I just want you to know how perfect everything was on Thursday night for our Centennial Gala. There was not one thing that was amiss the entire evening. The cocktail hour(s) was perfect and everyone enjoyed the hors d’oeuvres immensely. The dinner was perfectly cooked, the right temperature and beautifully displayed. The wait staff couldn’t have been more professional or attentive, especially the room captains. We were all taken care of so beautifully and seamlessly, we could have been dining at the highest-end restaurant anywhere in the world. From the glassware to the plates, the linens, professional lighting, load in, load out, (of course the quality of the food) it was certainly the party of the century. We just couldn’t have been happier with everything all through the process. Your team also navigated our building beautifully and dealt with our members and our staff with the utmost respect. You have a well-oiled machine and should take a well deserved bow for all your hard work! You, personally, were so easy and professional to work with. McCalls is very fortunate to have you as their employee and I’m sure they know that. We all benefit from you not going into the law as a profession!
Please pass along our sincere thanks and appreciation to Lucas, and tell him from me it was a dream come true!
Thank you so very much for such an outstanding event. The flowers and décor were flawless, the food was delicious, and cocktails went very smoothly.
It was a pleasure to work with Sergio, Ken, you, and the rest of your team. You do outstanding work and we will definitely utilize your services in the future.
Thanks again for being so easy to work with and exceeding our expectations.
All my best,
From the moment the crew started to mobilize at our pre-party I knew we were in good hands. I felt like John Travolta or Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction when they knew “the Wolf” had them covered. Everything was going to be all right. The servers, bartending, and all of the beautifully prepared food was terrific though it was really the foreshadowing of what was to materialize last Wednesday evening.
The big party was an epic success and the college raised more funds for scholarship than any event in its history. Equally important was that everyone had fun and came away thinking it was just a great party. Our hope was to have a fun party that celebrated scholarship and was more of a thank you for the support rather than the other way around. From the moment I arrived I could see that everything was set for a successful event. Tons of attentive staff, the right number of bars stations to avoid lines, a great flurry behind the scenes, and Sergio with an eye on every detail. As folks arrived the passed hors d’oeuvres never slowed and all were delicious. The dinner and desert matched the character of the event perfectly and were delicious. Thank you for your efforts to make it the colleges best event ever and thanks to Sergio and all of the gang at McCalls. Cheers, George— George- Jewett Design
Indeed it was a great pleasure meeting you at the CSI’s 39th Anniversary Celebration Party. What a small world!
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and your entire team for doing such an outstanding job.
I have been in Hospitality Business for many years; I must say it was outstanding. Quality of the food & beverage, taste, presentations, employees’ positive attitude, service, attentiveness and attention to details were incredible.
From the time guests arrived and the time they left, your staffs made everyone feel very welcome. They sure did an excellent job. I was very happy and proud of you and your entire team.
Once again, I thank you all for doing such an excellent job.— Abdul Suleman, President & CEO of Equinox Hospitality
Hello Hannah! Thank you for your kind words. It’s heartwarming to hear how you enjoyed our dance. We’re still feeling the post-wedding glow.
Melissa and I are thrilled by how well everything came together. You and your team did an absolute fantastic job. Our guests were blown away, which made everything feel all the more special. You’d laugh if you heard some of the compliments our guests had to say about the Peking duck appetizers and the dessert bar. The service was right on par with the food. Please express our gratitude to your staff.
Thanks again for everything! The pleasure was all ours.
