San Diego Food & Event Blog

Here at Crown Point Catering we are all foodies and LOVE to travel so that’s why we want to share our San Diego Food & Event Blog. This is how we stay connected with the most current and fascinating food and event trends.

As event planners we coordinate all of the details that go into your special event; whether that’s a wedding, corporate event or private social event. Your event is our San Diego Food & Event Blog inspiration!

Look through our blog to get inspired and see what the team at Crown Point Catering is drooling over! It could be one of our most recent San Diego events, a San Diego restaurant or international food trend. Enjoy!

Alchemy: Air, Earth, Fire and Water

On October 13, 2018, The San Diego Public Library Foundation held their 5th annual Celebration Under the Dome event in The New Central Library, this year it was Alchemy theme. This night was pure magic. At the start of the event, people were greeted in the courtyard by Crown Point Catering’s very own Lobster Lollipops, […]

Holiday Party Catering San Diego – Holiday Menu

Are you looking for Holiday Party Catering San Diego? The amazing part about living is San Diego is the delicious food it has to offer us each season. At CPC we offer the best Holiday Party Catering San Diego and we believe in providing not only gourmet meals, but a variety of seasonal food options. […]

Baby, Baby, We have a NEW Addition to the Crown Point Family

We have a new addition to the Crown Point Catering Family 🙂 Our THIRD generation of Hamilton’s, Little Liam is 1 week old today, born May10th, weighing in at nearly 10lbs and 22 inches long!  He’s already fitting in to 3-6 month clothes. The proud parents, Jon & Eliza Hamilton, are getting into their new roles while trying […]

“FALL Into Love.” A September Wedding Rich With Color & Tradition

We had the honor of catering an amazing fall wedding last month at the Diamond View Tower.  The couple used a color palette of rich corals and oranges to create a warm look and feel, along with an eclectic mix of table sizes creating a unique and cozy space for their guests. To get the party […]

“The Best Thing We Ate This Week”

Snuck out for lunch the other day with my “besties” at PrepKitchen in Little Italy. Typically I encourage my “dates” to order something different that we can all share, but we all decided to order the same thing: the grilled local fish tacos with avocado, mango jicama slaw & chipotle aioli; It came with a healthy […]

10 Healthy Food Trends for 2016

It may be early in the year – but 2016 already has a number of healthy dieting trends that might actually make a big difference in the way you eat. While we’re all still steadfast in keeping our New Years resolutions on track we thought we’d share 10 healthy food trends for 2016 by Eat […]


Vista Hill Gala: An Evening Not to be Forgoten! The annual Vista Hill Gala went off last Sunday, October 10th, without a hitch. Vista Hill is one of the most prominent community service leaders in the San Diego non-profit organizations. Specializing in domestic violence and drug rehabilitation assistance, Vista Hill has its hands into many […]


The prestigious Orfila Vineyards is having its 17th annual Grape Stomp Saturday August 28th, 2010. It should prove to be a most entertaining evening of grape stomping, tractor riding, and dancing. There will be a wonderful wine tasting before the dinner reception and live music by the Rhythm of Life Band to follow. Of course […]

60 Is The New 40! Birthday Bash!

“I’m not 60, I’m 18 with 42 years of experience.”  “Vintage 1954, Baby” -Anonymous Turning 60, no sweat.  What does the top dog doctor in town do for his 60th bday? For starters, rise at 6 with 6 of your buddies for 60 laps in the pool, 60 miles on the bike then party with […]

A Modern BBQ Side Dish

I know a lot of people who when they hear the word “brussel sprouts” they think about a soggy or mushy, green vegetable.  WRONG, when cooked right these delicious vegetables can be the queen side dish of any party.  We found this tangy and sweet version that is sure to be the hit with your guests […]

A Spring Evening At The Japanese Friendship Garden

Was there a line, yea maybe. Did it matter to our 300 guests, not even a bit. What were they waiting for? Nearly 4000 pieces of fresh made to order nigiri, sashimi and Chef’s whim speciality rolls. Patrick and his esteemed team at Fresh Sushi Catering absolutely positively charmed the crowd! Although sushi was the […]

A Sweet & Charming Wedding With All the Right Touches

Recently we worked with Heather Balliet at Amorology to create a charming setting for Minda and Lance’s Wedding at The Coronado Community Center. The mix of tables were set with vintage glassware, flatware and china collected by the bride. Our Menu reflected the warm & cozy ambiance encompassing a farm to table approach – California […]

