Name an event – wedding, anniversary, retirement party, graduation, birthday, business meetings – and ask Alicia’s Authentic Mexican Deli to spice things up with dishes like chicken mole, carne guisada, burritos, tamales, tacos, fajitas or enchiladas, tamales, menudo and barbacoa. Don’t forget the postre (sweets), like apple burritos, crispas, flan or Mexican wedding cake. Fat-free beans, vegetarian and gluten-free food options, along with an American menu, are also available.
Alicia Gonzales has been cooking since she was a young woman, the eldest in her Texas family. After raising seven children and working in human services for 30+ years, she’s revived her love for cooking with her restaurant and catering business. The restaurant at 5025 West Grand River Avenue seats up to 75, and is the site of many business meetings, social gatherings and catered special events. Alicia’s will be happy to cater your event when you rent the restaurant dining room.
She also has a deli case full of homemade goodness – homemade tamales, chips and salsa, desserts, and family-friendly platters of enchiladas and wet burritos. You can also find Alicia at the DeWitt and Bath farmers’ markets.
Her catering business, serving the tri-county area, has thrived in the last nine years, providing catered meals and taco bars for factories, law enforcement and firefighters, universities, utilities, Michigan State, Lansing Community College, and many area businesses. With a staff of six and her manager, Steven Gonzales, Alicia can cater small or large events. She has catered an event for almost 900 guests.
“We take catering very seriously,” says Alicia. “When we cater an event, we are very punctual and plan for generous servings. Every event is done with style and excellence. I strive to meet the customer’s wishes in planning their special day. We will work with a client’s colors or decorating theme. Our crew believes in teamwork, so the guests have a special Mexican experience.”
Prior to a wedding, Alicia can arrange for a taste testing of food items with her client. She requires 24-48 hours’ notice for small-medium catering events, and one to two weeks for weddings and open houses. Alicia and her staff prepare every dish from scratch from her private recipes.
Alicia has a heart for the Lansing community and a desire to be servant-focused. She often donates catered events to churches and agencies that provide services to children, non-profits and Michigan State students.
On the west wall of her restaurant is a community prayer wall, which is a reflection of her strong community roots. Anyone can post a prayer request Alicia says: “God has blessed me with so many friends and forever relationships through my restaurant and catering service. I want every guest to feel they’ve had excellent service, fresh authentic Mexican cuisine, served with a smile.”
Alicia’s Authentic Mexican Deli
5025 W. Grand River Ave.
Lansing, MI 48906