About

About

Vanilla Orchid is an elite catering company born in Austin, Texas. 
Our team is unmatched in providing a premium, personal experience to every partner. Partners are the people others call “clients,” but we believe they’re more than that, they are our friends and our greatest advocates. In fact, there is no greater compliment we could receive than a partner’s recommendation.

Our skilled team ensures that your vision is the priority. 
We firmly believe in building collaborative relationships with our partners, which ensures that their input drives the creative planning process. Once decisions are made, we perfect every last detail. We carefully craft menus, create polished displays, and lead experienced staff.

We are solutions-driven and ready to assist. 
From the first meeting to the final follow-up, we are here to provide a seamless event experience. We will coordinate with venues, vendors and other points of contact to ensure success. We work tirelessly to organize every element so our partners are free to enjoy their event.

Mission

We provide a completely custom, premium catering experience that is professional and artfully delivered.

Vision

It is our goal for you as our client to feel:

  • Heard and Understood: The event reflects your vision, not ours.
  • Pampered: We will take care of all the details.
  • Important: We are not too busy to listen or explain.
  • Comfortable: We are always ready to discuss any questions or concerns.
  • Delighted: We helped you create an event experience that exceeded your expectations and charmed your family and friends.

Ultimately, we want to build a network of advocates through YOU. We are most successful when our partners are delighted by their experience, and can’t help but share. Hear from our partners here (click thru to testimonials/raves page)

Values

Partnership

Partnership

Providing you with a hassle-free experience is crucial to our team. We believe that the success of any event depends upon a positive partnership between our team, our client, and other vendors. To maintain this positive experience, we are solutions-driven.

Confidence

Confidence

We deliver exceptional food and exceptional service every time. We are a team that loves to serve others and to perfect our craft, which means you can be confident that we will plan, organize and deliver everything your event needs to be a success.

Professionalism

Professionalism

We believe that we can best exceed expectations by serving people well; and that requires the utmost care and preparation. We will professionally represent you as our client, by arriving on time, remaining on task and treating you and your guests with warmth and respect.

Our Staff

Molly Peck Mills

Molly Peck Mills

Founder & Owner

Molly Mills is the Founder and Owner of Vanilla Orchid. Her dedication to providing the ultimate client experience paired with her vast culinary creativity have earned her high acclaim in her industry, including “Rising Star Chef" Austin Award-Winner, Top CEO Nominee (Austin Business Journal), “Chopped" Food Network featured guest, and Le Cordon Bleu Hall of Fame Inductee.

Molly is a proud graduate of Texas A&M and Le Cordon Bleu Austin. Molly's years of experience as an Executive Chef around the globe have shaped her creative palette and are the inspiration for her inventive approach to classic foods. As Executive Chef at Poronui Ranch New Zealand, Molly prepared elaborate farm-to-table experiences for excursion guests like wine cellar dinners and safari camp feasts. Her organic expertise was developed at Poronui as she established custom vegetable and herb gardens and locally sourced wild game and fish for her four-course menus. Molly's experience also includes Executive Chef at Rapid's Camp Lodge Alaska, as well as time at The Mansion at Judge's Hill, Jeffrey's, Hudson's on the Bend and the Four Seasons Houston.

Molly is very involved with Vanilla Orchid and is also a chef instructor at the prestigious Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Austin, TX.

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Ivan Mills

General Manager

Ivan Mills is Owner & General Manager of The Vanilla Orchid Catering Co. Ivan brings a diverse Engineering & Business background to the world of events and really enjoys organizing and equipping top Chefs in Austin to execute some of the areas largest special events.

Matt Resize

Matt Frederick

Executive Chef

After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta, Matt moved to the Florida Keys to pursue his career. Moving his way up from a line cook to overseeing an outlet was an incredible experience. Following the GM of the hotel, Matt moved to Austin in 2010 to help run banquets at Lakeway Resort and Spa, eventually becoming a sous chef. After Lakeway was bought out, Matt moved on to become a sous chef at one of the top spas in the world, Lake Austin Spa and Resort. With a desire to return to banquets and catering, Matt was ecstatic to join the awesome team at Vanilla Orchid.

Our Board

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Vanilla Orchid is located in a full-size commercial kitchen at 7433 Burnet Rd. We provide food catering, alcohol catering, and bar services in the greater Austin area and travel outside Austin for special events.

