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omartinez Mar 13, 2007 10:20 PM

I would love recommendations of full service caterers for a professional dinner at my home. There would be about 50 women who are in town for a large professional meeting at the Moscone Center and I plan on inviting them to a dinner in Berkeley. I am looking for someone who prepares good food, could be ethnic, but which would appeal to people from around the country

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    YSZ Apr 29, 2007 10:04 AM

    I'd recommend Aubergine Catering: http://www.auberginecatering.com/

    Joan (the owner) is a fabulous cook, has lots of great menu ideas, and is super easy to work with. Her flavor combinations are delicious and she really takes advantage of seasonal produce. I know she does a lot of stuff in Berkeley and has great references.

    She catered my baby shower last fall and both the vegetarians and meat eaters loved it. Everybody had seconds and then thirds. My husband, who dropped me off and saw the spread, left *very* reluctantly for his pool and pizza man-shower.

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      zin1953 Apr 28, 2007 10:47 AM

      Trumpet Vine is in Berkeley, and we'used them for a number of events, including our wedding (but not the cake). http://www.trumpetvineevents.com/

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        chompy Apr 27, 2007 12:42 PM

        We had a great experience with Shai's, who are located in Kensington. They catered our wedding in 2000 and the food was delicious. Shai is Israeli, so some of their options are Middle Eastern, which probably wouldn't be too out there for "people from around the country".

        http://www.shais.com/

        I just realized your post was from about 6 weeks ago - hope this helps, or helps someone else.

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          Martin68 Apr 28, 2007 10:28 AM

          I would HIGHLY recommend both Paula LeDuc in Emeryville
          http://www.paulaleduc.com/about_us.html

          or Barbara Llewelyn, also I think in Emeryville (although she lives in Orinda);
          http://www.barbarallewellyn.com/about...

          Both have done events for us in the size range you are describing, and the results were outstanding. Great food, super attention to detail, easy and responsive to work with during the planning stages, professional servers. The only drawback is that they are not cheap.

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          wolverine61 Apr 27, 2007 12:27 PM

          I was going to suggest Rick and Ann's since they did very well for us but they, to my knowledge, only do buffet. For an interesting experience for "people from all around the country" perhaps you can check out Ruen Pair.Mixed reviews for in house dining but you can certainly pick and choose your menu.
          http://eastbay.citysearch.com/profile...

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            teresalynne Apr 27, 2007 11:32 AM

            I've heard great things about Susan Foord Catering:

            http://www.susanfoordcatering.com/

            What is your price range? Catering companies vary dramatically in cost per head, what they provide, etc.

            1. nicedragonboy Mar 13, 2007 10:51 PM

              Hugh Groman Catering is right in Berkeley on MLK and Dwight in that funky art deco green building, he is full service top notch. His style is a blend of european/Mediterranean with a latin flair. Very wide custom menu you can choose from if you have particular requests. I would book early since he gets filled up rather fast. I've had his food and it's amazing. And I've only heard good things about his service and crew.

              www.hughgromancatering.com

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                sugarbuzz Mar 13, 2007 10:35 PM

                Try Grace street catering..they're in Alameda.

                gracestreetcatering.com

                Or if price is not an issue try Paula le Duc in Emeryville. They're right across the street from Pixar. One of the best in the bay area.

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                  Lise L Apr 27, 2007 10:49 AM

                  I'm not sure I would recommend Grace Street. We are working with them now to do our wedding reception, and we are feeling pretty blown off because we are one of their smaller events (75 guests). Your party would be even smaller so I don't think they would be a good fit.

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