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Heidi's Events

Heidi's has been "making the good times easy since 1992." We are a full service event planning company and caterer. Our menus are tailored to suit every pallet and occasion. Our creative design team can assist with every aspect of your event. The professional team of food servers, banquet captains and culinary staff will ensure an effortless event. We emphasize exceptional service and dazzling presentation from simple events to sophisticated affairs. Heidi's Does It All!

mission

Statement

Build and maintain a business with a solid foundation. Provide quality jobs for honest people. Offer limitless customer service fueled by creative passion. Be a leader in the industry with cutting edge food, presentation and people.

company

History

...started in 1991. As with so many companies, it was an idea long before that. The weekly home meal program was the first to thrive. One busy family led to another; then the first party, the first wedding, and so on. Today, HEIDI'S CATERING AND EVENTS is incorporated with over 11,000 square feet of kitchen, corporate offices, and the rental division in Tempe, Arizona.

Construction started with a state-of-the-art kitchen in October of 1995. Heidi physically did 80% of the work herself with help from family and friends. Since construction was not her area of expertise, it presented her with a challenge. "If you can read, you can learn to do anything, with a little help from Home Depot," Heidi says. "How-to-do-books" and a desire to know everything took a great part in the development of Heidi's success. The kitchen opened officially in April 1996 with a grand opening party: over 200 guests attended. In March 2001, Heidi's expanded by opening its corporate offices and Rental division. In 2004, Heidi purchased an 11,000 square foot building in Tempe and has over 50 employees. Heidi attributes her success to "hard work; as much as it takes, no debt; don't buy until you can afford it, and to have something to do it all for."

meet the

Team

Heidi Vail

Heidi Vail

Owner

Unlike most people who venture into the food business, Heidi's passion was not cooking. Her career began as a professional, and single mother of two. Heidi has always been a self-motivated, determined, strong woman, with a drive for independence. She majored in marketing/merchandising at SCC, and ASU. Recruited from Plaza Three Academy by Diamond's (now Dillard's), Heidi worked the corporate ladder for seven years in the fashion industry. She left Dillard's to pursue a District Management position. After two more years in retail, Heidi felt it was time for a change. The next three years Heidi spent as "Cupid" directing one of the world's largest dating services. "Until now, that was the most fulfilling job I've ever had," says Heidi. It quite Ironic that now I cater those weddings. In the early 90s Heidi became a professional body builder and built a small home meal service emphasizing nutritiously balanced meals. Along with her father she prepared and delivered healthy meals to homes all over the valley.
Adam Ziminsky

Adam Ziminsky

Executive Chef

Adam Zimnisky graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Education with a special emphasis in Exercise Science. Adam not only has the education in this industry, but he has also managed a vast majority of both the front of the house and back of the house at catering field. Adam started as our 5 Star Service Manager, maintaining organization and efficiency through our service team. Over the past few years Adam has gradually progressed to a more hands on approach within the culinary department. He is currently enrolled and attending ACI, The Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale to further advance not only his culinary skills but also his local and cross cultural understandings of the culinary fields. Adam is now our Executive Chef, continuing the progression and constant development of new and innovative culinary masterpieces which Heidi’s Events and Catering is well known for.
Jillian Zeeb

Jillian Zeeb

Senior Event Specialist

Jillian was born and raised in Cave Creek, Arizona. A true native! She attended Arizona State University, where in addition to her studies she began working as a server here at Heidi’s Events and Catering. She quickly moved from a server to Banquet Manager as well as dabbled as an Event Chef Assistant in the kitchen at events. Jillian graduated from ASU in May 2010 with a Bachelors Degree in Communication and English and a Minor in Mass Communications. Jillian has always had a passion for communicating and working with people in the events industry. Her passion for planning, coordinating and designing events and her love for Heidi's Events and Catering brought her to the front office upon the end of her college career. Jillian is now our Senior Event Specialist, planning and coordinating events, overseeing the Junior Event Specialists and keeping up with all current trends in the events and catering industry.
Lisa Kenas

Lisa Kenas

Event Specialist

Lisa was born and raised in Tempe and has come from a long line of ASU sun devils. She has passion for law and investigation and her degree is in Justice Studies from of course, ASU! She is the mother of a little boy, Mason. Her time spent outside of work is spent at the baseball field watching Mason pitch and play first base. In 2003, Lisa and her family opened a small wedding chapel in Gilbert Arizona were she fell in love with weddings and events. A huge change from her degree but she absolutely fell in love! Over the 13 years the venue was open, she would only allow one catering company into their venue and that was Heidi's Events and Catering! After selling their family business in 2015, Lisa traveled to the east coast and settled in Baltimore Maryland, learning about east coast wedding and catering trends at a historic mansion. After her time in Baltimore the opportunity to join the amazing team at Heidi's Events posed itself and she could not resist. Arizona is her home! She believes in family businesses and insists on spending her money with them and also working for one!
Tanya Schmit

Tanya Schmit

Chief Financial Officer

Tanya Lee Schmit received her Bachelors’ in Accountancy from Arizona State University in 2003. She’s been working in the off-premise event planning industry since 1999 and loves sharing in the celebrations with the clients it entertains. As a strategic business planner, she has helped several small businesses grow from a “mom and pop” operation to multi-million dollar well-oiled machine. Her diligence, determination, and experience in running a business has proven itself time and time again. Tanya runs all financial aspects of Heidi’s Events & Catering. Tanya is a proud wife and mother of a newborn son.
Chef Charlie Tezak

Chef Charlie Tezak

Event Chef Since 2012

Dana Jantzi

Dana Jantzi

Banquet Manager

Kathleen Quirk

Kathleen Quirk

Banquet Manager

Kathy Nieboer

Kathy Nieboer

Banquet Manager

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We are currently hiring experienced food service personnel for Front of the house and Back of the house positions. If you are well groomed, have a passion for serving others, love parties, are drug free, and hard working...

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