Buffet Style Catering

Buffet catering service is less formal than a plated dinner service, and it is a popular option for corporate and large social or charity events. Guests have the opportunity to socialize and chat as they wait to serve themselves from a delicious array of expertly prepared dishes.

Offering a variety of dishes while considering various dietary preferences is the key here. People can also serve amounts according to their individual appetites. Some will return for seconds if they’re still hungry or if they want to try something they missed.

Contact Us at 858-488-1725 to Create a Delicious Buffet Catering Menu for Your Event.

PROS – With guests helping themselves, staffing costs are reduced except where you have carving stations or other dishes requiring tight portion control. If you offer the right balance of protein and vegetarian dishes you can typically satisfy all guests, including any with special dietary restrictions or allergies.

CONS – The time for dinner service to complete will be longer, especially if there is only a single line for people to queue for their food. While you’ll have more latitude in selecting dishes for your buffet, food costs are usually higher. People tend to eat more at buffets and some serve more than they can eat.

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Cocktail Sample Menu


  • Salmon en Croûte
    Fresh filet with spinach and salmon mousse, wrapped in puff pastry, baked to a golden brown. Fresh Dill Velouté
  • Salmon Dijonnaise
    Fresh salmon filet baked with mustard, citrus, and tarragon
  • Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi
    With Pineapple Beurre Blanc
  • Breast of Chicken
    Piccata, Forestière, Marsala, or Mediterranean, Diable
  • Stuffed Whole Boned Chicken
    Choice of filling: Greek-style with Pine Nuts, spinach and Feta Cheese, Pesto or Apple Bread
  • Chicken: Coq au Vin,
    Provençale, or Normande Airline Breast & Leg
  • Filet of Beef Wellington
    A Classic! Beef tenderloin coated with liver pâté and fresh mushroom duxelle, wrapped in puff pastry, baked to a golden brown.
  • Braised Short Ribs,
    Bourguignonne-Style in a red wine sauce with pearl onions, mushrooms and carrots
  • Duck Confit
    Slow-braised, duck legs in a light currant demi-glace,
  • Tourte Milanaise
    Layers of frittata, spinach, ham, Swiss cheese, and sweet bell pepper, wrapped in puff pastry, baked to a golden brown. Turkey and tuna also available.
  • Tourte au Choux
    Very French! Pork, onions, cabbage and spices, pre-baked in a puff pastry
  • Ratatouille
    A light stew of eggplant, zucchini, onion, garlic, tomato, and colored peppers
  • Cassoulet
    White beans baked with duck confit, pork, and sausage
  • Penne Pasta Primavera
    Penne pasta tossed with blanched garden vegetables with your choice of tomato basil, tequila lime, or basil pesto sauce with freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta
    Vodka Grain Mustard Sauce
  • Vegetarian Eggplant Torta
    Layers of baked eggplant, sautéed spinach, fresh tomatoes, Feta and Monterey Jack cheeses
  • Tomato Basil or Eggplant Lasagna
  • Italian-Style Grilled Vegetables
  • Lemon Blue Lake Green Beans
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower
    Finished with a touch of grain mustard and balsamic vinegar
  • Country French Potato Pie
    French au gratin-style potatoes baked in our own flaky crust


  • Decorated Cold, Boneless Poached Salmon
    Chilled and served with a cold dill sauce or herbed mayonnaise
  • Whole Fish Market Price
  • Citrus Marinated Turkey Tray
    Freshly roasted, served cold with our cranberry-orange relish
  • Filet Mignon Châteaubriand*
    Tender and lean beef tenderloin roasted medium rare to medium
  • Smoked Salmon Tray
    Garnished with capers, rings of red onions and whipped cream cheese.
  • Rolled Medallions of Filet Mignon
    Filled with caramelized onions and Prosciutto, served with Tarragon mustard sauce.


  • Gourmet Cole Slaw
  • Caesar Parmesan Pasta
  • Celery Root
  • Chicken Curry
  • Quinoa
  • Dill Potato
  • Country Potato
  • Asian Cucumber Salad
  • Fresh Green Bean (with Swiss cheese and grain mustard vinaigrette)
  • Layered Fresh Basil, Tomato and Mozzarella
  • Pasta Primavera Salad
  • Seafood Pasta Salad
  • Asian Pasta Salad
  • Black Bean & Corn Jalapeno Salad
  • Classic Caesar Salad
  • Mixed Green Salad
  • Elario’s Salad
  • Spinach Salad
  • Farro Salad

Catering Quote

    Wedding, Memorial, Birthday, Grand Opening, Office Party, Dinner at home...

    Location name such as Home , Business or Venue

    Beverage Set Up, Beer, Wine Bar, Full Bar...

    Bakery Hours Of Operation:

    • Monday – Tuesday: 7AM – 7PM
    • Wednesday to Sunday: 7AM – 9PM

    Restaurant Hours Of Operation:

    • Monday and Tuesday: 9AM – 3PM
    • Wednesday to Sunday: 9AM – Close
    • Brunch: 9AM – 3PM – view menu
    • Dinner Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 4PM – 9PM view menu
    • Happy Hour: 3:PM – 6PM

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