Portland Caterers: Voilà Catering for Weddings and Events

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The best caterer in Portland: Voila Catering in Portland

“Voilà Catering: Creating inventive and seasonal fare like nobody’s business.”  Willamette Week

Voilà Catering in Portland specializes in gourmet food and professional service for formal dinner parties, winter holiday parties, wedding receptions, elegant cocktail parties, fundraising benefits, gourmet outdoor events, buffets, business open houses, hors d’oeuvres parties, and food & wine paired meals. We cater large and small elegant events in the greater Portland Oregon area, and as all our catering events include one of our chefs to cook all the food at the event, we uniquely capable to provide fresh, hot, restaurant quality food from Hood River to the Coast and from Salem to Kelso.   To start the discussion and planning your catering event, contact our event planner at 503-806-6658 or by e-mail at events@voila-catering.com

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Our Catering Food:

All our catering menus are created by our Executive Chef, Tamara Kay, just for your event, theme, season, and budget featuring our gourmet food. Your event is unique and we are proud that in 13 years, no two of our menus are the same!  While every catering menu is custom created and is priced differently, we do have priced sample menus we have done at previous events as examples at Sample Event Menus page.  The seasons offer different fresh, local, ripe ingredients so we have different seasonal menus for each!

Unlike most Portland caterers, we don’t just send off a standard menu for your event, Chef Tamara will develop a custom menu that will thrill your guests, with high-quality, easy to eat food. She considers seasonal availability, type of event (seated or standing), time of day, length of the party, and degree of formality when making catering menu selections.

Happy guests and satisfied clients are the most important measurement of our services!  See our Reviews from our real clients who have experienced our catering services.

At Voilà Catering, we firmly believe that wonderful food does not need to be expensive. Our menu ingredients are always fresh, when possible local, and always seasonal. Our professional chefs make all of our menus items from scratch, never using expensive pre-prepared frozen “products”, expensive out-of-season produce, or pre-made sauces and salad dressings. This approach keeps the food costs reasonable and the quality of our food exceptionally high. While every menu and event is unique, typically our large event dinner menus are in the $15 to $26 range for a real, restaurant-quality meal. Gourmet finger food and hors d’oeuvres are primarily in the $0.80 to $2.50 range per piece depending upon ingredient cost. Voilà Catering is pleased to develop a multiple page proposal detailing every single expected cost including food, service, beverages and rentals…with never any surprises!

To see hundreds of images from our catering events and to hear from our clients, click here to visit our facebook page and ‘like” us to keep updated on our latest events!

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Chef Nick Sautéing fresh Broccolini

Catering Food Quality:

While most caterers bring platters of pre-made and pre-cooked food to the events, to minimize the damaging effects of hot holding during transportion, all our hot food is cooked by our chef team on-site right before serving.  If you event location does not have an adequate kitchen, we will bring our full sized commercial convection ovens and sauté stations to the locations.  Our delicate finger foods are assembled on site by a skilled chef, as they neither travel very well nor hold long enough for transportation. Our chefs consistently provide THE BEST CATERED FOOD in the state. We invite you to experience the difference of our restaurant-quality, gourmet food… even your most discriminating foodie guest will be thrilled!

As we are all about the food, we have image galleries from our actual catering events. See examples of our hors d’oeuvres, fresh salads, hot entrees and sides, and sweet desserts.  We believe that catering food should taste delicious and look beautiful!

Gratuities & Fees:

Voilà Catering does not have required or expected gratuities, which may range from 18% to 20% at other Portland catering companies and can amount to thousands of dollars. Our professional chefs and servers are paid a well-above average wage and it should be your standard expectation that all our staff provides excellent service. There is never a cake cutting fee and there are no “customary” service charges. All expected costs are presented up-front and honestly, without any post-event surprises.

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Catering with Full Service Bartending

Bartending services for Beer, Wine, Cocktails, and Beverages:

Voilà Catering is a full service event and catering company and we believe that the beverage service is an integral and very important part of the entire event. We provide professional licensed bartenders and servers to provide a full range of beer, wine, and hard alcohol.  Our catering staff will provide courteous and responsible service for your guests while providing the host peace of mind with $1 million in liability insurance. For event quality, efficiency in staffing, & insurance liability reasons, at large events it is our policy is provide all the food and beverages (except at wineries and breweries, of course). We are pleased to share our expertise and help you plan your beverage needs at smaller events (less than 50 guests).  Our OLCC License is #122696 and we are pre-approved by the OLCC for full service off-site catering.  For more information about our affordable beverage service visit our Drinks and Beverage page.

Party and Event Rentals:

As presentation is an integral part of the food quality, Voilà Catering in Portland will manage and provide rental china plates, stainless steel flatware, elegant glassware and a selection of quality linens in 42 colors.  For elegant catering events or wine paired dinners, we offer Schott Zwiesel German Crystal Stemware to compliment our premium wines.   

