Our Recent Fancies

Auction season is here

OCAC Tabletop

Winter is the season for big gala fundraisers and Devil’s Food is catering some of the biggest. Last weekend we had a high time catering the huge and amazingly successful fundraiser dinner “Art on the Vine” to benefit the Oregon College of Arts and Craft. The event took place at PURE space in Northwest Portland. We presented hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and dinner for 400 guests in the midst of a grand art auction.

Short Ribs family style

The menu included a plated salad with cornbread croutons and roasted squash, our boneless short ribs with parsley walnut relish, brussels sprout leaves and cauliflower, caramelized onion mashed potatoes and bourbon pecan pie.

Catering on such a large scale in a new venue took an intense amount of planning. Happily, my crew was super organized and worked together to make sure that everything ran smoothly and on time. At the tables, the guests passed the platters themselves taking part in the new-again tradition of family style dining. Everyone seemed game to participate, and the food was gobbled up with glee.

Dinner for 400 in Pure Space

We are looking forward to the St. Thomas More School auction, the Childpeace Montessori School Auction, and the Cathedral School auction in the coming weeks! We have some fun stuff lined up for all three events and will post photos and menus after each event.

Ready, Set, Launch!

Goodness, it’s almost hard to believe, but our new site is live. How do you like the new look and feel? The easy navigation? All the fun photos and delicious menus?

We knew it was time for a little website refresh, or a good polish, if you will. Plus, we had some new business ideas —like delivery!— that we wanted to put out into the world. The new look and feel of the site reflects where we’ve always been: buttoned up and neat with a mischievous grin, fun and upbeat, classic, delicious food with a little twist and impeccable presentation. We hope now it’s easier for us to communicate our fresh ideas and for you to find what you need in planning your next event.

We couldn’t have done this without a lot of people’s help, so we wanted to thank them here.

George Winborn and his team (Annie Chapman, Glenn Goodfellow, Rebecca Hickey) at Winborn & Company. Who would have thought that 2 years after catering his wedding, I’d be telling George all the in’s and out’s of the catering biz in Portland? He and his team gave me the space I needed to put down on paper everything I’d been thinking about for ages. Then they helped me bring this vision to life with a new site, new photography and everything else you see here. Thanks so much, guys! George and his team continue to create our ongoing marketing: email, social media, and more. You can see more of their work here: www.winbornandcompany.com. George collaborates with Rebecca Hickey of RLH Creative for the programming end of things. You can learn more about her here: www.rlhcreative.com.
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2011 is looking good from here

We Think 2011’s Gonna Be Heaven.
Hello and Happy New Year!

There is a shared excitement at Devil’s Food these days. Our kitchen is expanding and our business is growing. We have some pretty major events lined up on the books in the next several weeks and have honed our knives and sharpened our pencils in anticipation of all of the cooking and the planning set to take place.

We also wanted to let you know about a few things happening around town.

Invitation:Our House Auction
Our House Auction, February 19th at 6pm
We can’t wait to see how their theme, “Midnight at the Oasis,” transforms the Portland Art Museum into a magical space for food and drink, entertainment and raising funds for one of our favorite local charities. You can learn more here.

Information:Multnomah Food Action Plan
Read The Multnomah Food Action Plan!

This “innovative community partnership” is all about developing “a shared food system…that will promote health, social justice, economic vitality, and sustainability.” How exciting is that? Get more information here.

Two Wedding Events at Gerding Armory

In one year-end wedding, we presented Honduran food alongside Southern and Northwest favorites for an inclusive menu that celebrated two families and two cultures coming together in our home state of Oregon. Sweet.

Another fabulous wedding at the Armory took place on New Year’s Eve. It was a gala affair with tray-passed finger foods and small plates. The dance party lasted until the ball dropped and the New Year began….

The shot above is from our booth at the recent “Art of Weddings” showcase at the Gerding Armory. It was a great event put on by Alexis at Jasmine Photography. We were encouraged by the high level of excitement at this annual boutique wedding showcase.

Holiday Hijinks and Tipsy Tomfoolery

It’s Holiday Party Time at Devil’s Food!
Hosting the office party this year? An open house for friends? A special dinner at home? Devil’s Food is ready to help you ring in the holidays with the perfect menu, cocktails and top-notch service. We’ll bring everything you need to host a super swank party.

Or do you have an occasion when you just need fab food? Devil’s Food Delivers!Entertaining like a pro is easy with our custom delivery service, which includes gorgeous platters and a stylish set up. All you have to do is hang the mistletoe and mix yourself a cocktail.

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