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Laurel's Catering

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Laurel's Catering

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We create delicious food and provide personalized service.

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M
6 August 2019

We used Laurel's Catering for our wedding party and have nothing but amazing and positive things to say about her! Run by her- and her husband who's the chef, Laurel's catering is simply the best. They were extremely reliable, always stayed in close communication with us, and met with us several times to go over the menu and all the details. Laurel was fabulous to work with! The food was delicious and all our guests were raving about the food. Even two months later, people are still saying how great the food was! Laurel can make anything and everything and has so many options to offer your event. We highly highly recommend Laurel's catering for anyone needing catering services! You will not be disappointed! Laurel is the sweetest lady, so kind, and really went above and beyond for our event. We are so thankful we found her and her husband!! More...

K
30 April 2019

Absolutely amazing.  Where do I start.  Last June Laurel and Matt catered our "after the wedding BBQ".  The food was out of this world.  Truly, every guest was blown away. This was more than just a catering job.  They took care of everything from food , servers, rentals and all the set up and break down.  We live up a steep driveway so maneuvering tables , chairs, umbrellas and food was quite a task.  They did it all from set up to break down.I have never had Ribs or chicken like Matt's.  The quality and flavor was superb.  People are still talking about the shrimp , salads and pies.  Each and every item was unique and delicious.The service and food were incredible but the best part was working with Laurel and Matt. More...

S
16 April 2018

Our daughter found Laurel's on Yelp for my husband's 70th birthday party.  Laurel was easy to work with, had a great helper for the event, and the food was so good! We will definitely use her again & let our friends know about her too. More...

S
4 October 2017

We hired Laurel and Matt for a corporate retreat in Napa, and our company will do so again in a heartbeat! Laurel's Catering organized all meals, drinks, wine, and assisted in finding adequate lodging for our group ( as a wonderful courtesy). Laurel also went out of her way to arrange and reserve a beautiful wine tasting for our group at a local winery.  All proposals, pre-planning and execution of the 3 day event was done professionally and with attention to great detail. Laurel surprised us with little unexpected treats along the way, and she truly loved how that made us smile!  The food is absolutely outstanding, and Chef Matt outshines all other events we have catered. This husband and wife team puts their client first.  They really cared about the importance of our event and how we wanted our guests to feel.  I cannot wait to work with Laurel's Catering again! More...

M
11 July 2017

Laurel was amazing! She was responsive, creative, and very professional. She had wonderful ideas for my party. The day of my party, there was an event in San Francisco that I didn't know about that was blocking the roads. She managed to get through and deliver the food. I was so thankful. All of the food was perfect and my guests had a great time! More...

S
18 April 2017

FABULOUS! I hired Laurel and Matt to cook a dinner  in celebration of my husband's 60th birthday for our family of 7 adults after a day of winery visits.  Laurel developed a menu of Italian delicacies after discussing my husbands preference in food and Matt executed it to perfection in an unfamiliar kitchen.  We had 5 lovely courses.  Laurel provided the menu in advance and we were able to pair the food with wines from our exploration of some of Napa Valley's wineries. It was an excellent experience and one of the highlights of our trip. More...

M
1 January 2017

We came to Napa from San Diego and hired Laurels catering for our New Year's Eve dinner and it was also my friends 30th birthday. Sadly, Laurel was not feeling well and didn't want to get us sick but she left us in great hands with her colleague Justin.Before I get to the part about dinner, let me say that Laurel was extremely responsive and professional. She was so easy to work with! She was so great about providing menu ideas and other details along the way (cake, decor NYE, etc)Dinner itself was so tasty. Most of us were stuffed from eating and drinking wine all day and Justin was kind enough to box it up for us. We started with a beautiful cheese and cracker spread followed by tray passed small bites both packed with flavor. Then we sat down for the main courses starting with wild mushroom soup, salmon tarts and perfect filet with roasted veggies. We had a grapefruit palate cleanser then concluded with dessert. Justin and his fiancé fit right in with our group.  Everything was so delicious. I thought the food and service was very reasonably priced and I would recommend this company to anyone looking for quality food and good service. Cheers! More...

