Culinary Excellence is an exceptional wedding catering company based out of Oakland, California. Owner and head chef, Christian H., and his dedicated team of culinary artists have been providing couples and their loved ones with exquisite catering for 30 years. This full-service company takes great pride in providing couples with a number of helpful additional services, including floral designs, lighting and decor, event design, and coordination.
Culinary Excellence provides offers couples a wide range of delectable dishes, including hors d’oeuvres, plated, buffet, and family-style entrees, and a variety of tantalizing desserts. This catering company has mastered a versatile menu of international dishes stemming from Indian, French, Caribbean, Greek, Italian, Mexican, Cajun, and Spanish culinary traditions. This team also accommodates a number of dietary needs, including:
Culinary Excellence provides couples with a variety of helpful services in order to further assist them on their special day. This company provides delivery, setup, and cleanup services, as well as a friendly team of servers and bartenders to serve your guests. Some of their additional services include the following:
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Desi Mccoy · Getting married on 07/05/2021
The BEST It Gets!
Culinary Excellence and their team were one of the best aspects of our wedding day at the Brazilian Room at Tilden Park in Berkeley. The team was incredibly professional, kind, courteous, and obviously invested in making this a special day for us, our friends, and our family. On the day of, the team was friendly and took great care to make sure the venue looked beautiful. We never had to ask for service or wait for basic needs. They went above and beyond to ensure that our guests had what they needed. Jess, our Day-Of Coordinator, was absolutely phenomenal. Seriously. I have been a wedding/event planner and coordinator for years, and I can say honestly that she is the best of the best. She has a high attention to detail, a kind and fun demeanor, an immense amount of knowledge about the industry, the venue, and her team. I always felt incredibly supported and cared about. She was quick to respond via email when she could, and it is so clear that she invests time, energy, and effort into every event that she oversees. She is a true professional, and I could never share enough to feel like I've adequately explained what a treasure she is. If I could offer one piece of advice to brides, add the day-of coordination package on for your event. You won't regret it - worth every penny and more. Lastly, the FOOD. The team absolutely knocked it out of the park. The food was delicious at the tasting, and even more delicious at the wedding itself. It was presented beautifully, had great flavor, and the family style dinner service was executed perfectly. One of the most special parts of our wedding was that the chef at CE was able to recreate a treasured family recipe for a groom's cake, and it tasted exactly like his grandmother's would have. It was a perfect surprise and so unique.Sent on 06/06/2019
We can't thank Culinary Excellence and Jess enough for what they contributed for our wedding day. I could continue on and on about their fantastic service, professionalism, and care. They are the best of the best, and we would recommend them time and time again!
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Theresa Harris · Getting married on 11/16/2019
Best tasting experience
The staff at Culinary Excellence is awesome. They made us feel comfortable and the food was superb. We fell in love with the fact they are family oriented and so aboslutly professional. My fiance and soon-to-be father in-law had a blast. I previosly met Jessica and knew they would appriciate her as much as I did. Thank you so much for a very informative experience.Sent on 04/26/2019
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Roneet Rahamim · Married on 08/05/2019
Amazing with Personal touches and Utmost Professionalism
We knew we were getting something good when we hired Culinary Excelence for our wedding when we first met Jess, then we tasted the food, then they made our cookies for our dessert table, then they made our flowers. They made our lives so much easier, I really felt like all the planning I had been putting was matched and just as much love and attention to detail was involved on their end. Everything was top notch - service on the day, working with their team over the year of planning, the esthetic and attention to detail used in decorating the Brazilian Room (our reception venue in Tilden Park), and the food! It was better than we even remembered it and we are still getting so many comments from friends and family about how tasty everything was. Honestly loved CE and can't say more nice things about them. Definitely recommend, would give them more stars if I could!Sent on 08/21/2019
I love this team. Chris, Jessica, and Danny are great and they are my favorite caterer to work with.