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Can anyone recommend a caterer who has a reputation for delicious and superb fingerfoods, at a fair price, that can be delivered for a party of 25-30 to an Oakland bar?

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  1. My friends often use Bucci in Emeryville to cater appetizers for events at their winery.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
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      Caitlin McGrath

      I can vouch that Bucci's (and Bucci) makes good food both in the restuarant in Emeryville and out; I've eaten at he restaurant and at multiple friends-of-the-winery dinners at Rosemblum Cellars in Alameda catered by her, both before and after the restaurant opened, thoguh neither really recently.

      Full disclosure: my folks are friends of the Rosenblums and acquaintances of the owners of Bucci.

      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

        I didn't mention the winery in my earlier post, but it is indeed Rosenblum Cellars in Alameda. Kent, Cathy and Roger are great friends. Maybe I've met your folks at the winery or at a picnic at the ranch?

        1. re: Melanie Wong
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          Caitlin McGrath

          Melanie, how funny! (Considering that we've already uncovered the probable Seid connection.) Roger is a good family friend (as is Jacqueline); my dad and stepmom worked with them at UC Berkeley. They used to always go to the winery dinners and also pour for the Rosenblums at wine shows sometimes, but I don't know if they've done either lately--I'll have to ask. I went to several winery dinners, but all before I moved to NYC in '95. I would suppose it's possible you've run into them!

          We should probably note, to be fair, that the Rosemblums are friends with Bucci, et al., which is one reason they use her, though the more important one is the good food.

          1. re: Caitlin McGrath
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            Melanie Wong

            Cousin Caitlin, I bet I have run into them.

            I used to help pour at the open houses but they got too popular and it got to be too much like real work! The last one I was at the dessert wine table. Opened 35 half bottles using a waiter's style corkscrew and poured one oz. tastes in a 5-hour span. Afterwards I thought I might have to file a repetitive strain injury claim.

            Kent Rosenblum has been so kind to me in my wine pursuits. He's such an inclusive kind of guy. And, of course, a great Zin producer.

            Bucci isn't the sole caterer for the winery functions, but I think they've been the best. The first time I had a Rosenblum wine, some 8 years ago, was at Bucci.

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              Alexandra Eisler

              Ok, the Bucci's/Rosenblum connection makes me wonder if you guys know Lou Salerno?

              He was at Bucci's for years (pizza and salad) and opened his own place 2 years ago (Oaktown Cafe, 9th & Washington, downtown Oakland) where Cafe Chenville used to be.

              He does quite a bit of catering and I'm sure you've eaten his food at one of the Rosenblum events. If you haven't tried Oaktown, WOW, definatley worth a trip.

              1. re: Alexandra Eisler
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                Melanie Wong

                Gosh, I don't know Lou Salerno but it sounds like i should! Have heard good things about Oaktown. Which Rosenblum events do you like to attend? The dinners, open houses, 4th of July?

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                  Alexandra Eisler

                  Hmmm, I've been to a summer time open house and a birthday party Lou hosted a few years ago.

                  You gotta try Oaktown and please mention my name to Lou. (He and my brother worked together at North Berkeley Wines in the late 80's). The house cured pork loin is out of this world. Sit at the counter so you can see into the wood stove...

                  1. re: Alexandra Eisler
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                    Melanie Wong

                    Thanks for the tip!

              2. re: Melanie Wong
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                Caitlin McGrath

                Well, Melanie, I fired off an email to my stepmother asking if they've done anything with Rosenblum Cellars lately. She said they haven't and that it's been a long time since they poured at an open house. In fact, she said pretty much what you did--that it used to be fun, but the events got so big that it was no longer the low-key scene they had enjoyed being a part of. She did not recognize your name, but ventured that she might recognize your face if she saw you (of course I couldn't help her with that [g]). I think they just see Roger socially now.

                I will say that I'm quite confident that I've had more Rosenblum zin than any other label (probably all others combined!)--for years, my folks have generally stocked a few cases as their "house red."

                1. re: Caitlin McGrath
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                  Melanie Wong

                  My introduction to the Rosenblums was through Marshall Harris and Cheri Kratka, who I'm sure your folks must know. They own Harris-Kratka vineyard in Alexander Valley. First vintage as a single vineyard under the Rosenblum label was 1993, and it had been my favorite of the line-up. The old vines were failing and were ripped out in 1999 to be replanted in '00.

                  Two years ago i was at a ZAP event at the winery with several hundred other people. A wine distributor from Chicago who had read my posts about Rosenblum wines on the 'Net asked the employees if I was in the crowd. They said, yes, and he managed to find me! Can't guarantee that every Zin producing winery could do the same, but there's a pretty good chance of it in Sonoma County. :-)