• Raquel is not only efficient, she's also 10 steps ahead of everything. For a planner, you need someone who can anticipate those needs without having to explain. Raquel helped to plan one of The Sketchbook Series tours and impressed me with her think-fast and quick ability to bring the event together. And let's just say I'm not that easily impressed so that says a lot. Aside from being a talented planner, she's equally great at design and visual styling - she's very flexible and easy to work with. I would highly recommend Raquel for any event!!
    — Mary Phan, Very Mary Inspired & The Sketchbook Series
  • Raquel has always been such a pleasure to work with, and we've done so for many years in many capacities. She has a stellar professional background, centered around guest service at an elevated level! So, as that being one of your main considerations, I know that you couldn't make a better choice to help you through these final steps of your wedding adventure.
    — Jennifer Pike, Meadowood Napa Valley
  • Raquel and her team make for quite a bespoke wedding planning experience. She offers a variety of planning options based on the needs of the bride. My recommendation would be to have her assist in planning from the very beginning. Raquel is thoughtful, intuitive and asks all the questions a bride may not think to ask. Raquel also has a keen eye for detail and has design skills that are bar none. Utilize her when it comes to selecting color, flowers, linens, etc. She can envision a bigger picture based on the look you are hoping to achieve. She met with me countless times, visited my event site and was super attentive to all email/text/call correspondence. Think of ROQUE for your next event, big or small.
    — Laura + Kellan Sanderlin
  • I could go 'on and on' about Raquel. Her professionalism, creativity, deliverable driven, reliable, conscientious, problem solver, 'can do', unflappable attitude are only a few words that come to mind --- Raquel is an amazing asset for any event and is 'worth her weight in gold!'
    — Suzanne Phifer Pavitt
  • "Working with Raquel made everything very easy for us—from the rentals, linens, floral, catering, wine selection, etc., Raquel worked closely with us to bring our vision to life (even better than what we imagined), all while adhering to our budget."
    — Lindsay Hegleman, Turner Broadcasting System
  • From start to finish, my experience with Raquel Bickford was absolutely flawless. Raquel took the time to help us create a memorable experience for an intimate gathering at the height of the crush season. From décor ideas, to dinner recommendations, to additional interactive possibilities, the team provided service above and beyond our expectations. Onsite, Raquel and team delivered professional service with the perfect amount of personality – our guests were beyond pleased with every piece of the event from the vineyard tour, to blending competition, to our remarkable dinner in a stunning tent in the heart of the vineyard. I highly recommend ROQUE Events for events and look forward to the opportunity to work with them again in the future.
    — Kiley Purvin, Microsoft Executive Exchange
  • You are in great hands with Raquel, if not the best! She is wonderful to work with, is very attentive to detail and adds a fun flare to her design! We have worked on a number of events together including Live in the Vineyard, weddings and private events at some venues she manages. To be frank, I can't recall an instance where we had any unforeseen situations or problems, but I can be certain she will keep a level head and manage the situation as best it can be. She is a pro!
    — Joe Dempsey, Classic Party Rentals - Napa
  • We recently had an event at Whetstone Wine Cellars and everything was perfect. The property met and exceeded our expectations. My client had been looking for a venue that fit into their weekend-long high-end customer event that they were holding, but still wanted something with an inviting atmosphere. Whetstone is just that - extremely elegant but also embodies the comfortable relaxed vibe of Napa. Raquel was wonderful to work with and was very accommodating of our tight turnaround time and last minute changes. Her recommendations for the evening were spot on. She was very knowledgable not only about events and what works well in the space, but also about the history of the property and our guests enjoyed interacting with her and learning about Whetstone.
