La Bonne Cuisine

La Bonne Cuisine Catering and Events is a full service wedding and corporate event catering company serving the San Francisco Bay area. 

Fernando's Chimichurri Sauce

Our Director of Sales, Fernando Ciurlizza wants to share with you his recipe for Argentinean Chimichurri Sauce; just in time for Forth of July grilling. Chimichurri Sauce can be used as a marinade or condiment for any meat or vegetable. We just like to pour it on everything, to be safe. Enjoy, and have a happy and safe Fourth of July!


1 Shallot, finely chopped

1 Red jalapeno, chopped

4 Garlic cloves, chopped

3 tablespoons Red wine Vinegar or Red Rioja Wine from Argentina

Kosher Salt

1/4 cup, fresh cilantro, finely chopped

1/4 cup, flat leave parsley, finely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh oregano, finely chopped

3/4 Cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Combine shallot, chile, garlic, vinegar and salt in a bowl, and let it sit for 10 minutes

Stir in cilantro, parsley and oregano

Using a fork, whisk in olive oil

Transfer 1/2 of the sauce into a bowl

Place meat in a shallow pan and pour reminder sauce to marinate, chill overnight (3 hours minimum)

Remove meat from marinate, pat dry and grill

Spoon reserve sauce on cooked meat

You thing you know what a wedding caterer does? Think again!

You are engaged-who hoo!  And now, on to the wedding planning!  Planning a wedding can be really fun and exciting, but sometimes it can also be overwhelming and stressful.  There is one vendor that can actually make your wedding planning a better experience: the caterer.  

It is key that when you are researching catering companies you understand the scope of services they provide and what is included in their proposal and what is not included. 

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Here are some things a caterer can do for you that you may not be aware of: 

-A caterer can help you find the perfect event venue.  Caterers that have been around for a while have extensive knowledge of venues in your area, and can suggest places to meet your budget, style and vision.  They can even accompany you on site visits to make sure it’s a good fit for your vision.  

-Many caterers can also serve as your wedding planner, including day of wedding coordination. Since they are already doing your catering, they will get to know you really well, and many times they will offer this service at a lower price, since most of their revenue comes from catering. 

-The best caterers, like La Bonne Cuisine,  have developed relationships with other wedding vendors and can use those relationships to get you better pricing on items like flowers, photography and rentals.  

-A lot of caterers also offer design services, so they will be able to take care of the overall design of your wedding, taking care of things like flowers, linens and decor.  

-The best caterers can create a custom menu for you.  Most caterers will provide you with a standard wedding menu, but if you have something different in mind, don't be shy and tell them!  A good caterer will be able to create the menu with your input, so you get exactly what you want.  

So now that you know what a caterer can do for you, here's a few things you need to know before you start your search: 

1. Establish a catering budget, and be realistic.  It is important for the caterer to know from the beginning what your budget is to establish whether you are a good fit with their company.  Cost varies a lot depending on where your wedding is, so it may be a good idea to ask a few friends how much they spent so you can get a good idea of what the market is where you live.  Don't go by wedding planning websites, since many times they don't have localized information.  Also, don't go by restaurant prices, since it's a completely different thing!  Remember that many times a caterer pretty much has to set up a restaurant just for you!

2.  Tastings. The idea of having multiple tastings to decide on a caterer sounds fun-however, it doesn't work like that.  Many caterers now charge for tastings, although some of them will refund the cost if you book them.  Some of them won't even do a tasting until you book them, and the tasting is more to get your feedback on the dishes for your wedding, rather than a “job interview”. 

3.  Preferred Vendor Lists.  A lot of wedding venues have Preferred Vendor Lists, and for a reason-the caterers on the list have been vetted and the venue feels good about their food and service.  However, if you feel strongly about a caterer that is not on the list, many times the venue will be flexible, but it is best to negotiate this before you book the venue, since they may have an incentive to say yes to get the business.

Now you have some tools to get out there and enjoy the fun journey that is wedding planning.  Have fun!   

Mark your Calendars for Fall and Winter events!

Mark your calendars! 

We are really excited to join our  Partner Venues on their  exciting Fall events!

October 4: We are partnering with Bespoke to raise money for the American Red Cross Hurricane Fund.  This event is free, but you must RSVP to attend.  Donations will be taken at the door! 

October 19: One of our favorites every year, this event raises funds for the Conservatory of Flowers programs.  Learn more about this not-to-be-missed event. 

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It's holiday party planning crunch time!  

Contact Us to check if we have your event date available, but hurry up before we get all booked up!  

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