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"The best wedding meal I've ever had."

"I can't believe they pulled this off!"

"You've spoiled all other wedding dinners for us."

Mission accomplished.

The main priority for our wedding was to serve a memorable meal for our guests. We really wanted a Chinese-style meal but were unsuccessful in locating anyone in Southern California, until we found Andrew.

We had Andrew and his team at Hotel Banquet/Grace Catering handle the food for our wedding this August in Santa Barbara. They totally killed it.

We went with a 10 course meal, served family style, for our 200 person reception. Andrew worked with us to create a menu and serving setup that accommodated the guests and outdoor venue. We were able to strike the right balance between an authentic, delicious Chinese meal (a taste level that my Chinese relatives referred to as "fei chang hao chi") that was also accessible to Western palates (my wife's family being from the midwest).

Andrew also prepared food for cocktail hour that exceeded our expectations.

The Chinese and Chinese-American guests in attendance were in awe at the on-site preparation of the food. I think many of them took more pictures of the actual prep area than the food itself, as the logistics of such an undertaking are truly massive, wedding or not.

All of the guests couldn't stop talking about the food, the presentation, the high level of service that his staff provided.

Our menu consisted of: crab meat + shredded chicken soup, stir fried lobster w/ wine and butter sauce, honey walnut prawns, crab claws with shrimp paste, sauteed string beans w/minced park, peking duck, tea smoked chicken, Andrew style seven vegetables, Andrew style filet mignon, and BBQ pork fried rice.

And, much to the delight of some of our relatives, they provided to-go boxes and bags to take home the leftovers. :)

It's obvious that Andrew is a pro who has done this hundreds of times, if not more. There are obvious concerns from wedding planners/coordinators who need everything planned down to the second 6 months ahead of time, but when Andrew says, "Don't worry about it," he really means it. Andrew is a really great person who now feels like a member of the family.

We really can not recommend him enough.


Andrew H.
Brooklyn, NY
Event Date: October, 2015

Imagine the following scenario: you need to find a caterer who can serve an outstanding Chinese meal for your upcoming 600-guest wedding reception in San Diego. There are no Chinese restaurants in the area capable of seating this many guests, and the only affordable remaining venues lack a formal kitchen. There are also no caterers in the area with the pedigree to handle such a task. Stress levels are high.

After some investigation, you find Grace Catering, based in Orange County. The Yelp reviews pique your interest. You head to their website, finding the testimonials outstanding as expected, but containing some intriguing details about their eccentric leader, Andrew Wang. Who is this man of mystery?

A phone call later, and you're hooked. Andrew feels like a family member who is truly interested in making your event memorable. The size of the 600-person guest list doesn't faze him one bit. The location of the reception-nearly two hours from his base of operations-doesn't even warrant an iota of worry. It is clear his many years in the business have resulted in a supreme confidence that is well earned.

He insists on you and your family coming up for a tasting banquet, even though you've already decided to go with him. The tasting event is over the top, and helps you further customize a menu for the wedding reception. In person, Andrew really does feel like the wise and well-meaning uncle. He more than reassures you everything will go well, and gives helpful advice about some things you may have overlooked. Negotiations go smoothly, and a menu and price are agreed upon.

He makes the requisite site visit to the venue and works smoothly with the museum staff, showcasing his larger-than-life personality and jovial laugh. He lays out a blueprint on where the buffet lines will go to expedite service. He brings gifts for the museum staff and takes you out to lunch afterward. You are put at ease.

The big day arrives and Andrew shows up in person to ensure his "A-team" is all set and ready to go. He has little to do other than chat with you and other guests because his crew is on top of everything. Appetizers come out hot, crispy, and plentiful. The tempura shrimp is to die for! Dinner begins right on time, ushers direct 600 guests table-by-table into 8 efficient service lines, and within 25 minutes, everyone is already eating.

The rest of the evening is filled with multiple compliments about the food, heaping plates of seconds and thirds, succulent Peking Duck, and enough lobster for leftovers. A Chinese chef from New York compliments the meal. A competitor from a previous season of MasterChef calls the buffet "top level." The wedding cake provided is light, delicious, and of course, plentiful.

