About this Vendor
Elegant Occasions Catering & Event Planning
Full service catering company. Preferred at many Bay Area reception sites; 25 years of experience and 700 menu items. Known for excellent food presentation, superb meals and outstanding service staff.
$$ – Affordable
American, Eastern European, French, Italian, Latin American
Buffet, Catering Clean Up, Catering Delivery + Setup, Family Style, Passed Appetizers, Seated Meal, Servers, Food + Catering
I cannot believe that I missed an opportunity to review this wonderful caterer on The Knot! Even though this review is 3.5 years late( yes, 3.5 years!!) I’m still going to write it because they deserve a standing ovation and a million thanks from our family. My daughter was married in May of 2014 and I found Elegant Occasions on a certain website that rates customers opinions. Tons of 5 Stars!! I feel very fortunate that Gina and her amazing crew were a part of my daughter’s special day. Gina was the consummate professional with a heart of gold. The buffets that she offers are DELICIOUS! Our guests raved about the food selections and the flavors that her wonder chefs put forth. She has years of experience, and wedding knowledge that just seems to calm the most nervous of brides, (which my daughter was one of) just when I thought I was losing control, she took over the reins and helped me to relax enough to enjoy our daughters wedding day. I was my daughters wedding planner, and oh my goodness, what a relief when Gina stepped in to make it all so wonderful. Thank goodness Gina was available to cater our daughters wedding. She made it perfect! Her prices were absolutely reasonable and she has the ability to do it all...rentals, cake, no hidden charges, even ice sculptures! Gina will always have my respect and admiration, and our thanks. If you get lucky enough to hire Gina, you too will know what we know...she and her Elegant Occasions Catering team are AWESOME!! Don’t walk...RUN!...to hire this great caterer. There, I feel much better knowing that Gina finally got the stellar review that she deserved 3.5 years ago. Thanks again, Gina. You were a delight. :)
HIRE ELEGANT EVENTS. right now. Gina and the whole team were beyond anything I could every write in a review. From DAY 1 Gina made me more relaxed. She has so much experience, she know so much. She literally has all of the answers and not just about the menu...but about the entire wedding planning process. She is calm cool and collected. She made ME calm cool and collected. She was also extremely great at communication. ALWAYS answered or got back to me very very quickly and for a bride to be that is important. Their pricing for an open bar is not beatable. Trust me I looked. I even priced out what it would be to bring in our own alcohol and just hire the bartenders and they were still significantly less expensive and without the headache. The FOOD. So many people have complimented on the food. The appetizers never ran out (which always seems to be an issue). Guests didn't have to chase down the servers to get appetizers (also always seems to be an issue). The dinner portion was very substantial and delicious. We had vegans at our wedding and they raved about their food as well. My husband and I had what felt like our own personal server who was constantly checking in on us. Brought me more food. Gina also constantly checked in on us, brought us food and drinks wherever we were throughout the night. I mean come on! We also did the late night snack...the grilled cheese sandwiches. It's 100% worth the price (which is reasonable) and I personally had like 7. Also, Gina handled some of our drunk guests like a pro...cut them off and discretely told us - no stress - she just handled it. Hire Elegant Event Occasions. You will not regret it. I did not have a single issue with their company throughout the entire process (2 years - we booked early). If I did it all over again, I would hire them without hesitation. THANK YOU GINA!!!!!
Gina and her team were absolutely amazing! We got married on September 23rd and we had the most beautiful wedding all thanks to Elegant Occasions. The food was amazing we had about 220 guests we had tri trip, chicken, a beautiful vegetable display, fruit and her delicious blue cheese candied walnut salad which was the best salad I ever had and I don't even like blue cheese. We went with the 6 hour open bar which was a big hit. We also had grilled cheese sandwiches as our late night snack! Gina's attention to detail is unbelievable; she locks in and delivers every last request. We brought her our decorations and she did an outstanding job and did exactly what I dreamed of without me even telling her. Her staff is super friendly and very attentive. By the time our wedding day came I felt like I was best friends with Gina because she has a super friendly and fun personality. The pricing for what you receive is very reasonable and worth every penny! Gina thank you so much! Book far enough in advance because she is extremely popular and I know why! :)
I can't imagine an easier catering company to work with for a wedding, and their price was really, really impressive. Gina talks fast and whips her way through questions and decisions and all of a sudden, your wedding is half planned. She and Chef Robert are so friendly and even though they must do a hundred weddings a weekend (ok maybe not) they seem to genuinely care that your day is special and stress-free. It was a huge weight off our shoulders that Gina also works as a day-of coordinator, setting up decorations, communicating with other vendors, and troubleshooting any issues that arise. And I couldn't believe how big their staff is! When we arrived to set up at the venue, it seemed like a whole army was bustling around setting up all the tables and prepping food. And they all had the same friendliness and work ethic. When we were taking post-ceremony photos during the cocktail hour, someone swung by to ask us our drink orders and brought us a plate of appetizers. When we forgot to grab champagne glasses for the toast, someone ran off to make sure they were at our table when we sat down. There were so many details to keep track of, but knowing that Gina was keeping track of them too made things less stressful. So grateful for all of their help!
