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Blue Heron Catering

Personal Attention to your Event
Oakland, CA
Email: Deborah D. Pfisterer
Elizabeth C. Fazzio
Website: Blue Heron Catering
Phone: 510.428.0781
Fax: 510.428.0793
BRO Seal of Approval 2006

Debbie and Elizabeth are two intelligent, talented, fun, and creative women with extensive catering backgrounds. They were looking for a company that would reflect the same passion and values they have for entertaining guests and providing excellent food. In 2005, they found the perfect match in Blue Heron Catering, known for fresh, innovative food and flavorful menus. Thus, with Debbie's degree in Business Administration, Elizabeth's degree in nutrition, and a passionate vision, they became the new owners of Blue Heron Catering.

Lisa Wilson, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, started Blue Heron 17 years ago. Through the years, she has made it into one of the highly respected catering companies in the Bay Area. Lisa wanted to go back to her roots and is now the Blue Heron's Executive Chef. In Elizabeth and Debbie she found exactly the right owners who would continue her path of creative excellence.

I was greeted and welcomed with a delightful brunch in Blue Heron's wedding-themed meeting room in Oakland. The soft green organza linens and the cheerful arrangements of gerbera daisies were the perfect complements to the spring menu that was carefully prepared. Lisa, dressed in a white chef's jacket, served light and delicious hors d'oeuvres: sweet Lamb Sausage Brioche Bread, Figs and Goat Cheese with Serrano Ham, and Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes with Grenobloise. My favorite was the Peaches and Citrus Cheese on Baguette with Mint, which was distinctively refreshing.

Debbie and Elizabeth and their team of Event Managers spend a good amount of time with their clients and assist them in selecting the appropriate menus and beverages. After an extensive initial meeting, they send a detailed proposal to the client, and schedule a tasting. They also take the time to coordinate platters, china, linens, and the server's attire to match the theme of the wedding.

The staff at Blue Heron understands the cultural diversity of the Bay Area. They have created menus for weddings as diverse as Asian-Persian and Irish-Italian-Asian. They even convinced a client from Texas that good beef could be found outside of the Lone Star state. He was blown away by the delicious meat that was served at the tasting, and even more impressed when the quality of the food for the 200 wedding guests was just as exceptional as the tasting.

Clients and wedding professionals rave about Blue Heron's work. For their excellence, they have received the Oakland Chamber of Commerce's "Mayor's Outstanding Achievement Award" as Small Business of the Year, and were named one of the top three caterers in the Bay Area by Bay Foods Readers' Awards.

See also:
A Weekend to Remember
A Traditional Persian Wedding in Modern Times
A Very Special Day
Cooking for Couples (several recipes)

Before you hire a caterer




Highlights



Specialties:

fresh, innovative California, Mediterranean, and Pacific Rim cuisine; customized ethnic and vegetarian menus; full event coordination and design

Pricing:
lunch from $18
dinner from $29
min. from $800 - $1,200

Extra Charges:
staff, rentals

Payment Terms:
$500 non-ref. deposit, 50% two months prior, balance due day of event

Credit Cards:
no

Lead Time:
1 week to 1 year

No. of Guests (min-max):
50/800

Service Area:
Greater Bay Area

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