Meet our Team

 
 
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Catherine Buford Pellegrin
Managing Partner

3,000 is the approximate number of events Catherine has catered throughout her career. The food business is the only industry she's ever worked in! She's opened restaurants in California, Hawaii and Oregon and has lived in Portland for the last 20 years. Her love of food & hospitality has deep Southern roots in Louisiana and Texas. She started ChefStable Catering because she wanted to see a catering company as dynamic as the Portland restaurant scene.

Favorite Chefstable Dish: Bresaola with blue cheese & candied orange--the perfect little bite.

Hometown: I'm a proud Texan!

Karaoke Song: Regulator, Warren G

Craziest/most memorable or most difficult event you've catered: Setting up a dinner for 200 on a tennis court while 8 months pregnant in the middle of summer.

Dream Vacation: 3 months in Latin America.

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Erin Wulff
General Manager

Erin started catering in 1998 while studying journalism and environmental science. She traded in her life's dream of making social justice related documentaries and subsequently saving the planet, to working for large and boutique catering companies along the west coast. She worked in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco before returning to Oregon.

Favorite Chefstable Dish: Anything & everything that our kitchen has pickled, candied, smoked, caramelized, confited (yes, this is the correct past tense of confit), preserved, cured, fried, grilled, roasted, or braised.

Hometown: Just another Southern Californian with a fear of dehydration

Karaoke Song: Kar·a·o·ke is Japanese for worst idea ever

Craziest/most memorable or most difficult event you've ever catered: My most memorable and most difficult AND craziest event that I’ve ever produced involved a James Beard Award-winning chef and many tears. I will not elaborate.

Dream Vacation: Andaman Nicobar Islands because they are beautiful and will be gone in 20 years

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Alex Chevillot
Sous Chef

Raised in Sonoma, Alex worked for his first catering company at the age of 15. From there he traveled to the South of France to continue training in kitchens before moving stateside to San Francisco and then Portland. He once cooked for Elon Musk!

Favorite Chefstable Dish: Smoked Pastrami Hand Pie

Hometown: Sonoma, California

Karaoke Song: Good luck getting me up there!

Craziest/most memorable or most difficult event you've ever catered: There have been a few!

Dream Vacation: South East Asia! I try to go every 2 years to visit my family in Bali but would like to explore more of Indonesia to scuba dive!

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Adam Bliss
Operations

Adam's worked in food service for 26 years doing everything from bussing tables, to managing a kitchen staff as the Sous Chef, to deliveries and maintenance.

Favorite Chefstable Dish: Chicken piccata, with green bean almondine, garlic mashed potatoes and apple pie bites

Hometown: WY, NY, ID, OR Home is where I am.

Karaoke Song: Lean On Me, Bill Withers

Craziest/most memorable or most difficult event you've ever catered: A wedding of 400 guests. The night before my crew bailed on me. As I was struggling to get everything finished quickly, I cut my finger. I called a friend to come help me finish. They brought the whole family. When the event was over other friends cleaned up and I went to get stitches.

Dream Vacation: Mt. Kilimanjaro or Japan

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Kurt Huffman
Partner

Kurt founded ChefStable in 2008, with the mission to open culinary concepts geared toward the vision of individual chefs. ChefStable has since opened over 30 restaurant concepts, mostly located in Portland.

Hometown: Portland, OR

Karaoke Song: I haven't sung since 1993...

Craziest/most memorable or most difficult event you've ever catered: I leave the catering up to Catherine!

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Ron Baker
Executive Chef

Ron's first catering event was 35 years ago at his home in Christchurch New Zealand. He and his friends decided to Bunk school (play hooky) and head back to his place to make chips (french fries) and stewed fresh tomatoes in butter on toast.

Favorite Chefstable Dish: Tomorrows new idea ( bresola, jalapeno blue cheese, candied orange, micro arugula)

Karaoke Song: Beds are burning, Midnight oil

Craziest/most memorable or most difficult event you've ever catered: They’re all crazy! Always expect the unexpected. Here’s one: middle of December in a basement garage. 40 degrees with a grill, large pan, bottle of wine, and a whole lot of cheese. I thought I could whip up cheese fondue from scratch. 100 guests, 15 minutes. Sweat, chills, tears, 911 on speed dial. Somehow it always comes together.

Dream Vacation: Naples Italy to visit my daughter

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Courtney Brinkhoff
Event Planner

Courtney has been in the events industry for the past 8 years with experience in Portland, Orange County and Los Angeles.

