Our Team

Darren Diaz | Owner

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 world.

Sherri Salsbury | Catering Sales Manager

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.

Nancy Cotto | Catering Sales Manager, Museum of Fine Arts

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 Green | Executive Assistant and MFA Café Curator

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 Aaron | Cake Specialist and Delivery/Pick-up Sales

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 grandchildren!

Christen Spotts | Executive Chef

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.

Matt Cummings | Executive Chef, Museum of Fine Arts

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 Perez | Cake Decorator

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