To Dine For Catering, in Portland, is proud to announce we are using biodegradable disposables made from a sustainable source right here in Oregon. We have been using these products since day one and refuse to put any more refuse (ha, get it) into our landfills.
What does that mean?
Cutlery is made from potato starch.
Plates are made from sugar cane and bamboo.
Clear cups, to go containers, and trash bags are made from corn.
Hot paper cups (paper comes from a fully renewable resource) have a corn lining which makes them compostable.
These products are made to break down into nothing more than water within weeks.
We also purchase products that benefit local businesses and are organic. Trying to save the planet one bite at a time.
If you feel using these products are important to the environment, why not give To Dine For, a Portland based catering company, a try for your next event. ie; wedding caterer, holiday party caterer or event catering.by
What an amazing weekend at the beach! My nephew’s 5th birthday party was celebrated in Newport and, of course, it was a food and drink festival.
First, a shout out to the best liquor store in the state (or possibly a tie with another in the Hollywood district in Portland, I learned). The liquor store on Hwy 101 in Lincoln City, next to the IGA (also a great little market with lots of organic, non-GMO options) fills growlers, has wine, and a very nice whiskey selection.
Then, it was on to Newport. Lunch at Local Ocean (love that place) and a visit to the docks to scout out where to purchase live crab for lunch the next day. (Newport is my favorite coastal town for moments like this: It’s raining and cold and I’m walking with my five year old nephew and six year old niece. A fisherman comes walking off the docks with two 3 feet long steelhead. He heard us talking about his fish and started chasing us in jest yelling “Argghh!” We all screamed and ran and the kids were absolutely delighted!
Anyway, back to the food…) Fresh rock fish tacos for dinner that night and return to the docks on Saturday for fresh crab and to Local Ocean for the Kumamotos, Kussheis, and Shigokus. All are very rich, buttery raw oyster options, with the Kussheis being the most briny. We also steamed up fresh clams, both days! The were so delicious the fist day we went back for a second bag full. Garlic infused olive oil, clams then a big splash of Oregon Pinot blanc top with a lid to capture the steam and, boom, 10 minutes later, clams and beer feast.
The whole weekend reminded me of how fortunate we Oregonians are with the ocean and it’s bounty so close. And, with the storms in the forecast, my eyes are turning toward the mountain with thoughts of soup to put in a thermos (or that new insulated growler from Boneyard Brewing). Ski season is nearly here and so are the holidays, time to book your caterer.
Happy Holidays! From To Dine For Catering, Portland, Oregon’s premier caterer. We are really looking forward to providing our 5 star service this season to our regular customers as well as meeting some new customers.
Word of mouth is key to getting out the word on a company you believe in and that’s exactly what our customers have been doing. We are so grateful for the wonder comments on Yelp, City Search, Angie’s List and Google.
If you know of someone looking to book a local catering company that provides organic and locally sourced products, please pass along our information. The holiday dates are starting to fill up and we want to make sure you get the best caterer in Portland. To Dine For!
Catering in Portland at www.todinefor.com
Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. Do you have all your holiday plans together yet?
Some things to think about…
Where is the party going to be and do you have enough room to accommodate all the guests? Plus room for food, bar, music (dancing) and decorations.
Have you sent out invitations? What style of a party will it be? Casual, formal, casual elegance?
Send To Dine For Catering an email to receive a list of venues that except outside catering. Otherwise you’re stuck using in house caterers that have your business locked in and will not give the kind of detail to your party that it deserves. To Dine For will create dishes using local and organic products and made fresh the day of the event. We never use frozen or prepared foods and most certainly never a product with ingredients we can’t pronounce.
Please see our contact page for more questions to consider.
To Dine For Catering in Portland, Oregon. Local, Organic, Sustainable, Delicious! Top caterer in Portland with five star rating.by
As the summer comes to an end, the holiday ads are going to start running those familiar, and not so familiar, jingles we have all come to love and, well, not so much like. But needless to say, they are reminders that we all need to start thinking about our holiday plans.
Who’s going where? What do we need to bring? When? What’s the weather going to be like? Why do we have to go? Ha!
A lot of these questions can be simplified by hiring a professional caterer. So, why not call one of the top Portland catering companies to help. You might think that its just as easy to do it yourself. But, do you really want to go through the hassle of shopping, cooking, setting up and then the worst! Clean up!
