Mike and Tracy, the owners of Personal Touch Dining, were recently featured on SD Voyager! Click here to read the article and about their journey in the catering industry the past 30 years!
Annie and Cory’s Darlington House wedding was just featured on the Style Me Pretty website! We love these photos of their ceremony by the fountain and reception in the rose garden. Click here to check out the feature.
Venue – Darlington House
Caterer – Personal Touch Dining
Coordination – Before I Do Events
Photographer – Carmen Santorelli Photography
Videographer – Jon and Fiona Productions
DJ – Sage Productions
Cake – Hey There, Cupcake
Florist – Modern Bouquet
If you are looking for a San Diego Event Catering company, you have come to the right place! Our knowledgeable and creative catering staff is ready to produce an amazing event for you. Here are a few ideas to get you started :
Start Planning Your San Diego Event Catering Early (if Possible)
We’ve managed to pull off amazing events with very little lead time. However, if you are able to give us time to prepare, it goes a long way. From the initial conversation or meeting, we start coming up with ideas and recommendations. By having this discussion far enough in advance, you have time to weigh the options and make informed decisions. As a result, you can move forward with peace of mind 🙂
For large events, we suggest reaching out at least 6-8 months before for the detailed planning. This is because you’ll have more of the wish list finalized as the event draws near, and we can make suggestions that are more on target. For smaller events, and scenarios where you prefer to leave the decisions to our team, 2-3 months or so lead time should be sufficient.
Of course, you are always welcome to contact us earlier to check availability. In fact, we encourage this, especially during busy summer weekends and holidays. But the real in-depth planning occurs closer to the event itself.
Share Your Vision With Your Co-Planners
If you are planning an event with others, it’s a good idea to talk over initial concepts with them early on. This way, you can put all ideas on the table, and have a shared vision for the event. If one planner wants a taco bar and the other is dreaming of an Italian feast, it’s time to talk it out 🙂 The more unified the team, the quicker the decisions will be made. We’re always happy to give our professional recommendations as well. Perhaps you will both compromise and opt for our delicious Pecan Crusted Chicken!
Surprise Your Guests
When planning a unique event, it’s a nice touch to throw in a surprise for guests. That little something extra can make the event extremely fun and memorable. For example, we can set up a station for root beer floats or S’mores. These classic all-American delights are sure to please. Or for late-night parties, we offer a variety of “midnight snacks” such as donuts paired with milk, or good ol’ homestyle PB&J. We even have decadent chocolate fountains. And for libations, we can do an eclectic mix of potent signature cocktails. There really is no limit to what can be done with our San Diego Event Catering.
Types of Events
We cater all kinds of events! If you have a family function, such as a birthday or anniversary party, we have a wide array of menu choices. We also cater Bar Mitzvahs, charity functions and galas. We work with many schools throughout San Diego, and provide catering for senior proms, and sports banquets. And when the weather gets warm, we have a popular selection of gourmet picnic options. We always use fresh seasonal ingredients, and have a menu for every occasion!
Learn More About Our San Diego Event Catering
We’d love for Personal Touch Dining to be your go-to catering company. We invite you to browse our website, explore example menus, and see images from past events. Please contact us at any point to talk over the specific details of your event. We look forward to talking with you!
When searching for a San Diego wedding catering company, there are many aspects to consider. We’re here to help you make an informed decision! We feel that choosing a wedding caterer should be the most fun part of the whole planning process. When evaluating wedding caterers, here are five factors to keep in mind:
Like many other industries, a lot of what you’re paying for is experience. You can tell a lot about a catering company by the length of time they have been around. Take note of how many years the company has been in business, and which venues they work at regularly. This will help give a sense of their place in the industry. There is a respect of industry peers that can only come with time.
Also, a San Diego wedding catering company that has been around for several years will likely be familiar with your specific scenario for your event. They will be able to anticipate your questions, and propose solutions you may not have considered. The more knowledgeable the company, the more seamless the event will be.
2. Creativity of the San Diego Wedding Catering Company
The wedding menu is one way to make your event stand out and be memorable. When evaluating a catering company, consider how creative they are in their approach. Is there care in the presentation? Are seasonal ingredients used in interesting ways? Are classic menu items given a signature twist? These are all things to observe and notate.
One way to get a sense of the creativity is photos. Browse galleries of past events, and you will quickly see the company’s style and presentation If your San Diego wedding will include buffet tables and tray passed hors d’oeuvres, ask to see examples. Based on what was done in the past, you’ll understand more about how the catering company will come through for you. Especially relevant are events like yours, such as at your venue, or with a similar setup as you will have.
When you talk with a catering company, or meet in person, see if they love what they do. Is there a passion for cuisine, and for making guests happy? Ask yourself if the catering company truly enjoys their work. Furthermore, see if they have initial ideas for you that will make your event better than you envisioned. If there is a positive energy and you walk away impressed, it’s a pretty safe bet that you are in good hands.
We’ve talked about finding a catering company that’s well regarded by industry peers. Additionally, it’s important to know what past clients think. Online reviews are a helpful way of determining quality. Websites like The Knot, WeddingWire, and Yelp all feature verified reviews by actual clients. Check out many San Diego wedding catering company reviews. Read beyond the star rating and see what people have to say about their experiences. They may offer helpful tips and suggestions, such as a particularly awesome menu item or dessert to request. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions based on reviews you have read.
