About Us

What we do

Need boxed lunches?  Hors d'ouvres or appetizers for a meeting or reception?  Planning a large event, reunion, or anniversary?  We can help design a unique catering menu for 1-1000+ people, with a number of options for food service and staffing.  Visit our venues page to find a local list of great indoor and outdoor options for your event.

Getting married?  Planning a wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower?  Our wedding menu offers some of the most delicious and affordable fare for Dallas and Fort Worth catering, and we always offer complimentary tastings.

Need a great place for lunch? Stop by our cozy cafe (we have free Wi-Fi!) for lunch Monday to Friday from 10am-2pm for a great menu of healthy entrees, comfort foods, and vegetarian and vegan options.  Or let us deliver to you.  But there's much more to Z's Cafe than great food...

Voted Best Chicken Salad
~Fort Worth Texas Magazine~

Best Healthy Lunch in Dallas/Fort Worth

Best Healthy Dining
~Fort Worth Child Magazine~

Artists - 'Studio Z'

Are you an artist looking for a cozy cafe wall on which to display your work?  Visit 'Studio Z' in person at 1116 Pennsylvania, Fort Worth, Texas, or check out our online display.  Ready to schedule a exhibit?  Fill out an Studio Z - Exhibit Application now.  Submit to

We hope to

  • Create opportunities for area non-profits to showcase their art students.
  • Present new and emerging artists to the community.
  • Interest people from diverse backgrounds in local art culture of South Side Fort Worth.
  • Provide a visually engaging, delicious environment for guests of Z’s Café!

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Our Story

Janet Z. Capua woke up one spring morning in 2008 and decided she was ready for a change. At 63 years old, and after 40 years as a dental hygienist, she decided to pursue her true passion in life.

She was known in Fort Worth for her food. Legend has it that one time, after hearing that 100 international student visitors were hungry, she cooked all night long, packed the car, and arrived in time to serve breakfast!

With the help of a few good friends Janet launched a home-based catering business, literally going door to door selling sandwiches and salads.

December 2008 would be the turning point, as she partnered with local non-profit Samaritan House to open Z’s Café in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Janet would cook, son Carlo would run the business, and residents and caretakers from Samaritan House would join the team, learning food and service skills while getting back in the workforce.

The response has been overwhelming. Z’s Café has quickly gained a reputation for outstanding food, beautiful presentation, and top-notch service.  As a social entrepreneurship enterprise, we work with 200+ local non-profits, often supporting fundraising efforts.  And we're committed to treating everyone who walks through the door like family.

One of our proudest achievements is witnessing our staff (many of whom are low-income individuals) do things both they, and society, once thought impossible. In other words, they shine even brighter than we could have imagined.

The motto of “Food, Family, Friends” is the heart of our philosophy as both restaurateurs and Dallas and Fort Worth caterers.  We hope you will support this joint venture 
and stop by for our signature chicken salad, which has become widely regarded as the "best ever."

Z’s Café is a proud member of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and a local, family-owned, HUB-certified, and NCTRCA-certified Woman-Owned Business.

Janet and Dad

Janet and her parents, Marie and John Zito (where our "Z" comes from.) Circa 1949.