Our Catering History


The Kitchen for Exploring Foods was founded in 1984 by the incomparable Peggy Dark, an icon within the Southern California culinary world. Well known for her discerning eye and generosity, guests would often find her in the kitchen pitching in with whatever needed to be done. A celebrated author and storyteller, she built The Kitchen into one of the most beloved boutique catering firms in Southern California with a passionate and devoted following.

The Kitchen’s continued success was built upon customer loyalty with a deep appreciation of hospitality and entertaining. Bountiful and beautifully displayed items along with genuine service are just two of the attributes that embody the very best of The Kitchen. Allow us to create an incredible event experience that your guests will remember forever.