David Zlatchin


Great food has always been a part of David’s life. A native of San Francisco, and Betty’s son, David worked throughout high school at Betty Zlatchin Catering, as well as other catering companies and restaurants. “Growing up, I was constantly helping my parents in the kitchen as the family ‘sous chef.’ About two-to-three times a week we’d check out the hot restaurants and ethnic dives to keep abreast of the restaurant scene. When I was six years old, I remember eating tripe at Alain Chapel’s three-star restaurant outside of Lyon, France, and playing with frogs in the pond.”

David received his Masters of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. Prior to graduate school, he worked for several years as Deputy Director of Communications for United States Senator Paul Wellstone. David attended Macalester College in Minnesota. “Along with my public policy interests, I have always loved cooking and putting on events. But it was only during graduate school, though, that I really considered the catering and events field. I realized that was where my heart was despite my policy training. I absolutely love being a part of such a dynamic team that turns out consistently high quality food and service. There is nothing better than to hear a guest or client say how much they enjoyed the party. That is the best feeling.”

David is also a Board Member of Food Runners, a nonprofit agency that redistributes excess food from hotels, restaurants and caterers to those in need.