by SAMANTHA EDWARDS | photos courtesy of Market Cuisine West

Redefining Fine Dining

Market Cuisine West Provides Personalized Service and Exquisite Flavor

Although Market Cuisine West was established just this year, owner and chef Stephen GianDonato has a lifetime of experience in the food service industry. “I grew up around our family deli businesses doing basically every job you can do,” he shared. Stephen opened his first restaurant in Atlantic City, NJ at the age of 18, attended culinary school, and began to work his way through a variety of high-level industry jobs. In 2004, Stephen opened Market Cuisine Catering in Wayne, PA, through which he catered many prestigious events including presidential inaugurations, the Atlantic City Boat Show, Wawa Welcome America festival, and Dad Vail Regatta, among others.

mp_marketcuisinewest2Stephen and his wife Stephanie recently decided to relocate to San Diego, and closed business doors in Pennsylvania. “Once out here, I saw the quality of service that was provided in my field,” Stephen said, “and decided I had to show the area how I do things.” And Market Cuisine West was born.
Market Cuisine West is a full-service catering and event coordinating company that handles every aspect of your party, from planning to execution. The company is available for any type of small or large event including private dinner parties, weddings, holiday parties, bridal/baby showers, funeral receptions, corporate meetings, and outdoor events. Stephen offers highly personalized service, meeting privately with each client to design the menu, sample menu tastings, and discuss any additional needs. Clients work directly with him from start to finish.

Stephen has experience with a wide range of cuisines, including Italian, American, Asian, Mexican, and vegetarian, and is always adding new items to his repertoire. He does the preparation and cooking himself, and can customize an event menu based on the client’s personal tastes. “I pride myself in knowing all cooking techniques,” he explained, “which allows me to be able to cook all types of food in all different styles.”

“I have had the pleasure of working with Stephen and Market Cuisine to cater our daily corporate affairs, happy hour events, BBQs, tailgates, and more. Stephen not only provides the best quality of food and presentations but the best in overall customer service, from beginning to end. He was always ready and willing to take on any challenge we threw his way, providing a great selection and working with us to stay within any budget. His hands-on approach to every detail assured a successful event every time.”
~Paola S.

Market Cuisine West provides the kind of high-quality service you would expect from a large catering company with the personalized touch of a family-owned operation. “We’re bringing back the old school way of being someone people can truly trust and count on.”


Name of Business: Market Cuisine West
Owners: Stephen and Stephanie GianDonato
Year of Establishment: 2017
Phone: 858-376-9333
Description of Business: We are a full-service catering company which handles every aspect of your party from planning, set-up, and execution. Every client will work directly with me from start to finish, and I will be doing all the prep and cooking for the event. We only hire staff for the day of your party, if needed, to assist me in providing the level of service you requested.