Local guests are provided take home boxes, and many cart away multiple boxes. No one leaves hungry. Andrew's staff is efficient and courteous, from set-up to final break-down. The event, and the food, are a memorable success.

Two days later, Andrew makes a follow-up phone call. The conversation, like all those throughout the past 6 months, is pleasant and heartwarming, just like he is family. You feel a tinge of nostalgia knowing you won't be speaking with him anymore with the same frequency, but cannot help but smile knowing you've made a friend and memories for life.

Thank you, Andrew, for all your care and reassurance, and for treating us like family and not just another client. You and your staff went over and beyond to make the day special for all of us. May you continue to be a blessing to others in all your future endeavors.

Dale, Sharon, Daniel, and Antoinette Lieu


Daniel Lieu
Air & Space Museum, San Diego
Event Date: August, 2015

Andrew and Hotel Banquet catered our wedding in Malibu on 6/27/2015. It was really special, and I received a lot of compliments afterwards for the food, which was served banquet-style in 10 courses. There was no issue with it being 'family-style' vs. plated, and people commented that they were happy it was served like that as it was still piping hot and delicious, much more so than 'wedding steak' that is always mediocre.

Some guests even were worried a bit that we spent too much money on food, but we actually saved money, especially when compared to western-style plated meals. Couldn't have been happier with the food.

The portions were incredibly generous, I had some friends who said they were full way too early, they didn't even realize they got to eat everything. They thought they had to pick one or two. But as the 10 courses rolled out, ranging from honey walnut prawn to peking duck, chopped filet mignon to garlic lobster stir fry to a whole steamed red snapper, many friends told me they hadn't eaten that well in a long time. At the end they even supplied to-go containers. Now, usually that sounds.. not so great at a wedding, but the mood was so festive and everyone so happy eating that it was more like, 'of course there are to-go boxes!' and everyone had a great time.

My only regret is, as the groom, I didn't get to eat much. I'm planning on visiting Andrew's restaurant back when I'm in California to get another taste :)

Andrew if you're reading this, I'm coming soon! Hahaha this place is great!


Brian L.
New York, NY
Event Date: August 2015

My wife and I got married this summer in a small university in Aliso Viejo. We searched all over Orange County for a restaurant to host a Chinese-style reception banquet. All the restaurants we found, however, either didn't have the right ambiance, were too expensive, or simply too far away from our ceremony venue. Eventually, we realized that catering was the way to go, and Hotel Banquet definitely proved to be a smart choice for us.

Professional:
Andrew and his staff were detail-oriented and personally went to inspect the reception hall at the university 2 weeks prior to our big day. They did a thorough walk-through and checked the space to consider everything, including: ease of setup, sufficient storage for hot/cold foods and water, ease of guest access, aesthetics, cleanup and disposal. Without needing us to intervene, Andrew would contact and coordinate with our wedding and site coordinators as much as possible to take care of things on our behalf and reduce our stress :) The serving staff were courteous, friendly and also very attentive to us--especially during the actual wedding night, which we really appreciated given how hectic the rest of the day goes.

Flexible:
Because we were hosting the reception on university grounds, there were extra restrictions--such as no open flames, limited access to water for food preparation, and stricter cleanliness rules. The catering staff worked around all these extra hurdles with no problem.

Good quality food
We loved how there was a wide variety of food items to choose from--including Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, at very reasonable prices. My wife and I were a bit antsy to eat much, but our guests enjoyed the food. From what we ate, it was very tasty and comparable to Asian buffet restaurants.

Generous
Hotel Catering is definely very generous with their food. Not only do they serve lots of each item of food that's ordered, they also prepare togo boxes so that guests can take any leftovers and nothing needs to go to waste. Even before our wedding day, we experienced the generosity because we were invited for a free taste testing session. It was a lavish banquet with a wide selection of tasty, high-quality food.

If we can give 6 stars, we definitely would. In short, we'd recommend Hotel Banquet to anyone looking for a quality Asian food cater!

