Hola Paella Catering Service was founded in 2002 by Chef Fernando after retiring from United Airlines after 36 years of service as a power plant engineer. He was born in Peru and, like paella, is a man of mixed nationalities. Fernando’s grandfather was from Spain and his paternal grandfather from France.
Cooking has always been of great importance in the Craff family. Fernando’s love of cooking and traveling has taken him to Spain on multiple occasions and this is where his interest in tha paella, a staple in Valencian cuisine, was born. He has invested countless hours in the kitchen in his quest for the creation of the most delicious paella which he truly has mastered. Together Fernando and his team come together to share his gift and put on a show that you and your guests will never forget!
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The paella is one of Spain's most delicious, colorful and famous dishes and it can be modified to include any ingredients you desire. South of Valencia on the East Mediterranean coast, lies Albufera, an inland lake where the Moors introduced the cultivation of rice. This is where Spain's famous paella dish was born.
According to history, it was in the first half of the 19th century when farmers from the area began to cook rice with wild rabbit. Today, classical paella includes a combination of seafood and meats.
A great paella is born from a combination of top quality ingredients and skill in its preparation.
Hola Paella is in the process of moving in mid May 2021 to the Central Coast of California! We’ve enjoyed our time in the Bay Area and have truly been blessed with all the joy that our customers have brought us throughout the years. We've been so lucky to have such amazing experiences with so many Paella parties under our belt. We are looking forward to continuing to do Paella’s for parties in the Central Coast of California and are very excited to enjoy living in the gorgeous wine country!
If you ever visit the area, please don't hesitate to contact us to see if we are doing any events that you could join and enjoy our Paella!