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John Little Catering

Ramona , CA
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24270 Highway 78
Ramona, CA 92065 US (map)

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760-787-1077

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John Little Catering is about dream-come-true events. From small, intimate gatherings of family and friends to stunning weddings, exciting theme parties and corporate events, we offer... Read more
John Little Catering is about dream-come-true events. From small, intimate gatherings of family and friends to stunning weddings, exciting theme parties and corporate events, we offer inspiration, attention to detail, and culinary creativity that will make your event truly one to remember. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American, Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Liquor License, Outside Alcohol OK, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
Which of the following items can you provide?
Chairs, Tables
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
0.0/5.0
If I could give John Little Catering zero stars I would. They are by far the most unprofessional company I've ever had the disservice of working with. Their level of customer service is horrible and they do not communicate. Cathi, who coordinates their events, makes excuses as to why she isn't responding to emails; they ranged from "I forgot to flag your email to reply", "I was really busy", "I didn't get your email" and my personal favorite "I replied to your emails...you didn't get them?".

After meeting with them to start a menu I was told I would get a proposal within the week. It took THREE weeks to get it and it was so wrong I thought they sent me the wrong one. The food was totally wrong and it was so over budget. They nickle and dime you for everything.

I unfortunately gave my deposit after they told me another bride was trying to book my date. It blows by mind that they want your money before giving you a solid proposal and then just drop off the face of the earth once they have your money in hand. I tried cancelling with them but they refuse to refund my money. Cathi said..and I quote..."the proposal and my numerous emails are worth $1,000". LOL. I told her that they would need to provide $1,000 worth of service because she isn't taking my money to which she laughed at me and then hung up on me.

This company is unprofessional, unorganized, incapable of listening to their clients, expensive for what you get, and down right rude. I will be reporting them to the BBB for taking my money and pursuing legal action. And be forewarned, Cathi will have a rebuttal to this review but since she is delusional I wouldn't give it much weight.
If I could give John Little Catering zero stars I would. They are by far the most unprofessional company I've ever had the Read more...
If I could give John Little Catering zero stars I would. They are by far the most unprofessional company I've ever had the disservice of working with. Their level of customer service is horrible and they do not communicate. Cathi, who coordinates their events, makes excuses as to why she isn't responding to emails; they ranged from "I forgot to flag your email to reply", "I was really busy", "I didn't get your email" and my personal favorite "I replied to your emails...you didn't get them?".

After meeting with them to start a menu I was told I would get a proposal within the week. It took THREE weeks to get it and it was so wrong I thought they sent me the wrong one. The food was totally wrong and it was so over budget. They nickle and dime you for everything.

I unfortunately gave my deposit after they told me another bride was trying to book my date. It blows by mind that they want your money before giving you a solid proposal and then just drop off the face of the earth once they have your money in hand. I tried cancelling with them but they refuse to refund my money. Cathi said..and I quote..."the proposal and my numerous emails are worth $1,000". LOL. I told her that they would need to provide $1,000 worth of service because she isn't taking my money to which she laughed at me and then hung up on me.

This company is unprofessional, unorganized, incapable of listening to their clients, expensive for what you get, and down right rude. I will be reporting them to the BBB for taking my money and pursuing legal action. And be forewarned, Cathi will have a rebuttal to this review but since she is delusional I wouldn't give it much weight. Read less
Services Used: Catering
John Little Catering responded with the following comments:

Sampling of emails w/June 2016 bride
Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. Ironically enough, I didn't actually get your email. My fiance had to forward it to me…if that is the case let me apologize for being so rude! I'm also going to send this email to you via…in hopes we might have better luck...I think putting down an initial deposit and then doing the tasting during your off season sounds like the best plan! Again, I appreciate you getting back to me so quickly and sorry for all the confusion!
After 4 proposals…
(We) were able to sit down and really discuss our menu…I think we want to change directions. I apologize in advance for giving you whiplash…
JLC: we will work with your budget, but the options available to you both food- and service-wise are going to be limited to what we have shown you in the past… we can do the menu styles you have requested previously and in the one below, they are going to come in higher than your price point…make sure you are comfortable with whichever style and menu is going to fit your budget.

