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Reviewed On 9/12/2022 by Courtney M
We loved working with Dawn and the Pacific Harvest team! We were able to customize our menu by adding some personal touches. We opted for family style for our 200 person wedding, and we had so many compliments (the mac n cheese was a definite f...
Reviewed On 10/31/2019 by Ryan H
There was a complete breakdown of service on our wedding day. The event was significantly understaffed, causing a snowball effect of other mistakes, oversights and delays. After the wedding, Dawn White, the co-owner and business manager, showed...
little to no empathy or remorse for the many issues that significantly impacted our reception. Instead, she either downplayed the impact or blamed her staff – never once taking ownership of the mess. Dawn didn't attend the event, yet dismissed our comments and criticized our wedding coordinator’s decisions despite not seeing anything firsthand.
When you imagine your wedding day, you don’t imagine watching family and friends wait in long lines all evening for drinks, seeing guests with empty wine glasses at their tables and missing out on an hour of time with the live band due to significant catering delays.
Below is a summary of our experience:
• Only one bartender showed up when our contract called for two bartenders and a barback. This caused long lines all night.
• Because of the lengthy line at the bar, our grand entrance was delayed over 30 minutes.
• Once seated for dinner, there were long lulls between dishes. (i.e. It took about 15-20 minutes from our plated salads being served until any other food came out.) Dawn told us that with family style dinners, it’s standard to “let a few minutes go between dishes to allow guests to pass around what’s been served,” but these lulls were excessive.
• Our coordinator and her assistants counted just four servers at our reception. Our contract called for nine servers. Dawn, who was not there, claimed there were six servers there (plus a trainee). Regardless, it was insufficient, especially considering that we had family-style dinner and tableside wine service.
• We paid for tableside wine service and there were not enough servers to provide this. The owners of the venue and one of our coordinator’s assistants actually had to serve tableside wine because of the lack of servers. Eventually, we had to ask them to simply leave bottles of wine at each table for guests to serve themselves in an attempt to make up for any lost time.
• At one point, a server told guests that he could not serve white wine because it had not been chilled.
• These snafus delayed everything even more. We saved 15 minutes by forgoing sunset photos, but then lost 30-40 minutes back from dinner service taking far longer than scheduled. In total, we were over an hour late starting our first dance.
• We paid to rent Moscow Mule mugs, but PHC misplaced them, so they were only used for the final 30-45 minute of our reception – after I specifically asked the bartender about them.
In closing, as you can imagine, we were extremely upset and disappointed with the level of service provided at our reception. We were extremely communicative throughout the year-plus prior to our wedding and didn’t have any changes to our menu. (FYI, Dawn was always slow to respond or needed “reminders” to respond throughout the yearlong planning process.)
At the end of the day, Dawn refunded us for the bartending, the copper mugs and the tax/service charge (20%) stemming from those charges. She had previously agreed to refund the tableside wine service because of a separate issue. She did not refund us any money for the breach in contract for number of servers or for any of the emotional distress caused. She never sincerely apologized or showed personal remorse.
Reviewed On 10/29/2019 by Michele C
I am a local wedding planner and catering is the one vendor that I make sure my clients choose someone who has excellent service (and of course, delicious food). Pacific Harvest Catering is 100% that! They are one of the top catering companies ...
that I recommend to my clients because I know they provide great service, delicious food and excellent value - all of which are extremely important when choosing who will feed your friends and family on your big day! You definitely can not go wrong with Pacific Harvest Catering!
Reviewed On 4/30/2019 by Jen W
My husband and I could not have been luckier to have found Pacific Harvest Catering. Dawn and Pacific Harvest catered both our rehearsal dinner (highly recommend the paella) and our wedding reception. Both meals were absolutely amazing from pre...
sentation to taste! The buffets were BEAUTIFUL. Food is very important to us and we wanted to make sure the first meal we shared as husband and wife was something to remember and it was. It was also helpful that they had catered at our venue (The Grace Maralyn) numerous times before and knew it far better than we did. All of our other vendors (DJ, photographer, venue) highly recommended them Pacific Harvest and I can see why! They delivered exceptional service and a beautiful, delicious menu. We cannot recommend them enough and hope to get to experience their food and service again some day!
Reviewed On 11/17/2018 by Joline K
Thank you! Everyone loved your food and especially family style served! The quality of everything was amazing. I requested fresh made cocktails for our reception! And our bartender did amazing!
The only two things that I wish would have been ...
handled differently were that we had to order bowls and plates for the family style serving, and that the bartender put out a Tipjar, since we paid already 20% gratitude.
I would highly recommend Pacific Harvest Catering!
Reviewed On 10/20/2017 by Emily V
Dawn and the entire team were a pleasure to work with for our September wedding at the Santa Margarita Ranch. As the bride and groom, we felt taken care of the entire night, with a special plate of appetizers set aside for us during cocktail ho...
ur while we were out taking photos, premade plates for dinner, and Togo plates for the end of the evening. Dawn was able to snap some photos for us of the table spread since we were out photographing during much of dinner. The service was top notch.
