Preferred Sonoma Caterers is a full service catering company provid everything from taylored menus, experienced service staff, to rentals. We are also happy to provide event planning advice and suggest service providers we have had good experiences with.
Preferred Sonoma Caterers was founded by Chef Amber Balshaw. Amber apprenticed in Innsbruck, Austria, attended the Culinary Institute of America (our country's foremost culinary academy) where She graduated first in her class. While still in school she had the honor to cook for then Vice-President George Bush, and on another occasion with Julia Childs in the demonstration kitchen.
At the Ojai Valley Inn and Country Club, which is known for its attraction of the Hollywood elite, she had the pleasure to bake for a multitude of stars, three former U.S. presidents and many other dignitaries.
Founding PSC in 1992 the business has seen great success and some notable events. Among some of our more unusual events have been a 3 day long Millennium party for 300 guests. Provided catering on location for John Travolta. Catered for Emeril Lagasse during his San Francisco special.
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Kelsey Brown · Married on 09/01/2019
Amber and Edie were absolutely phenomenal to work with and I would recommend to anyone in a heartbeat! The food was absolutely delicious for the slightly lower budget I had and everyone was commenting on how good the food was the whole night. The night-of staff was so professional, kind and helpful, and as a bride, I didn't even have to think twice about anything that night. PSC was by far one of my best vendor decisions!!!Sent on 09/09/2019
tara · Married on 10/27/2018
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Amber, Edie, and the entire PSC team were amazing from start to finish! Edie was so responsive and Amber really helped us shape the catering of our wedding! PSC is a preferred vendor for Gloria Ferrer for a reason! The food was amazing, everything was displayed beautifully, and they worked with the multiple sites within our venue with ease. We had several dietary requests that Amber was able to accommodate. The day of team did an amazing job! We also really appreciated that PSC provided displays for our dessert table with items from their shop and made it look lovely.Sent on 11/25/2018
marie · Married on 07/21/2018
SIMPLY AMAZING! We can't say enough praises on how wonderful Amber, Edie, and the entire team at PSC are. We got married at the Secret Gardens and knew that we wanted a caterer familiar with the quirky setup of the venue. This team is the one to hire! We knew we were in good hands from the beginning; Edie was super helpful and very responsive, and Amber made the entire process easy, seamless, and fun. In fact, they were so fantastic that we asked them to caterer our brunch on the bluffs the following day.Sent on 09/18/2018
The FOOD! Our friends and family are still talking about how amazing the food was at the wedding. I work in hospitality and know how difficult it is to run a banquet event and to maintain the food quality. We had two passed apps, the bounty cheese & fruit display and added charcuterie; two types of salads family style, and a full buffet with chicken, braised beef, farro, veggies, and ravioli (these were mouth-watering). For dessert, we had their classy cups and s'mores, and asked that they assist to set up our cookie table (hometown tradition). Not only did everything look great, but it tasted even better. We've already had a couple of friends reach out for recommendations!
A huge THANK YOU to this entire team - you've exceeded our expectations. If we can give a better rating, we would. We highly recommend PSC, and suggest that you contact them if planning an event in or around the Sonoma/Petaluma/Bodega Bay area. They will be the first ones we call should we host an event that way again.
We love working with Amber and her incredible team! They are always so helpful and amazing to work with. They make sure all the guests are attended to and always make sure our DJs eat too!