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Zest It Up planned the perfect event from Welcome Baskets to Treats for the Road! Simply provide a theme and they will bring it to life. Guests were greeted with a smile and quickly served mouth watering appetizers and custom cocktails. The evening continued by THE BEST family style dinner that had both children and adults fighting for seconds. They also planned a night of entertainment with poker for the adults and adorable crafts for the kiddos. Don’t forget the Popcorn Bar, Baked Goodies, S’Mores Station and Coffee Cart. Our Tasting Room was transformed into an elegant evening full of laughter and memories. Thank you, Zest It UP!!!

-Kristin

Event: 05/06/2016
Event Type: Other
Services Used: Beauty & Health, Catering, Favors & Gifts, Flowers, Invitations, Jewelry, Lighting & Decor, Party Supplies, Wedding Cake, Wedding Planning
Reviewed On: 05/09/2016

We LOVE Sam & Chanda, this pair was the perfect touch we needed to make our wedding experience flawless. We come from a big Italian family and food is the most important thing for us, the meal choices are so good it took us weeks to narrow down the menu. They catered our rehearsal dinner and the pasta bar was a delight! For our wedding, not only did we have cleared plates the entire desert bar was gone in minutes! Their meals are full of great taste and made with love, these girls have a passion that cannot be denied. To end the night we had a late night snack of several pizza combos which were devoured, guests are still telling us its the BEST pizza they have ever had. I highly recommend Zest it Up we loved these girls the minute we met them, they are so helpful and willing to do what will be special to you on your big day. Thank you times a million, you two rock! XO PS- They made a special naked cake for us, it was AMAZING and so beautiful!

– Nichole

Wedding: 04/30/2016
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 05/09/2016

Everything was amazing!!!! You were excellent I could not of asked for anything more. Any ideas I had they made sure it was executed perfectly. They made sure everything ran smoothly and that my day was absolutely wonderful!!!!! I do not know what I would have done without them. It was a truly amazing day and I owe it to them.

-Nina

Wedding: 04/17/2016
Services Used: Ceremony & Reception Venue, Event Rentals & Photobooths, Rehearsal Dinner Location, Wedding Planning
Reviewed On: 04/20/2016

Zest It Up and their staff are so great! Their presentation is always superb and their food is over the top delicious. We have used their services at our last two anniversary parties at Give Fitness and we receive nothing but compliments. This company is great and they hire the best people.

-Tiffany

Event: 03/12/2016
Event Type: Anniversary
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 03/28/2016

Sam, Chanda and Lauren were incredibly helpful and supportive! I can’t imagine our event without them!

-Amy

Wedding: 10/17/2015
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 10/22/2015

OH MY GOSH! These girls rocked it! Awesome service….food was delicious and presentation was fantastic. Highly recommend them and look forward to using them again soon. Thank You ZEST IT UP for making my event top notch!

-Vicki

Event: 11/08/2014
Event Type: Corporate Event
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 11/12/2014

I truly don’t know how I would have survived wedding planning without Zest it Up!! They were incredibly responsive and helpful and make some delicious food!!! I HIGHLY recommend their services!

-Andrea

Wedding: 10/03/2015
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 11/01/2015

Chanda and Sam are THE best. The Zest It Up team catered our rehearsal dinner, coordinated our wedding as well as made our wedding cake. We have zero complaints! The ladies of Zest went above and beyond to help make everything look and taste amazing. At our rehearsal dinner, they had dairy-free options for me when I didn’t even ask for it ( so sweet!) and skyped with us a few times regarding day-of-coordination since we live out of town. When it came to the wedding day, these girls were on it…they kept all stress at bay and understood (and even added to) our creative vision. The wedding cake was soo delicious and exactly like the inspiration photos we sent them:)The are affordable, friendly, and talented. Our wedding weekend wouldn’t have been the same without them, love these ladies!

