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Special Moments Catering & Events

Tempe , AZ
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7425 S Harl Ave Suite 2
Tempe, AZ 85283 US (map)

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480-730-1114

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ABOUT US

For the past 30 years Special Moments Catering and Events has been providing exceptional wedding and event services. Our full service catering department can help bring “Special Moments”... Read more
For the past 30 years Special Moments Catering and Events has been providing exceptional wedding and event services. Our full service catering department can help bring “Special Moments” to any wedding, soirée, or event! With menus that vary widely in cuisine, we provide an elegant and affordable solution to any bride or event planner’s needs. A family owned and operated business since 1984; Special Moments is committed to providing the highest level of customer satisfaction possible!

Recently Special Moments was selected by the brides as a winner in the 2012 theknot.com The Knot Best of Weddings for the Phoenix Area. Special Moments has also been selected as the Official 2015 Caterer of the World Champion Arizona Rattlers! Read less
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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, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Cajun, Caribbean, French, Italian, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish
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, Outside Alcohol OK
Which of the following items can you provide?
Chairs, Tables
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Chelsea
Wedding:
1/21/2016
5.0/5.0
The food is delicious and they are very accommodating! Absolutely love the family aspect of this business!
The food is delicious and they are very accommodating! Absolutely love the family aspect of this business!
The food is delicious and they are very accommodating! Absolutely love the family aspect of this business! Read less
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Kirsten
Wedding:
5/2/2015
5.0/5.0
I used Special Moments for my wedding on May 2nd and I can't say enough amazing things about them. From the start, their service was top-notch. They were quick to respond to all of my emails, they were happy to set up a tasting with us (Which was both fun and tasty! We got to sit at a fancy table in the kitchen and meet the chef!) and they quickly sent over an invoice for us to review everything. We gave them our budget up front and they never tried to push us over that budget and did everything to create the very best value for our 200-guest wedding, even helping us find areas where we could save money.

I thought we knew what we wanted on our menu, but after going to our tasting, we came home with even more wonderful options and ideas! (Side note: the homemade meatballs and rosemary cheddar bread are AMAZING!) We opted for a very affordable Italian buffet which we decided was filling, would appeal to a large crowd and left more room in our budget for appetizers, which we loved at our tasting. We received numerous compliments on the food during the night and in the few weeks after the event.(Their staff also packed us up a box to take with us to the hotel that night AND packed up leftovers for our family to take home for a party we were hosting the next day!)

The service was perfect. They set up the tables just how my little OCD self wanted them set up. And they never gave me a hard time when I called them to explain exactly how I wanted each place setting to look (crazy bride alert!).

For the sake of full disclosure, I actually work in the wedding and event industry, so I have worked with many vendors in the industry in the past, including many caterers. But seeing things from the perspective of a bride, I had a much more critical perspective and I actually experienced things from the customer side. And as a bride and as a customer, I can honestly say that I think Special Moments is the best in the biz.
I used Special Moments for my wedding on May 2nd and I can't say enough amazing things about them. From the start, their Read more...
I used Special Moments for my wedding on May 2nd and I can't say enough amazing things about them. From the start, their service was top-notch. They were quick to respond to all of my emails, they were happy to set up a tasting with us (Which was both fun and tasty! We got to sit at a fancy table in the kitchen and meet the chef!) and they quickly sent over an invoice for us to review everything. We gave them our budget up front and they never tried to push us over that budget and did everything to create the very best value for our 200-guest wedding, even helping us find areas where we could save money.

I thought we knew what we wanted on our menu, but after going to our tasting, we came home with even more wonderful options and ideas! (Side note: the homemade meatballs and rosemary cheddar bread are AMAZING!) We opted for a very affordable Italian buffet which we decided was filling, would appeal to a large crowd and left more room in our budget for appetizers, which we loved at our tasting. We received numerous compliments on the food during the night and in the few weeks after the event.(Their staff also packed us up a box to take with us to the hotel that night AND packed up leftovers for our family to take home for a party we were hosting the next day!)

The service was perfect. They set up the tables just how my little OCD self wanted them set up. And they never gave me a hard time when I called them to explain exactly how I wanted each place setting to look (crazy bride alert!).

