Member Since: 12/26/2012
I was frustrated in my search for a caterer for our unique geek-chic wedding. Not only did we want to incorporate a Star Wars theme to our food, but we wanted "breakfast for dinner" - waffles, bacon, omlette bar... the works. After talking to several caterers who just didn't get it, or even worse, tried to talk me out of it... the heavens opened up and brought me to Veronica at Summit.
From the minute I started talking with her, I KNEW this was our catering company. Not only did she understand completely what we wanted, but she was SO EXCITED to work with us on every piece of it. From the menu to decor ideas, from KILLER appetizers (people are still talking about them) to our wedding pie for dessert (not a slice left), she worked with us to go beyond our wildest dreams of what our day could be, and somehow managed to keep it all in budget. Veronica even helped to manage our rentals to make sure everything was covered. And her team! They designed gorgeous and creative Star Wars-themed name cards for each item on the buffet, and the ham carving station server dressed up as a Jedi! They really went all out in every way imaginable. And every single person who helped with and/or attended our event was professional, fun and super sweet.
And did I mention the food? HANDS DOWN the most delicious food we tasted. Everything is delicious and impeccable quality.
Whether your wedding is a little wacky like ours, or elegant and traditional, you will not find better, more creative or caring people to work with than Veronica and Summit.
Member Since: 7/2/2013
I cannot write a more glowing review for this company. Pam Aki is the absolute master at planning everything from food to set up at your wedding. She will keep you on track and remind you of important deadlines and things to do. She is so supportive and on top of things when the day comes! Not to mention the food, EVERYONE raved about how delicious it was and couldnt get enough! If you are having trouble finding a caterer, LOOK NO FURTHER!
Member Since: 1/16/2011
Pam and the staff were wonderful and patient! They work with your budget and your taste. We had couples tasting and enjoyed it. It was nice that they had that so we could taste a variety of food. We loved a lot of the dishes and it was a little hard to make up our minds. I changed my menu so many times. Food and presentation was awesome! Thank you for a memorable time and being a part of our wedding!
Member Since: 5/30/2013
The service was consistently impeccable - from the time I requested a quote to after my wedding.
Food was delicious! My guest raved about every course.
Nothing was too much to ask - adding in addition heads at the last minuet, organizing the rentals, suggesting photographers, florists, videographers etc.
I highly recommend Summit Events! Five star in way!
Member Since: 4/21/2012
A lucky girl can only dream of having the perfect wedding but I was fortunate to have my perfect wedding come to life. This was with the help of Summit Catering.
My husband and I got married on a sunny afternoon at the Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles. If you know downtown, most venues require you to use one of their preferred vendors but Vibiana allowed us to have an outside catering come in. We decided to use yelp to find our caterer and came across summit catering. We initially thought of having the 10 course family style asian cuisine, but wanted to give Summit a chance. I'm so glad we did. We met with the nicest, understanding person, Veronica. She invited us to a tasting with 5 other couples to try food that we have chosen as well as sample the food the other couples have chosen. It was good idea because everything that we tasted was delicious! Veronica made everything so simple. We gave her a budget and she stuck with it, always trying to give us the best bang for our buck. I couldn't have imagine my wedding without her.
Summit catering is definitely a place you want to check out when it comes to catering services. Look for Veronica. She is small but mighty and she will make your perfect wedding come to life. I still get hungry when I think of the food that was served at my wedding. It was delicious!
Member Since: 11/24/2012
Summit Event Catering was absolutely wonderful...the food, the staff, presentation, service, and quality was beyond our expectations. We received so many complements on the food. Pam provided amazing service and support as we planned our wedding. My husband and I were thrilled with our reception. We highly recommend Summit Event Catering.
Member Since: 10/16/2012
We had an amazing and tasteful experience with SEC. Our menu was diverse yet simple. The price point was fantastic and the customer service was exquisite. Veronica was amazing to work with. I can't say enough great things about SEC; if food is your #1 priority ... you NEED SEC
Member Since: 8/15/2008
Ok where do I start!!! Well first and for most there food is amazing and they have a large variety on the menu so don't be afraid to ask. Second Veronica Medrano the Event Specialist who worked with me is a phenomenal person. She made the experience less stressful and helped me with anything and everything. If I had a silly question she informed me it wasn't silly and answered it. How can you go wrong. The company it's self is very professional and a great company. If I had to do it again I would a 1000 times with them and Veronica!!!! I have had nothing but compliments on how wonderful the food was the day of my wedding and people are still talking about it. Oh and the most important part they are super affordable and will help fit your budget just let them know. Well I hope my review has been helpful! Please be sure to check them out I was satisfied and love them. Hope to have a party in the future so I can re-use them.😊
Member Since: 10/19/2010
Veronica was amazing to work with. She was very professional and super helpful. Going with Summit was the best decision I made for my wedding.