D
10 November 2016

Recently our company had a 3 day sales meeting event in Calistoga,  and we requested Laurel's Catering to handle breakfast, lunch and dinner (and all snacks and appetizers in between! ) for all 22 of our staff and extended guests at a private estate.From the beginning, Laurel organized and handled all aspects of the menu planning, providing specific attention to detail with personalized meals, activities, beverages, wine selection and more.  Laurel also arranged a special private tasting at a local winery.  Let's just say that leaving all of this planning and organization to such great hands was wonderful!  We always felt listened to and taken care of.  The food, well let's just say Matt is outstanding.  All of our guests raved and could not contain their appreciation for the fantastic, fresh, hearty, healthy, savory and sweet! It was a whirlwind to our tastebuds! From the Creme Brûlée french toast bake and the homemade gravlax salmon, to the wonderful lobster and filet with roasted veggies.   Laurel and Matt spoiled us at every turn -- like  fresh cut flowers and a divine chocolate in each room!  If you want to create a special and memorable event, one that your guests will savor, Laurel's Catering is the way to go.  This really was one of the best catering experiences I have had out of many and I can recommend them with no hesitation. More...

P
31 August 2016

From the amazing food to the exceptional service, really not much more to say than just that (Haha). Laurel's catering goes above and beyond exceeding any expectations you may have. If it's possible to add more stars... I would.Matt McNally and Laurel Timms McNally not only provide delicious food, they also are thoughtful and caring people and do great service.And you don't have to worry about a thing at your own party!Thank you Laurel & Matt! More...

M
10 May 2016

I hired Laurel and Matt for a small dinner party and could not have been more pleased.  Laurel is a delight to work with!  She suggested the perfect menu for my picky guests.  The food was amazing! My guests raved about the salmon deviled eggs and the pork cutlets with lemon.  Every detail from planning to execution was flawless.  I would not hesitate to use them again and again. More...

M
15 June 2015

We hired Laurel & Matt to cater a birthday party at our new home. They were exceptional from the first phone call and until the very end. The service and attention to details were superb!  Laurel thought of things ahead of time & worked with me daily over the phone .  The food was delicious - all my guests enjoyed the BBQ sliders, chicken, salads, appetizers! And the decor was so pretty too!   All my guests also commented on how nice Laurel is....she was just SO attentive to everyone's needs but it also felt like Matt & Laurel were just part of the group - seamless, delicious, professional - what else do you need? HIghly recommend and will use again. Thank you Laurel & Matt! More...

E
7 May 2015

From the first phone call to the last dish being washed by Laurel's team, everything went perfectly.Laurel is a true professional with outstanding communication skills that leaves no stone unturned.  Her chef, Howard, took care of all the cooking, prepping, cleaning during the party and her server Vinnie poured the wine, served the appetizers, and took a group shot of the motley crew at my husband's 70th birthday party.ALL of my guests complimented the food, and many of them went home with to go plates served up by Howard and Vinnie.Laurel is just lovely to work with and I hope to be able to have the pleasure to work with her again some day.Thanks for making my husband's 70th birthday party a smashing success!Ellen KesslerSan Francisco More...

S
24 February 2015

I was in contact with Laurel inquiring about catering for a Wedding in Stinson Beach, CA. Despite the distance and the fact that it was an outside event, I was really impressed with Laurel's Can-do attitude! In addition, I had contacted 4 other catering business in and around Stinson Beach and not one of them picked up the phone! Laurel, on the other hand, made sure to make time to pick up the phone and have a conversation about my even, concerns, etc. She was honest, kind, understanding, and quick to response. I recommend this company especially for its professionalism. A rare find in this day and age! More...

B
5 December 2014

Laurel and her team catered my office Thanksgiving luncheon and it was amazing. The food was delicious and delivered on time, as promised. Laurel was very friendly, easy to work with and super accommodating of our requests. We will definitely be turning to her for future office events. I highly recommend Laurel's Catering to anyone who is looking for top notch service and quality. Two thumbs way up! PS - Her Pumpkin Cheesecake is out of this world! More...

B
16 February 2014

I work for the Hotel Drisco and was charged with finding a caterer for our staff Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  Bottom line:  for Thanksgiving, the food itself was in the top three Thanksgiving meals I have ever had, an opinion voiced by most of the staff (about 30).   Beyond the quality of the food itself, the detail of the presentation and the service were outstanding in all respects.  Rather than going for a "standard" menu offered by most caterers, we asked for quite a lot of customization.  Some of our requests were specific based on what we wanted to have served while others we simply provided some general ideas and left the magic to Laurel and her staff.  And magic it was.  One example:  we asked to include a custard pie with the dessert offereings.  What we got was a Chess Pie (look it up).  Incredible.  The turkey was moist, the gravy perfect and plentiful, and so on.  The other entree was pork loin with apricots, apples & herbs.  Moist, "porky" goodness, etc.  Tofurkey for our vegan staff.  Oh, and a yam dish with marshmallows that was NOT the usual glop.  The result of Laurel's efforts was mouse-like in texture wtih the marshmallow adding just a very slight and perfect sweetness to the classic flavor of the yams.  Perfection.  The Thasnkgiving staff meal was so good that there was no question about having Laurel back for our staff Christmas party.  This time a standing rib roast cooked to pink perfection, carved in generous portions with a really great horseradish sauce and duck breast were the two entrees.  Juicy, perfectly cooked, a cherry/pomegranate sauce, yum.  Desserts, so good (including homemade Christmas cookies).  Sides for Christmas and Thanksgiving were creative, perfectly cooked, and expertly served.  Cost?  One gets what one pays for.  Is Laurel the least expensive? Nope.  But we were looking for high quality and a great value.  We got it.  Exceptional in every respect.  We would recommend Laurel's Catering for any event from wedding to birthday party to a corporate fucntion where you want to ensure it's culinary success. More...

