Emerald Coast Catering, a full service event design firm serving Walton, Okaloosa & Bay Counties

Emerald Coast Catering
Full Service Event Design
Why just entertain, when you can dazzle?!!
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Emerald Coast Catering

Full-Service Events

Picture perfect beach sunset!
A Sunset Wedding on the Emerald Coast
Could it be more perfect?

Photo by Rhonda Schaeffer

Asian shrimp spoons


Pork skewers from the Grill Station


Mussels at the trendy Paella Station

 Saffron rice with peas at the Paella Station

Above food photos by Adamo Photography

Whether you are planning a wedding, social affair or corporate event, we provide stellar food and service!

An annual wine festival for 2000!


The Emerald Coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world!  The sand is sugar white with different values of blues and greens in waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  We service the area between the Destin bridge & Panama City.  Some of the communities included are:  Destin, Crystal Beach, Miramar Beach, Sandestin, Santa Rosa Beach, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Point Washington, Eden State Gardens, Seaside, WaterColor, WaterSound, Seagrove Beach, Seacrest Beach, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, Carillon Beach, Inlet Beach, Panama City Beach, Panama City, Crestview & Niceville.

Emerald Coast Catering is fully licensed with the
Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulations.
Emerald Coast Catering is inspected regularly by the State Health Department.
Emerald Coast Catering carries Event Liability Insurance for all of our events.
Emerald Coast Catering is a member in good standing of the International Caterers Association
& very active with many charitable organizations in our area.

 Thank you for your interest in Emerald Coast Catering!

In addition to providing delicious meals, beverage service & competent staff for an event with a guest list of two to hundreds,
we offer various services and packages to create your event.
  • MENUS that offer trendy to traditional options with beverage service and professional hospitality staff.
  • ECONOMY MENUS designed to accomodate buffet style service with a chef & disposable plates, flatware and napkins.
  • PACKAGES consisting of select popular buffet or station menu items, beverage service, basic staffing, beverage & food stations, and event rentals to include tables, chairs and linens.
  • PARTY RENTALS including tables, chairs & linens.
  • 30-A GOURMEToffering complete gourmet meals delivered to your door.  You just heat, serve & enjoy!  For the smaller gatherings of four to twenty who do not need a chef.  See our delicious menus at www.30-AGourmet.com!

Event Types

  • WEDDINGS no matter the size, whether local or destination, are our specialty.  We guide you through the process to create the perfect style and menu to match your vision and budget.
  • SOCIAL affairs from large celebrations, to cocktail parties to intimate dinner parties benefit from Chef Serafin's knowledge and experience in fine dining.
  • CORPORATE events conceived to promote products & services or entertain current and prospective clients, require expertise in logistics to positively impact your customers and we have the experience to make it happen.
  • CHARITY events are dear to our heart as shown by our deep involvement in many local charities. The dinners donated for auctions, discounts given to charity events and pro bono services provided to many organizations are testimony to the fact that we believe in giving back to the community.

As you review our website, please note that the many options and services offered are available not to confuse, but to allow you to create the event you have in mind that will best fit your guest count, budget and venue.  Complete the estimate request that is best suited to your needs, or contact us with any questions you may have!

Best regards,
Chef Gary Serafin & the Emerald Coast Catering & Event Staff
info@cater1.com       850.622.6270

Review the Chef's link to find out about his experience, expertice, awards, & his innovation! 


Emerald Coast Catering


Full-Service Catering
or Express Menus & Party Rentals


Why just entertain, when you can dazzle?!!!

Our staff has deservedly earned a stellar reputation serving Emerald Coast diners delicious meals at weddings,
rehearsal dinners, dinner parties, corporate events, charity events and in private homes.
  Our events have won awards, in addition to the best praise available,
repeat business.

View our menus, beverage services and rental services on our this website to start planning your next event today!

If you want full service catering  with servers, chefs & bartenders
for a wedding, dinner party or other event this is where you want to be!

If you have only a few guests and wish to work within a budget or have a simple meal,
then click this link our 30A Gourmet website.


30-A Gourmet

Delivering Gourmet Meals to Your Door

Every day is not a special occasion, but every meal can be with our meal delivery service!

We deliver chef prepared meals to your door. 
You simply follow the easy heating instructions and serve the gourmet, preservative free meals to your family and friends.  
Each menu is a complete meal, such as our signature lasagna with fresh salad, salad dressing and french bread.

It is that easy, so order today for your meal tomorrow!

If you want delicious meals delivered to your door
to visit our sister company,



Brides Have Voted Emerald Coast Catering a Winner

So Many Times that The Knot awarded us status in
The Knot Hall of Fame!!!

Make that 2015!!!
 Newsweek: “Other ‘wed’ sites aspire to be The Knot.”
Vogue: “The chicest wed site in cyberspace.”
Business Week: “Don’t get hitched without The Knot.”
Wall Street Journal: “The best-known wedding site on the web."


A custom lounge....


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Chef Gary Serafin owned Jamie's Wine Bar & Restaurant for seventeen years, serving fine-dining menus with a stellar wine list.  The Pensacola, Florida restaurant was one of the first in the Florida Panhandle to receive the prestigious Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" & one of the first to be listed "Top 100 Restaurants" by Florida Trend Magazine with recipes published in numerous journals and cookbooks.  Thirty years of creating fine-dining menus coupled with the last eleven in catering ensure the quality of food, presentation, & high level of service you will receive from Emerald Coast Catering!  Custom menu requests are welcome.

We are proud that "The Knot" has presented us with their Best Caterer of North Florida award so many times we have been inducted into The Knot Hall of Fame! We have also received Wedding Wire's coveted Brides Choice Award. Thank you to all of our brides for voting on these awards!

Chef Serafin has now opened 30-A Gourmet, delivering restaurant quality meals to your door! 
Heat, plate & enjoy!  To see 30-A Gourmet menus and to order please visit the website,

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Emerald Coast Catering, Inc.
3906 Hwy 98 W, Ste 40, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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