We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a variety of presentations, including: hot, cold, savory and sweet hors d’oeuvres, a la carte items, platters, boxed lunches, chef action appetizers and carving stations, entrees, buffets, cakes and desserts. We can provide any level of catering service from a simple drop off in disposable pans to a fully staffed event.

Yes, Vanilla Orchid provides a fully managed bar service for events and festivals of all shapes and sizes. We are able to purchase and serve alcohol at your event. We are happy to help customize your drink menu with recommended selections as well as provide mixers.

Vanilla Orchid is fully licensed and insured with a TABC mixed-beverage permit allowing us to serve and sell alcohol for your event. We provide a wide range of alcohol catering options including full-bar services or just beer and wine. Every catering event bartender is TABC certified, trained, and professionally vetted by Vanilla Orchid. But we don’t just provide bartenders, we also bring alcohol purchased legally through our many TABC suppliers. In addition, we file a Temporary Alcohol Permit for every single event (required by TABC law) ensuring alcohol is served safely and legally.

To learn more, visit our Drinks page »

Our chefs craft menus that bring a modern accessibility to classic fine dining. In short, we specialize in Upscale Southern Comfort. Our custom menus represent a variety of influences that give home-style favorites a fresh, elegant twist like Mac ‘n Cheese with Lamb Bacon, Duck Foie Gras, Root Beer Glazed Pork Loin, Butternut Squash Lasagna, and so much more.

Every dining experience is custom by client, so our team will work with you to create an exceptional dining experience that complements your event. We are happy to accommodate special diets, allergies or genre requests.

For more information, visit our Foods page »

We will meet with you to learn more about your event, your expectations and your food preferences. Keeping all this in mind, we will help you create a menu that works seamlessly with your event. For a wedding, we might ask you about family traditions and favorites and ask you both to describe the perfect “last meal.” For themed corporate events, we can create an entire food experience that aligns with your theme.

We try not to set a minimum, however, during busy holiday seasons, SXSW, etc we do restrict the types of events we are able to commit to due to the high demand for our services. Subject to availability, we serve all over Austin, Texas and surrounding areas, which includes a delivery charge based on zip code.

We love the nonprofits that we are able to partner with; they are truly inspiring to us and are such a joy for us to serve. Although we would love to support every organization that reaches out us, we are unable to do so. However, we do commit to working with your organization’s budget for each event and promise to provide the best value for food and service.

We believe our clients should be our partners, and we are honored to be the preferred caterer for many of these partners. There’s not enough room to list all of the companies and organizations we have partnered with but a few notable partnerships include Zach Scott Theatre, the Austonian, eBay, ACL Live, Texas State Bar, UT Law School and 20+ other UT Graduate Programs, First Evangelical Free Church, Austin Stone Community Church, HBA of Austin, and Tesla Motors.

Every event is unique, and we create a custom experience tailored to each client and every event. We can provide you with a list of popular items with pricing, but please note that these items are subject to seasonal availability. In addition, we can provide you with sample menus from past events to provide inspiration.

Contact us for pricing information »

We offer on-site tastings. These tasting experiences are subject to a fee due to their completely custom nature. See below for more information

We have developed a complete tasting experience for our clients. We will have an initial meeting with you to discuss your tastes and event needs, then we create a specialized tasting experience for two guests that includes a custom menu served in a mini-version of the dining environment you’re interested in, whether plated, buffet, passed, etc. We do charge a fee to provide these tastings, simply to cover our costs. If you choose us as your event caterer, this fee will be credited to your invoice.

The service fee is an industry standard charge placed on food, beverage, alcohol, rentals, and service to cover the administrative cost of planning and coordinating the array of products and services for each event.

We are happy to coordinate and customize rental orders for you. We have a vast array of rental items in-house and if needed, are able to manage and coordinate outside rentals for you through our long-term rental partners Loot Rentals & Premiere Events.

We provide a full-service experience, which means we will tailor every service to perfectly capture your vision for the event. In order to know the range of services we will need to provide to successfully match available items to your proposal, we need a financial range to work within. This helps us be most efficient with your resources while giving you the full value for your money. Additionally, this allows us to itemize your bid so that you can tell us which components are vital to you and which are not, and we can adjust the proposal accordingly.

It is impossible for us to list every type of event that may require our services. If you don’t see your event type listed, we’d love to hear from you! Simply tell us the occasion and the experience you’d like to create and we are happy to help you plan.

Tell us about your event »