Say Ciao! Creative Catering

Vancouver, WA

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Say Ciao! Creative Catering is a full-service caterer able to work closely with you to ensure your wedding or event is the celebration you deserve. Whether you need catering for 6 or 600 we can arrange for every necessity; from all rentals and staffing, to cakes and desserts, alcoholic beverages, photographer and flowers, as well as the site.

Say Ciao! is experienced in large formal weddings, rehearsal dinners, elegant hors d'oeuvres, small intimate repasts as well as corporate and business functions. Our menus are tailored to fit any palate and budget. Let Chef Peter Gallin and Say Ciao! Creative Catering's trained professional staff handle all the details to make your reception an event you and your guests will truly enjoy.

Say Ciao! catering is at your service. Available year round, for functions of all sizes. Handling all your party and event coordinating Say Ciao! and Chef Peter will meet all your food service needs.

Say Ciao! started in 1990, in Hood River Oregon and came about because Chef Peter designed and had custom built a grill that was fueled with apple wood pruned from the local orchards; hence "Applewood" was born!

Chef Peter Leigh Gallin is owner of Say Ciao!, and a devotee to fresh, healthy Northwest cuisine. He is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy located in San Francisco, California with a curriculum focused on classical French cooking techniques. He has worked as a chef since graduation in 1988, both as a caterer as well as at numerous restaurants.

Peter is the son of an anthropologist and a sociologist and is a world traveler who has spent time living in Asia and all over North America, including the East and West Coast, the deep South, Southwest, the mid-west and Northwest. His past pursuits have included being an avid skier; 14 winters were spent in Colorado, Taos NM and Utah. Windsurfing in Hood River Oregon during the summer rounded out his year. These days riding his Ducati motorcycle is his main sporting pursuit. And as he always like to say: "Simple elegance; deliciously common ingredients."


Vancouver, WA 98661

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14 Reviews
  • Thumbtack Customer Jul 24, 2017
    Peter was very reasonable with our budget and what we were looking for. He created a great menu to include great options for everyone while keeping it affordable for us! Above all, the staff was very willing to help with everything and anything. They went above and beyond. They helped set up our dessert (which we provided from another vendor). They brought our vision to life and we are very appreciative! We also visited his restaurant a handful of times and never had a bad meal!
  • Esther K. Jun 13, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Test taste all the dishes before sending out. Noodle dish was not fully cooked, fried rice was overly peppered.
  • Megan P. Mar 17, 2017
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Great quality, great service, great price!
    We used Say Ciao for my mom's surprise birthday party and they were great! Peter made planning easy and did a great job recommending a menu. We were on a budget, but got great food and there was more than enough for everyone!!
  • Kathy O. May 11, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Chef Peter and his team did an amazing job of catering our event! The guests had nothing but high praise for Say Ciao! Peter is truly a professional and such a pleasure to work with. Though our budget was slim and our guest list long, he put together a wonderfully creative and generous menu with a presentation that truly made it a memorable event!
  • Karen V. Apr 23, 2016
    Peter and Say Ciao! catered my 40th birthday party 10 years ago and did such a wonderful job that I did not hesitate to hire him when it came time to plan for the big 50th celebration. Once again, we were extremely please with our experience. Communication was excellent during the planning stages and Peter worked with us to create a menu to our needs. At the party, the staff was friendly and professional, set up and clean up were thorough and efficient and everything was just as ordered. Most importantly, the food was excellent and our guests were impressed with the quality. We didn't have to worry about a thing! We highly recommend Peter and Say Ciao!
  • Brad L. Apr 18, 2016
    Peter's food is amazing. I enjoy eating there for lunch and having Peter cater many family and business affairs. He's extremely easy to work with and very creative with his delicious food.
  • Terry E. Apr 18, 2016
    Best Caterer I have had the pleasure to contract with, food was fresh and beautiful, his service was outstanding, on time and on budget plus it just looked and smelled fabulous. My go to guy from now on.
  • CW K. Apr 18, 2016
    If I had to say one thing about my experience, it would be: "Marvelous." But I am not a man of few words. "Say Ciao" was punctual, professional and very personable with my family and our guests. Peter and crew's catering of my daughters wedding reception, went beyond our expectations. The food was divine as well as its presentation. I have no complaints! Aloha and Mahalo!
  • Susan T. Apr 18, 2016
    We have been using Say Ciao Creative Catering for all of our business conference catering needs since January 2015. Peter Galin listened intently to our requests and has been very responsive to our special dietary need requests designing a custom fabulous lunch buffet at a reasonable price. Our clients rave about the quality and satisfaction of our lunch buffets. Say Ciao catering provides tasty gluten-free and vegetarian options also. His employees always arrive in a timely manner to set up and tear down the lunch buffet. We are completely satisfied with Say Ciao Creative Catering and will continue to do business with them.
  • Cathy J. Apr 18, 2016
    On two occasions now, Say Ciao has catered large groups for me. Peter is delightful to work with and I know that I can count on everything being done promptly and done well. I look forward to the next opportunity to work with Say Ciao!!
  • Kristiq K. Apr 18, 2016
    Say Ciao has catered several of my corporate events over the past year. The food is always interesting, tasty and a definite big cut above run of the mill. Service is also timely and excellent. It's a pleasure to work with Peter.
  • Terri T. Apr 18, 2016
    Peter and his staff were fantastic at my yearly banquet. With over 90 people to accommodate with specific diatery needs, everyone was happy. The variety of tasty items were fabulous including their delicious cookies. Chef Peter at Say Ciao is great.
  • Sally B. Oct 16, 2015
    Catered lunches were spectacular - delivery, setup and service went without a hitch. Thanks Chef Peter! We will continue to call you when we want the best!
  • Greenberry I. Oct 16, 2015
    Say Ciao is right down the street from us and Peter provides wonderful customer service and is very accommodating with last minute requests. Their sack lunches are filling and tasty, and their from scratch sweets are delicious. It's wonderful to have a local caterer who does a top notch job.