Saint Germain Catering founder and CEO Mina Ebrahimi has food service in her genes. Her parents, Iranian immigrants came to the US in 1978. After settling in Seven Corners, Virginia the Ebrahimis opened a bakery.
She received part of her business and culinary education while working in the family shop while she was still a girl. Other aspects of her education were acquired a George C. Marshall High School and Northern Virginia Community College.
After the family business moved to the Tyson Corners’ Galleria Mina took charge of it and rechristened it the Saint Germain Cafe. She struck out on her own in 1999 and established Saint Germain Catering. Operating in the Northern Virginia Saint Germain Catering has been recognized as the Best Caterer in that area.
With a staff of 40, the company handles the kinds of affairs you normally think of when you hear the word “catered”. This includes weddings, fundraisers, corporate functions, and more.
The company has handled as many as 200 catering jobs in a single day. Saint Germain Catering offers an international menu. They can also do Vegan and vegetarian events.
During an interview on the YouTube video “40 Under 40” Mina Ebrahimi explained how her business survived the Great Recession when so many other catering businesses went under. She explained that the undoing of some of her competitors was over expansion (opening multiple stores) and diversifying into areas outside their wheelhouse. Mina explained that she has expanded her business without adding new locations.
Among the accolades that Mina Ebrahimi has received is the Washington Business Journal’s 2010 Top 40 Under 40 Award. She has also been honored with the Brava Award from SmartCEO and the Enterprising Woman of the Year Award.
Mina Ebrahimi the philanthropist supports ovarian cancer research. Her compassion extends to veterans and their families through Operation Home Front and the homeless in Northern Virginia with contributions to The 25th Project.
At the University of Pennsylvania, Mina created the Jack Ebrahimi Foundation to establish the nation’s first interventional veterinary radiology lab. She assists aspiring business women through her self-named foundation.