N
19 November 2013

I was planning an intimate gathering for ten friends, three of whom were celebrating milestone birthdays during the month. The venue was at a 2nd home in San Francisco, so I was not really familiar with caterers in the area. After researching feverishly, and working my way through a list of 15 (highly rated), I came into touch with Lauren and never looked back. From the start her communication, ideas and enthusiasm for my project gave me confidence that I had found the right person.Now that the event is (sadly) over, I truly feel that I discovered a gem....everything from start to finished was above and beyond. I hope I have the opportunity to work with her again, and would not hesitate to recommend her to others. Thanks again Laurel! More...

S
19 August 2013

Laurel catered our wedding luncheon.  There were some tricky logistics since we were hosting the event at our home, and we had high expectations for the food.  Laurel and Matt and their crew just knocked this out of the park.  From the first meeting we had with Laurel to plan everything through the delicious food they served, to the quick and quiet cleanup while all our guests were still here enjoying themselves, Laurel did everything we asked and more.  She is delightful to work with, her prices are reasonable, and the food is simply amazing.  I am still getting emails about the food from people who have standards as high as mine.  You cannot go wrong hiring Laurel; don't even think twice before hiring her. More...

A
21 June 2013

Laurel's Catering is the greatest find. I organize small office lunches every other week and she is very accommodating for all needs. Not to mention that the food is AMAZING. My whole office gets excited when they know Laurel is coming with lunch. Thanks Laurel and Matt! More...

M
26 July 2012

Half of throwing a great party is the guest list, the other half is great food. Laurel's Catering exceeded my expectations in the food department, while also providing super friendly and professional staff that kept the food coming non-stop. It started with Laurel's piece de resistance, Matt's Meatballs. I'm from an Italian American family, and not easily impressed - but these were so delectable and outstanding that even I could not stop myself from feasting and going back for seconds. A huge hit with my guests as well! Another specialty of Laurel's is the Mushroom and Corn Quesadillas, simply divine, and the Chutney and Cheddar Biscuits, and Black Raspberry Chipolte Brie Tarts were out of this world. Not to disappoint the beef lovers in the crowd, and there were many, Laurel whipped up tender Beef en Croute Wellingtons that we will not forget any time soon.For someone like myself who comes from a family of great cooks, it's always surprising to find a catering company that can live up to such high standards. One of my guests commented that she "could taste the love" that went into the cooking and preparation, and complimented me on my choice of caterers. My Bon Voyage Party was a smash hit, and I have Laurel to thank for that. It's an event I will always remember. More...

B
3 February 2012

We hired Laurel for my hubby's 40th birthday party. My hubby is a foodie, so it was a tall order to find a great caterer. Laurel came recommended so I had high expectations for the food and I have to say, they were EXCEEDED . The food was amazing, people are still talking about the great party which was largely attributed to the amazing food. Laurel was great from the first phone call to the last minute of clean up. If you are looking for a great caterer and reasonable price, look no further. This is the best kept secret in town! More...

T
10 November 2011

Yes!  I love Laurel and Matt!  I've used Laurel's catering twice this year -- to create the desserts for my daughter-in-law-to-be's bridal shower, and to do a complete luncheon for 20 girlfriends on my 50th birthday.  Both times, everything was wonderful.  For the bridal shower, was able to pick up the desserts (strawberry shortcake, and amazing chocolate truffles) the night before and bring to the party myself.  For the 50th birthday, Laurel arrived at my house and assembled the entire feast for us . . . from napkins and drinks right on through to fabulous desserts.  Kind, creative, wonderful service throughout the entire process.  Lovely!  Will use them again the next time I need catering, for certain. More...

