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Best Catering Companies in Tucson

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Tucson Catering Companies on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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2403 East Aragon Road, Tucson, AZ 85756

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5.0 (5)

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Atlas Catering & Events provides catering services to private and business clients, preparing custom menus and delivering food with the option for on-site serving. This company offers a complete menu selection for multiple kinds of events, serving breakfast, entrees, sandwiches, and salads, as well as Sonoran dishes. Clients can select from these offerings in various quantities to organize and cater their events in ways that are optimized for each occasion and the tastes of their guests.

Tucson, AZ 85714

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4.2 (700)
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3.0 (154)

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Baggin's Gourmet Sandwiches is a diner and caterer in Tucson that has been the city's “favorite local sandwich place since 1984.” The dishes include meat and cheese platters, vegetable and fruit trays, cream cheese brownies, and the signature “French Dip Baggin's” slow-roasted beef sandwich with Swiss cheese. Baggin's Gourmet Sandwiches delivers box lunches, and it has nine locations throughout the area. All sandwich orders still come with the shop's famous chocolate chip cookie.

Tucson, AZ 85714

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4.9 (100)
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4.5 (7)

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Chef Chic is a café and caterer in Tucson that tells clients, “Invite yourself to dinner!” The owner graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, and she has received numerous industry recognitions like the 2008 United States Personal Chef Association's Personal Chef of the Year Award. Chef Chic has been serving clients since 2001, and it has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Tucson, AZ 85716

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4.5 (705)
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4.6 (358)
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4.0 (219)

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Fronimo's Greek Café is a diner and caterer in Tucson. The owners are a husband-and-wife team with decades of combined experience in the food service industry, and one of the spouses has even served in the US Army as a cook. The company's catering packages include the delivery, set-up, and clean-up, but clients can choose to pick up the orders in chafing dishes and just return the utensils the following day. Fronimo's Greek Café has received several industry awards.

Tucson, AZ 85716

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4.6 (350)
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4.1 (231)
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4.0 (192)

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Tucson Tamale is a restaurant in Tucson that caters to hosts who “need to feed a bunch of hungry people with different food preferences.” The shop creates gluten-free tamales made with organic, non-GMO masa, and it has options for carnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and lactose-intolerant diners. Tucson Tamale sells gift certificates to people who want to share the gustatory wonders with family and friends, and it has locations on East Broadway Boulevard, East Tanque Verde Road, and North Oracle Road.

Tucson, AZ 85719

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4.6 (12)
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4.0 (6)

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Creative Catering is an event planning service and food provider in Tucson that opened in 1985. The company commits to offering extraordinary dishes, as well as “exceptional creativity and attention to detail,” and it also handles arrangements for venues, entertainment, and vendor coordination. A client says of Creative Catering, “[The staff were] quick to respond to my e-mails, [and] we have had many guests compliment the food that was served.”

Tucson, AZ 85719

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Boca Tacos and Tequila is a caterer of Mexican food in Tucson that creates memorable fiestas. The owner and food artisan whips up salsas that are “super unique, super electric,” and she treats each menu item like a work of art. A client says, “Every taco comes with...a variety of salsa that includes the classic pico de gallo or the surprising banana habañero.” Boca Tacos and Tequila accommodates parties of any size.

Tucson, AZ 85719

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4.3 (1210)
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3.5 (954)
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4.6 (421)

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Wild Garlic Grill is a patio-dining and catering service in Tucson that offers California cuisine with a French accent. The company caters events that range from intimate dinners and casual parties to elaborate galas and high-attendance fundraisers, and the menu features “bold signature dishes” like steamed Prince Edward mussels in garlic tomato beurre blanc. Clients can call or send an e-mail to the Wild Garlic Grill team to discuss their forthcoming project.

Tucson, AZ 85716

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4.0 (576)

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Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria is a diner and caterer in Tucson that opened in 1998. The flagship product is authentic Chicago-style stuffed pizza with a buttery crust, fresh mozzarella, and other tasty ingredients, and the menu also features “Fungus Humongous” white and portabella mushrooms, “Angry Samoan” pancetta with jalapeños and pineapple, and the legendary chicken wings. Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria caters to carnivores and vegetarians, and it is open Mondays through Saturdays.

Tucson, AZ 85716

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4.0 (200)

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Le Rendez-Vous is a restaurant and catering service in Tucson that crafts and delivers French cuisine. The business opened in 1980, and it is a recipient of numerous industry honors. The company offers a range of menus, and one of the flagship dishes is the pan-seared Atlantic salmon in orange basil cream sauce. Le Rendez-Vous has a bistro area for a more casual dining experience, and it sells gift certificates that are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, and just-because intentions.

Tucson, AZ 85711

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3.0 (4)

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Edge Catering is an events vendor in Tucson that is formerly known as River's Edge Catering. The company has been covering Southern Arizona for more than 15 years, and it has had the honor of providing exceptional meals for the President of the United States, congressmen and congresswomen, and C-suite executives of Fortune 500 companies. Edge Catering strives to make all gatherings “go off smoothly and seamlessly,” and it operates a mobile bistro that is perfect for parties.

FAQs

  • Introduction

    Catering is a convenient service that brings restaurant-quality food and beverages to a variety of social gatherings. It's beneficial to weddings, workplace celebrations, and other events because it invites guests to relax and enjoy a festive meal. While there are many dedicated catering businesses that transport food and equipment to their clients, many restaurants also offer catering as part of their dining services.

    For those interested in a career in catering, the flexibility to take your business anywhere is one factor that may make the industry attractive. Like traditional restaurants, caterers often specialize in one type of cuisine, and they can vary widely in price and capacity. Whether you're looking to hire catering services for your next event or you want to learn more about the profession, take a look at these frequently asked questions below.
  • Can a catering company serve alcohol?

    Just like brick-and-mortar restaurants, catering companies need a liquor license to serve alcohol to patrons. If a caterer is serving alcoholic beverages, guests under the age of 21 are allowed on the premises, but they may not buy or consume alcohol.

  • Are catering tastings free?

    If you're having a large event catered and expecting to spend a lot of money, having a tasting beforehand is often a good idea. Tastings are handled differently by catering companies; some may charge while others won't. In general, most caterers charge a fee, usually around the cost of a meal at a restaurant.

  • When catering for a party, how do you calculate how much food is needed?

    Caterers usually help their clients calculate food by offering a recommended portion size per guest. Taking this into consideration, all you need to do is multiply this portion by the number of expected guests to determine the total amount of food needed.

  • When should you reserve catering services before an event?

    The amount of time in advance needed to schedule catering services depends on the number of people and type of event. For weddings with 50 people or more, six to 12 months in advance is recommended. For smaller gatherings, a month or two should suffice.

  • Do you tip the caterer?

    Some catering services include tips in the bill, so you don't have to worry about handling this aspect on the day of your event. If the tip is not included, a minimum of 15% of the total bill is recommended, while tipping 20% is not uncommon.

  • What is included with catering services?

    In addition to the food you order, catering services can include delivery, linens, silverware or plasticware, plates and cups, a small heat source to keep hot dishes warm, and staff. When planning your event, it's always a good idea to confirm which of these items are included and necessary.