Best Caterers In Tampa Bay

July 11, 2013 8:00 AM

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Sometimes, special occasions in your life need a professional touch when it comes to food. Whether you are celebrating a family reunion, college graduation, sweet 16 or an office party, a catered menu might be just what you need to make your event extra special. These highly rated Bay Area caterers can meet all of your needs with a smile. Read on to discover some of Tampa Bay’s best caterers.

Catering by the Family
2322 W. Cypress St.
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 875-2000

Catering by the Family is a spin-off of The Family Sandwich Shoppe, which opened its doors in 1976. This family-owned business maintains a full-time staff of chefs, party planners and service personnel to meet your event’s needs. There is a selection of pre-planned menus to choose from, including seasonal and holiday menus, buffets and themed menus, but you can also build your own menu in the style of a buffet, barbecue or full-service meal. If you plan on having your wedding catered, be sure to call ahead to schedule a tasting.

Miller’s Café
5909F Breckenridge Parkway
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 626-9395

Miller’s has 11 pre-planned menus to choose from, including three wedding packages. Depending on what you order and how many guests you are ordering for, your meal can cost as little as $7.75 per person. Your guests can enjoy delicious flavors like roast pork with apricot and honey glaze, beef brisket with carmelized onions, white cheddar mashed potatoes and honey ginger glazed carrots. Desserts can include fruit parfaits, bread pudding with vanilla sauce or apple cobbler, to name a few.

Puff ‘n Stuff Catering
4121 N. 50th St.
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 712-7833

Unlike some other catering companies, Puff ‘n Stuff doesn’t have a list of pre-determined menus to choose from. The catering team will work with you to create a unique menu that will fit your tastes, budget and event needs. It is also happy to accommodate special dietary needs, including gluten-free, vegan, organic or low-fat menus. You may also choose your service options, whether you want buffet style, chef bars, full service or simply just delivery and drop-off. Whatever the event of your dreams looks like, Puff ‘n Stuff is committed to making that dream come true.

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Delectables Fine Catering, Inc.
969 Virginia Ave.
Palm Harbor, FL 34698
(727) 781-1200

Delectables is different from other catering companies — chefs don’t just work for it, they own it. Chefs Jeff Simpson and Nick Adams have over 30 years of experience between them and have served such organizations as ESPN, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Boy Scouts of America and Cirque du Soleil, to name a few. They have garnered over 20 prestigious awards for their incredible food and artistic presentation. There are a variety of menu packages available, including the Escoffier Buffet and Latin Nights. Please note that your event must have a minimum of 35 guests before you schedule a tasting.

Creative Catering
1001 1st Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 550-0732

Creative Catering focuses on providing a customized experience for your event’s unique needs. In this company’s 14-year history, owner Frank Edgar has catered weddings, office parties, pharmaceutical lunches, outdoor picnics and other special events for as many as 10,000 guests. Some of your menu options include a New England clambake, Hawaiian luau, cocktail buffet or its 15 award-winning barbecue menu, which has won awards for “Best Ribs” and “Best Sauce,” among others. Depending on your needs, you can choose either a drop-off service or full-service catering for your event’s guests.

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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at