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Preferred Sonoma Caterers

Petaluma , CA
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LOCATION

416 East D Street
Petaluma, CA 94952 US (map)

PHONE

707-769-7208
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ABOUT US

Preferred Sonoma Caterers is a full service catering company provid everything from taylored menus, experienced service staff, to rentals. We are also happy to provide event planning... Read more
Preferred Sonoma Caterers is a full service catering company provid everything from taylored menus, experienced service staff, to rentals. We are also happy to provide event planning advice and suggest service providers we have had good experiences with.

Preferred Sonoma Caterers was founded by Chef Amber Balshaw. Amber apprenticed in Innsbruck, Austria, attended the Culinary Institute of America (our country's foremost culinary academy) where She graduated first in her class. While still in school she had the honor to cook for then Vice-President George Bush, and on another occasion with Julia Childs in the demonstration kitchen.

At the Ojai Valley Inn and Country Club, which is known for its attraction of the Hollywood elite, she had the pleasure to bake for a multitude of stars, three former U.S. presidents and many other dignitaries.

Founding PSC in 1992 the business has seen great success and some notable events. Among some of our more unusual events have been a 3 day long Millennium party for 300 guests. Provided catering on location for John Travolta. Catered for Emeril Lagasse during his San Francisco special. Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
6/6/2015
5.0/5.0
Amber and team were great to work with. We were planning our Sonoma wedding from Minneapolis, so it was important to have a caterer that was responsive. The food was AMAZING and our guests still talk about the "Sonoma Bounty" of fresh fruit and local cheeses. Amber and team were also great at coordinating all the day of set up and working closely with our venue to make sure everything was perfect. They did a great job and I highly recommend them to anyone!
Amber and team were great to work with. We were planning our Sonoma wedding from Minneapolis, so it was important to have Read more...
Amber and team were great to work with. We were planning our Sonoma wedding from Minneapolis, so it was important to have a caterer that was responsive. The food was AMAZING and our guests still talk about the "Sonoma Bounty" of fresh fruit and local cheeses. Amber and team were also great at coordinating all the day of set up and working closely with our venue to make sure everything was perfect. They did a great job and I highly recommend them to anyone! Read less
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Danica
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Preferred Sonoma couldn't have been a better fit for our wedding - from food selection, styling to the company's "Green" philosophy. When ever we would meet with or call Preferred we felt like we had there full attention. Having a wedding at an unfamiliar site - Amber visited the venue to walk through layout and meet the owners. As nerves build towards the final day - questions start to accumulate - Edie was always on top of answering them. And lastly during the wedding the staff always made sure me and the groom were taken care of. Having Preferred as our caterer I knew the event would go smoothly. Plus after talking with all the guest - they loved the food
Preferred Sonoma couldn't have been a better fit for our wedding - from food selection, styling to the company's "Green" Read more...
Preferred Sonoma couldn't have been a better fit for our wedding - from food selection, styling to the company's "Green" philosophy. When ever we would meet with or call Preferred we felt like we had there full attention. Having a wedding at an unfamiliar site - Amber visited the venue to walk through layout and meet the owners. As nerves build towards the final day - questions start to accumulate - Edie was always on top of answering them. And lastly during the wedding the staff always made sure me and the groom were taken care of. Having Preferred as our caterer I knew the event would go smoothly. Plus after talking with all the guest - they loved the food Read less
Services Used: Catering
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elizabeth
Wedding:
10/10/2014
5.0/5.0
If you are going to have an event in the Petaluma area, use Preferred Sonoma Caterers!!!!! I am in the event industry, so have A LOT of experience with caterers. Matt is a chef/ restaurant owner, so to say that food was going to be important at our wedding- is a huge understatement. In addition to phone conversations & emails to get specifics worked out, we met with Amber 5 days beforehand at the venue & worked out all of the details (as Matt & I had never seen the venue except online, this was VERY important to us). She was knowledgable, professional, efficient, and just wonderful all around. At our wedding, both the staff and the food was great. We could not have been more pleased!
If you are going to have an event in the Petaluma area, use Preferred Sonoma Caterers!!!!! I am in the event industry, so Read more...
If you are going to have an event in the Petaluma area, use Preferred Sonoma Caterers!!!!! I am in the event industry, so have A LOT of experience with caterers. Matt is a chef/ restaurant owner, so to say that food was going to be important at our wedding- is a huge understatement. In addition to phone conversations & emails to get specifics worked out, we met with Amber 5 days beforehand at the venue & worked out all of the details (as Matt & I had never seen the venue except online, this was VERY important to us). She was knowledgable, professional, efficient, and just wonderful all around. At our wedding, both the staff and the food was great. We could not have been more pleased! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Carol
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Not only our guest but also the venue staff complimented their service, taste and professionalism.
Not only our guest but also the venue staff complimented their service, taste and professionalism.
Not only our guest but also the venue staff complimented their service, taste and professionalism. Read less
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Deanna
