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OLIVE

El Cerrito, California, Contra Costa

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‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020

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We offer a culinary celebration! A wide variety of menus made from the finest & freshest ingredients, mouthwatering flavors and attractive plating. We can accommodate any dietary restriction and have experience catering kosher events.

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10 November 2019

Elinor and team was fantastic to work with. They were super helpful in figuring out the menu.  The food was excellent - the best catered food I have ever had. The desert was one of the best I have ever had anywhere.  I highly recommend them and look forward to our next occasion to work with them. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

21 October 2019

Wooow what an amazing experience we had with Arkadi and Elinor!Let's start that they are such a great human being, friendly understanding clients need and simply fun to work with. We celebrate our son birthday and they definitely made the difference, it was really hard to find a place that will achieve our need, we keeping kosher .Arkadi and Elinor did above and beyond to satisfied us and our guests!They came 10 minutes before we scheduled and they really know how to provide Coustomer service.We got a lot of compliments from our guests on the food it was fabulous and very generous!Highly recommended and we will definitely use them again if needed! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

16 October 2019

I hired Olive cater to cater my parents 50th anniversary (100 guests). They went above and beyond and exceeded all my expectations. The food was out of this world. Everyone raved about it. Arkadi the chef is so talented and his passion comes through in the beautiful presentaion. There were plenty of choices for my vegetarian Mom, whose a very picky eater. Im happy we chose the lamb chops because those were the best I'v ever had. Everyone loved the interactive dessert table and watching the chefs assembling it. Such an original and fun way to end the meal. Lastly, the team members were very friendly and attentive. I highly recommend their services. Thanks so much again olive cater!! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

30 September 2019

Elinor and Arkadi created a beautiful event at our home for our surprise wedding!  Olive Cater and staffwere wonderful to work with and the food was superb, divine!  They were very attentive to every detail.  Many of our guests commented that they felt as if the staff were like family, very warm and caring. We highly recommend them.Robert and Elena More...

Reviewed on Yelp

26 September 2019

We hired Olive Cater for our end of summer office event that was hosted in a backyard for about 20 people. Elinor and I chatted on the phone two weeks prior to the event to get a feel for what we needed and what we were looking for, then worked within our budget to create a really diverse and delicious menu. We were able to lock everything down within a few days and she responded quickly to any questions I had. The food was so fresh and perfect for the hot evening. There was a great balance between vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and gluten free options as well. When setting up the buffet table, the presentation was absolutely photo worthy and once the food had been set up, some of us actually prevented people from filling their plates so we could get a capture of the spread! Over the course of the evening, dishes that were low were replenished quickly and the timing between dinner and dessert was very well thought out. At the end of the night, Elinor even made us some fresh mint tea to enjoy post dessert.Elinor, Arkadi and Ben felt like family and really just helped to create a delicious, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere to spend an evening. I would love to have them again for future and personal events. Thank you so much Elinor, Arkadi and Ben! We appreciate you so much! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

7 May 2019

Best food   we have had in a long time. Professional, attentive to detail, wants to please, pleasant to work with, clean. The  prepared  foods have unique flavors that linger on your taste buds . Highly recommend Elinor and Arkadi, They have  the magic touch with food and with the way it's presented. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

14 January 2019

Good food good people! Highly recommend

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13 December 2018

Olive Caters does not fail to impress.  Their attention to detail, creativity, and quality surpasses any other catering company I have used.  They are very professional and consistent.  We have used their catering 3 times for our company and we were always extremely satisfied with their service. More...

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7 December 2018

Arkadi and Elinor catered my daughter's Bat Mitzvah (140 guests). The food was delicious! Everyone was going for seconds and asking where the food came from. Elinor and Arkadi were a pleasure to work with- even listening to my daughter and making sure that she got what she liked for her party. I would use them again and highly recommend them. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

2 November 2018

Olive cater catered our wedding this past Saturday night. We chose a Moroccan feast food. Words can not described the tasty , incredible amazing food Arkadi and Elinor team prepared for us. As soon as I have pictures I will post it. The appetizers, lamb and beef kobabbs on a cinnamon stick were a hit. The mushrooms burekas were phenomenal with roasted vegetables. The feast itself, the dinner had lamb tagine, Salmon chrime and chicken with olives. Array of tantalizing salads and couscous. Truthfully, our guests were beside themselves. The deserts included chocolate mouse,baklava and fruits. And ofcourse a wedding cake. The price was very reasonable. Elinor coordinated everything to perfection. The servers were fantastic. it was event to remember. if you want an outstanding event, get Olive Cater. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

5 October 2018

Wow what an amazing event we had with Olive Catering! I am so happy I chose them. After lots of research for the best food for my husband's 37th birthday party, I found them and was so grateful! First the communication with them was fabulous, they listened and were very patient with all my needs and restrictions. Then the food was just to die for! Delicious, flavorful and definitely good portions.All my guests did not stop complimenting the food,  that is how I know we nailed it! I highly recommend their service. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

29 September 2018

Amazing food! I can't recommend these guys enough! Make sure you try their Moroccan salmon! The hummus is also insanely good! Olive is my go-to caterer!

