What started as a small, family-owned business and labor of love in 1982, is virtually unchanged today at Love At First Bite Catering. Current owners, John & Stacy LaBrake were involved early on in assisting original owners, Cindy & Steve Vatcher, in their vision to bring great food, great service, and great prices to the Orange County and Long Beach communities. When the Vatchers made the difficult decision to move their family out-of-state, it was a natural transition for John & Stacy to take over, and continue the company's legacy. Now, more than 30 years after LAFB first opened its doors, our mission is still at the forefront of how we do business.
Styles and visions may change, but delicious fresh cuisine is our culinary standard. Every dish is prepared and presented for each individual occasion, and each uniquely-styled event is a thrill to our creative talents. From classic traditional fare, to upscale culinary trends, Love At First Bite's commitment to this standard is top priority.
Owner & Event Specialist
Whether it be an intimate private party or a large-scale business conference, Vanessa's top-notch level of creative vision and customer service ensure total satisfaction. From the beginning stages, to the very last detail of an event's close, Vanessa walks her clients through each step so they are confident and comfortable with their event objectives and outcomes.
Service Captain & Action Chef
After 45 years as a private restaurateur and service provider for such clients as The Cannery and Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, Donnie joined the LAFB team to provide excellent service and training. He's been featured in Orange Coast Magazine, OC Business Journal, American Express Newsletter, and Taste of America. He was trained in wines by food critic Robert Balzer of the LA Times, and received a medal and prestigious position on Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Ball. His experience as a chef, service trainer and staff motivator ensures that our service staff is beyond the level of excellence for our clients.
Mindy joined the LAFB family and is the first point-of-contact for any client beginning their journey with us. It's her thorough query into the details of each, individual event, then translation of these details to the proper department, that ensures the highest level of customer service.
Meredith joins Team LAFB with 20 years' experience in the event planning industry. Starting as an entertainer and music educator, she made the leap into planning and coordination first with a production company in San Diego, then relocated to Orange County. Here, she expanded experience in both corporate and private parties, but has specialized in non-profit and fundraising events. Now, she focuses on creating fabulous menus to go along with stand-out events, utilizing her knowledge of unique event sites to set the perfect mood.