We can can do all that for you. We will show up at the time you wish with all the food beautifully prepared and set it all out on a wonderfully decorated table. Then our staff will breeze through to clean up as needed through the night to keep everything looking awesome. When you wake up the next day all you have to do is enjoy football.by
Now is the time to start thinking about your holiday plans and if you would like it catered, especially by one of Portland’s top caterers, To Dine For, do not hesitate to get your date on the calendar. Catering in Portland, OR can have it’s challenges with so many different allergies around these days, although, they might have always been around and we as a community didn’t recognize them.
Today is a different day, we are blessed to have to many options in gluten free, soy free and dairy free products, that we can almost replicate any recipe with the new and improved allergy free products.
But, in my opinion, it is best to make foods with a natural ingredients and make dishes that are allergy free in the first place. An example would be to just switch cuisines. Indian foods are great for gluten, dairy and soy free menus. As well as Thai menus and many middle eastern countries. Oh, the endless possibilities, which makes cooking so fun and also exciting to try new restaurants (and caterers, especially in Portland).
Keep an eye on our menu page as we will be introducing new and wonderful menu items in the next few months. But of course, the best part will be testing, and tastings, new delicious foods and ingredients.by
We here at To Dine For Catering in Portland, OR are elated about the Supreme Court decision on DOMA and are looking forward to the day when we can be a part of marriage celebrations for all people, regardless of sex and gender! In light of this celebratory mood, here’s a favorite champagne cocktail in our kitchen. “cin cin!”.
One Part Pear Vodka
One Part Pear Puree
(Big) Splash of Proseco
Remember Portland has a lot of great Caterers, you need to find out who stands out above the rest. Ask us about gluten free, dairy free, soy free and any other food allergies you might have,and will can create a menu that will please the whole crowd.
Sustainable Catering in Portland, To Dine For!by
Tis’ the season for engagements and weddings. With the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 in California this month, a whole new set of couples are tying the knot. When it comes time to tie the knot in Oregon, consider To Dine For Catering for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, brunch, or any other celebration. We are excited for the future of our wedding services in Oregon and we look forward to making your wedding a dream come true. For unforgettable organic, local, Italian inspired pastas and tender, smoky barbeque, look no further than To Dine For Catering.
Today, we celebrate all types of marriages with a bunch of fun facts that you may not know about many of the traditions of Western wedding ceremonies:
1. Ring Finger: The “ring finger” was chosen because Ancient Egyptians believed that there was a vein in the 4th left finger that went directly from the finger to the heart. While the “vein of love” has been disproven by modern medicine, the tradition continues.
2. The Bouquet: The wedding bouquet originated in the early Roman time when the bride carried a bunch of herbs including rosemary and garlic, under her veil to ward off evil spirits and encourage fertility.
3. “Tying the Knot”: The term “tying the knot” is based on the fact that in Babylonian times, threads from the bride and groom’s clothes were tied together to symbolize their union during the ceremony. There are other instances of cultures across the world that also use a knot tying process during the ceremony to show union between the bride and groom.
4. Groomsmen: There are a variety of traditions that historians believe led to the modern day groomsman. They were called “bride’s knights” for the purpose of either guarding a young woman’s purity and dowry on her journey to a wedding or to help the soon-to-be husband kidnap his bride before the ceremony. It is also said that the groomsmen and the groom were dressed identically in Ancient Rome so that the evil spirits would be confused.
5. The cake: In ancient Rome, a loaf of bread was traditionally broken over the bride’s head by the groom to symbolize their union. In Medieval Europe, a tower of sweet rolls would be created that the couple had to kiss over without toppling it. If they were able to do this, they would have a long and prosperous union. The cake emerged out of these traditions, first making its modern day appearance in 1882, at the marriage of King Leopold.
6. Throwing the bouquet and garter: In ancient times, the wedding guests would rip off a part of the bride’s dress as a good luck charm. In modern times, rather than ripping that expensive dress, the bride tosses the bouquet and the garter to the ladies and gentleman respectively, as a symbol of future good luck in love.
Whether you will include all of these traditions in your wedding ceremony is up to you but one thing is for sure: you need fabulous food for you and your guests to enjoy. Celebrate your union with a memorable meal from To Dine For Catering. Contact us today to begin planning your celebration!by
Summer is in full swing and nothing rounds out a gathering like a refreshing, seasonal cocktail. At to Dine For Catering, we have highly skilled and licensed bartenders who will make you the perfect cocktail to fit your menu. If you are having a private event, consider hiring one of our bartenders so that you can enjoy the company of your guests instead of being stuck behind the bar. If you also want to serve wine at the bar, we don’t charge a corkage fee.
