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Arizona Inspirations Catering

Tempe , AZ
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LOCATION

2400 W. Medtronic Way, Suite #2
Tempe, AZ 85281 US (map)

PHONE

480-241-7621
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Arizona Inspirations Catering is a full-service catering company providing everything you need for an unforgettable wedding. Let us take the stress out of planning your wedding through... Read more
Arizona Inspirations Catering is a full-service catering company providing everything you need for an unforgettable wedding. Let us take the stress out of planning your wedding through professional guidance, creative design ideas and delicious food options. Arizona Inspirations Catering prides itself in personalized planning, attention to detail and tastes for all budgets. We bring fresh ideas to the planning process so you can make your event unique. We offer a variety of cuisine styles and ethnic flavors to compliment the many tastes of your guests. All menus are creatively designed to ensure your guest will enjoy a once in a life time meal. We offer consultation on table design and presentation. We are chef owned and operated, making food our business!

Contact us today: 480.241.7621

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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Outside Alcohol OK, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Wine
Which of the following items can you provide?
Chairs, Tables
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Vianey
Wedding:
2/4/2017
5.0/5.0
Picking a caterer for your wedding is one of the most important things, in my opinion. The decor can be beautiful, the DJ can be spinning the best tracks, but if the food is not delicious...then you'll have a bunch of HANGRY (hungry&angry) guests that will have a lot to say for years to come. Searching for the perfect caterer was initially hard, we received many proposals, and went to a few tastings. Because I wanted a plated dinner for almost 300 people, the proposals were outrageous!!! Then I found and attended one of AZ inspirations' free tastings--they brought out a salad, 2 main courses, wine, and their awesome personalities--everything was absolutely delicious! After our first tasting, we knew we wanted them to cater our wedding; but after receiving their proposal, we knew they HAD to cater our wedding! It was the best proposal that we had gotten and better food than the higher priced caterers. Chef Nik was very easy to work with and truly carried out his promise to provide not only delicious food, but the same elegant presentation that we had at the tasting to our wedding. We had almost 300 guests and Chef Nik, Rick, and the rest of their team provided passed appetizers, a plated dinner, bar service, coffee and hot chocolate service, cake cutting, and they even took on unrelated tasks like helping set up when we were running a little behind schedule. They made sure that my husband and I got appetizers after our photos, that we had drinks, that we ate, and truly took care of us the rest of the night! Our Menu--Appetizers: mini kobe sliders, black truffle macaroni and cheese tart, and ceviche shooters; salad: celebration salad; dinner: braised chicken breast with a red pepper coulis sauce, grilled asparagus and peppers, and caramelized onion mashed potatoes. EVERYONE loved the food and I am still getting compliments on the food! I could go on and on about how happy we are with AZ Inspirations but there is a word limit loI Thank you so much Nik and Rick!!
Picking a caterer for your wedding is one of the most important things, in my opinion. The decor can be beautiful, the DJ Read more...
Picking a caterer for your wedding is one of the most important things, in my opinion. The decor can be beautiful, the DJ can be spinning the best tracks, but if the food is not delicious...then you'll have a bunch of HANGRY (hungry&angry) guests that will have a lot to say for years to come. Searching for the perfect caterer was initially hard, we received many proposals, and went to a few tastings. Because I wanted a plated dinner for almost 300 people, the proposals were outrageous!!! Then I found and attended one of AZ inspirations' free tastings--they brought out a salad, 2 main courses, wine, and their awesome personalities--everything was absolutely delicious! After our first tasting, we knew we wanted them to cater our wedding; but after receiving their proposal, we knew they HAD to cater our wedding! It was the best proposal that we had gotten and better food than the higher priced caterers. Chef Nik was very easy to work with and truly carried out his promise to provide not only delicious food, but the same elegant presentation that we had at the tasting to our wedding. We had almost 300 guests and Chef Nik, Rick, and the rest of their team provided passed appetizers, a plated dinner, bar service, coffee and hot chocolate service, cake cutting, and they even took on unrelated tasks like helping set up when we were running a little behind schedule. They made sure that my husband and I got appetizers after our photos, that we had drinks, that we ate, and truly took care of us the rest of the night! Our Menu--Appetizers: mini kobe sliders, black truffle macaroni and cheese tart, and ceviche shooters; salad: celebration salad; dinner: braised chicken breast with a red pepper coulis sauce, grilled asparagus and peppers, and caramelized onion mashed potatoes. EVERYONE loved the food and I am still getting compliments on the food! I could go on and on about how happy we are with AZ Inspirations but there is a word limit loI Thank you so much Nik and Rick!! Read less
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Arizona Inspirations Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your kind feedback. Our service team was honored to be part of your special day! I will be sure to share your praises with Rick and the rest of my staff. Again, we appreciate your business. Blessings to you both!
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YL
Wedding:
3/6/2016
5.0/5.0
AZ Inspirations has a truly original menu and an excellent chef who's willing to create the perfect menu. At our first impression tasting we were simply blown away by the food provided. We tried many dishes; the familiar was far from derivative and the new was tasty and wholesome. The choice for our wedding was obvious.

