Fabulous business party!.
Our company held a cocktail reception for 100 customers, and the food and service provided by Mezzaluna, Chef John, and staff was incredible. Chef John made suggestions about traffic flow through our available space to make sure we didn't have bottlenecks; he and his staff were on time and organized, everyone knew what to do and when to do it; the service was never intrusive, but servers were always there when you needed something; and the food!
The beef tenderloin crostini with wasabi aioli was delicious (one of the favorites of nearly everyone); the prosciutto and gruyere spiraled in puff pastry was a savory delight; the pear and carmelized onion strudel was a perfect balance, not too sweet or too oniony; but the highlight of the evening was the chicken skewers with spicy green curry cream - except for a couple persons who don't like even a little bit of spice to their food, I only heard raves about it.
We also had an open bar, serving beer, local wines, and selected drinks, including Mezzaluna's signature Lemon Drop, which was very tasty. The bartenders knew their business, and improvised some drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, working with the ingredients they had on hand.
The clean-up and move-out was quick, thorough, and unobtrusive. When we had a problem with the building freight elevator for the move-out, John worked with me to solve it so that it did not impact the event for the guests.
I would not hesitate to recommend Mezzaluna, and indeed, we have already asked them to cater another event for us.
Best Everything!. I know nothing about the Portland area. All I knew was that I needed to find a fabulous caterer for a Colorado College event in Portland. Mezzaluna - Chef John was one out of three that I chose to do research on, and I found that Mezzaluna had zero negative remarks on the web and I also loved the time he put into his website. From day one - John took over. He met every expectation and more! I did not have the privilege of meeting Chef John and his wonderful staff nor did I have the privilege of tasting the food prepared for this event. However, Mezzaluna and the staff received high marks from the hostess and attendees. I highly recommend Chef John for ANY event.
Thumbs up for Mezzaluna!.
Delicious food, nice staff and they left me with a cleaner kitchen than when they arrived.
I recommend the beef tenderloin bruschetta thing and would have liked to try the tomatoa and mozzarella on skewers but they disappeared too fast.
John and his staff are professional, thoughtful and polite. They absolutely exceeded my expectations.
A Class Act!. This was our second year to use Chef John and his staff for our annual WhiteHouse Collection Holiday party and I can honestly say that it will not be our last! In fact, we have begun to book Mezzaluna Fine Catering one year in advance for our company party. Chef John and Mezzaluna are consistently incredible. Their food, the service, the professional mannerisms, their organizational skills, the interaction with other guests, the clean-up and presentations, the management of their time and their detail in all of the above ~ stands way above any other catering service we have ever used and we have used many! One of the best things for me would have to be that once this busy day arrives, I am able to completely relax knowing that Mezzaluna "takes over our home and the party" and allows us to be relaxed and refreshed when the guests start arriving. We very much appreciate all that Mezzaluna has to offer and look forward to a very long term relationship with them. One testament to John Paulk as the owner of Mezzaluna would have to be that many of the staff members from last year were with him again this year. We feel this says a lot about a company especially in the food industry. Way to go Mezzaluna! Simply put ~ You're the Best!
The most trusted, well liked , highly decadant food service I know. Okay, if you need to have one great party in your lifetime it needs to include John Paulk of Mezzaluna. I crave his blue cheese stuffed figs he served at my company party three years ago, he has been there every year since. He has given me great advise on how to be a great host. He has fun servers, and he mingles with the group which sends everyone home with a entranced belly and a permanent smile on their face. I can't say enough about this quality man who enables this exceptional catering squad. His newsletter inspires me. Mezzaluna is worth every minute you don't have to spend planning, and the confidence you have at the end of the night is immeasurable. Book him you will be so so happy.
Fabulous 10th annual Holiday Event Thanks to Mezzaluna!. Thank You Chef John and the exceptional Mezzaluna Staff. Mezzaluna catered our 10th annual Holiday Event for 350 people. It was over the top. Everyone was so pleased with the delicious and creative appetizers. The service and the food were extraordinary. Chef John and his staff create such a friendly and fun atmosphere. I had told John that we were worried about running out of food for the event, he made sure that we did not. Also the space we had for John to work out of was minimal at best. We did not have to worry about a thing, John took care of every detail, all we had to do was watch our guests have a wonderful time. We can't wait to plan the next event with Mezzaluna and Chef John! We would highly recommend Mezzaluna to cater your next special event!
Guests at our own party!. Many thanks to John and his fabulous staff. The food and service were the talk of the evening at our cocktail party. My husband and I have never before been able to be guests at our own party before enlisting Mezzaluna. And it happened so effortlessly and subtly for us that we didn't even think about it until the next morning that we didn't do a SINGLE BIT OF WORK during the event! Delicious, beautiful food, prepared fresh onsite, served with flourish. What more could you ask?
Great food -- delicious, beautiful and REAL -- not overly done in terms of presentation. I rec'd a gift certificate for Mezzaluna's personal chef service -- I was able to take advantage of this last Friday and man! It was absolutely delicious ...the food was prepared perfectly -- spices just right (not overdone) was nice to have beautiful food delivered to my home and we were able to enjoy a very nice in with great food. Try them ...you can't go wrong!
Written in the Stars for Chef John.
What a treat to see Chef John woo the crowd at the Northwest Women's Show last weekend. I have worked with many amateur and professional chefs and Chef John tops the list. He prepared a Thai Flank Steak Salad, using many common ingridients that resulted in an uncommon and delicicious dish. I have already recommended him to friends for Holiday parties and cant wait to work with him again myself. Its obvious that Mezzaluna was written in the stars - Chef John is out of this world, easy to work with, organized and creative!
Mindee Doney - Owner, Northwest Women's Show, Portland
Best catering in Portland. Chef John Paulk and his team are amazing! I was looking for a caterer to not only create beautiful food but to also help plan the event. My only thought was it should reflect a tasting of France. He created an awsome 8 course tasting menu that was to die for. Everything was plated brilliantly! He and his staff took great care to decorate the space transporting us all to Provence. If I didn't know better I would of thought I was sitting at a chateau in Gourdes. I can't recommend him more. I will always use Chef John and Mezzaluna for all of my future events. Michelle V.
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