I appreciate you being conscious of our budget! The ideas you listed could absolutely work. I realize we are limited with our budget but I'm confident we'll make it work! Go ahead and process my card…
Recent email:…concerned we have not spoken about our menu, aside from the first proposal we received…being cognizant of our budget, I would like to discuss alternative options. If we can set up a phone conversation within the next few weeks that would be great.
The very next day, I told her we had a busy wk, but could take a call the following Mon. Her angry reply: she had "full expectation that we would be in constant contact." I called her that night to reassure her. She said, I want to cancel my contract. I said, As long as you’re comfortable losing your reservation fee per our contract. She became angry, saying slanderous things. I said 3 times I wanted to end the call; it was going nowhere. She didn’t want to.
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Sandra
Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
After selecting the venue for our daughter's wedding, selecting the caterer was the next most important decision. We met with several caterers, but after our initial meeting with John and Cathi Little, we knew they were the best choice for the wedding. John and Cathi listened carefully to our daughter and her fiance and immediately captured their vision of the celebration and were able to translate it into perfect menu choices. We were provided with a highly detailed proposal that gave options but left no surprises. Our communication with them was excellent. They even took time to meet us at the venue to review and determine additional needs and formalize the final menu. On the day of the wedding, everything for our "upscale picnic" was perfect, from the welcome refreshments, to the cocktail hour hors d'oeuvres, to the dinner stations, and finally the cake and dessert station. We received nothing but rave reviews from our guests. The John Little team was professional, thorough, and dedicated to making our celebration wonderful and memorable.
After selecting the venue for our daughter's wedding, selecting the caterer was the next most important decision. We met Read more...
After selecting the venue for our daughter's wedding, selecting the caterer was the next most important decision. We met with several caterers, but after our initial meeting with John and Cathi Little, we knew they were the best choice for the wedding. John and Cathi listened carefully to our daughter and her fiance and immediately captured their vision of the celebration and were able to translate it into perfect menu choices. We were provided with a highly detailed proposal that gave options but left no surprises. Our communication with them was excellent. They even took time to meet us at the venue to review and determine additional needs and formalize the final menu. On the day of the wedding, everything for our "upscale picnic" was perfect, from the welcome refreshments, to the cocktail hour hors d'oeuvres, to the dinner stations, and finally the cake and dessert station. We received nothing but rave reviews from our guests. The John Little team was professional, thorough, and dedicated to making our celebration wonderful and memorable. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Priscilla
Wedding:
6/6/2015
4.2/5.0
John Little Catering provided excellent service the day of our wedding! Our guests were very pleased with the food and the staffs' level of attentiveness. I was very happy with the decorations that John Little provided. The only area that needs improvement is in communication. Cathi was very responsive at first, but then took a very long time to provide the final bill and I had to ask for it several times (caused a lot of stress on our end having to deal with tying up loose ends a week before the wedding). If you have a budget in mind make that clear to Cathi and ask her to update you if there is any changes that may cause mark-up because unfortunately, this was another issue that we ran into. Overall, great catering company and I would recommend their services to others!
John Little Catering provided excellent service the day of our wedding! Our guests were very pleased with the food and the Read more...
John Little Catering provided excellent service the day of our wedding! Our guests were very pleased with the food and the staffs' level of attentiveness. I was very happy with the decorations that John Little provided. The only area that needs improvement is in communication. Cathi was very responsive at first, but then took a very long time to provide the final bill and I had to ask for it several times (caused a lot of stress on our end having to deal with tying up loose ends a week before the wedding). If you have a budget in mind make that clear to Cathi and ask her to update you if there is any changes that may cause mark-up because unfortunately, this was another issue that we ran into. Overall, great catering company and I would recommend their services to others! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Private User
Wedding:
5/23/2015
1.0/5.0
First strike: your wedding will be served on "fancy" paper/plastic plates, using plastic utensils! I even asked if we could use non-disposable plates/flatware, knowing it would cost more, and they said no - stating, why would I want to, when there way is so much easier!

Second strike: $1000 deposit required to have them save our date, prior to being offered any tasting or seeing a quote/estimate.

Third strike: we gave them out budget, which we were told was doable for our head count, and they came back weeks later with 2 estimates, both over our budget, and both not even including basics, such as cups and ice!

Last strike: 3-4 months went by, before we heard anything from them, during which my fiancé and I decided to shop around, and it wasn't until we informed them we have found another caterer we are going to use that they even mentioned setting up a tasting. Claiming they were just setting up a tasting for us the following week! (Btw, new caterer came in under budget for our initial requests, so we added things like lighting, a cake, dessert fountain, more appetizers... And with all that extra stuff, we still came in on our budget!)

We assumed that since we gave notice to John Little of us not intending to use their services 8 months before our wedding date, that we would get our $1000 back - or at least part of it. Keep in mind, we signed nothing, tasted nothing, agreed to nothing... We had a 30 minute discussion with them, an email of 2 over-budget proposals, and that's it! Yet, they still wouldn't refund us a penny, instead they took much offense to us going elsewhere, stating that they know their food would be much better than whoever else we went with.

Not saying they don't have good food, I don't know, never tasted it - but I do know that their prices are high, their dinnerware is fake, and their attitudes are terrible and far from professional!
First strike: your wedding will be served on "fancy" paper/plastic plates, using plastic utensils! I even asked if we Read more...
First strike: your wedding will be served on "fancy" paper/plastic plates, using plastic utensils! I even asked if we could use non-disposable plates/flatware, knowing it would cost more, and they said no - stating, why would I want to, when there way is so much easier!

