LOS ANGELES—The holiday season is slowly coming upon us. Fretting about what you’re planning to do in regards to cuisine for your big Halloween party, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s? No worries, PDA Cuisine & Catering has you covered.
The company, which is a collaborative effort between couple Heidi Feldman and Chef Jeff Torin, delivers a culinary experience that will have clients and their guests talking about the food for weeks. The company caters to the Greater Los Angeles region and got up and running in 2006. Canyon News had the pleasure of speaking with Feldman and Chef Torin about what makes their catering company one of the best.
“We provide everything, full-service catering, event planning, and rental management. Every dish is homemade, beautiful hors d’oeuvres are a specialty and we have various recipes, with a unique menu and unique style,” said Feldman. Chef Torin has been cooking since he was 14 when he got his start in Ruidoso, New Mexico. He got the opportunity to work with Chef Parind Vora at Jezabels and Café Alegro. He brings a level of detail and perfection to his dishes that helped shape his return to Los Angeles where he held the Executive Chef position at the West Hollywood hotel Petite Ermitage.
The company can accommodate any type of cuisine, but specializes in Californian and, New American with Latin, Southwestern and Asian influences. When asked about the one dish they tell clients they have to try, Chef Torin responded, “The plantain and coconut crusted shrimp is a major rave.” Heidi chimed in that in regards to dessert, “The Chai chocolate brownies are a favorite for clients.”
The company caters to corporate events, cocktail parties, engagement parties, weddings, showers, bar/bat mitzvahs, in-home parties (birthdays, anniversaries, holiday parties), film premieres, and all other occasions. Both Heidi and Jeff noted that holidays are always busy, but wedding season between June-August are busier.
Canyon News asked Chef Torin what is the first thing that comes to mind when he thinks of food, he replied, “delicious” (laughing). “Food is all I think about. I’ll often whisper about recipe ideas to Heidi when something new comes to mind that I want to try,” Chef Torin said.
When asked about their relationship working together, Jeff noted, “We’re best friends. She is a foodie who gets it and she has eaten everything I’ve ever cooked.” Heidi added, “I was a lawyer and currently-run my own business management firm, so I’m analytical. He’s an artist who is creative and I’m a meticulous person, so it’s a perfect cohesion. I handle the front of the house, he handles the back of the house; we balance each other out.”
PDA Cuisine & Catering focuses on bringing that fine dining restaurant experience to catering. They are a scratch kitchen where everything is homemade, nothing is frozen or pre-cooked. The company offers very reasonable prices in terms of cost and affordability for clients. They have worked with organizations including Red Bull and have even traveled to states like Michigan and Arizona when feasible for clients.
They’ve catered events with over 500 attendees and large movie premieres. They were listed as the #1 in-home catering company in 2015 by Thumbtack. The culinary experience they give clients involves fantastic food, excellent, friendly service and the clients rave about how easy it is to work with them. Chef Jeff had the opportunity to compete on the Food Network series “Cutthroat Kitchen” and was victorious, and has appeared on the morning show circuits and on radio with Ryan Seacrest.
We asked about upcoming projects for the future, the couple noted that some pop-up restaurants are possible and they are hoping to have a brick and mortar some day. The focus right now is on catering and to ensure clients feel good about the money they spent. “We are a well-oiled machine. Clients don’t have to worry about anything other than enjoying their party, it’s worry free. We leave their establishment looking the same way or better than what it was when we arrived.”
Clients looking for more information about the services that PDA Cuisine & Catering offers can contact CEO & Media Contact Heidi Feldman at (323) 906-7401 or visit them online at http://www.pdacuisine.com. One thing is for certain, PDA Cuisine & Catering plans to deliver on all fronts for their customers in respect to a culinary experience one will never forget and providing exceptional customer service that is sure to wow clients time and time again.