Hope this helps :D


John P.
Santa Monica, CA
Event Date: July 2015

If I could give Andrew 10 stars, I would! My now-husband and I just got married September 5th at the Castle Green in Pasadena. We had 100 guests, and Andrew of Hotel Banquet/Grace Catering provided the food for our cocktail hour and Chinese banquet. If you are Chinese, you know how critical your family members can be about food. I mean, they will let you know if the soup isn't hot enough, the quantity not sufficient, the taste too salty, or whatever. So the most mindblowing thing to me was that there was not one criticism from my Chinese family and in contrast all we have heard from ALL of our guests is about how terrific the food was, how smoothly the banquet was run, how delicious each and every course was. My husband is not Chinese and I was initially a little worried that his family from the midwest might not enjoy the dinner as much, but I really had nothing to worry about. Even the picky kids seemed to thoroughly enjoy the tastes and the experience of the banquet. On our family-style menu was lo bster with garlic sauce, honey walnut shrimp, filet mignon, steamed whole fish, abalone and sea cucumber soup, and more . Good food is such a big part of the wedding, as is fine service and of course, a vendor who lets you feel confident that everything will run smoothly and all will be well. Uncle Andrew, as I have come to know him over many months of wedding planning, is the best vendor decision you can make. I'm so glad we didn't have boring wedding food and went for the Chinese banquet cooked on-site. It was an enormous hit!!! Andrew is a true professional as a caterer and is very experienced, so listen up when he gives you advice about how to pull off your event! He also happens to be a hilarious and kind human being with a big heart. I can't thank Andrew enough for helping us to create the classy, fun, unique and memorable celebration that we wanted. Soooooo glad we chose him, and would do it all over again if we could, no question! I hope one of my single friends uses him in the future so I can enj oy his banquet food one more time! Thank you, Uncle Andrew!!!!!!!!


L S.
Los Angeles, CA
Event Date: October 2015

2015Andrew is an amazing guy. From the first time we met him to the day of our wedding, Andrew was on top of everything. We came across Andrew's food at my friend's wedding. My wife and I knew we had to use him.

Our 10-course wedding meal was a big hit with everyone in attendance. It's hard to find quality AND quantity. Andrew manage to do both with ease. The food came out piping hot and service was prompt. We were able to customize our menu selections since we were having a Chinese/Korean wedding. People tore it up!

We also ordered appetizers for the cocktail hour. We're so glad we did; the shrimp tempura is still lingering in my thoughts. It was quite the treat after the ceremony.

My wife and I really enjoyed Andrew's words of wisdom on marriage and also his company. If you're looking for a 10-course wedding banquet feast then give Andrew a call. You won't regret it.


Alex C.
Los Angeles, CA
Event Date: January 2015

We have our wedding on August 22, 2015, very good portion of foods n good taste. The guest enjoy the foods. Andrew is very helpful n very easy to talk to as he has many years of experience of this . Good to go with him n I highly recommend him ...


Jessie L.
San Gabriel, CA
Event Date: August, 2015

Andrew from Grace Catering was professional and super fun to work with! If I could give more than 5 stars, I would! The banquet for our wedding was AMAZING, especially the lobster! Even though the day was busy for us, I still had time to sneak in a piece of that succulent lobster, and it was DELICIOUS! The staff that served our sit down banquet were also courteous. Thank you Grace Catering for makin! g our wedding so memorable!


Phoebe Guo (Chan)
San Diego
Event Date: November 2014

We hired Andrew and his team for our wedding and they were a big hit! Andrew has a lot of energy and really knows what he is doing. The food was plentiful (10 courses), tasty, and high quality (lobster, prawns, etc). His team is very experienced and can execute in any conditions. They built out their own kitchen at our venue brought 2 cooks and cooked all the food fast and completely fresh for 250+ guests! Not to mention, the wait staff was very professional. They were dressed well, kind, and very efficient. If you are looking for a Chinese banquet style meal for your event, Andrew is definitely the way to go.


Janelle L.
West Covina
Event Date: October 2014
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