Levi Catering

Leah Pak, owner and operator of Levi Catering, left, and Chef Levi Pak, right, recently opened their new commercial kitchen.

Rabbis and community leaders gathered at the newly opened Levi Catering on Feb. 7 to hang mezuzot, cut the ribbon and, of course, eat.

For more than 15 years, Levi Catering has been a mainstay for kosher event catering in the Valley. Now Leah Pak, owner and operator of Levi Catering, is celebrating her business’s grand opening in its new location on Shea Boulevard near the 51 Freeway.

Levi Catering opened at Beth El Congregation in Phoenix in 2001 then moved to the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale in 2006. “We are not a new business, we have just moved and expanded our operations,” said Jacqui Breger, Levi Catering business manager.

“Levi’s can make your event unique by customizing it to your liking with custom-made cakes, pastries and cookies and fresh challah and challah rolls from their pareve bakery,” Breger said. The new commercial kitchen at Levi Catering is supervised by the Greater Phoenix Vaad Hakashruth and is set up for fleishik (meat) and pareve catering. Special arrangements may be made for dairy options under special circumstances. The bakery, which offers pareve products, is open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday.

The chef, “Levi” himself, has a big influence on making the food unique. “Levi [Pak] is the chef and he creates the recipes, the amazing dishes and the presentation of the individual dishes,” Breger said. “However, Leah and I create the menus and the presentation of the entire buffet displays – it is a complete team effort. All three of us work on new recipes and menu items constantly as we are always creating new and refreshing dishes and menus depending on a particular event or customer’s request. We are able to customize an event and menu based upon any theme, customer request or budget and the three of us brainstorm together constantly to do so. We are a strong creative and collaborative team.”

Levi Catering is available for events of any size, and in the past have catered Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s Ladies First evenings, and large conferences such as the Limmud AZ Day of Learning, where they provided options to accommodate dietary issues such as a gluten-free.

The new facility will allow Levi Catering to continue to provide large-scale catering for simchas, from weddings and b’nai mitzvah to holiday specialties and community events.

“We are continuing to work hard and provide outstanding professional catering services for the Jewish community,” Pak said.

“Our new commercial kitchen allows us the opportunity to expand our services ... and to make more people happy!”

Levi Catering LLC, is located at 3375 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix. Visit levi-catering.com or call 602-246-0143.

Audrey Matalon is a freelance writer.

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