1116 Pennsylvania Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104  817.348.9000 (cafe), 817.423.7521 (fax)

About Us

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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.

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.

Need a Grab N’ Go boxed lunch near downtown Fort Worth? Call ahead and we’ll have it waiting between 10am-2pm, Monday to Friday – 817-348-9000.

But there’s much more to Z’s Cafe than great food.  Click on the video below for the story of our social enterprise, told by the mother-son owners.

Certified MWBE by Central Texas Regional Certification Association

Member Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

State of Texas Historically Underutilized Business


Special thanks to Glasswave Media for featuring us in Episode #001 of Ship It on glasswave.tv. They specialize in high-quality visual content – as evidenced by the incredibly professional and creative way they’ve told our story.

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.”


Janet and Dad

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

Community Partners