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!
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.
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
399 Business Park Dr, Windsor, CA
Elaine Bell Catering Co
776 Technology Way, Napa, CA
3100 Dutton Ave # 132, Santa Rosa, CA
6811 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol, CA 95472
214 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448
re: Melanie Wong
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.
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.
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.
re: Melanie Wong
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.