Accolades

Behind every well executed event is a team that shares the vision of the host. Our mission is for each of our team members to truly see the inspiration behind each event. We center the entire organization around how each team member can provide outstanding service to our guests –  from our front-of-house to our house-keeping – we’re just as invested as our clients.

Let the awards and reviews speak for themselves: Voted Number One Catering Company in San Diego for the last three years, 2014, 2013, and 2012. Hundreds of thousands of San Diegan’s have spoken out and identified us as the best, year after year.

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Chuck went above and beyond on at least 4 to 5 occasions that I can remember!! (The day of can be a bit of a blur.) He upgraded our dinner service; he found a bottle of champagne for the nervous bride and bridesmaids to be able to have a toast before the ceremony. Justin broke his boutineer right before the ceremony and Chuck magically fixed it, twice! Our cake had some weird funky bubble going on and again Chuck saved the day! My dad does not drink and we did not think of ordering nonalcoholic beer with our bar package. When my father asked Chuck, again he was able to pull some strings and get that taken care of as well!!
Most importantly he was able to deal with my overbearing family with ease!

-Katie K.

 

Court and I would like to say ‘thank you’ to The Abbey Catering for doing an out-standing job with our wedding!! Everything was spectacular and beyond our wildest dreams. That day was like a fairy tale with all the great decorations, food, and dedicated staff. I am so happy that the whole enchanted forest /fall theme/ secret garden vision came to life.

So many of our guests told us “it was the best wedding they have ever been to” or “the decorations were the best we’ve seen”. Court and I wish we could relive that day every year for the rest of our lives.

Thanks again for all your hard work.

-Courtney and Chelsea B

 

As mother of the bride, I wanted to write you a note of thanks for making Chelsea’s and Courtney’s wedding so special for both of them. It was quite a project and she is a creative and detail oriented person. She really appreciated having you to help her plan everything and listen to all her ideas. She was thrilled with her day!!

I wanted to express my appreciation to you and your staff–everyone was so professional. The tables were beautiful, service was excellent and the food was delicious. All of our guests had a wonderful time and the evening was perfect. I wish I could do it all over again. Thanks for everything.

-Angie K

 

Abbey Team
Thank you so much for all of your help, creativity and guidance throughout our wedding experience. You were beyond amazing and I felt so lucky to have you there and I could not have asked for anything more! You have a real gift and I’m so glad we found you.

And to Robert,
Thank you for all of your help yesterday and the days leading up to the wedding. Your emails, kind words and calming presence really made a huge difference. Thank you for being collected when I was frazzled!

I’m glad to have met you both and I wish you continued success!

Very best,

-Jillian N

 

To the owner of the Abbey Catering
I have to say that The Abbey Team did an awesome job in pulling it all together on the wedding day. We couldn’t have had a better day. The decorations my daughter wanted to be displayed were perfectly done by you…The Team instinctively knew what to do. You definitely has an eye for this type of work. Whatever we wanted or needed you were on it. My daughter was extremely happy with how everything came together. All your staff worked very hard that day. I was very impressed. There is no doubt that I would recommend The Abbey Catering to anyone who plans to marry.

Thank you for having a staff of professional people that really seemed to care about our event that day!

-Vivki L

 

Robert
You are such a true professional. You made every idea I had about the wedding come true and exceeded every expectation I had.  Every time we spoke, you made me feel like I was the only bride you had as a client even though I know you were always in high demand! You genuinely cared about our wedding and went to every length to ensure our satisfaction. I cannot express my thanks to you enough; you honestly gave us perfection.

The entire Abbey experience was amazing.  Every single person that had a hand in our wedding made it as special as if it were their own. I felt so calm and confident knowing that every detail was taken care of by the Abbey staff.  I can honestly say that I was never “stressed” about any part of the wedding planning or the actual day because of the trust I had in the Abbey and the vendors I had chosen.  It is clear that everyone takes pride in their work and is shows in every wedding they do.  So thank you to Robert, Rob, Arturo, Tande, Babycakes and all the service professionals for making our day perfect.

