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Cafe Soleil Catering

Wedding Caterer
Main Office Location:
3550 San Pablo Dam Rd Ste O
El Sobrante, California 94803

Contact: Jennifer Arrouzet
Phone: 510/205-3936
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Service Area:

Greater San Francisco Bay Area: East Bay, Brentwood, Antioch, Concord, Walnut Creek, Martinez, Benicia, Crockett. Will travel for no additional fee.

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You Need To Know...
Vendor Type { Caterer }
Company Founded { 1991 }

Here Comes The Guide brides: Receive a complimentary appetizer for your reception when you book your wedding catering with Cafe Soleil. At $2.50 per person, this would be a $500 value for a 200-person guest list!

Services Offered

Family-owned and service-oriented, Cafe Soleil believes that even a bride on a budget deserves the most elegant, high-quality and delicious wedding food possible. Their catering menu features a wide range of flavors—from sirloin steak with Gorgonzola butter, to chicken saltimbocca, to herbed risotto and pan-seared duck. (Is your mouth watering yet?) You may choose from one of their pre-fixed menus or customize a menu to your suit your tastes.

Cafe Soleil Catering offers all-inclusive packages starting at just $39 per person. This includes set up, clean up, serving staff, china, stemware, utensils, linens, tax and gratuities. Owner Jennifer Arrouzet guarantees there will be no surprises or hidden fees in the pricing.

Questions and Answers

What 3 words best describe your work?

Committed, quality, perfectionist.

Tell us about your company name.

Soleil means sun, which is bright, cheerful, and warm! That is what we are at Café Soleil! All about treating our clients well, no matter what their budget is.

Why should someone hire you?

Because I give 200%. I go above and beyond my contractual duties. I am the first one there, and the last one to leave.

What are the common misconceptions about your services?

That because we are so reasonably priced, we must use inferior products. I believe that we do not have to gouge our customers; that even at our $39 rate, we can still be profitable. I have the same quality, presentation and service as companies that charge 2-3 times our rate. I believe every bride deserves a beautiful wedding.

What drew you to this field/how did you get started?

I’ve had my restaurant for 22 years now. 10 years ago, I started catering. It was such a natural fit. I believe having 12 years in the restaurant business really helped me, as I took on outside events. I learned timing, customer service, and how to serve delicious food in large quantities.

What are some sources of inspiration or influences on your work?

Because I am self-taught, I absorb everything like a sponge. Whether taught by other chefs or hands-on, I always try to take the best of the best of what I see and learn and implement it into my catering services.

Tell us about a favorite, unusual or very interesting moment at a wedding:

Seeing the smile on my bride’s face when she has that first dance as husband and wife. Knowing her day is perfect, and I gave her everything she dreamed of. I am more than just a caterer; most times, I am the coordinator, the caterer, and her shoulder to lean on. I usually work with my brides all year long.

What have weddings taught you?

That you do not get a “do-over” for someone's most important day of their life. That it has to be as perfect as possible from start to finish. She has dreamed of this day her whole life.

What is the best advice you give a couple when planning their wedding?

To please take a second and try to absorb everything around them. Their wedding day will go by and end so fast. I really try to tell them to just take a step back and remember the look on their father or mother’s face, or their significant other. To take a second alone with each other to savor the moment.

If you could have any superpower on the job, what would it be?

To be able to set the room up in 3.9 seconds!

What are 3 words that describe your personality?

Outgoing. Determined. Happy!

What's your favorite book/movie/work of art?

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Kills me every time!

What's your favorite quote?

Someone might not deserve your forgiveness, but you deserve to forgive!

What's your favorite marriage advice?

Be kind to each other!

Extracurricular activities:

Motorcycle riding, baseball, the spa :)

If you weren't in your current profession, what would you do instead?

District Attorney.

What’s your favorite way to wind down after a hard day?

Glass of vino and a bubble bath.

Tell us about your pets, if you have any.

2 pitties and these girls are the loves of my life besides my spouse.

What are some of your favorite places to eat—either everyday spots or special occasion splurges?

Rutherford Grill by Napa and Mama's Fish House in Maui. Sadly I don't get to go there often, but would if I could!

Cafe Soleil Catering Covers These Areas:

Northern California
  - East Bay
  - Napa and Sonoma Wine Country
  - San Francisco
  - Solano County
  - Tri-Valley and Livermore Wine Country
  - And other areas by special arrangement.

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Bride Reviews

“Our wedding was in the Caribbean, so we wanted our reception back in the states to be Caribbean-themed. Jennifer actually flew Conch (large sea snails!) from the Caribbean and found out how to prepare them perfectly—which was a total surprise to us. It’s details like this that make Jennifer stand out amongst any other wedding caterer.”

“My guests seriously loved the food—people raved about it.”

“Jennifer goes out of her way to make sure groom and bride are completely satisfied.”

“The visual presentation might have looked as good as the food tasted.”

“Jennifer is the best!”

“The process was awesome and her staff was excellent.”

“They came in under our budget, which was fantastic!”

“The food was great, and Jennifer was amazing, excited, helpful, and fun. She made me feel welcome and important.”

“It was so easy to pick things for the menu and all of the food was so delicious.”

“Jennifer captured the theme of our 1920’s wedding and did an amazing job.”

“We have gone to her restaurant a few times for lunch after our event because we love her so much and the food is awesome!”

“I would definitely recommend them to anyone and everyone including my sister and best friends. I think that all my guests would recommend them as well. We got nothing but praise for the food!”

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