Do you have a favorite cocktail? Let us know and our bartenders will create it for your next event. Don’t have a favorite yet? Take a look at some of our popular summer cocktails that you might enjoy at your next event:
The Moscow Mule
Invented in 1941 in New York by the Cock ‘n’ Bull ginger beer distributor in collaboration with a vodka spirits distributor, it quickly gained popularity on both coasts during the 1950’s. It has experienced resurgence in popularity, even making Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list in 2012.
¼ cup vodka
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
½ cup chilled ginger beer (high quality like Reeds or Cock’n’ Bull)
1 lime wedge
Fill tall glass or copper mug with ice. Add vodka and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir well. Garnish with a lime wedge. Enjoy!
This drink is a take on the classic mint mojito. It includes St. Germain, which is a subtly sweet elderflower liqueur from France. It is created from handpicked elderflower blossoms found in the Alps region of France for a few short weeks each year. It adds sophistication to the traditional mojito.
2 parts light rum
1 part St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
1 part lime juice
10 fresh mint leaves
1 lime wedge
Club soda (optional)
Muddle mint leaves in a Collins glass. Add rum, St. Germain and lime juice. Fill glass halfway with crushed ice and stir to combine all ingredients. Top with club soda and more ice if desired. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge. Voila!
This drink may sound strange but trust us; it’s a delicious “beertail”! It is a perfect pairing with Mexican food or with our slow cooked barbeque baby back ribs. Consider this drink for your next barbeque catering event with To Dine For.
2 Lime wedges
Dash of Hot Sauce (Tapatio)
1 Corona, Negro Modelo, or other Mexican lager
Pour beer into pint glass. Add a dash of hot sauce and a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Of course, if cocktails are not your style, summer is perfect for Rose wine. Oregon has an incredible selection ranging from sweet to tart. Some of my favorites are coming out of the Del Rio region in southern Oregon.
What is your favorite summertime cocktail? Leave us a comment and let us know. Consider adding a bartender and a signature cocktail to your next catered event with To Dine For Catering. A signature drink adds a special touch to your next barbeque, private event, wedding, or party. Call today to begin planning the perfect food and drink pairing for your next special day.by
When planning an event, choosing a catering company can be hard. Where do you start? Yelp, recommendations from a friend, attending a catering expo? Look no further than our blog today. We have complied a collection of customer reviews about To Dine For Catering that will help you make your decision. Check out even more reviews on Citysearch, Angies List and Yelp. We have a 100% rating on all sites!
“First off, let me say that the owner, Nick, is a complete delight to work with. He made the process of putting together our rehearsal dinner a breeze. (I wish we used them for our reception, thats another review) When we first met the owner, Nick, he was very easy going and worked with our suggestions as well as having great input. Together, well my now wife and Nick, created a superb menu of gnocchi, grilled rosemary chicken and this fantastic cheesecake, that I am still thinking about. The food was better than our expectations and the staff was spot on. I can’t recommend them enough…”-Steve Z., Yelp
“I love this company. The focus on quality local ingredients is great and they use compostable disposables. This was important to me when I was securing their services for my outdoor wedding this fall. Nick and his crew were professional, helpful, and creative when the site ran into a little glitch. And the food was magnificent. The salmon with tomato salsa on it was the best I’ve ever had and To Dine For makes a mean brisket. Oh, and Nick was able to put together a couple of Vegan options for a member of my wedding party!! You can’t go wrong with this company. Highly recommended!” -Laura H., Yelp
“Best food & catering in Portland….He made me feel completely at ease from the very start….the menu included the smoked beef brisket (fork tender, smokey juicy), parchment baked salmon, the best vegetarian lasagna I have every tasted, chicken skewers, pea salad (which he made especially for my husband, who loved it), prosciutto wrapped figs stuffed with cherve (fantastic!), tiny cesaer salad cups that were delicious even the next day, gorgeously cut seasonal fruit, bruschetta appetizers and the finale was a strawberry tiramisu that was absolutely melt in your mouth…”-Trina Leb, Citysearch
“To Dine For is a MUST FOR YOUR WEDDING!-After dealing with a few catering companies who didn’t seem to comprehend our budgetary constraints, we went “To Dine For” and were thrilled. Not only was the price right but, the food was AMAZING! To top it all off, Nick (company owner and chef) was a DREAM to deal with!…”-James12, Citysearch
The reviews speak for themselves. From the incredible food, to the affordable budget, to the flexibility of our staff and chef, To Dine For Catering will provide you with a relaxing event planning experience. On the day of your special event, you can rest easy knowing that the delicious food and the professional staff will help create unforgettable moments. Contact us today to get started.by