We passionately believe that restaurant quality food can be made in every setting, and we are excited to share it with you.

Whoa Nelly! is a boutique catering company serving Los Angeles and Southern California. We offer local, seasonal, farmers market menus for events large and small. Our long-standing relationships with local farmers ensure that we will bring the best of the market to your table. A sustainable philosophy is at the heart of everything we do, and we are committed to using local produce and sustainably raised meats and fish.

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We believe that the menus for special events should be just that: Special



We write all of our menus for each and every event.

Although there are some dishes that we love and want to recommend from time to time, by and large, each menu is a distinct reflection of the clients and their vision for the event.

The Cooks

About Stephanie

Stephanie was born and raised in Southern California. At a young age she enjoyed helping mom with dinner and scooping ice cream at the family’s Baskin Robbins, but it was her 4 years living in San Francisco as a collegiate Conservatory of Music student that cemented her love of all things food and cooking. Eventually cooking took center stage, so Stephanie packed up her instruments and enrolled in the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.

After culinary school, Stephanie moved to Los Angeles and cooked for James Beard award-winning chef Suzanne Goin for 5 1/2 years, the last two of which were spent as Sous Chef at AOC restaurant. She also ran AOC’s cheese program during this time.

Shortly after leaving her sous chef post, Elizabeth approached Stephanie with an idea for a catering business. Steph would bring the knives, and Beth would bring the pastry bags…together, they would craft restaurant-quality, locally grown, farmers market-driven food.

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth’s culinary career started in an unlikely spot: a flower shop. It was her job to create the floral designs for wedding cakes– a job that inevitably led to her tasting a great deal of cake, and finding most of it to be entirely mediocre. She figured there must be a market for brides who want more from their wedding cakes than just looking great. So with visions of buttercream and chocolate dancing in her head, she headed off to culinary school at Johnson & Wales in Denver, Colorado.

After culinary school, Elizabeth moved back home to Southern California, where she worked at a variety of bakeries and restaurants, including AOC, where she met Stephanie. They instantly bonded over their love of farmers market food, and all things cheese. Together, Beth and Steph lead the team at Whoa Nelly! Catering, a company dedicated to making truly delicious, and simply gorgeous food for special occasions.

photo credit to Jen Lauren Grant

Gaby Dalkin, Bride

As someone in the food industry, I searched high and low for the best caterers in Los Angeles and I can tell you that Whoa Nelly! is seriously the best around. The whole team was a pleasure to work with and served the most amazing food at our wedding. Not to mention they were able to capture my taste and style and put together an amazing menu. I've been recommending them for any catering related function ever since! 100% happy and can't wait to celebrate another event with Whoa Nelly!

Kimbery Yu, Bride

The food was SO amazing!!! Everyone raved about it and multiple people came up and told me it was the best wedding food they've ever had. Thank you so much again for helping make the night perfect and I can't wait to work with you ladies again! I'm trying to think of events I can throw just so I can have you girls cater again!!

Nicole Arena, Owner Green Ribbon Party Planning Co.

Whoa Nelly Catering is run by two talented ladies who love food and it shows! Beth and Stephanie work with couples to plan totally custom and delicious menus featuring amazing local and seasonal ingredients. Not only are they creative with their dishes, but the plating and presentation is beautiful and they are and a pleasure to work with in every way. Whenever I need to hire a caterer, Whoa Nelly is on the top of my list!

Rebecca Lehrer, Bride

Beth and Stephanie catered our wedding in April 2012.  It was absolutely EXTRAORDINARY. THE FOOD IS SO GOOD. California, seasonal freshness. You will not find better catering in LA. They were so easy to work with, so fun and funny.  We did a really beautiful buffet with a lamb stew, a gorgeous salmon that they grilled whole and then flaked off pieces for serving, a farro salad, a green salad that my friends are still talking about, and some beautiful cauliflower and pea shoot awesomeness.  They helped us craft a beautiful feast that was truly memorable.  Great food was our priority and these guys nailed it.

Steven Petrarca, Owner Steven Petrarca Events

Can't say enough good things about you guys. Delicious food, beautifully prepared, with the best seasonal ingredients. I can taste the care you put into every item on a menu. And you are always a joy to work with. Flexible, efficient, diligent, and fun. I've had some of the best food I've eaten prepared by you guys. And Beth's cobblers are too good for words. I want one right now!