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Here in San Diego, we’ve never been tied to tradition, and wedding catering is no exception. More and more, we are seeing non-conventional choices in dresses, table settings and wedding venues. On the catering front, brides and grooms are shying away from dried out beef and tasteless chicken in favor of more bold flavors that reflect their personal tastes. Whether you are planning a formal reception or a rustic picnic, Paella Valenciana may be just the festive, colorful wedding catering specialist to add an unexpected flair to your already special day.

Wedding Catering in San Diego

Paella Valenciana has taken the Spanish dish and elevated it into a gourmet experience that you and your guests will not soon forget. Unlike predictable wedding catering fare that is cooked in advance, this authentic paella is prepared on site in true Spanish tradition. Your guests will be treated to the luscious aroma of the slowly simmering feast in anticipation of their meal. Clients rave about the spectacular presentation and incredible flavor.


While Paella Valenciana was the first to cater paella dishes more than 35 years ago, caterers across the country have followed suit. The concept is now expanded to a number of metropolitan cities from Miami to New York. The creation of paella is no simple matter, and its elusive alchemy cannot be recreated without a level of respect for the quality of the ingredients chosen. It’s important to select a wedding catering in San Diego company that can walk the line between creating an authentic masterpiece while respecting the choices of the client, and Paella Valenciana delivers.


If your wedding is simple and intimate, you may want to consider the eponymous Paella Valenciana for your guests. This succulent mix of chicken and seafood is the most popular of the paellas and can be customized with your choice of shrimp, calamari, mussels, and a variety of other delectables. For a sleek and sophisticated option, you may choose Lobster Paella, where lobster tails and crab claws are the focus, served studded with shrimp, calamari, and scallops.

Whether your day is relaxed and informal, or lavish and extravagant, there is a menu combination that will reflect your personal style and palate.


Juan Pomares was an unlikely entrepreneur when he came to San Diego in 1976. Hungry for his mother’s paella, he started making the dish for friends and family. As few in the area had tasted such an exotic mélange of flavors, word of the “The Paella Man” spread quickly once he started doing small events around San Diego.

Partnered with his wife, Elisa, Paella Valenciana is now a full service wedding catering enterprise. With their specialty paella as the focus, they also serve a variety of Spanish tapas and sides. They routinely work with other local vendors to coordinate rentals, set-up, and bar services.

As your wedding catering in San Diego specialist, Paella Valenciana, will work with you to craft the perfect menu that suits your taste and budget.

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