Art of Fashion

As you know, we are gearing up for the Art of Fashion on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Timken. It’s going to be a fabulous event – due in large part to your efforts! The Timken is getting the word out for one last push for tickets. They are hoping for a sold out event. […]

Beautiful Seasonal Decor For The Holidays

Has it come to this? It’s November 1st, just ONE day after Halloween and I see a post from one of my “friends” on Facebook about how disappointing it was that Target did not have all their Christmas decorations out yet.  It used be that the day AFTER Thanksgiving was the kick off to the holiday season.  But no more. […]

Best Do-It-Yourself Advice…From Home Design to Wedding Planning

Whether it’s planning the “perfect” wedding or creating your “perfect” space, one of our favorite wedding planners, Heather Balliet of Amorology Weddings shares some of her favorite tips that work for both.   See more on Heather’s style in the January 2013 issue of San Diego Magazine, where her very own “living” space is featured and […]

Best of 2010

The Southern California Meetings & Events Magazine has honored CPC for the second year in a row as the Best Caterer of the Year. Thank you for everyone who voted and all of team members who made this possible. Southern California Meetings and Events Magazine says, “Emitting good taste and polished presentation, Crown Point Catering […]

BOO! It’s All Hallows’ Eve, aka Halloween!

There are so many fun traditions for Halloween, trick-or-treating, watching horror flicks, carving jack-o’-laterns and playing pranks. It’s always so agonizing, what costume should you choose, how will you transform yourself this year?  SCARY, HIP, CULTURE CLASSIC, SUPER HERO!  My favorite memories of Halloween were of the houses you visited while trick-or-treating who went out […]

Boundless Creativity On A Restricted Diet

It wasn’t that long ago that a restricted diet meant one of two things – you were either a vegetarian or had a peanut allergy. Fast-forward to 2014 and we see gluten, lactose and refined sugar intolerances; soy and wheat allergies along with a whole host of 
no-carb Paleo diet clients.  We see this ever-growing list […]


Hello! The La Jolla Woman’s Club is hosting a bridal fair on May 15th, 2011. There will be a collaboration of industry people making this event happen. Wedding coordinators, musicians, florists, table designers, bar services, and caterers will be hosting this event from 11:00am-3:00pm. There will be booths showcasing the best the industry has to […]

Champagne: To Coupe or Not to Coupe?

I love Champagne coupes.  They’re so chic and elegant.  Through the 1960s, the coupe was “the” glass for bubbles.  Coupes had seemed to have fallen out of favor in modern times with wine experts and amateurs recommending or preferring to use flutes or tulip glasses to drink Champagne. But lately, coupes are coming back.  There’s […]

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Jones

One of our own had a beautiful wedding in early November.Diego has been a key member of the Crown Point Catering team for nearly a decade now. His un-wavering commitment to this organization has contributed to our success tremendously. Diego and his beautiful bride Rona were married November 8th, 2010 at Julie’s house in Pacific […]

CPC’S Newest Team Member

Our Towering Skewer Grilling Station We introduced a new station at the annual YMCA Mission Valley fundraiser Saturday October 2nd, 2010. In the spirit of the Brazilian themed event, we wanted to have a station that represented the South American “Churrasco.” A true Churrasco is similar to an all day American Potluck BBQ. Each family […]

Crown Point Catering Celebrates 30 Years!!!

So here’s the deal, 2013 marks our 30th year, and we are more fired up than ever! In these 30 years, we have catered beautiful events all around San Diego, and continue to grow and learn every time. Our team has worked with countless clients, which is why we feel so fortunate—it makes all of […]

Crown Point Catering Gives Back

In the spirit of the holidays and supporting our neighbors and this amazing community, Crown Point Catering once again chose Vista Hill’s Parentcare program as the recipient of our community outreach.  Our team collected & donated a bounty of toys & gift cards for the children of the Parentcare community, ages ranging from 2-15 years old. […]

Crown Point Welcomes Kerensa Lorton To The Team

Meet Kerensa, our new executive of Sales and Event Planner.  Kerensa tripped and fell into catering at the ripe age of 18 as a summer job during college. Thus began a life time love of food and culinary exploration, now she is known for her experimental cooking and keeps her friends and families plates full […]

Did you say Poptails? Adult Summer Treats.

