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Culinary Excellence Catering

Concord , CA
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950 DETROIT AVENUE #9
Concord, CA 94518 US (map)

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925-947-1090
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ABOUT US

Culinary Excellence is a full service catering company with over 30 years experience. We specialize in custom catering of the highest quality at affordable prices. From our modern, newly... Read more
Culinary Excellence is a full service catering company with over 30 years experience. We specialize in custom catering of the highest quality at affordable prices. From our modern, newly constructed and fully equipped kitchen, offices, and extensive warehouse in Oakland, CA, we serve the entire San Francisco Bay Area.


Look through our new and expanded website and please contact us with any questions or requests for more information! We are a full service catering company, a one stop shop that can supply the food catering, flowers, cakes/desserts, lighting, rentals, and full event coordination as well as so much more. So come let us decrease your stress and make your wedding day a fun enjoyable experience!
Christian Hardy M.D. chef and owner of Culinary Excellence was the head of Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital Oakland for 14 years. After suffering a near death episode of his own, he re-evaluated his options and decided life was just too short, and he wanted to do something else that he loved. With that in mind he retired from his position at Children’s Hospital and went back to school at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco to begin an AOS degree in the Culinary Arts. As he was finishing his studies at the CCA, he realized that he had a true passion for pastry. When he left the CCA he decided to further his training at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in St. Helena, Napa. Spending a year studying nothing but pastry really lit a fire and passion for Chris which lead him to the decision that if he truly wanted to learn pastry there was only one place in the world he could really go to learn it properly, Paris. After graduating from the CIA Greyston with highest honors of all students, he was accepted and enrolled in Ecole le Notre in Paris, France, where he spent a year studying and learning the finer points of pastry. While there he also studying a variety of courses in the savory kitchen as well as banquet catering.

Upon returning to the states Chris was eager to get into the food industry and originally thought he wanted to work in a restaurant. After doing some research and looking at the different options Chris realized that in fact while a restaurant had many wonderful possibilities, he wanted to have more input and control over the food and product he was putting out. Knowing this, Chris began to look into catering, where he discovered Culinary Excellence, a company owned by a German couple who were looking to retire. Having met and connected with the previous owners Chris bought the company in 2004.

At the time Culinary Excellence was located in a 4,000 Square foot space, which was perfect for starting, but pretty quickly it became clear that Chris’s plans for expansion were not going to be contained in the small space that the Culinary Excellence offices occupied. It took a bit of time to find the right space and location for the new offices. In 2010 Chris found a wonderful new 20,000 Square foot property in Oakland. In this space he built a 2,500 square foot state-of-the-art kitchen with two walk in refrigerators, a walk in freezer, and enough counter space for 12 chefs to work side-by-side in the production of outstanding catering cuisine. Additionally there are 1500 square feet of office space with two fully equipped tastings rooms, and a fully equipped gym for the staff, and a warehouse that houses all of the equipment necessary to outfit even the largest affairs. Read less
Catering

INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, Liquor License, Outside Alcohol OK, Signature Cocktail(s)
Which of the following items can you provide?
Chairs, Tables
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I can not recommend Culinary Excellence highly enough. First off, they are very responsive, even from the very beginning. I was surprised other caterers were not as on top of it, quick to respond, but CE was GREAT! They are an approved vendor for the Brazilian Room and so they knew that place extremely well. Alanna was our coordinator from CE and she was AMAZING, really! I was a little bit more of a relaxed, care free bride that wanted things really simple. I never felt pressure from Alanna to change or felt she was up-selling, she just listened to what I wanted and made it happen...beautifully! CE can be a great resource for many things as well. In addition to our brunch meal (we had a morning wedding), they also did all of our desserts, bar, flowers, day of wedding coordination, sound for mics during the ceremony and toasts (we didn't do a DJ), set up our lawn games, and so much more. They can do just about anything you need them to do. The food was great, the wait staff was great, Alanna was great. As I said, I can not recommend them more highly!
I can not recommend Culinary Excellence highly enough. First off, they are very responsive, even from the very beginning. Read more...
I can not recommend Culinary Excellence highly enough. First off, they are very responsive, even from the very beginning. I was surprised other caterers were not as on top of it, quick to respond, but CE was GREAT! They are an approved vendor for the Brazilian Room and so they knew that place extremely well. Alanna was our coordinator from CE and she was AMAZING, really! I was a little bit more of a relaxed, care free bride that wanted things really simple. I never felt pressure from Alanna to change or felt she was up-selling, she just listened to what I wanted and made it happen...beautifully! CE can be a great resource for many things as well. In addition to our brunch meal (we had a morning wedding), they also did all of our desserts, bar, flowers, day of wedding coordination, sound for mics during the ceremony and toasts (we didn't do a DJ), set up our lawn games, and so much more. They can do just about anything you need them to do. The food was great, the wait staff was great, Alanna was great. As I said, I can not recommend them more highly! Read less
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ROsa
Wedding:
6/5/2016
5.0/5.0
If you're looking for a caterer for your wedding, then look no further. Culinary Excellence is absolutely amazing. We had our evening wedding at the Brazilian room in Berkeley and CE is one of the approved caterers. It was the best decision we made. From the start, Jess was highly responsive and helpful with all our questions. We knew after our first bite of the appetizer tasting that we'd book them. We requested Persian food and everything we had on our wedding night was delicious, the guests were very happy! They are a full service catering company, so if you need lights, flowers, a cake - they can do it all! We decided to get uplighting, market lights for the patio, and the cake from CE. The staff were excellent, professional, and accommodating. I didn't have a wedding coordinator and Jess stepped in to help coordinate the timing of the ceremony and the reception (I always wear a watch and had a minute by minute schedule of the ceremony, but on the day of, you do not wear a watch with your wedding dress!). She let us know when it was time for toasts, etc. Book CE for all your catering needs! Jess and her team will not disappoint!
If you're looking for a caterer for your wedding, then look no further. Culinary Excellence is absolutely amazing. We had Read more...
If you're looking for a caterer for your wedding, then look no further. Culinary Excellence is absolutely amazing. We had our evening wedding at the Brazilian room in Berkeley and CE is one of the approved caterers. It was the best decision we made. From the start, Jess was highly responsive and helpful with all our questions. We knew after our first bite of the appetizer tasting that we'd book them. We requested Persian food and everything we had on our wedding night was delicious, the guests were very happy! They are a full service catering company, so if you need lights, flowers, a cake - they can do it all! We decided to get uplighting, market lights for the patio, and the cake from CE. The staff were excellent, professional, and accommodating. I didn't have a wedding coordinator and Jess stepped in to help coordinate the timing of the ceremony and the reception (I always wear a watch and had a minute by minute schedule of the ceremony, but on the day of, you do not wear a watch with your wedding dress!). She let us know when it was time for toasts, etc. Book CE for all your catering needs! Jess and her team will not disappoint! Read less