“We’ve worked with McCalls for over 20 years and each event they do for us seems fresher, newer, and more fantastic than the last. Not only are our newer clients and staff impressed with McCall’s events, but our long-time attendees are also consistently thrilled year after year. Our main event is so anticipated by our clients that they plan their calendars around it. Over the years I’ve worked with many event planners and caterers: McCalls is, hands down, the best. Every McCalls employee is thoroughly professional and yet also very personable. The organization takes very special care with every event. They take the time to learn about our clients and our employees so the event will be the best it can possibly be. I can’t say enough about how fantastic the whole organization is, but the fact that our executives repeatedly entrust them to do their personal parties in addition to our corporate functions speaks volumes.”— Gina Falsetto, Callan Associates
“McCalls is simply the best caterer in the Bay Area. Event after event they provide the Fine Arts Museums with the highest quality of food and service. We receive nothing but positive feedback when they are catering.”— Ashley Stropes Brown, Manager of Membership & Development Events, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
This review is for Miguel Torres, the in-house florist at McCalls. He was absolutely fantastic. He took the handful of sample photos I provided and with just one or two conversations brought it to life more perfectly than I ever could have imagined. He was also incredibly nice and very accommodating and helpful during the rush of the day-of. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
“It is always such a pleasure to work with McCalls. I worked with McCalls most recently as the event director for Carnivale at Grace Cathedral. The meal was impeccable, and we received many compliments from our guests, saying that they’d never had better food at a fundraiser. The quality of the food was indeed fantastic, and it was only one-upped by the quality of the staff. They are highly professional, attentive, organized, and flexible. Working with McCalls was a dream; on the night of the event, I was able to just sit back and enjoy my dinner while their team made everything happen perfectly. Load in and load out were thoroughly organized and efficient. Only a few hours after the event concluded, our space was back to normal. It was truly amazing to watch them work! I’ll be forever loyal to McCalls as my caterer of choice.”— Abby McKee, Director, Cultural Events of Grace Cathedral
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the John Muir Foundation brunch at their outpatient center in Pleasant Hill. The space was transformed and the food and beverage service were excellent. I pride myself on my quiche, and I have to say I will have to take a back seat as the quiche served yesterday was the best I have ever tasted.
Your staff, too, were gracious and welcoming and competent.
I looked at your website today and was so impressed with the longevity of your staff. In my career, we always took such pride in the many years of experience our team brought to any project. You must run a special business to hold on to your wonderful people.
We got married at the deYoung, and they provided a list of caterers they permitted for events. I contacted everyone on the list, with a very specific (non-traditional) wedding menu idea. Hannah at McCalls, from the very beginning, was responsive, excited, and just generally great to work with. Even though they were slightly more money, I liked Hannah’s attitude so much, I decided to go with McCalls. And I am so happy I did!
Throughout the whole process, she was so sweet and fun to work with. The food was delicious! Chicken & waffles, mac & cheese bar, sliders, tacos, sweet potato tater tots… our homestyle comfort food small plates were deemed “The best wedding food ever” by all our guests! The McCalls staff was professional, attentive, and everyone had such a great attitude.
I would highly recommend McCalls, and Hannah especially, for any event. She truly made the wedding process stress free, and to be honest, I’m a little sad it’s all over and I won’t be working with her anymore!
Hi Anna. I hope all is well. I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful party that you put together for my Mom. Everything was absolutely beautiful and McCall’s made quite an impression on the guests. Your team surely does an amazing job. The tables, chairs, linens, tablecloths, where absolutely beautiful. The food was delicious. Most of all the service was over the top!. I want to especially thank Zack and Luis for going the extra mile to make sure that everyone’s needs were met. Both of these men went beyond the call of duty to make sure that my Mother and the guests were taken care of!. They both shine and you should be very proud of them. I would like to once again thank Zack, Luis, Abel, John, John, Marlon, Julian, Clay, Bradley, Dina, Ting, Jesus, Juan, Giovanni,and Francisco. Your team created an experience for my Mom and her lifelong friends that she will never forget. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Anna, it was more spectacular than we imagined. I can’t thank you enough for your encouragement and support through the process, for all your creativity in guiding us through the decisions, and for overseeing that McCalls did everything they promised and then some. It was the most beautiful wedding and reception everyone had ever been to they said. Please tell the chef he cooked for 200 the way he cooked for our tasting and presented it as beautifully and everyone noticed and commented on it. The table service was perfect. No one waited a minute for their food, and everyone commented on that too. Peter ran a tight ship and it showed. You and McCalls were indeed the very best!— CeCe Baise