5. Delicious Food
It may sound like a given, but make sure the food is delicious! Consider that in addition to talent and expertise, you are paying for quality ingredients. If a price is super appealing but the food doesn’t measure up, it’s likely not worth the savings 🙂 However, if exceptional food is a priority for your wedding, then a respected caterer is worth every penny. That way, your guests will leave happy and satisfied!
In conclusion, we hope this helps you select your San Diego wedding catering company! With over 30 years in the catering industry, we are prepared for all scenarios, and lots of ideas to make your wedding amazing. We’d love to talk over your upcoming event and how we can give it that “Personal Touch” 🙂
At Personal Touch Dining, we are your Corporate Catering San Diego experts 🙂 Because we have nearly 30 years of experience, we understand how to produce amazing corporate events. Our team is ready to make your corporate event incredible. Without a doubt, our caterers are sure to impress.
Our Corporate Catering San Diego Menus
Whether your event is themed, formal or casual, our creative chefs have a menu to match. We offer a nice variety of menus for any type of corporate event. We use fresh, seasonal ingredients and time-tested recipes. In addition, we put our own spin on classic favorites.
For appetizers, we have a wide variety of options. Popular items include Caprese Skewers, Sesame Seared Ahi, and Panko-Crusted Salmon. Salads include Orzo Spinach, Walnut and Grape, and the crowd-pleasing Caesar. And with entrees like Herb Chicken, Braised Short Ribs, and Grilled Vegetable Lasagna, there is something delicious for every palate.
Types of Corporate Events
Events we cater include awards dinners and grand openings. We also cater holiday parties and benefits. No matter if your corporate event is large or small, we are ready. We aim to create an exceptional dining experience that will have your guests talking.
From the first conversation, our dedicated and experienced staff will get to know you and your goals. Then we can start getting ideas for your amazing event! Our goal is to make the entire process easy and fun. Whether it is our first event together, or our hundredth, we bring our full energy and enthusiasm.
Many events have specific needs or requirements. This is where experience really matters 🙂 Our years in the industry have prepared us for all kinds of scenarios. We will help guide the planning process, and answer any questions. We also love a good challenge. So if you’re thinking it can’t be done, try us!
In addition to Corporate Catering, we also oversee the finest venues in San Diego:
For a rustic event, try Leo Carrillo Ranch. It is just the place for something different. Right outside of San Diego, it has that destination feel without leaving town! Enjoy the native peacocks, charming buildings, and historic site surrounding the venue itself.
For another quaint, iconic location, check out Mt. Woodson Castle. Located in Ramona, CA, it is also minutes from San Diego. Built in 1921 as a private residence, it is like taking a step back in time. The venue now plays host to unique and memorable events. From picnics to fundraisers, the Castle will wow your guests.
In order to see which one works for your event, we are happy to show you our properties, and talk over questions!
If rentals are needed, we arrange everything from tables and chairs to tenting and décor. Also, we provide many levels of bar service, including beer and wine, signature cocktails, and full service bar stations. Additionally, if there is something you need outside of our company, we have a large network of partner vendors. You are welcome to view our online directory, or ask for a specific recommendation.
Contact Us for Corporate Catering San Diego
With this in mind, we’d love to talk with you, and learn about the details of your corporate event. Consider us your Corporate Catering San Diego team! Please get in touch with us and we’ll start planning your amazing corporate event!
Check out these stunning photos from Alexsis and Julian’s Mt. Woodson wedding! They tied the knot with a ceremony on the front lawn of the castle, followed by a beautiful reception on the lower lawn. We love the fall wedding colors they chose and the bridal party looked amazing in burgundy dresses with matching bouquets.
Venue – Mt. Woodson Castle
Caterer – Personal Touch Dining
Photographer – True Photography
Coordination – SD Weddings By Gina
DJ – My DJ’s
We had so much fun celebrating with Dana and Chris at the San Diego Botanic Garden! They had a beautiful ceremony in the walled garden, cocktail hour in the herb garden and reception on the gazebo lawn. The dining tables were covered in white linens with slate blue napkins hanging off the tables. The couple chose colorful tile magnets as cute favors for their guests. This wedding was complete with a fun photo booth, corn hole and delicious mini desserts in the lawn house.
Here are a few photos that DJ Mike Hogan took! Photos by Meurer Image Photography to come soon!
Venue – San Diego Botanic Garden
Caterer – Personal Touch Dining
Coordination – Weddings by Design
Photographer – Meurer Image Photography
DJ – Mike Hogan
Florist – Marjan Vafaie
Lighting – Bright Ideas
Check out these amazing photos from some of our recent events at the Darlington House! We love the architecture of the house and all the beautiful patios and gardens. The Egyptian Patio with the fountain is such a perfect ceremony spot, and the Rose Garden is a beautiful reception area with red brick and flowers all around. We love how there’s so many different areas of this venue that gives couples a ton of great photo spots!
We love all the décor from Lindsay and Dave’s wedding! They got married at the New Children’s Museum and added the cutest details to this amazing venue. Their photos are gorgeous!
Venue – The New Children’s Museum
Caterer – Personal Touch Dining
Coordination – Jenny Destein
Check out this Mt. Woodson wedding that was featured in the New Zealand Weddings Magazine! Sarah and Neil wanted a beautiful venue with scenic views to host their elegant wedding. The castle was the perfect place! See the entire blog post here!