Our Team


Chefs Sergio Monleon and Emily Sarlatte

Chef Monleón and Chef Sarlatte met in 2000 while working at a restaurant. Having both lived in Spain, the two bonded over their mutual admiration for its culture and cuisine. Sarlatte and Monleón knew they wanted to bring the Spanish dining experience here to the Bay Area, and in 2012 they started selling Spanish food at local festivals and markets. The enormous paella pans drew big crowds and their fresh flavors quickly gained them a large following, which led to the launch of Ñora Cocina Española, a full service catering company specializing in rustic weddings, private parties, and corporate functions.

DIRECTOR OF CATERING

Lisa Raigosa, Certified Meeting Professional

Esther M. “none of this would have been done without Lisa the catering manager. She helped with selecting the menu, assigning the staff, determining the quantity of beverages for the group and organizing the rentals. Her expertise allowed the party to go off flawlessly.” (via yelp)


Jennifer O. “Lisa was an angel who pulled the day together, gently herded the cats of blended families, and managed the details/vendors with skill! Thank you!!” (via yelp)


Lisa assigns and oversees all functions related to catering. She is responsible for interacting with clients, coordinating event teams, and creating menus with the clients and chefs. Her attention to detail and passion for organizing make her an invaluable asset in putting together the perfect event for any occasion. Recently married herself, she loves helping clients put together their dream wedding and makes sure no detail goes overlooked.

EVENT MANAGER

Adrian Vargas, B.A. Hospitality Management

Diana B. “Nora’s has done two receptions for me… and each time has wowed us! From the beginning of planning with Adrian, she is responsive and was able to work within our budget.” (via yelp)


The newest member to our team, Adrian, is in charge of client accounts and maintains contact leading up to events. She coordinates staffing, arranges client tastings, and ensures each team member is aware of their duties on the day of the event. Her extensive background in catering and service, combined with a bachelors degree in Hospitality Management makes her the perfect “party planner.” She gains an immense satisfaction from watching guests enjoy themselves at an event she helped organize.

Serving paella

Brett M. “That was the best paella I have ever had!” (via yelp)


Jennifer G. “The young men who came to our house to cook/prepare food- Gustavo and Thomas- were a delight, and the presentation of the food was lovely!” (via yelp)


Barbara A. “my guests kept pulling me aside to say how great the food was!” (via yelp)


JD “The presentation was excellent and the chef Gustavo did great. He was very friendly and courteous and did a fabulous job.” (via yelp)


Our professional catering team strive to provide the best, not only in taste, but also presentation and timing. All of our paella chefs learn how to cook each dish directly from Chef Sarlatte & Chef Monleón. Not only have they mastered the considerable technical skill required in cooking a perfect paella, they also understand and honor the importance of the tradition. Their commitment to the highest standard of quality has led Ñora to our reputation as one of the very best Bay Area catering companies.