For the sake of full disclosure, I actually work in the wedding and event industry, so I have worked with many vendors in the industry in the past, including many caterers. But seeing things from the perspective of a bride, I had a much more critical perspective and I actually experienced things from the customer side. And as a bride and as a customer, I can honestly say that I think Special Moments is the best in the biz. Read less
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Maryem
Wedding:
4/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Since we had our first tasting at this venue , we were sold not only was the food great but so their presentation! The food at the wedding was just as good and the service was amazing they napkin color was wrong and they were still able to fix it 30 min before the wedding ! Their staff was very attentive to us, the only thing I wished was if our plates were boxed up to go, I was really looking forward to my last slice of meat and my chicken lol, but the did give us a take home snack filled with cheese and chocolate covered strawberries, so that was sweet.
Since we had our first tasting at this venue , we were sold not only was the food great but so their presentation! The Read more...
Since we had our first tasting at this venue , we were sold not only was the food great but so their presentation! The food at the wedding was just as good and the service was amazing they napkin color was wrong and they were still able to fix it 30 min before the wedding ! Their staff was very attentive to us, the only thing I wished was if our plates were boxed up to go, I was really looking forward to my last slice of meat and my chicken lol, but the did give us a take home snack filled with cheese and chocolate covered strawberries, so that was sweet. Read less
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Jessika
Wedding:
4/10/2015
5.0/5.0
If I could give them a billion stars, I absolutely would!

Special Moments catered our wedding on May 8, 2015, at the air force museum in Mesa. They were a recommended vendor and had worked at the venue before, so I decided to go with them after checking out some additional reviews.

First, I must say that their communication skills are excellent. I live in Dubai and planning a wedding halfway across the globe is stressful enough, as I can only communicate through email or through my sister who was local. Brad, Michelle and their team were prompt and clear with their communication.

Unfortunately, I couldn't be present to do a tasting, so my sister went with her 5 year old daughter and her friend. My sister was thoroughly impressed by the presentation of the tasting - the chef even made child sized portions for my niece. It was a very kind and thoughtful touch. The food was all delicious when I finally got to try it.

I came into Phoenix about 9 months before the wedding and finally met with Michelle. She was so interested in our theme (vintage air travel) and wanted to match the buffet tables to our decor. I met her again just a week before the wedding to get some last minute details in. I was impressed by her desire to match the decor.

On the day of the event, I was met by Dan who was in charge of the staff for the evening. Dan was amazing - he ensured we received our plated meals as well as wrapping up all the leftover food and sending it home with my family. The staff even folded up my ceremony chairs afterthe ceremony! I would have never asked them to do it however, they were happy to pitch in without even being asked.

All the staff were kind and helpful, and Dan was great - he kept communication open with me throughout the whole day.

Thank you so much Special Moments! Your staff definitely helped make our day very special.
If I could give them a billion stars, I absolutely would!

Special Moments catered our wedding on May 8, 2015, at Read more...
If I could give them a billion stars, I absolutely would!

Special Moments catered our wedding on May 8, 2015, at the air force museum in Mesa. They were a recommended vendor and had worked at the venue before, so I decided to go with them after checking out some additional reviews.

First, I must say that their communication skills are excellent. I live in Dubai and planning a wedding halfway across the globe is stressful enough, as I can only communicate through email or through my sister who was local. Brad, Michelle and their team were prompt and clear with their communication.

Unfortunately, I couldn't be present to do a tasting, so my sister went with her 5 year old daughter and her friend. My sister was thoroughly impressed by the presentation of the tasting - the chef even made child sized portions for my niece. It was a very kind and thoughtful touch. The food was all delicious when I finally got to try it.

I came into Phoenix about 9 months before the wedding and finally met with Michelle. She was so interested in our theme (vintage air travel) and wanted to match the buffet tables to our decor. I met her again just a week before the wedding to get some last minute details in. I was impressed by her desire to match the decor.

On the day of the event, I was met by Dan who was in charge of the staff for the evening. Dan was amazing - he ensured we received our plated meals as well as wrapping up all the leftover food and sending it home with my family. The staff even folded up my ceremony chairs afterthe ceremony! I would have never asked them to do it however, they were happy to pitch in without even being asked.

All the staff were kind and helpful, and Dan was great - he kept communication open with me throughout the whole day.

