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
Great Food, Great ServiceReviewed on 5/16/2013 Michelle G
Gina and Chef Robert made our evening fantastic! We had the crab feast to begin with which our guests are still raving about. Gina made sure she matched the decor on the buffet to the rest of our venue. Gina kept the flow going.
Excelent all the way around!Reviewed on 2/12/2013 Andrea D
Gina and her staff were amazing! We recently got married and they did an amazing job. Three weeks later people are still raving about the food and the decorations. Gina was able to take a vision in my head and make it a reality when I told her what I wanted for the room atmosphere. I was able to make my own hanging flower decorations and she placed them around the room with lighting and the prettiest draping to make it look like a tent. Robert is an amazing chef and everything he made was outstanding. As far as food the artichoke chicken happens to be my all-time favorite and all of our guests agreed. The tri-tip was awesome and so flavorful. The veggies were a huge hit and the fruit with dip was described to me as heaven ;). They attended to the wedding party amazingly as well. Gina does do photo booths, I found out too late, and if I could do it all again I would have had her do mine. Whatever you need I would check with Gina to see if she can do it for you and you will not be disappointed I can guaranty it! She also helped us with the DJ and they were amazing. I had just about every guest at our wedding tell us that this was the most fun they have had at a wedding to date and I will credit Gina and her staff, along with her recommended DJ for a good deal of that. The prices and service are top notch and you get a lot for your money. Thank you Gina, Robert & Staff!
The perfect pick!Reviewed on 10/29/2012 Jennifer Z
If you are searching for a caterer and checking reviews to help make a decision, look no further...Elegant Occasions is THE BEST! I am a perfectionist so please take it from me, they are wonderful and won't let you down. Gina with Elegant Occasions is everything any bride could ask for. She nailed every detail of our wedding day and made sure everything was seamless. I was able to just be the bride the day of our wedding and truly enjoy each moment because of Gina and her staffs hard work.
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!
Great Choice!Reviewed on 11/29/2014 Peter N
Picking Gina and her team to cater our event was one of the best decisions we made. The quality of service was top notch and the food was phenomenal. Gina really went out of her way to make our day a special one and we truly appreciated it. No hidden fees or gimmicks, you know what you are paying for right away, and it's worth it. Will definitely hire them for any future events.
Awesome!Reviewed on 11/12/2014 Chelsea H
Hello Gina, Chef Robert, and Team! We just wanted to say thank you so very much for all you did to make our wedding a success. I cannot tell you how many people have said how great the food was! And then I tell them how great Gina was at organizing it all and keeping the day going smoothly. Thank you so very much!!! You will get many recommendations from us.
Great food and serviceReviewed on 11/03/2014 Kelly S
Gina is fantastic to work with! I'm not sure where to start because the food was amazing, she and her staff were awesome, and she was very flexible and helpful with planning the reception. She answered countless questions from me and my mom and she met with us multiple times to go over every detail of the reception. I would 100% choose Elegant Occasions Catering if I could go back and do it again.
A perfect eveningReviewed on 9/08/2014
Gina and her staff did everything to make our reception perfect. Our guests raved about the food, the wine, the flowers and the service. Everything truly was elegant and we felt relaxed knowing we were in good hands!
Perfect Wedding!Reviewed on 8/06/2014 Stephanie B
Gina and her staff are amazing!!!! From the very beginning, their confidence in their work really put me at ease. They were reasonable priced and they helped with everything! Gina helped with ideas for centerpieces and helped set up all the tables. It looked so beautiful and elegant. AND we got TONS of compliments about the food! Everyone LOVED the cheddar and chive mashed potatoes and the late night grilled cheese snack. If you want an organized, tasty, fun, perfect wedding/party, you have to use Elegant Occasions!
Stop looking, this one is for you!Reviewed on 6/16/2014 Karyl O
Of all the things I dreaded about planning my wedding, looking for a good career was top of the list! I found this caterer as a preferred option for our venue. I fell in love when I read the menu and my mouth started to water. Not only did they do catering, they got my DJ, flowers for the reception and bouquet to toss, all which were perfect! I got married in Hawaii the previous week so we chose the luau menu and they all wore Hawaiian shirts and greeted the guests with a blue Hawaiian. Perfect for a fun, but elegant evening! Gina and her crew even worked with our venue on seating plan, and put up all the decorations so we wouldn't have to! This is a multi generation family run business and the passion for what they do hasn't stopped yet. I can't count how many times the groom and I have been told this was the best wedding food they have ever had! It was so good, 15 people followed us to our house for more (and a few groomsmen and the groom kept enjoying it again at 4 in the morning)! If you are looking for the best of the best, Gina and crew are it! If I ever have a need for a caterer, she will be my one and only call!