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Blue Heron Catering, Inc.

Castro Valley, CA View map Visit website
4.8 out of 5 rating
18 reviews

About

Founded in 1988, Blue Heron Catering is an award-winning caterer for weddings and events based in Castro Valley, California. Our recipes have appeared in magazines, including Bon Appetit, Sunset, Gourmet, Diablo, Oakland Magazine, and The Berkeley Monthly, as well as in Bay Area's newspapers. With a private tasting, you and your partner can find a meal that matches your style and taste.

Services Offered

Blue Heron Catering offers a variety of international cuisine for your engagement party, wedding shower, cocktail hour, and more. From breakfast and brunch to dinner, our culinary team will be honored to craft your desired meals with plenty of time to spare. We also provide an array of polished food and beverage items, such as glassware, flatware, and china.

History

Blue Heron Catering is one of a select group of businesses included in the party and wedding resource guidebook, By recommendation only, which recently featured Blue Heron Catering as a preferred organic, sustainable caterer in the Bay Area. We are also a certified green business, composting kitchen waste and recycling all other refuse. Our team is trained in sustainability and is proud to follow these business practices. Blue Heron Catering is also a certified woman-owned business and a California State-certified business.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

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

$125

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

$110

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$125

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

$80

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

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Server(s)
Tastings
Chairs
Tables
China
Linens
Flatware
Glassware

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$12

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Limited Bar
Open Bar
House Beer
Specialty Beer
House Wine
Specialty Wine
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink

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
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

African
American
Asian
BBQ
Caribbean
French
German
Indian
Italian
Latin American
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Middle Eastern
Seafood
Southern
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Kosher
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Open Bar
Champagne Toast
Signature Drink

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chairs
Tables

Which of the following items can you provide?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
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18 Reviews

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Recommended by 96% of couples
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    Michelle A. Married on 11/11/2022
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    Delicious food and amazing team!

    Tony and everyone on the Blue Heron Catering team took our wedding day to another level with their delicious food and cocktails, attention to detail, and great service! We tried two other caterers when looking for a vendor, and Chef Humberto’s food was far and away the most delicious. Combined with Tony’s enthusiasm for what he does and active listening to what we wanted / needed for the day, they were the clear winner.

    Tony always got all our requests for menu, set up, and rentals correct even as we evolved our choices over time. He was also really flexible with us and presented different options that would help us achieve what we want and also be cost-effective. Catering is a big part of the wedding budget, so we REALLY appreciated this!

    Our guests loved the food and drinks, and we are still getting compliments weeks after the event! We highly recommend Blue Heron Catering, and would love to find an excuse to work with them again on another event!
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    Nicky R. Married on 04/02/2022
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    Amazing all the way around

    Blue Heron catered our wedding and so many guests told us it was the best wedding food they’d ever had. We had primarily Indian, Mexican, and Latin American food. It was all great. Especially the tamales. Amazingly, some of the food was actually even better at the wedding than at the tasting. They also did a great job catering to vegetarians and vegans.

    Compared to other caterers we explored, we found that Blue Heron had more interesting food and a larger variety. They were also happy to do a bunch of different dishes on the buffet instead of just a few main ones. They were also quite reasonably priced. They didn’t have quite as many employees at the event as some other caterers quoted, which kept the cost down, but it didn’t cause any problems for service quality.

    We got married at Chabot Space and Science Center, and Blue Heron was responsible for setting up all the furniture for the event in addition to catering food and tending the bar. They were clearly very experienced working at the venue and did a perfect job setting up the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception as well. They even figured out how to set up the chuppah for us.

    Tony, Debbie, Humberto, and everyone else we interacted with was very helpful and organized. Tony even brought us (the bride and groom) a special plate of appetizers at cocktail hour to make sure we were well-fed. They also brought the groom a special extra large plate for dinner at his request :-)

    Our menu:

    Passed appetizers:
    Sweet potato, leek and kale, tomatillo salsa empanadas
    Potato and pea samosas with peach chutney
    Memphis hot fried chicken slider, cole slaw, pickles, caper aioli

    Buffet Dinner:
    Chana masala
    Aloo gobi
    Paneer tikka masala
    Grilled tri tip with chimichurri
    Berto's Tamales
    Salad with cucumbers, rainbow carrots, radish, napa cabbage, cashews and cherry tomatoes in a yogurt dill dressing
    Jeweled basmati rice
    Grilled Mexican-spiced vegetables and tofu
    Oakland bread and creamery butter

    Dessert:
    Humphrey Slocombe ice cream
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    Alexandra C. Married on 10/30/2021
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    Some of the Best Food I've tasted

    Blue Heron Catering is fantastic to work with! Tony and Debbie were very communicative and kept in contact with my partner and I constantly. When we had to postpone our wedding in 2020 to 2021 (cough pandemic cough), Debbie contacted us and graciously agreed to the postponed date. Hands down the some of the best food that my partner and I have ever tasted. Chief Humberto knocked it out of the park! At the wedding the catering team was on it, Tony who the point of contact was so sweet and enthusiastic through out the process. If you are thinking about having Blue Heron cater your next event, please don’t hesitate. They are a fun and professional, and the food is amazing.
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2009 Winner

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements
Darling Dear Photography Darling Dear Photography Wedding Photographers

Blue Heron Catering is Fantastic! Not only is the food delicious but the staff is accommodating, friendly, and organized. We love photographing an event where Blue Heron is catering because we know the quality and service will be top notch for the couple and all their guests!

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Blue Heron catering provides delicious, creative food, beautifully presented with wonderful service you can’t go wrong. I recommend them highly.

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3295 Castro Valley BLVD Castro Valley, CA, 94546
5105330781
510-533-0781
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Blue Heron Catering, Inc. frequently asked questions

At Blue Heron Catering, Inc., the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • China
  • Linens
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
The bar service starting price at Blue Heron Catering, Inc. includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Limited Bar
  • Open Bar
  • House Beer
  • Specialty Beer
  • House Wine
  • Specialty Wine
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Liquor
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink
Blue Heron Catering, Inc. offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
Blue Heron Catering, Inc. offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Custom Menu
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings
At Blue Heron Catering, Inc., you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • African
  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • Caribbean
  • French
  • German
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Spanish
At Blue Heron Catering, Inc., the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Kosher
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Blue Heron Catering, Inc. provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Open Bar
  • Champagne Toast
  • Signature Drink
To cater to all tastes, Blue Heron Catering, Inc. offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
Blue Heron Catering, Inc. is recommended by 96% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in average response time, 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.8 in flexibility and 4.5 in value.

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