Thank you so much Special Moments! Your staff definitely helped make our day very special. Read less
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Katrina
Wedding:
3/29/2015
4.4/5.0
Special Moments was amazing to work with on our wedding day! The owner himself handled all of the details! We were very pleased with the service and professionalism from him and his staff! Only little hiccup we had was our guest count changed at the last minute ! He accommodated it perfectly! There is always so much going on that day and I didn't have to worry about a thing! The quality of food was really amazing and extremely tasty? chef Michael is a solid 10!
Special Moments was amazing to work with on our wedding day! The owner himself handled all of the details! We were very Read more...
Special Moments was amazing to work with on our wedding day! The owner himself handled all of the details! We were very pleased with the service and professionalism from him and his staff! Only little hiccup we had was our guest count changed at the last minute ! He accommodated it perfectly! There is always so much going on that day and I didn't have to worry about a thing! The quality of food was really amazing and extremely tasty? chef Michael is a solid 10! Read less
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Morgan
Wedding:
2/28/2015
4.7/5.0
Michelle is great to work with and the food is a great value and amazing!
Michelle is great to work with and the food is a great value and amazing!
Michelle is great to work with and the food is a great value and amazing! Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
2/28/2015
2.9/5.0
Special Moments was professional and the process leading up to planning was fine. We even paid them and extra $1,000 for 2 extra servers. However, the day of the wedding did not go as planned. The food was over cooked, they did not refill any drinks, the buffet line moved slowly and took 2 hours for the whole wedding to get food and guests had to go out of their way to get the servers attention. Not worth it...
Special Moments was professional and the process leading up to planning was fine. We even paid them and extra $1,000 for 2 Read more...
Special Moments was professional and the process leading up to planning was fine. We even paid them and extra $1,000 for 2 extra servers. However, the day of the wedding did not go as planned. The food was over cooked, they did not refill any drinks, the buffet line moved slowly and took 2 hours for the whole wedding to get food and guests had to go out of their way to get the servers attention. Not worth it... Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
FANTASTIC staff! they were very accommodating and so incredibly kind. They focused on serving us as clients rather than our event - it made it much more personable.
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FANTASTIC staff! they were very accommodating and so incredibly kind. They focused on serving us as clients rather than Read more...
FANTASTIC staff! they were very accommodating and so incredibly kind. They focused on serving us as clients rather than our event - it made it much more personable.
thank you! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
11/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Hiring Special Moments for our wedding was the best catering decision we could have made. They were really pleasant, organized and efficient. Everything was set up perfectly and the food was delicious.

They planned with us at a distance all of the time, because we live in Chicago and our wedding was there in Arizona. They were really responsive both in email and phone. Since the first beginning they were really open and they offered really creative ideas to follow our bugdet while keeping the things we wanted. We had a pasta station that we could choose between different kinds of pasta, sauces and ingredients, and everyone loved it. They also kept a cute vintage look to match with the decoration, and their professionalism made the food a complete success.

We want to do a special thank you to Brad that was our contact and definitely made his best to make our day so special. We could see in his face that he really loves what he does and that makes all the difference. If you are looking for a company to cater your wedding with amazing food, look no further.
Hiring Special Moments for our wedding was the best catering decision we could have made. They were really pleasant, Read more...
Hiring Special Moments for our wedding was the best catering decision we could have made. They were really pleasant, organized and efficient. Everything was set up perfectly and the food was delicious.

They planned with us at a distance all of the time, because we live in Chicago and our wedding was there in Arizona. They were really responsive both in email and phone. Since the first beginning they were really open and they offered really creative ideas to follow our bugdet while keeping the things we wanted. We had a pasta station that we could choose between different kinds of pasta, sauces and ingredients, and everyone loved it. They also kept a cute vintage look to match with the decoration, and their professionalism made the food a complete success.

We want to do a special thank you to Brad that was our contact and definitely made his best to make our day so special. We could see in his face that he really loves what he does and that makes all the difference. If you are looking for a company to cater your wedding with amazing food, look no further. Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
3/1/2014
4.8/5.0
Special Moments did a fantastic job for us in the most difficult of circumstances. It absolutely poured the day of our wedding, which unfortunately resulted in several last minute changes to what we had originally planned. Special Moments was extremely accommodating with these changes, and endured the rain and cold to ensure that our guests received a hot meal. The Marsala wine sauce was too light so the chicken was a little dry. Other than that, the food was excellent! We highly recommend Special Moments Catering!
Special Moments did a fantastic job for us in the most difficult of circumstances. It absolutely poured the day of our Read more...
Special Moments did a fantastic job for us in the most difficult of circumstances. It absolutely poured the day of our wedding, which unfortunately resulted in several last minute changes to what we had originally planned. Special Moments was extremely accommodating with these changes, and endured the rain and cold to ensure that our guests received a hot meal. The Marsala wine sauce was too light so the chicken was a little dry. Other than that, the food was excellent! We highly recommend Special Moments Catering! Read less
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