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Vendor Feature: Chef Duane at Vasquez Catering | Salem, Oregon Wedding Photographer

March 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Vendor Feature: Vasquez Catering
"Experience Vasquez Catering, Inc."

Phone: 971-804-9707
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon & Beyond

Chef Duane is the local boy, from Forest Grove that always had the drive to be successful. An entrepreneur at an early age,  he was driven to find means of making money whether it be landscaping, fixing bikes or cleaning golf balls that he found and selling them at the golf course, but his biggest passion was learning how to cook from his Grandma, Mother, and his Auntie. Chef Duane's humble beginnings date back to working as a dishwasher at the opening of the Epcot Center in 1986. He worked his way up to lead dishwasher, then all around helper dividing his time between the kitchen and the front of the house. 

Chef Duane ended up leaving Florida and returned to Oregon where he gained employment with Red Lobster as the head expo chef. Subsequently upon ending employment with Red Lobster, he became the Lead Broiler for TGI Fridays traveling the country opening new locations for TGI Fridays, , gaining a solid foundation with his culinary skills.

Chef Duane is very open about his troubled early years which landed him in legal trouble and subsequent negative encounters with the law leaving him with a past. Celebrating 12 years of recovery and a strong member of the recovery community, Chef Duane is a true testament that with faith, a strong support group of family and friends, a passion for the culinary arts and a drive to make positive changes in his life,  that anything can be achieved.  He has proven that with his dedication to his craft and his drive to stay on the right path, not only for himself,  but to be a role model for his children.


With his 33rd successful restaurant opening at Catfish Lou's under his belt, and a thriving catering business that is moving quickly up the ranks as an industry leader in Oregon and Washington, Chef Duane and Vasquez Catering Inc hold fast with their 5 star rating for not only food but exemplary customer service which is what sets him apart from all of the rest. Vasquez Catering Inc strives to make the customer's vision a reality with the passion he and his company has for catering and providing the ultimate experience for his customers.  He often states that "people eat with their eyes" and ensures that his buffets are visual works of art and that his company goes the extra mile,  becoming a part of their friends and family, as he delivers 5 star excellence to many brides and groom's unforgettable events. He has demonstrated that no matter what a customer's financial situation is, whether it needs to be budget- friendly or a red carpet affair,  that he provides the same quality of food and service to both and always finds a way to work within everyone's means.  Because of these standards he has set for himself, his amazing culinary skills as a master chef of a very diverse menu and the fact that he goes the extra mile to celebrate his customers with their engagement photos and pictures of their special events that he posts on his website at and on Facebook. His company is one of the leading catering businesses to be highly referred on the internet. He is backed by a growing group of loyal preferred vendors and venues that can rest assured that Chef Duane and his business will provide not only fantastic menu options from home-style to BBQ to the elegance of dinner at $500 a plate, as served by Chef Duane for Stevie Wonder's birthday party when he was employed at The Quartet on the waterfront, but that he will deliver it with style.  Chef Duane has seen his business nearly triple over the last 8 months as he is making plans to open another location for catering with his son in Orlando, Florida by the summer of 2017.
J Wrigley Vineyards Wedding VenueJ Wrigley Vineyards Wedding VenueJ Wrigley Vineyards is a vineyard and tasting room perfect for any wedding. They offer all inclusive packages and the view overlooking the valley can't be beat. Photographed by Salem, wedding photographer. Vasquez Catering has extensive experience in the culinary field. Chef Duane is an Executive Chef with over 35 years experience as an Executive Chef catering events and has managed the kitchens and designed the menus for the opening of 33 restaurants to date.


Chef Duane's professionalism, culinary art and flair for catering is unparalleled and has landed him amazing opportunities to do what he does best. Below is a list of events Chef Duane has catered for:

  • The U.S. Women's Open at Pumpkin Ridge
  • Dan Shelton Manufacturing's Christmas Party for 624 employees
  • Stevie Wonder's birthday party at the Quartet Hotel  $500 per plate
  • Michael Jordan's Nike Release Party at the Quartet Hotel 
  • Opened the Epcot Center Coral Reef at Disney World, Florida June 16th, 1986
  • The Thirsty Lion
  • Diversity Cafe
  • The Lighthouse
  • Solarworld
  • Intel
  • Nike
  • Tree to Tree Adventure Park

Thank you Chef Duane for allowing me the opportunity to learn more about your business and what gives you the passion for what you do. Serendipity Photography, LLC by Mellissa Stanturf, a Salem, Oregon based wedding photographer. Are you looking for a caterer? Chef Duane gives a 10% off referral to all Serendipity Photography clients who choose to use them. Excellent service and amazing quality with a price you cannot find elsewhere.



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