Catering – FAQ’s

Martinis is a restaurant and lounge located in Valparaiso, Indiana proudly celebrating ten years of perfected food service and catering!  Head Chef and Owner Louis Kalafatis has built his kitchen around fresh and local produce and sound recipes he has cultivated for decades.  Specializing in Steaks, Seafood and Mediterranean Cuisine; our menu boasts a wide variety to tickle any taste bud.  Open seven days a week, Martinis is a perfect spot to sit down for lunch or dinner and plan your wedding details.  The newly remodeled dining room is a great setting for private parties, accommodating up to 65. Martinis is known for our premier events boasting a roster of Comedy Nights, Dueling Pianos, Sinatra, Bands and other unique events to Valparaiso.  Perfect for a local bachelorette party with that uptown vibe.

Planning a wedding can be stressful, with lots of information and events to prepare. Our Event Coordinator Steve Ippolito will gladly sit down and guide you through all hoops and add that special touch to make your Bridal Event one to remember!  Steve has received training in large event management and excels in creative party decor and unique party concepts.

Steve also manages the Martinis Creative Catering & Concepts brand, providing perfectly catered affairs for a decade specializing in indoor and outdoor large events and weddings.  Our clients have grown to anticipate the quality and care brought to our cuisine and we bring that same philosophy to our catered events.  With an experienced culinary team, Martinis can create any dream menu you wish for your guests!  From bountiful buffets to decorated plating, specialty desserts and creative mixology; Martinis truly strives to provide our clients with perfection.

“I love that I get to help couples create the most magical day of their lives.  Sometimes brides have a vision but don’t know how to execute the full picture.  Bringing a creative twist to a classic experience is what Martinis is all about.  Brides shouldn’t feel obligated to have their reception in the same old catering hall that everyone uses.  Think outside the box and let the industry professionals help you really bring your dream to reality.” – Steven Ippolito, Event Coordinator

Catering – FAQ’s

How do I hire Martinis Creative Catering & Concepts for my event?

At first contact we will discuss your budget and desired menu or theme.  Weddings sometimes request a tasting, which we are happy to set up.  After that, we will create a proposal for you to approve.  To lock in your date we then require a signed contract and 25% deposit based on the said proposal. The remainder of your bill is due upon arrival of the event or before.

What is provided when I hire Martinis Creative Catering & Concepts?

Along with your food, we provide warming chaffers, disposable plateware and flatware for appetizers and meal, set-up and tear down and appropriate wait staff on hand to pick up dirty plateware, replenish the buffet, etc. during the event. We do offer an option with china for an upcharge.

Do you need a kitchen to prepare the food?

No.  We pride ourselves in the fact that we can literally set up anywhere with our equipment and the food is still delicious and hot. Along with our personal service and great food, this is what sets us apart from most caterers in the area.

What if I don’t like everything that is on the menu I choose?

No problem.  We can “cut and paste” from any of our menus to create a menu that accommodates your tastes and budget.

Do you provide linens?

For an additional charge we can customize your table settings to whatever you may desire.

Can you provide alcohol?

We are a fully licensed caterer including alcohol servicing. Bar packages available by request. 

How far in advance to you need know about menu changes and guest count?

Menu additions or changes need to be made at least 2 weeks before your event, if not sooner.  Final guest count is also due 2 weeks prior to the event.   

Do you make wedding cake or charge a cut cutting fee?

We do not make wedding cakes but can provide information to you about our prefered cake design vendor – Designer Desserts. We do not charge a cake cutting fee.  See their website for further information. Designer Desserts

Can you help me find other trusted services such as a DJ, photographer, or florist?

Yes. We are first and foremost concerned with your menu and food, but we have a small and exclusive list of vendors that we literally put our stamp of approval on.  We can help you with as little or as much as you need to make your event perfect. Customizing private events is our specialty.


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