About US

 
 

From opulent fetes for hundreds, to intimate dinner parties, romantic vineyard wedding, corporate gala to custom built office luncheons….Jalsa Catering & Events treats every event with creativity and flair. We are an experienced, full service caterer known for masterminding events with ease. Whether organizing a cocktail reception, buffet or seated dinner, and every detail is finessed so that clients may relax, enjoy and indulge. It’s this consistency of approach and genuine passion for catering – coupled with magnificent food –Jalsa Catering & Events strives to be the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading full-service Indian catering company on the strength of our commitment to deliver high caliber food, impeccable service, trend-setting design and attention to detail.

Our goal is toprovide exceptional fare and event planning services to corporations, event organizers and discerning individuals.  Among the services we offer are custom menu design and décor styling, on-site staffing and mixology.

Jalsa Catering & Events strives to scintillate clients and guests with the unexpected contemporary cuisine, stellar service and ambience.  Signature hors d’ouevres, authentic & nouvelle buffet & sit down menus, innovative chef’s stations…. showcasing a classic-with-a-twist approach as a team of chefs blend ingredients with subtle nuances and novel presentations to add a bit of zest.  Our trademark is the use of seasonal, local and organic ingredients.

Team

Vittal Shetty

Co-Founder - Executive Chef

Vittal born and raised in Bangalore, India learned at an early age to appreciate the food and cooking that remains such an integral part of life in that great city and his family. He pursued this passion and got his bachelor’s degree in Hotel management from Bangalore University and got formally trained in OCLD one of the finest chef schools in Asia. After which he spent his culinary training in various hotels of Oberoi group including, Oberoi Bangalore, Rajvilas, Oberoi Mumbai & Oberoi maidens in various positions and kitchens

He started his culinary career in The Oberoi New Delhi as sous chef, later moved to Raffles Singapore, during his stay for a year Vittal got hands on training on the hundred year old restaurant “Tiffin Rooms” recipes & south Asian cuisines

He then moved to open Amber India San Jose, He spent 12 years with Amber and was responsible in opening their new units and hugely successful catering business, and he was promoted as corporate chef in 2011

Now as Co-founder and chef of Jalsa catering & events he presents the menu with “think outside the box “approach, by marrying traditional & authentic cooking techniques using seasonal , local,  modern day trends & experimenting with new versions of contemporary styles.

 

Reshmi Nair

Co-Founder - Operations

Reshmi is an accomplished leader with over 15 years of extensive experience in the global hospitality industry with broad range of experience in food & beverage and event management. At Amber India, as Director Events & Catering Reshmi spearheaded go to market, sales & account management functions. Over a period of 7 years, she and her team has successfully managed numerous high profile events including weddings, non-profit & political fund raisers and cultural events. In the initial years with Amber India, she has also played key role in day to day restaurant operations and strategic planning. She has also been instrumental in setting up new branch locations across bay area.

Before joining Amber, Reshmi worked in Singapore where she managed a boutique Indian coastal restaurant specializing in south Indian coastal food.

She started her career in India where she worked for choice hotels and held various management positions.

Reshmi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel management from Bangalore and has completed her Level 1 Sommelier Course from the Court of Master Sommeliers.

When she is not at work, she likes to spend her time with family and friends.