The Company’s Evolution


In the Beginning

There was just the newly married couple, Dean & Debbie, both having a passion for food and making people happy.  So, naturally, 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 very part-time to begin with (they had to have day jobs to pay the bills), their reputation was growing as a catering company that was indeed the epitome of Great Food, Great Service, Every Time!


Our First Venue

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 the air. Jim & Cheryl loved real estate, renovations and parties, and Deb & Dean needed a commercial kitchen. The partnership was formed.

First Event at Gatherings in 2007 with Friends
First Event at Gatherings in 2007 with Friends

It took a year to complete renovations of what became known as Gatherings. When the doors opened in January 2007, many special events took place from birthday parties to rehearsal dinners. Then Gatherings began earning a 5-star reputation as a wedding reception venue that filled a niche for couples seeking a smaller more intimate wedding location. (In 2019, in order to focus on other venues, Gatherings was closed.)