-Kathryn

Wedding: Recently Married
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Cake, Wedding Planning
Reviewed On: 09/23/2015

If you want the food to be one of the main things that everyone is raving about at your wedding.. then you must book Zest it Up! These girls have the most amazing set up for the appetizers. The salad came out cold and crisp. The dinner meat was warm for every single plate going out to our guests! Not one person had a bad thing to say about the food! The service was great and the bartenders were on it! I would recommend Zest it Up for any party that you plan on having catered! They put a lot of effort and love into their food and really showed. Thank you girls for making our wedding the best and yummiest day ever!:)

-Kelsey

Wedding: 09/05/2015
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 09/10/2015

I couldn’t be happier that I chose Zest it Up to cater our wedding! The food was abosolutely amazing. Seriously the best wedding food I’ve ever had (and I’m not just saying that because it was my wedding!) Sam and Chanda made the whole planning process a breeze. I was planning my wedding from out of state so my parents essentially had to take over and coordinate all the details. I was a little bit bummed out because I had to miss the tasting and my parents went on my behalf. However that didn’t matter because the turned out food incredible. I’m hoping that there are some photos of the food spread and plates of food because the colors were beautiful. I would recommend our menu to anyone! We served the chimichirri tri tip, honey porter chicken, green beans, butternut squash hash, a custom summer salad with goat cheese and berries, along with garlic bread. We also had a delicious selection of passed appetizers that were beyond amazing too! My only complaint is that I’m only able to eat this delicious food once! All of our guests agreed and we so had many compliments. And the left overs the next day were even better! The servers were also very professional as well. I would recommend Zest It Up in a heartbeat and couldn’t be more impressed with their catering services!

-Aleigh

Wedding: Recently Married
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 08/16/2015

From the grooms perspective they made the entire process easier for everyone,especially the most important person,my wife.With tensions,anxiety and the stakes always higher with anything wedding related Sam and Chanda have a very calming and reassuring energy that puts you at ease.Their execution and professionalism is top shelf as well.That balance is very hard to find and these gals get it! Having them for catering and vendor/day of coordination was one of the best decisions we made in hindsight.They made all the arrangements during the last month and were familiar with all of our vendors in advance.The final stretch gets hectic and moves very fast, that is where you can lose control and miss details if doing it all by yourself.The combo of catering and planning is a perfect match.If they are working together, things stay on track.Our food was delicious,HOT,and prepared on sight.If you are a bride to be and reading this,I suggest you show this review to your future husband.Zest it up will make his life much easier along the way by reducing stress and anxiety and making decisions and taking the lead.Your bride will have so much on her mind,so at least get the month of coordination.You may think you have everything under control or enough people involved, but things gain a ridiculous amount of momentum near the end and it could potentially be overwhelming!She should not need to call/email/text vendors the day before to make sure they are showing up and follow up that day, it is just too much.Zest it up will take so much pressure off of her and that should be a main focus of yours.The value is incredible for all that zest it up provides.We couldn’t be happier with their service and they can be trusted completely. I am writing this on our honeymoon 4 days after our wedding and it has been the best week of our lives!We are so happy that Sam and Chanda were an important part of the experience.Thank you so much girls, you really Zested up our special day up!

-Niko

Wedding: 05/30/2015
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning
Reviewed On: 06/03/2015

I could not be more pleased with the impeccable food and service that Zest It Up brought to my wedding. First of all, Sam and Chanda are really awesome, fun women that are super professional AND friendly. They made me feel immediately at ease when I met them. Secondly, they agreed to personalize my menu in ways that some other caterers were unwilling to do–I picked some Spanish dishes that I really wanted (i.e. paella and patatas bravas), and they gave me everything I asked for (all VERY delicious) even though it wasn’t all on their regular catering menu. They also made recommendations like their Mediterranean chicken and stuffed dates that were a huge hit. Finally, they agreed to make a customized little wedding cake for my groom and me to cut (in addition to a beautiful array of fruit tarts for our guests), and my groom, who typically doesn’t like dessert, was obsessed with this cake. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen him gush about how much he loved a dessert. Thankfully, they included another huge slice of the cake in the amazing to-go package of food that they sent with us to our hotel! Exceptional Mediterranean food was very important to me when it came to executing my vision, and Zest It Up knocked it out of the park and at a reasonable price point vs. other local caterers. I HIGHLY recommend them!

