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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 35 years after LAFB first opened its doors, our mission is still at the forefront of how we do business.

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 35 years after LAFB first opened its doors, our mission is still at the forefront of how we do business.

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MISSION STATEMENT

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.

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.

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TEAM LAFB
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TEAM LAFB

Our Team 

Meet Who Makes it Happen

John + Stacy LaBrake
Owners

John + Stacy became the primary owners of Love at First Bite Catering in 2003. They have since grown the business into one of Orange County's premier caterers while maintaining a family-owned values company.

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Donnie Bruyn
Service Captain + Action Chef

 
After 45 years as a private restaurateur for 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.

Meredith Woodson
Senior Event Director


Meredith has over 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 weddings & events, utilizing her knowledge of unique event sites to set the perfect mood.

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Susan Wilson
Corporate Sales Coordinator


Susan has been with LAFB for 4 years & is our resident "Southern Belle."  She has 25 years of sales experience & is a ray of sunshine for anyone who crosses her path. Her focus is on maintaining a relationship with clients by assisting them with the planning of their meetings & events so that they can have a wonderful catering experience from start to finish.  You've probably seen her out in the field telling potential clients about LAFB catering with our freshly baked cookies!

Kristen Parrish
Catering Coordinator

Kristen Parrish is a chef, nutritionist, adventurer and a mom of five. She specializes in many culinary niches and international foods. She enjoys an active lifestyle - travel, surfing, yoga, climbing, hiking and some more extreme adventures such as jumping out of perfectly good airplanes and scuba diving. Kristen is delighted to be part of the family here at LAFB, combining her knowledge of food, nutrition, and organizational skills to coordinate events and assist customers in every part of their planning process. Her passion is to help others learn about and enjoy healthy food and a healthy lifestyle.

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Sue Prescott
Event Stylist + Venue Specialist

Sue Prescott has had a passion for entertaining and producing exceptional events for over 25 years. She joined Team LAFB in 2004, and now represents our team as a Venue Liaison, as an Ambassador for the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce, and a strong community advocate. Sue actively works with local event sites that share our commitment to excellence, and to build awareness of their respective businesses and brands. It is part of our mission to continually seek partnerships with those who share our desire to create distinguished and memorable events - if that's you, contact Sue.