2001: In the Beginning . . .
There was just the lovebirds Dean & Debbie, both loved food and making people happy; so they began a journey to live their dream and “cater” to people’s needs for great food and great service. With Dean’s love for cooking and creating dishes that always get that “Wow!” response and Debbie’s special talent to organize the entire affair while treating everyone with courtesy and love, they officially formed Classic Catering with the simple, yet very crucial, motto of Great Food, Great Service, Every Time!
Though they only worked at it part-time (they had to have day jobs to pay the bills) out of their home in Seaside (hope no inspectors are reading this), their reputation was growing as a catering company that was indeed the epitome of Great Food, Great Service, Every Time!
2006: The Next Phase . . .
While visiting, Debbie’s dad & stepmom (Jim & Cheryl) were strolling the charming town of Pacific Grove. Finding themselves smack in front of a “For Sale” sign of a quaint Victorian for which the flyer read “residential/ commercial zoning,” they smelled destiny in in the air. Jim & Cheryl loved real estate, renovations and parties, and “the kids” needed a commercial kitchen; so the partnership was formed.
It took a year to complete renovations of what is now a very unique venue that has become a Pacific Grove Tradition called Gatherings. When the doors opened in January 2007, many special social events took place from birthday parties to rehearsal dinners. Then Gatherings began earning a 5-star reputation as a wedding reception facility that filled a niche for engaged couples seeking a smaller, intimate wedding location, but who, of course, still wanted first class ambiance, first class food, and first class service . . . without the first class price!
2008: Phase Two . . .
Beach Ceremonies! Everyone loves a romantic beach wedding, and Monterey County has some of the most pristine and gorgeous coastline in the State! Adding Monterey Beach Weddings to our spectrum of services made perfect sense. With Pacific Grove’s famous ocean front ceremony location, Lover’s Point, just down the street from Gatherings, what better combination to offer our couples than a million dollar ocean view ceremony with a first class reception at Gatherings.
2010: Four Years After Gatherings Opened . . .
An opportunity to bring another special events venue to Monterey County appeared. The Perry House, then owned by the Monterey History & Art Association, was available and offered beautiful views of the Bay and a great proximity to downtown Monterey with hotels and the Convention Center in walking distance. With Jim & Cheryl always up for a renovation and Dean & Debbie visualizing the beautiful special occasions that would be held there, the four took on the task to liven up The Perry House and create a one of a kind special events venue. The first official event at The Perry House was on 5/20/11, a Commencement Speaker Reception for the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now Middlebury), and the very next day was the first of many gorgeous weddings to be held at The Perry House.
2012: How Do We Answer the Phone?
With Classic Catering, Gatherings, Monterey Beach Weddings, and now The Perry House, we needed to know how to answer the phone . . . Hence, our parent company, The Events by Classic Group, was born.
2014: A New Office
With 9 staff (and all their “stuff”) in 3 small bedrooms upstairs at Gatherings, our “offices” were bursting at the seams. Fortunately, we found another building in need of major TLC (a pattern of ours). After renovating what used to be an auto shop, we moved staff and “stuff” in on May 1, 2014. We LOVE our new office space! Please come by for a visit.
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2016: An Exciting New Opportunity Came our Way . . .
A development company was in the process of working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation on a New Vision for the historic Cooper Molera Adobe property in downtown Monterey, and we were honored to be asked if we would like to be a part of this new vision by becoming one of the new tenants and operating The Barns Event Center at Cooper Molera. OK, it was not all that easy or quick! But 18 months later, leases were signed, the development was under way, and we are looking forward to being open for special events late summer 2018.
In between all this . . .
Lest we not forget that The Events by Classic Group is made up of much more than the owners! Without the phenomenal staff we have been blessed to add to our team over the years, quite frankly, you wouldn’t be reading this! It “takes a village” to pull this train and stand behind our motto each and every day, and our “village” is made up of some of the best staff on the peninsula who are as dedicated to our customer service philosophies as we are!
The Future? . . .
Who knows what the future will bring, but we do know that our goal remains as it has from the very beginning… to give our clients Great Food, Great Service, Every Time!
We look forward to being of service to you, whether at one of our exclusive venues or at any other fabulous location where you want to be assured that you have the best catering team working your special event.
Dean, Debbie, Jim & Cheryl