-Rebecca

Wedding: 03/14/2015
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 04/02/2015

Samantha and Chanda at Zest It Up did a fantastic job at our wedding. Their cooking was a universal hit (and my parents are foodies), their customer service was professional and positive, their presentation clean and classy, and, most of all, they were lovely people to have around at our wedding. Due to the intimate size of our wedding, just 15 adults and 6 kids, we were especially selective about who we wanted to be there. Zest It Up did not disappoint. I can’t recommend them enough for making our wedding dinner absolutely perfect.

-Chellis

Wedding: 12/06/2014
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 12/10/2014

The Zest it Up Ladies coordinated and catered my wedding of 175 this past fall in the San Luis Obispo area. I was very VERY impressed by their high-quality food, friendly staff, and over all attention to detail. They spent time during our consultations to really get to know my fiancé and I, helping us to make decisions that would be the most practical and glamorous all at the same time. They also fully accommodated food allergies that my side of the family has, and even made our wedding cake deliciously gluten free! You can really tell that they love what they do especially through their blog and natural output of genuine customer service. I highly recommend that if you are looking for a coordinator and/or caterer Zest it Up is the ideal one-stop shop. They also referred me to other great vendors that really helped to bring my whole vision into fruition! After one tasting or consultation, you will not have to look any further, they are the real deal. Thanks again Sam & Chanda! Keep up the super-fantastic work!
Wedding: 1+ year ago
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 02/05/2015

Your team is amazing !!! Everything was beautiful and everyone was attentive, helpful, and professional. You surpassed everything we had hoped for as parents of the bride ! The food was so great, all of the guest commented on how unique & good it was. All I can say is that your team and you girls are so outstanding in your field, and we would recommend highly recommend your company “Zest It Up”. Thank you so much!

-Lois

Wedding: 09/20/2014
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 09/21/2014

Samantha from Zest It Up was great to work with. Her e-mails were prompt, professional, and clear. Everything went great!
Wedding: 1+ year ago
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 09/21/2014

Zest it up was absolutely amazing. Every single one of our guests commented on how amazing the food was from the appetizers to the main meal and then desserts. Thanks guys!!!

-Jana

Wedding: 08/23/2014
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 09/09/2014

I was lucky enough to have found Zest it Up catering through yelp and a google search – boy was I lucky! They were organized, creative, professional, responsible and I could not have been happier. Not only was the food wonderful, their displays were creative and their attitudes amazing. You can’t go wrong with Zest it Up!

-Cambria

Wedding: 05/02/2014
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 05/20/2014

These young ladies and their staff did an outstanding job at our rehearsal dinner. The food was delicious and served on time. The barn at Oak Creek Ranch looked beautiful after these ladies added their personal touches. They also came to our rescue on very short notice to prepare a special dinner for us on Easter Sunday. They pre prepared a dinner for us and all we had to do was pop everything in the oven when we were ready to eat it. This arrangement allowed us to relax and enjoy our time on the ranch after a very late night after the wedding. I would highly recommend Zest It Up for your next function.

-Helen

Wedding: 04/19/2014
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 05/01/2014

First of all, I would like to say that Samantha and Chanda are amazing. I reside in Virginia near Washington D.C. and chose to have a destination wedding at Thacher Winery in Paso Robles, CA. Originally, I was very nervous about having my wedding on the other side of the country but Samantha and Chanda made the whole process seamless and enjoyable. Samantha’s patience, organization and creativity are stellar. Chanda’s food dishes were delicious, fresh and full of flavor! The whole design of the wedding was elegant, simple and with their special touches that are Zest it Up it made my wedding unique and beautiful. With all the planning and details including help with finding incredible vendors the day of the wedding was perfect. All of my friends and family kept telling me how they couldn’t believe how calm I was. I was able to remain calm and enjoy every moment cause I knew that Samantha and Chanda had everything under control. The day went perfectly and I don’t think that would have been the case if I didn’t have Samantha and Chanda on my side. Thank you Zest it Up so much for everything.

