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 ingredients and Oregon is rich with a beautiful local bounty. In Costa Rica I worked directly with farmers and fishermen to get the best possible products for my guests and I plan on doing the same here in Salem.

I am thrilled to be working with Jean, Renee and Lisa in helping to create menus for your event whether it be a fabulous vineyard wedding, a special anniversary with friends and family, or a corporate luncheon that needs to be “just so”. I have a vast repertoire of dishes culled from coast to coast here in the US as well as a knowledge of seasonality and a flair for bright flavors and beautiful presentations.

I am looking forward to helping to create the meal for you that will turn your special occasion into an event that you and your guests will remember and savor.

Chef David