Reza & Georgia Rafati – Founders
Reza and Georgia, founders of Rafati’s Catering Inc., have been high-end restaurateurs since the early 1970s. Reza brings decades of experience that start with seven years at the renowned Canlis Restaurant located at the top of Portland’s Hilton Hotel, where he served the last four years as the General Manager. Reza moved on to establish the Royal Exchange and Cricket Cage Restaurants at the former Georgia Pacific Building in downtown Portland.
In 1983, Reza and Georgia together opened Rafati’s On The Waterfront Restaurant. Located on Southwest Front Avenue (now Naito Parkway) between Salmon and Taylor streets, it became the downtown destination for diners before and after cultural events, as well as a lunch hot spot. Rafati’s On The Waterfront earned a reputation for its innovative local cuisine, outstanding service and extensive wine list.
Rafati’s On The Waterfront was only the second restaurant in Oregon to win the coveted Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine for its outstanding wine list. Subsequently Rafati’s has received the prestigious “Best of” Award of Excellence in consecutive years through 2010 from Wine Spectator.
Georgia holds a long association with both the International Catering Association and
Catersource, currently acting as a moderator of the Catersource Forum, which is the
premier information resource for professional caterers around the world.
Lee Collins – General Manager
Lee is an Oregon native who brings more than 15 years of catering, restaurant and marketing experience to Rafati’s Catering. Lee came to us from Whole Foods Market where he thrived as the Marketing and Community Relations Team Leader. At WFM Lee won numerous awards for his creative merchandising and thoughtful store design, including national recognition for his work with the Whole Planet Foundation and Green Mission team. Lee has a passion for all things aesthetic including interior design, graphic design and culinary arts. At Rafati’s he brings big ideas to life! Whether it’s a corporate extravaganza or an intimate wedding, Lee creates events that your friends and family will be talking about for months afterwards!