Member Since: 8/2/2011
We totally recommend Summit Events and Pam! They were amazing to work with and really went above and beyond for us. We had specific food dishes that we wanted, and given the recipe they made our favorite pasta dish for our wedding. Pam was wonderful to work with, she was responsive and had wonderful attention to detail. I never worried about her team knowing she was in charge. We went through some permitting issues with where decided to get married (public beach), and she stepped into assist us smooth out those issues. The food was amazing and everyone commented on how delicious it was! With summit events, you get above and beyond what you would expect!
Member Since: 9/16/2009
I loved my caterer Summit Events! Especially my coordinator Veronica Medrano. She was amazing! She helped me organize my food, made great suggestions and even sat with me on the tasting because my fiance was working the evening of the tasting. (he is a fireman and duty called) It was like having my best friend next to me when I really needed one!
Then she came over one week before the suprise wedding and helped us figure out set up, displays and even helped me figure out make up. I never experienced someone so down to earth. I can truely say she was is a great event coordiator and she made me feel very important and special.
The night of the engagement party/surprise wedding, Veronica was here to set up and take down. She even fixed a cake disaster when someone accidently put their fist though the cake. She was quick to cover up the fist hole with white roses we had in a vase near by. That was amazing! The cake actually looked better after she fixed it than it did when it arrived untouched.
I stay in touch with her periodically because people like this are hard to find. I know she is super special and God spend a whole lot of time on this amazing woman. Summit is lucky to have her! and we were lucky to have chosen Summit and Veronica Medrano!
Member Since: 3/3/2011
We went through an exhaustive process to get the best value from all our wedding vendors, especially the caterer. We wanted to find that right balance of quality versus value, and sent out bids to over 10 caterers. At the end of the long process, Summit was left standing as the best in price for the type of affordable quality we were looking for, which was wonderful, because....
It didn't take a lengthy process for Veronica to be our clear-cut favorite wedding vendor. From the moment she called me less than 10 minutes after I submitted my contact information online, I knew I wanted to work with her. Right off the bat I told her the price we were looking for, which I suspected was unrealistic for a good steak dinner. She enthusiastically said she could do it, and had me totally hooked on her energy and can-do attitude by the time I hung up the phone.
That first call was no bait-and-switch. While other vendors might try to steer us away from some of our wishes, Veronica embraced virtually every suggestion and found a way to make it a reality. This built a great confidence and trust between us. On the few occasions when she did express concerns, we knew they came from an honest place and adjusted accordingly.
Veronica has worked in or on the periphery of the wedding industry for many more years than her age would suggest. She knows what can be done and what can't be done, and yet is open to new ideas. Usually such experience comes with a degree of close mindedness; not with Veronica.
I find it hard to believe that any other wedding contributor has the perfect mix of experience, enthusiasm, pragmatism, flexibility, toughness, and humility that Veronica offers. She helped our wedding exceed our dreams, never making us feel she was steering us toward her vision.
Years from now, I'm guessing that Veronica services will be a big-ticket cost addition to any wedding, and she'll deserve every penny. We count ourselves as very fortunate to have come across her while her invaluable contributions still come at a great price through Summit.
If you need someone to lean on to ensure that your big day is a success, I highly recommend Veronica Medrano.
Member Since: 11/3/2011
On June 18, 2011, Sonia and I had the best time of our lives getting married in Diamond Bar, California. Thanks to Veronica Medrano and Summit Events Catering staff generous hospitality and service with our wedding guests, made this event both memorable and successful. We feel honored that they were the ones who catered our wedding and we knew from day one in meeting with Veronica that your team at Summit Event Catering was the right choice for us.
Sonia and I were extremely pleased with the quality of the food and especially the one detail given in the serving of our cake. To their surprise, our guests loved the chocolate covered strawberries served next to their cake…it was a wonderful delight thanks to your creative direction and suggestion. That was a very nice touch and a highlight of the day. We both knew we could count on Veronica to help us with this surprise and the other details which took some time in planning and that we knew we wanted in front of our party. The service everyone received was exceptional and just as important for us to show how much we cared about everyone for coming to our wedding and celebrate with us.
Through the generous goodwill of friends such as yourself, our vision for this wedding was complete and a fulfilling milestone as newlyweds. We also want you to know that your service Veronica made a wonderful impression with our family and friends, who reminded us how beautiful everything turned out. This was very important to us and extremely heart-warming. Nothing compares to hearing from close family and friends remark on how happy they were. We know this is the reason why our wedding reception turned out so fabulous!