Wedding:
9/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Finding a Sonoma caterer all the way from Texas was not an easy feat, but I am more than happy to have picked Preferred Sonoma Catering! They were incredibly helpful planning the menu and answering all of my questions throughout the planning process. I had a few guests with a gluten sensitivity and an allergy to red meat, and they figured out hors d’oeuvres, main course and desserts to accommodate everyone! I had multiple people come up to me during the wedding to tell me how great the food was – and it was truly delicious!
Finding a Sonoma caterer all the way from Texas was not an easy feat, but I am more than happy to have picked Preferred Read more...
Finding a Sonoma caterer all the way from Texas was not an easy feat, but I am more than happy to have picked Preferred Sonoma Catering! They were incredibly helpful planning the menu and answering all of my questions throughout the planning process. I had a few guests with a gluten sensitivity and an allergy to red meat, and they figured out hors d’oeuvres, main course and desserts to accommodate everyone! I had multiple people come up to me during the wedding to tell me how great the food was – and it was truly delicious! Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
8/16/2014
4.9/5.0
We could not have hired a better caterer for our wedding. We not only paid for quality food (which we and our guests loved!) but we got the best service we could have imagined. Amber & Edie answered all of our questions in a timely manner. They provided all table linens, silverware, flatware, dishware, etc! They even threw in heaters at the last minute when we were worried people would get cold at night. They catered our venue (Garden Vally Rance, Petaluma) before, and were experts. They knew exactly what to expect and conducted everything beautifully. Their waitstaff was friendly and helpful to all of our wedding guests. I would gladly hire them again in a heartbeat and highly recommend paying a little more for their high quality service!!!
We could not have hired a better caterer for our wedding. We not only paid for quality food (which we and our guests Read more...
We could not have hired a better caterer for our wedding. We not only paid for quality food (which we and our guests loved!) but we got the best service we could have imagined. Amber & Edie answered all of our questions in a timely manner. They provided all table linens, silverware, flatware, dishware, etc! They even threw in heaters at the last minute when we were worried people would get cold at night. They catered our venue (Garden Vally Rance, Petaluma) before, and were experts. They knew exactly what to expect and conducted everything beautifully. Their waitstaff was friendly and helpful to all of our wedding guests. I would gladly hire them again in a heartbeat and highly recommend paying a little more for their high quality service!!! Read less
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Monica
Wedding:
6/27/2014
5.0/5.0
We are so happy that we chose Preferred Sonoma Caterers. They "put on" a perfect wedding for us. Every detail was with our dream and wishes in mind. Then they added their exceptional service and tasty food to make for one amazing day! Every person that we met along the way was so friendly and helpful. This was a destination wedding for us and it was easy to plan, even from afar, with their guidance. Thank you!!
We are so happy that we chose Preferred Sonoma Caterers. They "put on" a perfect wedding for us. Every detail was with our Read more...
We are so happy that we chose Preferred Sonoma Caterers. They "put on" a perfect wedding for us. Every detail was with our dream and wishes in mind. Then they added their exceptional service and tasty food to make for one amazing day! Every person that we met along the way was so friendly and helpful. This was a destination wedding for us and it was easy to plan, even from afar, with their guidance. Thank you!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Pam
Wedding:
9/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Food was fantastic! Service was outstanding! They even made little to go boxes that were delicious for the late night snacking!
At one multiple times during the evening, the staff would spot me and ask, do you need anything? Water? Wine? It was so kind because I didn't even realize how tired I was before the event even started, or that yes, I do want some wine ;)
Food was fantastic! Service was outstanding! They even made little to go boxes that were delicious for the late night Read more...
Food was fantastic! Service was outstanding! They even made little to go boxes that were delicious for the late night snacking!
At one multiple times during the evening, the staff would spot me and ask, do you need anything? Water? Wine? It was so kind because I didn't even realize how tired I was before the event even started, or that yes, I do want some wine ;) Read less
Services Used: Catering
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sarah
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
I first experienced their service at a friend's wedding in Sonoma--everything was impeccable, food was delicious, and they were incredible with the guests. When my husband and I were planning our wedding for Napa, we did our research, interviewed many other caterers, but came back to Preferred Sonoma because of their excellent, local, fresh cuisine, amazing service, and family-run philosophy. I also loved that they coordinated your rentals as well. We wanted everything we served to be in-season…and our menu got rave reviews from all our guests: high boys filled with fresh heirloom carrots, tomatoes, radishes, salt, etc; chicken with peach salsa, trip tip, grilled summer vegetables, etc. It was a feast for the eyes! Wouldn't hesitate to work with them again. Would recommend them to everyone with an event in the area! Can't speak highly enough about this company, its delicious food, and incredible professionalism.
I first experienced their service at a friend's wedding in Sonoma--everything was impeccable, food was delicious, and they Read more...