An adult twist on a kid classic.  We all love popsicle’s (with a little RUM)!  This a great idea for cocktail hour on a hot summer day or a refreshing cold dessert idea at your next summer BBQ.  The idea is classic kid fun with an added adult kick.  Grilled mango and tomatillo’s make this […]

Dreaming Of Summer

Our team of avid gardeners (with a little help from our friends in the worm bin) have been harvesting broccoli, cauliflower, kale & herbs. Roses are always popping up too. Next up for spring to summer plantings are more herbs, lettuces, squash and heirloom tomatoes. A few of our petite tomato favs are Sweet 100 […]

Early Autumn Wedding, Dining Under the Stars

We recently catered this gorgeous early autumn wedding at a private home La Jolla home.  The bride wanted an intimate alfresco dining experience under the stars for her family & closest friends. And the Menu reflected her Italian heritage. For starters the guests we're served a selection of tray passed hors d'oeuvres, such as a Peach Caprese Skewer peach [...]

Earth, Fire, Water & Air

Culy Warehouse was the perfect urban element for the “Elements of Earth, Fire, Water, & Air” bash most recently enjoyed by 1100 revelers. The three warehouses, including an enormous outdoor space (let’s not even talk about those permits!) were individually designed to encompass each classical element. In the Earth room a palette of chocolate brown & mossy […]

Eclectic & Bright Table Toppers

We love everything about this look – the bright vibrant hues mixed with an eclectic combo of prints & patterns adds a distinctive punch to this “family style” event. Our watermelon feta skewer or peach caprese with mint adds a surprising spin to an end of summer soiree. Or our smoked deviled eggs with pickled […]

From The Mother of the Bride

11/12/10 “I wanted to pass on to you all the compliments we have received on the foodand service your company provided for Liz & Al’s wedding. Everything wasjust delicious, beautiful to look at and professionally served. We are very pleased. Here are a few pictures of your goodies. The food added a greatdeal to what […]

Fusion Cuisine – Hybrid Dishes For Special Events

Fusion cuisine is cuisine that combines elements of different culinary traditions. This type of cuisines is not particularly categorized according to any one particular cuisine style but plays an important part in creative and contemporary food innovations.  It’s sometimes the best way to interpret an old classic into something fresh and modern.  Or to combine the best […]

Gluten Free and DELICIOUS, Even On Thanksgiving!

“Seemingly this gluten free craze currently isn’t just a craze but a way of life. For those with celiac disease, a gluten free diet is essential, but for some peeps they may just feel better with less gluten. So for our friends living with less gluten on Turkey Day, we offer the following stand out […]

Going to the Chapel AND I’m Going to Get Marrrrrried!

How does one squeeze into a wedding dress come Spring 2014 while still leading the glam life of a caterer? 1. Try not tasting everything more than once….yes the first smoked chicken purse tastes just as good as the thirtieth. 2. “Running” a party does not count as exercise, still need to squeeze in a […]

How much booze do you really need to buy?

We get asked this question all the time.   How much alcohol do I need to buy for my party? Figuring out how many bottles of wine you need for a small dinner party might be easy, but what about planning for a large event like a wedding reception or a family reunion? Here are some […]

I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream!!!!

In celebration of  National Ice Cream Day, July 19th we have decided to ALL Scream For Ice Cream! While Glamping on our annual family trip to Santee Lakes last year Grandma Lita made ice cream in a bag for the kids.   They loved it.  And then we thought, hey, why should Mom & Dad miss […]

It’s almost Oktoberfest and that means BEER!

I think for Americans, Oktoberfest is much like St. Patrick’s Day, or the Super Bowl.  It’s a time or day dedicated to drinking beer. And we love it!  It’s an excuse for everything beer.  Beer food, Beer tasting, wearing beer swag and even hosting your own “harvest festival or Oktoberfest party.” More beer.  We thought […]

Just Another Weekend

Rady’s Children’s Hospital opened a new wing called the Acute Care Pavilion. This new wing is state of the art and will prove to revolutionize hospital designs around the U.S. It is deemed a “green” building with the entire medical “bells and whistles.” Crown Point Catering was honored with being a part of this grand […]

Katie & Brian’s Fiesta of a Wedding

We were lucky enough to cater this beautiful wedding at a private home in Mission Hills.   Both the bride & groom looked gorgeous and carefree dressed perfectly with a So Cal vibe complete with a ring of fresh flowers that adorned the bride’s head.  This was a vibrant celebration of love.  And the food […]


