Catering in Encinitas

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Though Annel and Drew come from different backgrounds—she's a Michoacán, Mexico, native who learned about food in the kitchens of her family's restaurants, and he's a culinary-school grad who's training to become a certified health counselor—they share a common purpose: to handcraft original meals that use fresh ingredients obtained from local merchants. Together they do just that out of their eponymous mobile kitchen, a food truck that sets up shop a few days a week at accessible locations such as the Leucadia Farmer’s Market, the Oceanside Sunset Market, and right behind you a second ago.

As the nutrition expert, it's Drew's job to fill the seasonal menu with healthful dishes such as organic salads and sandwiches made with veggies from Suzie’s Farm. But like a thief who up and stole a whole Amazon warehouse, Annel also has plenty to offer. Having worked at acclaimed LA eatery El Floridita, she's got Cuban cuisine mastered; her kitchen makes a cuban sandwich the Coast News’ David Boylan declared is “as good as it gets.” Her degree in fashion may even have something to do with the artful presentation that marks dishes such as the grilled balsamic artichokes, which were named one of the Best Bites of 2011 in San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County.

Encinitas
Encinitas,
California
US

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop boasts a full menu of made-to-order sandwiches built from house-cooked meats and produce that's delivered daily. Guests can gobble up the Bobbie, an AOL's Lemondrop award-winning sandwich that unites homemade pulled turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayonnaise ($6.99 for a 9"). Or meat-seekers can paint the palate red with a Slaw Be Jo—a behemoth bovine sub roll enshrouding roast beef, provolone cheese, russian dressing, cole slaw, and mayonnaise ($6.99 for a 9"). Leaving no tongue behind, Capriotti's caters to all dietary desires with various vegetarian options and a slew of thirst quenchers designed to tickle the taste buds beneath a sea of bubbly satisfaction.

1158 W San Marcos Blvd
San Marcos,
CA
US

The expansive menu at Vista's Icebox contains more than 30 sandwiches, each assigned to one of four taste-oriented rankings. Beneath the “really good” status, customers find classics, such as tuna on wheat and egg salad, while the next level up—“better sandwiches”—offers BLTs and shrimp pitas. The shop’s “best sandwiches” list includes a club stacked with bacon, turkey, and ham, and at the top lies Vista’s “finest sandwiches”: Reubens, heros, and BLTs dressed up with avocado and crowned in laurel leaves.

A whiteboard relays the day’s handwritten specials, beneath which reads a list of hearty sides, such as coleslaw, potato salad, and tortellini pesto. The kitchen also churns out daily-made soups, breakfast burritos, egg sandwiches, and frozen yogurt.

2260 Oak Ridge Way
Vista,
CA
US

Anar Party Rental supplies everything necessary for indoor and outdoor events, from elegant chiavari ballroom chairs to PA systems. Candelabras, dinnerware, and fine linens adorn tabletops, while canopies and portable red carpets extend decor to floors, ceilings, and walls. Supplies can be shipped to and from events, thanks to company owner Anar and his crew of reliable drivers.

921 Poinsettia Ave #1
Vista,
CA
US

After graduating from high school, Reza Karkouti dreamed of opening his own teriyaki restaurant. He garnered support from family and friends, and he and his father, Ahad, opened a tiny eatery called Tokyo's Teriyaki in Encinitas in 1992. Through hard work and an attention to detail, the restaurant's reputation grew, and the demand for juicy, teriyaki-glazed chicken and beef quickly spread to other cities. This led Reza’s younger brother, Amir, to help open a second location. Now a seven-location, family-owned chain, Surf Brothers Teriyaki still sees its two siblings focusing on customer service and quality products.

The duo chooses natural meats that are minimally processed, hand trimmed, and grilled, avoiding shortcuts such as microwaves, frozen foods, and laser-based slicing. Their Hawaiian-themed restaurants and catering business have been featured in numerous television spots, radio shows, and newspaper articles. Michelle Murphy Zive of SanDiegoFamily.com says the restaurant offers "a taste of Hawaii" and "healthy food served fast." The brothers give back to the community that helped them grow by donating to charitable organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Homes project.

1032 W Valley Pkwy
Escondido,
CA
US

Founded by Bibi Kasrai, Harvard Cookin' Girl's team combines a love of cooking with a passion for healthy eating to instruct kids during summer cooking camps, which have reaped notice from NBC San Diego. Hoping to empower youth to improve their lives and that of their families' through nutrition, participants are motivated to explore the kitchen by making such ambrosial masterpieces as pesto pasta, zucchini pancakes, and smoothies. Each weeklong session varies by theme, such as under the sea and tropical week to expose mini-chefs to multiple interests. The culinary camp also includes yoga to focus on overall health, arts and crafts to further captivate imaginations, and freedom from parents to allow kids to mastermind plans for federally subsidized cotton-candy farms. The Harvard Cookin' Girl's bright-green-and-orange studio is furnished with an open kitchen area and plentiful counter space, so all participants can watch and learn as the culinary conjurers whip up tasty treats.

7441 Girard Ave
La Jolla,
CA
US