catering since 2003
what started as three people and a junker van…
Owner Mark Byrum reminisces:
“We started the catering company in 2003, cooking the food out of the Voodoo kitchen — which was a nightclub back then,” referring to Voodoo Lounge on NW First and Couch. “Chef had a passion for food, I was sales and execution, and Carla was the administrative and sales part of it.
“Started grassroots, no big budget, had a junker van, barely ran, sometimes didn’t have brakes,” he chuckles, remembering, “and we just kind of piecemealed it together, you know? We barely even had an active kitchen for the first four or five events that we did. We started off doing family barbecues and slowly started getting our name out there.
“And then eventually we picked up a corporate client; they turned us on to other people, and we just slowly built — building relationships. It was all grassroots, there were really no marketing dollars, there was really no large expense or capital that we put into the company — literally, three people and a junker van.”
THE PEARL DISTRICT
AN URBAN RENAISSANCE
AN AREA ORIGINALLY KNOWN AS THE NORTHWEST INDUSTRIAL TRIANGLE
Formerly a neglected corridor of abandoned warehouses and railways, local gallery owner Thomas Augustine dubbed the new name to suggest that its industrial buildings were like crusty oysters and that the galleries and artists’ lofts within were like pearls.
Now easily one of Portland’s most desirable neighborhoods, the Pearl District is home to some of the city’s best known chefs and restaurants, world class art galleries, and vibrant shops and boutiques.
The Pearl District Business Association