-Erica and Dustin S

 

Rob
Thanks for all your help – you were 100% on top of things and virtually EVERYONE said they had a great time. Everything looked classy, efficient, tasty (food and dessert was great) and the staff was very friendly — you, Robert held true to your promise that it’ll be a night to remember.

Maggie and I had only one desire and that was for all in attendance to have a great time, bond, re-connect, establish new friendships, and for one night, forget about life’s uncertainties, disappointments and stress – from the feedback we received, I think you were highly responsible for accomplishing all of that!

-Kevin W, Groom

 

Abbey Team
I just wanted to write and thank you for helping make my daughter’s wedding so special. First of all, the dinner was delicious and served hot, which was a real plus. Secondly, your organization and professionalism was second to none. The Abbey Team did an excellent job with the table decorations, which was a feat in itself, and provided perfect service to our guests from beverages, appetizers, dinner and dessert.

Thank you for your support and for helping me feel that I need not worry about a thing. I couldn’t be happier with the service you provided. The evening was perfect.

-Katie, Mother of the Bride

 

Abbey Team
Thank you and everyone for all your hard work and attention to detail. The room looked beautiful and the progression of all the little segments flowed effortlessly for us. We have had occasion to speak with many of the guests and they too thought the whole event was spectacular.

-Richard, Father of the Bride 

Hi Petr
We are back from our wonderfully long honeymoon! Thank you guys so much for making our wedding day such a success and relatively stress free. You made the wedding a perfect event! Much thanks to The Abbey. I had high expectations of the food being good because our pre-wedding tasting was so good. The wedding food seemed of the same quality which is really impressive when serving so many people. I would recommend coming up with some more appetizer options though. I thought the Abbey did a great job, they turned my low budget wedding into something that people thought cost double what we paid, which is always a great feeling. If I had a need for catering in the future I would use them again. Much thanks to The Abbey.

-Jared and Jill

 

I just wanted to send you a note to thank you again for everything that you did for our wedding. You did an amazing job and the food was so wonderful. So many of our guests are still complimenting us on how great everything was at the reception. All our best.

-Jennifer & Matt

 

Abbey, you are such a lifesaver! Seriously, thank you so much for your help, we greatly appreciate all that you did. You really did send some of your best–Brandon and Warren were fantastic. Your team was so incredible and we couldn’t have pulled it off without you.

-Melissa & Emily

 

We cannot express how much we appreciate your service. From day one, you made our day turn into the most special day of our lives. Your service was so awesome, we had no worries throughout the whole process and we had complete confidence in your staff that it would be the most perfect day…and it was. We just want to thank you again for making our day the best!!! Lots of love.

-Missy & Teddy

 

When I first contacted The Abbey, I thought all the services you offered seemed too good to be true. In reality, you went well above and beyond what was promised, and you are the reason my friends and family are still raving about our perfect wedding! Finding you was like winning the Lottery!

When we purchased our complete wedding package from you, I didn’t fully realize the exceptional value of the services we were getting. Not only was the food absolutely to die for, but each and every vendor you helped us choose far exceeded all of our exceptions. A man is measured by the company he keeps, and you certainly keep the company of some quality people.

DJ Neko had the party rocking from the start, and even the “old folks” were happy with his tasteful music choices! Flour Power’s cake caused a big uproar, because it was so tasty that everybody tried t scramble to get seconds! I’ll be back to James and Flour Power for my mom’s birthday cake later this month.

When I contacted you on the 8th of January for a February 25th wedding, you weren’t even fazed. You took the burden of planning an entire wedding in just 45 days off my shoulders and placed it on your own, giving me the opportunity to concentrate on my dress, the guest list, and the other time consuming and stressful details. From the moment I emailed you at The Abbey, all my worries were over. We can’t wait to have another occasion to use The Abbey’s excellent services again!