Favorite Chefstable Dish:Oven & Shaker's Kale salad

Hometown:Portland, Oregon - the only one here who is!!

Karaoke Song: Hold On, Wilson Phillips

Craziest/most memorable or most difficult event you've ever catered: An upscale baby shower in the Hollywood Hills where I threaded roses and crystals until 4am for a floral installation.

Dream Vacation: Would love to return to Villefranche-sur-Mer with the family.

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Cord Martinez
Staffing & Operations Manager

After over 25 years in the hospitality business, Cord still finds himself loving preparing for events. He loves thinking of all the aspects of service and seeing the staff execute the most perfect service. Growing up, over the holidays we would open our to anyone my mother knew who didn't have a place go to. There was no such thing as the good china because we used ours daily.

Favorite Chefstable Dish: Our Rock fish Escabeche

Hometown: Originally Greeley Colorado but raised in Western Idaho / Eastern Oregon

Karaoke Song: Hot Child in the City, Nick Gilder

Craziest/most memorable or most difficult event you've ever catered:A Portland, Family Style dinner for 650 guests. The organizer did a walk through at 7:30 pm the night before and gave a last minute request for speciality chopsticks at every setting!

Dream Vacation: New York to see every show on Broadway.

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Kelly Shaw
Office Manager

Kelly's been cooking professionally and working in hospitality for 8 years. Portland's food scene is the main reason she moved here!

Favorite Chefstable Dish: Crispy Chicken Sliders

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Karaoke Song: Standing in the Way of Control, The Gossip

Craziest/most memorable or most difficult event you've ever catered: Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival serving 5,000+ guests

Dream Vacation A week in Charleston feasting on shrimp, grits and low country classics.

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Kris Kremers
Catering Sales Manager

Kris is a logistics expert with a creative flair. She's been planning corporate events and weddings in Portland and San Francisco for the past 17 years. She's a food nerd, too; ask about her collection of over 300 cookbooks from all over the world.

Favorite Chefstable Dish: I love to see unique themed stations. They add excitement.

Hometown Born in Germany, raised in Illinois. Have lived on the west Coast for 20 years. Tucson, my second home

Karaoke Song: Wannabe, Spice Girls

Craziest/most memorable or most difficult event you've catered: Luxury VIP 4 course dinner for 30 in a polo pony stable. Ponies included.

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Tara Schwecke
Event Planner

Tara has been working in the food business since she was 15 years old. Planning events has always come naturally. Her first tea party at age 6 included a red carpet and VIP lounge. Tara’s cooking and baking passion began as soon as she could stand on a step stool to assist her parents at the mixing bowl.

Favorite Chefstable Dish: I love tapas and menus with variety! I'm currently loving our Bresaola and Blue and Salmon Pastrami from our hors d'oeuvre menu

Hometown: Big Bear Lake, CA

Karaoke Song: I Won't Back Down, Tom Petty

Craziest/most memorable or most difficult event you've ever catered: "Friendsgiving" wedding: The couple was married one week before Thanksgiving in celebration of the anniversary when they first met, at a "friendsgiving" celebration.The wedding included personal favorites and classic Thanksgiving showstoppers from Charlie Brown themed hors d'oeuvres... to a bountiful and traditional family style feast.

Dream Vacation: My boyfriend and I hope to travel to Southeast Asia next year. We are most excited for the dumplings and ramen!

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Matt Pellegrin
Husband of the owner

Matt started catering in his twenties, picking up a few shifts as a second job to make extra money. Eighteen years later, he can't imagine doing anything else. He and Catherine also own the Daily Cafe at the Tram and he enjoys splitting his time between the cafe, the catering company and his two kids.

Favorite Chefstable Dish:Chef Ron's "pastrami style" short ribs. I almost cried the first time I tried them.

Hometown:Originally from White Plains, New York, I've been in Portland for 20 years.

Karaoke Song:Back in Black, AC/DC

Craziest/most memorable or most difficult event you've ever catered:I've managed countless plated dinners, weddings, and high profile corporate functions and they can be challenging and stressful. The most difficult situation I've ever encountered was at a smaller event while working for a different catering company. As we were about to serve the mint ice cream for dessert, we realized that we brought frozen herb butter (bright green!)by mistake. Thankfully I caught it before we served it.

Dream Vacation:Spain and Italy are at the top of my list.