Getting Corporate Event Venue to Accept Your Caterer

Getting Corporate Event Venue to Accept Your Caterer

When putting on a corporate event in Silicon Valley, you’re sure to have a diverse crowd. One of the difficulties with venues is getting them to accept the caterer you use to meet the dining requirements of your diverse crowd. Villa Ragusa understands the needs of companies and is one of the very few that happily allows outside caterers.

Dietary Needs of Attendees

There are many special dietary needs in a corporate event crowd. You’ll likely hear from attendees of your event that they need special food prepared for their meal breaks. You’ll likely be asked for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher and Halal. Most companies rely on caterers that can handle these food requests.

Unfortunately, in and around the Silicon Valley, most venues for corporate events won’t allow any outside catering in their facilities. This puts the company in a real bind, as their attendees need that special menu or they cannot eat on site. If they cannot take advantage of the convenience of eating onsite with other attendees, this is a deal breaker. They won’t attend.

Villa Ragusa has a plan in place to accommodate your caterers. We want to make sure your event is a huge success, and we understand that foods for special dietary needs is something every company must provide for their attendees.

Outside Catering Guidelines

We have guidelines in place for when your event needs to bring in an outside caterer. Of course, we’d love to prepare a special menu, but our kitchen isn’t set up to do catering for gluten-free, kosher, halal and other specialty foods. So, we have set up a process that ensures your caterer will be able to bring in their foods and your event will go on without a hitch.

See our Outside Catering Guidelines and begin the process long before your scheduled date.

How to Save Money on Wedding Reception Venue

How to Save Money on Wedding Reception Venue

Saving money is what most couples try to do when planning their wedding. This celebration can easily turn into a $50,000 wedding, and that’s not a good reception budget for many couples. So, here are a few ideas on how you can save money and still have the same lavish wedding reception that you’ll remember fondly for a lifetime.

Saving Money on a Wedding Reception

The best place to save money starts with the wedding reception venue that you choose. Of course, you want an incredible place for your reception! Well, the good news is, you don’t have to scrimp. You need to make just a couple little adjustments.

Your Reception Date

You can save up to 50% on an incredible venue, like Villa Ragusa. How? Well, it’s easy. Schedule your wedding reception on one of the days Villa Ragusa offers discounted rates. You’ll receive everything you would normally receive at the full rate. If the date you choose is one of their days that are harder to book, then you’ll get a wonderful discount. So, don’t be shy. Ask for the nonprime dates.

Outside Catering

You might be able to find a less pricey caterer to do the meal at your wedding reception. There is a fee that will need to be paid to the venue when using your own caterer,  but do the math. It might be worth it to use a professional caterer that you already use for other events.


Think outside the box a little and you will be able to find inexpensive entertainment for your wedding reception. You might be able to find student musicians instead of professional acts, photobooths are less expensive than theatrical performers and a DJ is less costly than a full band.

Keeping Costs Down

It is too easy to spend more than is in the budget when it comes to weddings. Do your homework and ask friends for ideas, too. You’ll find you can shave many thousands of dollars from the cost of your reception.

Party Venues in San Jose for Your Next Bash

Party Venues in San Jose for Your Next Bash

When you’re planning a private party for your birthday, milestone anniversary or a family reunion, there is one party venue in San Jose that’s perfect for guest lists up to 700 people. Villa Ragusa is a very elegant space for those looking for some nice ambiance in addition to just a place to hold the event. Here are some of the features of this venue.

Party Venue in San Jose Area

Villa Ragusa is a party venue that’s just outside of San Jose, CA. Its actual location is in the town of Campbell, which just on the outside of San Jose.

Villa Ragusa offers several room sizes on their upper level for your private event and all rooms have balcony access. The balcony is a popular feature with party planners. It allows the guests a quiet area to have conversations while enjoying a cocktail and the beautiful Campbell view.


Catering is far easier at Villa Ragusa than most event venues. Villa Ragusa will allow you to use a caterer of your choice, whereas typically, other venues require you use their in-house caterer. Villa Ragusa has in-house catering, also, but leaves that option open if you need to use your own caterer.

There are some guidelines that need to be followed when using your own caterer. Please review them early on in the process as there are requirements that need to be met. Your caterer might need extra time to coordinate with Villa Ragusa.

Parking at Villa Ragusa

There is a small parking area at Villa Ragusa, but most party guests will be using the additional parking lot that is close by. It’s an easy walk from the parking lot to your room.

Book Your Party

If you need a party venue in the San Jose area, give our staff a call: 408-364-1900.

