Chef and proprietor Noé Garnica is a native of Ganajuato in south-central Mexico. When Noé moved to the US he didn't like what Americans referred to as “authentic” Mexican cuisine, because the food tended to be heavy and there weren't any vegetables. Bringing Mexican flavors to Pacific NW bounty was the beginning of Verde Cocina, the company Noé started with his wife Anna in 2008. From the start Verde Cocina has specialized in offering seasonal, locally sourced ingredients with unique Mexican flair. The company has grown to include a dedicated catering & events team, and four Portland area cafés. 


Verde Cocina has catered many events over the years and thankfully as we've grown so has the demand for our catering services. Buenos Días Catering and Events is Verde Cocina's mobile team dedicated to bringing the flavors of our cafes and market menus to events both large and small. 


We make much of what we offer from scratch. All of our salsas and sauces are made in house. Our ingredients are simple. You wont find MSG, fillers or anything processed or overly seasoned in what we offer. We want you to be able to taste the natural, fresh flavors of our produce and meats.


When you work with us, you can feel good knowing you are supporting Pacific NW farms, ranches and fisheries, treating your guests to dishes filled with fresh, responsibly procured ingredients from your local community.

From sourcing down to the choices we make about dishware, our company
is committed to reducing our ecological footprint. We’ve ditched plastic drinking straws and replaced plastic disposable utensils, plates, cups, boxes and napkins with complimentary biodegradable and compostable products. 

With every event we cater, we focus on eco-friendly practices, reducing waste, reusing, & recycling for a better, greener event and a better, greener tomorrow.

"Look at all those beautiful, fresh veggies! This food makes me feel good inside and out." – Laura L.


Farm-to-fork means the catering menus we put together for you are largely gathered from Oregon and Pacific NW farms.  If you visit our Verde Cocina stall at the Farmers Market or any of our Portland-area cafes, for example, you may see farmers rolling up with our week’s supply of kale, onions, potatoes and carrots. Our eggs come from farm-pastured chickens and our pork comes from local pigs. Other featured meats are often sourced locally like our salmon and seafood. We love our farmers and we're proud of our relationships and resources that allow us to make fresh, local farm food accessible.

About Verde Cocina & the Farmers We Work with →