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At Classic Culinaire, we have a mission to provide our clients and their families and/or guests with an experience they will never forget. With more than 14 years in the business you can trust us to create your personalized exceptional experience. We have put together an all-star wedding team who will listen to your needs and help execute every aspect of your special day.

Based in the heart of wine country, Chef Chad has access to the freshest produce, meats and fine products. He uses these to create seasonal menu's that wow the senses. He will work with you closely to create a menu with flavors and textures that will dazzle your taste buds.

Rachael, our wedding manager and specialist has over 15 years in the wedding business. She has partnered with many vendors and venues to help you plan every step of your special day. Her attention to detail is what will make your day run smooth and flawless so you can enjoy without a worry.

Our home base in located in Novato, Ca where we have a tasting and rental showroom. Here you can meet the team, sit for a delicious tasting of your menu and look through possible rentals for your wedding day. This is a perfect way to really get excited about your big day.

Classic Culinaire is your wedding specialist and we are excited to chat with you soon.

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Frequently asked questions

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

$85

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

$75

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$90

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

$40

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

Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Server(s)
Tastings

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$10

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

Bartender(s)
Signature Drink

What event services do you provide?

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?

American
Asian
BBQ
French
Greek
Italian
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Seafood
Southern

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose 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
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
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Kristen J. Sent on 10/23/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best decision ever

The most important thing for us at our wedding was to make sure we had GOOD FOOD! Actual good food, not just "wedding-level" good (if you know, you know).

From the moment we met Rachael and Chef Chad, we had a great feeling about working with them. And frankly, we were blown away by our entire experience. If you are booking a caterer for a wedding, or any event, we could not recommend Classic Culinaire more highly. It is the RIGHT decision.

We knew the food was super good, and it was a bigger testament when our guests came up to us for weeks after the wedding commenting on how good the food was. We had guests going up for seconds and thirds! We had several guests ask us to ask the chef what the recipe was for certain dishes at dinner!

To rewind, we went in for our tasting, Rachael graciously explained the process to us. Chef Chad came out at the end of our dishes, and asked for feedback on each dish. More seasoning? Less garlic? More lemon? What Chef does that?! Most chefs we've interacted with have their way of preparing each dish, because they're professional and do their dishes for a living. Chef Chad had enough confidence in how good his dishes tasted, and he really cared to make the food taste exactly to our liking. We even wanted to do a Philly Cheesesteak as a late night meal at our wedding, and he created one even though it was not on his normal menu. It was delicious.

Rachael is such a pleasure to work with. She is beyond helpful at every juncture in the planning process and even helped with our many questions around staffing, rentals, table arrangements and beyond. She was a source of peace and a calming presence during the whole planning process and especially on the day of the wedding.

All this to say, I could not recommend this team of all-stars enough!
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Vivian Sent on 06/27/2023
5 out of 5 rating

10/10 Highly Recommend

Classic Culinaire did a wonderful job at my 200 person wedding. When planning our wedding we reached out to 20 different vendors and found this gem. They fit our budget and provided high quality service and food. Even our wedding planner was very impressed. We upgraded to the filet mignon and the halibut and glad that we did. During dinner, guests went for seconds, even thirds. 馃く We we鈥檙e very surprised that everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the Vietnamese side who don鈥檛 usually eat American foods. I highly recommend this place to anyone who is planning a wedding. The quality of service and food was incredible.
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Victoria M. Sent on 11/21/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Food was one of our top priorities

Classic Culinaire was on the list of approved caterers for our wedding venue, the Brazilian Room in Berkeley. We emailed back and forth with them and discussed menus. Having good food at our wedding was one of our top priorities. My husband and quite a few of our guests have dietary restrictions, and we wanted to make sure everyone felt taken care of. Rachael and the whole team were all so incredibly thoughtful and accommodating for us. We did a tasting before we signed our contract with them - the service was impeccable and the food was amazing. The food on the day of the wedding was absolutely amazing, and so many of our guests said as much. We loved working with Rachael and the whole team!
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Marcus  Wojtkowiak
Marcus Wojtkowiak
Wedding Manager

Hello wedding couples! My name is Marcus and I have been creating memorable weddings for the last 3 years. I specialize in currating your perfect day. From staffing, to menu execution, cake cutting, champagne toast, and all the finer details to make your day perfect! I am truly looking forward to working with each and everyone of you to make your special day the best it can be.

Chad  Carlstedt
Chad Carlstedt
Chef/Owner

Executive Chef, Chad Carlstedt, has maintained an unparalleled passion for cooking and fine food since he was a child. Having grown up in California's wine country, the famed hot bed for culinary masterpieces, it was no surprise that Chad would choose the culinary arts as his career path.

After graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, he gained valuable hands on experience in a wide variety of environments. It was clear early on that his passion extended beyond just cooking, but to delivering world-class service to his customers as well. Bringing his passion to life, his company, Classic Culinaire, was founded in 2007 and continues to grow each year.

As the leader of the Classic Culinaire team, Chef Chad ensures our clients enjoy the service, the experience and the amazing food that Classic Culinaire has become known for.

Rachael  Daniel
Rachael Daniel
Wedding Manager Specialist

Our wedding specialist and manager has over 15 years of expertise in the industry. Originally from northern California, Rachael has extenseive knowldege in planning all types of weddings in wine country and beyond. Her realationships with other vendors and venues makes her a real value when planning your special day.

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Classic Culinaire frequently asked questions

At Classic Culinaire, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
The bar service starting price at Classic Culinaire includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Signature Drink
Classic Culinaire offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
Classic Culinaire 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 Classic Culinaire, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • French
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Seafood
  • Southern
At Classic Culinaire, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Classic Culinaire provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
To cater to all tastes, Classic Culinaire offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
Classic Culinaire 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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