    — Ashely Cosario, Panasonic
  • Raquel is spot on when it comes to event planning. Her attention to detail and handling of the most discerning client with cool resolve is skill that many can only wish for! Thanks for being there Raquel, you are the best! Our team building luncheon was an experience way above and beyond anything I expected as surprises abounded throughout the day. Not only using the White Room as the venue (to me, the epicenter of your beautiful vineyards), but with a specially prepared menu from Cindy Pawlcyn that was exceptionally delicious and the selected wine pairings that day, let's just say nothing short of perfect. Raquel Bickford, in charge of coordinating the event and the added benefit of Tom Roseler's knowledge to provide us an incredibly informative tour of the grounds provided us a day we at Pro Travel International will never forget!
    — Mike St. Jovite, Pro Travel International
  • I would like to express my sincere appreciation for all of your efforts in hosting my group from Shelter Harbor last evening. It was a wonderful way for us to finish our trip and you made the evening special for all of us. It was seamless on our end due to your planning and I also appreciate how responsive you were to Dr. Kisner and I in the weeks leading up to our dinner. Your description of the wines was excellent and I look forward to sharing the 3 cases I purchased, I will enjoy them with our wives in Rhode Island. Please thank the rest of the staff and especially the chef. Everyone went above and beyond for us.
    — David Tiedemann, Shelter Harbor Golf Club
  • From start to finish Raquel was committed to creating the best event that we could ever ask for. She would always go the extra mile for us. Even though we were involved in every step of the way, we were both surprised with the way the event came together. We both gasped at how creative she was, going above and beyond what was expected. Flawless!
    — Brenda & Bo Wilkins
  • Raquel is a true hospitality professional who takes great pride in what she does. Through much hard work and dedication she has put together an amazing special events department. Her eye for fashion and passion for wine can be seen in all of her well executed events. If you are looking for someone to create a truly unforgettable wine country experience Raquel is the right person for the job
    — Bradley Hansen, Cosentino Winery
  • Raquel has arranged private tastings for our VIP clients and assisted us with many inquiries from photo shoots to private home rentals. She is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. I've seen the work she produces for events and everything is creative, beautiful and unique.
    — Michelle Murré, Azurine Travel
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    Raquel, I want to thank you for a wonderful event and choosing the perfect setting for this very important celebration. The food was amazing, the service was impeccable, the decor was beautiful and the ambiance was incomparable to any other event we had in the Valley. I speak on behalf of the whole group, our experience contributed to making our trip an unforgettable one. Having Jack Bittner with us was definitely the highlight, all guests were delighted. I have several other YPOers expecting my comments and recommendations about the trip. It was great working with you, you are a very efficient professional, I appreciate your flexibility throughout the whole process and especially on such short notice.
    — Anamaria Duron, YPO | WPO
  • Raquel is a fantastic hospitality specialist who executes thorough, detailed work in every aspect of Napa Valley hospitality. I can confidently reach out to her for assistance, and always be delighted with the result.
    — Jennifer Flynn, NapaStyle
  • We've worked with Raquel at weddings and like the properties she works with, she's the creme. She's pleasant, professional and efficient. She's always a great communicator both before and during the events. We always look forward to working with her.
    — Thomas Hughes, Thomas Hughes Films
  • Raquel is lovely to work with; very professional and thorough. I worked with her at Meadowood Resort, where we have provided flowers for many years. She knows the Valley, has great taste, is gracious and knows how to manage events. I highly recommend her.
    — Pat Friday, Floral Designer
  • Raquel is a tremendous professional. A self starter that needs minimum directives. She is the consummate perfectionist that attends to every detail of the task at hand. Her graciousness, and infectious upbeat attitude make her the ideal hospitality professional.
    — Khalid Lahlou, Mosaique RestaurantGroup
  • My husband and I have been going to Napa for several years and then began bringing clients there to let them enjoy the Napa experience as well. At times it is difficult to come up with an experience that can top the previous one but our dinner event successfully accomplished it. The idea of having a dinner inside a winery was a treat that not many get to enjoy. The staff was absolutely fantastic, the food was amazing and Raquel and I are already working on our next event. . Thanks so much for the memory.
    — Jim and Monica Allen



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