As for the food, it speaks for itself! Multiple guests told me it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. Many people got multiples of the Mac n cheese (absolutely heavenly), and the meat was perfectly cooked. The salads and veggies were all fresh and delicious. On top of that, it was all reasonably priced and worth every penny.
Reviewed On 10/17/2016 by Lorena G
We were married at Still Waters Vineyards and the owner mentioned that one of his kids had PHC cater their wedding which solidified our choice at hiring them for ours. I heard the mac and cheese was delicious (and it was!). Our tasting with th...
em had some technical difficulties but regardless, the food was amazing. Their food definitely speaks for itself and my guests loved every bite! One of my friends even said that it was the best wedding food she's ever had. They are cost effective, will work with your budget, and their staff (the day of the wedding) did a great job of making sure my husband and I were fed--they even came up multiple times to the bridal suite to make sure we had appetizers. The presentation of their food was beautiful- the only hitch was that we ran out of steak (we had a buffet of steak and chicken, mac and cheese, potatoes, bread, and salad) before some tables got to serve themselves. I would suggest bringing it up to Dawn (our contact at PHC) if you're concerned about this happening to you (she is very helpful and accommodating and had great recommendations for us food-wise). Maybe my guests were just steak-lovers and grabbed a huge helping; who knows? Otherwise, they did a great job--you don't have to worry about the quality of your food with them.
Reviewed On 10/07/2014 by Michelle R
Pacific Harvest Catering was absolutely fantastic! Dawn was so great to work with and answered all my questions and lots of emails during the process (I'm an accountant and therefore needed lots of details). We had 3 passed appetizers (one of w...
hich was sausage stuffed mushrooms which were SO good and I don't even like mushrooms) as well as a table with cheeses, breads, and some of the appetizers that were also being passed. I was a little busy during cocktail hour with pictures, but a staff from catering came to give me an entire tray of all the appetizers which was really nice and I heard from guests the table holding appetizers was promptly refilled when it got low and it was never hard for guests to get as many appetizers as they wanted (which I know is normally an issue at weddings I attend). We did food stations for dinner, so we split up the "Lighter Fare" (multiple salads and vegetables), "Hearty Fare" (tri tip, chicken, potatoes), and "Mac and Cheese" stations in three separate corners of the room which worked out very well. All of the food was fantastic! The mac and cheese station was to die for! Delicious mac and cheese with pancetta, crispy shallots, green onions, and sour cream for guests to add if they wished. Guests also told me the chicken was the best they have ever had! I could not be more happy with how everything turned out and the guests could not tell me enough how amazing the food was - you definitely will not be disappointed if you book Pacific Harvest!
Reviewed On 7/03/2014 by Meg M
Dawn was amazing! She answered all my questions, asked me questions for things that I hadn't even thought of and my guests loved the food! The servers were very professional and I could tell they enjoyed their jobs!
Reviewed On 5/14/2013 by Wendy C
We hired PHC to cater our wedding an they were outstanding! The food was incredible and so was the service! They accommodate for a few individuals at our wedding who had specific food needs which I thought was incredible considering they were...
making enough to feed 80 people, I thought it was amazing that they were willing to make a couple meals that were completely different to accommodate those guests with allergies, etc. They did everything they could to make our day perfect. Guests had nothing but good things to say about the food. (My personal favorite of the night was the vegetarian lasagna! Yum!) They were very easy to work with and accommodating when it came to budget. You won't be sorry you hired them!
Reviewed On 12/25/2012 by Bonnie K
We selected Pacific Harvest Catering after meeting with several local caterers. While all were professional and friendly, we liked Pacific Harvest because of their great menus, willingness to adjust, decorating and set-up ideas, and cost. Thi...
s was a second wedding for both of us, and we were not overly picky about details, leaving it to the caterers. They came through beautifully, and the wedding and reception were perfect. They arrived on time; followed our schedule for wine & appetizers, ceremony, champagne toast, dinner, and cake cutting; and set up and cleared very efficiently. All our guests commented on the quality and quantity of food, how attractive the tables were, and how friendly and efficient the servers were. The event was at a friend's house, and she reported that the caterers were friendly and took care of all the clean up, leaving the house and yard in excellent condition. We recommend Pacific Harvest Catering without reservation.
Reviewed On 8/20/2012 by Rachel H
Dawn and her team were great to work with for our wedding. Dawn was responsive, flexible, and full of information. I bounced many ideas off of her since she sees weddings all the time. The menu selection was great for our budget, the serving...
staff was so helpful and great, the food was tasty- we were very pleased with our choice of using PHC for our wedding.
Reviewed On 7/05/2012 by Carolyn J
Dawn and her team at Pacific Harvest Catering are phenomenal. The created an elegant and perfect spread for our wedding that included barbecuing on-site. They were so professional and the food was excellent. Their bartender did an excellent job...