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Jo
Wedding:
5/29/2016
5.0/5.0
Culinary Excellence are amazing! They catered our wedding on 5/29/16 and Jess also served as our day-of coordinator. Jess was super prompt and organized about responding and helping us plan the event, and she oversaw the setup of all our decorations at the wedding. They looked perfect! She also helped us set up our surprise light saber duel "first dance" by hiding our light sabers so we could grab them, but none of our guests had any clue about it until we actually did it (and it was freaking awesome). We had a buffet with tri-tip, ravioli and sweet potato souffle, and our food was absolutely fantastic, which we know because we actually got to eat dinner at our own wedding(!) and many of our guests told us the food was wonderful. One of the serving staff even brought a plate of appetizers to my husband and me while we were taking photos after the ceremony and HOLY HELL THEY WERE AMAZING. All the appetizers were really good, but especially the fig and goat cheese flatbread, salmon lollipops and mushroom tartlets. I'm pretty sure the moment I ate the first fig and goat cheese flatbread was the second happiest moment of my evening (after getting married, of course). We had a small cutting cake that was spice cake with cream cheese, which was also delicious. I didn't actually get to try any of our dessert buffet because I was too busy talking to people, but I heard it was also fantastic. The price was also quite reasonable compared to other catering companies we looked at; Culinary Excellence definitely gave us more bang for our buck. Overall this was the best experience I ever could have hoped for and they made our wedding completely stellar. Thanks so much!
Culinary Excellence are amazing! They catered our wedding on 5/29/16 and Jess also served as our day-of coordinator. Jess Read more...
Culinary Excellence are amazing! They catered our wedding on 5/29/16 and Jess also served as our day-of coordinator. Jess was super prompt and organized about responding and helping us plan the event, and she oversaw the setup of all our decorations at the wedding. They looked perfect! She also helped us set up our surprise light saber duel "first dance" by hiding our light sabers so we could grab them, but none of our guests had any clue about it until we actually did it (and it was freaking awesome). We had a buffet with tri-tip, ravioli and sweet potato souffle, and our food was absolutely fantastic, which we know because we actually got to eat dinner at our own wedding(!) and many of our guests told us the food was wonderful. One of the serving staff even brought a plate of appetizers to my husband and me while we were taking photos after the ceremony and HOLY HELL THEY WERE AMAZING. All the appetizers were really good, but especially the fig and goat cheese flatbread, salmon lollipops and mushroom tartlets. I'm pretty sure the moment I ate the first fig and goat cheese flatbread was the second happiest moment of my evening (after getting married, of course). We had a small cutting cake that was spice cake with cream cheese, which was also delicious. I didn't actually get to try any of our dessert buffet because I was too busy talking to people, but I heard it was also fantastic. The price was also quite reasonable compared to other catering companies we looked at; Culinary Excellence definitely gave us more bang for our buck. Overall this was the best experience I ever could have hoped for and they made our wedding completely stellar. Thanks so much! Read less
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Shelby
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
If I could give Jessica and Culinary Excellence a 100 stars, I would happily do so! Jessica and I emailed over 150 times over 9 months, and she promptly responded to each one! All of the details she put into our special day made everything come together so well. All the other vendors raved about working with Jess! Jessica and Culinary Excellence did our food, bartending, flowers, dessert table, rentals (chairs, barrels, tables, linens, etc), and lighting (uplighting and bistro lighting outside). She had such great taste and vision in making our day so beautiful. She helped us create a gorgeous outdoor barrel bar for our wine-themed wedding. She did beautiful flowers with the succulents I had grown in my garden, as well as hydrangeas, lavender, roses, scabiosa pods, etc.. I told her I wanted a lot of texture, and she nailed it! As a former wedding catering staff myself, I was very insistent that I wanted great service from the staff. I was very impressed with the staff of Culinary Excellence. Jessica also went out of her way to buy these awesome cork water bottles for the table, since she thought they would go so well with our theme. It really helped to tie everything together.
