Press & Clients

Press & Recognitions

2024 ACE Award
2024 Table of 10
2023 Table of 10
Certificate of Appreciation, County of Los Angeles
Dining Out Summer 2017
Long Beach Kitchen Ink Fan
2024 Best of Readers' Choice Award
AE, Arts Cuisine Entertainment
Golden Foodie Awards
Mayor Garcia awards us with the first GREEN Certification for food service in Long Beach
2024 Best of Long Beach
2024 Best of Long Beach
Channel 7 News
2022 Featured Chef, Table for 10

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  • California Conference for Equality & Justice
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  • Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
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  • CSULB-Cal State University Long Beach
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  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
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  • Urban Decay
  • Chipotle
  • Rutan & Tucker Law Firm
  • Sunstone Management

Featured Articles

Long Beach Primal Alchemy Catering Recognized for Excellence and Sustainability

Long Beach, CA – Primal Alchemy Catering, founded and owned by Chef Paul and Dana Buchanan, has been awarded the prestigious Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) Sustainability Award at the recent Catersource / Special Events national conference. The conference, a gathering of event professionals, held its annual event in Austin, Texas, where the Buchanans were honored on February 15.

5 Ways to Go Green at Your Next Catered Event

Sustainability was one of the topics discussed at Catersource + The Special Event last week in Austin, Texas. Conference attendees heard from catering operators on how they keep sustainability top of mind when working events. Here are some ideas they shared to bring to your operation.

Small Businesses Faced Inflation Balancing Act This Year

After two years of navigating the pandemic and loss of business, coping with inflation has been yet another challenge for Dana Buchanan, co-owner of local catering business Primal Alchemy. For the past 20 years, Primal Alchemy grew steadily in Long Beach, with its roots in sustainable and seasonal menus, until March 2020, when essentially all business was gone in one day, Buchanan said.

Amazing Women: Dana Buchanan Stays True to Her Roots

At the very end of Dana Buchanan’s resume, the founder and co-­owner of Primal Alchemy catering firm in Long Beach listed “being a catalyst” as one of her hobbies. To that, Buchanan said that while she doesn’t want to take credit for what other people do, sometimes things require a spark to motivate people.

After the Wedding: How Four Local Couples Are Making it Work in Business and at Home

Ask a married couple running a business together how they do it – maintaining a healthy marriage while dealing with one another all day, under the stresses of a self-owned business no less – and they’re likely to react with a laugh. That, and you might even get the in-unison response: “We get asked that all the time.” At least, that’s what happened when four Long Beach married couples..

30 WOMEN TO WATCH: Dana Buchanan

Dana Buchanan is a self-identified foodie—and shares her love of all things gastronomical through her Primal Alchemy Catering business, one of the most successful woman-led food service companies in the area. Her activism within everything from organic farming to brewing to jam making has propelled her beyond a mere caterer.


During my time with OC Weekly, one name that’s been in my peripheral is Chef Buchanan. Based out of Long Beach, his resume is like a six-degrees of OC, LA and beyond. I finally got to chat with Paul and his wife, Dana, while attending an intimate Brouwerij West beer pairing dinner they were catering.

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