About Us

Buckhorn Catering is based on a love of good ingredients simply prepared in a way that showcases the food and makes every occasion special. Whether your occasion is an elegant vineyard wedding, a tented sit-down dinner for a family celebration, corporate barbeque, or even a special event in a wine cellar, gazebo, or other venue of your choice, we can help you realize your vision.

John Pickerel and Melanie Bajakian, owners of the famous Buckhorn Steak and Roadhouse, started the company in 1980.

Soon the couple was taking their custom-built portable wood-fired smoke oven and grill to farmers’ markets in Napa and Davis, selling their soon-to-be-famous char-roasted tri-tip sandwiches. Before long, people wanted them to bring the unique smoker oven and grill to cook on site for their weddings, corporate parties, and even formal dinners set in orchards or olive groves. Sometimes the clients, like service clubs, didn’t have space to accommodate on site cooking, but still wanted the food that Buckhorn had become known for. Quickly the small company grew to include numerous delivery vans, a 10,000 square foot facility with a commercial kitchen, and a fleet of wood-fired smoker ovens and grills.