Mezzaluna – Artists who just happen to cook.
Since 2004, Mezzaluna Catering and Events, led by Executive Chef John Paulk, has built its reputation with award-winning cuisine, impeccable presentation, beautiful, elegant décor and the most experienced chefs and service staff in the industry.
Chef John Paulk often says:
“We are unique and unlike the other caterers and event companies in the Portland Metro Area. We don’t merely provide food, rather, we strive to create a perfect, comprehensive, full-sensory hospitality experience.”
Take a quick view of our Galleries to see this for yourself!
Recognized as one of Portland’s best catering companies, Mezzaluna Catering and Events has been a leader in Portland’s culinary scene as an exclusive, upscale alternative to mundane, run-of-the-mill catering companies.
Our renowned design aesthetic is clean and modern but customized to the needs of our clients, their guests, and the occasion.
At Mezzaluna Catering and Events, we work with clients and guests from all walks of life and bring the same commitment to perfection to each and every event we cater and client with whom we work.
Our ultimate goal is to provide you and your guests with a cost effective, catered experience, where they leave feeling pampered and cared for, and they are confident that their host really cared about the event and excellent Cuisine and attention to detail was foremost.
Upon arriving at a Mezzaluna catered event, party guests sometimes seem more like “paparazzi” as they quickly become infatuated with photographing our beautiful and dazzling food displays, decor and delicious cuisine, which can often take center stage.
Check out our Events page for a full review of the wide array of sizes and types of events that we manage and cater.
Our Culinary and Service Teams are also second-to-none, having all been personally trained by Chef Paulk and Executive Sous Chef Carolina Lindoso-Neet, assuring consistency in cuisine, great organization, total precision and detail with kitchen and service disciplines, and a 100% commitment to the events success and the client and guest experience.
At Mezzaluna Catering, we pamper our clients with perfection and personal affection. We are proud to be recognized as one of Portland’s top catering companies and will continue to lead the catering and culinary industry by perfecting each and every event we manage or cater.
Interested in connecting with Mezzaluna about Catering or Events? Contact us today, tell us a little about your event, and we will get back to you in less than 24 hours!
Toni Tringolo, Albertina Kerr
"We worked with Mezzaluna on one of the most important events in our organization's history. They were truly amazing and went above and beyond!. Food was spectacular and absolutely delicious, presentation is by far the best in town and working with Robert, Chef John and their whole team was an absolute joy! Things went so smooth and worry-free compared to any other caterer we've ever worked with! Thanks, Mezzaluna!
Elaine and Linda Nash-Bienvenue
"Elaine and I can’t thank you enough for everything you did to create such a lovely and delicious wedding for us. Every detail was impeccably thought through. Your servers were friendly and professional and all so cute. The appetizers were lovely, especially the vegan lettuce wraps! So good! And dinner, what can I say. The salad was light and refreshing with a perfect vinegrette and the entrees were so flavorful and presented beautifully. Dessert was over the top! Perfection. And, thank you for taking such good care of our two vegans too! "
Sherri Monier, NIKE
Nike Maxim Tech Awards Dinner. “Chef John, the bid for our 4-day NIKE meetings wasn't the least expensive, but there was no doubt that of all the Portland caterers we've used, Mezzaluna is by far the very best in terms of service and exceptional food. The best money we've ever spent for catering. Thank you so very much.”
Carra Sahler, Director of Public Interest Law Lewis & Clark Law School
"Mezzaluna catered an event for hundreds of lawyers, judges and their children at an outside picnic-type event. Chef John, Robert and the rest of the staff were prepared, courteous, and gracious and the food was absolutely delicious! Every guest I asked had nothing but very positive things to say about the food and service! Mezzaluna would be my first choice for our catering again!"
“I have not stopped thinking about this special dinner since devouring it. Chef John killed it (as always). The Asiago Polenta alone was enough to bring you to your knees.”
Lisa Noah, COO, Oregon Historical Society
Mezzaluna's staff is amazing! They took our idea and made it better and more beautiful that we could have imagined. Our Board Holiday Party was the best thanks to the excellent service and fantastic food. I heard nothing but compliments from the Board members, including them asking to have Mezzaluna back for this year's Holiday Party. You can't ask for anything better than what Chef John and his team provides their clients.
"Mezzaluna is truly the best. I have used them on many occasions both personally and for my business and a Chef John and his team are absolutely amazing at what they do. The service is perfect and food presentation and quality of cuisine is by far the best in the NW. I would recommend them to anyone for any occasion! I just love working with them!"
Hon. Harry Reid, Former US Senator
"I've had some of the best catering in the world and Mezzaluna is one of those special ones. The food was delicious, all the courses were perfectly balanced, and the service was excellent. Made the dinner truly a great experience!"
Suzanne Savell, Development Director, Crag Law Center
"We just wanted to thank you for an incredible culinary experience at our donor fundraiser this year! It was by far the BEST food ever served in our events history! You staff was amazing to work with! Well done!"
Elizabeth Aspray – President, Sysco Foods Oregon
"Mezzaluna is the best. 500 plus people they served and our entire table was wondering how the food stayed so hot and was so delicious once it hit our table. We've never experienced that before."
Tracy Curtis, President, Wells Fargo Bank
"I have used Mezzaluna on multiple occasions and they are our "go-to" caterer for a reason. The food is delicious, the presentation is impeccable and the staff is incredibly professional. They are truly the best in the NW."
Sheda Dikeman, Administrator, Serenity Home Care
"Mezzaluna and Chef John are the best! We had them cater our anniversary party and it was an amazing experience! The food was great, they are so well organized, and everyone including the kids had a wonderful time! Thanks so much to the whole team at Mezzaluna for such a great event!"
Hon. Heidi H. Moawad
"Thank you so much for all that you did to ensure my investiture was a success! You met my budget, then knocked it out of the park both with your amazing food and gorgeous displays! I lost count of the compliments! Thanks again"
"The food was great. That's why we hired Mezzaluna to help us plan a rehearsal dinner for our son's wedding. Chef John, Robert and team looked over the venue and figured out how to accommodate 68 friends and family from out of town. Not to mention 8 late additions the day before the 4th of July! Service, timing and attention to detail was amazing and made the evening extra special."
Angela Querfeld – Director of Development, Oregon Food Bank
Thank you Mezzaluna! Your team did an amazing job – and the food was out of this world. I still will never know – even though I’ve seen the behind the scenes operations – how in the world you are able to pull together delicious food for over 450 people and have it delivered to each table still hot and lovely! It’s like magic if you ask me!!
Jane Goodall, World-renowned anthropologist
“Chef John, thank you for making the evening so special.”
Pat Sandler-Welch, Owner of Boly:Welch
Mezzaluna has been my go-to caterer for many years. We first collaborated on Boly:Welch’s 25th anniversary party, and they did such a great job we’ve called them in for many, many events, including our 30th anniversary mega event. John Paulk’s team does more than serve delicious food – they make it look so beautiful, you don’t know if you should eat it or frame it."
Phil & Lorena Ensminger
“We are so impressed with Mezzaluna’s outstanding team of professionals. We have never eaten a dinner where all the courses were perfectly balanced. Their presentation is outstanding. The dinner was extraordinary.”
Hon. Edward Leavy, Sr. Judge, Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals
"Mezzaluna was truly one of a kind in catering. The service was impeccable, food was delicious and they were so respectful and gracious catering the annual event we hold at my Leavy family farm. I highly recommend them to anyone who needs a quality catering experience"
What an amazing and fun group of people! The food was fantastic, the care was impeccable. Chef John and his team went above and beyond for our housewarming soiree and we highly recommend them!