I first experienced their service at a friend's wedding in Sonoma--everything was impeccable, food was delicious, and they were incredible with the guests. When my husband and I were planning our wedding for Napa, we did our research, interviewed many other caterers, but came back to Preferred Sonoma because of their excellent, local, fresh cuisine, amazing service, and family-run philosophy. I also loved that they coordinated your rentals as well. We wanted everything we served to be in-season…and our menu got rave reviews from all our guests: high boys filled with fresh heirloom carrots, tomatoes, radishes, salt, etc; chicken with peach salsa, trip tip, grilled summer vegetables, etc. It was a feast for the eyes! Wouldn't hesitate to work with them again. Would recommend them to everyone with an event in the area! Can't speak highly enough about this company, its delicious food, and incredible professionalism. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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meekowt
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
We were extremely pleased to work with Amber and her team at PCS! They provided our rehearsal dinner and also our reception at Kunde Winery (See separate review), and Amber also doubled as our day of coordinator. They were very easy to work with, ultra professional, and made our wedding day one of the easiest, most relaxed days we could ask for. They also were fabulous about working with our catering requests (East Carolina BBQ is hard to come by in Sonoma!), including incorporating our recipes and traditions into what became two very, very memorable dinners! Nearly every single guest has given us feedback that the food was the best they've ever had at a wedding, which for a foodie like myself is the best feedback one could ask for!
We were extremely pleased to work with Amber and her team at PCS! They provided our rehearsal dinner and also our Read more...
We were extremely pleased to work with Amber and her team at PCS! They provided our rehearsal dinner and also our reception at Kunde Winery (See separate review), and Amber also doubled as our day of coordinator. They were very easy to work with, ultra professional, and made our wedding day one of the easiest, most relaxed days we could ask for. They also were fabulous about working with our catering requests (East Carolina BBQ is hard to come by in Sonoma!), including incorporating our recipes and traditions into what became two very, very memorable dinners! Nearly every single guest has given us feedback that the food was the best they've ever had at a wedding, which for a foodie like myself is the best feedback one could ask for! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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roehrick
Wedding:
8/8/2008
4.0/5.0
Overall, I am very happy with the Preferred Sonoma Caterers (PCS). We had a cocktail reception, so the food consisted of 2 stations and about 8 passed appetizers, along with a pre-ceremony bread, cheese and drink bar. The guests said the food was great, and much to my happiness, that there was enough! One of my biggest priorities was making sure that guests did not leave hungry, even though it was a cocktail reception. Everyone said there was enough food and the leftovers that we took home proved it. There was one appetizer that I did not care for, but I take full responsibility for it. I tried the torta at our tasting back in October and did not like it, but was convinced by everyone else that all of the guests would like it. They didn't. I should have listened to my instinct and taken it off the menu, which is why I don't fault PCS. In addition to the great food, the service was fantastic! I think that there was a waiter assigned to me specifically, because the same wonderful guy kept coming back to me and insisting that I eat and making up little plates of food for me. I felt very well cared for. We also hired Amber, the owner of PCS, to act as our day of coordinator. She was a STEAL and I would have paid double for her. Amber has a type A personality that is easy to get along with, but gets the job done. She took over at the rehearsal and I didn't look back (ok, well maybe I looked a little, but I felt very confident in her). I didn't have to worry about a thing (including the guest who got sick all over the deck- Amber is full service to say the least!).
Overall, I am very happy with the Preferred Sonoma Caterers (PCS). We had a cocktail reception, so the food consisted of 2 Read more...
Overall, I am very happy with the Preferred Sonoma Caterers (PCS). We had a cocktail reception, so the food consisted of 2 stations and about 8 passed appetizers, along with a pre-ceremony bread, cheese and drink bar. The guests said the food was great, and much to my happiness, that there was enough! One of my biggest priorities was making sure that guests did not leave hungry, even though it was a cocktail reception. Everyone said there was enough food and the leftovers that we took home proved it. There was one appetizer that I did not care for, but I take full responsibility for it. I tried the torta at our tasting back in October and did not like it, but was convinced by everyone else that all of the guests would like it. They didn't. I should have listened to my instinct and taken it off the menu, which is why I don't fault PCS. In addition to the great food, the service was fantastic! I think that there was a waiter assigned to me specifically, because the same wonderful guy kept coming back to me and insisting that I eat and making up little plates of food for me. I felt very well cared for. We also hired Amber, the owner of PCS, to act as our day of coordinator. She was a STEAL and I would have paid double for her. Amber has a type A personality that is easy to get along with, but gets the job done. She took over at the rehearsal and I didn't look back (ok, well maybe I looked a little, but I felt very confident in her). I didn't have to worry about a thing (including the guest who got sick all over the deck- Amber is full service to say the least!). Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
This company is amazing. They are so organized, professional and flexible. They helped us stay with in our budget and are very easy to work with.
This company is amazing. They are so organized, professional and flexible. They helped us stay with in our budget and are Read more...
This company is amazing. They are so organized, professional and flexible. They helped us stay with in our budget and are very easy to work with. Read less
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