In 1961, Jay and Eleanor Mastroianni started a small catering business in a converted car wash with the conviction that catering should be available to everyone—not just the wealthy. Jay’s Catering has come a long way since then, but their daring, inventive, and giving spirit remains.
Jay’s soon moved to a 5,000 square-foot facility in Huntington Beach, providing the famous "cold buffet" lunch menu to Mercury Bank branches. In 1976, Jay's Catering built a state-of-the-art catering headquarters Brookhurst Street in Garden Grove, C.A. — the first of its kind in Orange County. The 80's brought explosive growth to Jay's Catering, and we even earned the honor of catering various venues for the 1984 Olympics. With the help of an in-house architect, Jay's introduced Hollywood-style production sets, which ranged from "Sonny and Ellie's" 1950's-themed diner 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. In 1994, Hole-N-One Golf Catering—formed by sons, John and Mike—branched out from their parent company, Jay's Catering.
Jay’s “modern era” began in 1994 when Jay's daughter, Linda, took over day-to-day operations at just 19 years old, proving herself to be a capable and savvy businesswoman. Her father's invention of the "chef caddy”— an innovative way to keep delivery food either hot or cold for up to four hours - is just one example of how Jay’s helped reshape the catering business in this period. In 1999, Jay's Catering entered new territory yet again, purchasing its own inventory of rental items, positioning itself as a major player in the rental business.
In 2007, Jay's added the Benevolenza Room to their headquarters, which means "good will" in Italian; a community service room whose use is dedicated to helping Non-Profit Groups.That same year, Jay's integrated eco-friendly Sprinter vans for corporate catering, a Cardboard Bailer, and environmentally sound service-ware as well. Until his death in 2013, Jay and Eleanor visited the catering company daily, joining the employee lunch to taste and critique the food, and to make sure that Eleanor’s original recipes were being used.
Today, Jay's employs over 200 people, operates nine exclusive venues, and caters events in some of the most desirable locations throughout Southern California. We want to extend our thanks to our many, many happy customers from these many years for joining our family, and allowing us to join theirs. We are in the celebration business, and business has never been better.
Now the second and third generation lead the way together. Jay’s Catering Company has the experience, staff, infrastructure, and genuine care to design and deliver your ideal, personalized event. We do it all in house, and always from scratch. That’s our family way. Pull up a seat and join us!