Flavors provides festive catering options for your holiday occasions from drop-off platters to full-service buffet meals. Contact us for available December and November dates.

Flavors Founder & Managing Director Russell Bass

About Flavors Catering

Flavors Catering Managing Director, Russell Bass, has been providing delicious event catering to the East Bay for 30 years via various business initiatives.
In 2010, Russell founded Flavors Catering in order to provide special occasion catering to the greater Bay Area within an explicit values-driven framework. Flavors has adopted the motto One Planet, Many Flavors to convey its commitment to ecological, social and economic justice.
Flavors Sourcing Practices. We use seasonally available organically grown ingredients and always source with organic poultry, eggs and most dairy, grass-fed beef and lamb, and 100% non-GMO everything.  We also easily and happily accommodate dietary limitations and preferences.
This Holiday Party Menu is especially designed for venues with limited or no kitchen access. It has five sections:
    • Ready to serve Finger Food Platters for passing or table stations.
    • Deliciously affordable Taco Bar Buffet.
    • Imaginative Holiday Theme Platters.
    • Signature Cachapas de Jojoto (think Latin savory corn blinis) cooked on site on our portable electric mini-grill (we can do quesadillas too).
    • An array of indulgently delicious desserts including Flavors signature Chocolate-Mocha-Kahlua Experience.

Catering charges are priced per event, factoring in the variables of menu selection, service staff and rental wares. We can provide you with an estimate on your initial call. Some thank you notes from appreciative clients are printed below.

Savory Finger Foods

Crab Tostadita – Fresh Dungeness & blue crab mixed with avocado and mango on a crispy wafer, topped with a dollop of zesty crema.

Empanadas – Rich savory pastry variously filled with curried turkey, butternut squash with fresh herbs & goat cheese, BBQ chicken or goat cheese and mint.

Smoked Salmon-Avocado Toast Crostini –  premium lox with fresh dill on a sourdough toasts spread with cream cheese and avocado.

Grilled Prawns – Sustainably sourced prawns cooked to perfection, drizzled with a Latin American style tamarindo or garlic-butter sauce.

Seared Grass-fed Steak – hearts of baby romaine filled with grass-fed beef tossed with scallion, lime, ginger, ground almonds, mild chiles and mint, or with chimichurri sauce.

Yukon Gold, Purple and Red oven-roasted potatoes stuffed with smoked Gouda or aged sharp cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon optional.

Caprese Crostini Classic – Seasonally available fresh tomatoes, fresh, local mozzarella and basil leaf drizzled with virgin olive oil & balsamic vinegar on a sourdough toast.

Roasted Brochettes – Organic chicken, sustainably farmed prawns or sprouted tofu and mushrooms on cocktail size skewers drizzled with Flavors’ zesty Afro-Brazilian vatapa peanut sauce.

Sushi Platters – Flavors partners with the Musashi Sushi of Berkeley for all kinds of made-to-order seafood and veggie sushi rolls.

A Note of thanks for catering a 90th birthday party from the daughter of the honoree, featuring selections from Flavors Finger Foods and Sweets menus.

Hi Russell,

I intended to send this email a week ago, but it has taken me a week to truly recover from the party.

I want to thank you and your staff for all the hard work and delicious food. I think that everything went extremely smoothly and I was very pleased. Bonnie definitely had a good time at her party.

Thanks again Russell,


Festive Colorful Theme Platters

Guacamole,  Assorted Chips and Veggies and Dips featuring a variety of flavorful world salsas and sauces from the mild to the wild.

The Mezze, Mediterranean theme tapas platter with hummus, toasted sesame tahini dipping sauce,  tzaziki,  dolmas, mixed olives,  nuts, roasted peppers and eggplant, Medjool dates and seasonal fruits, flatbread and crackers, with an option of roasted  wings.

The Mexi-Mezze Platter.  Combine your favorites from these two platters to provide a more global culinary experience.

Holiday Taco Bar


This delightfully informal approach to lunch or dinner service blends California style taqueria fare with seasonal accents & sustainable sourcing. Flavors provides the options of complete setup  ad with full service added.

