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Elephants Catering Kitchen


logoSince 1979, Elephants Delicatessen has been providing Portland with great local foods from scratch. As the Elephants herd grows, so does their impact on our community, so they utilize the triple bottom line, where people, planet, and profit are the measurements for success. At all levels of the business they work to share their commitment with employees and customers. They value practices that reduce waste, conserve energy, and support other local businesses. The Elephants herd is always brainstorming ways to provide better services with a lower impact. They invite your participation, and welcome your suggestions and feedback.


Gold Certification

  • Replaced all incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents and metal-halide fixtures to efficient T8 fluorescents, for an estimated energy savings of 40-50%
  • Retrofitted all existing T12 fluorescent fixtures to more efficient T8s, saving of 2,200 kWh yearly (in partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon)
  • Secure, dedicated bike parking for employees
  • A pioneering member of the Portland Composts! program
  • One of the first few LEAF electric vehicle owners in the state
  • Most deliveries are made by fleet vehicles that use 20% bio-diesel, electric car, or bike
  • Recycling “beyond the curb” includes cooking oil, fat renderings, ink cartridges, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, fluorescent lightbulbs & batteries
  • Subsidized passes for all employees commuting by public transit
  • Purchase 100% of electricity from renewable resources, and use energy-efficient food service equipment approved by the Energy Trust of Oregon
  • Offer catering clients non-disposable china, flatware, and glassware
  • Purchase local and sustainable produce through Duck Delivery Produce, a Food Alliance Certified Distributor
  • Donate extra food to REACH Community Devlopment, Blanchet House, Rose Haven, and Bradley Angle House

Elephants Catering building

Elephants staff preparing food


1611 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214