Darren is a third-generation owner of Olympia Catering. While growing
up in the bakery, he learned the ins and outs of the business and his
passion began to grow for the industry, employees, and customers. Darren
briefly left the business to attend school at Cornell University and to
gain more experience by working in the food service division at
Continental Airlines. In 1993 Darren took over the majority ownership
from his father, Joseph Diaz, and began to build the events business of
Olympia. Darren has an incredible depth of food knowledge and design,
and draws inspiration from his other passion – traveling around the
Sherri has been working for Olympia Catering for more than 10 years
and manages our event staff and off-premise catering. Sherri has a
passion for creating dazzling events and loves working with each client
to achieve their vision. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with
her family, her animals, and crafting.
Joining the Olympia team more than 17 years ago, Nancy has worked in
various catering sales positions with the company. Currently, Nancy
manages all of the corporate and social events at the Museum of Fine
Arts in St. Petersburg. Nancy is very customer service oriented and
holds her team to the highest quality standards. With each event, she
leads the team to exemplify the premier event venue in the bay area with
unparalleled service and quality.
Lisa wears many hats at Olympia and has been working with our crew
for more than 15 years. She currently serves as the executive assistant
and also manages the MFA Café, the restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts
that is operated by Olympia Catering.
Debbie manages the sales of our every day delivery and pick-up
orders. She’s also our resident cake boss – she works closely with our
baker and cake decorator to help create beautiful cakes for our clients.
Even on her time off, Debbie enjoys cake decorating with her
Chef Chris has more than 23 years culinary experience working for
restaurants, arenas, and catering companies all over the Southeast. In 2015, Chef Chris joined the Olympia Catering team and now manages our
main kitchen in Tampa. Chef Chris also travels to event locations to
direct other chefs and execute our off-premise events. When he’s not in
the kitchen, Chef Chris enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and 13 year old Siberian husky Arriel.
Chef Matt is the Executive Chef at the MFA Cafe, the in-house restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL. After graduating from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in Culinary Arts, Chef has diversified experience, spending more than 25 years in the hotel, restaurant, and catering industry. He also runs the culinary side of the events program at the Museum. In his free time, Chef Matt likes to play poker and is a devoted Tampa Bay Rays baseball fan!
Laz is one of our most seasoned employees; he has been with our company nearly 40 years and grew up working in the bakery. Laz has an incredible artistic eye for creating stylish, imaginative, and original cakes for our clients. His beautiful work is displayed in our cake galleries. When he is not creating edible works of art, he loves another artistic medium, painting with watercolors.
2201 N. Howard Ave. Tampa, FL 33607