Nick Pappas

Nick Pappas, emigrated from Greece in early 1900’s

The Chavez family has been in the food business for 90 years plus if you include my grandfather, Nick Pappas!

Helen Chavez started her catering career in Tampa in 1973 and that was the beginning of a 41 year family owned business. At one time or another all of Helen’s children and grandchildren have worked in the food business. And although her husband George Chavez had a career of his own you could often find him shopping at Kash & Karry, peeling shrimp or slicing tenderloin.

Helen started with catering but she thought South Tampa needed a place for the ladies to go for lunch so she opened the Tea Room in Old Hyde Park. Even though it started out with women in mind you could find many a man in the dining room eating some of her specialties Shrimp Crab Casserole, Fried Grouper Sandwiches, and Ham & Apricot Crepes. Soon after that she opened Chavez at the Royal on South Howard, Chavez on the Mall (TECO building), Chavez – Windows on the Park, and Chavez at Home.

Helen Chavez

Helen Chavez

We have now come full circle and are back in the catering business. Catering your special event including Business Lunches, Weddings, Afternoon Teas, Holiday dinners & parties or any special occasion you would like to celebrate. We are still cooking your favorite Chavez recipes along with new dishes.

We hope you will take the time to look at some of our special dishes. If you have a special event in mind we can help you plan and execute your entire event from rentals to service to menu selection.

We hope you will let us be a part of your special occasion!