Introduction

An innovative, full-service catering company, ACT has served the greater Bay Area for more than 15 years. We delight our clients with attentive personal service and the finest cuisine, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients from local sustainable farms to prepare courses rivaling those in the best restaurants.

Our planning experts work directly with you to create events to remember, from intimate dinners for two and birthday parties with friends to large weddings, corporate meetings, and lavish galas — and everything in between. Large or small, formal or casual, we make your special occasion shine.

“Your personal attention to every detail was very reassuring, and the accommodation to our impossibly tight schedule nothing short of amazing.”
—Dana

Our services

We pride ourselves on tailoring events specifically to your tastes — no two menus are ever the same. Whether it’s a decadent full-service sit-down meal, a delightfully displayed buffet, or the best boxed lunches you’ve ever experienced, our highly trained staff makes everything run smoothly. And we bring in everything you need for your event to be absolutely gorgeous.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for the wonderful service, lovely display, and delicious food… ACT Catering met the high standard Kay modeled with her achievements in all aspects of her life. Thanks again!”
—Laura

Sample menus

Each menu is customized to meet your tastes and needs, with an eye toward what’s fresh and amazing in the markets during whatever time of year your event takes place. But we know you want to see the kinds of things we can do, so here are a few sample menus that we’ve created for our clients:

Breakfast:

  • Asparagus | Humboldt Fog goat cheese frittata with sorrel
  • House-made red quinoa granola (gluten free)
  • Fresh berry salad | nonfat organic Strauss yogurt
  • Berkeley Cheeseboard freshly baked baguette w/house-made rhubarb | strawberry jam
  • Choice of Philz or Caffe Umbria coffee | assorted Stash teas

Box lunch:

  • Shaved paprika chicken | caper-marinated arugula | Aleppo aioli | Acme kaiser roll
  • Grilled trumpet mushroom | roasted garlic | cashew nut spread | Acme kaiser roll
  • Quinoa-asparagus salad | English peas | herb-lemon dressing
  • Strawberry-rhubarb salad | mint | toasted filberts
  • House-made agua fresca | iced tea

PM refresh:

  • Double-chocolate brownie
  • Whole fruit basket
  • Choice of Philz or Caffe Umbria coffee | assorted Stash teas
  • Freshly baked local breads | sweet butter
  • Golden beet | avocado | watercress | baked goat cheese | shallot vinaigrette
  • Red peppercorn-crusted beef tenderloin | marinated arugula | pecorino
  • Truffled mashed potatoes
  • Roasted peach | pistachio cream
  • Freshly baked local breads | sweet butter
  • Kale & shaved Brussels sprouts caesar salad | berbere croutons
  • Roasted acorn squash & delicata squash salad | wheat berry | apple cider vinaigrette
  • Pan-seared airline chicken breast | pepperonata
  • Braised beef & black bean chili
  • Barley & mushroom risotto | gremolata
  • Plum-almond frangipane | lemon crème fraiche
  • Roasted red pepper shooter | parmesan crisp
  • Cold-smoked salmon | rye toast | curry | tarragon
  • Red peppercorn-crusted lamb lollipops | mint chutney
  • Shaved roast-beef crostini | horseradish cream | micro pepper cress
  • Lobster-avocado-ruby grapefruit | endive spear
  • Wild-mushroom ragout | grilled polenta rounds | fried parsley
  • Sweet-potato samosas | crispy wonton | raita
  • Coffee panna cotta | chocolate-covered espresso beans

“The food was so delicious. Too bad you don’t have a Paris branch!”
—Martha

Meet the team

Kristine Seinsch

Owner

Kristine Seinsch

Born in Berlin and raised in Munich, Germany, Kristine has spent her life surrounded by her first love: food! In addition to ACT Catering, Kristine owns the Jazzcaffè, a hidden treasure in Berkeley’s downtown arts district.

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Brian White

Executive Chef

Brian White

Brian White grew up in central Texas where he started cooking in his late teens, then moved to Chicago to further his training. After four years at the Ritz-Carlton Dining Room, Brian sought to work in one of the most vibrant and interesting food communities in the world, and moved to northern California in 2001. He has helmed ACT Catering’s kitchen since 2012.

Lily Yang

Catering & Events Manager

Lily Yang

Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia and Singapore, Lily has called the Bay Area home for the last eight years. With a background in event planning, fundraising, and broadcasting, Lily brings a wide range of experience and organizational ability to help clients plan deliciously memorable events.

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Mauricio Melgar

Operations Manager

Mauricio Melgar

Originally from El Salvador, Mauricio is a proud father of two sons and a graduate in business administration from the University Francisco Gavidia. With 18 years of experience working in accounting in his home country and seven years of experience representing some of the best companies in the East Bay, Mauricio enjoys heading a motivated team to provide the best catering experience for ACT’s clients.

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Rafael Vega

Catering Coordinator

Rafael Vega

A key member of the team since 2011, Rafael is a familiar and friendly face to our many clients. With over 30 years’ experience in the food & beverage industry, Rafael is proud of the fresh, seasonal fare ACT Catering is known for and enjoys working with clients to provide the best possible service.

Join the team!

We’re always interested in hearing from experienced, friendly people who want to make our clients’ events amazing. Please send us your resume and references, and we’ll be in touch soon!

“I’m still getting raves for your food and service from our last event!”
—Lorie

Inquiries and feedback

We would love to help you with your next event. Please fill out this form with the details of your event, and we’ll follow up very shortly. Or simply call us at 510.654.0148 or fax us at 510.654.0149 with your details and we’ll respond promptly. Thank you!

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