There aren't enough good things I can say about Elegant Occasions & Gina. Working with them was one of the easiest decision we made - not only do they provide the food, but they also provide linens, tableware, servers, and bartenders and alcohol (but you can provide your own booze and get a discounted rate), all included in the total. When I was comparing other caterers, choosing Elegant Occasions was a no-brainer. We also asked them to make the cakes, and the carrot cake in particular was a HUGE hit! Everything went very smoothly - we provided our own alcohol, but Elegant Occasions made sure it got to the venue. I planned most of the wedding myself, and thanks to Gina's knowledge of our venue, she helped guide me through a great deal of the planning process. The day wouldn't have gone nearly as well without her input. On the day of the wedding, her staff was professional and attentive and Gina herself was onsite to oversee it all. They made sure we had food to eat and a drink in our hand at all times, which I know is a rare thing for the bride and groom on their wedding day. And the food was simply amazing - it's not often that guests rave about wedding buffet food, but all we've been hearing are compliments (in addition to the carrot cake, I can also personally recommend the wasabi horseradish and the onion cheese canape!). We would hire Elegant Occasions for all future event needs in a heartbeat!
I am so impressed with Elegant Occasions. We just used them for our wedding in Sonoma. The food was phenomenal and everyone at the wedding was raving about it. Gina was so easy to work with and very experienced, and made the day go smoothly as well as taking care as us as the bride and groom. The packages are great options and we feel we got a great experience with a buffet and open bar at a per person cost.
Elegant Occasions was AMAZING at my daughters wedding, she does not live in the Bay Area so I did all the planning. I looked at many caterers and they were the only one I interviewed because I felt so confident since they had been in business for generations and it was a family operation. And I was RIGHT, my guests are still raving about the food because it was not your typical chafing dish wedding food. We had a Tri Tip Carving station, Chicken Saltimbaca, caramelized onion mashed potatoes and amazing appetizers. The best part was they decorated the buffet tables with flowers that matched our decor. I wouldn't have even thought of that much less had time to worry about buffet tables either. It was just one of the many pleasant surprises! The value for their service is unsurpassed. The crew was so friendly and helpful throughout the night. And the pre-planning was amazing. Gina helped us through all the steps, made great suggestions, and ultimately made the reception a success. Put Elegant Occasions at the top of your list!!
Gina and co from Elegant Occasions were AMAZING! It's a family run business that has been in operation for many years so they know exactly what they're doing. Gina was a pleasure to work with and so professional. The food by Chef Robert was absolutely delicious and plentiful. On top of that, their prices are incredibly reasonable and worth every penny spent. If you want to be stress free about your caterer, book Elegant Occasions ASAP! You won't regret it.
Gina and the crew at Elegant Occasions were absolutely perfect! I can't say enough good things about them. The food was delicious. The service was amazing. Everything went according to plan and our wedding was absolutely perfect. Thank you!
Elegant Occasions to take care of the catering for our wedding. They did such a wonderful job from helping us plan, providing almost everything we needed for our location including linens, nicer chairs, coordinating with other vendors, etc. Gina help manage everything with such grace. She made sure we were well taken care of throughout the whole event. She always made sure to always check in with us if we wanted something to drink or eat. The chef and waiting staff did an excellent job. Very professional throughout. The food was delicious. We constantly got compliments on how delicious the food was. All our guests were super happy with the experience. They even complimented how great Gina and catering staff was. The best part was our catering came with a full bar with bartenders. We will use Elegant Occasions with any future catering. I couldn't think of using anyone else. Thank you so much for such excellent service!!!