I've had SO many people rave about the food! We did a buffet with stuffed pork, sirloin pasta, grilled vegetables, 2 delicious salads, and a twice baked gruyere potato. Appetizers were tray passed lomi lomi salmon wontons, fried ravioli, and fig goat cheese flatbread, as well as a cheese and cracker station. I had a lot of Gluten allergy people in attendance, and Jess and her team were great at modifying the menu to have it mostly be Gluten Free. For the wontons, we did half on cucumbers, and our entire entree buffet was gluten-free. Desserts were a small ceremony cake, blueberry cobbler, macaroons, mini key lime pie tarts, mini 7 layer cakes, and chocolate cookies. All in all, our wedding turned out to be a beautiful, September San Francisco day, and Jess played a huge part in that.
If I could give Jessica and Culinary Excellence a 100 stars, I would happily do so! Jessica and I emailed over 150 times Read more...
If I could give Jessica and Culinary Excellence a 100 stars, I would happily do so! Jessica and I emailed over 150 times over 9 months, and she promptly responded to each one! All of the details she put into our special day made everything come together so well. All the other vendors raved about working with Jess! Jessica and Culinary Excellence did our food, bartending, flowers, dessert table, rentals (chairs, barrels, tables, linens, etc), and lighting (uplighting and bistro lighting outside). She had such great taste and vision in making our day so beautiful. She helped us create a gorgeous outdoor barrel bar for our wine-themed wedding. She did beautiful flowers with the succulents I had grown in my garden, as well as hydrangeas, lavender, roses, scabiosa pods, etc.. I told her I wanted a lot of texture, and she nailed it! As a former wedding catering staff myself, I was very insistent that I wanted great service from the staff. I was very impressed with the staff of Culinary Excellence. Jessica also went out of her way to buy these awesome cork water bottles for the table, since she thought they would go so well with our theme. It really helped to tie everything together.
I've had SO many people rave about the food! We did a buffet with stuffed pork, sirloin pasta, grilled vegetables, 2 delicious salads, and a twice baked gruyere potato. Appetizers were tray passed lomi lomi salmon wontons, fried ravioli, and fig goat cheese flatbread, as well as a cheese and cracker station. I had a lot of Gluten allergy people in attendance, and Jess and her team were great at modifying the menu to have it mostly be Gluten Free. For the wontons, we did half on cucumbers, and our entire entree buffet was gluten-free. Desserts were a small ceremony cake, blueberry cobbler, macaroons, mini key lime pie tarts, mini 7 layer cakes, and chocolate cookies. All in all, our wedding turned out to be a beautiful, September San Francisco day, and Jess played a huge part in that. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, Unique Services
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B
Wedding:
9/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Culinary Excellence was absolutely fantastic to work with. The food was delicious; all of the guests were raving about how wonderful everything they prepared was. Even more than that though was how incredibly wonderful and professional the staff were who were at our wedding. The service with Culinary Excellence is top notch: the staff are friendly and so so helpful. The table set-up was so well done, and the dance floor they set up for us was perfect. We love dancing, and having a nice smooth floor was a must. Culinary Excellence took care of it all. They're a great company, and we are really thankful we got to work with them.
Culinary Excellence was absolutely fantastic to work with. The food was delicious; all of the guests were raving about how Read more...
Culinary Excellence was absolutely fantastic to work with. The food was delicious; all of the guests were raving about how wonderful everything they prepared was. Even more than that though was how incredibly wonderful and professional the staff were who were at our wedding. The service with Culinary Excellence is top notch: the staff are friendly and so so helpful. The table set-up was so well done, and the dance floor they set up for us was perfect. We love dancing, and having a nice smooth floor was a must. Culinary Excellence took care of it all. They're a great company, and we are really thankful we got to work with them. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Aley
Wedding:
8/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Wow, I don't even know where to begin here! First off, HIRE CULINARY EXCELLENCE!! Jessica and Dr. Hardy (Chef Hardy) were the absolutely best! Jessica and I went back and forth constantly (emails, texts, calls, everything) for a year to plan my wedding. Every time I emailed her with another question or request, she treated me like I was her most important client. I started out just hiring them to do the food, and ended up hiring them for catering, decorations, lighting, flowers and the wedding cake. They're truly a one-stop shop!