Second strike: $1000 deposit required to have them save our date, prior to being offered any tasting or seeing a quote/estimate.

Third strike: we gave them out budget, which we were told was doable for our head count, and they came back weeks later with 2 estimates, both over our budget, and both not even including basics, such as cups and ice!

Last strike: 3-4 months went by, before we heard anything from them, during which my fiancé and I decided to shop around, and it wasn't until we informed them we have found another caterer we are going to use that they even mentioned setting up a tasting. Claiming they were just setting up a tasting for us the following week! (Btw, new caterer came in under budget for our initial requests, so we added things like lighting, a cake, dessert fountain, more appetizers... And with all that extra stuff, we still came in on our budget!)

We assumed that since we gave notice to John Little of us not intending to use their services 8 months before our wedding date, that we would get our $1000 back - or at least part of it. Keep in mind, we signed nothing, tasted nothing, agreed to nothing... We had a 30 minute discussion with them, an email of 2 over-budget proposals, and that's it! Yet, they still wouldn't refund us a penny, instead they took much offense to us going elsewhere, stating that they know their food would be much better than whoever else we went with.

Not saying they don't have good food, I don't know, never tasted it - but I do know that their prices are high, their dinnerware is fake, and their attitudes are terrible and far from professional! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Margo
Wedding:
7/12/2014
4.9/5.0
We used John Little Catering and their venue, which is called The Mary Louise at Carvalho Ranch & Vineyard for my daughter's wedding. We had 150 people and they could have easily handled more. They hosted, catered and staffed the wedding and reception and did a wonderful job of coordinating all the details. The food was absolutely fabulous! We had both pulled pork and a barbecued chicken and both were seriously amazing. Also, their corn salad is the bomb! The owners, Cathi and John, as well their staff were so helpful and gracious throughout the planning, during the event and even afterward with the leftover details. Having he event at their ranch was ideal because they had very few limitations unlike many of the other venues we had looked into. They have plenty of parking just steps from the venue area and even provided parking attendants. Having the wedding and reception all at the same place worked out wonderfully and they had a refreshment area for before the ceremony started as well as a cocktail area for the time between the ceremony and reception and it was all beautiful and fun. I would recommend them for any event, whether you need a venue and caterer or just a caterer. Just a side note, we had the event in the heat of the summer, and although a more ideal time would be spring as far as landscape aesthetics and weather go, it was still nice, they have a lot of shade.
We used John Little Catering and their venue, which is called The Mary Louise at Carvalho Ranch & Vineyard for my Read more...
We used John Little Catering and their venue, which is called The Mary Louise at Carvalho Ranch & Vineyard for my daughter's wedding. We had 150 people and they could have easily handled more. They hosted, catered and staffed the wedding and reception and did a wonderful job of coordinating all the details. The food was absolutely fabulous! We had both pulled pork and a barbecued chicken and both were seriously amazing. Also, their corn salad is the bomb! The owners, Cathi and John, as well their staff were so helpful and gracious throughout the planning, during the event and even afterward with the leftover details. Having he event at their ranch was ideal because they had very few limitations unlike many of the other venues we had looked into. They have plenty of parking just steps from the venue area and even provided parking attendants. Having the wedding and reception all at the same place worked out wonderfully and they had a refreshment area for before the ceremony started as well as a cocktail area for the time between the ceremony and reception and it was all beautiful and fun. I would recommend them for any event, whether you need a venue and caterer or just a caterer. Just a side note, we had the event in the heat of the summer, and although a more ideal time would be spring as far as landscape aesthetics and weather go, it was still nice, they have a lot of shade. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Lighting & Decor, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Jaqui
Wedding:
6/7/2014
4.2/5.0
The night of our wedding, we heard nothing but rave reviews of the food--we went with a fairly nontraditional choice with BBQ pulled pork but it went over great!! Everyone was happy, and with all of the great side dishes even the vegetarians were happy with the buffet! They really pulled through the day of the even to make a beautiful buffet. We did run into some trouble working with them prior to the wedding--it seemed like there was a lot of miscommunication and even forgotten appointments on their part. We also felt like our event was not as important to them and kept hearing about all of the other events they were working on that seemed to take precedence over ours. They were very helpful in finding other vendors--rental companies for tables/chairs/linens and even porta-potties, but there was also a mysterious "administrative fee" that was not outlined as to what exactly it included but rose substantially each time we interacted. Overall, despite the frustrations, we were thrilled with how everything tuned out at our wedding and think they really do execute an event nicely.
The night of our wedding, we heard nothing but rave reviews of the food--we went with a fairly nontraditional choice with Read more...
The night of our wedding, we heard nothing but rave reviews of the food--we went with a fairly nontraditional choice with BBQ pulled pork but it went over great!! Everyone was happy, and with all of the great side dishes even the vegetarians were happy with the buffet! They really pulled through the day of the even to make a beautiful buffet. We did run into some trouble working with them prior to the wedding--it seemed like there was a lot of miscommunication and even forgotten appointments on their part. We also felt like our event was not as important to them and kept hearing about all of the other events they were working on that seemed to take precedence over ours. They were very helpful in finding other vendors--rental companies for tables/chairs/linens and even porta-potties, but there was also a mysterious "administrative fee" that was not outlined as to what exactly it included but rose substantially each time we interacted. Overall, despite the frustrations, we were thrilled with how everything tuned out at our wedding and think they really do execute an event nicely. Read less
Services Used: Catering
John Little Catering responded with the following comments:

