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Blue Heron Catering, Inc.

Oakland , CA
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3100 35th Ave
Oakland, CA US 94619 (map)

PHONE

510-533-0781

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ABOUT US

Founded in 1988 and celebrating our 20th year in business, Blue Heron Catering has won many awards and accolades over the years. Our recipes have appeared in many magazines, including... Read more
Founded in 1988 and celebrating our 20th year in business, Blue Heron Catering has won many awards and accolades over the years. Our recipes have appeared in many magazines, including Bon Appetit, Sunset, Gourmet, Diablo, the Oakland Magazine and The Berkeley Monthly, as well as in most of the Bay Area's newspapers. Blue Heron Catering is one of a select group of businesses included in the party and wedding resource guide book, By Recommendation Only, which recently featured Blue Heron Catering as a preferred organic, sustainable caterer in the Bay Area. Blue Heron Catering is on the preferred caterers list or frequently works at such sites as the Brazil Room, Dunsmuir Pavilion and Gardens, Piedmont Community Center, Chabot Space and Science Center, the Montclair Women's Cultural Arts Center, Preservation Park, Highlands Community Center, Hacienda de las Flores, the Gardens at Heather Farm, the Green Room, the Regency Building, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Presidio Golden Gate Club and Log Cabin, Marin Civic Center and other popular local event venues. We are proud to be a part of the community, and to contribute to it. On behalf of our clients, Blue Heron Catering donates excess food from our events to Local Food Banks. We are a certified green business, composting any kitchen waste and recycling all other trash. Our managers are trained sustainable business managers and our staff is proud to follow our sustainable business practices. Blue Heron Catering is also a certified women owned business and a California State certified business. Blue Heron Catering takes an active part in the events and catering business community. We contribute articles to the trade press, and regularly attend meetings of the International Special Events Society, National Association of Catering Executives and the Bay Area Wedding Network, organizations dedicated to upholding the highest standards of professionalism in the event and catering industry. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated
What bar services do you provide?
Open Bar
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American (New), American (Traditional), Cajun, Caribbean, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
2000

REVIEWS

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jessica
Wedding:
4/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Blue Heron is by far my favorite caterer in the East Bay. They have the most amazing employees, they are extremely warm and personable, and then suddenly you feel like you are at home, in your mother’s kitchen. Their Chef, Humberto’s is incredible. His creations are so fresh, delicious, flavorful, and powerful. It is like that moment in the movie “Ratatouille” when the cynical inspector tries Remy’s (the rat) cooking for the first time. They can create anything but for us, except obviously a thousand times better! In addition, my fiancé and I loved Elizabeth. Elizabeth is extremely well oriented, logistically talented, thorough and understood my needs, even well before I knew exactly what I needed. She is extremely experienced with weddings and will enhance your day with her recommendations and insights. She is a jack of all traits. There were aspects about my wedding day and orchestrating dining which I was unsure of or did not foresee and Elizabeth was on it. She was resourceful, full of alternative options, creative with planning, and her suggestions really made sense. She is a very logical person but shares a wonderful vision of your day.

It is extremely important to select a caterer who is organized, well thought out, and understands the balance between quality food, planning, schedule and logistics. I highly recommend Blue Heron because they have top quality event coordinators, managers, captains, servers, head chefs, and assistance. Moreover, they have phenomenal food, just like Elizabeth.
As a testimony to my recommendation, most of their employees have worked there for ten years or more. They love working there and it is obvious in their food, presentation, and work ethic. Oh yeah, three major favorites: the Cornmeal Blini with Smoked Trout, Roasted Loch Duart Salmon with Chardonnay Oak Salt “Cru
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Liz and Alex
Wedding:
10/26/2011
4.8/5.0
After the quality of the food, the most important aspects to a successful caterer in my opinion is probably turning up on time and working 'invisibly' to make your event happen. Blue Heron scored on all these counts, providing us with the most amazing and delicious wedding luncheon (banquet!) and working hard to make it all happen 'behind-the-scenes', seemingly effortlessly.

We liked Trish (our Blue Heron coordinator) from the first moment that we met her, and in subsequent emails, meetings and discussions, we really felt that she understood what we wanted for our special day and what aspects of the meal were most important to us. We had a very small wedding, just 16 guests and us, and we wanted to celebrate with a sumptuous, 4 or 5 or was it 6-course sit-down meal following our ceremony, to be hosted in our neighbor's home. We wanted a menu that was seasonal, sourced locally as far as possible, using organic ingredients and, importantly, a "happy pig" for the pork.

Trish was extremely thoughtful and flexible in working out an arrangement and a menu that would suit us, as catering a sit-down meal for a small number is quite different from a typical wedding buffet for 100 guests. She was also happy to incorporate various elements that we wanted to provide ourselves - like a particular dessert that we wanted to provide and have served (Scream sorbet), and the coffee that we wanted (Blue Bottle).

The food was, quite simply, incredible. From the passed appetizers during the pre-lunch cocktail hour, to the delicious pumpkin soup (it was an October wedding), to the pork and salmon dual entree. Everything was incredibly tasty and well-balanced. Full marks, and 6 out of 5 stars for the quality of the food.

If anything, I would say that there was a little too much food, which is why I dropped a half star on value, indicating that we could have scaled back a little on quantity, without sacrificing the top notch quality - but whether that was fault on Blue Heron's part, or our over-generous estimation in planning the meal, hard to say.

