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Looking for a good but reasonable caterer in Santa Rosa

mrsmegawatt Dec 5, 2011 05:26 PM

Hi! I am the mother of the bride trying to plan my daughters wedding in Sonoma County from Central California.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a reasonably priced but good caterer in Santa Rosa? Trying to get someone to actually call me back and send a proposal has been difficult for some reason. I have no idea what to expect price wise per person. I don't know how people afford to get married these days! Any help would be appreciated!

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  1. Melanie Wong RE: mrsmegawatt Dec 5, 2011 06:44 PM

    The best caterers have been booked months ago for holiday parties, so you might have trouble getting much attention until Jan 2.

    A few ideas, first these Sonoma County caterers have full-blown restaurants (and dedicated catering teams) as well, so you can easily stop by and try different dishes from their menus to help you decide.
    Rosso Pizzeria
    Sebastopol BBQ Smokehouse
    Mateo Granados (restaurant is Cocina Latina)
    The Girl & The Fig

    Then catering-only companies are Feast Catering and Elaine Bell Catering Co. Feast serves more inventive, seasonal, restaurant-quality cooking. Elaine Bell is long established and has the rep for being one of the most expensive but providing outstanding service.

    Rosso, Mateo and Smokehouse can do whole roast pigs (or lambs), which is a popular style of Wine Country entertainment these days. And, I'm told it's not that expensive a way to feed a crowd.

    The Girl & The Fig
    110 West Spain, Sonoma, CA 95442

    Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar
    53 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, CA

    Mateo Granados
    399 Business Park Dr, Windsor, CA

    Elaine Bell Catering Co
    776 Technology Way, Napa, CA

    Feast Catering
    3100 Dutton Ave # 132, Santa Rosa, CA

    BBQ Smokehouse
    6811 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol, CA 95472

    Cocina Latina
    214 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      mrsmegawatt RE: Melanie Wong Dec 5, 2011 09:00 PM

      Thank you! I have been in contact with The Girl and the Fig. Our wedding is June 9, 2012. Will look up the others!

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        mrsmegawatt RE: Melanie Wong Dec 8, 2011 06:16 AM

        So far I've heard from The Girl and the Fig. They are $150 per person. I don't know how people afford to get married in Sonoma County. We are two working parents paying for our daughters college education in full....and she lives on campus since we are in Clovis. I thought I would be able to put on this wedding for $20,000. It sure doesn't buy much up there :( Sad.

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          Melanie Wong RE: mrsmegawatt Dec 8, 2011 11:04 AM

          How many people are you planning to serve? Elaine Bell and TGTF will probably be at the high end of the list suggested so far. Dinner at The Girl & The Fig would run about $75 per person excluding beverages, so double for a catered affair is pretty typical. The other suggestions will come in lower, I'm sure.

          1. re: Melanie Wong
            mrsmegawatt RE: Melanie Wong Dec 8, 2011 01:14 PM

            Girl and the Fig is $150 per person. Way too much

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              Melanie Wong RE: mrsmegawatt Dec 8, 2011 03:16 PM

              Right, $150 is double the $75 per person cost of eating in that restaurant. That's pretty much a typical ratio for catering. It's generally more economical to eat-in instead of having the restaurant brought to you.

              You probably won't find The Girl & The Fig's style of food for less per person in Sonoma County. The other places suggested offer different cuisines and can be set up for more casual buffet type service, so you might find better value that matches your budget. Serving lunch rather than dinner shifts guest expectations and you can easily be less lavish, if you have the flexibility to change the time. Or make the reception early afternoon.

              A dinner I attended last summer catered by Mateo Granados was about $85 per person (including tax and tip) for four-courses, individually plated with sit-down service. This affair was about 60 guests. If you had a buffet line instead, the price could probably come down.

              Did your wedding venue make any suggestions? Often they have preferred vendors who know the logistics of the place and that experience can make a difference.

              P.S. No need to "look up" the establishments. Under the map on the right side is a set of links for each one mentioned here. Click on those to go to the contact info, websites, and past discussions of the food.

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                mrsmegawatt RE: Melanie Wong Dec 8, 2011 04:16 PM

                Thank you Melanie. I have used the map on the right. Right now I'm in a state of shock and worried that we won't find someone good in our price range. I feel like even though I am spending $20,000...it's still not enough. Our venue is great...which we've booked from 4-9 for ceremony and reception. They are completely reasonable and charge by the hour. We have contacted both their suggestions and have yet to hear back. The venue is Trione Vineyards. All of a sudden I feel poor. I guess wedding is big business in Sonoma county. One of the caterers told me during the telephone consult that he couldn't afford to get married up there. Ironic. In the mean time, I'll keep looking. Thank you again.

      2. ambercontegssa RE: mrsmegawatt Dec 5, 2011 07:42 PM

        Look up Pearson & Co. In Santa Rosa. They have a couple retail locations in Santa Rosa
        with excellent reasonably priced food. See website for catering options.

        Pearson & Co.
        2500 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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        1. re: ambercontegssa
          mrsmegawatt RE: ambercontegssa Dec 5, 2011 09:00 PM

          Thank you. I will check Pearson also. I appreciate all suggestions.

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          rubadubgdub RE: mrsmegawatt Dec 6, 2011 03:46 PM

          They're too far away for us to use but we were very impressed with the ribs at Bros BBQ during the Petaluma oldey timey days event. Their other specialty is huge crowd-sized paellas (didn't try this). They cater.


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          1. re: rubadubgdub
            Melanie Wong RE: rubadubgdub Dec 6, 2011 05:46 PM

            Here's my post on Brothers BBQ Petaluma Paella,

            Petaluma Paella
            Petaluma, Petaluma, CA

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            tom246 RE: mrsmegawatt Dec 8, 2011 08:36 AM

            I have heard very good comments from people about Trends Catering in Santa Rosa. Worth checking out.

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              mrsmegawatt RE: tom246 Dec 8, 2011 10:24 AM

              Thank you! I've been reading reviews on yelp and will definitely contact Trend. I appreciate your taking the time to read and suggest!

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              Jwestcoaster RE: mrsmegawatt Dec 8, 2011 05:09 PM

              Try Ala Heart Catering in Santa Rosa. I've only tried their appetizers but they were very good. They were recommended by someone who does a lot of event planning for private high schools. Good luck. Having recently planned a wedding out of state, it can be stressful.

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              1. re: Jwestcoaster
                mrsmegawatt RE: Jwestcoaster Dec 8, 2011 06:56 PM

                Thank you Jwest. I am going to look into each suggestion. Appreciate that.

              2. chefj RE: mrsmegawatt Dec 8, 2011 05:11 PM

                You do not need to limit yourself to Sonoma county caterers. Most Caterers in north bay and east bay will do events in Sonoma and Napa counties.
                With your budget you should have no problem getting a great meal.
                Try giving Ann Walker Catering a call.

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                  chefj RE: chefj Dec 8, 2011 05:12 PM

                  p.s. She has gotten great reviews here in the past.

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                    mrsmegawatt RE: chefj Dec 8, 2011 06:55 PM

                    Thank you. Everything seems to be less expensive in Marin county. I just wonder if they will have to raise their prices to go to Healdsburg. Thank you for the suggestion. I will check Ann Walker.

                2. Melanie Wong RE: mrsmegawatt Jul 4, 2012 11:26 PM

                  How did it work out?

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