Our Story

Chef/Owner Matt Zacek’s love for food is evident in every dish he creates. He also founded a non-profit organization working with high school students that want or need some culinary skills to enter the work force or to go on to a post-secondary culinary program. Matt has spent much of his life in the sales world, but has now decided to share his love of creating great food with the Eastern Iowa Corridor. Z’s Catering was founded because the Worth Our Weight 2 program needed a place to give students the ability to work in real world scenarios. Not only will you experience the great food, but you are giving a student the chance to prove what they can do as well as what they have learned.
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We offer catering services for parties of any size for any type of event. Whether you’re celebrating an intimate dinner party or a wedding with 500+ guests, we have exceptional catering options available.


We strive to create authentic BBQ flavors and spread our love of food in Eastern Iowa. Nothing brings family and friends together like a good BBQ!

A Great Cause

We give students in the Iowa City area the opportunity to develop professional skills and gain useful life experience. Help contribute to a great cause today!

Other Programs

The Worth Our Weight 2 Program gives students in the Iowa City area an opportunity to develop valuable skills and prepare for an independent future. Learn more on their website!
Matt did our wedding this weekend and crushed it!!! Food was stellar!!!! I’m dreaming of it now!! 10/10. Nicest family as well. Highly recommend!! Thanks Matt and family for making our day so special!!!
– Caitlin A.
Delicious chicken pot pie and salad! Easy to order, pay for, pick up! Very reasonably priced meal for 4!
– Terry C.
We had the Mother’s Day lunch and it was outstanding! Thank you Z’s Catering and BBQ for making Mother’s Day extra special. Everything was amazing. We are definitely ordering from you again! Thank you!!
– Jannet E.

Catering and BBQ in the Eastern Iowa Corridor

Our catering has no set menu! At Z’s Catering we want to give you the chance to customize your very own menu based on your preferences! Find out more about our catering services by clicking below! Already know what you’re looking for? Contact us to schedule your next big event!

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