Sterling offers full-service catering in the portland metro area. Let us make your next event beautiful & delicious.

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Corporate lunches, dinners, wedding & baby showers, parties and more. Delicious food makes every event memorable.

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About Us

Sterling Catering is a local, sustainable, organic catering company in Portland, Oregon. Founded by Chef Joe Sterling, the company’s philosophy in the kitchen is simple and effective - find the best ingredients sourced locally first, organic if possible and minimally processed. Sterling’s catering is produced in the kitchens of Portland’s culinary incubator, KitchenCru, with the help of a skilled team including Executive Chef Jennifer Engeran.  The catering arm of Sterling creates custom menus for events all kinds, from cocktail party hors d’oeuvres, to business meeting buffets, to multi-course dinner parties.

Joe Sterling

Owner, Sterling Catering

Growing up in the South, Joe Sterling was surrounded by good food his entire life. He didn’t realize until after several years working in corporate sales that food was his heartfelt career path, at which point he moved to New York and enrolled in The Culinary Institute of America. The most formative years of his culinary career were spent working at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. After six years of leading the prepared foods department of several Whole Foods Market locations, Sterling moved to Portland and gained valuable experience in all aspects of restaurants, catering, and sustainability in notable kitchens Paley’s Place, Food in Bloom Catering, and Artemis Food. Sterling always planned to open his own business, and in 2010, he founded Sterling Catering.


Sterling Catering

Full Service Staffed Events

Whether you are hosting a formal event or simply want to relax and enjoy yourself, our event planners and staff will take care of all the details. We offer a full range of menu and event planning services. Full Service events may require just one server or an entire team of servers, bartenders and chefs. Our experienced staff provides the kind of warm hospitality that will help make your event a true success.

Delivery and Set Up Catering

For business meetings with that important client, smaller-scale private parties, or for any celebration or strategy session, Sterling Catering provides delivery with Set Up to your home, office or off-site location. Our delivery staff will bring everything to you, set up the service, beverages & service ware and come back to break everything down for you. We can supply linens, real china, glass & flatware, compostable service ware, and anything else you might need.

Beautiful Food

Plated or buffet style, Sterling Catering offers food to complement and exceed the expectations of any event. Our specialty is working with clients to develop custom menus, and we are happy to offer alternatives for contemporary dietary requirements such as gluten free, vegan and paleo. To give you some ideas for your event check out our sample menus below.


We want to help make your next event perfect. Let us know about your upcoming event and we’ll offer a free consultation to see how we can help.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you make customized menus for events?
Absolutely. Let us know what the needs are and we will design a menu to accommodate.

Are you a full service catering company?
Yes we are. We can provide you with everything you need for a great event. We provide drop off service of platters to full service staffed events. We can provide rentals if needed including barware, glassware, plates, tables & chairs or anything else you might think of.

Do you cater to the greater Portland metro area?
Yes. We are located downtown in the Pearl. Please call and let us know where you are having your event and we can make the arrangements.

What is the minimum amount of people I need for an order?
Twelve guests is the minimum and can accommodate events up to 500 people. If you have more or less though please call to see if we can make special arrangements.