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Here’s to New Beginnings

It all started with a Joy Wallace party. In 1988, Joy’s hobby of bringing the people in her life together blossomed into a full-blown career filled with passion. After taking Miami roots, she surrounded herself with other creative event professionals who look for joy in everything and everyone they encounter. For the last 30 years, our dream team of culinary artists and designers has been blessed to create extraordinary events for families, organizations, professionals and individuals from around the world. We remain true to our history. At the same time, we’re ready to expand the horizon of what is possible during each event.

We’re One Big Diverse Family

Our office is an energetic space. At any given moment, several conversations take place in multiple languages. In many ways, this is a microcosm of Miami—a melding of cultures and traditions from around the world. Though our knowledge is wide and backgrounds different, our core values are the same.

Bringing people together with imaginative events

As a creative team with family values, we’re interested in how you and your inner circles come together, dine, dance and live your most pivotal moments. Personal connections are the foundation to everything. When we create together, we focus on your event’s “why” and “who,” and this inspires us to think outside the box. We’re ready to redefine how people celebrate.

Community Responsibility

We want to make a difference in the world by supporting causes we care about across Miami. That’s why we donate to people-focused organizations like Miami Rescue Mission and partner with various local vendors and small businesses that are also dedicated to creating a stronger community.

This also includes making better efforts toward a greener world. Throughout the years we have incorporated many green initiatives and continuously seek out ways to promote practices that are better for the environment. From our company wide recycling efforts to using an energy-efficient tankless water heating system, every move toward a more sustainable workplace counts.

Finally, we strive to provide relief during widespread emergencies. As disaster catering experts, we have the equipment, training and supplies to assist businesses, organizations and other facilities when disaster strikes.

Partners & Associations
  • International Caterers Association

Designing Unique Experiences

We’ve always looked at food as a substance capable of speaking louder than words. Every plate has a tale to tell. Every centerpiece has an emotion to evoke. Your event will take shape to match what’s important to you. Our favorite part is when it unravels before your eyes. It’s yours to share with others and relive later.

An Award Winning Team
International Caterers Association
  • Star Service Award | Executive Chef Elgin Woodman
  • CATIE Award | Best New Food Concept, “Beet & Goat Cheese Ravioli with Apple Celery Slaw”
  • CATIE Award | Chef of the Year, Elgin Woodman
  • CATIE Award | Signature Caterer for Best Event, “I Heart the Eighties”
  • CATIE Award | Best Tablescape Design, “Backyard Birthday Bistro”
  • CATIE Award | Best Marketing Collateral, “A Taste of Joy, Artist’s Paint Box”
  • CATIE Award | Best Barbecue or Picnic, “Wizard of Oz”
  • CATIE Award | Signature Event Caterer for Best Event, “Surprise 50th Birthday Party”
  • CATIE Award | Best Buffet Presentation, “Corporate Wine Festival”
  • CATIE Award | Best Marketing Collateral, “Wedding Planner Emergency Kit”
  • CATIE Award | Best Menu Design, “Demi Tastes – Wolfe”
  • CATIE Award | Best Plate Presentation, “Shrimp Trio-Whalen”
  • CATIE Award | Best Celebration Cake, “Corporate Gala”
  • CATIE Award | Best Catered Event Under $10,000, “Rehearsal Dinner”
  • CATIE Award | Best Catered Event Under $10,000, “Sustainable Lunch Gala”
  • CATIE Award | Best Event Over $10,000, “Everglades Lunch”
  • CATIE Award | Most Innovative Mixology, “Apassionado”


Event Solutions Magazine
  • Spotlight Award | Rising Star Female, Sara Silver
  • Spotlight Award | Rising Star Female, Jessica Zeidler
  • Spotlight Award | Marketing Professional of the Year, John McPhee
  • Spotlight Award | Caterer of the Year
Special Events Magazine
  • Gala Award | Best Event for Private Individual Under $1K Per Guest
  • Gala Award | Best Event for a Private Individual Under $500 Per Guest
  • Gala Award | Best Off-Premise Catered Event
BizBash Magazine
  • Event Style Awards | Best Caterer, “Cirque du Corporate”
Catering Magazine
  • Caterer of the Year
Catersource Magazine
  • ACE Award | (Achievements in Catering Excellence) South Region”
ILEA (International Live Events Association
  • Espirit Award | Best Creative Solution Team, led by Timot McGonagle
  • Espirit Award | Best Design/Décor Over $75,000 Team, led by Timot McGonagle
  • Couple’s Choice Award
  • Bride’s Choice Award | 3 times awarded
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • Community Involvement Award
  • Outstanding Minority Small Business of the Year
  • Jeanne Bellamy Award
Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
  • Businesswoman of the Year | Twice awarded
South Florida Business Journal
  • Business of the Year
United Way
  • Chef’s Cook It Up for Kids Excellence Award
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Joy Wallace Catering
8501 SW 129 Terrace
Miami, FL 33156
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