The Ultimate Guide to
La Jolla Weddings: The Food

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La Jolla Wedding Catering

Wedding Hors d'oeuvre's

A top priority for many couples’ wedding: The food. If you are not at a venue that offers catering or want to choose an outside vendor, here are great options for La Jolla caterers.

Picnic style snacks for wedding
Finger foods for wedding by Wild Thyme in La Jolla

The Wild Thyme Company

This San Diego caterer is known for using fresh ingredients and customizing the menu to your unique event.

Each wedding package includes:

  • Complimentary tasting for 2
  • Complimentary cake cutting, a coffee & hot tea station
  • Dishware and accompanying needs, such as china and table linens for the food and beverage stations
  • Delivery & set up
  • Staffing to serve the food

Look forward to a range of options, from vegan to carnivore heaven!

Decorative cake by the French Gourmet in La Jolla
Bakery inside the French Gourmet in La Jolla

The French Gourmet

This catering company in La Jolla works with each couple to find the right menu that is within budget. Based on a number of factors, cost typically ranges between $65 and $125 per person.

The French Gourmet is also famous for its wedding cakes. (Please see next section, on how to find your dream wedding cake in La Jolla, for more details.)

Major perks:

  • Consolidate vendors by having them do both your wedding catering and wedding cake.
  • This caterer has close ties with many other wedding vendors, such as florists and entertainment. These referrals can be very helpful.
Fresh ravioli from the Abbey Catering in La Jolla

The Abbey Catering

This impressive catering company has over 50 awards as a San Diego caterer. The Abbey Catering chefs are classically trained. Although they customize menus to each wedding, there are popular dishes to browse through and get inspiration from. See these favorite dishes, such as the Signature Boardwalk Crab Cake, Moroccan Beef Skewers, Abbey-Style Boneless Rib and Portobello Mushroom Ravioli, at their food section.

Fresh Mexican food plate from Porkyland's in La Jolla
Taco plate from Porkyland's La Jolla

Porkyland Mexican Grill & Catering

Porkyland offers authentic Mexican catering for weddings in La Jolla and nearby San Diego. They can also take care of beverages and even wedding cakes. In addition to standard wedding cakes, find unique desserts such as churros, flan and pies.

Major perks:

  • Free food tastings are offered here. This allows you to try the cuisine without commitment.
  • Additional catering services such as:
    – Bartending
    – Catering for accompanying events, like bridal showers, an after party breakfast and beyond

Where to Find Your Perfect Wedding Cake in La Jolla & Other Wedding Desserts

Colorful desserts for wedding

As Julia Child once said, “A party without cake is just a meeting”. Ensure your wedding is the party you’ll never forget with the right cake or dessert. La Jolla bakeries, in addition to classic wedding cakes, have options like cheesecake, cupcakes, mini pies and more. Peruse the best nearby options here:

Cake decorator adding details to wedding cake from Sugar and Scribe La Jolla
Cake with golden polka dots from Sugar and Scribe in La Jolla

Sugar & Scribe Bakery

This beloved La Jolla bakery is a local staple. Sugar & Scribe is known for both wedding cakes and other desserts for wedding catering, like mini pies and cupcakes.

Cake Details: There are 10 wedding cake flavors; contact the bakery for a wedding tasting. (The tasting is $30. However, if you book your cake with them, those funds go towards your order. Tastings available Monday thru Thursday 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.)

simple cake from Michele Coulon
small deserts from Michele Coulon

Michele Coulon Dessertier

Known for breathtaking aesthetics, as well as taste, this elegant, European-based patisserie offers high end wedding cakes with truly unique flavors.

In addition to traditional cakes such as Black & White and Carrot Cake, find:

  • Amarena Cherry Torte
  • Orange Cake
  • Gateau Aileen and more.

All the cakes are made with high-quality ingredients and have a rich European history. Learn more about Michele, her family’s restaurant that ran for 25 years (until her parent’s retired and he began his own bakery) and how her bakery came to be here.

Exterior of Girard Gourmet in La Jolla
Bakery in Girard Gourmet in La Jolla

Girard Gourmet

Located in the heart of La Jolla Village, this gourmet shop offers much more than just breakfast and lunch to daily diners.

Girard Gourmet masterfully creates wedding cakes, such as:

  • Mousse Cakes (flavors including chocolate, hazelnut or lemon)
  • Black Forest Cake
  • Carrot Cake & beyond.

They also offer other unique types of wedding desserts, such as fruit tarts and cheese cakes. They are well known for their cookies, made and displayed each day in their front windows. These cookies can be ordered and customized for a wedding dessert bar.

Fruit cups from the French Gourmet in La Jolla
Chocolate cake from the French Gourmet in La Jolla

The French Gourmet

Especially famous for their Strawberry Bagatelle and Chocolate Mousse Cake, The French Gourmet can handle your cake, as well as your wedding catering and wedding favors. (To estimate cost, wedding cakes start at approximately $3.50 per slice.)

Re wedding catering: The wedding reception food is customized to each couple’s unique tastes. Prices range between $65 and $125 per person for catering. Learn more about their catering options here.

Send each guest home with personalized treats, such as wedding cookies, truffles and chocolate dipped strawberries – wrapped and tied with ribbon. Learn more about these edible wedding party favors.

Cupcakes from Sprinkles in La Jolla
Pink daisy decoration on cupcakes from Sprinkles in La Jolla

Sprinkles Cupcakes La Jolla

If you love Sprinkles cupcakes, you already know your favorite flavors and feel confident recommending them to others. Relieve any anxiety to find new type of cake or cut it on your wedding day by having Sprinkles Cupcakes cater dessert.

The cupcakes can be presented as a cupcake tower or even be sent home as a wedding favor. There are ample decoration options, too. For example, the cupcakes can feature a heart, your initials, colors of your wedding or custom decorations, such as a photo of the newlyweds! If the standard cupcake feels too large (they are quite hearty), you can also choose to serve mini cupcakes.

A variety of cookies from the Cravory in La Jolla
Brownies from the Cravory in La Jolla

The Cravory

This cookie company is not based in La Jolla, but it can take orders and does have a booth at the weekly La Jolla Farmer’s Market. The Cravory makes unique cookies that are ideal for a dessert bar.

Find classic flavors like Birthday Cake and Chocolate or options that are truly unique like Rosemary Balsamic, which is great for family and friends that are not as big of “sweet” people. Also find gluten free options for anyone seeking gluten free desserts!


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