Dr. Hardy was actually one of my pediatric cardiologists when I had open heart surgery as a baby, and it was insane to find out that he owns the catering business we hired for our wedding. He did our construction themed wedding cake, and it turned out so perfect and elegant.

Jessica basically ran my wedding! From the planning phases to the day of, when we had her take charge over our horrid DJ, she was there and working to make us happy. I can't even say enough good things about this pair! Seriously, hire them!

Now for the obvious part: the food. Their food selections are diverse and absolutely delicious across the board! I told both Jessica and Dr. Hardy that they need to open a restaurant on the side so my husband and I can come back to eat their fabulous food again! My wedding cake was the absolute BEST CAKE I've ever eaten! I usually hate cake and wasn't even planning on having a wedding cake (my husband insisted on one) and I have no regrets. We chose chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling and it was the best I've ever had.

My wedding was at the Brazilian Room and Culinary Excellence is by FAR the best of their pre-approved caterer list. I'd hire them again for anything.
Wow, I don't even know where to begin here! First off, HIRE CULINARY EXCELLENCE!! Jessica and Dr. Hardy (Chef Hardy) were Read more...
Wow, I don't even know where to begin here! First off, HIRE CULINARY EXCELLENCE!! Jessica and Dr. Hardy (Chef Hardy) were the absolutely best! Jessica and I went back and forth constantly (emails, texts, calls, everything) for a year to plan my wedding. Every time I emailed her with another question or request, she treated me like I was her most important client. I started out just hiring them to do the food, and ended up hiring them for catering, decorations, lighting, flowers and the wedding cake. They're truly a one-stop shop!

Dr. Hardy was actually one of my pediatric cardiologists when I had open heart surgery as a baby, and it was insane to find out that he owns the catering business we hired for our wedding. He did our construction themed wedding cake, and it turned out so perfect and elegant.

Jessica basically ran my wedding! From the planning phases to the day of, when we had her take charge over our horrid DJ, she was there and working to make us happy. I can't even say enough good things about this pair! Seriously, hire them!

Now for the obvious part: the food. Their food selections are diverse and absolutely delicious across the board! I told both Jessica and Dr. Hardy that they need to open a restaurant on the side so my husband and I can come back to eat their fabulous food again! My wedding cake was the absolute BEST CAKE I've ever eaten! I usually hate cake and wasn't even planning on having a wedding cake (my husband insisted on one) and I have no regrets. We chose chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling and it was the best I've ever had.