Beautiful Wedding Venue in Silicon Valley

Beautiful Wedding Venue in Silicon Valley

An old-world, European style bank in Campbell, CA, has been turned into one of the more popular wedding venues in the Bay Area. Its marble floors and mahogany accents add that romantic charm that is perfect for your wedding reception or engagement party.

Wedding Venue

While there’s no outdoor setting at Villa Ragusa that would work as your wedding venue, the inside is beautiful and perfect for weddings up to 600 guests. The grand, marble staircase encased in mahogany handrails sets a mood of romance for your special occasion and doubles as a photoshoot area for the bride and groom.

Upstairs your room will be open with chandeliers above the ornately set tables for your guests. Villa Ragusa will be handling the setup and catering for your wedding reception unless you’ve arranged for a caterer of your own choosing.

Every event room at Villa Ragusa includes a dance floor and wraparound outdoor balcony for your guests. You’ll have choices of room sizes that can fit anywhere from 200 hundred up to 600 guests.

Help with Planning

The event coordinators at Villa Ragusa love to lend a hand and will give suggestions for your wedding, if you need them. There are so many choices in a world full of ideas, so they help you narrow down the choices.


Parking can always be a challenge anywhere in Silicon Valley, including Campbell. Villa Ragusa has a small onsite parking lot, but most of the wedding guest parking is in the lot we use just up the street. It is a very short walk. This parking lot is provided with the event space rental for your wedding.

Wedding Venues

It’s your special day that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. It’s important that you have a beautiful spot with the full support of the staff at Villa Ragusa for this wonderful day, the 1st day of the rest of your lives. Give us a call.

Corporate Event Space for Off-Site Group Meetings

Corporate Event Space for Off-Site Group Meetings

Perk up the staff by holding your next group meeting in an off-site corporate event space. Everyone gets tired of the same room, with the same colors and décor. Wake them up with an old world, European style building with airy balconies and a mahogany wood bar.

Corporate Event Space

Particularly when it’s time to issue awards or have a meeting that is more of an official style purpose, Villa Ragusa is an excellent choice. The building is an old bank that has been converted into corporate event spaces. It is now used for wedding receptions, private parties and the occasional small business conference. When your meeting speaks to tradition, then you need marble and mahogany accents to drive that idea home.

Catering at Villa Ragusa

You have your choice in catering at Villa Ragusa. You may use the in-house catering and choose from our predesigned menus for traditional luncheons, dinners and breakfast meals. Or you can use your favorite corporate caterer that you’ve been using for years. If you decide to go with your own caterer, there is a process that needs to be followed. So, take a look at our catering guidelines page before and after booking your space.


Some group meetings need a little entertainment to help the staff have some fun and blow off steam, and that works well for us, too. Most of our rooms can accommodate what you need.

Villa Ragusa Event Spaces

When it’s time to start shopping for that perfect Silicon Valley off-site group meeting place, remember Villa Ragusa. We are nearby, situated in Campbell, CA. We have plenty of parking onsite and an overflow lot within a very short walk from the building. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss your needs and explain all the wonderful features of our corporate event spaces. We hope to speak to you soon.

Event Space in San Jose Featuring Romantic Balconies

Event Space in San Jose Featuring Romantic Balconies

There are many event spaces in San Jose, but when it comes to weddings Villa Ragusa stands out as one of the most beautiful and romantic buildings.

Event Space in San Jose

Originally, Villa Ragusa, an event space in San Jose, was a bank with many architectural accents of marble and mahogany. It was redesigned as an event center, becoming one of the most popular spaces for wedding receptions.

Adding to the building’s design from an era gone by are the beautiful balconies that enhance the beauty of every event room. There is something about balconies with ceiling to floor sheer curtains that bring romance to the ambiance. Guests can sit outside to enjoy a quieter area to sip wine and socialize with friends while overlooking the city of Campbell.

Parking Space

Parking can be an issue at event centers, but there is plenty for your event at Villa Ragusa. We have a limited amount of space around the building, however there is a very close parking facility that will handle the guest parking for your event. It is just few steps to Villa Ragusa.

Type of Events

Villa Ragusa handles just about any event you are planning. We are a very popular location for wedding receptions, engagement parties, anniversary and birthday parties and other private gatherings for your friends and family.

We offer a dance floor for your event as well as a full bar and catering. If you’d like to use your own caterer, we are one of the rare event spaces in San Jose that will allow outside catering. We are happy to support whichever professional caterer that you choose. We want to make sure your event is as perfect as possible for your celebration. Give us a call to discuss the event you’re planning. We’re ready to help you.