If you're looking for that special reception and/or rehearsal dinner, these are the guys to check out!
AZ Inspirations has a truly original menu and an excellent chef who's willing to create the perfect menu. At our first Read more...
AZ Inspirations has a truly original menu and an excellent chef who's willing to create the perfect menu. At our first impression tasting we were simply blown away by the food provided. We tried many dishes; the familiar was far from derivative and the new was tasty and wholesome. The choice for our wedding was obvious.

If you're looking for that special reception and/or rehearsal dinner, these are the guys to check out! Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
11/11/2015
4.0/5.0
Nik was fantastic working with him on our menus simple and fast. On the day however, even though he said he is always there, he was not. He had a wine tasting that he attended instead of being at my wedding. The appetizers were amazing, and even though I was doing pictures while they were being served got done with pictures early and one of the guys brought me a plate of all the appetizers because I really wanted them. His employees "forgot" to serve the Bride and Groom first, they were behind so the first table called didn't get everything they were supposed and had to go back later. The food was fantastic but it probably would have gone better had Nik been there.
Nik was fantastic working with him on our menus simple and fast. On the day however, even though he said he is always Read more...
Nik was fantastic working with him on our menus simple and fast. On the day however, even though he said he is always there, he was not. He had a wine tasting that he attended instead of being at my wedding. The appetizers were amazing, and even though I was doing pictures while they were being served got done with pictures early and one of the guys brought me a plate of all the appetizers because I really wanted them. His employees "forgot" to serve the Bride and Groom first, they were behind so the first table called didn't get everything they were supposed and had to go back later. The food was fantastic but it probably would have gone better had Nik been there. Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
6/13/2015
1.4/5.0
The food was OK. It felt like a bait and switch. We went to the free tasting and it was amazing. We spoke to Nik about having rice at our wedding and he gave us this big talk about how all we needed to do was give him our recipe and he'd figure it out. We booked him and paid a $1500 deposit then it took him 2 weeks to get back to me via an unhelpful email that didn't answer my questions about another tasting. We sent him the recipe for rice to which he replied that it wouldn't work. It was a simple white rice recipe that could be done in a rice cooker.

The day of the wedding, they showed up with melted cups that wouldn't even stand up. We requested strawberry lemonade and cucumber water, and they brought iced tea and water. The "rice pilaf" substitute for our rice recipe tasted and looked like liquidy rice-a-roni. When my vegetarian step-dad went through the line and asked for the veg option, the head waitress pointed to the rice and said that was the veg option. (The veg options were eventually supplied.) The chicken was just a white breast with a couple of chunks of green chili on it. The best part of the meal were the salad and asparagus which were good. The bread assortment was good, but were served out of plastic bags. They bused tables so aggressively, you couldn't set a full drink down without fear of it disappearing. We got a lot of compliments on the pie (supplied by another vendor - Pie Snob in Scottsdale, AZ - fantastic!) but people would leave a pie with only 2 bites taken out to dance, come back 5 minutes later and it would be gone. At the end of the night, they packed up and left, leaving half of their tablecloths without speaking to anyone. After the wedding, 5 pie stands were missing, and I tried to contact them to see if they had picked them up by mistake. Not surprisingly, they never got back to us. (They ended up in the venue in a back room.) I would not recommend this company.
The food was OK. It felt like a bait and switch. We went to the free tasting and it was amazing. We spoke to Nik about Read more...
The food was OK. It felt like a bait and switch. We went to the free tasting and it was amazing. We spoke to Nik about having rice at our wedding and he gave us this big talk about how all we needed to do was give him our recipe and he'd figure it out. We booked him and paid a $1500 deposit then it took him 2 weeks to get back to me via an unhelpful email that didn't answer my questions about another tasting. We sent him the recipe for rice to which he replied that it wouldn't work. It was a simple white rice recipe that could be done in a rice cooker.

