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I just wanted to thank you and everyone at Checkers Catering for making our wedding such a special and memorable event. You have made this whole process so effortless and I appreciate how you worked with us on the cost and keeping it a beautiful event. From the very beginning, I felt very comfortable working with you and knew you had everything in control. In addition, I'm a perfectionist myself so it was great to be able to rely on you and your team and not have to worry about anything. From all the preparation, I knew the room, food, decorations, and everything else were going to be amazing...but when I actually saw the set-up, I was blown away. It was more beautiful than I could have possibly imagined and I just wanted to thank you so much. We received so many complements on the decor and food and I told everyone about Checkers Catering and how amazing you and your team are. Thank you so much. If we ever need to host another big event, we will be sure to contact you again.

Deena & Brandon
San Francisco, CA


I want to thank you for ALL your help in the picking out the menu, the delivery, the set up, the clean up etc............ It was a total hit. ALL my customers were incredibly pleased. I was given many comments on how this was some peoples first red bull event that we did not 'skimp' on the food and that is amazing. The breakfast burritos to the lunch. Everyone was very happy with the food.

Thank you VERY much and I will definitely be a spokesperson for Checkers when I ever hear of an event people are looking for a caterer.

Red Bull Distributor Partner Manager
Livermore, CA

"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory" - George S. Patton

My goodness, they just love the food. The setting looked exceptionally well last night, you had the blue linens which actually are our firm colors - blue and silver. And I’m sorry I don’t remember the name of the woman who set up and served but she is great. It’s nice having her each time because she’s familiar now with the attending group, she knows when to sit back when they are in heavy discussion. In addition, the room is always left impeccably clean when she is done.

Thank you so much for everything. This is a quarterly event for this Advisory Board meeting so it’s nice for me to be able to work with you people continually and just take your suggestions about varying the menu.

San Ramon, CA

Subject: Caterer for you to try on campus (Stanford)

Hi everyone,

This morning when I attended the CWA Product Fair over in Tressider, Checkers Catering was there. It was nice to unexpectedly run into them. I was also reminded that I had not let more people know about this caterer, which was something I did intend to do a few weeks ago.

I met Denise during a dinner when I was in Mexico in August. I recommended her to Ellie Lwin for Mike Kelley's goodbye party on September 26.

Checkers did an absolutely stupendous job for Mike's party --the food was beautifully served, everything was delicious. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable too. Honestly, the event couldn't have been better. The guests were mostly the faculty and staff, some outside guests and a few students. It was a very "grown-up" party with a touch of elegance.

Please be sure to check out their very impressive website. And Nancy, I know that since you are in the 2Y2E building, the caterers need to be "green." Denise told me they have a certain type of certificate, which is very hard to get. I guess it's sort of the "Oscar Award" for being green in the catering world. So I'm sure they will fit right into the qualifications of the 2Y2E building. (Mike Kelly's party was "green" -- with real dishes!) And even though they are in Livermore -- it's not a problem. I hope you will check into their service and very special talents (and no, I'm not on their payroll -- I just think they are great!)

All the best,
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Thank you so much for a perfect event. Everyone raved about how wonderful the food was and how much of it we had :-). Nick did a fabulous job! I only wish the Town was able to give a gratuity because he deserved it!

Thank you so much for a great lunch!

All the best,
Town of Danville, CA

I was writing a review for Checkers for some wedding site, and I wanted to share it with you, since I sat down and spent a little more time on this one. Its super long, but only because I can't stop talking about your service! Really! I RAVE about Checkers to everyone when I talk about our wedding. :) THANK YOU, again, Monica! I didn't have to worry about a THING knowing that I was in good hands with you! Even though they say that brides often miss much of their wedding because of the whirlwind of activities, I made sure I walked around to take in the details. I LOVED the decor of the buffet table, ice cream stand, and drink station (loved the sugar sticks!) and the tables were so beautifully set. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making my event sooo special!

Cecilia Li

Checkers Catering was phenomenal to work with and I attribute a large part of the "success" of my wedding to their professionalism as well as creativity in decor in creating the ambiance I was looking for.

Monica, the representative I worked with at Checkers, was wonderful to work with. She listened to all of my ideas and worked closely with me to create a menu and atmosphere for the wedding. She was also flexible in working with and accommodating my budget. In addition, she and her staff worked tirelessly on the day of the wedding so that the entire evening ran so smoothly. My husband was commenting on how his water was always filled, and yet he never remembered anyone actually filling the glass. The service was attentive yet unobtrusive.

