TESTIMONIALS
In the catering business, the best advertising is through word of mouth. At TOAST, we simply believe in doing things the right way. That explains why 75% of our business is through referrals. We will let you judge by yourself what TOAST Catering stands for:
 
“Dear Kim & Sam,
Thank you for your superb catering service last weekend. Our bride, groom and guests have passed on rave reviews of both the quality of food AND VIP service.
It’s a blessing in this industry to find a trusted vendor who exceeds expectations, and is a pleasure to work with...
We hope this is the first of many events together.
Thank you.”
Jenny & Cara
Co-founders of Luxe Special Events
 
Hi Sam,
 
Harvey and I want to thank you and Kim for the most wonderful evening. The food was TERRIFIC, the table and service was OUTSTANDING. Please thank Kim for her part in a perfect evening. I will be sharing this experience with my friends.
 
Many thanks”
Beth & Harvey Oringher
Del Mar, CA
 
“Dear Sammy and Kim,
 
The Bar Mitzvah reception that you catered was PERFECT!!! It was alot of fun working together to create the menu and each and every item came out sooooo delicious! The presentation was exactly what I was looking for: casually elegant and Kim you seem to put your great sense of ‘style’ on everything! I loved listening to our guests rave about how fantastic and original the food was. You both took care of every last detail and that was exactly what I wanted and needed. I thoroughly enjoyed our own party! The sliders and lettuce wraps were superb!
 
Thanks again for everything, you outdid yourselves!
 
Much love”
 
Carole Jensen, M. Ed and chef!
Del Mar, CA
 
“Our recent corporate event was a huge success thanks to TOAST. Sam and Kim delivered a sumptuous variety of food with top notch service. They are experts at creating an elegant, relaxed atmosphere that was enjoyed by our entire group - a notoriously picky crowd!
 
TOAST will remain at the top of my list for any future catering needs. My thanks to TOAST for putting on such a memorable event”
 
Kevin Dingman
Project Specialist
Kaiser Permanente - La Mesa, CA
 
“Just a brief note of thanks to TOAST, your contribution and presence was such a blessing at our Armed Forces Support Foundation networking event. I can’t tell you what a relief it was having you in control of the catering. I didn’t worry about a thing and the set-up and execution was flawless.
 
The presentation and quality of the food was not only exquisite, it was the most raved about element of the night! Again, thank you so much for generously donating your time; we look forward to working with you again.”
 
Vikki Skrypez
Director of Volunteer Services
Hire A Hero - San Diego, CA
 
"Dear Sam,
 
Thank YOU for an excellent job on Thursday - the food and the service were fantastic and I heard nothing but rave reviews! I will certainly  be in touch about future events for SDG.
 
All the best,"
 
Christie Edwards
Administrative Coordinator
San Diego Grantmakers - La Jolla, CA
 
"We used TOAST for two large parties at our new home. Sam and Kim did an outstanding job to create a memorable evening for us and our guests. Sam's creative menu was delicious and Kim's decorative touches very elegant. The servers were very cordial and personable to our guests. We could not ask for more. We would highly recommend Toast to anyone seeking a unique catering experience."
 
The Doustdars
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
 
"We used  the services of Chef Sam for the Holiday dinner for our company. The food was delicious and the service was perfect. Sam and Kim highly exceeded our expectations by their professionalism and we will definitely use their services again in the future."
 
Florence Tiraby
Invivogen - San Diego, CA
 
 "Thank YOU guys so much for all of your hard work. The event was elegant, yet not over-done. In other words, perfect!!!
It was a pleasure working with both of you. Hope to have the opportunity to do so again in the future!."
 
Megan A. Kawashiri
Senior Event Manager
UCLA - Los Angeles, CA
 
 "TOAST catered my 60th birthday party and did a fabulous job. The hors d'oeuvre display was beautiful and the tray passed appetizers were absolutely fantastic. Sam and Kim took care of all the details and their staff was professional and friendly."
 