Taco Fillings and Wraps

    • Organic chicken, grass fed carne asada and lamb, shrimp or salmon.
    • Organic grilled or stewed seasonal vegetables, grilled sprouted tofu.
    • Organic black or pinto beans, long grain brown or Mexican green rice.
    • Guacamole, choice of cheeses: pepper jack, queso fresco, sharp cheddar, Monterey jack, and/or cotija.
    • Organic corn (gf) and/or flour tortillas.

Salsa Bar and Chips. Choose all you wish and your preferred heat level.

    • Mango-Papaya Rainbow Salsa with colorful chile & bell peppers.
    • Seasonal cranberry-persimmon-pecan chutney style salsa
    • Roasted tomato-chipotle salsa.
    • Char-roasted corn-tomatillo salsa verde.
    • Many choices (and mixes) of organic, non-GMO chips: yellow and blue corn, grain-free, Red-Hot Blues, sweet potato flavored, and more.

Add Flavors Signature Cachapas de Jojoto

We’ll bring a tabletop griddle to make our Latin American corn blinis with savory toppings. (Outlet required, quesadillas are also a griddle option).

There Must Be Sweets

Flavors offers memorable house-made and thoughtfully sourced sweet options.

The Chocolate-Mocha-Kahlua Experience, Our signature exquisitely rich, dark chocolate-coffee infused mousse topped with Kahlua whipped cream and served on a sweet wafer cookie.

Cognac Infused Figs, filled with goat cheese crema & pistachios.

Assorted Artisanal Cookies, Brownie & Cake Squares.

Seasonal Organic Fruit Platter including chocolate dipped strawberries and persimmons.

Alcohol Service

Our staff can mix and serve any client-purchased alcohol drinks to guests of legal drinking age. Flavors carries alcohol service liability insurance.

Custom Menus

Flavors is fluent in many cuisines and can provide custom menus as well as full dinner banquets and table service on request.

We’re at Your Service

We look forward to bringing our culinary expertise and values of affordability, sustainability, welcoming hospitality and caring professional attention to your next occasion.

Client Appreciation

We’re grateful for the opportunity to serve our clients for all kinds of occasions and also grateful when we receive their words of appreciation like these.

Conference Catering, Starr King School for the Ministry, 200 participants

Dear Russell & Flavors Catering Team:

Our heartfelt thank you for providing the catering for the Starr King School for the Ministry’s “Loving Our Earth” Symposium.

You made great efforts to accommodate us in our budget, special dietary needs and the late increase in attendees. I want to thank you so much for the delicious food, beautiful buffet set up and your wonderful staff. We received an enormous number of compliments of the overall service you provided. You all did a fantastic job! Thank you again for assisting in making the Symposium a wonderful and tasteful success.

With much appreciation and best wishes,

Dee, Coordinator of Academic Programs, Starr King School for the Ministry

This was an afternoon finger foods and dessert reception following a church memorial.

Hi Russell,

Hope this finds you well,

Thank you for catering the memorial event for our dear friend Cathy. The food was perfectly delicious and your willingness to pick up the desserts was enormously helpful. We were all coming from various locations and coordinating everything would’ve been a nightmare otherwise! Your kindness and patience were much appreciated during this very difficult time and was more like working with a friend than a vendor.

We wish you the very best and much continued success. Hopefully the next time we need your services, it will be for a happier event.



A Wedding for a 120 guests at the Berkeley Yacht Club

Hi Russell,

We both want to give another big THANKS! for all the amazing work you and your excellent staff did for our wedding. From helping us find the location of the Berkeley Yacht Club (which was perfect!), to working with us on the menu to keep within our budget, to coordinating the various rentals and through to the end of the reception, you were always a pleasure to work with.

We really appreciated your responsiveness and we definitely got the feeling that you truly cared and only wanted the best for us. To top it all off, the food was absolutely amazing! All our guests raved about the creativity of the meal and quality of the service.

So, thanks again and best wishes!

Courtney & Aaron


Phone: + 1 510-350-8840
Email: flavorscc@gmail.com

We will respond promptly to answer any questions you may have, submit a preliminary proposal, or to setup an appointment to meet and discuss your project at your earliest convenience.