The food was incredible, so many of my friends raved about it afterwards! Our wedding was a country themed wedding held at a barn, and we wanted food to match the occasion. Our menu consisted of tri- tip, barbecue chicken (all very tender and moist), rosemary potato salad, spring salad with 3 different dressings, corn muffins that were the best I've ever had, bacon and bell pepper baked beans, and sliced fresh watermelon. After the complimentary tasting, I was able to give Monica my thoughts on the food and finalize my menu.

There are many caterers out there who can provide exceptional food, of course, but what ultimately made me choose Checkers, though, was their taste in decor. Again, I felt like Monica listened to what I wanted, and with her impeccable taste, was able to take my ideas and turn them into reality. The decorations that Checkers provided to decorate the buffet table and drink stations fit my country wedding theme so well and made my wedding even more special! For example, because I had cupcakes instead of a traditional layered wedding cake, Monica fashioned a "cupcake stand" out of mini haystacks that she stacked on top of a wine barrel. She also provided beautiful Italian decanters at the drink station for the iced tea and instead of regular sugar packets, she had sugar crystal stirring sticks (that many of my guests sucked on as lollipops!). They also have a large selection of linens and flatware and china to choose from. I believe it is the little details that really makes an event, and Checkers is phenomenal in providing those details to make your event special.

Lastly, Checkers is affordable and will work with any budget. They are not just a caterer who provided food for my wedding, but also a special events company that truly delivered beyond my expectations and made my wedding SPECIAL. I would recommend Checkers to anyone looking to cater their casual event or fancy occasion!

Ceci & Wayne
Pleasanton, CA

I spent some time talking with Sandee, we definitely had some surprise unannounced visitors from IBM. We had a great time, the quality of the food and service was fantastic and we were complimenting the venue, environment.

The gentleman manning the bar was great, the staff were awesome as I almost talked to all of them by the end of the evening.

Thank you again for helping us with this event. It was very well received.

We will certainly leverage Checkers again.

Speak soon!

Marketing Manager, Pacific North West
IBM Software Group
San Ramon, CA

Hi, what an outstanding job you did on Saturday. I can't thank you enough for all your hard work by you personally as well as your staff. In spite of the extreme temperatures and winds you kept everything on track.

Your staff and bartenders were very attentive to the task. I know you all worked very hard to make the entire event as seamless as possible. So on behalf of my family and guests I want to tell you how much we appreciated all that you did.

Please use us as a reference if you ever have some nervous mother of the bride who needs reassurance that you all are extremely professional. Feel free to give out my cell phone below for any references.

I don't have Sandy's e-mail address, but if you would forward my thanks to her as well, I would appreciate it!!

Thanks again for everything, you are amazing!!

Jo Ann Gillis
Prudential California Realty
Ruby Hill Division

Thank you so much for everything! The food was delicious and the service was stellar. All of the graduates and their families were very pleased.

Best wishes,

Thongdam Thongdam P.
International & Area Studies Teaching Program,
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Thanks again for catering this year’s prom. The kids had a great time and really enjoyed the dessert bar. Also, the chaperones were very delighted and pleased with the appetizers. You guy's are the best and I’m looking forward to working with you again.


San Mateo, CA

I had to write you and tell you that last night was spectacular. Beth and Adrian were AWESOME. The food was amazing and the presentation was even better.

Thank you and I look forward to working with you again.

Lauren E.
Clorox Co
Oakland, CA

Your staff was wonderful and the food delicious! Many guests complimented the food and asked who the caterer was. Hopefully this will bring more business your way.

It was a pleasure to work with Checkers. Your staff is professional, helpful, and pleasant.

Thank you for working with me on prices and menu. It is helpful to have a caterer who can do a 100 person event on such short notice. I'm just glad I didn't have to cook it all!!! Thank you.

Linda G.
San Jose, CA

Thanks so much for your help - everything was fantastic. They loved your food and service, so thank you for helping to make our event a success! I would not hesitate to recommend Checkers anytime!


Nicole C.
San Francisco, CA

On behalf of Rubicon Programs, Inc., I want to thank you for your doing such a great job of creating a nice event and breakfast.Your entire staff was professional from taking our initial order to implementation. Katy and Adrian did a terrific job---great customer service and consummate professionals.

I have used Checkers twice this year and would like to continue our business relationship.

Happy Holidays!


Ron Visconti
Business Services Representative
Hayward, CA