We at Parker Sanpei have noticed a trend in wedding catering over the past several years. With the nation’s heightened interest in all things culinary, many caterers have stepped up their game to turn weddings into mini food and wine festivals. Whether it’s the wild blackberry and elder flower signature cocktail, the candy bar, or the freshest sushi you’ve ever tasted, caterers are pushing the limits of what we understand as wedding fare. Here, we present a few California wine country wedding caterers who are changing the game.
Healthy and Delicious: Culinary Eye, San Francisco
This Bay Area caterer is known for going above and beyond the call of duty with cuisine that’s not only delicious, but nutritious as well. Founded by Chefs Collins Anderson and John Silva, Culinary Eye has made a point of seeking out the most sumptuous ways to make health a priority in their menus, with options for all-organic menus and food sensitivities. Sample menu items include
- Pepper-Whipped Goat Cheese Tartlets
- Yuzu-Dressed Microgreens
- Chili-Ginger Glazed Scallops
Wild and Free: Thomas Hill Organics, Paso Robles
Thomas Hill Organics Bistro & Wine Bar is known for crafting incredible, inventive dishes from primarily organic, local ingredients, and that philosophy certainly carries over into their catering department. Owner Debbie Thomas is known for encouraging her chefs’ imaginations to run wild, with creative, flavorful dishes like
- Jerk Pork Slider, Fried Banana and Onion, Citrus-Ale Barbecue Sauce, Chive Crème Fraiche
- Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut, Roasted Baby Beets, Macerated Strawberries, Pickled Watermelon, Coconut Cream
Fun and Interactive: OMNI Catering and Events, Santa Barbara
OMNI takes wedding catering to the -enth degree with its signature stations, which provide guests with a fun and interactive way to “build your own” pho, grilled cheese, schwarma, or quesadilla. Or, for the ultimate culinary experience (provided while the wedding party takes photos, perhaps?) opt for OMNI’s fresh mozzarella bar, in which OMNI chefs make fresh mozzarella in front of guests to pair with a buffet of gourmet oils, vinegars and salt, or craft their own caprese salad. Can you say YUM?!?