Mtani is Friendship

Mtani Catering is a full service catering company offering re-invented comfort food. The menu features "Southern Fusion Cuisine" with the purpose of uniting savory dishes and friends at one connecting point. Mtani is dedicated to serving high quality food while providing friendly service for your guests.

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The Chef

Chef James Baker, a life time restaurateur, shares his unique Southern Fusion cuisine with care and detailed preparation.

His masterful blend of comfort and world dishes, introduces your taste buds to a one-of-a-kind experience.


The Food

fourfoods Mtani creates dishes that are not only tasty but also healthy.

The combination of fresh vegetables, fruits, breads and meats along with Chef James signature spices creates a symphony of flavor that your palate is sure to enjoy.

Better Food = A Better Life


The Experience

The Mtani experience is more than food. It's fun, entertaining, and influences a warm engaging atmosphere.
Wonderful service is always included. And a world class Jazz ensemble can be added upon request. Guests leave a Mtani catered event with a filled belly and joyful spirit.

Mtani is more than Food.



About Us

The Chef

Chef James Baker, a life time restaurateur, began at the bottom of the restaurant ladder and quickly moved to top management because of his dedication to the guest. Recognizing these things, it is heartfelt that he uses his God given talent to create a catering company company that incorporates his personal beliefs and employs his passion for serving good food and making his guest satisfied.

Chef James, shares his unique Southern Fusion cuisine with care and detailed preparation. His masterful blend of comfort and world dishes, introduces your taste buds to a one-of-a-kind experience. Complimenting Chef James' restaurant experience is the culinary education he received working alongside French-born Alain Rochelemagne and at Sullivan University. The message at Mtani Catering is "setting the standard for food service" .

Mtani's Story

fourfoods Mtani began as a loose dream that we shared with close friends, and was originally the name of a coffee house that we were planning to open.

Unfortunately, the coffee house never came to fruition but two things remained the friendship that was created and the name Mtani. Mtani, which is friendship in Swahili, is what our catering company was founded on. We would never have stepped out on faith to turn our passion into our careers if we had not had faith in God and friends who believed in us. Over the years Mtani has added many to its family of friends and there is always room for many more!

Mtani = Friendship


"Thanks for assisting my office in offering a hospitable and welcoming environment, your catering displays were terrific!"

Chris Ford,1st District Lexington-Fayette-County Councilman

"Thanks again to you and your super hard-working crew! We consider the event to have been a great success!"

Jill Hanna, KCCJ

"Mtani’s greens with bacon were such a hit at a local food lunch recently that about 15 people cleaned out a bowl intended to be enough for 30 people."

Rona Roberts, Lexington Humanitarian

"Thank you for agreeing to be our caterer.  The food was very good.  I traded half a sandwich with a co-worker so I got to taste both the turkey wrap and the chicken salad sandwich.  Delicious!"

Marilyn Clark, LFUCG
  • 1st District Councilman, Chris Ford
  • Agape Theatre
  • American Spiritual Ensemble
  • Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
  • Fayette County Public Schools
  • Jack and Jill of America
  • Kentucky Arts Council
  • Kentucky Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Science 
  • Kentucky Center for Community Justice, KCCJ
  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
  • Reach
  • Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
  • The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center
  • University of Kentucky

What are Mtani's Policies?

What about PRICING?
All of our individual menus are based on a per person price, with a minimum of 10 people for lunches, 40 people for dinners, parties and weddings. When staying at an event, our menus include set up and clean up of food and kitchen. Servers are an additional charge of $125.00 per server. For events that last longer than 4 hours, an hourly rate of $20 per hour will be added to your final invoice. For disposable plastic plates, cups, etc. please add $2.50 per person. Unless prior arrangements are made, payment is due upon delivery. We accept all major credit cards.
What about DELIVERY?
There is no charge for delivery to catered functions with staff. Otherwise delivery within Lexington is $25.00. Delivery to surrounding counties is $25.00 plus a mileage charge.
What about PICK UP ORDERS?
We offer full dinner meals with heating instructions, party trays, box lunches, desserts or any one of our special menu dishes; we can assist with your request and have the order ready for pick up, at your convenience. In order to fulfill orders, please call ahead at least 48 hours to ensure availability.
Whether you need chairs and tables for a small outdoor gathering, or a tent for an outside wedding reception, Mtani works with the area’s finest rental contractors and will be happy to assist with any rental details that your event may require. A 15% handling fee will be assessed to your final invoice.
What about LICENSING?
Mtani Catering is a professional, fully licensed and insured corporation providing full service catering to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
What about GUEST COUNT?
Mtani requires the lowest number expected for each function be submitted to our catering office no later than two weeks prior to the event. After this point, your guest count may only increase. A guaranteed guest count must be confirmed seven days prior to the event with all necessary paperwork completed.
What about SALES TAX?
Kentucky sales tax of 6% must be applied to all orders and catered functions. If your organization is tax-exempt, please notify our catering office by submitting your tax ID certificate. Fax this information to 859-264-8325.
A 35% non-refundable deposit of the estimated catering total is required to reserve your date with Mtani Catering. All final payments (with the exception of overtime) must be received at the end of the event. Any overtime, if applicable, are also due at the conclusion of the event via cash or check.
What if I need to CANCEL?
We understand that things may not always work out as planned. In the event that arrangements must be cancelled Mtani Catering offers ½ of your non-refundable deposit back to you 8 months or more from your event. You will receive ¼ of your deposit back if you have to cancel your event 6-7 months from your event date. If you cancel your event 4 months or less from your event date, we will retain the full non-refundable deposit amount.
We have insured that the food temperature and holding will be to the best possible standard during your event. Should there be more food than your guests consume, we may leave it for you upon request. However, we cannot be responsible for food conditions left for the client. A waiver release must be signed for this purpose.
What about STAFFING?
Our catering staff is professional and fully trained to handle all of the necessary details, leaving you free to enjoy yourself and be a guest at your own party! Our associates are available for event set-up, replenishing or serving food, assisting with any guest’s needs and necessary clean up.
We encourage you to call our office to arrange for a complimentary consultation to discuss all the details for your upcoming event. We are available Monday through Saturday beginning from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Please call 859.396.0071 or email: to schedule.

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We look forward to working with you in the future. We love people and food.

Contact us now to make your next event a Mtani experience!

Mtani Catering, LLC
468 Squires Rd
Lexington, Ky 40515
P: (859) 396-0071
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm