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Simply Elegant Catering

South Pasadena , CA
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LOCATION

1929 Huntington Drive
South Pasadena, CA 91030 US (map)

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626-799-6468

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ABOUT US

Mike Faulkner, and his wife Laura, own and operate Simply Elegant Catering. They are passionate about food and entertaining which translates to planning creative menus for personal and... Read more
Mike Faulkner, and his wife Laura, own and operate Simply Elegant Catering. They are passionate about food and entertaining which translates to planning creative menus for personal and business type of social events ranging from; beautiful weddings, bar-bat mitzvah celebrations, holiday gatherings, luau parties, banquets, family reunions… just about any type of event. At Simply Elegant Catering, we believe anything is possible. Let us help you plan your event to create the statement and or memories you want.

We have over 30 years of experience in this business and as a certified food service caterer we have the ability to travel and operate just about anywhere in Southern California. Recent large clients include the Pasadena Tournament of Roses (2,800 guests) and the City of Hope.

Today, Simply Elegant offers the latest, newest, and innovative fresh ideas for your wedding. Our wedding reception ideas, together with our truly magnificent wedding cakes are just one more reason we are referred to year after year by families, event planners, and corporations alike. Our staff is skilled at planning any type of event you might want – weddings, bar-bat mitzvahs… you name it! Corporate accounts welcome!

As a full service company we are prepared to attend to every detail of your event. Leave all the work to us! 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?
American, French, Indian, Mexican, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor

REVIEWS

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Razi
Wedding:
4/2/2016
4.3/5.0
We were referred to Mike by a friend who spoke very highly of him. It was all true, Mike is fantastic to work with. He was extremely professional, accommodating and responsive throughout the planning stages and during the event. He had catered at our venue before so we he already knew what to do, where to set up, table layouts etc. That was very helpful. At the day of the event everything went very smoothly and on time, the staff was great and of course the food was delicious. I think you can find catering options that are cheaper (though not by much), but we thought Simply Elegant was worth every penny.
We were referred to Mike by a friend who spoke very highly of him. It was all true, Mike is fantastic to work with. He was Read more...
We were referred to Mike by a friend who spoke very highly of him. It was all true, Mike is fantastic to work with. He was extremely professional, accommodating and responsive throughout the planning stages and during the event. He had catered at our venue before so we he already knew what to do, where to set up, table layouts etc. That was very helpful. At the day of the event everything went very smoothly and on time, the staff was great and of course the food was delicious. I think you can find catering options that are cheaper (though not by much), but we thought Simply Elegant was worth every penny. Read less
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amanda
Wedding:
3/12/2016
5.0/5.0
Mike and his team did an incredible job with the catering for our wedding. He was easy to work with and quickly incorporated our requests / changes following our tasting.

We had loved our tasting but we're curious to see how it might be different for 165 guests: Our guests raved about the food, and we definitely had some tough customers. Our guests loved how moist the salmon was, the variety of the appetizers and the great sauces for the tri tip. Mike was able to provide the food In a family style format which we really wanted and turned out great.

Mike was wonderful to work with and definitely surpassed our expectations.
Mike and his team did an incredible job with the catering for our wedding. He was easy to work with and quickly Read more...
Mike and his team did an incredible job with the catering for our wedding. He was easy to work with and quickly incorporated our requests / changes following our tasting.

We had loved our tasting but we're curious to see how it might be different for 165 guests: Our guests raved about the food, and we definitely had some tough customers. Our guests loved how moist the salmon was, the variety of the appetizers and the great sauces for the tri tip. Mike was able to provide the food In a family style format which we really wanted and turned out great.

Mike was wonderful to work with and definitely surpassed our expectations. Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
1/2/2016
4.9/5.0
I will be having my wedding here, and I cannot wait!!! I have previously been here in different occasions and I loved it. The food and service is exceptional! They will be taking care of everything for my big day!
I will be having my wedding here, and I cannot wait!!! I have previously been here in different occasions and I loved it. Read more...
I will be having my wedding here, and I cannot wait!!! I have previously been here in different occasions and I loved it. The food and service is exceptional! They will be taking care of everything for my big day! Read less
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taryn
Wedding:
11/14/2015
5.0/5.0
great food & great people! Mike was soo soo friendly during our planning & our tasting. he made us so much food and changed anything we wanted with no hesitation or attitude. he was always early to every meeting & prepared. most importantly our wedding day went off without a hitch & everyone RAVED about the food! i heard from multiple people that they LOVED the food so that was all i wanted!
great food & great people! Mike was soo soo friendly during our planning & our tasting. he made us so much food and Read more...
great food & great people! Mike was soo soo friendly during our planning & our tasting. he made us so much food and changed anything we wanted with no hesitation or attitude. he was always early to every meeting & prepared. most importantly our wedding day went off without a hitch & everyone RAVED about the food! i heard from multiple people that they LOVED the food so that was all i wanted! Read less
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Sean
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Wow! Mike and his team at Simply Elegant Catering did an amazing job with our wedding. From the begging of the planning process to the end, Mike was able to handle any and everything when it came to catering our wedding. He worked with us to create a menu and food options we desired for our wedding reception and rehearsal dinner, giving us several options as well as giving us suggestions and the option of creating special dishes. Our venue was a blank slate and he was able to handle everything when it came to renting all the chairs, tables glassware and everything else needed for our ceremony and reception of over 120 guests. He was professional as well as personable throughout the whole process and was a text message away when we had any questions. After two weeks we are still receiving great reviews from our guests on the quality of food and the professionalism of his team. I would recommend Simply Elegant Catering to anyone and will be contacting them in the future for any catering needs. Thank you Mike and your team for making our wedding such a special day!
Wow! Mike and his team at Simply Elegant Catering did an amazing job with our wedding. From the begging of the planning Read more...
Wow! Mike and his team at Simply Elegant Catering did an amazing job with our wedding. From the begging of the planning process to the end, Mike was able to handle any and everything when it came to catering our wedding. He worked with us to create a menu and food options we desired for our wedding reception and rehearsal dinner, giving us several options as well as giving us suggestions and the option of creating special dishes. Our venue was a blank slate and he was able to handle everything when it came to renting all the chairs, tables glassware and everything else needed for our ceremony and reception of over 120 guests. He was professional as well as personable throughout the whole process and was a text message away when we had any questions. After two weeks we are still receiving great reviews from our guests on the quality of food and the professionalism of his team. I would recommend Simply Elegant Catering to anyone and will be contacting them in the future for any catering needs. Thank you Mike and your team for making our wedding such a special day! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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katie
Wedding:
7/4/2014
4.7/5.0
Mike and his team did an AMAZING job for my July 4th wedding. The food and service was amazing. Everyone who attended could not stop raving about it. Very easy and welcoming to work with. Took care of food, rentals & service for the day. Got there early to set up and was there the whole time making sure everything was just perfect. Could not have imagined the day going any better thanks to him & his team!
I would definitely recommend this company for any catering needs.
Mike and his team did an AMAZING job for my July 4th wedding. The food and service was amazing. Everyone who attended Read more...
Mike and his team did an AMAZING job for my July 4th wedding. The food and service was amazing. Everyone who attended could not stop raving about it. Very easy and welcoming to work with. Took care of food, rentals & service for the day. Got there early to set up and was there the whole time making sure everything was just perfect. Could not have imagined the day going any better thanks to him & his team!
I would definitely recommend this company for any catering needs. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.7/5.0
In the beginning, Simply Elegant was great to work with. Mike met with us on a couple of occasions before we signed the contract and was friendly. Mike made sure to explain everything in detail, expressed how we could call his cellphone whenever we needed him and that the process was very flexible and that we could add things to our contract even at the last minute. He insisted that the rentals provided were extensive and that we would have a variety to choose from. He even made sure there was always fresh, homemade cookies at every meeting.
About 4-5 months before the wedding, we wanted to narrow down our rental selection. We were hoping that Mike had a large variety of rentals to suit or tastes such as glasses, silverware, plates, linens and more. Unfortunately, there wasn't the vast selection like he had said. Mike then insisted that if we changed our minds later, we were still far ahead w/ planning and that we had plenty of time to adjust our contract.
I requested to meet Mike at our venue to discuss table rentals 2 1/2 months before the wedding. Due to our fickle venue, we were forced to reschedule but Mike's schedule wouldn't allow us to meet ANYTIME AT ALL until 1 month before our wedding to discuss. This was problematic as my florist needed the table count so that she could place her flower order and start her process. During the summer, I would frequently email and text him to verify our rentals and go over a "virtual" plan since we couldn't go to the venue and plan. Unlike his promise earlier, he would not get back to us for weeks at a time. When we were asking questions a week before the wedding (when they needed payment), Mike's wife was short and annoyed.
In the end, they lost our remaining liquor. We had gone to the bar towards the end of the night and the bartender informed us that we had a lot of wine leftover. When we went to pick it up, they couldn't find any of our wine and told us they would find it and call us. We never heard from them again.
In the beginning, Simply Elegant was great to work with. Mike met with us on a couple of occasions before we signed the Read more...
In the beginning, Simply Elegant was great to work with. Mike met with us on a couple of occasions before we signed the contract and was friendly. Mike made sure to explain everything in detail, expressed how we could call his cellphone whenever we needed him and that the process was very flexible and that we could add things to our contract even at the last minute. He insisted that the rentals provided were extensive and that we would have a variety to choose from. He even made sure there was always fresh, homemade cookies at every meeting.
About 4-5 months before the wedding, we wanted to narrow down our rental selection. We were hoping that Mike had a large variety of rentals to suit or tastes such as glasses, silverware, plates, linens and more. Unfortunately, there wasn't the vast selection like he had said. Mike then insisted that if we changed our minds later, we were still far ahead w/ planning and that we had plenty of time to adjust our contract.
I requested to meet Mike at our venue to discuss table rentals 2 1/2 months before the wedding. Due to our fickle venue, we were forced to reschedule but Mike's schedule wouldn't allow us to meet ANYTIME AT ALL until 1 month before our wedding to discuss. This was problematic as my florist needed the table count so that she could place her flower order and start her process. During the summer, I would frequently email and text him to verify our rentals and go over a "virtual" plan since we couldn't go to the venue and plan. Unlike his promise earlier, he would not get back to us for weeks at a time. When we were asking questions a week before the wedding (when they needed payment), Mike's wife was short and annoyed.
In the end, they lost our remaining liquor. We had gone to the bar towards the end of the night and the bartender informed us that we had a lot of wine leftover. When we went to pick it up, they couldn't find any of our wine and told us they would find it and call us. We never heard from them again. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Mike is suchc a great person to work with. He really takes the time to listen to the bride and groom's needs. I would recommend Simply Elegant to anyone looking for excellent catering for a wedding.
Mike is suchc a great person to work with. He really takes the time to listen to the bride and groom's needs. I would Read more...
Mike is suchc a great person to work with. He really takes the time to listen to the bride and groom's needs. I would recommend Simply Elegant to anyone looking for excellent catering for a wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
Mike & Laura are the best! They were so accommodating and made us feel so comfortable. The food was great and very well priced compared to the other caterers I checked out. I would definitely use them again and again!
Mike & Laura are the best! They were so accommodating and made us feel so comfortable. The food was great and very well Read more...
Mike & Laura are the best! They were so accommodating and made us feel so comfortable. The food was great and very well priced compared to the other caterers I checked out. I would definitely use them again and again! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
They were our rehearsal dinner catered. Food is AMAZING! We are so truly thankful for the way they treated us and heard our requests.
They were our rehearsal dinner catered. Food is AMAZING! We are so truly thankful for the way they treated us and heard Read more...
They were our rehearsal dinner catered. Food is AMAZING! We are so truly thankful for the way they treated us and heard our requests. Read less
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