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A wedding catering service in Santa Cruz, California, Barbara & Co. has over three generations of experience in restaurants and catering. Barbara & Co. caters any-sized event, whether you are hosting a corporate event, wedding, birthday, anniversary, or an intimate dinner. They believe each event is memorable, so they will work with you to develop a menu that fits your special event.

Services Offered
Barbara & Co. provides delivery, setup, and cleanup services, as well as a collection of sample and customized menus. They can cater any meal in any style that you desire, from breakfast and brunch to hors d'oeuvres and buffet to plated, Barbara & Co. has the experience to provide it all. For events with bar service, they can also provide bartenders as needed. Other services to consider include:

  • Cake cutting
  • Cocktail reception
  • Dessert
  • Family style
  • Stations
  • Tastings


Cuisine
Whether you have special dietary restrictions or prefer to follow a strict dietary plan, couples can work with Barbara & Co. to design a menu that adheres to those requests. From gluten free and nut free to vegan and vegetarian options, Barbara & Co. offers couples a wide selection of cuisine accommodations. Couples can select from local and organic, Italian, or Mexican cuisine, and any of the following options:

  • American
  • BBQ
  • Mediterranean
  • Southwestern
  • Spanish
  • No pork


Other Services
Barbara & Co. also provides equipment rentals to enhance any event. Beside chairs and tables, couples can rent barware, china, flatware, glassware, and linens.

  • Hispanic or Latinx-owned
  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$71

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$45

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$52

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeuvres?

$30

Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)
Tastings

What event services do you provide?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Breakfast / Brunch
Buffet
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Stations
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

American
BBQ
Italian
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chairs
Tables

Which of the following items can you provide?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
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99% Recommended by couples
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Mitchell G. Sent on 06/14/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing food and supportive partner for planning

We booked Barbara & Company Catering for our wedding in May 2023 for about 100 people in downtown Santa Cruz. The owner, Marina, was nothing short of amazing. We had very little experience with weddings and wedding planning, and Marina helped point us in the right direction with so many things, beyond catering. Further, she has a lot of contacts with other vendors, and was happy to connect us.

The menu was created in collaboration. While they have a lot of suggested dishes to give you ideas, their team can make almost anything if you give them direction! She held a tasting for us which was a great opportunity to refine the details.

They also assisted with rentals, coordinating the order, pick up, setup, and return from Alexis Party Rentals in Santa Cruz. During the planning process, Marina met us at Alexis Rentals and helped us pick out our place settings, and identify the number of pieces of each that we needed.

Leading up to the event Marina was always quick to respond by email, and was available to chat on the phone whenever we needed.

The day of, our event went incredibly well. We heard nothing but good things from guests about the quality of the food and the professionalism of the service. Marina has a keen eye for details, and with so much wedding experience, is able to preempt issues and respond without guidance when necessary. Their team was also very respectful of the venue and their requirements, doing an excellent job of cleaning up.

We have nothing but love and respect for Marina and her crew! Catering weddings is hard work, but they make it look easy from the other side of the table (so to say).

I wouldn’t hesitate to book Barbara & Co. for future events, and would definitely recommend them to others for their weddings. Marina is a great partner to have on your side as you go through the planning process.
Angela
Angela R. Sent on 08/14/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best Caterer in Santa Cruz

Barbara and Company not only served up amazing food (not 'normal' wedding food) at our 100-guest wedding, their staff handled all the setup, chair moving, table setting, cleanup amazingly. The DJ even asked us how we managed to get the best caterer in Santa Cruz! Also their quotes came back lower than many other caterers in the area. I highly recommend them to anyone who needs a large event catered by a well-organized team.
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Angela R. Sent on 11/02/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Beyond Expectations

Words can’t express how grateful I am to have found Marina and Barbara & Co. Catering. We had the absolute best experience from tasting to walk through to the day of! Marina and her staff were the definition of professionalism, and made sure we were well take care of. When things went wrong she rallied and helped us problem solve in ways she didn’t have to. I felt all the confidence booking her and she did not fail. She personalized our menu and the food was absolutely delicious! Everyone raved about it! Book her for her amazing food but know you’re getting so much more! They were wonderful!
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Barbara & Company Catering frequently asked questions

At Barbara & Company Catering, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
Barbara & Company Catering offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
Barbara & Company Catering offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Custom Menu
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Stations
  • Tastings
At Barbara & Company Catering, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • American
  • BBQ
  • Italian
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Spanish
At Barbara & Company Catering, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Barbara & Company Catering provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
To cater to all tastes, Barbara & Company Catering offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
Barbara & Company Catering is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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