S
11 July 2011

Laurel and Matt catered a retirement party for a friend, in our 90 year old barn.  They came fully epuipped to handle the job, ready to work without the aid of a complete kitchen.  Not only was the event incredible, but the barn (come on, clean a 90 year old barn?) and everything was cleaned up beyond expectations.  Food was incredible and service fun and friendly.Would definitely use them again. More...

W
29 December 2010

We hired Laurel to cater our 15th Anniversary Celebration on October 27th, 2010 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.  The event was a fundraiser with appetizers during reception, a family-style meal preceding our presentation, and dessert and coffee served during the program.  The event was attended by nearly 200 people.  We chose Laurel because she had catered a smaller dinner party fundraising event hosted by our partners at Seventh Generation.Laurel was great to work with.  Some of our priorities in choosing a caterer included price, flexibility of services, and sustainable business practices, and Laurel's Catering fit all three categories. Laurel went above and beyond to serve the highest quality food, and also helped us connect with vendors for other aspects of our event. She worked closely with us on the menu, and the meal was amazing. We had a somewhat complex set up because we did not want to interrupt our program with dinner and we wanted the event to feel elegant so we nixed the idea of a buffet from the start.  Laurel was great and worked with us every step of the way. On the night of the event her staff was excellent and professional, and her Chef Pierre was a sweetheart and a joy to meet.I don't think that Laurel's Catering had catered an event this large and complex before, and the dinner was served later than we had scheduled.  This was inconvenient, but I would still not hesitate to recommend Laurel's Catering for any event.You can see photos from our beautiful 15th Aniversary event here: picasaweb.google.com/103…WAGES' mission is to build worker-owned green businesses that create healthy, dignified jobs for low-income women. We launch cooperatives where women develop personal and professional skills, become leaders, and gain economic security. More...

M
5 December 2010

Laurel catered two of the monthly networking events my partner and I host. Working with Laurel was a breeze. She understood our small budget constraints and was able to prepare a wonderful menu that delighted our guests with its creativity and heartiness. Laurel is very hands on, detail oriented and responsive. I highly recommend Laurel. More...

D
5 October 2010

I hired Laurel's Catering for a company party in SF.  I was traveling from the east coast and needed someone reliable to help me pull this off.  They not only cooked up some amazing food (best ribs ever), but they paid so much attention to detail.  The party was a huge success, in large part to Laurel and Matt's help.  I need my rib fix!!! Thx guys. More...

T
30 June 2010

Laurel recently catered our son's baptism and it was amazing!  We had been to a party she catered and knew she was one to remember.  Laurel was wonderful to work with and put together a fabulous brunch.  Everything was delicious including the tea sandwiches, pearl couscous, bacon and sausage, and salad.  The top favorites were the creme brulee french toast with brioche and cupcakes for dessert.  Laurel is extremely detail oriented, trustworthy and time efficient.  We can't wait to do business with her again! More...

F
5 October 2009

Laurel helped create a menu for my sisters baby shower (15 people) and everything turned out really delicious! I would recommend her to anyone.  Her prices were fair and the servings were very generous. Definitely plan on using her again for my next event.Menu:Fried chickenMac and Cheese barsButtermilk biscuitsFrench fries with 3 kinds of dipping saucesNecatrines with cinnamon sugar glazeDelish! More...

J
23 July 2009

SIMPLY THE BEST.My partner and I decided to get married with a week's notice, and found Laurel's Catering on localcaterering. com. We were planning a private, elegant dinner party at our home, and found in Laurel's Catering the perfect partner for our intimate affair.  Not only did they respond promptly, but Laurel took the time to listen to us, asking great questions and helping us think through details we had overlooked.The planning process was easy, and even fun, despite the short time frame. They arrived on time, and set up quietly, taking breaks to welcome our guests as they arrived.The food was just spectacular. Super yummy lollipop lamb chops with mint glaze and brie and raspberry chipotle crostini got us started, followed by a surprising and very memorable amuse bouche of mango gazpacho. Two entrees were served to each guest - a delicious beef tenderloin drizzled with a port wine reduction sauce, and an herb stuffed cornish game hen. And the chocolate rum frozen torte was to die for.But it was the unparalleled personal service that truly was the star of the evening. Laurel and Jennifer connected with each guest with ease, and made everyone feel pampered and special. With each course, Laurel introduced the food, telling personal stories along the way. The mood and energy was just lovely - warm, and happy, and effervescent.Laurel and Jennifer became a part of our wedding party, and created an atmosphere of joy and ease and spirit that was nothing short of magical.We feel not only fortunate, but grateful and honored that Laurel's Catering was a part of our special day - as they had a big hand in why it was so special. More...

