Mundo Catering, LLC

Portland, OR

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

We take lots of pride in what we do, and the owners of the company are also the sales people and chefs, so there is more personal service and flexibility.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love that every day is different, and I get to be creative with my menus, recipes and setups. I love working with such a variety of clients, and being able to give them delicious, creative food that will still work within their budgets.

Location

Portland, OR 97222

Background check

Complete

Years in business

4

Number of employees

6

Times hired on Thumbtack

12

Reviews

11 Reviews
  • Rachel H. Jul 7, 2017
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    My husband and I had a great experience with Mundo Catering for our wedding! Sarah was our main point of contact and she was very professional and responsive. We had several comments on how good the food and dessert were. We had mini creme brulee for dessert with a variety of flavors to choose from; we chose vanilla and chocolate raspberry and they were both delicious! The full staff was easy to work with and worked very hard to give us the catering experience we had asked for. I don't think we could have picked a better caterer and we're very happy with their work!
    Sarah B. Jul 13, 2017

    Thanks so much! Our servers mentioned everyone seemed so happy and relaxed all night. And it was great to be back at the venue we got married at! You guys have great taste, ;) and made everything so fun and easy for us.

  • Erin G. Jun 24, 2017
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Mundo catering did an amazing job for our sons rehearsal dinner! The food was even better than the test appointment and the service was impeccable.
    Sarah B. Jul 13, 2017

    High praise! Thank you so much, you guys were so easy to work with, and it was such a fun rehearsal dinner. I'm glad we were able to have a small part in it!

  • Alexandria B. May 29, 2017
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    I cannot rave about these guys enough! They are flexible, creative, and wonderfully easy to work with. As a plus, their food is beyond delicious and they provide service above and beyond what one might expect considering how insanely affordable their quote for our wedding reception was. If my husband or myself ever has any other catering needs, we would undoubtedly hire these guys again. We're recommending them to all of our friends for any events they may need catering for, and have been hearing from all of our guests how incredible the food at our wedding was. If it was possible to give them an even higher rating, we would. We cannot thank them enough for making, in our opinion, one of the most important parts of our celebration absolutely perfect and stress-free.
    Sarah B. May 30, 2017

    Thank you so much!!! You were a pleasure to work with as well, and it was a beautiful wedding!

  • Andrew O. Jan 30, 2017
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Mundo is excellent! They were very accommodating to modify our requests, and very professional during the event. They provided quality service and delicious food! I highly recommend Mundo catering!
  • Juli F. Jan 28, 2017
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Sarah was wonderful to work with! She was so helpful answering ALL of my questions, preparing a delicious menu and providing the table cloths needed for my wedding. She even braced the ice storm to make sure our wedding went off without a hitch! We will most definitely be using her services again for further events. Juli H.
    Sarah B. Jan 29, 2017

    Thank you so much Juli! You were a pleasure to work with, but I wish the ice storm had picked a different day :( You still had an amazing turn out though! It was easy to tell how loved you are by your friends and family. And I LOVED your dress! It suited you perfectly and was so much fun. I'm so glad we got to be a part of your celebration.

  • Anna B. Nov 17, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    For a wonderful event, call Sarah!
    Sarah, owner of Mundo Catering, was easy to work with and very helpful with issues as they arose. I would highly recommend her and her crew for your next event!
    Sarah B. Dec 30, 2016

    Sorry for my delayed response, but we were happy to be of service! We were honored to be a part of your son's (and new daughter!) special day. Not everyday we get to prepare haggis :)

  • Shawna S. Oct 23, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Smashing hit at our wedding!
    We used Mundo for our wedding on 10/22/16. They were friendly and professional. Everything came out on time and people were raving about it! Highly recommend working with them!
    Sarah B. Oct 26, 2016

    Thank you so much! It was a beautiful wedding and you both looked amazing, and so happy (even through the tears :) ). We were so happy to be a part of it.

  • Gary P. Sep 8, 2016
    Highly Recommend!
    I've had the pleasure of eating Mundo's catering for several years - always a healthy, fresh selection. Plus they have a wonderful staff with a positive, can do spirit. I highly recommend Mundo Catering for any event!
    Sarah B. Sep 8, 2016

    High praise! Thank you so much Gary!

  • Brett B. Sep 8, 2016
    ⭐️Mundo⭐️
    Top notch freshness. All dietary needs met . A great chef/crew that loves what they do and it shows daily in there food. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
    Sarah B. Sep 8, 2016

    Thank you so much! We really appreciate your positive feedback!

