Whether you are planning an intimate house party for friends and family, a wedding for 400, or a convention banquet for 1000, you can wow your guests and green your event by selecting a gourmet catering company that specializes in “SOLE food”: Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical produce, meat, fish, poultry, and other ingredients.
As one of the centers of the SOLE food revolution, San Francisco is lucky enough to have a number of gourmet catering companies that focus on making outstanding meals with sustainable, local, and organic foods.
Here are five of San Francisco’s premier gourmet & organic catering companies:
Global Gourmet Catering was the first large scale catering company to be certified as a Bay Area Green Business. Global Gourmet Catering provides green catering services for groups as large as 20,000 people. Their restaurant-caliber menus use the highest quality seasonal, organic, and sustainable produce, meats, seafood, and wines. The majority of the ingredients for Global Gourmet Catering’s unique, personalized menus are produced wholly or primarily from the Bay Area nine county region.
In addition to using sustainable foods, Global Gourmet Catering uses reusable, recyclable, or biodegradable service wares whenever possible, uses eco-friendly dishwashing and laundry detergents, donates leftovers to Bay Area food banks, donates used vegetable oil to biofuel producers, and offers carbon offsetting services, among other green initiatives.
Global Gourmet Catering also offers services such as professional service and security staffing, site and venue selection assistance, transportation, photography, design and entertainment planning, and more.
Best known for its restaurant on Lombard Street and its stands at several local farmer’s markets, Alive! Vegetarian Cuisine also offers raw vegan catering services for local events. Alive! specializes in preparing its gourmet raw vegan cuisine with fresh, local, and organic ingredients.
Acre Gourmet specializes in managing unique, on-site restaurants, lunch programs, and concession services for local schools and businesses, using fresh, local, organic, and seasonal ingredients. Acre Gourmet also offers San Francisco catering services for groups of all sizes, including box lunches, breakfast catering, appetizer and hors’ d’ouvres catering, and special occasions catering.
The Acre Gourmet Kitchen Standards include a focus on fresh food cooked from scratch, organic grains and produce, grass fed meats and free range poultry, wild line-caught or sustainably farmed fish and seafood, and more. In addition to its commitment to delicious and sustainable food, Acre Gourmet also has a strong commitment to affordability, making its gourmet, organic cuisine accessible to those who need it most.
Acre Gourmet has a composting and recycling program that aims for zero waste, uses biodegradable utensils, and reduces carbon emissions with energy efficient dishwashers and other kitchen appliances.
Delicious Dish is a San Francisco organic gourmet catering and meal delivery service founded by a Bay Area native and dedicated to preparing healthy, delicious meals from local organic and sustainable ingredients. Delicious Dish offers catering services throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Marin County, and Sonoma Wine Country.
Back To Earth is a Berkeley-based gourmet organic catering company serving the San Francisco Bay Area. Back To Earth’s talented and innovative chefs prepare gourmet meals using fresh, seasonal produce, meat, and seafood, and prides itself on supporting local businesses and small organic farmers. They also offer full vegetarian and vegan menus.
Back To Earth Organic Catering plans delicious menus for events ranging from private parties, elegant weddings, and Bar-Mitzah parties to fundraising dinners and convention banquets serving thousands of guests. In addition to gourmet catering, Back to Earth also offers bartending services, venue selection advice, event interior design and entertainment coordination, photography services, and more.
In addition to local, organic, and sustainable foods, Back To Earth Organic Catering using 100% biodiesel to power its catering trucks, uses recyclable, reusable, or biodegradable utensils and other service wares, partners with organic florists, and more.