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Full-service Elegant Catering for All Occasions, with variety for every palate.

Planning a wedding, business meeting, fundraiser, family gathering, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, memorial service or other occasion? We are here to serve with all aspects of planning and execution. Let The Vegetarian Gourmet Catering help you create the ideal menu and ambiance for your occasion.

Cuisines from around the world.

Fabulous global plant-based cuisines – vegetarian and non-vegetarian


Backyard and Garden Parties

Backyard and Garden Event Catering

Planning a summer party? Celebrate your gathering with elegant catering from The Vegetarian Gourmet.

The best menus for outdoor service include lots of fresh vegetable and fruit dishes, some agua fresca, iced teas and infusions – foods and beverages which keep you cool on a hot day. Looking for a theme . . . how about a taco bar, which is one of our most popular buffets for outdoor events?

A typical taco bar includes a selection of taco fillings with different moles -- whether all-vegetarian or not – black beans, green rice with cilantro and spinach, quesadillas and chips with salsas, guacamole, and condiments. We work with your vision and budget to create a delicious and memorable meal, and a celebration to remember.

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Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthday and Anniversary Event Catering

Birthday and anniversary parties are often inter-generational celebrations, so you want to choose foods that are popular across a wide age range.

It’s also important to be aware of food allergies – especially among the very young and the elderly. Whatever your style of celebrating, The Vegetarian Gourmet can meet all of your catering needs. We work with your vision and budget to create a delicious and memorable meal, and a celebration to remember.

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Brunch Catering

Brunches are a wonderful way to get together with family and friends.

The Vegetarian Gourmet will help you create a menu of tempting offerings from our extensive catering menus of world cuisines. We do all the work, and you get to sit back, relax and enjoy your guests.

Our typical brunch menus include traditional protein dishes – whether eggs, quiche, frittata, huevos rancheros – as well as salads, fruit platters, and decadent desserts. For variety, your brunch could also include polenta – all vegetarian or a Cuban style polenta with seafood, Spanish chorizo, cream and pecorino. Let us know your wishes, and we’ll create a custom menu to suit your occasion.

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Corporate Events

Corporate Events Catering

A corporate event is the perfect opportunity for showing employee or client appreciation, so why not set the tone by honoring multi-cultural backgrounds and resulting dietary preferences?

Tech companies and companies with young workforce know that there’s a growing demand for vegetarian and vegan menu options that are nutritious, healthy and flavorful. Companies in the health care business are leading by example, and offering healthier snack options for staff by replacing the contents of their vending machines, and by updating cafeteria menus.

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Graduation Catering

With all the excitement around graduation, why not have The Vegetarian Gourmet catering help you feed those hungry graduates and their friends?

Let us take the stress out of planning, so you can enjoy the occasion and your graduate’s proud moment. Whether hosting your guests outdoors or indoors, finger foods lend themselves well to these kinds of parties. Contact us for a quote. We work with your vision and budget to create a delicious and memorable meal, and a celebration to remember.

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Yoga & Meditation Retreats

Yoga & Meditation Retreat Catering

Planning a yoga or meditation retreat? Meal times are an essential part of any retreat.

Some of the ideal food choices should be meals that are Energizing, Clean and Easy on the system, mostly Vegan with limited soy and dairy options.

Yoga and meditation retreats are opportunities for participants to heal, to reflect, and to practice healthy self-care. The process often makes people very hungry, and it’s important to provide generous portions of healthy, vital and energizing foods. Our suggested retreat menus are mostly vegan, with limited amounts of dairy and soy. Breakfasts include cashew yogurt, organic fruit, gluten-free granola, and perhaps a frittata (with egg or egg substitute). Lunches are hearty, with whole grains, legumes, lots of greens, and a vegan dessert bar. Dinners may include a Sephardic lentil & chickpea stew with saffron, short grain brown rice with julienne vegetables, organic greens and a fruit crisp with berries and gluten-free crunchy topping.

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Baby & Bridal Showers

Baby Shower Catering
Bridal Shower Catering

Planning a baby shower or bridal shower? English style tea parties are often a popular choice, especially for baby showers. Check out our delicious offerings for tea party catering.

We bring the antique tea cups and authentic English tea party specialties to complete the ambiance: delectable finger sandwiches, clotted cream, lemon curd, little tea cakes, mini pancakes with jam, and a selection of beautiful teas.

