San Francisco to Naples
Julie Spear, the founder of Delecta, has 30 years of experience catering tens of thousands of weddings, social, business and non-profit events. Julie is an entrepreneur, and she started her first catering business in the San Francisco Bay area in the heart of Silicon Valley. They served many corporations, such as Apple, IBM and Intel, but her first love was brides. Julie loved making their dreams a reality, and she catered more than 1,200 weddings.
After years of vacationing in Florida, Julie fell in love with Naples at first sight. She sold her business in Silicon Valley and moved with her family to Naples in 1999. Her first venture in Southwest Florida was a gourmet deli called Delecta Vita. She later expanded into catering and established CuliVita. This enterprise primarily focused on serving the business community, so Julie could spend evenings and weekends with her family. Julie purchased and built a 2,800 square foot kitchen in Bonita Springs to serve both Collier and Lee counties.
CuliVita specializes in “express catering”. This is a drop-off style of catering without wait staff or sophisticated buffets. Over the years they have served tens of thousands of events to hundreds of large and small businesses in the region, including Arthrex, ASG Software, Health Management Associates, WCI Communities, etc. This enterprise continues to serve businesses from Naples to Port Charlotte. You can learn more about it at www.culivita.com.
Cali – Florida Inspired Cuisine
Julie has spent half of her career in California and half in Southwest Florida. As a result her menu and style have been influenced by the local cuisines of each region. She has created and refined a wide range of entrees and a la cart items that are extremely popular. They include unique and contemporary menu items to more traditional dishes. You can select from the cuisines of various countries or familiar “comfort food” favorites.
Back to the Future
Now that her children have grown, Julie has returned to her passion of catering weddings and other social events with her new catering business, Delecta. It provides the same level of exceptional food and service you can enjoy at one of the many fine country clubs or hotels in our region – at a more reasonable price. Julie believes catering is a craft, but it should not be a mystery to the consumer. Delecta publishes prices and provides packaged menus as a foundation. You can add items to any menu, so you are able to enjoy flexibility and customization while keeping the cost affordable.
Over the years, Julie and her staff have catered more than 30,000 successful events. She would like to use her expertise to help you create an exceptional event that suits your tastes, needs and budget.
A Sample of Prior Work
The wineries, elegant homes, museums and other beautiful venues in the San Francisco Bay Area provided tremendous opportunities for entertaining. These are some examples of functions Julie has catered in the past at various locations (the links are to the website of the facilities) with a description of the type and size of the events.
- Charity fund raisers at Stanford University in Palo Alto: 100-200 guests
- Jazz concert series at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga: 200-500 guests
- Corporate event at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose: 1,200 guests
- Annual United Way kick-off events at California Great America: 2,000-2,500 guests
- Annual Kaiser-Permanente hospital employee events in San Jose: 2,500-3,000 guests
- Ralston Hall in Belmont: 100-150 guests
- Ainsley House museum in Campbell: 100-200 guests
- Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside: 100-200 guests
- Byington Winery in the Santa Cruz mountains: 100-150 guests
- Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill: 150-500 guests
- Palmdale Estates in Fremont: 200-300 guests
- San Jose Scottish Rite in San Jose: 200-500 guests