Testa Catering

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Testimonials

“The Arthritis Foundation California Coast Classic Bike Tour has had the pleasure of working with Martin Testa for over 5 years and each year he provides us with not only amazing food but a friendly face at the end of each day. Our event is unique in that Martin travels with 300 cyclists for 3 days down the coast of California preparing delicious and nutritious meals each morning and evening. Our riders are tired and sore after an 80 mile day and when they roll into camp the first thing they say is…What’s Martin making for dinner?” His team is gracious and welcoming. We are happy to call Testa Catering part of our California Coast Classic family.”

- The Arthritis Foundation

“Our organization has been working with Martin Testa and Testa Catering for the past seven years. Every year he truly out does himself providing new and innovative menu items and delivering a five star catering and service. Our events each year have grown in capacity totaling at 1,300 guests this past year, and every year Martin and his staff come prepared, ready to work and they never miss a step. We would recommend Martin to anyone who is looking to put on a top notch BBQ or five-star event, and we will continue to use Testa Catering for our future events.”

- Scott Tracy Best Buddies

"For many years, Testa Catering has been instrumental in the success of the Northern Santa Barbara County Special Olympics annual fundraising event - the VIP Dinner/Dance. Each year, Martin and his professional staff have created a delicious meal and worked patiently with our volunteer wait staff to put out a wonderful dinner in a timely manner! Martin and his crew are always courteous, flexible and willing to do what they can to keep the costs down! I highly recommend Testa Catering for your catering needs!"

- Cindy Hoskins

"Martin Testa Catering has been catering our annual trail ride for the last 3 years. There isn’t enough praise I can give to Martin, Debi and his crew. As President of Vaqueras del Camino I was insistent that Martin cater our ride again. His crew never disappoints. Martin meets us at any location and this can sometimes be difficult due to the ranches we ride on. His portable kitchen is amazing and full service . The food is outstanding!! When you have 100 ladies camping for 5 days and no one complains about the food well that says it all. Martin remembers every year that we have a few vegetarians in the group and without asking him to do so he provides for them. Our breakfast menu is as follows: Omelet station and eggs cooked to order, Chorizo and eggs, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit tray, sausage and bacon, pancakes, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, french toast, flour tortillas, juice, milk, and coffee. Dinner: Pork Loin caramelized and slow cooked on BBQ, green salad (not just any green salad) baked potatoes, chives, butter, sour cream, sugar peas and baby carrots, french baguette with honey butter. Believe me when I say this “ When you can eat like this camping life is good”. I would highly recommend Testa Catering for any event if he can provide food for 100 ladies in a camping situation imagine what he can do for you."

- Jennifer Rodriguez VDC President

"I have been in charge of producing dinner events here on the Central Coast for over 20 years. During that time I have relied upon volunteers, hotel banquet staff and various caterers to perform all the tasks necessary to have a successful event. Based upon my experience over the years, I can not say enough about Testa Catering. In a nutshell, Testa Catering stands out in every category necessary for success. Price, Quality, Reliability, Professional Presentation, Integrity, Consistency, Flair and Style. Testa Catering stands out in every way imaginable. Testa Catering has the know-how, experience, equipment and professional staff necessary to satisfy the most discriminating needs and the down-home feel that makes everyone comfortable in any and all surroundings. What am I trying to say? I have witnessed the fact that Testa Catering can professionally serve any and all functions from black tie affairs to cowboy cookouts and everything in between! Another factor to consider in choosing Testa Catering boils down to the fact that one contract does it all. By that I mean to indicate that Testa can oversee the rentals you might need, set up and take down, decorating, bar service and of course, all aspects of food service from BBQ to elegant seven-course meals. They simply do it all and they do it well. And just as important as all these qualities are in choosing a caterer, there is something else you should know about Martin and Debi. They generously serve our community by giving back to the community in a myriad of ways. They have helped many a non-profit as a patron as well as a caterer. That is important to me because it is important to our community. In closing, I highly recommend that you do yourself a favor and choose them to make your event a smooth and memorable occasion."