My wedding was at the Brazilian Room and Culinary Excellence is by FAR the best of their pre-approved caterer list. I'd hire them again for anything. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Miriam
Wedding:
8/14/2012
4.9/5.0
Chris Hardy and his staff made our son's morning wedding in our garden flawless. Once he arrived at our home, I relaxed and he took care of setting everything up for the ceremony and then tables for the brunch. The food which included Indian food as well as wraps, quiches, salad and fruit was beautifully displayed and very fresh and delicious. He provided coffee, tea, and lemonade and took care of the champagne, wine, and cake service. His staff was professional and efficient and they were very attentive to moving umbrellas to keep the guests shaded. We used Culinary Excellence last year at our daughter's wedding at Ardenwood Park in Fremont and they easily handled 200 guests. We have received so many comments about how wonderful everything was. We highly recommend Chris Hardy and Culinary Excellence. The Thompson's
Chris Hardy and his staff made our son's morning wedding in our garden flawless. Once he arrived at our home, I relaxed Read more...
Chris Hardy and his staff made our son's morning wedding in our garden flawless. Once he arrived at our home, I relaxed and he took care of setting everything up for the ceremony and then tables for the brunch. The food which included Indian food as well as wraps, quiches, salad and fruit was beautifully displayed and very fresh and delicious. He provided coffee, tea, and lemonade and took care of the champagne, wine, and cake service. His staff was professional and efficient and they were very attentive to moving umbrellas to keep the guests shaded. We used Culinary Excellence last year at our daughter's wedding at Ardenwood Park in Fremont and they easily handled 200 guests. We have received so many comments about how wonderful everything was. We highly recommend Chris Hardy and Culinary Excellence. The Thompson's Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Venue
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elmopitt
Wedding:
11/7/2009
5.0/5.0
We had Culinary Excellence cater our wedding reception recently, and we absolutely loved working with them every step of the way. They were always very helpful and easy to talk to, and really helped make our reception a success. We did not have a wedding coordinator, but CE worked directly with our other vendors to make sure everything went off smoothly. Of course, a caterer is nothing without good food, and theirs is spectacular. They're also very flexible, and helped us add plenty of personal touches to make the day even more special. They may not be the cheapest caterers in town, but we definitely got more than we paid for. We miss them already!
We had Culinary Excellence cater our wedding reception recently, and we absolutely loved working with them every step of Read more...
We had Culinary Excellence cater our wedding reception recently, and we absolutely loved working with them every step of the way. They were always very helpful and easy to talk to, and really helped make our reception a success. We did not have a wedding coordinator, but CE worked directly with our other vendors to make sure everything went off smoothly. Of course, a caterer is nothing without good food, and theirs is spectacular. They're also very flexible, and helped us add plenty of personal touches to make the day even more special. They may not be the cheapest caterers in town, but we definitely got more than we paid for. We miss them already! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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SaraP
Wedding:
5/17/2009
5.0/5.0
Culinary Excellence catered our wedding at the Bently Reserve. The service was absolutely tremendous and the food incredible. Chris and Katherine worked very closely with my family on every detail of the wedding and were exceptionally kind and helpful. On our wedding day, they made us feel extremely well taken care of - everything just unfolded seamlessly. The food was tremendous - absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The service was excellent - our 200+ guests all commented on the timely and organized service. I recommend them without any reservations, they are wonderful!
Culinary Excellence catered our wedding at the Bently Reserve. The service was absolutely tremendous and the food Read more...
Culinary Excellence catered our wedding at the Bently Reserve. The service was absolutely tremendous and the food incredible. Chris and Katherine worked very closely with my family on every detail of the wedding and were exceptionally kind and helpful. On our wedding day, they made us feel extremely well taken care of - everything just unfolded seamlessly. The food was tremendous - absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The service was excellent - our 200+ guests all commented on the timely and organized service. I recommend them without any reservations, they are wonderful! Read less
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rdl
Wedding:
8/1/2008
5.0/5.0
When we found Chris and Catherine at Culinary Excellence we were a little dismayed to say the least with the wedding planning business. We did not have a good experience with our first venue and left losing a deposit. Chris and Catherine renewed our faith and brought back the joy and excitment. That was only the beginning! They worked with us very closely and showed us what true professionals are really like. From start to finish they are like family in every sense of the word. You are treated as if you are their only clients. Now for the really good stuff, THE FOOD!!! WOW!!! It was the best food we have ever eaten at a wedding!!! Our guests were so incredibly happy. All night long they were commenting about the wonderful food and service they were being given. There was never an empty hand or empty glass. The cake was also wonderful and beautiful, exactly what our daughter wanted. Chris and Catherine are very visible thoughout the evening and go around to each table making sure everyone has what they need. The staff is awesome as well. I only wish we would have found them alot sooner. We could have saved ourselves alot of heartache. We would have given them the budget and just let them go! Their attention to detail is incredible! You cant go wrong with Culinary Excellence!!! They are truly one of the best in the business!!!
