it out of the water. Gina, Mallory, Leandra and Kevin were amazing! What I was impressed with the most is that Mallory was at the venue to manage her part of the event. The comfort that brought was indescribable. All were professional, paid attention to every detail and made me look like a rockstar in front of the bride and groom! And of course the food was out of this world! The flavoring, the presentation, their service just added to the beautiful wedding!
Where do I start...I could write a book on just how the team at Culinary Concepts just blew it out of the water. Gina, Read more...
Where do I start...I could write a book on just how the team at Culinary Concepts just blew it out of the water. Gina, Mallory, Leandra and Kevin were amazing! What I was impressed with the most is that Mallory was at the venue to manage her part of the event. The comfort that brought was indescribable. All were professional, paid attention to every detail and made me look like a rockstar in front of the bride and groom! And of course the food was out of this world! The flavoring, the presentation, their service just added to the beautiful wedding! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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saki14
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
the food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. And the service was impeccable to boot!
the food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. And the service was impeccable to boot!
the food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. And the service was impeccable to boot! Read less
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Alison
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
We really enjoyed working with Culinary Concepts for our reception catering and they did a great job. The quality of food provided did not change from our personal tasting session to the actual event. Christie and the rest of the CC staff were all very available and helpful, answering e-mails promptly, talking us through menu and décor choices in person, and providing feedback on bar ordering (even though we did the purchasing on our own). I also appreciated that Christie and the team have a lot of experience working at the UCSD venues and could help guide us through the various regulations.
Because we had two locations (CC took care of the ceremony rentals for us, as well), we ended up working with probably 5 different people as we got closer to the wedding. While it complicated things a bit since I wasn’t always sure whom I should be contacting and I think some details weren’t passed on to the right people, everyone was nice and extremely professional. As a bride working without a wedding planner, I thought it was great that the CC crew acted as day-of coordinators for both sites. They had names and numbers of all the vendors that would be setting up or making deliveries and made sure that people were there on time. Additionally, my husband and I especially appreciated the personalized service we received during the reception – they saved appetizers from cocktail hour for us to taste when we first arrived to the venue, brought our meals as soon as we sat down, and made sure to leave us slices of cake to eat during a break from the dancing.
We really enjoyed working with Culinary Concepts for our reception catering and they did a great job. The quality of food Read more...
We really enjoyed working with Culinary Concepts for our reception catering and they did a great job. The quality of food provided did not change from our personal tasting session to the actual event. Christie and the rest of the CC staff were all very available and helpful, answering e-mails promptly, talking us through menu and décor choices in person, and providing feedback on bar ordering (even though we did the purchasing on our own). I also appreciated that Christie and the team have a lot of experience working at the UCSD venues and could help guide us through the various regulations.
Because we had two locations (CC took care of the ceremony rentals for us, as well), we ended up working with probably 5 different people as we got closer to the wedding. While it complicated things a bit since I wasn’t always sure whom I should be contacting and I think some details weren’t passed on to the right people, everyone was nice and extremely professional. As a bride working without a wedding planner, I thought it was great that the CC crew acted as day-of coordinators for both sites. They had names and numbers of all the vendors that would be setting up or making deliveries and made sure that people were there on time. Additionally, my husband and I especially appreciated the personalized service we received during the reception – they saved appetizers from cocktail hour for us to taste when we first arrived to the venue, brought our meals as soon as we sat down, and made sure to leave us slices of cake to eat during a break from the dancing. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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pkovadi
Wedding:
3/31/2012
4.6/5.0
Culinary Concepts worked with us to create a special menu that went with our modern Mexican fiesta theme. We had 3 different appetizers for cocktail hour, a plated first salad course, which was good, and 3 food stations of braised short ribs, chicken mole, and street tacos. All our guests were raving about the food, and many said that it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. Also, the service was impeccable, and everything just turned out well beyond our expectations. Without a doubt, we would highly recommend Culinary Concepts!
