ABOUT US

What started as a small, family-owned business and labor of love in 1982, has grown into one of Orange County's premier catering + event production companies. Current owners, John + Stacy LaBrake were involved early on in assisting Love At First Bite's Founders, 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 38 years after LAFB first opened its doors, our team has grown, and 

you still won't find a catering company with more heart.

MEET THE OWNERS

John LaBrake

JOHN LABRAKE

Co-Owner / Chef

John leads our kitchen + culinary team.
This guy loves slow-smoking meats, handcrafting sausages, and any excuse to get behind the grill. He also created his very own BBQ sauce, the "Almost Famous" Ace LaBrake BBQ Sauce which is the secret to our amazing BBQ menu.

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STACY LABRAKE

Co-Owner

Stacy keeps our company running smoothly by overseeing our day to day operations, including managing our event production team.
She makes the incredibly difficult job of keeping multiple balls in the air look graceful and works hard to keep our Team LAFB feeling like family.

MEET TEAM LAFB

The magic makers

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With over 10+ years she oversees every event from start to finish and make sure all the wheels are in motion

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With over 45+ years experience running successful restaurants, he brings his showmanship to every action station + trains our service team in hospitality

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With over 25+ Event experience and a passion for entertaining, she actively works within the community to create distinguished events

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She's passionate about service and her artistic side comes out when she builds the beautiful tiered displays for your buffet

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She believes in treating others with respect and kindness. Passionate for creating unique and exciting events. Hospitality is her priority.

VANESSA GERRIE

Director of Operations

DONNIE BRUYN

Service Captain / Action Chef

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With over 20+ years of Event Planning Experience, she's all about the details

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With over 25 years of Sales experience, she makes our clients feel like family + shines with Southern Belle hospitality

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With 7 years experience working her way up from driver, to Lead Server, she's now the brain behind the logistics of our largest events

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With 20 years of experience, she is a master at pastry and loves making beautifully intricate custom pieces 

MEREDITH WOODSON

SUSAN WILSON

KAREN GONZALEZ

SUE PRESCOTT

ANGELINA GALEANA

Senior Event Director

Corporate Sales Director

Event Stylist + Venue Specialist

Production Captain

KELSEA ALMEIDA

Lead Server

Chef

JAMIE CUMMINGS

Catering Operations