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.
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
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.
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