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Pig roast - caterer?

rln May 16, 2008 10:59 PM

hello - I'm organizing a family gathering and we'd like to have a pig roast. Does anyone know of a restaurant or caterer who does this on-site? (We'd rather have it roasting vs. getting a lechon or already cooked pig). Any where in the Bay Area?

Thanks for any input!!

  1. Melanie Wong May 17, 2008 04:19 PM

    I've had Mark Malicki's whole smoked suckling pig prepared on-site at a winery. He's the owner of Cafe Saint Rose and does catering too.

    Cafe Saint Rose
    9890 Bodega Hwy, Sebastopol, CA 95472

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      rln May 18, 2008 01:56 PM

      Thank you. This is the best lead!

      1. re: rln
        Melanie Wong May 19, 2008 10:34 AM

        Another caterer who does a whole pig frequently is Mateo Granados. He's the former executive chef at Dry Creek Kitchen from back when it was good and before that at Masa's in SF. I've loved everything I've tried from his farmers markets' booths, but haven't had the roast suckling pig except in a tamale filling. That little bit made me a believer.

        Both Malicki and Granados are fantastic cooks. I'd have a hard time choosing between them foodwise. It might come down to just availability and price.

        Mateo Granados
        399 Business Park Dr, Windsor, CA

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          canard May 20, 2008 12:03 PM

          I'm negotiating with Mateo to cater a party in July in Sebastopol. Suckling pig will be the feature. I get that it's a ways off, but I'll be sure to let folks know how it goes.

          1. re: canard
            Melanie Wong May 20, 2008 12:31 PM

            Looking forward to hearing all about that!

            Thought of another one, Larry Vito in Sebastopol. He was the executive chef who put Fournou's Oven in the Stanford Court on the map years ago. I've had the pleasure of his catering at a couple functions, but haven't had his 'cue or smoked whole pig yet. Apparently he's opening a smokehouse restaurant in Sebastopol some time next month.

            Or Chef Emeritus Franco Dunn of Santi. I'd love to hear about his porchetta.

            We're really lucky to have these big time chefs (Malicki has fine dining experience in New York) come to Sonoma County. Here's a link to a recent article in the PD about whole hog dinners and other porcine menus in the county.

            2097 Stagecoach Road, Suite 100, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

            Larry Vito Catering
            6811 Laguna Pkwy, Sebastopol, CA

            1. re: canard
              rln Jun 11, 2008 08:50 PM

              I'd love to hear about this-- thanks!

              1. re: rln
                cmurgatroyd Jul 30, 2008 10:10 AM

                Did you have your party yet. Any update on how the Pig Roast went? I'm interested in doing the same type of event - anxious to hear about your experience. Thanks.

                1. re: cmurgatroyd
                  rln Jul 30, 2008 05:23 PM

                  My fantasy is delayed here as the gathering moved from being here to WA state. So I haven't had any experience with the leads shared here.

                  I also was given this site to post for requests.


                  Sorry, and please share anything you find!

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