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Welcome to 49 Square Catering. We create unique and memorable experiences with Good. Clean. Food. Our Food, Beverage and Events teams will work together to exceed your expectations. Play with your food!


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49 Square Catering

49 Square Catering serves the entire Bay Area, from Monterey to Wine Country and beyond. From intimate weddings to large scale, corporate productions, our team of experienced event professionals can help you plan any type of event. Our job is to ensure the success of your event. We’re here to help you play with your food.

What We Do

We play with our food. So, no matter what we create for you, it will be presented with style and a bit of whimsy.


Whether your event is a formal seated wedding feast or a casual cocktail reception, we love crafting custom experiences for our clients and their guests. Multi-cultural wedding? No problem. Weeklong conference with meals throughout? Piece of cake. Reception for 5,000 people? What, that’s all you’ve got?

At 49 Square, we love it when our clients challenge us to create something new and unique. And it’s not just about the food. Our stunning visuals and custom fabricated displays will delight your guests and frequently offer interactive components.

We’ll create the perfect environment for your celebration or event. If you need a venue, we’ll help you find one. If you have a venue, we’ll help you decorate it. We can help you with entertainment, florals, photography, lighting and A/V, tenting and interactive themes. We can provide as much assistance as you need.

OUR PEOPLE

Our People

Our dynamic and professional team of industry veterans will insure the success of your event by bringing you great food, playfully presented, in a creative environment with near zero waste.

Our Founders

Mark Walker

Mark Walker

CEO and Executive Chef

Executive Chef Mark Walker has spent 25 years developing and honing his culinary techniques, a calling he knew he was…

Brenda Trousdell

Brenda Trousdell

Director of Human Resources

A veteran of the catering industry since 1999, Brenda’s focus has been developing and managing a team of talented individuals,…

Elaine Herman

Elaine Herman

Director of Sales and Marketing

A native New Yorker, Elaine relocated to the Bay Area when she began her career in hospitality almost 20 years…

Testimonials

We’re fortunate to work with fantastic clients from across the globe to design unique catered experiences.

  • A MAGICAL EVENT

    Wedding Ceremony and Reception

    November 2016

    49 Square Catering made my wedding day a magical event! I had the pleasure to work with Kim and she is wonderful! I am very lucky to have worked with them on my wedding and I strongly believe if you hire them you will feel as happy and lucky as I do.

  • OUTSTANDING AND ORIGINAL

    40th Anniversary Celebration

    August 2017

    They were creative and flexible in putting the menu together. The food and drink were outstanding and original, and well suited to the famous Bay Area food culture without being yuppyish… Our guests, varied in age and background, raved about the food.

  • THE BEST WEDDING DECISION WE MADE

    Wedding Ceremony and Reception

    November 2016

    Hiring 49 Square Catering was one of the best wedding decisions we made. It has been a little over three weeks since our wedding and family and friends are still calling us to talk about how amazing the food was. I did not have a wedding planner so it was great having Kim there for me…she was like my bride whisperer.

  • An Incredible Team

    Multi Day Developer Conference

    November 2016

    You will absolutely not go wrong with 49 Square! Mark, Elaine, and their incredible team executed an exceptional food & beverage program for #1500 attendees at at the Innovation Hangar. This one-day F&B program had a lot of moving parts . We certainly kept them busy, and they delivered on everything!

THE FOOD

The Food

We create custom menus for all our clients. We believe that great ingredients should speak for themselves. We source locally, support green practices and give back to our community.

SAY HELLO

Say Hello

We create experiences that you will never forget.
Get in touch and you’ll see why.

Contact Us

San Francisco

address1760M Cesar Chavez Street
San Francisco, CA
94124

emailinfo@49sqcatering.com

phone(415) 834-5348

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Mark Walker

Mark Walker

CEO and Executive Chef

Executive Chef Mark Walker has spent 25 years developing and honing his culinary techniques, a calling he knew he was destined for since childhood when he would watch The Galloping Gourmet and Julia Child on TV. Eventually, he had the honor of cooking for them both. One of his most prized possessions is a copy of Vincent Price’s “A Treasury of Great Recipes”, a book he has had since childhood.

Most notably in the San Francisco Bay area, Mark has served as Executive Chef at restaurants such as P.J’s Oyster Bed, Val 21 and Babaloo Tapas Restaurant, as well as serving as the Executive Chef and Director of Catering Services for the Cellar at Macy’s Union Square. Mark’s eclectic background allowed him, as founding partner and Director of Culinary Operations, to create original, diverse menus featuring local artisanal foods for Global Gourmet Catering. Most recently Mark launched and operated a shared use commercial commissary called SF FoodLab allowing food entrepreneurs to gain access to wholesale markets through commercial kitchen facility rentals.

Mark’s love of artisanal foods has inspired him to create some of his own products. Most recently, he has been producing honey from his own hives (Elaine, our Director of Sales, keeps bringing in her empty jars for refills). He has amassed a collection of hundreds of cookbooks of varying authors and cuisines.

Mark and his wife, Brenda, love to travel and Europe is a favorite destination. When in Europe, Mark usually finds time to take a class or two with some of the world’s most famous chefs, always learning new techniques from the masters of their craft.

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Brenda Trousdell

Brenda Trousdell

Director of Human Resources

A veteran of the catering industry since 1999, Brenda’s focus has been developing and managing a team of talented individuals, whom she feels privileged to work with. Managing everything from payroll for a staff of hundreds to helping them develop their individual strengths, Brenda’s passion truly is people. Working on large scale and intimate events throughout her career, she has created meaningful connections with many of the industry’s top catering staff. Her approach is to empower people to let them shine.

Brenda and her husband, Mark Walker, are the proud parents of two amazing young men. She loves design and photography, and has contributed many of the photos on our website. Her talent for food styling is a great asset to our culinary team.

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Elaine Herman

Elaine Herman

Director of Sales and Marketing

A native New Yorker, Elaine relocated to the Bay Area when she began her career in hospitality almost 20 years ago. Working as a banquet server while attending culinary school, she began her education as an event specialist while simultaneously studying to be a pastry chef. Upon graduating, she quickly learned that the kitchen wasn’t where she wanted to be, and so began a professional journey that included several years as the Food & Beverage Director at an exclusive country club and as the onsite General Manager of the corporate dining program at a large Silicon Valley software company. Even though she was on the management fast track, she kept gravitating back towards special events. Following her heart, she began to focus on catering and special event production, where she met Mark and Brenda while working for Global Gourmet Catering. She has had the good fortune to work on celebrity events, large scale corporate events for thousands of people, meetings, conferences and incentives, and of course, weddings. This background has served her well, as she has an intimate knowledge of event logistics, venues, catering, décor, rentals…everything that takes place behind the scenes. Most recently working for a Destination Management Company, she has gained insight into the planning process for citywide conferences, which typically have thousands of attendees. She maintains relationships with the best and brightest of the Bay Area events community.

A firm believer in supporting the local professional community, Elaine has served on the Board of Directors of the ISES-NCC Chapter. She was recognized by ISES as Northern California’s 2009 Rising Star. She is also very active in the MPINCC Chapter and co-chaired the 2010 Gala and Silent Auction, for which she was awarded Meeting Professional of the Quarter and was nominated for Meeting Professional of the Year. In 2012 she co-chaired the ISES-NCC Chapter’s Annual Gala and Silent Auction, a party that is still talked about as the one to beat. For her efforts, she was recognized with the chapter’s Heart and Soul Award.

Elaine has recently taken up running and has completed several half marathons. She can occasionally be persuaded to pull her whisk out of retirement for friends and family.

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