Words cannot express how appreciative we are of Veronica's support in making our wedding extraordinarily special. We know Verionica will gain the same trust and respect with your other brides and grooms in planning their day and they should know you have that catering magic they are looking for in the service part of it. Thank you so much Veronica for going beyond our expectations and for being an integral part of our new family.
Luis A. Sanchez
Member Since: 8/31/2009
I don't think there enough words to describe how wonderful Summit is. From the moment I first emailed them up through the wedding, they were a pleasure to work with. Our contact was Pam Aki and she was so enthusiastic and helpful. She seemed so excited for us and that came through. Summit was great and was willing to find ways to stick within our budget which was greatly appreciated. We had a private tasting which was fabulous. The day of the wedding, Pam graciously arrived early with our linens so we would have more time to setup . The food was so delicious and all of the staff was helpful and courteous. I recommend Summit to anyone looking for wonderful food and wonderful people. In addition, Summit had contacts for Linen and Bar Service. We used that which made it extra simple to know that they are reliable companies as well. Yes, Yes, Yes, Summit is the caterer to go with.
Member Since: 12/13/2010
Veronica is amazing. Summit is fantastic. What an excellent experience we had with them as our wedding caterer.
We began our search months in advance, looking for a place that was high-quality but affordable, and after an exhaustive search (really--my husband made spreadsheets!), we are absolutely confident we made the best decision. Not only was the food delicious (we received many compliments), but working with Veronica was actually fun! She was on top of every detail (really everything), giving 110%, and also managed to be warm and wonderful to work with on top of it! She even helped me with flowers. Wow. Our wedding was amazing and gorgeous and *on budget*!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you Veronica and everyone at Summit for making our day so memorable.
Member Since: 1/23/2009
We used Summit Event Catering for my brother's wedding that I coordinated for. I spoke with Veronica Medrano and worked with her through the whole process. She was the most responsive and willing to help vendor that I had. As an event planner I appreciated the hard work that her whole staff put forward through the planning and the actual event. Every guest mentioned how great the food and service was. They are my first choice of vendor for any event that I do. We are working with them again in March and hopefully much sooner! There are not enough good things that I can say but if anyone needs a caterer for any size event that has affordable prices and the BEST food, than Veronica and Summit are the choice for you!
Member Since: 4/29/2010
LOVE these caterers! Veronica really went above and beyond for us, taking on a wedding coordinator role in helping figure out where to set things up, providing decorations, keeping things moving smoothly during the reception, etc. Their food was awesome - we had so many compliments on the lamb-potato martini - and their staff was very friendly and helpful. Veronica worked with us to help us stay within our budget and also suggested other vendors and ways we could cut down on other costs. I'd definitely recommend choosing Summit Events.
Member Since: 4/13/2010
I recently utilized Summit Event Catering for my modest and modern, yet traditional Mexican wedding. The catering service was completely wonderful in the planning and execution of our wedding. Veronica Medrano's (Event Specialist) work is impeccable and innovative. Our theme was a mix of a modern and traditional Mexican wedding. My husband and I are first-generation Americans of Mexican decent and were looking to plan a wedding that would combine our Mexican traditions and American upbringing and Veronica made this idea come true. We could not have asked for a more perfect vendor-customer relationship-- her professionalism, innovation ideas, and attention to detail made our dream wedding a reality. In addition, her mindfulness of our modest budget sealed the deal! We highly recommend Summit Event Catering for your wedding.
Member Since: 9/14/2009
Summit Events was an absolute joy to work with, especially Pam Aki. They are flexible, responsive, extremely helpful, and very friendly. You can be sure you'll receive top notch service and a great meal at your special event. I would recommend in a heart beat and the prices and options are competitive which made them stand out. Wouldn't have changed anything and we are so glad we chose them for our wedding day!
Member Since: 5/21/2010
Summit was a perfect fit for us and our small outdoor afternoon wedding in October. A lot of caterer's we researched didn't have a great selection or the interest in an appetizer only event. Not Summit! Within days of us contacting Summit we were at a tasting. We loved the food and we didn't want to look for any one else. Summit was our choice! Veronica treated us like our event was important and deserved as much attention as larger full service events. She even helped brainstorm linens and other details while trying to keep us within budget.
Style and design were as important to me as the taste of the food and Veronica made sure I was comfortable with the display of the food, platters, etc. It all turned out wonderful! I received a lot of compliments for the food. I'd definitely choose Summit again.
Veronica even saved the day when there were problems with the cake not being ready for the florist. She stepped up and decorated my wedding cake with flowers! It was beautiful!
Check out my wedding web site for pictures of the food and cake (towards the end of the slide show)
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