Culinary Excellence

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

Culinary Excellence is a full service catering company with over 30 years experience. We specialize in custom catering of the highest quality at affordable prices. From our modern, newly constructed and fully equipped kitchen, offices, and extensive warehouse in Oakland, CA, we serve the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

Look through our new and expanded website and please contact us with any questions or requests for more information! We are a full service catering company, a one stop shop that can supply the food catering, flowers, cakes/desserts, lighting, rentals, and full event coordination as well as so much more. So come let us decrease your stress and make your wedding day a fun enjoyable experience!

Christian Hardy M.D. chef and owner of Culinary Excellence was the head of Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital Oakland for 14 years. After suffering a near death episode of his own, he re-evaluated his options and decided life was just too short, and he wanted to do something else that he loved. With that in mind he retired from his position at Children’s Hospital and went back to school at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco to begin an AOS degree in the Culinary Arts. As he was finishing his studies at the CCA, he realized that he had a true passion for pastry. When he left the CCA he decided to further his training at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in St. Helena, Napa. Spending a year studying nothing but pastry really lit a fire and passion for Chris which lead him to the decision that if he truly wanted to learn pastry there was only one place in the world he could really go to learn it properly, Paris. After graduating from the CIA Greyston with highest honors of all students, he was accepted and enrolled in Ecole le Notre in Paris, France, where he spent a year studying and learning the finer points of pastry. While there he also studying a variety of courses in the savory kitchen as well as banquet catering.

Upon returning to the states Chris was eager to get into the food industry and originally thought he wanted to work in a restaurant. After doing some research and looking at the different options Chris realized that in fact while a restaurant had many wonderful possibilities, he wanted to have more input and control over the food and product he was putting out. Knowing this, Chris began to look into catering, where he discovered Culinary Excellence, a company owned by a German couple who were looking to retire. Having met and connected with the previous owners Chris bought the company in 2004.

At the time Culinary Excellence was located in a 4,000 Square foot space, which was perfect for starting, but pretty quickly it became clear that Chris’s plans for expansion were not going to be contained in the small space that the Culinary Excellence offices occupied. It took a bit of time to find the right space and location for the new offices. In 2010 Chris found a wonderful new 20,000 Square foot property in Oakland. In this space he built a 2,500 square foot state-of-the-art kitchen with two walk in refrigerators, a walk in freezer, and enough counter space for 12 chefs to work side-by-side in the production of outstanding catering cuisine. Additionally there are 1500 square feet of office space with two fully equipped tastings rooms, and a fully equipped gym for the staff, and a warehouse that houses all of the equipment necessary to outfit even the largest affairs.

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Caprese Kabobs with Balsamic Drizzle
Caprese Kabobs with Balsamic Drizzle
Ceasar Salad
Ceasar Salad
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Roma Cucumber Tray
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Pea Soup
Pea Soup
Lobster Corn Chowder
Lobster Corn Chowder
Pork Tenderloin with Peaches
Pork Tenderloin with Peaches
Plated Arugula Beet Salad
Plated Arugula Beet Salad
Cheese Course
Cheese Course
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
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Bridal Bouquet
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Chuppah at Piedmont Community
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Peacock Bouquet
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Willow Arch
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White Asymmetric Arch
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Rustic Bridal Bouquet
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Hurricane Centerpiece
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Marsala Wedding
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Rustic White
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Peacock Bridesmaid
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Rustic Chic
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Peacock Tall Centerpiece
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Aisle Decor
Tall Centerpiece
Tall Centerpiece
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Bridal Bouquet
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Bridesmaids Bouquet
Succulent Boutonnieres
Succulent Boutonnieres
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Fireplace Decor
Personalized Baguettes
Personalized Baguettes
Market lighting and Draping
Market lighting and Draping
Gobo Design
Gobo Design
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Uplights
Lanterns
Lanterns
70's Theme
70's Theme
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Gift Trunk
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Candelabras
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Piedmont Community Hall
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Outdoor Wedding
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Garlands
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Cake Cutting
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Peacock Cake
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Black and Red Theme
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Tiered Cake
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Rustic Chic
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Mini Cupcakes
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Tie Dye Cookies
Ice Cream Bar
Ice Cream Bar
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Candy Bar
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Rock Candy
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Naked Cake
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Cutter Cake
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Dessert Buffet
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Lavender
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Dessert Buffet
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Cupcakes
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Tea Time
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Geometric Theme
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Temescal Set up
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Ostrich Feather Decor
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Piedmont Hall Outside
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Brazilian Room
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The Old SF Mint
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Pumpkin Time
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The Gardens at Heather Farms
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Caprese Kabobs with Balsamic Drizzle
Caprese Kabobs with Balsamic Drizzle

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21 Reviews for Culinary Excellence

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4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Theresa Harris · Getting married on 11/16/2019

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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
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    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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

    Culinary Excellence's reply:

    Theresa,

    Thank you so much for your kind words!
    I am so excited to be bringing your wedding to life and can't wait to celebrate your amazing day with you!

    Jess
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    Jason · Married on 05/11/2019

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

    The Wedding of our Dreams!

    Culinary Excellence completely outperformed our imagination! Their in-house flower team made centerpieces that everyone commented on and sourced my favorite flowers, which are impossible to find in stores (I checked). The service and attention to detail was top-notch. The chef, whose food is divine, even made a special dish for one of our guests who had discovered she had celiac disease two weeks before the wedding! Thank you Allie and team!

    Sent on 05/12/2019

    Culinary Excellence's reply:

    Jason and Mia,

    Thank you so much for the kind words! We absolutely loved getting to know you both and celebrating in your big day! We are so excited for you two. We are always here if you need anything.

    -CE team

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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

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

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  • 8210 Capwell Drive Oakland, CA, 94621 See on map
    925-378-4793 (Phone number)

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