Last Thursday was the the official kick off of the 2014, NFL Regular Season.  No more pre-season hype.  The REAL DEAL with a game crushing win by last year’s Super Bowl Champs, the Seattle Seahawks over the Green Bay Packers.   While we all have our favorite teams and are own way of watching, it usually […]

Marissa & Maggie’s Wedding at 828/Brick in Liberty Station

Marissa & Maggie’s Wedding at 828/Brick in Liberty Station on October 24th. The venue has a very raw organic feel. Vintage brick. Edison string lighting. Exposed concrete floor. A tall farmhouse feasting table for the couple and their wedding party with farmhouse stools. Food stations were on wood farmhouse tables. Florist Annette Gomez absolutely killed it – the […]

Martha Stewart Feature’s, Jess & Clint’s Coastal California Wedding

We were thrilled to learn that Jess & Clint’s coastal inspired wedding was featured on Jess and Clint tied the knot on March 15, 2014, almost 10 years after the day they first met. Both are professionals living in San Diego, Jess now an attorney and Clint an officer on a submarine in the United […]

Ms. Ryann Hastings

Infectious giggle? Check. Crazy work ethic? Got it. Passion for event planning? All over it! Total score for us that our newest team member, Ryann Hastings is the total package. A recent grad from the Hospitality & Tourism Management program at SDSU, Ryann not only dresses super cute everyday but incorporates that sophisticated eye for […]

Omegawave World Triathlon–San Diego

Last weekend Team Crown Point Catering participated in the ITU World Triathlon along Mission Bay……by serving up the VIP’s from around the world!   One hundred and thirty of the world’s fastest tri-athletes ran and cycled the streets of Mission Beach and swam the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean. Such an exciting honor to […]

Our World Famous Avocado-Feta Salsa

This is one of our all time favorites and a recipe that’s easy to duplicate.  In this version we introduce tantalizing new flavors to a now common party staple like “salsa.”  Something about the salty feta and creamy avocado make “Our World Famous Avocado-Feta Salsa” addicting.  This is California in a bowl, summer style.  Fresh […]

Refreshing Summer BBQ Bites

Who doesn’t LOVE burgers.  They are the staple of most every “all American” Barbecue.  This vegetarian version from is one of the best we’ve ever seen and more importantly, ever tasted!  Fresh and unbelievably meaty (with no meat).  This is an exciting a SUPER fresh version of the American classic, vegan style.   Portobello […]

San Diego Hot Spots, Must Do’s For This Summer

Name your poison.  Korean BBQ, Burrito’s, Bloody Mary’s, Craft Beers or pork belly?  Even pork belly corn dogs.  I know, “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.”  Oh and waffles LOTS of waffles.  Apparently San Diego has gone absolutely MAD over waffles.  Waffle taco-esque sandwiches, Belgium style, sweet & savory.  You name it you can get it here […]

Savor the quintessential flavors of the season

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” Julia Childs It is that time again.  Summer has turned to fall, Halloween is a week away, which means the holiday season is quickly upon us.  Like it or not, it’s time to relish in this joyful time of year and make it your most […]

Sizzlin Summer Recipes

Grilled Tenderloin of Beef on Garlic Crouton With Artichoke Aioli & Micro Arugula Artichoke Aioli 1/2 Cup Marinated Artichoke Hearts 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise 1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice 2 Teaspoons Finely Ground Black Pepper Procedure: Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until needed. This can […]

Strawberry Season is Upon Us!

In case you missed it and didn’t get the memo – STRAWBERRY SEASON IS UPON US! It’s spring, the sun is shining and things are growing.  Tis the seasons for a springy house party, pretty flowers, delicious FRESH food, all which for US equals, happy clients. With strawberry season in full swing, we love to serve […]

Stuffing vs Dressing, A Thanksgiving Quandary

The age-old question remains: What’s the difference between stuffing and dressing. Traditional wisdom holds that stuffing is actually cooked inside the turkey, while dressing is cooked separately and served alongside.   Makes sense, right? But in my experience, it really comes down to geography. From the East Coast, never stuff the bird.  Further South, and everything […]

Sundt Memorial Foundation

Annual Fundraiser 2010 The Gala for Sundt Memorial’s annual fundraiser this October was elaborate but eloquent. With gourmet food and a quorum of community leaders the Sundt Gala was a magnificent production. Live camera crews added an air of seriousness to an event vital to the future of many teens in San Diego and around […]

The Perfect Ranch Style Wedding

This Ranch Style wedding was made even more perfect because it was our owner, Vicki Hamilton’s son Jon’s special day.  A “Crown Point Family” event to say the least.  You could see that both Jon & Eliza’s personalities & sense of style were integrated into all the special details.  The destination a VERY special place, […]

The Ultimate San Diego Wedding

An absolutely spectacular day filled with love, commitment, celebration and DELICIOUS FOOD & DRINK.  The Ceremony for our own Kimberly Loughlin, Director of Sales and the reception was held at The Ultimate Skybox at Diamond View Tower on April 12, 2014.  It was a beautiful spring day with a few clouds, which added to the dramatic backdrop […]

Thrive On!!!

