Derek Johnston, owner and operator of Casual Encounters Catering, is from Washington state. There, he attended Central Washington University, earning a degree in accounting and finance. During college, he worked for his grandfather as a property manager of 20 business properties.
After graduation, he relocated to Seattle and started working in the brokerage industry. Over the next six years, he worked for two of the largest wire houses on Wall Street, including Shearson Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch. He then worked for ten years as the vice president of the lending group for Key Bank’s Business Banking Group.
For the last decade, he’s been the owner and operator of Casual Encounters Catering. As a small business owner with three full-time and several part-time employees, he’s responsible for overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day operations.
Chef Ray Rylander was formerly chef de cuisine at Hotel Captain Cook. He can prepare anything to suit your needs or preferences and prides himself on coming up with custom creations. Let us know if you have a favorite dish that he can feature at your event.
We’re dedicated to helping you make your event a success. Call today to talk with us about our catering services, and we’ll help you create a unique menu that your guests will love.