It Takes a Village!

It Takes a Village!
Straight to the Plate LLC.

It's all in the execution. The best food in the world doesn't mean anything if your guests can't be served properly.

Straight to the Plate Catering offers various options through our own brand of Culinary Amusement. What is Culinary Amusement? It's the use of creative culinary presentations designed specifically to enhance the event to give your guests the ultimate guest experience. We'll produce a unique and creative atmosphere for your event. You'll love our strolling Passed Bites or our Beautiful Buffet Tablescapes. What about considering fun and entertaining performance stations, or a formal seated dinner experience or just about anything you imagine?

On the following pages is a little taste of what we bring to your event with sample menus and some options to enhance your guest experience.

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We advise you to have some snacks ready. You're going to get hungry.

Our Team Includes

  • Event Producer
  • Event Planner
  • Floor Captain
  • Executive Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Servers
  • Bussers

Our Story

We are a woman-owned business and we LOVE what we do! After a life-threatening illness in 2007, and leaving the corporate world as a vice president and legal department manager, Sue was grateful to be alive and focused on family and bringing people together through the joy of food. Soon, Straight to the Plate Catering was born!

The Beginning

Sue fondly remembers the beginning of Straight to the Plate Catering. "The economy had just tanked, we had just closed our franchise, Entrees Made Easy, and I was recovering from my illness. We only owned two chafing dishes and had no money to start a catering company. So, we got out a 4-ingredient cookbook and invited our friends to join us for a tasting for our first 25 recipes at our home.

Our First 23 Recipes

Our friends rated the recipes, "It's a Winner!", "I'll have seconds please!", "Ok, nothing to talk about." and "Please don't serve this!" This was how we started with our first 23 recipes (yes, two didn't make the cut!). We still have some of those items on our menu all these years later as customer favorites!"

Each Event Is Special

Our cornerstone belief and foundation is when we are asked to be a part of someone's event or milestone, it is an absolute honor! Each event is special to us, even after catering for 12+ years of catering!

Sue and Brett have been married for about 25 years! In the beginning, Brett helped out part-time, which quickly became full time. As the company grew, Brett was a natural at catering as he loves to be around people and loves to make sure clients are made to feel special!

Culinary Journeys

Sue and Brett have a daughter who is studying for her teaching degree and a son who loves all things to do with film and is a high school student. The Carlisles love to travel as a family! Brett and Sue also attend The Art of Catering Food each year and enjoy going on "culinary journeys" with International Caterers Associations Education Fund. Both allows them to learn about new techniques, recipes, presentations and more to bring back new ideas for their clients, and build awesome relationships with caterers around the United States and elsewhere.

Best Catered Event

Sue's positivity and passion for life after surviving the rare, life-threatening illness earned her the 2009 Maricopa Citizen of the Year Award, which was a humbling and incredible honor. Together Brett and Sue have earned The International Live Event Association's "Zonie" Award for Best Catered Event, twice, and have earned seven consecutive WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award, which puts Straight to the Plate Catering in the top 5% nationally for wedding caterers.

Simply put, we are very grateful!

We Can Help With That!

Whether it is showing appreciation, celebrating a company milestone, building a stronger bond, or enticing potential customers, straight to the plate is your go-to partner with our fresh and flavorful culinary delights and our exceptional multiple award winning team! Let’s give them an incredible experience together! And don’t forget our donut machine, which is sure to impress!

Your Go-to Partner

Whatever your social, event or celebration is, Straight to the Plate is your go-to partner with our fresh and flavorful culinary delights, stunning displays and our exceptional multiple award-winning team! Let’s give them an incredible experience together, which is sure to impress!

What We Can Do

We can arrange an event with bartending, linens, rentals, lighting, music, flowers, and much more to fulfill your guest experience. We love to design and customize menus for the ultimate guest experience! Please note that any shown pricing excludes delivery tax, and event production fee.

We Can Help with That! Whether It Is Showing Appreciation, Celebrating a Company Milestone, Building a Stronger Bond, or Enticing Potential Customers, Straight to the Plate Is Your Go-to Partner with Our Fresh and Flavorful Culinary Delights and Our Exceptional Multiple Award Winning Team! Let’s Give Them an Incredible Experience Together! And Don’t Forget Our Donut Machine Machine, Which Is Sure to Impress!