A
16 June 2009

I love Laurel Timms and Matt Nally.  They are the best of the Bay Area wrapped up in one catering company.  They are utterly professional, uber creative, well versed in all things food all over the world.  Where else am  I going to get cuban style sandwiches, injera bread, tofu skewers, and a beautiful cupcake tower sprinkled with international sweets?  I trusted them with "the most important day of my life" and it was overwhelmingly above all possible expectations.  Everything that Laurel proposes is the ultimate experience of all of the great foods that I've had in the Bay Area during all of the years that I spent there.  Never hesitate.  They are awesome. More...

M
23 February 2009

I plan monthly happy hours for my company.  We do a different theme each month, featuring a spirit from our portfolio (I work for an alcohol distributor).  Every month, Laurel amazes me with her creativity!  She created a Midori Margarita frosting for a cake and Flor de Cana Rum dipping sauce for her specialty Coconut Shrimp.  This month she is undertaking the task of my newest special request--Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes!   Her proposed menus always look fabulous!  If I ever need to tweak the menu, she is more than responsive.  I must be honest and tell you that I have never used her staff on-site for service.  Our parties are standing appetizers and do not require much attention.  However, Laurel always arrives prepared and on time, and sets the area up beautifully.  I know that once she's arrived, I can turn my attention to other areas of the event because she has got her part under control.  I swing past her as she's finishing for last minute instructions and I'm set.  She returns to pick up any platters, chafing dishes, etc and is always eager to hear our response.  I have had nothing to report except rave reviews!She and her partner, Matt, are so friendly and down-to-earth.  They know good food, enjoy good food, and prepare good food.  The quality, originality, and obvious care that goes into their work makes recommending Laurel's Catering a pleasure.  I can't wait until our next party....  Those cupcakes and some more Coconut Shrimp! More...

M
15 October 2008

Delicious creativity is a key to Laurel's success. Crispy duck rolls with a raspberry chipotle dipping sauce. Guatemalan elotes. Leek caramelized onion & fig tarts.But Laurel's ability to cook up wonders is only one benefit you get from working with Ms. Timms, or at least attending an event that she's catered.Having a behind-the-scenes look at Laurel working on a wedding, I saw this caterer beyond compare in action: scheduling, planning but above all, listening. Laurel listened to both the wedding planner's and the bride's wants and needs. She helped shape a menu with original creations and local California staples for a wedding party largely from out-of-town.Laurel understood the drama that comes with a wedding & met our group's needs and diffused situations with spontaneous solutions. Even in what could've been stressful situations, Laurel was always professional. Some of the food offerings were welcome firsts for me.Others were familiar combinations that nourished my soul: blue cheese and bacon scones, meatballs and steak-on-a-stick.The wedding was a success, thanks to great people, wonderful weather & most of all, Laurel. More...

T
3 August 2008

Injera to jerk pork? Spanokapita to antipasti?  Mojitos and Scottish butter fudge and In-N-Outs on a platter? Oh my!  Holy MK Foodness! A moment of silence, please.  Because Laurel Timms should probably be the patron saint of all caterers. Light candles even...My needs were nominal, really.   And by nominal, of course, I mean absolutely absurd:All I needed was for her to cater two large wedding events on back-to-back days in the Marin County wilderness on a food stamp budget with almost no staff - because staff just wouldn't work for my budget.. Oh, and to battle a bayside wedding windstorm while using her arms, legs and chin to keep the food from flying away - and onto the whole bridal party.  And, lastly, I needed her to represent about 15 different countries through the food AND to help me organize all of it even though I live in Chicago and couldn't meet up with her at all - even for a tasting.  I'm lying, actually she had to mail the tasting - to the bride in Colorado.  And the bride couldn't meet her until the day of either.  In fact, the bride couldn't really even speak to her until the week before, so Laurel also was required to read the bride's mind.For a merely mortal caterer, this might all be insane and impossible.  But Laurel and chef Matt McNally did it all, ALL - ALL I tell you- with grace and total professionalism. One of my favorites was their marinara sauce, which just seems stupid, because it is something that is usually just phoned in and unnoticed, but - Spicy, chunky, fresh - it was awesome!  And get the fried risotto balls - trust me, everyone raved.  Ooh, and also some kind of fig tart - Jee-zus!I'm not a pro wedding planner. Hell, I've only even been to like two other weddings in my life - more like 1 1/2.  I was just helping out a friend who couldn't plan it all herself.  But I can tell you this: Laurel's Catering says they are all about "personalized service." That doesn't even come close to describing it all - This girl does miracles -  AMAZING! More...