Meet the Team

Bend’s premiere catering company

About Us

Gene Soto
Meet the Chef! Co-owner and Chef, Gene Soto, is the mastermind behind the dishes and plates presented at all of our events. With a love for the farm-to-table movement, he thrives on intentionality and cooks with locally and organically sourced foods whenever possible. ⁠⠀
Gene has owned several restaurants but credits much of his success to the mentors he met while working at the Salishan Lodge on the Oregon Coast.⁠⠀
Thank you, Gene, for continuing to bring passion, value, and most importantly–amazing and sustainably sourced food to our plates and bellies!⁠
Sanda Costello
Meet Sanda! She’s our co-owner, founder, and business manager. Sanda landed in the catering arena by accident, but also by divine intervention. She moved to Bend from Romania as a young adult and hasn’t looked back.⁠⠀
Sanda met her husband shortly after moving to Bend, and they welcomed a son into their family not long thereafter. She has always found a place in the hospitality industry, but when she was approached with the opportunity to cater a wedding for a friend, she jumped right in.⁠⠀
Sanda turns “why’s” into “why-not’s” and sees possibility when others may see roadblocks. She’s hands-on with everything within the Bowtie company and gives back to her community at every chance that presents itself. Sanda is more than just our co-owner, she’s the motivation behind much of what we do. She sets the tone of our inclusive and life-loving culture that you’ll see at every event we cater!⁠

“I highly recommend Bowtie Catering”

“My husband and I used bowtie catering for our wedding reception and I would give them 5 stars all the way around.”

Colleen S.

“Use this company!”

“We used Bowtie for a post-wedding-ceremony party (60 people) and everything about the experience was excellent, from contact to arrangements, from their arrival and set-up to the post-event pickup. Prices were VERY fair for a lot of excellent food. ”


“Would use them again”

“We used Bowtie for an event and they did an outstanding job. The food was delicious and the people very nice and efficient.”


“They really went above and beyond”

“Bowtie Catering catered our ten-year anniversary party. They were so great at the communication leading up to the event. The day of the event they were so wonderful, nice, nonintrusive and accommodating.”

Datso P.

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Receive proposal, review, adjust, approve.


Sign the contract and send a deposit (on large events only).

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