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Catalyst Catering is the social enterprise of the San Antonio Food Bank, generating funding by providing catering services to Southwest Texas.

Our team of catering professionals will work with you to customize your event and provide the highest level of quality and service to ensure success.

When customers use Catalyst Catering, they are supporting San Antonio Food Bank programs and are giving back in a way that benefits everyone.

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Meet the Team

ChefCarolinaCarolina Martinez Reyna, Director of Catalyst Catering, has worked with the San Antonio Food Bank’s Catalyst Catering since 2013. Carolina is a classically trained Chef; has worked as an Executive Chef, a Food Marketing Manager and a Catering Manager during her career in the food service industry, which spans nearly two decades. Carolina is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Marketing and Graduated in 2000 from Johnson & Wales University in Miami, Florida with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts. Chef Carolina’s favorite dishes include tamales, tortilla soup and baking sweets.

ChefRudyIn the 30 years he worked in the automotive industry, Catalyst Catering Executive Chef Rudy Guerra always felt something was missing.  His passion for cooking was relegated to family events or work place meal swaps.  In 2011, he finally accepted the call to fulfill his culinary passions and graduated from the San Antonio Food Bank Culinary Training Program, Class 33.  In 2013 he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in the Top 10% of the class with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Culinary Arts and received the Frances Roth Leadership Award.  Chef Rudy has been featured in San Antonio Magazine and can be seen on food segments on local lifestyle shows like SA Live. Chef Rudy works as a Executive Chef for Catalyst Catering, the social enterprise of the San Antonio Food Bank.

ChefDavidAfter a visit to the San Antonio Food Bank for assistance, Catalyst Catering Executive Sous Chef David Rodriguez did something he never planned to do: spend his career in the kitchen.  While applying for assistance during  a rough spot, Chef David, who was then in construction, found out about the Culinary Training Program.  He graduated in 2011 as part of Class 35 where he received the coveted “black jacket”—an honor presented by the class for the top student.  A hidden passion for food was drawn out of the experience.  Chef David hopes to go on to complete his Associates in Culinary Arts. In the meantime, he enjoys interacting with clients and teaching valuable lessons to students in the program. He is best known for his Stuffed Chicken and Herb Crusted Salmon.

Catalyst Catering Quote Preparation

Booking your event with us has never been easier. In order to receive a Catering Quote for your event, please complete this form.

Menu Planning

Catalyst Catering has a variety of menu choices for any type of event, from a business luncheon to an elaborate dinner, to your special wedding day. See our menu.

Catalyst Catering has three menu items that meet the Por Vida! nutritional criteria.

Call our experienced chefs to schedule catering for your upcoming event today!

Download some of our recipes

Jalapeno Pimiento Cheese

Acorn Squash Bisque

Client testimonial:

“Thank you for all of your help last Monday. The conference went very well, the food was excellent, and everyone who attended was impressed with the set up. Will you let Mark know how much we appreciated his help? The few times we had questions throughout the day, he helped us immediately. We will be recommending your space to others and hope to work with you again in the future!?? ” – Julia

“I just wanted to write and say thank you for all your help collaborating with me on our event yesterday. I spoke to Marcy who said things went great. Really great working with you.” – Mercedes

“Thank you very much for catering our three day training event. Each of our five meals was perfectówonderful food, professional catering, and at a great price. We appreciate the time you and your staff spent to support our organization. And thank you for your support of the community. We will certainly call on you for our future catering needs.” – John

“The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. Our three servers were absolutely fantastic and made our event even more enjoyable. Thank you so much for everything and please let the guys know they were fantastic! We will make sure that everyone knows the great job the Food Bank and Catalyst Catering did for us.” – Cindi

*Purchased product (not donated food) is used for meals made by Catalyst Catering.