Who knew the topic of food allergens/dietary lifestyles could be so compelling, but Tracy Stuckrath with Thrive Meetings and Events not only makes sense of it, but even makes learning about it fun! The girl knows her stuff! Spending the better part of her morning with us, Tracy shared her extensive knowledge about all of […]

Tis The Season (or almost)…

Just like the rest of the world we can’t help but plan and get excited for the upcoming Holiday Season.  It’s not even Halloween yet and we start to feel the excitement and joy of Christmas getting inspired by cute idea’s for our own tablescapes for our holiday food stations. Check out these adorable little gingerbread […]

Tis’ The Wedding Season

As spring has sprung it is the beginning of another busy wedding season.  We recently participated in an early season bridal show hosted at one of our favorite venues, Orfila Vineyards, The theme of the show was Old Hollywood and to keep with this theme we featured tasty small bites of deconstructed chicken and […]

Touch DOWN! Yummy Fall Recipe’s mean comfort food & football

It’s mid September and fall is definitely here.  Gone are light summer salads and skinless grilled meats.  What’s IN and What’s Happening, Fall COMFORT food!  Aka Football food.  It’s time to snuggle in, get cozy and treat yourself to some of our favorite fall recipes. One to try for next weeks kick off that will […]

We Love Our Firefighters

Wildfires have transformed San Diego countryside into an otherworldly landscape.  Charring more than 26,000 acres of drought-parched brush and dozens of homes and buildings in the process. A combination of unseasonable triple-digit temperatures, extremely low humidity and hot winds blowing in from the desert stoked the blazes, kicking off what promises to be a historically destructive […]

Welcome to LOLLYWOOD!

Designed By: Omar Making the LOLLYWOOD Glam: When I first got the message from Lolly regarding her birthday party I got really excited about the Hollywood theme. The ideas started flying through my head thinking how I could make this something beautiful, glamorous, marvelous and something she will never forget! It all started when she […]

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What if riding the waves meant changing the world?

All of us at Crown Point view ourselves as family.  Much more than co-workers or just showing up to do the job.  We’re lucky we get to support one another, share our family experiences and most of all learn admire one another for some of the amazing work we do when were not punching the […]

What To Eat The Day After, Happy St. Patricks Day!

“There are many good reasons for drinking, 
One has just entered my head. 
If a man doesn’t drink when he’s living, 
How in the hell can he drink when he’s dead?” -Irish quote, author unknown Who really looks forward to Mondays? Well, next week we have an excuse to because it’s St. Patrick’s Day.  The […]

Who Doesn’t Love A Good Quesadilla

I love quesadillas.  I love them for breakfast, lunch & dinner.  They really are, “the perfect food.”  They’re easy to make, compact for a quick on the go meal and you can literally fill them with ANYTHING you want.  Meat, cheese, veggies, tofu or eggs. The possibilities are endless. Wikipedia describes a quesadilla as “a flour tortilla […]

Wine & Chocolate: Talk about romantic foods…

Wine and chocolate are two of the most romantic foods in the world. And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner it got us thinking of fun ways to indulge in both.  Include your special someone or impress your girlfriends next time it’s your turn to bring dessert.  Wine & chocolate can be a perfect […]

Worm Dirt

Vicki, the owner or Crown Point Catering is such an avid gardener (and the girl that has everything!) So she was thrilled to receive from the CPC team exactly what’s she’s been wanting for years but just didn’t know how to get started!  Really she loves this!  And we wanted to share her new found […]

You Say Doughnut, I Say Donut…Either Way We Say Delicious!

Whether you’re crazy health-conscious or still hoarding a box of fluorescent orange Halloween cupcakes, few comfort desserts hit home quite like a fresh-baked doughnut. There are plenty of local bakeries and fry factories that cook up these pillowy rings of wonder, just waiting for you to sink your teeth into them after your very worst […]

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