I've never organized a private catering event, and I'm frankly quite new the LA food scene.
Is private catering the best way to ensure good food at a reception? I know hotels are famous for bad food, and restaurants have a hard time seating and feeding 100 identical meals at a time as opposed to their usual nights of staggered orders of a variety of foods throughout the evening.
Caterers have to travel and cook in mobile kitchens, but they do it all the time, right? So far, searching on this board and through word of mouth has led me to:
Kitchen for Exploring Foods (menu seems a little boring as in I see nothing I haven't seen before, but if it's well made why not)
Kai European Catering (they seem really chic, and they'll do decorating as well. Menu seems pretty interesting and creative)
Jackson Somerset (a very professional website, not as slick as Kai's but very lovely. Food items seem lovely)
Would these private, travelling caterers serve me better than the in-house caterers at event locations such as:
The Romanesque Room in Pasadena
La Venta or Verandas, run by New York Food Company?
I'm at such a loss, and all of the caterers require deposits for tasting that are applied to your final bill. If I tasted food at all these places, I'd be out several hundred dollars!