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T 510 845 8787
After noticing the number of harried staff from nearby offices running out to grab sandwiches for an office lunch meeting, Sarah and Tim decided that it would be more convenient and cost efficient if “lunch comes to you.”
After several years of catering lunches for busy offices, Tim and Sarah heeded clients’ requests and started offering casual catering and drop-off platters for social and corporate events. From bar mitzvahs to weddings to corporate cocktail receptions, their catering services are flexible and tailor made to your event and budget.
After almost 15 years, Stella Nonna’s client list has grown to more than 100 companies, which enjoy both its box and buffet lunches and casual catering, all made with locally sourced ingredients and delivered with prompt and professional service.
Sarah is a Milwaukee native and proud of it. Her first job was scrambling eggs and making Belgian waffles for a tiny French café—so tiny the kitchen was in an old elevator shaft. She came to the Bay Area in 1990 to attend Mills College. After graduation, she enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in London, and then earned her chops at several East Bay restaurants before she met Tim and together formed Stella Nonna in Berkeley.
Her favorite meal consists of the Midwestern staples of bread, butter and cheese—with a little Italian wine and pasta on the side.
“Anything pork” is not just a menu option, it’s a calling. Tim was born and raised in Red Wing, Minnesota, where his grandmother’s garden and kitchen was his second home. He spent many of his waking hours learning to harvest and cook, and would often trade his family’s famous sauerkraut for the chickens and eggs of neighbors.
Tim started his culinary career as a busboy at the Red Wing Café. After attending hotel and culinary school in St. Paul, he did stints as a line and sous chef in Germany, Minnesota and Wisconsin before moving to Oakland in 1992.
Stella Nonna is not just his day job, it’s where Tim explores his passion for charcuterie and comfort food. He can often be found in the kitchen late at night curing meats and creating the perfect recipe for roasted pork knuckles.