-David and Nancy

 

Holy cow, The Abbey saved the day. They were great from beginning to end. We originally were working with a different caterer, had done the tasting and all that jazz. The food was good, but I wasn’t “wowed” by it. So, about 6-8 weeks before the wedding we decided to change our idea all together. Our first caterer wasn’t really responsive to it and we waited a week or so to hear back from them. My sister decided to call Abbey Catering with our idea of having a brunch for dinner and within one week we have a proposal, several revisions, and a final menu. The price was great, the people were fantastic and they were very professional. They are very familiar with the Bernardo Winery and it showed. They also provided great brunch food… waffles, omelet station, carved steak sandwiches, OJ, coffee, fruit, etc. Everyone raved about the idea of brunch and they made it happen with the quality. Thanks so much!

-Bridget

 

Overall, a stress-free experience the day of the wedding. I used The Abbey and worked out an all inclusive package (catering, photography, videography, rentals, coordination) which saved us a lot of time, planning, worry, and money. Photography by Deb Shields was amazing. The Abbey maintains a good network of vendors with which to partner for package deals. Check them out. They’ll win you over at the tasting, make you want more with their accommodating pricing, and be friends for life after the wedding day.

-Michelle

 

One Word about The Abbey Catering & Event Design: FANTASTIC. We also used them for a complete all inclusive wedding package and I truly could not have done it any other way. Petr, our coordinator went above and beyond to make sure we were so taken care of through the entire planning process. The Abbey DJ was great. Elegant Events did our flowers and they were nothing short of breathtaking. Deb was our photographer and our pictures are beyond beautiful!!! Seriously, this was such a great deal for us as we saved time, money and so much of the typical stress that goes along with planning such a huge event. We used the money we saved and went to Japan! Great Job Abbey Catering!

-Donna M

 

My daughter just got married at The Soledad Club in San Diego. The Abbey Catering provided us with a complete package including outstanding food & service, day of wedding coordination, bountiful florals, videographer (Tarek), photographer (Deb), DJ, scrumptious and beautiful cake (Baby Cakes) and a limousine (Escalade) that was over 40 ft! Everything from start to finish has been nothing short of outstanding. I was especially impressed with the cost! We saved over $10,000 with their all inclusive deal. I can’t recommend them enough. Every vendor on their team surprised and delighted us all with their professionalism and work! Great Job Abbey Catering!

-Deb

 

Robert!
Thank you so much for a wonderful wedding adventure. Everything was perfect and all my guests still rave about it being the best wedding! Brides, if you are looking for a professional catering and wedding design company to trust with your wedding, look no further. Not only was The Abbey’s all inclusive wedding package was $10,000 below our budget (thanks Dad,) but they went beyond my expectations in every way! One thing I would recommend to brides is to take your coordinators advise and select your vendors as soon as possible. When we were selecting photographers, for example, our first choice was already committed on our date. However, our second choice, was available and she, Katy with Gemini Photography, was nothing short of a dream. The pictures are absolutely beautiful and I could not be happier! One more word to anyone with an all inclusive package, select the Maui condo. Wow, it is beyond amazing right on the best beach in Maui. Such a deal! We used our saved money for a down payment on a condo. Thanks Abbey Catering!

-Tina and Randy

 

Petr was awesome!!!  He was very attentive, always available, and answered ALL of my MANY questions!  Jessica frequently stepped in, and she was also great to work with! I was very happy with the food! It all was just as I remembered from the complimentary tasting!  I LOVE the pear-shaped mashed potatoes…so unique and so yummy!!!  The beef Wellingtons and coconut shrimp were soooo good!! I felt confident that I would be in good hands on my wedding day…and I was right!  I was able to enjoy every minute of my wedding knowing that everything was being taken care of around me!  Thank you to the Abbey team and the other vendors for making it all possible!!! And many thanks for helping us the next day as well! That was such a nice gesture and we are so appreciative!

Georgina L

 

Thank you very much for organizing and catering our wedding. We and our guests were extremely happy with the delicious food, friendly service, and great prices. We are very happy that we decided to go with The Abbey Catering, and will recommend you to all our friends.

-Merve and Paul R 

 

On behalf of the Social Service League of La Jolla, I express our appreciation for the luncheon served to our members after the General Meeting on January 13th. The members sure enjoyed the crusted salmon, chicken in champagne sauce with grilled vegetables, the Abbey Signature Salad and dessert. Everyone complimented the excellent food and presentation. This experience will give our docents confidence when recommending a caterer for an event.

