PHX - full service Mexican caterer?
We threw a big Christmas party a couple years ago...big formal pull out all the stops kind of affair. I wasn't working then and did everything myself. It was great fun and our guests all had a wonderful time and were disappointed we didn't do it again last year.
We're thinking about doing it again this year but I"m working full time now so think I want to go ahead and have it catered...am thinking about using a Mexican christmas theme this year(yes we plan do ahead...but once summer is over it's such a quick train ride to the hoildays may as well start planning in my head while I"m stuck inside bored from the weather).
I'd like to find a full service caterer(will do everything including providing the setup, breakdown, silver, china etc) who can do quality Mexican food. I know I can pick stuff up at Ranch Market for instance but I really want to just let someone take care of everythign if I can find someone that will also do a good job with the food.
A couple of questions - define "full service" and where in Phx? I say define full service as I know many of the Mexican restaurants in town offer catering which means they deliver food in tin-foil pans with paper plates. And, of course PHX is spreadout so need to know what part of town you are in.
Off hand - I am pretty certain the following offer this type of catering:
Serranos (multiple locations)
Macayos (multiple locations)
Rositas (multiple locations)
La Pinata (19th Ave and Osborn)
Well this is where I'm not sure where to look.Ideally, I'm looking for a higher end full service caterer that can give me one stop shopping if you will...using china, silver, chafers, a bartender, maybe a couple servers. The last time we did this party it was very elegant and I'd like to keep the feeling the same but have a Mexican theme this time with traditional food(I"m thinking tamales, asada, some seafood for instance), some music(probably a small Mariachi or Tejano ensemble or maybe a classical guitarist) luminarias, etc.
BUT...I want the food to be excellent and authentic. I'm kind of at a loss where I can get the elegance and the great food.
I didn't realize Barrio Cafe did catering. That might be a good place to start?
If I can't find someone that can do everything...I know where to get the party rentals and servers on my own so could just do the food from the best source possible. I really want the food to be great...just was hoping to turn a lot of the work over this year as the last time we did this it really was a lot of work to do it the way we wanted and I don't have the time I used had then. But I don't want to give up quality of food for convenience so will make the time if I have to! :-)
I'm in Chandler...but caterer doesn't need to be.
Check out this link to a review that I posted awhile back for a tiny Mexican cafe that we have been visiting in Glendale. Jose and his family do a lot of catering, and he is a wonderful cook -- Mexican or otherwise. I don't know about the china and silver, but I'll bet he can arrange to provide them. There is a number for the cafe in the review, and his wife and daughter both work there and everyone speaks English, so I'm sure they would be happy to help you.