Whether you’re throwing a big summer bash or hosting an intimate Mother’s Day dinner party, sometimes we’d rather be a part of the festivities than stuck in the kitchen. That is where this list of the Valley’s top caterers comes into play.
Whether you decide on one of the existing catering menus at Christopher’s Restaurant or work with the super-charming James Beard Award winner Chef Christopher Gross on a new menu specifically for your soiree, this Biltmore Fashion Park restaurant in Phoenix dishes up creative eats that will wow your guests time after time (he has served everyone from celebs to presidents, after all). If you’d like to host your party at the restaurant, there are several sweet spots to reserve–from the sleek patio (when weather permits) to the C-144 Chef’s Table that seats up to 10. www.christophersaz.com.
M Culinary Concepts, from celebrity Chef Michael DeMaria, is behind the chow at some of the Valley’s most popular events, from the Waste Management Phoenix Open to Barrett-Jackson. Chef DeMaria plays very close attention to detail, and M Culinary Concepts boasts a very friendly and well-trained staff. M Culinary Concepts is a standout due to its versatility, whether they are providing the delicious food for a fun, casual backyard barbecue for a family reunion or a swanky black-tie affair for a local nonprofit. www.mculinary.com.
2014 Best of Our Valley Best Caterer: Since 2003, Benedict’s Catering has been the choice caterer for both corporate and private events. Depending on the event, Benedict’s offers staged, plated, buffet and passed meals, starting with omelet stations and innovative quiches for breakfast events, followed by hearty carving stations for dinner and ending with cakes, cookies, tarts, chocolate and more for dessert, among many more menu ideas. (For Mother’s Day, Benedict’s is even dishing up special to-go menus for your holiday spread.) www.benedictscaterers.com.
2014 Best of Our Valley Best Wedding Catering Company: Santa Barbara Catering Company (pictured), the caterer to the Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix, is known for its gorgeous presentations as much as it is for its yummy eats–made from local ingredients, natch. For events that will consist of mixing and mingling, Santa Barbara’s Grazing Stations are tops (think gourmet pizza and breads and spreads). For sit-down affairs and weddings, the company’s lobster mac and cheese (served in a martini glass) isn’t to be missed. www.santabarbaracatering.com.
2013 Best of Our Valley Best Caterer: Phoenix-based Copper Square Kitchen is one of the Valley’s go-to caterers thanks to its delectable sample menus and gorgeous platings (many of which have a local nod; for instance, the jalapeno-braised pork belly or Southwest tiramisu with ancho cream). For hosts wanting to provide their guests with healthful offerings, Copper Square Kitchen even has Stay Fit options that skimp on calories but not on taste. www.coppersquarekitchen.com.