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The Secret Ingredient is your full service caterer and event planner in the San Francisco Bay Area. Complete satisfaction, delicious food and prompt professional service commitment to you and your guests.

Our gourmet menus offer a wide variety of delicious international cuisine prepared and served by our professional staff for wedding receptions, cocktail parties, barbecues, corporate and private events, company picnics, birthday parties, holidays and all other celebrations.

Your menu is designed with care and expertise and we select the freshest possible ingredients for your event. Our specialty is our consideration in listening to you, our customer, and helping you customize a menu that suits your particular needs and budget.

In starting The Secret Ingredient, our mission was to build and maintain a reputation for honesty, fairness, and value to our customers. We guarantee the highest standards in food, service, and presentation available.


When we cater your party, the following is included in the price of the food with certain minimums:
One of our event managers to oversee your party and help things run smoothly. We work the details out with you ahead of time and carry out your wishes during your event.

Our fully decorated buffet tables include stunning centerpieces and fabrics to compliment your party theme.
Our unique and elegant buffet serviceware sparkling chafers, pewter and silver platter and bowls, etched glass pieces, and Friend baskets all artfully arranged to visually enhance our delicious cuisine.
Rentals... China, glassware, tables and linens, etc. are available through our rental department, please inquire.
Our professional staff to set up takes care of service during the event and clean up for your event period (with certain minimums). Our servers wear appropriate attire to complement your party.
Certain minimums apply

Our Satisfied Customers: What they're saying about "TheSecretIngredient.Biz"


Vickie Highland,TiVo, Incorporated

"I have had nothing but positive comments from people who attended the picnic on how impressed they were with the food, especially the salad and chili.... My entire experience working with you was first rate!"

Elsa Alvarado,Intuit

"Thanks to you and your entire team at The Secret Ingredient for doing such a wonderful job to make our Investor Day reception such a success. You were so flexible in creating a menu that turned out to be perfect for our guests. We are still receiving kudos for what your team provided - wonderful and plentiful food, lovely presentation, courteous and prompt service, timely set up and closing down of the event."

Sharon Carolan, Executive Assistant to the CFO  Intuit

"The presentation was outstanding, I felt you went above and beyond the call of duty. I would not hesitate to recommend you"


Dee Hartman, Executive Assistant to President and CEO  Adobe Systems Incorporated

"I was delighted with the quality of food, the level of service and the presentation. Your staff was helpful and courteous, and it was apparent that you had planned well...most importantly, I was very pleased with how easy it was to work with you!"