Sincerely yours,
Lois Stanton, President, Social Service League of La Jolla

 

Petr
Thank you for the wonderful job you and your staff did at my and Jon’s wedding on September 20th. Everything was wonderful! You and your staff were very professional and attentive to us; we really appreciated that. We have received SO MANY compliments on the food – it was delicious. Thank you for the nice basket you put together for us as well. That was very thoughtful and much appreciated. We will definitely be recommending The Abbey Catering to friends and family for their future events. Thank you!

-Heather and Jon S

 

“Better than advertised!! Way more than we expected! Thanks for the awesome job on our complete wedding package. You made it so easy!”
-Elizabeth and Brian B

“Best Catering Company”
SanDies Awards 

“Best Event Planning Company”
SanDies Awards

“Everything was just perfect! We could not thank you enough for making our dream wedding day come true. The only thing that would have made this day better, was if it never ended. Thanks for everything; we will tell all our friends about this great wedding package.”
-Jason and Andrea Spitzmiller

“Kings of Catering”
944 Magazine

“Best of” San Diego Issue, The Reader

“Our cocktail party was a resounding success thanks in large part to your help in every aspect. I can not thank you enough for your professionalism, responsiveness, and of course the still talked about food! You all did a great job, thanks again!”
-Judy F

-Special Recognition and Appreciation Letter from the acting Mayor of San Diego, Toni Atkins for a City Cocktail Reception.-

“Abbey Catering did an awesome job at Rob and Anh Hansen’s wedding. Food was great and reasonable and plentiful. Everyone enjoyed the wedding thanks to The Abbey Catering.”
-Leo H

“The Abbey Catering is top notch. Our wedding was Hawaiian themed and they went all out in staying with the theme. My guests are still talking about the food that was served. ”
-Chris and Jay B

“The Abbey Catering & Event Design recently catered our wedding. It was fabulous! Our guests said that it had been the best wedding they had been too. The food was great and the service was superb.”
-Carla L

“Our wedding went without a hitch. They were professional, they were early, and they executed on everything. My wedding party loved it so much, three of the brides maids that were engaged booked there weddings with the Abbey Catering Group. My Aunt had them do her company’s summer blow out party also. They are amazing, and creative!”
-Amy C

“I use Abbey Catering for numerous parties at my home. They are professional in all aspects; and the food is sterling. Thanks Zapher and staff; you make my life easier.”
-Bill B

“Abbey Catering has given me and my husband nothing but great customer service. The first time meeting the owner I was overwhelmed how great the presentation and taste of their unique still of food.”
-Lindsay A

“They make amazing food and the staff is knowledgeable, professional AND fun! I LOVED working with them, and would recommend them to anyone :-)”
-Sara 

“Simply the best in service and food quality. I only use the Abbey Team for my events.”
-Zachary M 

“Excellent service and food taste and presentation second to none. They don’t just cater, they leave an impression that has you asking them to come back time and time again.”
-Tom S

“Abbey Catering & Event Design made our wedding a magical, stress-free event. They took care of EVERY detail — far exceeding our expectations! The food was phenomenal, the staff was professional, and our guests said it was the best wedding they’ve ever attended.”
-Kari K

“My husband and I are extremely happy with the Services from the Abbey for our wedding this past June. The food was absolutely delicious and the service couldn’t have been better! Thank you for making our special day perfect!”
-Susie A

“I also thoroughly enjoyed the food tastings prior to the wedding and before we signed the contract. Those were great experiences and gave us an idea of what we could expect at the actual event. I liked being able to tweak the menu and give input that was actually listened to. Zapher is an amazing chef, but more than that he’s a great listener and puts the client first.  I can tell he wants to give his clients the best possible event and he works hard to do just that.  It was such a priviledge to work with such an amazing staff.  I’m so impressed that The Abbey was able to address our multicultural menu so effectively.”
-Sarah D



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