When we found Chris and Catherine at Culinary Excellence we were a little dismayed to say the least with the wedding Read more...
When we found Chris and Catherine at Culinary Excellence we were a little dismayed to say the least with the wedding planning business. We did not have a good experience with our first venue and left losing a deposit. Chris and Catherine renewed our faith and brought back the joy and excitment. That was only the beginning! They worked with us very closely and showed us what true professionals are really like. From start to finish they are like family in every sense of the word. You are treated as if you are their only clients. Now for the really good stuff, THE FOOD!!! WOW!!! It was the best food we have ever eaten at a wedding!!! Our guests were so incredibly happy. All night long they were commenting about the wonderful food and service they were being given. There was never an empty hand or empty glass. The cake was also wonderful and beautiful, exactly what our daughter wanted. Chris and Catherine are very visible thoughout the evening and go around to each table making sure everyone has what they need. The staff is awesome as well. I only wish we would have found them alot sooner. We could have saved ourselves alot of heartache. We would have given them the budget and just let them go! Their attention to detail is incredible! You cant go wrong with Culinary Excellence!!! They are truly one of the best in the business!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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SandyT
Wedding:
9/22/2007
5.0/5.0
I could not possibly say enough good things about Culinary Excellence! Without hesitation, I would recommend them to anyone who needs a caterer. We used Culinary Excellence for our wedding at the Dunsmuir Estate. Chris not only did the catering, but also did the cake, the flowers, the chair covers, and took care of all the linen and assorted rentals. Chris is fantastic to work with he does not get stressed, he is on top of the details and he always gets back to you in a timely manner. Chris was also a great resource for bouncing ideas off of. Chris also takes so much of the stress off of the bride and groom on the wedding day. We were planning on having an outdoor ceremony, but it rained the day of the wedding. Chris told us not to worry about a thing, he would take care of all the last minute changes (we had to move it inside) and he allowed us to enjoy the day with our friends and family. The food was fantastic, the service was excellent, the flowers were exquisite, and people are still talking about how beautiful and tasty the cake was. Culinary Excellence exceeded all of my very high expectations and all at very reasonable price.
I could not possibly say enough good things about Culinary Excellence! Without hesitation, I would recommend them to Read more...
I could not possibly say enough good things about Culinary Excellence! Without hesitation, I would recommend them to anyone who needs a caterer. We used Culinary Excellence for our wedding at the Dunsmuir Estate. Chris not only did the catering, but also did the cake, the flowers, the chair covers, and took care of all the linen and assorted rentals. Chris is fantastic to work with he does not get stressed, he is on top of the details and he always gets back to you in a timely manner. Chris was also a great resource for bouncing ideas off of. Chris also takes so much of the stress off of the bride and groom on the wedding day. We were planning on having an outdoor ceremony, but it rained the day of the wedding. Chris told us not to worry about a thing, he would take care of all the last minute changes (we had to move it inside) and he allowed us to enjoy the day with our friends and family. The food was fantastic, the service was excellent, the flowers were exquisite, and people are still talking about how beautiful and tasty the cake was. Culinary Excellence exceeded all of my very high expectations and all at very reasonable price. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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chersimon
Wedding:
6/9/2007
5.0/5.0
They were wonderful! Any questions I had at the last minute, or little details (like table numbers and holders, extra table for the DJ, returning flower stands to the florist,) were instantly taken care of. I had absolute trust in them and they came through all the way. They are professional and very friendly. The food was great to. We spent about $10,000 for a seated dinner of 100 people and that included all our table, chair, and linen rentals and the cake too. the service during the wedding was great, all the staff were very prompt and friendly. I can't say enough good things about them, they made they day go by so smoothly and helped me feel at ease all throughout the planning. They have a lot of options ofr entrees and were helpful with accomodating vegetarians and vegans. They also gave us a great tasting before we booked with them.
They were wonderful! Any questions I had at the last minute, or little details (like table numbers and holders, extra Read more...
They were wonderful! Any questions I had at the last minute, or little details (like table numbers and holders, extra table for the DJ, returning flower stands to the florist,) were instantly taken care of. I had absolute trust in them and they came through all the way. They are professional and very friendly. The food was great to. We spent about $10,000 for a seated dinner of 100 people and that included all our table, chair, and linen rentals and the cake too. the service during the wedding was great, all the staff were very prompt and friendly. I can't say enough good things about them, they made they day go by so smoothly and helped me feel at ease all throughout the planning. They have a lot of options ofr entrees and were helpful with accomodating vegetarians and vegans. They also gave us a great tasting before we booked with them. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
Culinary Excellence was one of the caterers listed for the East Bay Regional Parks locations. We found them when we went to a tasting and really liked Jessica. She was straightforward about what they had to offer. Once we decided to go with Culinary Excellence, Jessica was responsive to all of our questions and concerns about the venue. They took care of all of the set-up and break-down of the wedding and brought in additional chairs and tables for the reception.