The Vegetarian Gourmet catering helps you create that perfect menu and atmosphere. We work with your budget and vision to create the perfect occasion.

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Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Bar Mitzvah Catering
Bat Mitzvah Catering

Catering Favorites for B’nai Mitzvahs

We love the challenge of creating kosher-style menus that appeal to young and old alike.

Year-round favorites are the cuisines of the Mediterranean, which offer variety and fresh local ingredients, including fabulous selections in the Sephardic tradition. Appetizers may include a hummus bar, smoky baba ganouj with pomegranate, or spicy Moroccan muhammara. Main course favorites include creamy polenta with tomato and gorgonzola, Spanish paella with fish or beans, Moroccan tagine, or Sephardic lentils with braised vegetables, among others. On the side -- grilled seasonal vegetables, Israeli style chopped salad, couscous with julienned vegetables, or watermelon salad with feta and mint.

An ice cream bar for the young crowd is a hands-down winner, with artisanal ice creams and toppings.

For non-alcoholic beverages, we have a tasty Italian soda bar with sparkling waters and syrups.

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Holiday Parties

Holiday Party Catering

Planning a Holiday gathering for business colleagues or family?

A memorable menu is one that delights and surprises – with options that offer variety and take special dietary needs into consideration, e.g. gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan, etc.

Our menus are created from the bounty of locally sourced, seasonal organic ingredients. If your Holiday party is a cocktail reception, our wide selection of heavy appetizers will keep your guests from dashing out for pizza. Our Holiday menus span the globe and include seasonal specialties like gravlax, English plum pudding, European Christmas cookies, and Jewish Holiday foods.

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Memorial Services

Memorial Service Catering

Planning a memorial service is stressful enough without having to worry about what to feed your guests.

We make recommendations based on our experiences with these kinds of gatherings, and can recommend a menu that works for your occasion.

What works best for a memorial service is a menu with a selection of foods that don’t require a knife and fork, so that guests can mingle. We recommend a variety of savory finger foods – e.g. finger sandwiches, wraps, skewers – and one or two sweets. We also provide coffee, tea, and non-alcoholic beverages. Let us know your special wishes, and we’ll create a custom menu for you.

“We’ve selected The Vegetarian Gourmet for the memorial service because we like the menu, your friendliness and flexibility. Thank you for working with us – we are so grateful to have found a friendly caterer.” Lesli C., Davis

“Thank you again for the fabulous catering and menu for my father’s memorial. I really appreciated the attention you gave me while planning the reception, and your skilful presence on the actual day.” Maureen S., Portland

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Tea Parties

Tea Party Catering

Think of a Tea Party for your next book club, baby shower or bridal shower.

We bring our gorgeous antique tea cups to serve up a couple classy black teas and herbal tea options. Our finger sandwiches are made with organic bread from a local bakery, and include favorites like curried egg salad, cucumber and watercress, smoked salmon and dill, or roast beef and horseradish. Add to that a basket of miniature scones, jams, clotted cream and lemon curd, tea cakes or cookies. It’s a spread fit for a Queen!

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Wedding Catering

Vegetarian Wedding Favorites – Even For Carnivores!

We love the challenge of a crowd-pleasing vegetarian wedding menu, especially when it involves relatives from the Midwest who want to know “where’s the beef?” Sharing food in community is one of our oldest rituals – and one of life’s great pleasures – so give the wedding meal enough time.

For many vegetarian and vegan couples, their wedding day is the perfect opportunity to invite friends and family to experience an all vegetarian or vegan meal. It may be a new experience for many of your guests. I say go for it – it’s your party, celebrate it your way, with the food that you love. And if you feel the need to include a non-vegetarian option, we can do that as well. Our menus span the globe and are prepared with love and expertise from local, organic ingredients, custom-tailored to fit your budget and needs.

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Don't forget the little ones! :)

At The Vegetarian Gourmet Catering we can also custom create menus that are Kid friendly, vegetarian or not. :)


We make it easy, and we make you look good.

Margaret Riesen

The Vegetarian Gourmet Chef

+1 (510)865-2935

Chef and founder Margaret Riesen brings her love of marvelous food and her passion for fresh organic ingredients from her native Switzerland and international heritage.

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