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May Flowers and No May Showers

Beautiful day for a wedding!

Our wedding season has begun and we so enjoyed working with this lovely couple. Early May weather can be a big question mark, but the rain stayed away and everyone enjoyed a beautiful day at Zenith Vineyards. Ashley from ADB Photo took many stunning photos, as usual, and we thank her for sharing with us!

Congratulations to the bride and groom, we wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Graduation Congratulations

Congratulations to Willamette University College of Law graduates! What a fun night we had helping you celebrate your achievement! Best of luck to you all in your future endeavors.

Dress Up Fun


Two of our employees got to have a bit of dress up fun today! Iona and Marli had the privilege of being part of a photo shoot with ADB Photographix.  What beautiful “brides to be” they are!

Rain Rain Didn’t go Away

We had the opportunity to do a great fall wedding recently at Youngberg Hill Vineyards. Although the plan was to have the ceremony outdoors and the reception in the beautiful new building, mother nature had other plans… the bride and groom didn’t want their guests to be moved around to accommodate a room “switch over”,  so guests were invited to sit comfortably at their reception tables and enjoy the beautiful ceremony. It was a great plan and everyone enjoyed the relaxed happy atmosphere.


Breakfast for Dinner!

Don’t you just love to have breakfast at dinner time! Well the bride and groom at a recent wedding decided that since their favorite meal of the day is breakfast, they wanted all those wonderful foods at their wedding reception.  We included chicken and waffles, teriyaki glazed salmon bites, berry blintzes, maple bacon and mini yogurt and granola parfaits to name a few.  And of course at the dessert table…. DONUTS!  We love to work outside the box!

July Rain Plan

It’s mid July just 2 days before an outdoor wedding at beautiful Youngberg Hill Inn and Vineyards and the forecast has now changed to rain! Yikes! Every tent in the valley and beyond is booked. Willaby’s owner Jean Mateson gets on the phone and pulls out a miracle in the 24 hours before the wedding.  It just so happens that the groom for a wedding  we are doing the next week knows about tents!  Thanks to Madjek Rentals in Silverton for their amazing help saving many guests from a rather soggy Saturday evening.

Just Like That

So there we were, coasting along with a glorious Indian Summer when Saturday night hit us with high winds and the rain that we will, of course, get used to.

This September has been filled with one exciting event after another and we’ve been loving using the local bounty that seems to leap from the fields of the Willamette Valley in August and September. We’ve been roasting, braising, pickling and smoking in an attempt to Continue reading Just Like That

Locally Grown

Each morning as I drive across the Willamette Valley to the Willaby’s kitchens I am amazed at how quickly it turns into a harvest wonderland and I am amazed at how many different crops are being grown. Of course, there are the grapes, vineyard after vineyard, but also now, the berries are in full swing, with gorgeous plump blueberries, blackberries and raspberries practically bursting off the vines.
In the kitchen we have been putting this local provender to good use by making vinaigrettes with the Continue reading Locally Grown

That Time of the Year

Greetings from Chef David…

It is getting to be that time of the year that we truly look forward to at Willaby’s.  The sun is coming out, the first produce of a new season is arriving and we are busy, busy, busy creating and cooking the specialties that will help to make your wedding, your reception or your graduation party an event that you will remember forever.

We have just finished our kitchen expansion and this past weekend we sent out three lunches, a lovely cocktail party and seated dinners for 135 and 75 all on Saturday!  We have dusted off our Traeger Continue reading That Time of the Year

Hello From Chef David!

Greetings Willaby’s friends and clients,

My name is David Mahler and I am excited to be the new Chef at Willaby’s Catering. I’ve moved here after two years of running the kitchen in an internationally known Eco-Lodge in Costa Rica. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where I was a restaurant chef for over 20 years, although my cooking has taken me not just to Costa Rica but all over the US.

What I bring to Willaby’s tasteful and well-known kitchen is a desire to work with clients and our staff developing menus custom tailored for you. I love to cook fresh made products sourced from local Continue reading Hello From Chef David!

Another Venue to Love!

We are so excited to have found another gorgeous Oregon Wedding venue to show you!

Domaine Margelle is truly breathtaking, even more so in person, but check out their site for some gorgeous vista views.


We are always excited to see a new gorgeous venue emerge that truly offers something different. Domaine Margelle is a one-of-a-kind experience venue with its own Country Farmhouse on the property. It’s like a European Villa with its own stone wall. Fantastic! Lots of great spots for pictures and Continue reading Another Venue to Love!

Bridal Open House

Let’s get ready for weddings… Summer is fast approaching and that means wedding season! Come visit us at the Bridal Open House on Sunday, February 27 from 1-4pm at Willamette Valley Vineyards where we will be serving up all kinds of tasty treats for your picky palette.

This is always a fun event and we really enjoy getting the opportunity to meet potential brides and show off our work! Which is yummy food, so there’s really no down side. Continue reading Bridal Open House

New year! New name! New perspective!

The Willaby’s family welcomed 2011 in the happiest, and most appropriate of ways. A wedding! Owner, Jean Williamson married love Scott Mateson in a new year’s eve wedding that had guests dancing and, of course, dining the night away. And what fun it was!

In the intimate Founders’ Room at Willamette Valley Vineyards, Jean was escorted down the aisle by her three boys and met groom Scott surrounded by close friends, family and oodles of rose pedals. Continue reading New year! New name! New perspective!

Join us at the Oregon Wedding Showcase!

January 22-23 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds we will be doing our thing with a fabulous booth! The Oregon Wedding Showcase is always a good time for us. We love meeting with brides, grooms and wedding party members. The energy is fun and we get to see lots of friends!

Stop by our booth to get great ideas and talk to us about your wedding vision. We’ll have some sample menus and other photos on hand ready to show off all we can do!