-Kathy

Wedding: 03/30/2014
Services Used: Catering,
Wedding Planning
Reviewed On: 04/13/2014

The food was delicious and creative, the presentation artistic and beautiful. The service smooth, polite and personable. The event was magical and wonderful, I would use Zest it Up over and over again.
Event: 2+ years ago
Event Type: Birthday
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 03/28/2014

As the parents of the groom, we worked with ZestItUp to arrange the rehearsal dinner, since they were also doing wedding planning and catering for the wedding reception and celebration. Samantha was a pleasure to work with, in coming up with an informal buffet that was just right for our guests. She was very flexible in handling our changing needs. The ZestitUp onsite team was great, very courteous and dedicated. The food was wonderful, and got a lot of positive comments. I would not hesitate to recommend ZestitUp for catering and related events.

-George

Wedding: 10/12/2013
Services Used: Catering,
Lighting & Decor
Reviewed On: 10/15/2013

The girls at Zest It Up! are simply AMAZING to say the least! They are so creative, and so full of great ideas. They really took my breakfast for dinner menu and made it something different and special (everyone is still raving about their maple bacon.) We found out last minute that my baker fell through so they were able to provide my dessert with short notice and also catered my rehearsal dinner. I cannot say enough about how genuinely sweet and wonderful these girls are! I can’t wait to work with them again!

-Stephanie

Wedding: 10/05/2013
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 10/21/2013

They were fast, Friendly and knew what they were doing. We just purchased cupcakes, drinks and had them provide us with servers. They are also affordable. I would highly recommend them.
Wedding: 2+ years ago
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 08/24/2013

The Zest It Up ladies are amazing! We not only fell in love with their food, but we loved spending time with these ladies as well! Not only are the extremely professional and organized, they are extremely nice, friendly, and helpful. I loved working with them! The food was amazing! Not your typical wedding food…our menu was full of fresh ingredients and we continue to receive compliments on our unique and delicious menu choices. They had great options to choose from and were also open to suggestions that we wanted to add. Additionally, their set up and decorations of the buffet table was perfect! It fit in well with the overall feel of the wedding. Zest It Up went above and beyond our expectations as a caterer from the delicious food, to the walk through of the venue, to the extra touches on the day of. I would highly recommend using Zest It Up for your catering needs.

-Erin

Wedding: 06/22/2013
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 11/24/2013

Zest It Up went above and beyond to provide for what my fiance and I wanted for our wedding day! I knew it was going to be wonderful when I also had them cater for my bridal shower. They not only made incredible, creative food, but their set up was also impressive. Whatever I wanted, Zest It Up made it happen. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted my dessert pie table to look like in my head and they exceeded that. The pies were beautiful and they were able to do the exact flavors I requested as well as some very unique flavors. Our guests raved about these pies for weeks after! Not only do they do amazing work but they are fun to work with as well! Thanks ladies with Zest It Up for the wonderful service and memories! 

-Holly

Wedding: 05/04/2013
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 06/17/2013

ZEST IT UP IS PHENOMENAL IN EVERY WAY.

-Sherri

Event: 04/13/2013
Event Type: Corporate Event
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 04/24/2013

The ladies brought a wonderful array of appetiizers, main dishes and side dishes and then the dessert that was spectacular. The ladies were friendly, professional and beautiful. We couldn’t have been more pleased! I would recommend them highly and fully intend to use their services again. It is very reasonable too. 

-Gari

Wedding: 03/27/2013
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 04/13/2013