Elegant Occasions is THE WAY to go for any Bay Area event. My partner and I selected Elegant Occasions to cater our wedding in Walnut Creek on 10/1. Gina has her business down. FOOD - Delicious, chose the Affair to Remember buffet plus passed hors d'oeuvres at the cocktail hour . Like the other reviews, the dinner was very good and plentiful. My family was very happy and still talk about it. LATE NIGHT GRILLED CHEESE. Elegant Occasions offers "late night snacks." Are you kidding me? This was one of the best decisions we made for the wedding. Guests are present from 4-10PM so by 9PM, the grilled cheese fueled the night on through. We had never been to a wedding that had late night snacks, but I hope it is a trend that takes off! BAR - Great bar tending service. The bar was set up outside to keep people moving and also make sure guests weren’t getting carried away. We elected to supply our own alcohol (beer & wine) and received the discount per person accordingly. However, after we bought from BevMo we realized it would have been less expensive to go with Gina’s full bar, so do the math ahead! They were even particularly helpful for guests that did not drink alcohol – supplying cider and serving the soda and NA beer we provided. Gina personally tended to the wedding party during the cocktail hour and dinner, ensuring everyone had what they needed at all times. WEDDING COORDINATOR - It was hard for us to believe on top of all the other great inclusions that Elegant Occasions has to offer that you also have a day-of coordinator (it says it in the contract, but it's hard to believe). We dropped off decorations ahead of time at the warehouse which helped a lot. Gina had the DJ, photo booth, decorator, etc all ready to go. The reality is most couples have never planned a wedding before, and Gina has planned thousands of events! Gina and Chef Rob even took over the photo booth which was a fun surprise. COST - My partner and I didn't look at many catering companies because when we found Elegant Occasions and put down a security deposit we know we were set. To some, the cost per person might appear high but the OVERALL VALUE is the best in the Bay Area. No extra fees, excellent service, professionalism. If we ever need another event catered, Elegant Occasions will be the first contact. Guests left happy and a huge part of it was the way Elegant Occasions made the night happen.
I cannot recommend elegant occasions catering highly enough. Gina was absolutely fantastic to work with. She was always easy to get into contact with and was receptive to all of our requests. Even when we changed from a breakfast menu to a traditional dinner menu, she was happy to adjust. She was eager to help in many ways. The most helpful was that she let our alcohol distributor deliver the alcohol to her early, so that she could pre-chill everything. She was well versed in the rules of our venue and walked my family through set up and break down to ensure we would receive our full deposit back. Aside from her excellent organization, the food was delicious! We received multiple compliments from family members at our reception. Thank you so much Gina and chef Rob!!!
You know how they say "If it seems to good to be true, it probably is"? Well Elegant Occasions is the exception! After receiving bids from several other companies, we choose Elegant Occasions. But because you get so much for the price, I was concerned that we were compromising something. To my surprise, there was not one thing that was a disappointment. Gina went over and above helping with every detail including beautiful displays and designs for areas I had no idea what to do with. The service was amazing and the food was unbelievable. I was skeptical about how good buffet style food could be, but it was high quality and delicious. I live in Napa and I know good food, this competes with the best restaurants. Even our most discerning guests were extremely complimentary. We had four wonderful appetizers and for the entrees, Roasted Peppercorn Tri-Tip, Bistro Chicken with creamy lemon and wine caper sauce, Spinach and Cheese Ravioli with a creamy pesto . We also used the fabulous DJ and the Photobooth. They were engaged with the guests and created a fun energy at the reception. I'd like to advise you of some detail that maybe wasn't quite perfect, but they really delivered and exceeded all expectations!
Gina and team rocked our wedding! Our guests raved about the food and service, the decor was beautiful and everything ran incredibly smoothly. Due to some changes during our planning process we reached out to Gina only 3-months prior to our date and she made such an effort to get us situated. She invited us to preview another clients wedding before the ceremony started and gave us some extra appetizers. Everything with Gina and Elegant Occasions was just easy. I would highly recommend their services for your special day or any other event.
Everyone has repeatedly commented on how phenomenal, Gina, Chef Rob, and the entire staff of Elegant Occasions are when it comes to preparing excellent food for any event. Our daughter’s wedding reception was no exception! Elegant Occasions was incredible to work with, responsive at all times and our friends, foodies at heart, couldn’t stop with the compliments. Many of our guests will be calling to use Elegant Occasion s for their parties in the future. Our guests had a wonderful time and in a large part it was the delicious food and attentive service that contributed to our amazing celebration.
Elegant Occasions catered my wedding this past weekend. I felt that the team went above and beyond in many aspects. I was impressed with the efficiency of the team before the big day and on the day of. Gina ensured that I had everything I needed and checked in often with my bridal party. We were busy taking pictures and she had the appetizers brought down to our area. The guests raved about the food and felt that the entire event was super organized and elegant!
I HIGHLY recommend Elegant Occasions. Gina and her team is an amazing mix of professional, flexible, and fun. We wanted a wedding that was quirky and rather non-traditional; Gina never pressured us to do anything we didn't want, and was extremely helpful when we wanted advice, and very affirming and accommodating of our choices. She is such an easy pleasure to work with, and is so prepared and experienced that she took away so much stress and worry that might otherwise have been there. Also, most importantly, the food is AMAZING. I heard many people saying it was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding, and I'm inclined to agree. We went with the menu that included pasta and it was perfect for the range of dietary needs of our guests.
