Oak Avenue Catering

Saint Helena , CA


1314 Oak Ave
Saint Helena, CA US 94574 (map)




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Knickerbockers' catering started in 1975, coinciding with the wine boom in the Napa Valley. Although we are the oldest catering business in the Napa Valley, Knickerbockers' approach and... Read more
Knickerbockers' catering started in 1975, coinciding with the wine boom in the Napa Valley. Although we are the oldest catering business in the Napa Valley, Knickerbockers' approach and cuisine remain vital and fresh as a result of constant input and association with many of the top chefs and event co-coordinators in the country.

Upon his retirement in 2009, Tony Knickerbocker sold the catering business to longtime partners Chefs Shannon and Christina Kelly. Chef Shannon Kelly was trained in France by Maitre Du Cuisiniere, Josphe Tuet, during their stints as Sous Chefs for Domaine Chandon's Restaurant in Yountville. Chef Kelly's participation with wine auction events and other food and wine related meals has exposed him to such food luminaries as Julia Childs, Dean Fairing of Mansion at Turtle Creek in Dallas, Chef-Jojo of Summit Restaurant in Chicago, and Italian Television Cooking Star, Osvaldo Baroncelli. These enhancing experiences result in wonderfully creative and expertly executed meals for you.

Our service staff is led by Joanne Blicker whose many years in the event business have enabled her to prepare for and execute any size event with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. Read less


What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, Cajun, Chinese, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Pan-Asian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?


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After we had booked a caterer in the July before our May 2014 wedding, we thought we were set with that major detail - unfortunately our caterer unexpectedly decided to close in January 2014, so we were suddenly left without a caterer. And we LOVED the food done by our original caterer. It could have been a stress-inducing situation, but Oak Avenue ultimately reassured any anxieties about whether we'd have the delicious food that was so important to us for our reception (my husband and I could be considered foodies, although we're not fans of the term). Oak Avenue not only took our original menu, but managed to improve upon it. After our initial tasting, we asked for a few tweaks here and there, but we were overall extremely happy that they could provide food just as delicious and enjoyable as our original caterer, if not more.

Their level of service on the day of our wedding proved that we really lucked out in booking Oak Avenue. Their waitstaff was polite but attentive, and the food turned out just as delicious as my husband and I had tasted on our tasting appointment. While we took photos around our reception area with the wedding party, servers came down to greet us with water and drinks, and brought a steady stream of hors d'oeuvres for us to stack on. Even while my husband and I greeted guests during dinner, the staff was excellent about discreetly letting us know when our dishes had been set down, so that we could pause and take the time to eat and really enjoy the food. That was a big priority of mine - as much as I wanted to be a good hostess, I also wanted to enjoy our meals and not starve! Oak Avenue really helped with that.

Overall, I'd highly recommend hiring Oak Avenue if you're doing your wedding in the Napa area. You'll get delicious, sophisticated food and excellent service by everyone on their team.
Services Used: Catering
We hired Oak Avenue catering for our recent wedding at V. Sattui and were extremely satisfied with the food, service, and follow up. My husband and I along with our guets loved the food! The food was delicious, served at the temperatures, and served on time! The braised shortribs, one of the main course served, was my favorite! We received so many compliments from our guests! You know the food is really good when the guests are able to give you a detailed description of the food they ate weeks after the wedding.
We worked with Tracy at Oak Avenue Catering and it was such a pleasure to work with her! She was quick to respond to our emails/calls, made great recommendations regarding the menu, linens, chairs, etc, and even pointed us in the right direction when we needed a vendor for our flowers. She was also knowledgeable about our venue V. Sattui, since Oak Ave caterers most of their winery events, and also worked well and was familiar with our other venders. I will miss our weekly corrrespondance with Tracy.
I highly recommend them and will likely use them for future events!
Services Used: Catering
Highly recommended for a wedding caterer in Napa Valley! We planned our wedding from Minnesota, so we didn't have a chance to taste the food or the wedding cake - but when the wedding day came, every morsel of food was an enormous, delicious, fabulous success thanks to the incredible team at Knickerbockers Oak Avenue Catering in St. Helena.

(1) Cocktail hour was beautiful - every item and beverage was yum-yum-yummy. We all had such a wonderful, happy, belly-filling time after the ceremony!

(2) The main meal was PERFECTION. Somehow they sent out the best-prepared salmon I've ever had, not just at a wedding, but in any restaurant as well, including the incredible restaurants in Napa. The steak was heart-meltingly good, as well.

(3) Wedding cake!! We ordered 3 wedding cakes (smile). I was a bit nervous ordering the cake through a caterer rather than a bakery, but it was the best decision. Oak Avenue's owner is a pastry chef and it showed. We ordered 3 flavors and each one was better than the next - superduper moist and oh-so gourmet. Every guest had a favorite and bless the Oak Avenue team for boxing up the leftover cake for my honey and I to take on our honeymoon. Yes, we ate it all guys...

(4) Above all, the best part about working with Oak Avenue was the team. From our incredible and committed event planner Tracy, to the brilliant and kind chefs and staff who made our wedding day happen. Oak Avenue took care of every detail from planning the menu, managing rentals (tables/chairs/etc), setting everything up (like our favors, menus, etc) and turning out delicious Napa food.

Everything was beyond perfect. They were the dream partner for planning a destination wedding and I'm so happy we had the privilege of working with them.

To our team at Oak Avenue, thank you - you will forever be in our hearts. You gave us the most perfect and beautiful day. No better way to start our life together than with what you created for us on August 12.
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
Knickerbockers was truly one of the best vendors we had the pleasure of working with. Tracy is an absolute pro- she is cheerful, quick to respond, and able to meet every need you request. She was able to get us all of our special requests. I am beyond thrilled that our wedding coordinator, Suzy Berberian, referred us to their services.

We used Knickerbockers Catering for our Welcome Wedding Picnic and our guests would not stop raving about how incredible the food was... honestly, we ate it the entire weekend and fought over desserts, potato salad and who was going to get the last sandwich. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

Also, their staff member Sophia was incredibly wonderful. She was so helpful, hardworking, and went above and beyond to make everything perfect for us. She even wrapped up our leftovers to deliver the next day for us to have before the wedding!!

Knickerbockers cannot be recommended highly enough by us- they are incredible with their service and if that doesn't bring a smile to your face, wait until you taste their incredible food!!
Services Used: Catering
Excellent company and outstanding food. Very professional and a pleasure to work with
Services Used: Catering


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