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Catering in Oakland, CA,
(925) 947-1090
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 24 Reviews


    Desi Mccoy

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  • 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... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Desi, Your sweet kind words mean so much to me and the team! You were so amazing to work with, and I know all of my staff truly loved working for you. The thank you note you gave us ahead of time, really made their day! We are so thrilled for you and Andrew, and hope we get to see you both soon. Love you two! Jess and the CE team

    Mina Yen-Sadoff

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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 Christia... Read more

    Sheiva Yazdani

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  • 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.

    Theresa Harris

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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.

    responded with the following comments.

    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

    Roneet Rahamim

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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!

    Jason

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    5 out of 5
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  • 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!

    responded with the following comments.

    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

    Julie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Culinary Excellence was absolutely wonderful for our wedding at the Brazilian Room. We are so happy we went with them. We loved that they provided more than catering services and we went with them for our flowers, decor, chuppah, coordination, and cake. All of it was fabulous. They were professional, caring, and attentive throughout the whole process. Chris is a wedding pro and truly does whatever it takes to make your wedding perfect. Before the ceremony he checked in on us and brought us water and even thought to bring me a straw so I wouldn't mess up my lipstick! So many people commented that the food was the best they ever had at a wedding- and we agree! It was beautiful, fresh, and delicious. The Culinary Excellence team took the stress out of wedding planning and the wedding day and allowed us to be present and truly enjoy our wedding. Hire them- you won't be disappointed!

    Leah

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  • Used as the caterer for our wedding and the food and service was great!

    Meghan

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    5 out of 5
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  • I can not recommend Culinary Excellence highly enough. First off, they are very responsive, even from the very beginning. I was surprised other caterers were not as on top of it, quick to respond, but CE was GREAT! They are an approved vendor for the Brazilian Room and so they knew that place extremely well. Alanna was our coordinator from CE and she was AMAZING, really! I was a little bit more of a relaxed, care free bride that wanted things really simple. I never felt pressure from Alanna to change or felt she was up-selling, she just listened to what I wanted and made it happen...beautifully! CE can be a great resource for many things as well. In addition to our brunch meal (we had a morning wedding), they also did all of our desserts, bar, flowers, day of wedding coordination, sound for mics during the ceremony and toasts (we didn't do a DJ), set up our lawn games, and so much more. They can do just about anything you need them to do. The food was great, the wait staff was great, ... Read more

    ROsa

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    5 out of 5
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  • If you're looking for a caterer for your wedding, then look no further. Culinary Excellence is absolutely amazing. We had our evening wedding at the Brazilian room in Berkeley and CE is one of the approved caterers. It was the best decision we made. From the start, Jess was highly responsive and helpful with all our questions. We knew after our first bite of the appetizer tasting that we'd book them. We requested Persian food and everything we had on our wedding night was delicious, the guests were very happy! They are a full service catering company, so if you need lights, flowers, a cake - they can do it all! We decided to get uplighting, market lights for the patio, and the cake from CE. The staff were excellent, professional, and accommodating. I didn't have a wedding coordinator and Jess stepped in to help coordinate the timing of the ceremony and the reception (I always wear a watch and had a minute by minute schedule of the ceremony, but on the day of, you do not wear a watch wi... Read more

    Jo

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    5 out of 5
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  • Culinary Excellence are amazing! They catered our wedding on 5/29/16 and Jess also served as our day-of coordinator. Jess was super prompt and organized about responding and helping us plan the event, and she oversaw the setup of all our decorations at the wedding. They looked perfect! She also helped us set up our surprise light saber duel "first dance" by hiding our light sabers so we could grab them, but none of our guests had any clue about it until we actually did it (and it was freaking awesome). We had a buffet with tri-tip, ravioli and sweet potato souffle, and our food was absolutely fantastic, which we know because we actually got to eat dinner at our own wedding(!) and many of our guests told us the food was wonderful. One of the serving staff even brought a plate of appetizers to my husband and me while we were taking photos after the ceremony and HOLY HELL THEY WERE AMAZING. All the appetizers were really good, but especially the fig and goat cheese flatbread, salmon lolli... Read more

    Shelby

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    5 out of 5
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  • If I could give Jessica and Culinary Excellence a 100 stars, I would happily do so! Jessica and I emailed over 150 times over 9 months, and she promptly responded to each one! All of the details she put into our special day made everything come together so well. All the other vendors raved about working with Jess! Jessica and Culinary Excellence did our food, bartending, flowers, dessert table, rentals (chairs, barrels, tables, linens, etc), and lighting (uplighting and bistro lighting outside). She had such great taste and vision in making our day so beautiful. She helped us create a gorgeous outdoor barrel bar for our wine-themed wedding. She did beautiful flowers with the succulents I had grown in my garden, as well as hydrangeas, lavender, roses, scabiosa pods, etc.. I told her I wanted a lot of texture, and she nailed it! As a former wedding catering staff myself, I was very insistent that I wanted great service from the staff. I was very impressed with the staff of Culinary Excel... Read more

    B

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  • Culinary Excellence was absolutely fantastic to work with. The food was delicious; all of the guests were raving about how wonderful everything they prepared was. Even more than that though was how incredibly wonderful and professional the staff were who were at our wedding. The service with Culinary Excellence is top notch: the staff are friendly and so so helpful. The table set-up was so well done, and the dance floor they set up for us was perfect. We love dancing, and having a nice smooth floor was a must. Culinary Excellence took care of it all. They're a great company, and we are really thankful we got to work with them.

    Aley

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wow, I don't even know where to begin here! First off, HIRE CULINARY EXCELLENCE!! Jessica and Dr. Hardy (Chef Hardy) were the absolutely best! Jessica and I went back and forth constantly (emails, texts, calls, everything) for a year to plan my wedding. Every time I emailed her with another question or request, she treated me like I was her most important client. I started out just hiring them to do the food, and ended up hiring them for catering, decorations, lighting, flowers and the wedding cake. They're truly a one-stop shop! Dr. Hardy was actually one of my pediatric cardiologists when I had open heart surgery as a baby, and it was insane to find out that he owns the catering business we hired for our wedding. He did our construction themed wedding cake, and it turned out so perfect and elegant. Jessica basically ran my wedding! From the planning phases to the day of, when we had her take charge over our horrid DJ, she was there and working to make us happy. I can... Read more

    Anna

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    4.4 out of 5
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  • Went here for a tasting, food was delicious, everything is great! But it's a bit past my budget event though it's a pretty good deal. Everything with the word "wedding", companies take advantage to charge up the nose.

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