Gina and Chef Robert did an AMAZING job with our wedding on 6/25. From our initial inquiry to even after the wedding, Gina was PHENOMENAL. She took so much stress out of our planning, coordinating, set-up and was the reason we were able to enjoy every second of our wedding. She always made sure we had appetizers, food, drinks and did the same for the wedding party and our parents. She is always one step ahead and knows how to make quick adjustments on the spot. Our guests raved about the food, the service and the atmosphere that Elegant Occasions created. We also went through Gina for our wedding cake, DJ and Photobooth and it was SO nice to have staff at the wedding who know each other, are good friends and have worked together in the past. I absolutely love that this is a family business and it is evident how much they care about their work and making the day memorable. I cannot recommend Gina and Chef Robert enough! They made our wedding unforgettable and so enjoyable!
Elegant Occasions did a fantastic job for our daughter's wedding last weekend at The Gardens at Heather Farm. Gina was easy to work with over the entire course of planning the reception, the food was absolutely delicious, and our guests all raved about what a lovely reception it was. They are a family business, and several of our guests mentioned to me that the wait staff were particularly helpful and friendly. My daughter and I are strictly gluten free, and Gina accommodated us with special --and still delicious --versions of their recipes. We could not be happier with how it all went.
No Doubt the best Cater in the Bay!Reviewed on 11/16/2015 Cassey L
Elegant Occasions was amazing and everyone can't stop raving about them! Gina is the most organized amazing lady! She helped us organize our day and get everything straight and was the perfect person to relinquish control too (extremely hard). From making sure everyone was were they were supposed to be to the to-die-for food! THey have a working relationship with Elite Entertainment and they flow together so well! Everyone on the same page and keeping us on track. We had the buffet setup with tri-tip and a amazing apricot chicken with amazing sides. It was PERFECT! Gina also made sure we actually ate food and had 2nd's! (WE ACTUALLY GOT TO EAT! :) ) Go with Elegant Occasions if you want amazing food and a organized contact.
Gina and everyone at Elegant Occasions Catering are amazing. They helped our wedding vision come to life. From planning our menu, to providing excellent food and service the day-of, every minute of working with them was a success. Their waitstaff is extremely pleasant and on top of things, and the food was definitely some of the best I've ever had anywhere. Everything they did was perfect, and I would recommend them to anyone. I can't thank them enough for how beautifully our wedding turned out because of all that they did for us. Thank you so much.
Gina, Robert and their staff catered our son's wedding that family and friends are still talking about a month later. The food was superb (including the chicken breasts, which were moist and flavorful), the presentation was beautiful and the service was great. Gina even helped with parts of the wedding not related to the food. We cannot say enough about Elegant Occasions!
Elegant Occasions was more than we could have imagined for our wedding caterers/day of planners! From our first interaction with them, Gina was professional, organized and easy to communicate with. She has excellent foresight and knows what to anticipate for a bride and wedding (far before I knew)! The food was perfection! And, they were able to take our tastes and preferences to modify the menu. Every dish was perfect! We got so many compliments on the food at our wedding; people are still talking about it weeks later! Most importantly, Gina, Chef Rob, and all of the Elegant Occasions staff were completely on top of their game. They instilled complete trust. We knew that the food at our wedding would be perfect. We also knew that Gina would keep the flow of the wedding smooth. With all of the other wedding craziness, this was one thing that we knew we wouldn't need to worry about. And, we were right! They went above and beyond, and we couldn't have been happier. Thank you, Elegant Occasions! -Erica and Brian
Amazing caterer! Loved them.Reviewed on 1/29/2015
We used elegant occasions for my daughters wedding about 2 weeks ago And trying to think of the words to use about how amazing they were! From beginning to end, the experience was great. Gina was so prompt at getting back with me with any questions I had. The food was the talk of the wedding. It was so good people have been texting me to let me know how much they loved the food. One of the biggest things I have to say I appreciated, being the mother of bride, was that the day of the wedding I did not hear from them once with questions. They got to the venue and just did their thing. I Felt such a relief of stress because of this. Gina and there crew helped so much and took care of everything. I would highly recommend them if you want amazing food, amazing service, and beautiful display of food. Great experience! Thanks so much Gina! 😊😊
Elegant Occasions is amazing!Reviewed on 1/08/2015
Elegant Occasions catered our wedding last October at The Gardens at Heather Farms and they did such a wonderful job! Gina and the rest of the staff were super professional, helpful and so nice throughout the whole wedding planning process. Gina made everything so easy, taking care of little details, and also making sure that my husband and I had everything we needed. Gina is a great communicator and really flexible. We are so happy we were able to have Elegant Occasions cater our wedding. Their food and decor are also fabulous!