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. 

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So many cool event venues in the Bay area!

The La Bonne Cuisine staff having fun at the ILEA Gala at the Armory SF 

The La Bonne Cuisine staff having fun at the ILEA Gala at the Armory SF 

One of the perks of our jobs at La Bonne Cuisine is to visit the array of unique venues the Bay area is known for.  Whether it's historic, eclectic, big or small, we always enjoy learning about new venues so we can tell our clients all about it.  Changing up your venue is a great way to keep your event fresh.  

La Bonne Cuisine is on the Preferred Vendor List of several of the Bay area's best unique venues, and we wanted to share with some some of our recent discoveries, as well as some of the venues that are HOT right now: 

The Armory SF 

Many people think that The Armory SF is just the home of a production house of racy movies. However, San Francisco natives know that the building is also full of history.  And recently, The Armory SF made a huge splash in the event scene as tit hosted the 2016 ILEA Gala: THE event of the year for San Francisco's event industry. And it was quite the event.  The venue is ideal for large events and it offers lots of flexibility if you want to get creative.  The location is also right in the Mission District, so your guests can start the evening early and grab a cocktail before your event, or continue the party afterwards!

Concannon Vineyard

Whose fantasy does not include getting married at a vineyard?  Not only is Concannon one of the oldest in California, but it is also a designated Registered Historic Landmark.  Located in Livermore's Wine Country, it also makes it a bit closer to many Bay area locales than Napa or Sonoma venues.  There are several event spaces throughout the property ideal for any size event.  Gorgeous doesn't start to describe it!  

One Kearny Club

Four words: Herman Miller furniture included.  Located in the heart of San Francisco's Financial District, you don't have to envision what your meeting or special event will look like, as the venue is already outfitted with elegant, upscale, modern furniture, as well as very sleek interior design.  There's a ton of natural light, and it has great views of San Francisco, as well as a rooftop patio, ideal for a cocktail or just to get some fresh air.  If you want to get your team out of the boring hotel meeting room, this is a great alternative.  

La Bonne Cuisine is a partner caterer of all of this venues and more.  Let us help you find the ideal venue for your event!  

Are you ready to start a free food program for your employees?

You have read on the media about companies that provide food for it’s employees, and you are wondering whether that is something you should be doing.  After all, you want to stay competitive when attracting top talent, and let’s face it, unlimited food in the office is an attractive perk!  

According to a study by Peapod, companies that provide free food have happier employees compared with those who don't get to chow down on their employer's dime.  The effect is even larger with millennial employees, who overwhelmingly say that perks such as this one weigh heavily on their decision to take a job offer.  

So what is a progressive HR manager to do to keep employees happy while keeping mindful of the bottom line? 

Here are some steps you can take to see if a program like this would be a good fit for your company and employees: 

  1. Assess your current assets and facilities.  This will most likely dictate the extent of what you will be able to offer.  

-What kind of space do you have available?  Just enough for a vending-machine set-up or big enough for a catering kitchen?  

-Is management weary or excited about taking this step?  If you don’t have their full support, it doesn’t mean you have to scratch the idea all together; it just means you have to take baby steps towards your goal.  

-Budget, of course!

2. Test, test, test 

One great way to test the idea and tweak your plan is to hire a local caterer to provide a similar service to what you ultimately want to offer for a limited time.  Maybe you already have a relationship with a company that caters your events.  Event caterers are better for this versus your local sandwich place because they offer much more flexibility and expertise.  

Talk to them about your plan, and have them service your company for a specified amount of time.  During that time, you can switch out the type of service every couple of weeks, meal times, location and even serve different departments. This will allow you to see what works and what doesn’t.  It is extremely important to survey your employees at this stage.  

3. Analyze 

After the specified period of time you should have enough data collected to learn what worked, what didn’t, and whether the program had the positive results you wanted. 

4. Execute 

Depending on the scope of the project, this could be as simple as researching vending machine vendors to planning an entire cafeteria build-out.  Whatever you decide on, make sure that you keep asking employee feedback at every step. 

No matter what you decide, your caterer can provide a wealth of knowledge that they should be really happy to share with you.  A reputable caterer such as La Bonne Cuisine Catering and Events will have ample experience with sourcing, staffing, costing, kitchen and dining room design.  

Happy eating!  

About La Bonne Cuisine Catering and Events:  

La Bonne Cuisine is a catering company based in Oakland, CA that has served the Bay Area for over 20 years.  It is green-operated and minority-owned business known for it’s creativity.  It was called by The Examiner the “Cirque Du Soleil of the catering world”.  It is available for corporate and social events, as well as corporate on-premises catering.

8 tips to get you ready for a fabulous yet affordable BBQ Season

Spring is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than to throw a BBQ party for your friends!

Here are some of Chef Christophe and our Head Designer, Sebastien Sanges' recommendations to get you going for an Instagram-worthy event, without breaking the bank:

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  • Check your local store for sale items to plan your menu ahead.
  • Chose a cheaper cut of meat, like tri-tip, and marinate it before the event.   The taste will be wonderful, but you'll cut way back on cost.
  • Reduce the quantity of each item, but increase your variety. The more diversity you put on a buffet, the less people take of each.
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  • Select one specialty cocktail to provide for your guests so you can cut down on having to provide several kinds of alcohol.
  • Try selecting a cocktail that can be made ahead in large batches, such as sangria or punch.  That will give you less time as a bartender and more time to enjoy!
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  • Use your own china, but use terra cotta pots as elevation on the buffet, to create interest.  You can even get some fresh terra cotta pots, line them with parchment paper, and use them as whimsical serving vessels.  Bonus: you can use the pots in your garden later.
  • Save recycled bottles to use as bud vases, and use your own flowers from the garden.
  • Use benches in your garden and add tables to them to create smaller cocktail-like seating areas. To set the mood, use candle lanterns.
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