Holiday Catering in Alaska
Where to get all of your holiday goodies, without the headache
If there’s one thing everyone loves about the holidays, it’s the food. Well, eating the food. Preparing, perhaps transporting, and cleaning up after the food isn’t quite as alluring as the dining part of the equation. Luckily for businesses large and small, as well as nonprofits and individuals putting on an event, there are fantastic caterers throughout Alaska ready to provide any tasty treat needed, be it appetizers, entrees, desserts, or all of the above.
Alaska Coastal Catering (alaskacoastalcatering.com) provides “upscale and unique corporate catering within your office, home, or private venue” in Southcentral Alaska. Susie Von Willer Linford is the corporate chef and managing member for Alaska Coastal Catering; she says, “We pride ourselves on creating specialty menus designed with the clients' dietary requirements in mind. Gluten free and vegetarian menus are two areas where we excel. We also offer our clients full menu options that include Alaskan grown produce, fresh Alaskan seafood, poultry and meats.”
The company can provide catering services for up to 500 guests with its staff of more than twenty-five culinary artists. Alaska Coastal Catering is conscious of food waste and sustainability and the company’s policy is to not throw out usable food products after an event; rather, clients are invited to take home leftovers from the event that Alaska Coastal Catering will even wrap up for their personal use. Whatever food is left over after that is donated to Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission, which in turn helps to feed Anchorage’s homeless population.
Dianne’s Wild Fork Catering (cateringanchoragealaska.com) provides “feel good food” for both corporate and private events. According to the company, “Dianne’s is the corporate catering specialist for the Anchorage business community. Our menus are designed to complement your needs and satisfy your guests. We have made it convenient to order from us. We provide a complete solution with timely service and delicious food. Our specialties are breakfast and lunch meetings, business after hours, open houses, grand openings, employee celebrations or achievements, and holiday gatherings.”
The company’s online menus offer options for breakfast and lunch buffets, box lunches, appetizer platters and buffets, and dinner buffets. Dianne’s Wild Fork Catering can accommodate groups varying in size from 10 to 500 or more and uses sustainable, earth-friendly disposable products. The company states, “Our team of professionals have been serving our wonderful food to clients at business meetings, open houses, and life celebrations in and around Anchorage for many years. The experience we have gained allows us to conﬁdently and efﬁciently manage your event or function. Wild Fork Catering in Anchorage welcomes the opportunity to partner with you to create a memorable experience for your guests.”
Twigs Catering (twigscatering.com) offers a full range of catering services including lunch delivery, hot lunch buffets, breakfast gatherings, dinner buffets, and appetizer receptions. Twigs Catering menus are available online and the company will work with clients on additional menu options.
The company has staff available as onsite servers, carvers, bartenders, or chefs depending on the client’s needs. Twigs Catering customers can rent china, stemware, linens, and tables that Twigs Catering will deliver and set up for the event. The company states: “We offer professional consultation, high-quality products and services. We guarantee everything we do. We are happy to help you create the exact menu and experience for your special event.”
Sal’s New York Grill and Catering (salsnewyorkgrill.com) provides catering within Anchorage and will deliver to Eagle River, Chugiak, Wasilla, Girdwood, and other areas for an additional fee. In addition to their online menus, Sal’s New York Grill and Catering offers an option to customize menu items to suit the client’s need or meet a specific theme. Some menu themes available include gluten-free, Oktoberfest, “An Evening of Elegance,” Texas barbeque, Angel’s menu, southern comfort, and fiesta feast. For most caterings Sal’s New York Grill and Catering provides buffet-style dining, but can provide buffet table, seated table, or hand-passed butler service.
The company says, “Chef Sal has catered multi-day conferences, large conventions, corporate luncheons, and both large and small weddings. Sal’s professionalism and passion for cooking is reflected in every event he prepares whether it is for 25 people or 1,000 people. We hope you enjoy the event that you book with Sal’s New York Catering, and we look forward to meeting you.”
Top Shelf Catering (topshelfcateringllc.com) states, “Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.”
Top Shelf Catering provides catering services in Anchorage, Eagle River, Girdwood, The Mat-Su Valley, and the remainder of Alaska. The company has experience with private celebrations, weddings, graduations, fundraisers, corporate events, and buffets and provides boxed lunches as “your innovative catering company.”
Alaskan Events and Catering (cateralaska.com) provides a full spectrum of catering services and event planning “from Anchorage to the Mat Su Valley and beyond.” The company focuses on providing clients with as much locally-sourced products as possible through their tasty creations.
The company says, “Alaska Sausage & Seafood of Anchorage supplies us with the savory Alaska reindeer sausage or freshly smoked Alaskan salmon lox. New Sagaya Wholesale of Anchorage provides us with all of our Alaskan seafood including our famous Copper River red salmon, Southeastern Alaska fresh caught King Salmon, Bering Sea King Crab, and many other items including clams, scallops, and other fresh seafood all caught in the icy waters off the coast of Alaska. Here in the great Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Bushes and Bunches of Palmer provides us with those tasty carrots and assorted potatoes, including the famous Yukon golds. Finally, Alaska itself is abundant with our great edible flower, the Chamerion angustifolium, commonly known as fireweed, which we in turn use to create fireweed jelly that may be used at your next catered event.”
