Catering in Palm Springs

Catering Service in Palm Springs California
The Palm Springs Palate specializes in creating personalized, luxury dining experiences for your catered events. Our professional chefs and trained support staff provide exquisite food for full-service meals at your next party, special event, or corporate meeting.
If you are looking for a highly trained team of chefs, support staff, and management team to make your elegant event successful, your search is over. We have the passion and experience to offer you an easy planning process for your next event - small or large - by pairing you with the right professional chef from our team to satisfy both your tastebuds and budget costs.
We can make your special day – wedding, bar mitzvah, bachelorette party, or corporate event - a day to remember for years to come when you hire us as your first-class catering company. How?

Delicious Fine Dining Meals

Our award-winning professional chefs will create a menu based on your cuisine choices and the vision for your event to produce a memorable experience for your guests.
The Palm Springs Palate hires only the best private chefs and support staff to help you plan the custom menu where all food is prepared with fresh organic ingredients. Our plated meal with full service for your guests will add to the atmosphere of your corporate event, party, wedding, or large gathering.
Hiring a wedding caterer can be overwhelming in the greater Palm Springs area because there are many options. We can meet all your catering needs by working with your wedding planner to create a unique wedding menu with fresh ingredients your guests expect.
Salads prepared by Palm Springs Caterer, Palm Springs Palate
Food Catered by Palm Springs Caterer, Palm Springs Palate
Deserts Catered by Palm Springs Caterer, Palm Springs Palate

How Do You Find a Good Caterer?

A good caterer will be full-service and provide more than just foodWhen you start searching for the right catering company, be sure to ask for references, similar customer profiles, and a pricing range. This will help you determine your fit with the caterer.
A good full-service caterer will make menu suggestions, give you a written proposal, and answer all of your questions honestly and openly. Ask if their chefs are experienced and professionally trained in the food style you prefer. Inquire into their staffing and whether they are experienced to handle and provide a fine dining experience along with all the planning and preparation details needed.
At The Palm Springs Palate, we have professional chefs, an experienced management team, and highly trained support staff for your catering needs.

We offer catering services in Palm Springs Palm Desert, Joshua Tree, Coachella, Indio, and La Quinta, whether your event is an intimate dinner or extravagant destination wedding.
Fill out our scheduling form to provide your event details, number of guests, and other requests for your catered event.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Caterer?

When you’re evaluating your event budget, it’s important to know your catering costs upfront. No one wants surprise charges when they’re planning a wedding or full-service catered party.
We suggest you look at the price-per-person model and plan your budget based on that cost. Our costs typically range from $115 - $200 per person. The specific food you select, add-on services such as bartending, and the number of hours you need staff available can all impact pricing. You’ll also want to add any service fees and taxes to your total catering budget.
Also, consider the cost of food in the Southern California area. If the catering company will need to special order signature ingredients, for example, that will increase the per-person cost. Don’t forget to consider beverage services and how much of your budget you want to reserve for that option.
You’ll also want to consider the catering setup – full-service, buffet style, carousel catering, plated meals – and the number of staff it will take to handle the catering event.
Contact us with our scheduling form to learn more about how we can help you plan, prepare, and cater your special event.
Food Catered by Palm Springs Caterer, Palm Springs Palate
Deserts Catered by Palm Springs Caterer, Palm Springs Palate

What Should You Look for In A Caterer?

When you want to hire a caterer for the first time, prepare a list of questions to ask each prospective catering company. Below are some sample questions for your introductory meeting to create a standard checklist. This will help you determine which caterer will meet your needs.
  • Can you work within my maximum budget?
  • Will you create a custom menu based on my cuisine preferences?
  • Will I have an opportunity to conduct a tasting before my event?
  • What do you provide from a service standpoint – food, staff, equipment?
  • Will I need to provide any support for the catering at this price point?
  • Can you accommodate my event date?
  • Do you specialize in my type of event – wedding caterer, corporate events, casual get-togethers?
  • Will you handle cleanup? Will I need to drop off equipment?

What Are Your Catering Needs? 

The Palm Springs Palette is delighted and ready to make your catered event a success. We use fresh organic ingredients, custom menus, and have the professional staff to create the experience you need with plated meals or full-service catering for your next event.

Whatever your catering needs, we’re here to listen and help you design a memorable, delicious experience for your guests. Just fill out our scheduling form today, and we’ll have one of our team members contact you to answer all your questions.

What’s The Difference Between a Private Chef and a Caterer?

Caterer or Private ChefA caterer is equipped to handle a larger event than a private chef. A catered event usually has a lower cost-per-plate fee than a private chef’s cost-per-plate because caterers offer a set menu and can prepare food in larger batches than a private setting needs.
A private chef is more effective in preparing a customized meal for a smaller, more intimate group. Consider a private chef for groups under 20 people, where individual dietary restrictions and culinary preferences can be more personalized to a smaller group.
Many Palm Springs area private chefs can also operate as caterers. Catering services from a private chef may be more specialized and affordable than working with a large catering venue.

Drinks for an EventDo Caterers Provide Drinks for My Event?

The Palm Springs Palate can work with you to create a drink list menu and shopping list for you to use. We offer bartending services as an add-on service if needed.
Some catering services can provide drinks for your event, but it is often not included in the foodservice pricing. You’ll usually be given a separate quote depending on what drink service you want.
When considering which catering service to choose based on your budget, remember to ask whether the caterer will offer the glassware or disposable drinkware to serve your guests. This is usually an extra cost, so plan accordingly.

Bar Service Is Usually Not Included in Catering Price

While many caterers offer food and beverage services, you should expect to work with two different catering specialists on your overall budget and order. When you want to include alcoholic drinks at your catered event, the caterer will need to provide a liquor license and a certified bartender to meet most venue requirements. You’ll also have the additional cost of purchasing the spirits on most catering orders.

Can A Caterer Cook On-Site for My Event?

It depends. You’ll need to speak directly with your caterer to ensure they are following proper food handling regulations and that the event facility is authorized for a catering event. Many caterers will prepare the food in an authorized commercial space and set the food up at your event site. Most caterers provide setup and cleanup in their per-person price, and the cost for transportation is usually included in the catering fee.
The Palm Springs Palate would love to assist you with your full-service catering menu and event planning. Complete our scheduling form to provide essential details so we can contact you to answer all your questions. We look forward to providing you with outstanding food and service.


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Our Palm Springs catering company will give you a full-service wedding, from rehearsal dinners to wedding receptions. Our chefs will help you create the perfect menu for your guests using the best organic ingredients that are bursting with flavor.