Becky Flores
San Diego, CA
 
“My new wife and I had our wedding scheduled for 10.02.10 at the MOPA in Balboa Park, and they asked us to use their preferred vendors. I’m often leery of going that route, but as I’d soon find, we hit the jackpot with TOAST. We scoured through the 10 or so options, weeding out those we felt wouldn’t hit the mark, but right from thr moment we saw Sam’s website, we knew we’d found our man. They cook everything onsite, they don’t use frozen repackaged foods and sell them as their own, and they will even give you suggestions of what to look out for in your caterer, in the event you DON’T go with them. He has classic Southern French training, but is savvy in SW cuisine and has a knack for putting his twist on everything he prepares.
It was important for me to find a caterer for our wedding who understood my passion for food, and wouldn’t get offended when we wanted things a certain way. It was also a dealbreaker that I had to have food at my wedding that people would love, because let’s face it, wedding food generally sucks, plain and simple. Its large scale and soulless, and I’ve never left a wedding talking about the dinner. That all changed the night we got married.
when we did our tasting, at my request, he prepared two variations of each dish so we could choose which version we liked the best. He even quickly learned one my dishes to be included on the menu, and nailed it 100%, sight unseen (or untasted)! We had over 140 guests, and our selection were: Caprese skewers, curried-butternut squash bisque shooters, & open face “Tamales” over fried corn cakes, all passed. Then we served my spinch/strawberry/goat cheese salad, before the entrees which included Hoisin-Beer braised short ribs, or Alaskan halibut with blood orange beurre blanc, both over saffron mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, or butternut squash ravioli with sage butter and tomato coulis. I’ve never heard so many compliments over the food at a wedding, and I’m still getting rave reviews.
Sam will work within your budget to make it work for you, and try to help you be creative, even when your budget isn’t as big as you’d like. He charges a very minimal service charge comparatively, and the staff he brought to my big day crushed it. They even helped my father in-law load all of the extra booze after the night was over...and there was a lot of it!
In the end, Sam and his team from TOAST catering were amazing, and I’d recommend them 100x over.”
 
Justin Palicki
San Diego, CA
 
 "We had such a great evening thanks to TOAST! The Tapenade and the Ratatouille were amazing and the amount of food was just perfect for our large audience . Some attendees even told us it was the best French cocktail they ever had in San Diego county.
We'll definitely work together again very soon."
 
Julie Mazziotta
French BioBeach - San Diego, CA
 
"Sam and Kim,
 
Thank you so much for helping to make my mother's birthday celebration such a wonderful success. We were so pleased with your truly delicious hors d'oeuvres and Kim's tablescapes  were beautiful. Your service was excellent from start to finish. We have already recommended your company to friends and look forward to working with you again"
 
Kim Kelley
La Mesa, CA
  
“TOAST was absolutely amazing for us. We had a completely vegetarian wedding reception and we were the only vegetarians, but ALL of our guests LOVED the food. In additiona= to Fantastic food, we loved working with Sam and Kim of TOAST. They were so genuine and considerate and an honest pleasure to work with. We would (and WILL!) recommend them to everyone”
 