Impressions Catering (impressionsalaska.com) assists clients with a variety of occassions including corporate events or luncheons, holiday or private parties, weddings, fundraisers, or grand openings. The company notes, “If you can imagine it, we can help you make it a reality.” Impressions Catering has online menus and pricing for breakfast items, box lunches and salads, lunch menus, party trays, and dinner buffets.
The company’s Executive Chef is Paul Spadora, who’s been working in the industry since 1993 and has “traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and Thailand, all of which has enriched his own personal culinary style.” The company says, “When selecting a caterer for your next corporate or private event you want to be sure the food is the very best, the presentation is creative, and your guests will be suitably impressed. At Impressions Catering we understand consistent excellence in creativity and customer satisfaction is the true key to our success.”
Two Fat Guys Catering (twofatguyscatering.com) “has an extensive culinary background with Alaskan cuisine; if you can think of it we can make it.” The company has a sampling of their regular catering menus online, including fit entrees, contemporary classics, platters, desserts, and a dinner menu.
Two Fat Guys Catering is run by Lee and Big Roy, who both have a passion for food. The catering company got started offering chocolate dipped cheesecake and dipped strawberries at the Saturday Market on Third Street in downtown Anchorage. The company states, “Two Fat Guys Catering strives every day to give their guests culinary delights they grew up with, crave-able food that creates memories that would satisfy even a fat guy: Never trust a skinny cook.”
Masters Catering (masterscateringak.com) has menu options online and will customize a menu to fit the needs of their clients. The company says, “Here at Masters Catering, our goal is to work with our customers to create customized menus for each event. We understand that every event is unique, therefore we are dedicated to creating the perfect menu to fit your occasion.”
In addition to providing delicious food for any occasion, Masters Catering also provides cake cutting services and linen and china rentals. Masters Catering will deliver to locations throughout Southcentral for a fee. The company is owned and operated by Wes Masters, an Anchorage resident who graduated from UAA and traveled to Calabria, Italy, studying under top chefs in the region.
Peppercini’s Deli & Catering (alaskadeli.com) provides catering services to groups of eight or more. The company offers many catering conveniences, including delivery and set-up, simple re-orders for return customers, menu coordination, same day orders, and supplying all of the necessary silverware, plates, bowls, napkins, serving utensils, and more.
“Brothers Jeremy Kimmel and Jason Kimmel have lived in Alaska since 1981. They each have a long history in the restaurant and hospitality industries, and share a passion for food and food service. It is that passion that spawned Peppercini’s Deli & Catering. Our fun and energetic staff is courteous and professional. We pride ourselves on customer service and your satisfaction is our goal,” the company says.
Main Event Catering (maineventcateringak.com) provides catering in Anchorage and Wasilla. The company customizes menus to each client and event as well as options to provide plated catering, buffet-style catering, or family-style catering.
Main Event Catering also has a food truck that can be reserved for an event, which allows guests to make selections from the menu and is a unique way to spice up any party. The company notes, “Check out the many unique types and styles of catering that we offer. We are sure to find a style that you're going to love for every event.”
Jackie of All Trades (caterfairbanks.com) is a catering and butler service. The company says, “From corporate events to intimate parties and everything in-between, Jackie of All Trades offers you the services and flexibility you need in order to ensure your event is a success. We specialize in custom menus offering quality food, prepared using the freshest ingredients.” Jackie of all Trades’ butler service provides professional servers to keep clients’ buffets looking nice, their drinks full, and any trash picked up so the hosts can enjoy their guests. “We will even make sure that your kitchen is cleaned up at the end of the night.”
To complement their catering and butler services, the company also rents a range of items including plates, glasses, tables, and more. Sample menu ideas are available online.
Kenai Catering (kenaicatering.com) “is a full service caterer providing fresh flavorful cuisine and professional service,” says the company, which is located in downtown Kenai. In addition to catering services throughout Kenai and Soldotna, Kenai Catering has a banquet room that can accommodate up to 100 guests.
The company is owned and operated by Steve and Bobbi England, who have thirty-five years of hospitality experience, which ensures that “every aspect of your catered event will be handled professionally and efficiently. Our staff shares our enthusiasm for quality food and superior customer service.” When catering, the company can provide services for 500 guests or more, and their menus range from drop-off lunches to hors d’oeuvres for parties to full banquets.
Abby’s Kitchen Catering & Bakery (abbyskitchencatering.com) has been operating since 2007 in Juneau offering catering and event planning services. “With our innovative designs and wide range of available styles, we can help you plan the event of your dreams and offer you a memorable experience,” the company states.
Abby’s Kitchen specializes in creative, custom catering menus and offers wait and bar services as an additional option. It caters large or small events and can provide a menu for a casual party or formal banquet. “We provide the highest level of service, freshly made cuisine, and delicious cakes and desserts. You tell us what you want and we'll make it happen for you and your guests. No menu is too small or too big.” To get the creative juices flowing, the company offers sample dinner, lunch, and breakfast menus online.