At Merlyn's Catering, we have the experience to cater a wide range events. From wedding receptions to box lunches, from personal chef services to fundraising banquets, from buffet lunches to formally served dinners. We have the knowledge and staff to help make your event a success. Our mobile kitchen, complete with oven, warmers, and cooler, allows us to serve your event with the freshest food anywhere in Northeast Oregon.
When you're ready, give us the details so we can reserve your date, and begin helping you plan your event.
Do You Have Menus? Merlyn's Catering believes your menu should reflect your food preferences, the style of your event, and be respectful of your budget. Thus, we tailor each menu for each event individually, providing a range of selections for your consideration. Chef Merlyn will work with your ideas to make the food for your event tasty and fitting. We offer menus from previous events to spur your imagination.
Where Is The Food Prepared? For many of the events we cater the final preparation of the food is done at the location of your celebration. This offers the best quality food to you and your guests at the time of service. Our licensed kitchen is the Friendship Center, located at 1204 Spring St, La Grande, OR. The dining room at the Friendship Center is perfect for small group meetings, workshops, or large banquets of up to 230 people.
When should I reserve my event date? As soon as you have selected your event date, contact us so that we can tentatively reserve the date for you. If anyone else wishes to use the same date, we'll request a deposit from you to hold it. Popular dates do fill early, so please contact us as soon as you have your date.
How do you staff an event? We provide experienced servers to serve your guests. For buffet menus, we provide supportive service which includes clearing plates as your guests are finished. For plated menus we provide full service. We do not have a liquor license, so cannot serve alcohol to your guests, but we'll be happy to clear all glasses when they are finished.
How much of a deposit do you require? Although a deposit can be made at any time to secure your date, we request a 25% deposit once we have agreed on menu and service.
When will you need a guest count? A minimum guest count will be needed 10 to 14 days prior to your event, though we can often add last minute guests to the total.
How far in advance do I need to book you? We recommend getting your date on the calendar as soon as possible. Popular dates do fill early.
Do You Rent Tableware? We do have china of all sizes, glassware of all types, and flatware available for rent. We strongly believe re-using is better than throwing away. And our prices are competitive with good quality disposable products. We can deliver rentals, or you can arrange to pick them up. And we'll do the dishes afterwards! We can also provide linen for rent for your event in an array of sizes and colors.
Do You Deliver? We can deliver food or rentals anywhere in Northeast Oregon.
Can We Pick Up Our Food Ourselves? We would be happy to prepare your food for pick-up so it is ready when you need it.
Do You Use Local Foods? We firmly believe that local and organic is better. We will strive to make your food as locally sourced as possible. This not only helps our regional economy, it's just plain better. What About Chef For Hire? Chef Merlyn is available for Personal Chef events. These could entail anything from cooking classes to elegant dinners for a few or many, in your home or in the venue of your choosing.
Do You Sell The Spices Used In Your Cooking? Chef Merlyn has developed his own line of spices and herb combinations in his 40 years of working with food. Merlyn's Mystic seasonings are available for sale at Merlyn's Mystic