Spencer Tuck
San Diego, CA
 
"TOAST made my wedding day perfect.
I was born and grew up in France, where I went to culinary school and worked as a pastry chef a couple of years, so I am VERY picky about food. My now husband was introduced to gourmet food when we started dating, so when we decided to have our small (12 guests plus us two) wedding catered, we knew we wanted the best. I am glad we found them!
I contacted Sam (he is the chef, while his wife coordinates) a couple of months ago and luckily they were available for my wedding day. We met a couple days later at the reception site to discuss the menu, rentals and details.
We wanted a mix of american and french influences in the food and he did a great job at creating a menu that  would reflect that for us.
Sam took care of rentals as well (one less thing for us to worry about including table, chairs, linens, bar table, etc.
We communicated via email a few times and he was always very prompt at answering any of my questions. The day of the wedding, Sam and Kim arrived on time (love that!) and set up the dining room just as I had imagined it, if not better. It was just perfect!
The food was delicious, the guests al commented on it saying it was the best food they’d ever had. I think I’m going to hear about our wedding food for a long time, which is exactly what I wanted!
He had the prosciutto-wrapped tiger shrimp as hors d’oeuvres, as well as kobe mini sliders, caprese skewers and Sam’s famous quesadillas (highly recommended). The main course was boeuf bourguignon (the best I’ve ever tasted!) with truffle mashed potatoes, n=and we had mini vanilla crème brûlées as well as a mini chocolate assortment to go with the wedding cake.
Long story short, a disaster happened to our wedding cake the morning of, and we ended up getting a $15 tiramisu cake from Ralphs. Sam and Kim made it look like it was a nice expensive cake with decorations, and everyone raved about it.
They were both extremely friendly, professional, and a pleasure to have around. Worth every penny! If you want the best for your wedding or other special event call TOAST.
Now I must go try to re-create Sam’s boeuf bourguignon because my husband liked it better than my recipe - they set the bar very high"
 
Barbara Masvaleix
Chula Vista CA
 
A tasting experience posted on a blog:
 
 
 
Laura Coburn
 
"Sam,
 
The food was wonderful. Our guests could not stop talking about your creativity and menu choices. Your service was excellent. I hope to see you on more than one occassion in the future. We wish your business every success and prosperity.
 
Thank you."
 
Alla & Frank D., Santaluz
San Diego, CA
 
"Sam,
 
The event went wonderfully. The food was amazing and the decor fantastic. I couldn't have expected any better. Please give my congratulations to Kim on an excellent job in pulling off the 'beach' theme so flawlessly. Everyone had a great time and there were only positive comments on the delicious sliders, teriyaki chicken, and even the salads. The sundae bar was a hit as well with both the kids and adults.
 
Once again, thank you for your assistance and experise in making our event a success."
 
David Belasco
La Mesa, CA
 
"Hi Sam,
 
Just wanted to say a belated "THANKS" for all your help & fabulous appetizers for our Vampire party!
The crepes were the house favorite! The girls are still talking about them. You should put them on your menu!
 
Thanks again for helping make our evening so memorable!"
 
Kerry Perlman
San Diego, CA
 
“We’ve used TOAST catering for our last two company Christmas parties and couldn’t be more pleased.  The food was excellent, the service was great, and the serving staff even cleaned up after themselves!  We will definitely call TOAST whenever we have an event to be catered for our employees or our customers.”
 
Robin Hart
CFO
Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, San Diego, CA
 
"Sam and Kim,
 
What a great party thanks to you, your food, service and presentation was all superior> Rich and I have never had so much compliments about the food. People are still talking about the sliders, and all the great food.
 
Again, thank you so much, you guys are the best. And thanks Kim for taking such good care of my home, my friends reported seeing you do things that I would have been doing if I had to pay attention.
 
Sincerely,”
 
Leslynn & Richard Gallo
San Diego, CA
 
“Hi Sam,
 
The food was a hit! Everyone loved the entire menu, I especially enjoyed the quesadillas, wow! Your staff were fantastic, friendly, efficient and very talented. I liked the food being prepared fresh, many people commented on that. I was extremely pleased with every aspect, the food, service, staff and pricing was worth every penny. Thank you again for a job well done, I would be glad to be a reference for you any time. Happy Holiday and safe healthy New Year!”
 
Jerry Micklos
Little Italy, San Diego, CA
 
“We had TOAST cater a holiday party for 30 in our home and were so happy with the food and service! The presentation was beautiful and Sam was very personable with the guests. The food was delicious! We would recommend TOAST Catering”
 
Yasmine Wooten
Escondido, CA
 
“I went into planning my wedding thinking that the food wasn’t a priority, after all people don’t remember the meal and couples don’t even get to eat their plates right? If you go with TOAST, you will find that neither is true! We received lots of comments from our guests about how much they loved the food and we did too!
 
