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Our Story

Caterer Indianapolis
Caterer Indianapolis
Caterer Indianapolis
Caterer Indianapolis

The Creation:

​Susann & Timothy Thomas founded Thomas Caterers of Distinction in 1983 after a fire destroyed the couple's upscale restaurant on East Washington Street in Indianapolis, Indiana. Instead of rebuilding the restaurant, they decided to put all their efforts into growing their off-premise catering division. One of their first catering jobs was for Mel and Bren Simon who were hosting a party to celebrate the Simon family's' purchase of the Indiana Pacers. In 1985 the company moved to its current home on North Keystone Avenue and in 2005 underwent a one million dollar renovation to service the growing needs of their company. In its first year of operation, the company hosted about 50 events. Since then Thomas Caterers of Distinction has grown to handle nearly 500 events a year and is known as one of the premiere catering companies in the nation.

Our Services:

​Specializing in creating the perfect custom event, Thomas Caterers of Distinction will cater to their clients every need. Our professional event staff can handle all the details of any special occasion including transportation, audio visual, florals, entertainment, décor, and more. Thomas Caterers of Distinction is the only caterer in the state to have Certified Special Event Planners (CSEP) on staff.  The CSEP designation is the hallmark of professional achievement in the special events industry. It is earned through education, performance, experience, and service to the industry.  It is this professionalism and expectation of excellence that has made Thomas Caterers of Distinction one of the nations top caterers.


Because of their high standards, cutting edge menus, quality service and attention to detail, Thomas Caterers of Distinction has become the most nationally recognized catering company in Indiana, cited in over 11 national industry publications and winning numerous awards. Since 2006 Thomas Caterers of Distinction has been awarded numerous international CATIE Awards from the International Caterers Association including Signature Caterer for Best Event, Best Food Trend and Innovative Mixology along with multiple other CATIE nominations. Thomas Caterers of Distinction received an international ESPIRIT award in 2002 and 2003 from ISES (International Special Events Society) for Outstanding Off Premise Catering along with a plethora of local PACE (Professional Achievement in Creative Events) awards for Best Team Effort, Best Catered Affair, Best Themed Décor and Best Achievement in Logistics. Thomas Caterers of Distinction was also voted Readers Choice Award Finalist for Best Caterer in Indianapolis by Indianapolis Woman magazine.

Owner Kelly Early, CSEP (daughter of Susann Thomas), is proud of her company's accomplishments. "We pride ourselves not only for being the leader in our industry but remaining the leader in our industry. Our toughest competition is ourselves. Continuous growth and creativity is important." In April 2012 Kelly received the ISES Indiana Life Time Achievements award at the early age of 42, stating that "This is only the beginning, I have many more years left in front of me".

When you expect perfection and want nothing less then the best,

contact Thomas Caterers of Distinction (317) 542-8333.

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