The prices for our rentals are at or below standard rental rates.  Voila Catering will also plan and manage sub-contracted tents, dance floors, and AV equipment. Voilà Catering does not markup the standard industry prices on the sub-rentals.  For buffets, Voilà Catering always presents food on china platters or our hot food in chafing dishes and Family-Style service includes all the platters for the tables at no additional charge. Real stainless steel service ware is always provided with our events…never paper or plastic. Our Rentals page provides pricing information on our event rentals.

Voila Catering does not offer our delicious food on paper plates serve with plastic utensils for both quality and environmental reason.  When planning a special event, every customer should know that METRO no longer accepts “compostable” paper plates or “compostable” flatware with the commercial compost.  All compostable paper and plastic garbage from your event will end up in the landfill.  Voila Catering minimizes your event’s environmental impact by using only re-usable china plates, real glassware, and real flatware for catering special events.

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Wedding Ceremony at Private Home near Portland

Weddings and Receptions:

Once in a life-time family events deserve great food and will benefit from experienced event planning. Voilà Catering has provided our food and services at hundreds of weddings, commitment ceremonies, and receptions. Our Weddings Page  includes the 23 questions  (and our answers) you should ask every caterer that you consider for your very important life event. Let our event planners guide you to the best values for venues, bakeries, and photographers based upon our years of experience without kickbacks or commissions swaying our professional judgment.

Wedding & Event Planning:

Voilà Catering provides Event Planning Services including three hours free with a site visit option for every booked event. From site selection, decorations, tables & chairs, to figuring out the event schedule, Voilà Catering’s wedding & event planners will take the worries out of your next event. With a single contact point for responsible and accountable everything; you will eliminate the confusion of managing multiple event suppliers and saving you thousands on a event planner!  Since so much of  wedding planning is incorporated into our standard event planning process, it is our policy that if any additional day-of-coordination and professional planning is needed, that it be conducted by our staff.   If you need a day-of wedding coordinator due to special circumstances, we will provide integrated event coordination at very affordable hourly rates, hundreds less than a day-of coordinator.  For more information on our wedding planning professionals, visit www.WeddingsByVoila.com

Client and Guest References:

We have many actual catering client quotes from our past wedding receptions, business celebrations, holiday parties, non-profit fundraising events and private family events on our References page.  Check out our real client reviews on Google+ here.

Contact Voilà Catering in Portland at 503-806-6658 or e-mail to events@voila-catering.com to check availability and schedule a free consultation for your event.

Real Chefs, Real Reviews:

We had a wonderful experience with Jonathan and Tamara from start to finish. We planned our wedding reception dinner at the Laurelhurst Club in just a few months, and long-distance at that from England! From our initial inquiry, Voila Catering responded quickly with a series of really helpful questions that proved their expertise and helped us think through many important aspects of the evening we might never have considered. Their knowledge and input about menu, quantities, technical requirements, and even the evening’s schedule meant that they acted as more than just caterers, but really made sure the entire event was a success — making our lives so much easier. The menu they assembled was delicious and unique, with lots of locally-sourced ingredients, and accommodating our guests with special dietary needs. And they never batted an eyelash when we had to change some details last-minute. The day of the event they were courteous, calm, and unobtrusive. I would recommend them in a heartbeat!

— Shannon Lattin Facebook Review, Laurelhurst Club Wedding Reception Dec. 2014

My first experience with Voila was way back in 2003, when they catered an out of town event near Welches for my business partner and myself. They did a phenomenal job – special enough that I remembered them twelve years later when my fiancee and I were deciding on a caterer for our wedding.

We made an appt. at their headquarters and we knew we’d found the right people right out of the gate. They made the process easy – other than too many great choices! – and when the day came, they had everything lined up and rolling smoothly all the way through, from set-up to serving.

We went with hors d’ouevres so that people felt free to mingle and move from table to table, in an outdoor setting. The food was superb. One of our guests regularly attends many functions as part of his job and he declared the food to be “fabulous!” They also have a large and wonderful selection of vegetarian menu items. Nothing but complements on all levels.

We have nothing but praise for this gracious and talented husband and wife catering team. They are the best!

— Rob and Autumn, private wedding Aug 2015

I own a wedding venue and we were lucky enough to have Voila cater one of our weddings this Summer Their staff was professional and hardworking, the food was amazing, and they did a great job with setup and cleanup. They were also very organized and met months in advance with myself and our clients to make sure their big day ran as smooth as possible! I highly recommend them!

— Jami Watters, Maple Leaf Events Venue

Nancie and I, and everyone else we talked with, absolutely loved how smoothly and professionally our wedding day went. The quality of the food and the service was excellent. We will definitely recommend Voila Catering to others!

— Carl and Nancie, Laurelhurst Wedding in July 2010

Many thanks for helping create a great Nike team event. The professional demeanor, the highest level of service and excellent food helped make this event a success, Thank You!

— Ethan, General Manager, Nike Event in August 2004

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We were so pleased with your excellent food & service at our wedding reception! Everything was delicious, attractive, and expertly handled! Our guests (many with discriminating palates) raved about the food! You were all a key ingredient to making our event such a wild and magical success! You will be highly recommended!

— Steven and Tracy, Wedding Reception in July 2004

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