We hired Zest it Up to do appetizers and desserts for our wintery barn wedding & they went above & beyond our expectations! We stumbled upon them at a friend’s wedding that they did full service catering for back in August (if we hadn’t already booked our main course catering, we would have hired them for that as well). We really wanted someone who could make up little individual pies, but Zest it Up worked with us to choose flavors, choose patterns for the tops of the pies (one flavor was lattice, one had a heart cutout), design the trays and stands for the pies, and create our cutting cake. One month before the wedding, they were also able to tack on making homemade from scratch salsas and chips for our appetizers! Fruit salsa with cinnamon chips and a savory salsa with salted chips. And seriously…best apple and berry pies EVER. Where Zest it Up really excelled were their displays, which is all included in their price. We gave Zest it Up an overall vision for our wedding of rustic barn and they did all the work making homemade dessert stands out of wood rounds and tins, displaying baskets with apples, making tiny signs for each type of pie, using wine barrels grouped together for our appetizer stands. My husband and I spent literally no time or effort designing these tables- Zest it Up did it all for us. These girls covered it all, and our dessert table and appetizer displays looked FABULOUS! Their food was made from scratch and delicious, they were very reliable and performed everything we asked promptly and professionally, their creative displays are AMAZING, and they were very pleasant and nice women to work with. I would definitely recommend hiring them for any and all food needs at any event! Here is some proof of their work: http://www.chaseplusjaimeblog.com/ca/ethan-angela-santa-margarita-ranch-wedding-part-2-2/

-Angela

Wedding: 12/16/2012
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Cake
Reviewed On: 02/18/2013

WE LOVE ZEST IT UP. My husband and I decided to use Zest it Up for our wedding to help us, well lets face it, zest it up! haha For our Country wedding in Santa Ynez CA, we were going for a Rustic/Antique feel, mix with a little bit of Shabby Chic. The Zest it Up team listened to the ideas i had, and got the vision i wanted, and made all my dreams come true with all of their little touches and special details. With lots of old wooden signs, to a beautiful arrangement of cheeses and fruit and veggies, to center pieces and table design, everything was absolutely perfect and stress free! I would highly recommend using Zest it up for your wedding, event, party, catering, ANYTHING. This group of women are super easy to work with, communicate with, and are on top of their stuff! You too should hire the zest it up team if you want your vision of your party to come true like mine did! Thank you!:)

-Samantha

Wedding: 08/11/2012
Services Used: Catering, Ceremony & Reception Venue, Flowers, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Planning
Reviewed On: 09/18/2012

Zest It Up was the first catering company we tasted for our wedding, and I am SO glad we did because it was all we needed!! We like really good food, so we wanted to do something delicious, that was our style, & not a typical wedding meal – Zest It Up’s Taco Bar was exactly what we were looking for. We make tacos/burritos about once a week so it was right up our alley! Chanda and Sam put a unique flare on their food – there was not one thing we tasted that we did not like. The closer we got to the wedding, the more I looked forward to the food. I knew the wedding would be amazing, but the food was what I was looking forward to the most besides finally marrying my husband of course:)I gave a 4.5 stars on Responsiveness because there were a couple of times that I wish I would’ve received a quicker response, but overall the responsiveness was excellent. I did have a few changes I wanted once we got closer to the wedding, and the girls pulled it off with out a hitch. We were able to feed all of our vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free family and friends without only having to serve salad and bread or something else bland. We received so many compliments on the food – we are so glad we went with Zest It Up. One moment I remember from the wedding that I was so thankful for was after the ceremony when the wedding party was getting our pictures taken (during cocktail hour), the girls with Zest It Up brought over trays of the quesadillas so we could grab some before they got devoured by our guests. That simple gesture made a huge impact, and goes to show how caring and thoughtful they are! And those quesadillas were GOOD. Glad I didn’t have miss out 😉 Many thanks to Zest It Up for zesting our wedding! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this vendor to anyone I know getting married or just throwing a really awesome party. The food is amazing, the girls are sweet and genuine, and the attention to detail can’t be beat.

-Linsey

Wedding: 11/01/2014
Services Used: Catering
Reviewed On: 01/10/2015

It was great to work with the girls from Zest It Up! They were polite, creative and did everything they said they would plus more! We used their services to both cater and decorate for our Holiday Party and their efforts made for a successful night that our employees could enjoy. Thanks girls!
Event: 2+ years ago
Event Type: Holiday Party
Services Used: Catering, Flowers
Reviewed On: 12/16/2013

Sam and Chanda were great! From the first tasting through the final event they were energetic, professional, flexible, and responsive. They provided both the delicious food and the planning for my wedding at two locations an hour apart. Without their services it would not have gone to plan! Thanks guys!

-David

Wedding: 10/12/2013
Services Used: Catering,
Wedding Planning
Reviewed On: 10/17/2013
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