“McCalls is a fantastic caterer to work with. They are very flexible, creative, patient and willing to work within tight budgets. I cannot recommend them enough. Lee was awesome to work with and took our last minute requests and budget cuts in stride. She worked with me to plan a successful and beautiful event without breaking the bank. McCalls truly makes YOU feel like the client and takes care of every detail and ensures your event runs smoothly and effortlessly. I have no hesitation in recommending this company and I look forward to working with them again in the future.”— Molly S. Barlow, CAE, CMP; Senior Manager, Meetings; Society of Interventional Radiology
“The flowers that Miguel made were incredible! They really enhanced the venue of our ceremony and reception. Miguel was able to suggest flowers and types of vases that were affordable and went well with our venue’s ambiance. All of our guests said the flowers made the reception venue more romantic. My husband and I already discussed it. When we renew our vows, we are definitely calling McCalls back.”— Lyn
“Miguel provided all of our ceremony and reception flowers and, again, was absolutely a dream to work with. From our initial phone consultation and consequent emails, he nailed our vision perfectly. He gave us great suggestions for seasonal flowers (keeping our costs down) and also unique ideas for repurposing flowers from ceremony to reception. I was so impressed with the finished product, I had to take a centerpiece home!”— Shawna K.
“Dear Anna: We are back from the honeymoon and every day we hear more from our wedding guests. Without exception, they have said that ours is the most enjoyable wedding they’ve ever attended. We agree! This is truly thanks to your efforts. Your advice during the whole process was invaluable, the work you did was amazing, and your care and attention was really something special that we will always remember about that day. I’m sure you hear it all the time, but you are the best and we will insist that any of our marrying friends call you. We are thrilled to have met you, and look forward to our continuing friendship!”— L. Gigounas
“I consider McCalls Catering & Events my company’s guaranteed ‘event insurance.’ Over the past two decades, I have produced, planned and designed events globally. I can say with confidence that McCalls is the top caterer on the West Coast, and as far as I am concerned they are the best on the globe. I directly associate our 100 % return rate of my corporate clientele to the fact that McCalls has been on our events since we opened our doors. You are only as good as the team you surround yourself with, so do yourself a favor and get McCalls on your team.”— Kier LaCrosse, Founder & President, Allegra Entertainment & Events
“It was such a pleasure working with Hannah in the months leading up to our wedding! She’s extremely personable, making it feel from the get-go like we were working with an old friend. She was so attentive to all our needs, incredibly flexible with our schedules, ideas, and requests and willing to humor any and every tiny or last minute question my husband and I had. We had a very specific vision for our wedding and it felt like she really went out of her way to bring it to fruition, going above and beyond the call of the catering company. I highly recommend Hannah and the staff of McCalls to any bride!”— L. Lehman
“I cannot say enough good things about Hannah! She helped plan our entire wedding, from finding the venue to recommending all the vendors and took care of everything for us. I wanted her advice and expertise for every little detail. She was able to book my first-choice venue and even got me quotes on valet parking companies. I probably sent her hundreds of emails throughout the entire process, but she always responded right away. She never left me hanging and was always reassuring. She would try to attend as many vendor meetings as she could. She doesn’t worry you about details that she could handle without us, like getting all the vendors together and the insurance. Hannah took care of everything in our short time frame and made our wedding perfect … even better than I could have even imagined! The day of the wedding I didn’t have to worry about ANYTHING! She handled all the details, including the vendors, gifts, and guests. All our our guests commented on how delicious the food was and how wonderful the servers were. I don’t know what I would have done without her! Hannah is amazing!”— Jenny G.
“You were all amazing and simply wonderful! The evening could not have been as perfect if it had not been for the attention to every minute detail. We were extremely impressed by the professionalism of the wait staff and the amazingly delicious food by the chefs.”— Charles and Sasha
“You’ve probably heard the phrase, ‘an event planner is only as good as they caterer they choose.’ For almost a decade, we’ve chosen McCalls to appease the most finicky palates imaginable — those of high school students. When planning a successful event of any type in San Francisco, it is always of paramount importance that the caterer knows the space: its details, regulations, and unforeseen challenges. When I arrive on site, my focus remains set on making sure that everyone else knows their job, because I’m always confident that McCalls knows theirs.
