Tastebuds Custom Catering was conceived out of a homegrown love of aromatic dishes, sumptuous flavors and the love and laughter found in the heart of homes, the kitchen. Chef Greg Shapiro cultivated his love of delectable food and warm company from his family’s table into a boutique-style catering enterprise. Tastebuds Custom Catering was born with the belief that nothing brings people together like food and celebrations.
We are a custom caterer because we take pride in catering unique events. We consider our elevated cuisine to be artistic as well as delicious, so we are excited to combine our talents and passion with your imagination.
There is nothing we consider to be out of our reach, so please challenge us with your grandest dreams!
Our chef’s passion drives the innovation that our clients and their guests find on their plates at every Tastebuds event. Every dish is handcrafted with the smallest details in mind to bring you a special blend of sensual flavors and visual artistry.
We are driven by excellence and a passion for what we create each and every day. Our food is fresh, imaginative and totally one-of-a-kind because the highest levels of quality, personalized food and service are all we will ever feel comfortable serving you.
Your event should be your event, not a replica of others. We believe that to our core.
Executive Chef Greg
Unique innovation and style have both contributed greatly to the growth of chef and owner Greg Shapiro’s Tastebuds Custom Catering, one of Southwest Florida’s premier custom catering organizations.
As a mentee in the kitchen, Chef Shapiro has experienced just about every responsibility at one time or another before becoming the chef and business owner he is today. He owned a restaurant before discovering that his true passion was for catering, creating Tastebuds Custom Catering, which launched in 2008.
Now, Chef Shapiro is the mentor. A proud member of the International Catering Association Culinary Council, Chef Shapiro attends seminars and courses each year. He does this to continuously spark his creativity so that at each event, he will always bring something amazing to the table. Chef Shapiro currently educates at Catersource and AOCF, has been the National Association of Wedding Professionals’ Member of the Year (2013), has received the ICA Star Service Award (2014) and is a member of the Wedding Network, among holding other honors and memberships.
The team at Tastebuds is committed to creating and employing environmentally sustainable practices in our effort to contribute to a greener future.
Some of our methods include incorporating organic, locally produced and sustainable food and drinks whenever possible. We also grow our own hydroponic micro greens and herbs as the weather allows. We choose pest-free, local and sustainable florals for our designs and reuse and reclaim our unique decor after all events.
When feasible, we utilize recycling procedures for glass, paper and plastic to reduce our impact on the environment. For our drop-off events, we use post-consumer recyclable and compostable disposables. We are passionate about educating both the public and our clients on how to create eco-friendly events.