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celebrate!

WEDDINGS  •  MILESTONES  •  COCKTAIL PARTIES  •  HOLIDAYS

CORPORATE EVENTS  •  FAMILY GATHERINGS  •  DINNER PARTIES

 

WE BRING THE DELICIOUS

Since 2007 we have been catering events in Los Angeles and beyond.  

With a decade of experience under our chef coats, we excel at crafting food + beverages that reflect your hospitality, personality, and good taste.  We love what we do!

From elegant cocktail parties to formal plated dinners to rustic picnics in the wild, we can make your celebration delicious.

WE CARE ABOUT

Events that appear effortless.
Ingredients that are locally sourced.
Flavors that are globally influenced.
Memories you want to live in.

 
 

what we do

 
 

FULL SERVICE FOOD + BAR CATERING

We design a menu that reflects your tastes and that your guests will love. We staff your party with professional servers and bartenders so you can relax and enjoy your event.  We coordinate your rental and decor needs, or work with your party planner to make your event flawless.

  • Food Catering: Passed Hors D'Oeuvres, Brunches, Luncheons, Buffets, Stations, Plated Dinners
  • Licensed Bar Catering
  • Staffing
  • Rentals (tenting, tables, chairs, glassware, etc.)
  • Vendor Referrals: Florals, Music, Valet, Entertainment, Security, etc.
 
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DROP-OFF CATERING

We offer both hot and cold prepared dishes for business meetings, photo shoots, casual parties, holidays, and more. A typical drop-off includes disposable dinnerware; optional service staff is also available for hire. 

 
 

who we are

Cordelia Culver Petersen is the force behind CHEF CORDELIA, and her passion for creating memorable food and experiences drives everything we do.  Since 2007 we have been catering events in Los Angeles and beyond.  

 
 

CORDELIA CULVER petersen     OWNER + EXECUTIVE CHEF

"It's gonna be great!"

Growing up in Santa Monica, Cordelia took an interest in cooking from a young age.  She spent school holidays traveling the world, visiting Europe, India, China, Japan, the Middle East, Africa, among other places. Amidst these travels her palate was memorizing the flavors and characteristics unique to these cultures, and today she loves using ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.

Cordelia spent her 20’s in the film business, then followed her heart and enrolled in culinary school. Graduating Le Cordon Bleu at the top of her class, she cooked at top-rated Gramercy Tavern in Manhattan, then returned to Los Angeles in 2007 to form her own catering company.

When not in the kitchen,  Cordelia can be found day-tripping around SoCal with her husband, the cinematographer Eric Gustavo Petersen, and their sons Theo and Louie,


VALERIE WARE     DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

“I love food, and I love people. All of my favorite experiences involve both.”

Valerie Ware has been on the inside of the LA catering scene for years – having worked as a server, event manager, staffing coordinator, and now as queen of all she surveys.  We couldn’t get through the day without Valerie’s organizational genius, good cheer, and eagerness to taste all that springs forth from our kitchen.  Outside of work her passion is world travel, and you can find her most every August at Burning Man, recharging with her husband Justin.


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COMMUNITY SERVICE

Since 2009 we've continued a tradition of community service at the holidays.  Each Thanksgiving we invite volunteers into our kitchen to help prepare over 250 Thanksgiving meals for the homeless, which are then served at the OPCC Annenberg Access Center in Santa Monica.  

In the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve we come together again for our Tamales For The Homeless campaign, where we fundraise and gather to make hundreds of hearty and nutritious tamales, which are then distributed to homeless folks living on the streets of downtown Los Angeles.


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200 GUESTS. 3 EVENTS. NO SWEAT

“We hosted an outdoor wedding with 200 guests. It was an extensive affair- more like a movie production than a wedding in many ways. We planned many layers of catering for the night, including a special welcome cocktail and appetizers before the ceremony, the amazing dinner, and a late night munchie service. In the years following our wedding so many of our guests have said it was the best food they have had at a wedding - ever. Chef Cordelia made us feel special on our wedding day and she made the event custom tailored to us."

JEREMY AND KIM K, YELP

EVENT PLANNER'S SECRET WEAPON

"Chef Cordelia is amazing. We've used her services for all our venues and events and it has been flawless every time. She works well with clients needs and her food is delicious. I highly recommend Chef Cordelia for catering small to large scale events."

ELLE N, EVENT PLANNER

A FAMILY TRADITION

“I have hired Cordelia for many events over the years. She and her staff have catered my bridal shower, my baby shower, my daughter's 3rd and 4th birthday parties, my 29th, 32nd, 35th, 36th and 39th birthday parties, a 4th of July party, a Halloween party...the list goes on and on. Her attention to food trends and decor/detail is unparalleled. She always has fresh new ideas and fun new ways of plating food. She has the ability to completely staff the party so I can just sit back and play hostess for the evening! She has diligently worked with me on my budget, making sure I am comfortable and happy. Chef Cordelia and her staff are like a part of my family now. Not only do we look forward to her food, but we look forward to seeing her year after year!”

RM, YELP