Preferred Sonoma Caterers was founded by Chef Amber Balshaw in 1991 to provide innovative catering services to Sonoma County. Rather than providing clients with static menus, Amber prefers that each event have its own menu written specially for each client; as each event is different, so should be its menu. Menus are drawn from Amber's varied experiences in the United States and Europe, and from her considerable imagination.
Amber and her partner & husband Jim have enjoyed much success in their venture, providing classic and up-to-the-minute creations, and a variety of farm fresh organic produce that marks our creations. They strive to use the freshest local Sonoma County products whenever possible.
They believe in being a good and active member of the community, using other local businesses, member of both the Chamber and the Downtown Association, frequent supporter of numerous local charities and non-profit organizations, and seriously pursuing recycling and energy conservation programs.
Among some of the more unusual events they have catered a 3 day long Millennium party for 300 guests. Provided catering on location for the movie Phenomenon and John Travolta. Catered for Emeril Lagasse during his San Francisco special. Their every day events range from elegant weddings for 100, corporate blow outs for 1500, and casual catering for fewer than 20.
PSC strives to be an active member of the community and friend to the environment. With a long history of environmental practices, they were proud to be Certified as a Green Company in 2009. Active in supporting the community through donation and participation in fund raisers, and founder of Petaluma's Art & Garden Festival. For more information see PSC's community and environmental practices page.