The day of the wedding, they showed up with melted cups that wouldn't even stand up. We requested strawberry lemonade and cucumber water, and they brought iced tea and water. The "rice pilaf" substitute for our rice recipe tasted and looked like liquidy rice-a-roni. When my vegetarian step-dad went through the line and asked for the veg option, the head waitress pointed to the rice and said that was the veg option. (The veg options were eventually supplied.) The chicken was just a white breast with a couple of chunks of green chili on it. The best part of the meal were the salad and asparagus which were good. The bread assortment was good, but were served out of plastic bags. They bused tables so aggressively, you couldn't set a full drink down without fear of it disappearing. We got a lot of compliments on the pie (supplied by another vendor - Pie Snob in Scottsdale, AZ - fantastic!) but people would leave a pie with only 2 bites taken out to dance, come back 5 minutes later and it would be gone. At the end of the night, they packed up and left, leaving half of their tablecloths without speaking to anyone. After the wedding, 5 pie stands were missing, and I tried to contact them to see if they had picked them up by mistake. Not surprisingly, they never got back to us. (They ended up in the venue in a back room.) I would not recommend this company. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.2/5.0
The food was very delicious - I recommend booking them during the summer, to get some great deals.
The food was very delicious - I recommend booking them during the summer, to get some great deals.
The food was very delicious - I recommend booking them during the summer, to get some great deals. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
2/16/2015
5.0/5.0
Chef Nik and his staff were PERFECT. Absolutely no complaints. We went to a tasting at his location. The atmosphere was really cool. Romantic dinner style. We were very pleased with the tasting and decided to move forward with his company. Everything was fairly straightforward. He emailed us the menu options, and we communicated via email. He was very responsive, and attended our meeting with our venue to straighten out the last minute details.

During the wedding: 1 hr of cocktails / appetizers. Mini kobe burgers, red/yellow pepper bruschetta, bacon wrapped scallops. All 3 were big hits and I received many compliments about each one of them. The best part was that even though my wife and I were overwhelmed, Nik's staff came to us when we were taking pictures and specifically made sure we were able to taste the appetizers. It was very thoughtful and made us very happy. For the main meal we ordered celebration salad, asparagus, carmelized onion mashed potatoes, and chicken w/ brown butter and sage. Everything tasted really good, and the line moved fairly quickly. Nik served us at our sweetheart table and I had no complaints. They also cut our cake, and did a great job on that as well.

Overall I really appreciated the work that Nik and his staff put out in order to make our wedding day special. A+, highly recommend.
Chef Nik and his staff were PERFECT. Absolutely no complaints. We went to a tasting at his location. The atmosphere was Read more...
Chef Nik and his staff were PERFECT. Absolutely no complaints. We went to a tasting at his location. The atmosphere was really cool. Romantic dinner style. We were very pleased with the tasting and decided to move forward with his company. Everything was fairly straightforward. He emailed us the menu options, and we communicated via email. He was very responsive, and attended our meeting with our venue to straighten out the last minute details.

During the wedding: 1 hr of cocktails / appetizers. Mini kobe burgers, red/yellow pepper bruschetta, bacon wrapped scallops. All 3 were big hits and I received many compliments about each one of them. The best part was that even though my wife and I were overwhelmed, Nik's staff came to us when we were taking pictures and specifically made sure we were able to taste the appetizers. It was very thoughtful and made us very happy. For the main meal we ordered celebration salad, asparagus, carmelized onion mashed potatoes, and chicken w/ brown butter and sage. Everything tasted really good, and the line moved fairly quickly. Nik served us at our sweetheart table and I had no complaints. They also cut our cake, and did a great job on that as well.