We loved working with Blue Heron and Trish and were delighted with our lunch, which was a huge focus of our day. We spent about 3 or 4 hours over our meal, enjoying the food with our family and closest friends, so it was a very very important part of the day for us. Trish and her team just made it all happen. They turned up while I was away in "bride world" getting ready for my big day, so I didn't even see them until after the ceremony, as they started to pass around champagne and appetizers. Everything just fell into place.

One final thing that I also appreciated was Blue Heron's attention to the contract and billing. Each line item was detailed clearly on the estimate and final invoice, which made everything very easy, and I particularly liked that they adopt an "all inclusive" approach, like stating their service charge up front, so you know exactly what the total will be and it avoided unnecessary fuss on the day. I don't know about you, but I didn't want to spend a minute of my day trying to calculate 15%!

A terrific experience with a local, well-established caterer who knows what they're doing and provides wonderful, wonderful food of the sort you'd be lucky to find in a gourmet restaurant, let alone in your own home.
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ruthemmanuelle
Wedding:
6/21/2009
5.0/5.0
Nickie and the rest of the Blue Heron team were very helpful, from our initial tasting through setting up before and cleaning up after the reception. They were great with planning help, and took care of all of the details of renting linens, dishware, etc. I initially chose them because of their high "green" ratings, but they were great in other areas as well.
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths
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Pulgas Templers
Wedding:
8/30/2008
5.0/5.0
Blue Heron Catering provided a vegetarian feast at our wedding
reception. All of our guests (few of whom were vegetarians)
positively raved about the food. While keeping our guests fed with
tasty food is the primary job for a wedding caterer, Blue Heron also
excelled at all the other tasks set before them, including bartending.

Trish at Blue Heron took us from the tastings, through design and to the delivery.
She provided a lot of help beyond the catering: from the timing of our
day, coordinating a number of conflicting vendor schedules, helping
with colors, wines and lighting. Trish also took care of
coordinating with our other vendors (the facility, DJ, florist, baker).
We were really grateful to have someone experienced managing all of that.

Trish and Blue Heron were easy to keep in contact with, both through
email and by phone and were very accommodating of our schedules.

On top of all this was the amazing food they put together for us and
one hundred guests. The bread pudding was stellar! In addition,
Blue Heron packed all the leftovers up for us!

We will definitely go to Blue Heron for any future catering needs.
Fabulous from top to bottom.
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howremarkable
Wedding:
6/28/2008
4.6/5.0
Blu Heron provided outstanding food and service. My husband and I are vegan and they worked with us to create a menu that would please everyone. What I am knocking them for, however is that for $12000 I got a lousy vegan cupcake from whole foods and the beef ran out before everyone got some.
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Jennifer
Wedding:
4/19/2008
4.8/5.0
Great food. Everything was delicious. We had about 10 more people than we thought and Blue Heron had enough for everyone! We're very pleased with them.
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Ashli
Wedding:
3/5/2007
4.5/5.0
I would give my highest recommendation to Blue Heron. They did a fantastic job with the food at our reception. Being a vegan I wanted a good mix of vegan and non vegan hors devours. They were able to offer me plenty of variety within my constraints of budget and food types. I then let my mom handle most of the coordination with these folks. At the end of the day, the staff was efficient and very professional and the food was well presented and tasted great - I could not have asked for more.
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Alana
Wedding:
2/20/2007
4.5/5.0
Though they were a little pricey for my budget I absolutley loved everything about this company. They have great service, are very professional, and are pretty flexable.The staff was wonderful and I don't think there was one thing I didn't like.
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bumbleb
Wedding:
11/12/2006
4.4/5.0
They had a very interesting selection of dishes to choose from and worked closely with us to customize a menu to meet our needs. In addition to the food, they worked with us to set up our floorplan at Casa de la Vista and also helped us to pick out the napkins, tablecloths, and dishes that ended up looking beautifully coordinated at the reception. The food itself was presented well and tasted great. My only complaint is that we had expected that the food tables would be decorated more elegantly, with flowers or some other decorations, instead of the food just being on top of raised tablecloths.
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betho
Wedding:
10/14/2006
4.4/5.0
We chose Blue Heron because I actually remembered the food at one friend's wedding being delicious and when I asked her who her caterer was, she told us about Blue Heron.

The staff at Blue Heron were a delight to work with from start to finish. They made our wedding so much easier because they knew exactly what they were doing. Elizabeth at Blue Heron kept us to our timeline and thought of everything. She even knew which corner of the reception hall was best to put the cake for the spectacular views from the window!

They are worth every penny you spend!
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Patti Wang Cross
Wedding:
7/29/2006
4.6/5.0
Blue Heron isn't the cheapest option around, but they
were great. They've done a million weddings, so they really
have their act together. They're detail-oriented, they really
know how to make a bride feel secure. Trish, the coordinator
assigned to manage our event, was really on top of things.
She worked with my wedding planner to sort out all
details, visited the location a few times on her own
(without my asking), and attended a final meeting with me and
my planner, basically just to assure me that all systems were go.Blue Heron also catered our engagement party, incidentally, which
my mother-in-law planned. The hors-doevres were a hit, the
bartender was friendly, and the wait staff was constantly
circulating.l highly recommend Blue Heron. The food's delicious, the staff attentive and experienced, and I think the price tag's worth the peace of mind in knowing that the presentation will be flawless and the details handled. My only
complaint is that they need 11/2 hours for setup before first food
(like cocktail hour), which is tough when you're pressed by a
time constraint at your location. But perhaps this is standard...
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JanetC
Wedding:
1/28/2006
5.0/5.0
I love these people! They are so flexible. Nothing phases them! The food and presentation are wonderful. I think they could make anything!
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