The Stars of the Show!
Since 2004, the dedicated team of men and women who serve at Mezzaluna is why our clients love us and is the reason we have become one of the premier catering companies in the Pacific Northwest. Many on the Mezzaluna staff have been with Chef John for years and are as dedicated to providing excellence in food, service, presentation and tender loving care as he is. “At the end of the day, after we have executed a fabulous event, my team takes such pride in the job that they collectively accomplished. They truly are proud of the work they do for our fabulous clients,” John said. “My team makes coming to work each day a special event in and of itself.”
President/Owner and Executive Chef
JOHN PAULK appeared on the Portland culinary scene in 2004 and established Mezzaluna as an exclusive, upscale alternative to mundane, run-of-the-mill catering companies. His design aesthetic is clean and modern. His client list reads like a who’s who of sports figures, national celebrities, CEO’s, and politicians. John’s artistry merges simplicity and sophistication as he caters fresh, clean-tasting cuisine prepared in classic style. He passionately creates cozy, satisfying meals for his clients drawing from his bodacious sense of humor. Each client Mezzaluna serves is saturated with warmth and personal attention by a hand-picked, highly-trained team of people. “My goal is to make my client stand out to their guests. I want to alleviate any stress so that my clients can enjoy their event knowing that I have their back,” John says. “It’s about creating an emotional experience…a lasting memory…an event they’ll never forget. Really, it’s romance.”
ROBERT J. MOREAU
Executive Vice President
Robert is a successful investor, entrepreneur, sales and marketing executive who for the past 20 years has been at the forefront of the fusion and integration of sales, marketing and technology. By the age of 23, Robert was Executive Vice President for one of the world’s top database and marketing companies, leading them in the introduction of e-marketing solutions. He became the youngest President of a major chapter for the American Marketing Association by age 22 and co-founded one of the pioneering marketing technology firms—Rubicon Marketing Group. Robert brings to Mezzaluna vast experience in business, sales and marketing. He is fabulous with people, has a winning, infectious personality, track record of success, infectious smile and our clients love him.
“It’s extremely rewarding working with such a dedicated team of people. It’s exciting to be a part of such a great team and I’m excited to use my experience to help make Mezzaluna be the best catering and event company it can be.” –Robert
Executive Sous Chef
Carolina is Brazilian and proudly carries within herself a mixed Lebanese, Portuguese and Italian heritage, having grown up around food as the most important bonding element between family and friends. After 14 years building a successful career as a lawyer, the daughter and granddaughter of two great cooks decided to take her passion for cooking one step further, leaving her country, moving to Portland and attending the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School. Carolina started her career as an intern at Mezzaluna and right after the end of the externship was hired as Assistant Sous Chef, in the beginning of 2015. She now serves as Chef Johns Executive Sous Chef.
“After two and a half years of working with Chef John Paulk at Mezzaluna, I am finally fulfilling my destiny and have never been happier.” — Carolina
Assistant Sous Chef
Jillian is a light in our kitchen each and every day and has been working alongside Chef John almost since the founding of Mezzaluna. From a very young age food has been both a passion and a love for Jillian. Her family came together each and every night to eat dinner, and no matter what happened throughout the day, this special family tradition was the favorite part of her day. They were together, sharing their love over food. Her experience in the culinary field spans over 10 years including as a baker and vegan chef. Jillian has worked her way from the bottom to a successful career in leadership within the culinary industry.
She brings the same care and heart warming approach to everything she does with Mezzaluna, just as she was taught and enjoyed as a young girl. Spend one minute with Jillian and you too will know how lucky we are to have her.
“At the end of the day, after all these years, I think the best thing I’ve learned is to stay humble. Remind yourself often that you don’t know everything and that there’s still room to learn.” — Jillian
Tiffany Osborne is currently the pastry chef and production manager for Mezzaluna. Originally from Roseburg, Oregon now a mother of one daughter and a Portland native. Her passions include family, baking, cooking, outdoors and art. Her family introduced her to baking and cooking from an early age, later on learning from professional chefs. Her passion is challenging herself by making personalized deserts for our clients, family and friends. We often laugh because she tells us her signature and favorite color is… glitter. “Glitter goes on everything!” Tiffany has a natural talent and true understanding of the science, art and concepts that go into creating Mezzaluna’s amazing fare.
“I loved going to my aunt’s beautiful country home and seeing the perfectly baked fresh pastries and cakes. They looked like they could be on a magazine cover. That’s when I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do.” — Tiffany
Carolyn has been with Mezzaluna since 2014 and is one of our catering captains. Carolyn got into the service industry over ten years ago bringing together her love for helping people and great food. Carolyn is committed to assuring each and every Mezzaluna event is about creating memorable experiences and that is why clients of Mezzaluna absolutely love her. “When coming to Mezzaluna I felt as though I had found my family, working alongside a team that shares the same goals as I have.”
“When I met Chef John and the gang at Mezzaluna everything in my world became brighter” — Carolyn
Aaron has been with Mezzaluna since 2011. His wry sense of humor, infectious smile, and lovely personality make him perfect in his position of lead bartender.
In his spare time, Aaron is the drummer with the popular Portland band, Mimicking Birds and loves touring and playing for audiences far and wide.
“Dude, I love working with Chef John and the team. For over five years, I have enjoyed every minute serving Mezzaluna’s amazing clients. This job rocks!” – Aaron
Catering Captain/Equipment Management
Tim has worked with Mezzaluna since the age of eight years old. As the oldest son of our owner, Chef John Paulk, Tim grew up surrounded by the catering and event industry. He began his journey as a child washing the dishes after our events. As time progressed he moved up to doing event prep, packing the truck, serving and bartending to his role now as a co-catering captain.
For three years, Tim was a lifeguard for Clackamas County and had the privilege of saving numerous lives.
Tim has a passion for music, plays a mean guitar, and is in the process of forming a band. Currently, he is a senior at Portland State University majoring in Business and Human Resource Management. He hopes to become an entrepreneur and start companies of his own.
“I love working with my dad and the Mezzaluna staff. We have a great time and it feels good to be helping out to see that our family business is successful.” — Tim