There are three reasons why we insist our clients use McCalls: 1) Reliability: We take it for granted that the food is always amazing, plentiful, and hot. 2) Staff: When it comes time to clear the dance floor of tables, I always remember why I pay McCall’s a few bucks more than another caterer. I’ve seen 10 tables & 100 chairs bussed, broken down, and out of the room in under five minutes. Likewise, to see more than two empty plates left on a tables is a rarity. To see a buffet line held up because we are waiting for more food is an impossibility. And, 3) Professionalism: McCalls ‘shows’ better than anyone in the business. When we bring a client by their amazing office with all of the preset tables, it saves us a trip to the party rental company shop to look at displays. In short: McCalls rocks!”— Toby Proescher, Lavish Events
“Thank you so much for a wonderful event. We were very impressed with the staff and the quality of the food. The staff was very professional and they took care of us all throughout the day. They left the house spotless when they left. They were truly amazing. And the food … superb. The presentation was beautiful and the quality was outstanding. Compliments to the chef and all involved. You helped to create a very magical day and we are all very grateful. A number of people commented on the quality of the catering. Special thanks to Anna Spraugel for helping coordinate all this in only a couple weeks time.”— Joe and Les
“Words cannot adequately describe the gratitude I feel for all of your hard work, creativity and expertise that went into making Saturday night’s Cirque Dugoni event so amazing. The energy of the party was unlike anything I’ve seen at the school and I know what your incredible team did before and during our event had everything to do with it. The party’s layout, décor, colors and lights all worked so well together. I absolutely loved the tent feel of the room, and I know our guests did too. The food was superb and, as always, your team’s attention to every detail made for a really spectacular night. It was a truly memorable night and not one our alums and board members will soon forget. I myself had a blast!”— Kate Gorman, Donor Relations Manager, University of the Pacific / Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
“I worked with Anna Spraungel at a wedding at Federal Reserve Building, and the lighting, flowers and food were perfect! Instead of a wedding cake, McCalls did a tier of individual mini cakes and pastries that were the best!”— Melissa Mermin Love Stories
“We worked with Anna who has become a great friend to us over the process of planning the wedding. Since our first meeting she has been an unbelievable resource and wealth of ideas and options for us to choose from. With so many options it was helpful to work with a caterer that had the expertise to guide us through the process while letting us maintain our freedom to make the big decisions on our own. We were blown away at how everything transpired on the day of the big event – they took care of EVERYTHING and turned our special day into a fairytale.”— Michael
“Without hesitation one of the top catering companies in the business. Consistent fine food. Legendary service. Can handle small intimate affairs and huge American galas. On a personal note, their lamb chops are my favorite. Whenever I am a guest at an event that McCalls is catering, I hope that the organizers have ordered their lamp chops. They also do a wonderful mash potato bar. Their entrees are solid. For those with discerning taste, the choice is clear that McCalls Catering must be one of your top choices!!! Hands down one of the best staffs in the Bay Area … and possibly beyond.”— Nancy Liu, Chin Designs
“Anna, we have to thank you so much for all of your hard work in regards to our perfect wedding. From start to finish, you were so on top of things! Our day blew by so fast, but there was nothing I would have changed. To the wait staff of McCalls: We commend all of you for the absolute professional job you did. I have had floods of phone calls commending you on your service. Thank you for making our wedding day perfect.”— O. and K. Mar
“Our daughter was married at the Merchant’s Exchange and McCalls catered the reception and dinner that followed the ceremony. In selecting McCalls from among several caterers, the decisive factor was the confidence we had in Anna Spraungel. We also knew we could rely on a well-known firm like McCalls to perform without any major problems.
