Special A’Fare Catering’s eclectic menus evoke feast for eyes and “yum” at first taste



As Special A’Fare Catering in Okemos embarks on its 32nd business year, Jennifer Hoffman and Lorraine Hoffman and their staff transform any catering event into a magical taste experience. From breakfast to hors’ oeuvres to a grand dinner, they match food and decorations to the style and preferences of the host or event planner.

They are a full-service catering company that can pull an entire event together with aplomb and perfection. This includes ordering flowers or other visual accents, renting china and linens, tending a hosted bar, and staging the dinner or buffet specific to the host’s theme.

Their full-service kitchen in Okemos, Michigan, comes close to being a scratch kitchen. They take pride with offering eye appealing, palate-pleasing cuisine. They are not a caterer that relies on ready-made food that’s just needs heated or open and serve. They want to provide guests a unique, flavor-popping experience. They also cater to clients’ dietary needs, and do whatever possible to meet those needs. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free entrees are available upon request.

They service the greater Lansing area and are willing to travel to your location to put on your Special A’Fare!! They do simple to elaborate events: BBQ’s, picnics, tailgates, corporate business meetings, rehearsal dinners, weddings, graduations, memorial luncheons, birthdays, luncheons and dinners, retirement parties, anniversaries, brunches, baby and bridal showers. 

“We customize each event,” adds Jennifer. “If we cater a wedding, a group of 12-1,500 guests, or a new client, we make sure everything meets our standards of perfection. All staff are trained in how to display dishes, serve hors’ oeuvres and entrees, and we ensure the presentation is as eye-pleasing as the food is to savor.”

One unique event Special A’Fare offers is catering corporate tailgating events. “While we don’t own a liquor license, we can have alcohol delivered to an event, and as long as the bar is host-sponsored, we can offer bar services, including creating unique cocktails,” says Lorraine.

Bridal parties are asked to book their event six months to a year in advance, and other special parties three to four weeks in advance.

Special A’Fare books many events by pleased client recommendations to family, friends and colleagues. Their website features an event planning guide and request form. Follow-up contact occurs within 24-48 hours. “We try to make event planning enjoyable and painless,” notes Jennifer. “The best recommendation is when a client tells us: ‘I was so impressed with the layout of the food and how scrumptious it was. You went above and beyond what we expected. I know someone who could use your services’.”

Special A’Fare Catering Co.
4661 Okemos Rd.
Okemos, MI 48864