Who the A-List Books for the Holidays: The Town's Top Caterers
These restaurants, chefs and companies are satisfying some of the pickiest tastes in town, making everything from "bilingua" (pork and beef tongue) tacos to lasagna cupcakes that Oprah Winfrey says "will change your life."
"We're near the studios," says Jimmy Shaw, owner of the popular Mexican restaurants with locations at the Farmers Market, in Hollywood and Studio City, "so we're always getting orders to go into the creative rooms."
KEY CLIENTS: Charlize Theron, Guillermo del Toro, Gale Anne Hurd, Ryan Seacrest
IN-DEMAND DISHES: "Bilingua" tacos filled with both pork and beef tongue; rum Amaretto horchata (for the holidays). Virginia@loteriagrill.com
Chef Suzanne Goin (wife of The Hungry Cat's Lentz) and business partner Caroline Styne are known for a distinct brand of Cal-inflected Mediterranean cuisine at their restaurants Lucques, A.O.C. and Tavern. Goin's sister Jessica runs the road show.
KEY CLIENTS: Reese Witherspoon, James L. Brooks, Nancy Meyers, Ridley Scott
IN-DEMAND DISH: Bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Parmesan. 323-246-0978
Chef-owner Josiah Citrin's two-Michelin-starred Santa Monica restaurant has an off-site component that will send sliders to a bar mitzvah or beef bearnaise -- flash-fried and placed on an Asian spoon -- to a cocktail party.
KEY CLIENTS: Sumner Redstone, Sony exec Gary Martin, producer Martin Shafer
IN-DEMAND DISHES: Chicken stuffed with truffles; lobster Bolognese. 310-395-0881
Joachim Splichal -- whose group handles LACMA's Art+Film Gala, along with the Emmy Awards' Governors Ball -- takes a holistic approach to events in private homes. "The house speaks to us," says director of catering Darpino.
KEY CLIENTS: J.J. Abrams, Judd Apatow, Norman Lear, Bud Yorkin
IN-DEMAND DISHES: A macaron tower; rosemary wild rice stuffing (for the holidays). 866-972-8462
With its hotel experience, the hospitality outfit behind Mediterranean mecca Cleo, Katsuya and Jose Andres' The Bazaar is at ease handling events of scale like The Weinstein Co.'s Golden Globes party.
KEY CLIENTS: Seth MacFarlane, Jamie Foxx, Fergie, Mario Lopez
IN-DEMAND DISHES: American sturgeon caviar cones; pumpkin bread pudding (for the holidays). 323-525-2400
The Little Door
Third Street's beloved romantic patio hideaway, run by brothers Frederic and Nicolas Meschin, turns out its French-Moroccan cuisine for Cirque du Soleil events and wrap parties for the likes of The Artist and The Tourist.
KEY CLIENTS: Harvey Weinstein, Olivia Wilde, Baz Luhrmann, Rachel Zoe
IN-DEMAND DISHES: Tagines; Buche de Noel (for the holidays). 323-951-1210
Neal Fraser, the recent Top Chef Masters contestant whose BLD is a popular power breakfast spot, soon will open Redbird downtown with his wife and business partner, Amy Knoll. Fraser especially loves the flavors of fall: "We're going to have game birds from Scotland!"
KEY CLIENTS: The Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman, Connie Britton, Phil Rosenthal, ABC comedy development director Cort Cass
IN-DEMAND DISHES: Wild boar with spaetzle; John Dory with wild mushrooms. 213-626-1507