Culinary Concepts worked with us to create a special menu that went with our modern Mexican fiesta theme. We had 3 Read more...
Culinary Concepts worked with us to create a special menu that went with our modern Mexican fiesta theme. We had 3 different appetizers for cocktail hour, a plated first salad course, which was good, and 3 food stations of braised short ribs, chicken mole, and street tacos. All our guests were raving about the food, and many said that it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. Also, the service was impeccable, and everything just turned out well beyond our expectations. Without a doubt, we would highly recommend Culinary Concepts! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Silvia&Enrique
Wedding:
12/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Amazing!! Our guests kept raving about the food all night and even after the wedding. We were told that this was the best wedding meal they ever had. Culinary was very accommodating and followed through.
Amazing!! Our guests kept raving about the food all night and even after the wedding. We were told that this was the best Read more...
Amazing!! Our guests kept raving about the food all night and even after the wedding. We were told that this was the best wedding meal they ever had. Culinary was very accommodating and followed through. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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cam83312
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Culinary Concepts was fabulous. The food was amazing and they were very flexible in working with us. We had some issues with the preferred vendor list at our wedding venue and Culinary Concepts worked with us until the very end to make sure we had the perfect wedding.
Culinary Concepts was fabulous. The food was amazing and they were very flexible in working with us. We had some issues Read more...
Culinary Concepts was fabulous. The food was amazing and they were very flexible in working with us. We had some issues with the preferred vendor list at our wedding venue and Culinary Concepts worked with us until the very end to make sure we had the perfect wedding. Read less
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mrsCatanzaro
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
I would give more stars if i could! they went above and beyond to make our day perfect! Food was amazing, service amazing, they were way more than just a caterer!!
I would give more stars if i could! they went above and beyond to make our day perfect! Food was amazing, service amazing, Read more...
I would give more stars if i could! they went above and beyond to make our day perfect! Food was amazing, service amazing, they were way more than just a caterer!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I love this company! Fabulous from the Proposal to the Reception. When they said Yes...they followed through. Gina was fantastic. We did not have to worry about a thing. They took care of the rentals, linens, coordination with other Vendors. The onsite Staff was courteous, professional, and very flexible. The food at the reception was every bit as amazing as it was during our tasting. They definitely exceeded our Expectations. I Recommend this company hands down!!!!
I love this company! Fabulous from the Proposal to the Reception. When they said Yes...they followed through. Gina was Read more...
I love this company! Fabulous from the Proposal to the Reception. When they said Yes...they followed through. Gina was fantastic. We did not have to worry about a thing. They took care of the rentals, linens, coordination with other Vendors. The onsite Staff was courteous, professional, and very flexible. The food at the reception was every bit as amazing as it was during our tasting. They definitely exceeded our Expectations. I Recommend this company hands down!!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning
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Regina
Wedding:
5/2/2009
5.0/5.0
all i can say is AMAZING!
all i can say is AMAZING!
all i can say is AMAZING! Read less
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Frances
Wedding:
4/5/2008
0.0/5.0
They were very flexible because they said yes to everything and then did not follow through. We paid an extreme amount and they ran out of food. They also go the food wrong for the bride. They also threw away the decorations that we had paid for and they did not box up our wedding cake to go as they said they would. They also left early even though we paid extra for event coordination. DO NOT USE THEM! We found their paperwork in our bin of wedding supplies and found that they did not provide us with the number of servers we paid for. They also changed the lines and charged us three times what they had quoted us due to the change.
They were very flexible because they said yes to everything and then did not follow through. We paid an extreme amount and Read more...
They were very flexible because they said yes to everything and then did not follow through. We paid an extreme amount and they ran out of food. They also go the food wrong for the bride. They also threw away the decorations that we had paid for and they did not box up our wedding cake to go as they said they would. They also left early even though we paid extra for event coordination. DO NOT USE THEM! We found their paperwork in our bin of wedding supplies and found that they did not provide us with the number of servers we paid for. They also changed the lines and charged us three times what they had quoted us due to the change. Read less
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