Local First Arizona would like to extend a huge thank you to Amici Catering!
Amici Catering is based in Phoenix and caters weddings, corporate lunches, breakfasts, and social events of all types throughout the Valley. We were lucky enough to taste some of the "real food made simple" that Amici specializes in for a drop-off lunch in the Phoenix office (and it was spectacular).
Amici Catering is a proud Local First Arizona business member that believes Local Sourcing is an impactful paradigm shift - just like recycling and compostables. "We love the fact that the community of Local First gives the movement clout and strength in numbers gives the movement a voice," says Molly Rosenbaum, a representative from Amici Catering.
Amici was started with a passion for anything that has to do with food, beverage, parties, events, and anything creative. This family owned business LOVES food and delivers the best food to every event they cater with 98% of all cuisine being made in-house. If Amici is going to serve it, they are going to be proud of it.
"We view each event as a unique expression and therefore, with every client, create a custom menu. I like to think of Amici as a full service caterer with a boutique flair," says Rosenbaum of the company's passion for making each bite at each event perfect.
And their food? It's amazing. Amici creates catered cuisine that is delicious, beautiful, and locally sourced whenever possible. In the LFA office, we were served an array of fresh fruit, roasted and raw vegetables, tender baked chicken, juicy beef, and warm breads. Weddings and events can create custom menus and their full catering menu can be viewed online here.
Some of the local products that Amici uses in the restaurant come from Wildflower Bread Co. and Hickman's Eggs. They even harvest figs from their own backyard to create the decadent, rich fig and goat cheese quesadilla. This company sources locally because they understand the plight of small business and value the opportunity to support others as they are and have been supported.
Rosenbaum explains Amici's interest in higher quality, close-to-home goods by saying, "For us it goes beyond the traditional model of minimizing the cost of goods, but rather, how can we source the best product? If it's local and affordable, we are more apt to use it even at slightly higher cost."
On top of sourcing locally, Amici Catering is also actively working to reduce their waste. Every client is informed about recycling options for their event and Amici offers their compostable products at the same price as plastics to reduce the amount of waste that catering normally creates. Recently Amici Catering met with Greenlight Solutions, an initiative of ASU's School of Sustainability, and are at the beginning stages of implementing a larger solution to our trash/recycle diversion.
Thank for you for having a positive impact on Arizona, Amici Catering! Thank you so much for the fantastic lunch and thank you for being a Local Business Member!