Event Coordination

Who We Are

Loretta’s Catering To Your Needs, was started by Loretta Kelly and Kathy Cardwell over three decades ago. We have built an extensive customer list with local and coast-to-coast clients.

Loretta’s Events Services & Catering To Your Needs  has been voted The Best Caterer by Jonesboro Sun, KAIT-TV and Occasions Magazine.  We have also won numerous awards and received many accolades throughout the years.

We are one of the most experienced special-event planners in Northeast Arkansas. Our event planners can organize and plan your entire function, from start to finish.  We are happy to work with caterers and vendors of your choice.

You have unlimited menu selections. We can prepare our recipes or use your family’s favorites. We show pride in our work by using the best ingredients and, above all, putting quality first. 

Each party is unique and requires special consideration. Each party will be outlined and discussed to cater to your needs.

We cater all occasions, including corporate functions, weddings, rehearsal dinners, marketing lunches and theme parties. We provide on-location and off-location services. Our staff will travel outside of Jonesboro to cater your event.

Our Commitment to Community

Loretta's Events Services & Catering To Your Needs supports the growth of the Jonesboro community by being a member of the Greater Area Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce and heavily supporting The Chamber in their endeavors.

We also participate in the March of Dimes Chef Auction each year, which is an event that raises money for the campaign for Healthier Babies. We received the first annual Best Presentation Award for their decorating and food presentation at the 1996 Chef Auction.


Loretta's Story

Experience is the best teacher – these are words that Loretta Kelly took to heart. After a lifetime of traveling and working in restaurants around the country, Loretta was destined to be in the restaurant industry.

While living in Jonesboro, she became acquainted with social and business leaders who began to use her specialized services. She is continually researching recipes and reading publications in order to provide all facets of culinary delights.

Kathy's Story

Loretta’s daughter, Kathy Cardwell, received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Arkansas Tech University. Kathy and her family moved back to Jonesboro in 1992 to serve the customers who were eager for more. 

In addition to managing this thriving business, Kathy now conducts Healthy Cooking demonstrations both inside and outside of the local area.