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Blue Heron Catering, Inc.

Oakland, CA View map

About

Founded in 1988 and celebrating our 30th year in business, Blue Heron Catering has won many awards and accolades over the years. 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.

Blue Heron Catering is one of a select group of businesses included in the party and wedding resource guide book, By Recommendation Only, which recently featured Blue Heron Catering as a preferred organic, sustainable caterer in the Bay Area.

Blue Heron Catering is on the preferred caterers list or frequently works at such sites as the Brazil Room, Dunsmuir Pavilion, Piedmont Community Center, Chabot Space and Science Center, Montclair Women's Cultural Arts Center, Preservation Park, Highlands Community Center, Hangar One, the Gardens at Heather Farm, The Green Room, The Regency, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Ralston Retreat, Marin Civic Center and other popular local event venues.

We are proud to be a part of the community, and to contribute to it with our Give Back Program. On behalf of our clients, Blue Heron Catering donates excess food from our events to local food banks. We are a certified green business, composting any kitchen waste and recycling all other refuse. Our team is trained in sustainability & are proud to follow these business practices. Blue Heron Catering is also a certified women owned business and a California State certified business.

Blue Heron Catering takes an active part in the events and catering business community. We contribute articles to the trade press, and regularly attend meetings of the International Special Events Society, National Association of Catering Executives and the Bay Area Wedding Network, organizations dedicated to upholding the highest standards of professionalism in the event and catering industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

$125.00

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

$110.00

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$125.00

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

$80.00

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?

$12.00

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
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Lunch
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

African
American
Asian
BBQ
Cajun
Caribbean
Chinese
French
German
Indian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Latin American
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Middle Eastern
Sandwiches
Seafood
Southern
Southwestern
Spanish
Thai
Vietnamese

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
No Pork
Kosher
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Liquor License
Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Open Bar
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine
Champagne Toast
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Outside Alcohol

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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    Rhys Married on 03/10/2018
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    We used Blue Heron to cater our wedding this past March. We found them through our venue's preferred provider list, but we could not have been happier with the results.

    The menu options we had to choose from for our tasting were varied, and they had plenty of options available for alternative diets. Jessica was a pleasure to work with and she really knows her stuff and is very organized. The food was excellent and we received many compliments on the food and service (the oyster bar was a big hit!).

    One reason we selected Blue Heron is that they were up front with their pricing and didn't try to play the ridiculous "cat and mouse" game with the budget that many other caterers we requested quotes from seemed to play.

    Catering a large event can be stressful and time-consuming, but Blue Heron was a pleasure to work with and extremely professional. We recommend them for any event.
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    James Married on 05/09/2015
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    Blue Heron was wonderful to work with for our wedding. The food was fantastic and there seemed to be a never ending supply of it. They were able to come up with a vegetarian menu that even made our avid meat eater guests happy. I highly recommend them.
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    Jessica Married on 04/02/2014
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    Blue Heron is by far my favorite caterer in the East Bay. They have the most amazing employees, they are extremely warm and personable, and then suddenly you feel like you are at home, in your mother’s kitchen. Their Chef, Humberto’s is incredible. His creations are so fresh, delicious, flavorful, and powerful. It is like that moment in the movie “Ratatouille” when the cynical inspector tries Remy’s (the rat) cooking for the first time. They can create anything but for us, except obviously a thousand times better! In addition, my fiancé and I loved Elizabeth. Elizabeth is extremely well oriented, logistically talented, thorough and understood my needs, even well before I knew exactly what I needed. She is extremely experienced with weddings and will enhance your day with her recommendations and insights. She is a jack of all traits. There were aspects about my wedding day and orchestrating dining which I was unsure of or did not foresee and Elizabeth was on it. She was resourceful, full of alternative options, creative with planning, and her suggestions really made sense. She is a very logical person but shares a wonderful vision of your day.

    It is extremely important to select a caterer who is organized, well thought out, and understands the balance between quality food, planning, schedule and logistics. I highly recommend Blue Heron because they have top quality event coordinators, managers, captains, servers, head chefs, and assistance. Moreover, they have phenomenal food, just like Elizabeth.
    As a testimony to my recommendation, most of their employees have worked there for ten years or more. They love working there and it is obvious in their food, presentation, and work ethic. Oh yeah, three major favorites: the Cornmeal Blini with Smoked Trout, Roasted Loch Duart Salmon with Chardonnay Oak Salt “Cru

Awards

  • 15
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2009 Winner

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Professional Network & Endorsements

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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.

Map

3301-3303 San Pablo Ave Oakland, CA, 94608
5105330781
510-533-0781
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Blue Heron Catering, Inc. frequently asked questions

At Blue Heron Catering, Inc., what does the full wedding catering service cost include?

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

At Blue Heron Catering, Inc., what does the bar service starting price include?

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

What event services does Blue Heron Catering, Inc. offer for weddings?

Blue Heron Catering, Inc. offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up

What catering services does Blue Heron Catering, Inc. provide for weddings?

Blue Heron Catering, Inc. offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Custom Menu
  • Dessert
  • Family Style
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Lunch
  • Outside Cake
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings

What types of cuisine can you find at Blue Heron Catering, Inc.?

At Blue Heron Catering, Inc., you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • African
  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • Cajun
  • Caribbean
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Sandwiches
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Southwestern
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

What dietary needs can be accomodated at Blue Heron Catering, Inc.?

At Blue Heron Catering, Inc., the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • No Pork
  • Kosher
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

What type of bar services does Blue Heron Catering, Inc. provide for wedding events?

Blue Heron Catering, Inc. provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Liquor License
  • Bartender(s)
  • Cash Bar
  • Open Bar
  • Specialty Beer
  • Specialty Wine
  • Champagne Toast
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink
  • Outside Alcohol

What type of food and beverage items does Blue Heron Catering, Inc. provide for wedding services?

To cater to all tastes, Blue Heron Catering, Inc. offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens

What percentage of users recommend Blue Heron Catering, Inc. and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Blue Heron Catering, Inc. is recommended by 100% 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, 4.7 in flexibility and 4.4 in value.

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