- Andy Caldwell COLAB

"Testa's has been catering the Santa Maria Valley YMCA's events for over 20 years! We have an annual dinner that serves 200 people and we wouldn't dream of ever using another caterer. Testa's is consistent in fine quality food and good pricing, but that's not what sets them apart. The intangible benefit of Testa Catering is the fact that Martin and Debi give back to this community 100 fold. In addition to their amazing staff and quality service, they are highly involved in a plethora of community functions, whether or not they are catering them. This unacknowledged generosity of time and energy is simply who they are and what they do. I find this type of altruism to be a rare and treasured gift in the business world. Part of what I look for when hiring, besides great food and even better wine!, is this quality of community involvement and caring. You may be able to find a caterer in the yellow pages, but you will never find one who is this good and this generous in all ways. I'm delighted we live in the same community and hope to imbibe in Testa Caterings food and beverages for many years to come! (As a matter of fact, I am headed to Testa's Bistro for lunch today with a group of friends.) What better place to meet and laugh than where you are most welcome?"

- Shannon K. Seifert CEO of SMV YCMA

"Testa Catering without a doubt was our number one choice in a wedding caterer. The one comment from guests at our wedding was how amazing the food was even with a large guest party. We cannot thank you enough for a personalized superb menu. Everything was perfect and made our day one to remember. The professionalism of the staff made the wedding planning easy. Thank you again!"

- Adam & Jessica Souza

"Martin and Debi On behalf of all the gang, we just want to say thank you for your help in such a wonderful party. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves and all the food and drinks were a big hit. We can not thank you enough and look forward to doing it again in the future. Thank you!"

- Thankful Customer

"Our guests said Testa Catering provided the best food at any wedding they ever attended! Executive Chef/General Manager Tracy Labastida just seemed to intuitively understand what we had in mind and delivered exactly what we wanted. The Testa team provided wonderful food and excellent, friendly, efficient service! Here is a menu of what we enjoyed: Passed hors d\'oeuvres - Seared ahi on cucumber with honey mustard cabbage slaw, chipotle and topped with fresh avocado. - Bacon-wrapped scallops: thin sliced bacon wrapped around scallops and baked - Prosciutto-wrapped fruit: prosciutto wrapped melons, peach, nectarine, figs. Hors d\'oeuvres table - Bruschetta: fresh roma tomato, fresh basil, buffalo mozzarella, garlic, on herbed baguette chips. - Ceviche white fish, shrimp, jalapeno, fresh squeezed lime juice, cilantro, red onion. - Baked brie, one with blackberry and one with apricot. Served with assorted cracker tray. - Olive tapenade. Entrée - Pork baby back ribs with Santa Maria-style dry rub cooked over red oak on site. - Boneless breast of chicken breast cooked over red oak while being misted with red wine spray then steamed in cilantro soy sauce. - Local baby green salad bar affaire with sides of raspberry and citrus vinaigrettes, mandarin oranges, candied walnuts, blue cheese, feta, strawberries, dried cranberries. - Rosemary roasted red potatoes. - Assortment of dinner rolls with whipped honey cilantro butter. - Grilled in season vegetables. - Sautéed green beans with shallots, olive oil and bacon. - Homemade salsa. - Vegetarian option: grilled portobello mushrooms and grilled marinated tofu. It was all wonderful!"

- Mark W. Ford

"Thank you so much for the excellent food and service we received from Testa Catering. You helped make our mom's 90th birthday a huge success. Our family couldn't have been more pleased with the freshness, flavor, and presentation of the food. We received many, many compliments and we want to ensure you know what a hit your food was. Thank you, Tracy, for making our long distance catering order such an easy experience. Wow! Working with you via email and telephone was a pleasure and we knew we could count on you from the moment we spoke. Thank you for everyone's effort at Testa Catering. You are the best!"

- Janie Vizzolini
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