Boxed Bistro & Catering

Boxed Bistro & Catering


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At BOXED Bistro + Catering, we strive to offer a skilled, friendly and professional “boutique” dining and catering experience tailored to each of our client’s needs. Our delicious, time-tested recipes are prepared with only the highest-quality regional ingredients and from carefully chosen partners and purveyors. And whether our foods are prepared onsite or pre-prepared in our kitchens, boxed lunches or formal affairs, the restaurant quality finish and touches to our food is our watermark and beyond what typical caterers can offer.

Our chefs and planners have a combined 40 years and growing experience in fine dining, casual and catering operations and kitchens, including some of Portland’s most revered. We have hands-on experience in cooking American and regional cuisines, and sourcing the ingredients to execute flawless foods.

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Portland, OR 97217
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

Arranging an appointment via phone or in person, consulting about budget, menu planning, and scheduling a tasting appointment if necessary. If the event is off-site, a visit to the venue is recommended. Communication with the customer after that point can be via phone or email, and all events are confirmed with a contract and deposit.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Our chefs and planners have a combined 40 years and growing experience in fine dining, casual and catering operations and kitchens, including some of Portland’s most revered.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

We prefer to customize menus based on the client's budget and palate preferences.

How did you get started in this business?

The original owners started restaurants in Portland, and opened Boxed Bistro & Catering in 2015. Their passion for food and event planning resonated with the staff, many of whom are still working with us today.

What types of customers have you worked with?

Corporate meetings, industrial safety programs, outdoor BBQ's, weddings & special events.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

It was an honor to cater to 150 Portland Police Bureau officers and staff in recognition of their valiant efforts during the Black Lives Matter riots.

What advice would you give a customers looking to hire a vendor in your area of expertise?

1) Not all caterers are created equal. Each has a "specialty" in their field, and interviews with the Chef, not just the Catering Manager or Account Manager are important.

2) Your individual style, and the creativity of your catering vendor, should complement each other. 

3) You get what you pay for. While economics are always a factor for every event, don't sacrifice quality to save a buck.

What questions should customers think through before talking to vendors about their needs?

Delivery fees, service charges or gratuities in addition to the cost of the food and beverage.

Are there minimums associated with the food and beverage revenue. Guaranteed counts required by a certain date, etc.

If you have dietary restrictions within your group, what offerings does your vendor have to accommodate them?

What equipment does your vendor have for delivery? Is it suitable for keeping hot food hot, and cold food cold?

Are there additional rental fees associated with the equipment required for transporting, cooking, etc. if the event is off-site?

Services offered

Catering Services Corporate Lunch Caterers