Over 40 years ago, Jay’s Catering was born out of the conviction that catering should be available to everyone—not just the wealthy. Jay's Catering's mix of tradition and innovation has led to decades of success in the catering industry.
Founded in 1961, Jay's Catering began as a retail and wholesale distributorship. The owners of Jay’s, Eleanor and Jay Mastroianni, used a converted carwash in Midway City as their first food service facility. The burgeoning company provided a one-stop shop for catering truck companies, who could purchase everything from milk and dairy products to ice, fruit and freshly-made sandwiches to take on their daily routes.
As Jay's Catering began to develop its own catering truck business, however, the Mastroianni’s business model evolved. The company began making deliveries to factories, institutions, and construction sites throughout Southern California.
Jay's soon moved to a 5,000 square-foot facility in Huntington Beach after outgrowing the facilities in Midway City. This step proved to be one of many to accommodate the success and growth of Jay's Catering.
In a clear move toward "addition by subtraction”, Jay's eventually closed the catering truck business and opened Parties by Jay's in Westminster, C.A. This transition single-handedly led to the birth of the social catering business for Jay's Catering, and the beginning of one of Jay's most successful accounts, Mercury Savings. Jay's Catering provided lunches to bank branches and business subsequently boomed, which spurred the advent of the famous "cold buffet" lunch menu.
In 1976, Jay's Catering moved to Brookhurst Street in Garden Grove, C.A. in order to accommodate growing business. It would be home to a state-of-the-art catering headquarters—the first of its kind in Orange County. The company’s 11,000 square-foot location was home to sales and executive offices; a commissary, bakery, florist, refrigerated cake decorating room, radio-controlled operations center, warehouse, and wine room.
The 80's brought explosive growth to Jay's Catering, as the company was awarded its first major contract with the city of Carson's Community Center. Additionally, Jay's was selected to provide catering to various venues for the 1984 Olympics.
Because of the steady rise in business during this time, Jay's Catering chose to create its own party prop divisions. With the help of an in-house architect, Jay's introduced Hollywood-style production sets, which ranged from "Sonny and Ellie's" diner and 1950's-themed diners to Tahitian huts, Art Deco bars, and Western-themed sets.
In 1987, moving trucks were called upon once again—this time for relocation to our current 36,000 square foot location on Garden Grove Boulevard. Jay's flourished in the 1990's under the leadership of Jay Mastroianni's son, John. His vision led to major technological growth within the company, resulting in the purchasing of new computers and the creation of custom catering software. At the same time, Jay's crossed the threshold into golf tournament catering, landing over 10 tournaments (most notably, the Los Angeles Open). In 1994, Hole-N-One Golf Catering—formed by sons, John and Mike—branched out from their parent company, Jay's Catering.
The latest chapter in Jay's history began in 1994 when Jay's daughter, Linda took over day-to-day operations. Under her direction, sustainable growth has been achieved. Much of this success is attributed to her father's invention of the "chef caddy”— an innovative way to keep delivery food either hot or cold for up to four hours. This creation, along with Linda's daily management, led to the boom of Jay's corporate catering business.
In 1999, Jay's Catering entered new territory yet again. The company began to purchase and rent its own inventory of rental items, positioning itself as a major player in the rental business. In 2006, Jay's gave itself a face-lift, remodeling corporate headquarters. In 2007, Jay's added the Benevolenza Room, which means "good will" in Italian; a community service room whose use is dedicated to helping Non-Profit Groups.
2007 signaled a new era for Jay’s Catering. In its effort to become a more sustainable and environmentally efficient company, Jay's purchased eco-friendly Sprinter vans for corporate catering, a Cardboard Bailer, and environmentally sound service ware as well.
Today, Jay's employs over 200 people, operates nine exclusive venues, and caters events in some of the most desirable locations throughout Southern California. Jay's keeps up with current trends in the industry by its active membership in some of the top catering associations, including ABC, WIPA, ICA and Catersource.
Jay's continued status as Orange County’s premier catering company is based on its strong and successful foundation, fomented decades ago on a true understanding of the value of fine cuisine, family, and hard work.