Overall I really appreciated the work that Nik and his staff put out in order to make our wedding day special. A+, highly recommend. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.8/5.0
The service we got out of Arizona Inspirations Catering in the beginning was fantastic! We went to an open tasting which was great and then we had our personal tasting and we were blown away. Then, the day of the wedding didn't go so smooth. The food tasted great and the majority of everyone loved it however they ran out of breadsticks. Also, we were promised a tray from cocktail hour while we got our pictures taken which did not happen. The most disappointing thing though was the fact that a whole table was refused water, place settings, and food. What ended up happening is that we had more chairs than people at each table and I completely understand only having enough for what I told them the count was. I definitely take ownership for not explaining the extra chairs but the thing that upset me is that when the guests asked if they could get service, they were told no, you guys are not supposed to be sitting here and we counted 128 and the bride only told us 108. There ended up being less than 108 at the wedding too. They eventually took care of the issue but it took some negotiating. I probably could have done some things differently and I can see that now but I was really hoping they were going to live up to their hype because all of the other aspects of great service were there. I never got a goodbye or anything as well which was kind of odd. I contemplated on whether or not to write this review with the good and the bad comments because half of the experience was enjoyable and Chef Nik is great at what he does and his food is delicious. Make your own judgments because every persons experience and expectations are different.
The service we got out of Arizona Inspirations Catering in the beginning was fantastic! We went to an open tasting which Read more...
The service we got out of Arizona Inspirations Catering in the beginning was fantastic! We went to an open tasting which was great and then we had our personal tasting and we were blown away. Then, the day of the wedding didn't go so smooth. The food tasted great and the majority of everyone loved it however they ran out of breadsticks. Also, we were promised a tray from cocktail hour while we got our pictures taken which did not happen. The most disappointing thing though was the fact that a whole table was refused water, place settings, and food. What ended up happening is that we had more chairs than people at each table and I completely understand only having enough for what I told them the count was. I definitely take ownership for not explaining the extra chairs but the thing that upset me is that when the guests asked if they could get service, they were told no, you guys are not supposed to be sitting here and we counted 128 and the bride only told us 108. There ended up being less than 108 at the wedding too. They eventually took care of the issue but it took some negotiating. I probably could have done some things differently and I can see that now but I was really hoping they were going to live up to their hype because all of the other aspects of great service were there. I never got a goodbye or anything as well which was kind of odd. I contemplated on whether or not to write this review with the good and the bad comments because half of the experience was enjoyable and Chef Nik is great at what he does and his food is delicious. Make your own judgments because every persons experience and expectations are different. Read less
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Natalie
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
This will change every expectation you have for catered dinners. Delicious. If this was a restaurant i would come for special occasions regularly. The value was beyond excellent and worth more than we paid for . Our buffet had roasted chicken with brown butter sage and sirloin steak with balsamic glaze, celebration salad, garlic smashed potatoes . Each guest was provided with BOTH chicken and steak entrees. For 100 guests this station staffed buffet dinner with bar tending service, glassware, was just over 3 grand . We got a deal with free 3 passed appetizers for signing up during promotion . They include buffet tables, cake cutting, coffee service and infused water at no charge. Nik is fantastic and made 3 special vegetarian entrees at no additional charge ! Highly recommend !
This will change every expectation you have for catered dinners. Delicious. If this was a restaurant i would come for Read more...
This will change every expectation you have for catered dinners. Delicious. If this was a restaurant i would come for special occasions regularly. The value was beyond excellent and worth more than we paid for . Our buffet had roasted chicken with brown butter sage and sirloin steak with balsamic glaze, celebration salad, garlic smashed potatoes . Each guest was provided with BOTH chicken and steak entrees. For 100 guests this station staffed buffet dinner with bar tending service, glassware, was just over 3 grand . We got a deal with free 3 passed appetizers for signing up during promotion . They include buffet tables, cake cutting, coffee service and infused water at no charge. Nik is fantastic and made 3 special vegetarian entrees at no additional charge ! Highly recommend ! Read less
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Robin
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
The Arizona Inspirations Catering team is wonderful!! Nik's food is amazing and will definitely leave you full but wanting seconds - it's that delicious. The team was professional and courteous throughout the entire planning process and day of the wedding. The tastings prior to the final decision made it difficult to settle on just a few items - everything was super scrumptious! I would definitely love to work with Nik and his team again. I would also recommend them for your upcoming event...wedding, birthday, business meetings, anything! Thank you again so much Nik and team at Arizona Inspirations Catering!
The Arizona Inspirations Catering team is wonderful!! Nik's food is amazing and will definitely leave you full but wanting Read more...
The Arizona Inspirations Catering team is wonderful!! Nik's food is amazing and will definitely leave you full but wanting seconds - it's that delicious. The team was professional and courteous throughout the entire planning process and day of the wedding. The tastings prior to the final decision made it difficult to settle on just a few items - everything was super scrumptious! I would definitely love to work with Nik and his team again. I would also recommend them for your upcoming event...wedding, birthday, business meetings, anything! Thank you again so much Nik and team at Arizona Inspirations Catering! Read less
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Ron
Wedding:
9/27/2013
5.0/5.0
We chose Arizona Inspiations to provide the catering for our daughters' wedding - they did not disappoint ! We had interviewed several caterers and found Nik to be the best. His food choices were excellent and his pricing was also the best. We had several meals at his offices and they were all terrific and we finally settled on a menu.
The day of the wedding Nik and his crew arrived early and operated seamlessly throughout the night. The food was excellent and the guests had nothing but good things to say. Many guests had seconds - that says alot. His staff was attentive and provided great service all night long.
I highly recommend using Arizona Inspirations for your next catering event 0 you will not be disappointed.
We chose Arizona Inspiations to provide the catering for our daughters' wedding - they did not disappoint ! We had Read more...
We chose Arizona Inspiations to provide the catering for our daughters' wedding - they did not disappoint ! We had interviewed several caterers and found Nik to be the best. His food choices were excellent and his pricing was also the best. We had several meals at his offices and they were all terrific and we finally settled on a menu.
The day of the wedding Nik and his crew arrived early and operated seamlessly throughout the night. The food was excellent and the guests had nothing but good things to say. Many guests had seconds - that says alot. His staff was attentive and provided great service all night long.
I highly recommend using Arizona Inspirations for your next catering event 0 you will not be disappointed. Read less
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