The event surpassed every expectation or even hope we had. Anna was there overseeing every detail up until the very end. The food was outstanding, beyond anything we anticipated, prompting raves from even friends who are serious people in the Berkeley restaurant scene. The service was equally outstanding, or more so. The personal attention provided by the staff was noticed by everyone, and especially by the bride. Chef Brian Nauer, Maître d’ Rick Hall, and Assistant Kevin were all exceptional in their skill and attention to detail.
We want to thank McCalls and especially Anna Spraungel for their superb contribution to their event. You can be sure we will recommend McCalls and Anna to any of our friends planning such a celebration.”— R. and F. Cahn
“The Association of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) has used McCalls Catering for our annual San Francisco Zinfandel Festival longer than I have had the pleasure of serving as Executive Director! When I began with ZAP in 1997, the outgoing ED scheduled a meeting to introduce me to Lee Gregory. She made it clear that McCalls had done an outstanding job and I should put myself in their hands—it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made.
McCalls provides impeccable quality on all levels of catering service. From menu development, presentation and tastes on the plate, to the professionalism and care with which their staff consistently serves our events, McCalls is a world leader in event production. McCalls is also a true event partner, working with us to match our special needs and budgetary requirements. We look forward to continuing to utilize them as our caterer for many years to come.”— Rebecca Robinson, Executive Director, ZAP—Zinfandel Advocates & Producers
“Dear Ana: Thank you so much for making our wedding absolutely perfect. I actually got to taste most of the food and it was superb—everyone was commenting to me about how delicious everything was. You also helped to make the whole evening run smoothly. As I mentioned to you at the wedding, Kevin was fantastic—anticipating everything I could possibly need. By the end of the evening I wanted to be able to have him as my personal waiter throughout life! Thank you, thank you, thank you! It was perfect.”— S. Handelman
“McCalls is skilled, professional and their creativity with food and its presentation are second to none. I have enjoyed a long and successful collaboration with McCalls; they are on the top of my list when only outstanding service and WOW will do.”— Where to Start, Inc., Wedding and Event Management
“Using McCalls was the best decision my husband and I made for our wedding day. Everyone that touched our event was professional and exceeded our expectations. We started referring to them as our ‘dream team.’ Hannah was our event manager and was the best! From our initial inquiry, to our tasting, answering our emails in a timely manner, helping to coordinate our rehearsal and day of event management, she was top notch. No detail was too small and she executed everything perfectly. We loved working with Hannah because we immediately felt at ease with her and knew that our event would be a success with her at the helm.
Miguel provided all of our ceremony and reception flowers and again, was absolutely a dream to work with. From our initial phone consultation and consequent emails, he nailed our vision perfectly. He gave us great suggestions for seasonal flowers (keeping our costs down) and also unique ideas for repurposing flowers from ceremony to reception. I was so impressed with the finished product, I had to take a centerpiece home!
We can’t count the number of comments our guests made regarding our food and décor. Many of them flat out told us that the food was the best they ever had at any event. From the passed hors d’oeuvres, to the food stations to the dinner and the midnight snacks, everything was delicious. I only wish I had more time to eat it all. I would recommend McCalls for any upcoming event…I am already trying to think of something else to host so I can call on my “dream team” again. Thanks for making our wedding day absolutely perfect!”— Shawna K.
“Anna Spraungel was our Catering Manager and Miguel Torres was our florist. Both Anna and Miguel did a wonderful job. They responded to all of our inquiries, whether it be via email or phone, in a timely manner. They were flexible with scheduling our tastings and sampling since my husband lived in Long Beach. They were both so easy to work with and made planning our wedding so much fun.
Anna was able to refer us to other vendors (i.e. baker, DJ, entertainment), which helped us with our planning. Since she already knew and had worked with these vendors, we trusted that they would do a great job and they did! We didn’t have to do a blind search on the Internet.
The flowers that Miguel made were incredible! They really enhanced the venue of our ceremony and reception. Miguel was able to suggest flowers and types of vases that was affordable and went well with our venue’s ambiance. All of our guests said the flowers made the reception venue more romantic. My husband and I already discussed it. When we renew our vows, we are definitely calling McCalls back. We hope that Anna and Miguel are still around to help us.”— Lyn