In fall of 09 we had our wedding reception at the Museum of Photographic Art (MOPA) and TOAST was one of their recommended vendors. After looking at the vendors we decided on TOAST because of their quick response and tasty looking menu! We had a great experience with Sam and Kim! In addition to being flexible with the food options they tailored their services to our budget. Even though we live in LA area, working with Sam and Kim was as easy as if we were in San Diego. As a preferred vendor at MOPA they worked seamlessly with the MOPA event staff.
 
We highly recommend TOAST for your next special event! They made sure that our wedding was a meal to remember”
 
Hannah & Cadman Cherry
Los Angeles, CA
 
“Chef Sam and TOAST catered two events for me and they were both flawless. The first one was a reception for 90 non-English speaking South American lawyers at California Western School of Law. Chef sam prepared a great cocktail reception menu that everyone was happy with and his staff handled the event with professional and friendly service. Two nights later he cooked a delicious dinner for 30 at our home. Every guests loved the meal which was freshly prepared with care and attention to details. I will definitely be using TOAST regularly at both my home and the law school. Great job!”
 
Professor Justin Brooks
California Western School of Law
San Diego, CA
 
“To Whom it may concern,
 
Your staff performed superbly on Saturday afternoon at the wedding held at my home. The food was exceptionally tasty, the presentation excellent and the cleanup was perfect.
 
Most important however, was the genuine demeanor of the staff members present. Friendly, courteous and professional throughout. Anyone present at the event could, without exception, highly recommend “TOAST” as the caterer’s-of-choice at future events.
 
Thank you”
 
TOM SEGO, CDR/USN (ret)
Coronado, CA
 
“We contacted TOAST Catering because of the great testimonials on line regarding their service and food. The event was a College Graduation Party for our daughter (last night, May 15th) and the guests ranged the gumet from the neighborhood youngsters to fussy 80 yr olds. One thing that they all had in common was they “loved the food”. I’ve used other caterers in San Diego and never have had such a uniformly positive response from our guest. From a host and hostess perspective, we could not have been happier with TOAST’s service. They were prompt, professional, friendly, and extremely accommodating to our guests. And I have to say again, the food was FANTASTIC! We are eating the leftovers right now and trying to figure their recipe for the wild rice dish (so we can duplicate it :) )”
 
Lynn Stine
Escondido, CA
 
"From the moment I first spoke with Sam at TOAST, I knew that our wedding catering experience was going to be amazing. What we could not have imagined was the response our wedding guests would have to the food...even now (a month later) our family and friends are still raving about the kobe beef sliders, open faced pork tamales, mac & cheese and perfectly cooked tri-tip!
 
Sam & Kim were so open and friendly and willing to create a menu that reflected our personality while keeping an upscale flair and their signature style. The process of crafting the menu was fun, relaxed and the tasting helped me (the nervous bride) feel totally at ease. The food was fantastic and Sam was so receptive to our suggestions. Kim provided plenty of options for the linens and rentals and made sure that the space would also reflect the feeling that we wanted for our wedding. TOAST helped us to stay within our budget without sacrificing any elegance! Working with two of them was more like working with two friends than with a large company where you might be treated like just another client or event. We sincerely appreciated the personal touch.
 
The wedding itself went of without a hitch and the TOAST event staff was so helpful and pleasant. Though my husband and I were scurring around greeting guests (as I’m sure it goes at most weddings) the staff made sure to save us a tray of appetizers and always kept our glasses full! They checked on us constantly throughout the night to make sure we could sneak bites of dinner and our guests continually commented on the beautiful display of food and drinks.
 
We are SO thrilled at the product, value and service we received from Sam & Kim at TOAST. We would give them the highest recommendation for any wedding or event!”
 
Caity Riddle
San Diego, CA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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