Plan your turn-key party with Birmingham caterers, including the new Hastings Catering

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The Hastings Catering team. Photo via Hastings Catering.

Hey party people! Fall will be in Birmingham before you know it. Not soon enough, I might add. That means football parties, holiday parties and family get-togethers. Why not hire one of Birmingham’s wonderful caterers so you can sit back and enjoy the party? We’ve put together a handy-dandy guide to some of Birmingham’s top catering services including the recently announced Hastings Catering.

Table and Thyme

Table and Thyme is one of Birmingham’s newest catering services. Founder Thomas Cox previously launched MealFit, a catering service designed around healthy eating. After catering events for his friends and family, Thomas Cox decided to expand his culinary talents to the public. Table and Thyme serves a 50-mile radius in Birmingham and follows MealFit’s passion for healthy, quality dining.

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The yummy dinner spread from Table and Thyme’s opening night celebration at The Battery. Photo via Table and Thyme’s Instagram.

Hastings Catering

There is another new catering service in Birmingham owned by experienced culinary professionals. Along with catering director Katie Wilson, Chef Chris Hastings and his wife Idie recently founded Hastings Catering after years of consideration. The Hastings’ have been in Birmingham’s high-end dining scene since 1995, with their restaurants Hot and Hot Fish Club and Ovenbird. Unlike most catering services, Hastings does not have a set menu. Instead, they customize the menu based on the client’s desires and what’s in season.

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A tasty steak dish! Photo via Hastings Catering.

“At Hastings Catering, we customize all menus and curate them for each event based on the scope of the event and client desires, along with what we do best.”

Katie Wilson, Hastings Catering


Shindigs, headed by Chef Mac Russell, started out as a food truck and catering business. Due to Chef Russell’s upbringing on the family ranch, Shindigs’ menu items are always prepared fresh and with local ingredients. Shindig’s finds most of their ingredients at local farms, including their own farm in Marion Junction.

Ashley Mac’s

Ashley Mac’s is a caterer, bakery, and café with locations in Cahaba Heights, Homewood, Inverness, and Riverchase. The catering service offers healthy homestyle dishes, ranging from salads and sandwiches to poppyseed chicken and bistro steak with potatoes. Owner Ashley McMakin recently shared her top three tips with Bham Now on getting through the back-to-school season.

Ashley Mac’s grilled caprese sandwich. Yum!

Kathy G and Co.

Kathy G and Co. is one of Birmingham’s premiere wedding and event caterers. Kathy herself is an award-winning caterer with over 30 years of experience. Kathy G and Co. can handle events of any size, from 10 to 10,000. Although they cater almost any event, weddings are their speciality.


Diane Olexa has been creating homestyle catering dishes in Birmingham since 1996. In addition, she opened Olexa’s Café, Cakes and Catering, nestled in Mountain Brook Village, in 2004. Olexa’s catering offers homemade quiche, soups, salads, and panini sandwiches. But, don’t forget dessert! For example, try the butter creme cakes or warm white chocolate chunk bread pudding.

Olexa’s specializes in wedding & occasion cakes!

Dreamland BBQ

Looking for a Birmingham caterer that’s a little more casual? Dreamland has what you need with delicious barbecue. Dreamland has been serving up legendary ribs for over 60 years. They offer several catering packages filled with hickory-grilled ribs, chicken, pork or sausage. Top it off with some sides of mac & cheese or coleslaw, and some of their special sweet tea. You can’t go wrong with barbecue!

Who are your favorite catering services in Birmingham? Let us know who we missed!

Nathan Watson
Nathan Watson

Senior Content Producer at Bham Now

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