The food was really good, especially the mini-sliders we had for the cocktail hour! Everyone loved the mashed potatoes, as well as the rest of dinner. Many went for seconds. Overall, they did a great job at our wedding!
Culinary Excellence was one of the caterers listed for the East Bay Regional Parks locations. We found them when we went Read more...
Culinary Excellence was one of the caterers listed for the East Bay Regional Parks locations. We found them when we went to a tasting and really liked Jessica. She was straightforward about what they had to offer. Once we decided to go with Culinary Excellence, Jessica was responsive to all of our questions and concerns about the venue. They took care of all of the set-up and break-down of the wedding and brought in additional chairs and tables for the reception.

The food was really good, especially the mini-sliders we had for the cocktail hour! Everyone loved the mashed potatoes, as well as the rest of dinner. Many went for seconds. Overall, they did a great job at our wedding! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
As parents of the bride, our experience with Culinary Excellence was far beyond expectation. We contracted with Culinary Excellence to make floral arrangements for the church wedding and to cater a banquet at the Golden Club for nearly 300 people. Chef and Owner, Christian (Chris) Hardy was not only attentive to details in the floral displays and arrangements for the wedding, but also in the table floral displays, lighting, and the culinary presentation for the reception and banquet which followed. Chris went beyond the call of duty to arrange the pulpit beautifully for a sacred matrimony, befitting of a place of worship. He and his staff also created the perfect ambiance for a large and elegant banquet after the wedding for our daughter. The hand passed hors d’oeuvres were hot and delicious during the reception. For the banquet, the salad was fresh and colorful. The buffet table provided eye appealing hot entrees and side dishes. Specifically, the prime rib and salmon entrees were moist, tender, and melted in the mouth. The spread of delicious, multiple choices of desserts amazed the guests. Our daughter requested home-made ice cream with unique flavors to be served, and Chris provided green tea, ube (taro), and mango. Our guests not only commented about how delicious the meal was but also that the dessert buffet was the very best they’ve ever had at a wedding banquet. Above all, the cost was reasonable for all that was provided. We give Culinary Excellence two thumbs up for a job well done in making our daughter’s wedding and banquet a most memorable one, a day we will cherish always!
As parents of the bride, our experience with Culinary Excellence was far beyond expectation. We contracted with Culinary Read more...
As parents of the bride, our experience with Culinary Excellence was far beyond expectation. We contracted with Culinary Excellence to make floral arrangements for the church wedding and to cater a banquet at the Golden Club for nearly 300 people. Chef and Owner, Christian (Chris) Hardy was not only attentive to details in the floral displays and arrangements for the wedding, but also in the table floral displays, lighting, and the culinary presentation for the reception and banquet which followed. Chris went beyond the call of duty to arrange the pulpit beautifully for a sacred matrimony, befitting of a place of worship. He and his staff also created the perfect ambiance for a large and elegant banquet after the wedding for our daughter. The hand passed hors d’oeuvres were hot and delicious during the reception. For the banquet, the salad was fresh and colorful. The buffet table provided eye appealing hot entrees and side dishes. Specifically, the prime rib and salmon entrees were moist, tender, and melted in the mouth. The spread of delicious, multiple choices of desserts amazed the guests. Our daughter requested home-made ice cream with unique flavors to be served, and Chris provided green tea, ube (taro), and mango. Our guests not only commented about how delicious the meal was but also that the dessert buffet was the very best they’ve ever had at a wedding banquet. Above all, the cost was reasonable for all that was provided. We give Culinary Excellence two thumbs up for a job well done in making our daughter’s wedding and banquet a most memorable one, a day we will cherish always! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
4.4/5.0
Went here for a tasting, food was delicious, everything is great! But it's a bit past my budget event though it's a pretty good deal. Everything with the word "wedding", companies take advantage to charge up the nose.
Went here for a tasting, food was delicious, everything is great! But it's a bit past my budget event though it's a pretty Read more...
Went here for a tasting, food was delicious, everything is great! But it's a bit past my budget event though it's a pretty good deal. Everything with the word "wedding", companies take advantage to charge up the nose. Read less
Services Used: Catering

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