Reviewed on Yelp

27 September 2018

We hired Olive Catering for our small wedding reception (20 guests). The entire process and final outcome was a very positive experience for us and we would highly recommend them.

They provided timely responses to our emails and we also had several phone calls and in-person meetings to discuss our vision for the reception. Elinor and Arkadi came up with a great menu after we put somewhat challenging requirements on them since we had a small budget, wanted to have a nice variety of dishes, have vegan food options for some of our guests, and also restricted the use of some ingredients due to food allergies. Their staff also did a great job setting up decorations based on our instructions (for a reasonable fee).

Everyone had a great time at our event and had plenty to eat. The food was presented nicely was all very delicious. We would hire them again the next we have another event.
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26 September 2018

We hired Olive Catering for our small wedding reception (20 guests). The entire process and final outcome was a very positive experience for us and we would highly recommend them. They provided timely responses to our emails and we also had several phone calls and in-person meetings to discuss our vision for the reception. Elinor and Arkadi came up with a great menu after we put somewhat challenging requirements on them since we had a small budget, wanted to have a nice variety of dishes, have vegan food options for some of our guests, and also restricted the use of some ingredients due to food allergies. Their staff also did a great job setting up decorations based on our instructions (for a reasonable fee).Everyone had a great time at our event and had plenty to eat. The food was presented nicely was all very delicious. We would hire them again the next we have another event. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

24 September 2018

I have had the pleasure of experiencing Oliver Cater services and would recommend it to anyone.  Arkadi, the chef,  creates spectacularly good food that is unfussy, deeply flavorful, satisfying and plentiful. Their team are top notch professional, and Im looking forward to working with them again in the future. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

23 September 2018

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4 June 2018

I love working with Olive catering! The team is professional, on time, bring great value, and their food is delicious! I would highly recommend them for any event.

4 June 2018

Olive Cater team are simply the best! They catered for me an office party and my parents 40th anniversary. Even though the menus were totally different both events were a success! Arkadi is a talented and creative young chef. His food is beautifully presented and it tastes amazing! I got many compliments on those events and I look forward to having Arkadi and Elinor cater my next event. More...

30 May 2018

I have had the pleasure of experiencing Oliver Cater services and would recommend it to anyone. Arkadi, the chef, creates spectacularly good food that is unfussy, deeply flavorful, satisfying and plentiful. Their team are top notch professional, and I'm looking forward to working with them again in the future. More...

23 May 2018

Arkadi is an excellent chef! The food is outstandingly delicious, the staff are so kind and nice, and the experience was great!

19 April 2017

Amazing food, prepared with lots of love by an award winning chef. It doesn't get much better than this.

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Serving modern Mediterranean cuisine, we relay heavily on vegetables, olive oil, fresh herbs and healthy meats. Our dishes are colorful and made for sharing, creating an intimate eating experience.

We take the following steps to create the perfect menu for our clients:
1. We listen to the client’s culinary vision and needs and then ask questions like: the occasion, the theme, guest composition, location, time of day, dietary restrictions, and the many other variables that can impact the success of an event are also considered.
2. Our chef builds a menu and, in a weekly meeting, our team reviews the menu and suggests improvements or modifications.
3. We present our clients with the menu and take into consideration any feedback or concerns they may have.
4. A final menu is sent to our clients.

We love everything! We get to use our imagination when crafting a menu, flow into almost a meditative state when we cook, and, most of all, we enjoy seeing the pleasure our clients and their guests express when they are eating the food.

When you possess a commitment to excellence and take great joy in cooking and hosting, it makes sense to start your own business doing what you love in a manner that can achieve our high standards for excellence..

Our chef, Arkadi Kluger, is the winner of The Food Network's show The Great Food Truck Race. He won the show due to his unique flavors and his ability to plan ahead meticulously. His winner mentality and attitude of excellence permeates every aspect of our operation, since we believe that you deserve the best !

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