Finding the right catering company to use at a signature event can be quite a challenge – just ask anyone planning a wedding. Aila’s Catering and Events is truly an Oklahoma gem, voted “Best of the Best” by Oklahoma Magazine seven consecutive years in a row.
Started by owner/operator and chef Aila Heiskanen Wimpy, who has over 25 years of fine food business experience, and her husband Johnny, Aila’s Catering and Events serves the Tulsa and Northeast Oklahoma Community. Their specialty is European food with Mexican and Southwest twists.
“I grew up around food preparation all my life in Finland,” said Wimpy. “When I came to America, I was a nanny. I always prepared food for the families. When I moved to Oklahoma, I started to work in the restaurant business and then started my catering company in 2001.” Over the years, Aila’s Catering and Events has had much success, however, that did not come without challenges. Wimpy said that the cooking was the easy part – learning the business side was the biggest challenge.
Aila’s Catering and Events caters to over 20 different venues that they have made connections with over the years. They have catered over 1,000 weddings to date with a catering menu that is seemingly endless, as well as delicious.
Aila’s is also popular for their beverage bars, signature dessert bar, a late night snack bar and even some “make it yourself” options.
Aila’s Catering and Events can be contacted at FOOD@CateringKitchenTulsa.com or 918.859.8786.