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Culinary Concepts

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

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858-530-1885

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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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REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
Outstanding tasting experience. The entire team from the moment we parked to the end of the tasting was great! They focus on every detail and really present culinary art.
Outstanding tasting experience. The entire team from the moment we parked to the end of the tasting was great! They focus Read more...
Outstanding tasting experience. The entire team from the moment we parked to the end of the tasting was great! They focus on every detail and really present culinary art. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Kevin
Wedding:
10/11/2014
4.7/5.0
Culinary Concepts is wonderful to work with. From the menu selection, to answering questions, to execution during the night was absolutely excellent! All the guests raved about the quality of the food and the amazing dessert bar. Christie and Aubrey were so easy to work with and very understanding of all the changes leading up to the wedding. They are very prompt with responses and invoice changes. I highly recommend Culinary Concepts!
Culinary Concepts is wonderful to work with. From the menu selection, to answering questions, to execution during the Read more...
Culinary Concepts is wonderful to work with. From the menu selection, to answering questions, to execution during the night was absolutely excellent! All the guests raved about the quality of the food and the amazing dessert bar. Christie and Aubrey were so easy to work with and very understanding of all the changes leading up to the wedding. They are very prompt with responses and invoice changes. I highly recommend Culinary Concepts! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Stephanie
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
The whole team at Culinary Concepts (Christie, Aubrey, and Javier) did such a great job at our wedding last weekend! We were able to customize the entire menu, and they were able to do everything! Everyone at the wedding loved the food and had more than enough to eat. At the reception, they provided a private server to make sure that my husband and I had food and drinks throughout the whole night. Overall, their quality of food is great as well as their service!
The whole team at Culinary Concepts (Christie, Aubrey, and Javier) did such a great job at our wedding last weekend! We Read more...
The whole team at Culinary Concepts (Christie, Aubrey, and Javier) did such a great job at our wedding last weekend! We were able to customize the entire menu, and they were able to do everything! Everyone at the wedding loved the food and had more than enough to eat. At the reception, they provided a private server to make sure that my husband and I had food and drinks throughout the whole night. Overall, their quality of food is great as well as their service! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Cassie
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
We first met Chef Donald and Sous Chef Chris at the Orfila Bridal Show in 2013. We came to the show specifically to find a caterer, so we brought my best friend (and Maid of Honor), who is a chef with plenty of catering experience. She was able to ask the questions we never would have thought to ask, and she was thoroughly impressed with Donald and Chris. We also all agreed that the albacore bruchetta they brought for us to sample was our favorite of the day! We scheduled a tasting, and after working briefly with Kathy (owner), we were one of the first couples to have the opportunity to work with Christie as she started working with Culinary Concepts. Christie was absolutely INCREDIBLE to work with!!! She was professional and fun, and was extremely responsive whenever we had questions for her. She made sure everything was absolutely perfect on our wedding day, and the server staff was extremely professional and friendly! One of the servers brought a plate of hors d'oeuvres for us as we were taking bride and groom photos in the vineyard (during cocktail hour), to make sure we didn't miss out. He even followed us around as we stopped between bites for photos... so fun! When my husband and I snuck away for sunset photos, we had only gotten a chance to have a few bites of our dinner. When we returned to our sweetheart table, one of the servers let us know that our entrees had gotten cold while we were gone, and offered to bring us new ones. I said it was alright, but she insisted, which I thought was so sweet! She brought us new plates, and we were able to enjoy a hot, delicious dinner! I highly recommend Culinary Concepts for your catering needs, whether it is for your wedding or otherwise!!

Hors d'oeuvres:
-Beef wellington tart
-Curried chicken salad on coriander dusted flatbread
-Panko & pecan crusted brie with jalapeño jelly
-Albacore bruchetta

Dinner:
-Caprese salad
-Dual entree (chicken and salmon)
-Vegan/gluten free option of quinoa stuffed poblano peppers
We first met Chef Donald and Sous Chef Chris at the Orfila Bridal Show in 2013. We came to the show specifically to find a Read more...
We first met Chef Donald and Sous Chef Chris at the Orfila Bridal Show in 2013. We came to the show specifically to find a caterer, so we brought my best friend (and Maid of Honor), who is a chef with plenty of catering experience. She was able to ask the questions we never would have thought to ask, and she was thoroughly impressed with Donald and Chris. We also all agreed that the albacore bruchetta they brought for us to sample was our favorite of the day! We scheduled a tasting, and after working briefly with Kathy (owner), we were one of the first couples to have the opportunity to work with Christie as she started working with Culinary Concepts. Christie was absolutely INCREDIBLE to work with!!! She was professional and fun, and was extremely responsive whenever we had questions for her. She made sure everything was absolutely perfect on our wedding day, and the server staff was extremely professional and friendly! One of the servers brought a plate of hors d'oeuvres for us as we were taking bride and groom photos in the vineyard (during cocktail hour), to make sure we didn't miss out. He even followed us around as we stopped between bites for photos... so fun! When my husband and I snuck away for sunset photos, we had only gotten a chance to have a few bites of our dinner. When we returned to our sweetheart table, one of the servers let us know that our entrees had gotten cold while we were gone, and offered to bring us new ones. I said it was alright, but she insisted, which I thought was so sweet! She brought us new plates, and we were able to enjoy a hot, delicious dinner! I highly recommend Culinary Concepts for your catering needs, whether it is for your wedding or otherwise!!

Hors d'oeuvres:
-Beef wellington tart
-Curried chicken salad on coriander dusted flatbread
-Panko & pecan crusted brie with jalapeño jelly
-Albacore bruchetta

Dinner:
-Caprese salad
-Dual entree (chicken and salmon)
-Vegan/gluten free option of quinoa stuffed poblano peppers Read less
Services Used: Catering
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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
Services Used: Catering
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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
Services Used: Catering

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