Ain’t No Party Like A D’Amico Party

Loring Social is one of the catering venues D’Amico utilizes for its events. Photo by Nylon Saddle Photography

D’Amico caters to all of the Twin Cities’ Italian cuisine cravings.

The Twin Cities food scene is definitely something to boast about, especially when it includes a catering service with recipes straight out of Italy. Richard and Larry D’Amico started D’Amico Catering in the 1980s, when they opened their first locations in Minneapolis, D’Amico Cucina and Azur. As sons of Italian immigrants and second-generation restauranteurs, the D’Amicos were ready to share their Italian family recipes with the Twin Cities.

After establishing a strong catering presence in the Twin Cities, they were asked to cater some major events like the opening of the Mall of America and some major Super Bowl events in 1992.

“Over the past 25-plus years, we have orchestrated thousands of events of all types and sizes across the Twin Cities and maintained a reputation as the Twin Cities’ premier caterer,” says D’Amico Senior Marketing Manager Jason Brown-Hoesing.

Mini Bagels with Lox and Mini Bloody Marys are some of the culinary delights offered by D’Amico. Photo by Robert Evans Photography

Brown-Hoesing says despite their only physical presence being in the Twin Cities metro, D’Amico caters to anyone, regardless of where they might be.

“We can go from an intimate chef dinner in your home to helping you plan a magnificent holiday soiree in a large space such as International Market Square. The events we cater are truly endless,” he says. “Our expert event planners can assist with your wedding, corporate events, social gatherings and beyond, and our culinary team offers a very diverse range of menu options to suit all tastes and special requirements.”

D’Amico offers its services for weddings, corporate events and more. Photo by AM Photography

D’Amico also offers exclusive access to a variety of venues across the Twin Cities including Calhoun Beach Club, International Market Square, Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom, McNamara Alumni Center, Mill City Museum, Sovereign Estate Winery, Loring Social, Bavaria Downs and Minnesota History Center, as well as countless other off-premise settings.

“We’re also a preferred catering vendor for dozens of top venues around town, and we do off-premise events as well, such as private home gatherings and more. We cater to groups of all sizes and scopes,” Brown-Hoesing says.

While the quality of D’Amico’s recipes dates back to its Italian immigrant founders, the catering style is constantly changing to adapt to the needs of each individual client.

“Our goal every day is to provide services in all ranges to create the best experience possible for our clients. We put an equal amount of passion into all that we do—from our bread baskets to a 12-course menu tasting with wine pairings,” he says.

Through its Naturally D’Amico program, D’Amico works to exercise sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Photo by AM Photography

In addition to being delicious, D’Amico also prides itself on being socially and sustainably conscious in all of its catering and food production.

“As a passionate supporter of social responsibility and sustainability, D’Amico Catering believes in providing intelligently sourced, eco-friendly food that is authentic, real, healthy and fresh,” Brown-Hoesing says. “Our Naturally D’Amico program is founded on GOALS of Green, Organic, Artisanal, Local and Sustainable cuisine whenever possible.”

To encourage clients to be more eco-friendly in their catering choices, D’Amico also provides products that avoid plastic and other harmful substances.

“We offer eco-friendly options on a regular basis. At no additional charge to our clients, we provide China plates, stainless flatware, and glassware, rather than plastic ware at our bars,” he says. “We also provide white table linens and linen napkins that are laundered instead of disposable napkins, and recycle all bar and beverage items—cans, plastic bottles, and beer and wine bottles. We have worked with many events and organizations with stringent guidelines for sustainable practices.”

D’Amico strives to cater to everyone, regardless of budget or event size.

“D’Amico caters events of all budgets, sizes and occasions—from graduation parties, to weddings, to large-scale Super Bowl events. Casual shindig, or grand affair, D’Amico has done it all, and our clientele is as diverse as the type of events we cater,” Brown-Hoesing says.

Continuing its mission of serving a diverse group of clients, Brown-Hoesing says D’Amico has actively served clients of the GLBT community for most of its existence.

“We have been so fortunate to have served in the GLBT community over the past 25 years and we look forward to continuing to serve them for years ahead, whether it’s weddings, parties or events of all kinds.”

If you’re in the market for a catering service that offers fresh Italian cuisine, eco-friendly products, friendly services and a menu as diverse as the clientele, look no further than D’Amico Catering. For more information about their services, visit their website at www.damicocatering.com.

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