  • Megan G. Sep 1, 2016
    Best food at our wedding!
    Mundo catered our wedding in August 2016. The food was spectacular! I couldn't believe how many people came up to me saying that this was the best food they have ever eaten at a wedding. From the yummy appetizers, mini corn dogs and hot dogs, mini grilled cheese and gazpacho, to the main meal of prime rib and salmon, the food was everything that I hoped it would be. Amazing.
    Sarah B. Sep 5, 2016

    Thank you so much Megan! We were honored to be a part of your beautiful day!

  • Veca L. Feb 19, 2014
    No one comes close. They offer an enormous variety of dishes and work incredibly fast. They accommodate all diets. They support local farmers. Great family business! Pros!
    Sarah B. Feb 19, 2014

    Thanks Veca! :)

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
We don't have a standardized pricing system. All of our menus and details are very customized according to each client.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We communicate mostly by email and phone, but prefer to have at least one in-person meeting to make sure that personalities mesh and all questions are answered. We have a menu packet that we offer, but most of our events have menus that we custom build specifically for each client. We love to work directly with the clients and ask them for details of their dream event, then try to get as close as possible within their budget. Once all the details have been discussed, including dates, timing, menu, rentals, servers and more, we will send a contract and ask the client to review and sign it. We ask for a deposit to secure the date, and for payment via check, cash or paypal credit card on the day of the event. We are very flexible with our clients, and as new issues or questions pop up, we can always edit the contract up to a week before the event. We ask for a final number at least a week ahead, so we can plan our staffing needs and order our food.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Sarah graduated from Western Culinary Institute in 2003, and started working at a Portland hotel, where she met Javier, who was a baker at the time. They have been together ever since. Together, they bring over 30 years of experience to Mundo. Sarah has been a banquet cook, line cook, sous chef and most recently the banquet chef at a local brewery. Javier has been a server, bartender, baker, line cook, banquet cook, sous chef, executive sous chef, executive chef and kitchen manager. Sarah has a passion for food, and loves designing custom menus for clients. She takes care of all the sales and office work, but still cooks for the events as well. Javier is an amazing driver with a CDL, and can park and operate any of our mobile kitchen setups in just about any location. Plus, his food is incredible. We are a small, family-run business, which means the people you discuss menu details with will actually be cooking the food. There is no sales person middleman, just us, and our love of food!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Javier responded to a job posting ad, and booked the job. It turned out to be catering for the film industry. He immediately fell in love with the challenge of the job, and the flexibility and creativity it allowed. So many food jobs require standardized recipes and cooking the same items over and over. Film catering, however, requires different menus every day! This allows us to use our creativity and take advantage of all the wonderful produce, seafood and meats the Pacific Northwest offers. After a few years, Javier and Sarah decided to open their own catering company, and in 2013, Mundo Catering LLC was born. We still cater for the film industry, but also cater for weddings, other social events and corporate events.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We serve casts and crews for movies, television shows, commercials, and photo and video shoots. We also cater for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and other social events, and corporate events as well. Some of our clients include "Grimm", "Portlandia", "Wild", "Significant Mother", "Lean on Pete", Nike, Adidias, Reebok, Volkswagon, Footlocker, Jeep, Toyota, OMPA, Oregon Lottery, the Northwest Film Center and many more.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We recently catered an event at the Portland Art Museum for the Northwest Film Center. It was a fun, networking event and we created a menu of heavy appetizers, including Korean pork sliders, chicken tinga street tacos with guacamole, mini falafel with cucumber relish and tahini, white chocolate-rhubarb blondies, and a display of fresh, roasted and pickled vegetables. Everyone loved the food, and we got to play with fun displays and finger foods.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask lots of questions, and make sure whoever you hire is the right fit for your event and personality. If a caterer is good, even the cheapest menu will still taste amazing, because the chef knows how to transform affordable ingredients into tasty menu items. Too often, there is no personal attention and the person you talk to is not the person cooking your food, so there is no way to tell how much passion and care will be put into your event. A tasting is a great tool, but no guarantee of food quality for the day of the event. But, if the food at the tasting is bad, RUN! It will not get better when cooked in quantity. A good caterer will also be flexible with menus, because he/she is creative, and loves the opportunity to do something different.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Budget, date, timing, location, if servers or bartenders are needed, if there is parking for the caterer, water and electricity on site (if not, caterer needs to supply it), special dietary requirements and requests, any special menus desires, any rentals that may be needed, if the caterer comes with a full setup, or only what he/she is contracted for, what to do in case of bad or unexpected weather, how long service is required for, and anything else that is important to you. A good caterer will also be able to answer questions you haven't even thought of yet, by making suggestions and asking questions.