First, I would like to say that Jaqui and Nick were lovely to work with, and we had nothing but rave reviews from their guests the day of the wedding.

That said, I would like to respond to a couple of issues that Jaqui raised. The first being the missed appointments. Jaqui scheduled a site visit appointment with John when I was out of the office for two weeks. It was never put on the calendar. She called on the way to the appointment, and we rushed to make it, and were only five minutes late.

Second, the administrative fee is clearly outlined in the contract. The reason it kept going up for this bride is that she originally wanted to handle all rentals and portable restrooms by herself. She ended up asking us to handle that for her. Clearly administrative costs were incurred for these services. Again, administrative fee is never something that sneaks into the contract. It is there from the beginning and clearly stated in the contract.
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Michael
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
John Little Catering did a wonderful job with our wedding. We had an outdoor wedding in Ramona, CA and they took the laboring oar from A-Z on food, rentals, and presentation. There were many unknowns in the planning process, but we were able to count on JLC for expertise, prompt communications, friendly service, and fair pricing. JLC exceeded our expectations. Thanks John and Cathi!
John Little Catering did a wonderful job with our wedding. We had an outdoor wedding in Ramona, CA and they took the Read more...
John Little Catering did a wonderful job with our wedding. We had an outdoor wedding in Ramona, CA and they took the laboring oar from A-Z on food, rentals, and presentation. There were many unknowns in the planning process, but we were able to count on JLC for expertise, prompt communications, friendly service, and fair pricing. JLC exceeded our expectations. Thanks John and Cathi! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Monica
Wedding:
5/18/2014
5.0/5.0
John and Cathi were the best!! They handled everything we wanted them to and more. Their attention to detail is unmatched, food is delicious and their staff is professional. We would use them over and over again!!
John and Cathi were the best!! They handled everything we wanted them to and more. Their attention to detail is unmatched, Read more...
John and Cathi were the best!! They handled everything we wanted them to and more. Their attention to detail is unmatched, food is delicious and their staff is professional. We would use them over and over again!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Danielle
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Cathi and John are an amazing catering team! John brings the food expertise and Cathi brings the organizational and creative expertise. We were on a budget and they worked with us to create a menu that not only was beyond delicious, but brought a lot of variety for our guests. They also handled all of our rentals, desserts and bartending! Everything was beautifully presented and exactly how we envisioned our wedding to be. And Cathi's attention to detail on the presentation of all the decor was absolutely perfect! If you are looking for a caterer with a personal touch and amazing food, these are your guys!
Cathi and John are an amazing catering team! John brings the food expertise and Cathi brings the organizational and Read more...
Cathi and John are an amazing catering team! John brings the food expertise and Cathi brings the organizational and creative expertise. We were on a budget and they worked with us to create a menu that not only was beyond delicious, but brought a lot of variety for our guests. They also handled all of our rentals, desserts and bartending! Everything was beautifully presented and exactly how we envisioned our wedding to be. And Cathi's attention to detail on the presentation of all the decor was absolutely perfect! If you are looking for a caterer with a personal touch and amazing food, these are your guys! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Brandon
Wedding:
8/10/2013
4.7/5.0
The food provided by John Little catering was even better than we had expected. They worked with us to create the perfect personalized menu for our event. Many times people have told me how much they enjoyed the food they ate at our wedding, and a few have even inquired about a referral since then. I would recommend John Little to anyone looking for great food and a great value.
The food provided by John Little catering was even better than we had expected. They worked with us to create the perfect Read more...
The food provided by John Little catering was even better than we had expected. They worked with us to create the perfect personalized menu for our event. Many times people have told me how much they enjoyed the food they ate at our wedding, and a few have even inquired about a referral since then. I would recommend John Little to anyone looking for great food and a great value. Read less
Services Used: Catering

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