How Mina Ebrahimi Built A World-Class Catering Outfit

Mina Ebrahimi’s family moved to the United States from Iran when she was a child. She graduated from George C Marshall High School in 1989 and she excelled in three sports which were karate, basketball, and gymnastics. She attended Northern Virginia Community College and graduated with an associates degree in food and beverage in 1991.


Once Mina Ebrahimi was out of school she started her first professional job at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC. She was a guest services manager, assistant room service supervisor, and worked as a server at catering banquets. She really enjoyed catering and wanted to make that her career. She says that during her time with this company her team won the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.


After about three and a half years she joined her the restaurant her family owned and operated, Saint Germain Cafe. This was a Bistro French Cafe which also offered catering services to its customers. The restaurant was located in Mclean, Virginia’s Tyson’s Galleria shopping area. It offered full-service breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. They had some big name customers they offered their catering services to such as Lerner Enterprises, Nordstroms, Neiman Marcus, and General Growth Properties.

After almost 12 years Mina Ebrahimi struck out on her own. She developed a catering company which she launched in May 1998. This is Saint Germain Catering and it caters at venues throughout the greater Washington D.C. metro area. Saint Germain Catering is a woman-owned business for which Mina Ebrahimi was recognized with the Forty under 40 award as a prominent female entrepreneur.

The team that she has assembled at Saint Germain Catering is capable of catering up to 200 events each day. She says that each event is tended to individually with all of the quality, service, attention, and creativity for which her company is known. Her catering company does every size of event whether its a private breakfast for just 10 people or a huge event with 5000 people in attendance. As she has hired people from around the world she is able to offer many different types of authentic cuisines to her clients.