Culinary Excellence

8210 Capwell Drive, Oakland, CA 94621 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Culinary Excellence

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.

Cuisine
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:

  • Gluten-free
  • Lactose-free
  • Nut-free
  • Pork-free
  • Halal
  • Organic
  • Vegan/vegetarian

Services Offered
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:

  • Champagne toast
  • Open/limited bar
  • Tables/chairs
  • China/flatware
  • Barware/glassware
  • Linens
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Long Table Decor
Long Table Decor
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Culinary Excellence
Caprese salad skewers
Caprese salad skewers
Ceasar Salad
Ceasar Salad
Roma cucumber tray
Roma cucumber tray
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Plated arugula beet salad
Plated arugula beet salad
Salmon with tropical salsa
Salmon with tropical salsa
CE signature salad
CE signature salad
Chopped Greek salad
Chopped Greek salad
Heirloom Caprese Salad
Heirloom Caprese Salad
Bridal bouquet
Bridal bouquet
Chuppah at piedmont community
Chuppah at piedmont community
Peacock bouquet
Peacock bouquet
Willow arch
Willow arch
White asymmetric arch
White asymmetric arch
Rustic bridal bouquet
Rustic bridal bouquet
Centerpiece
Centerpiece
Hurricane centerpiece
Hurricane centerpiece
Marsala wedding
Marsala wedding
Rustic white
Rustic white
Peacock bridesmaid
Peacock bridesmaid
Peacock tall centerpiece
Peacock tall centerpiece
Aisle Decor
Aisle Decor
Tall Centerpiece
Tall Centerpiece
Bridal Bouquet
Bridal Bouquet
Bridesmaids Bouquet
Bridesmaids Bouquet
Succulent Boutonnieres
Succulent Boutonnieres
Fireplace Decor
Fireplace Decor
Personalized Baguettes
Personalized Baguettes
Market lighting and Draping
Market lighting and Draping
Gobo Design
Gobo Design
Uplights
Uplights
Lanterns
Lanterns
70's Theme
70's Theme
Gift Trunk
Gift Trunk
Candelabras
Candelabras
Piedmont Community Hall
Piedmont Community Hall
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Garlands
Garlands
Cake Cutting
Cake Cutting
Peacock Cake
Peacock Cake
Black and Red Theme
Black and Red Theme
Tiered Cake
Tiered Cake
Rustic Chic
Rustic Chic
Mini Cupcakes
Mini Cupcakes
Tie Dye Cookies
Tie Dye Cookies
Ice Cream Bar
Ice Cream Bar
Candy Bar
Candy Bar
Rock Candy
Rock Candy
Naked Cake
Naked Cake
Cutter Cake
Cutter Cake
Dessert Buffet
Dessert Buffet
Dessert Buffet
Dessert Buffet
Cupcakes
Cupcakes
Tea Time
Tea Time
Geometric Theme
Geometric Theme
Temescal Set up
Temescal Set up
Ostrich Feather Decor
Ostrich Feather Decor
Piedmont Hall Outside
Piedmont Hall Outside
Brazilian Room
Brazilian Room
The Old SF Mint
The Old SF Mint
Pumpkin Time
Pumpkin Time
Napkin Ties
Napkin Ties
Long Table Decor
Long Table Decor
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Caprese salad skewers
Caprese salad skewers

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24 Reviews for Culinary Excellence

Recommended by 99% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Mina Yen-Sadoff · Married on 09/08/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    The Best Ever!

    Culinary Excellence was an absolute godsend for us when my daughter and her now husband were insistent on getting married a few weeks ago…in the middle of a global pandemic. We had the ceremony covered, as it was outdoors, but since indoor dining was still prohibited, we needed to come up with a safe alternative for the reception. With a month notice, we decided to shift the reception location to the backyard, and with the help of Culinary Excellence (CE), we were able to make it happen and in the safest manner possible. Jessica of CE is so good at what she does. She visited the backyard and helped us conceptualize where everything could go. Jessica is a dream to work with. She is so responsive and suggested ways to make the event comfortable and safer for all. CE is a one stop shop—they provided us with all different sizes of tables to accommodate different size social bubbles, chairs, linens, lighting, AV equipment, and of course the most AMAZING food EVER! Chefs Christian and Chris can cook! CE has a super extensive menu and our guests were raving about the food for days! They even have delicious prepared meals that can be delivered to your home twice a week. The entire CE team from delivery to set up to take down followed all COVID precautions. Thank you Jessica and Culinary Excellence for making our kids’ dreams into a reality. :)

    Sent on 08/31/2020
  • Sheiva

    Sheiva Yazdani · Married on 02/22/2020

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Loved Everything!

    From beginning to end, Jessica was a pleasure to work with. She was on top of everything we requested and was thoroughly organized.

    She, Chris (the head chef), and the lovely staff helped put together the most amazing and unforgettable experience during our wedding at the Brazilian Room in Berkeley.

    Guests were raving so much about the food!! The avocado toast, sliders, salad, salmon, chicken, veggies, steak, donuts, and BISCUITS. Omg those biscuits were a HIT. My husband and I are still dreaming of them.

    They also made the most beautiful cutter cake ever. I requested a smeared/naked pumpkin spice cake that was dairy-free, it was heavenly!

    We can't thank them enough. Everyone said so many good things and left with full bellies.

    Sent on 02/28/2020

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Culinary Excellence FAQ

  • What is the average catering price per person for plated service?
    $ 90.00
  • What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?
    $ 65.00
  • What is the average catering price per person for stations?
    $ 85.00
  • What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeuvres?
    $ 55.00
  • 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
    China
    Linens
    Flatware
    Glassware
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne Toast
  • What event services do you provide?
    Delivery
    Set Up
    Clean Up
  • What catering services do you provide?
    Breakfast / Brunch
    Buffet
    Cake
    Cake Cutting
    Cocktail Reception
    Custom Menu
    Dessert
    Family Style
    French Service
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Lunch
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tapas
    Tastings
  • What types of cuisine do you cater?
    American
    Asian
    BBQ
    British
    Caribbean
    Chinese
    French
    German
    Greek
    Indian
    Italian
    Japanese
    Latin American
    Local
    Mediterranean
    Mexican
    Middle Eastern
    Russian
    Sandwiches
    Seafood
    Southern
    Southwestern
    Spanish
    Thai
  • What dietary needs can you accommodate?
    Gluten Free
    Lactose Free
    No Pork
    Halal
    Nut Free
    Organic
    Vegan
    Vegetarian
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Liquor License
    Bartender(s)
    Limited Bar
    Open Bar
    Specialty Beer
    Champagne Toast
    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

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement

  • Fog City Entertainment Wedding DJs

    I love this team. Chris, Jessica, and Danny are great and they are my favorite caterer to work with.

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Culinary Excellence frequently asked questions

At Culinary Excellence, what does the full wedding catering service cost include?

At Culinary Excellence, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:

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

At Culinary Excellence, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Culinary Excellence includes:

  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast

What event services does Culinary Excellence offer for weddings?

Culinary Excellence offers the following event services for weddings:

  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up

What catering services does Culinary Excellence provide for weddings?

Culinary Excellence offers the following catering services for weddings:

  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Custom Menu
  • Dessert
  • Family Style
  • French Service
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Lunch
  • Outside Cake
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tapas
  • Tastings

What types of cuisine can you find at Culinary Excellence?

At Culinary Excellence, you can find the following types of cuisine:

  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • British
  • Caribbean
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Russian
  • Sandwiches
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Southwestern
  • Spanish
  • Thai

What dietary needs can be accomodated at Culinary Excellence?

At Culinary Excellence, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:

  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • No Pork
  • Halal
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

What type of bar services does Culinary Excellence provide for wedding events?

Culinary Excellence provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:

  • Liquor License
  • Bartender(s)
  • Limited Bar
  • Open Bar
  • Specialty Beer
  • Champagne Toast
  • Signature Drink
  • Outside Alcohol

What type of food and beverage items does Culinary Excellence provide for wedding services?

To cater to all tastes, Culinary Excellence offers the following food and beverage items:

  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens

What percentage of users recommend Culinary Excellence and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Culinary Excellence 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.