Spectacular food expertly presented with edge and creativity!


Tavolina, created by Savco Hospitality, is Ann Arbor's most innovative catering and events solution, bringing the energy and refinement of Sava'sAventura, and Babo
to you!

Tavolina was sparked by the idea that real, honest food, delivered with passion and style could and should be experienced anywhere! For years, our loyal guests have asked us to bring the Savco Hospitality experience beyond the restaurants and into their homes, offices and places of gathering. We're eager to oblige and excited to bring the restaurant to you!

Tavolina is the Albanian word for “table”, which like in many cultures, is the heart of the home. It is at the table where many of life’s most meaningful moments are shared and it is at the table where you will experience the most exceptional gestures of generosity, warmth, and hospitality. Naturally, given Sava’s Albanian heritage and her commitment to connecting people with good food, the symbol of a table feels perfect for the newest venture.

We would be honored to be invited to your table!


(734) 669-3551



301 E. Liberty #200
Ann Arbor, MI 48104



Hello @TavolinaCatering.com


Rula Bawardi
Sales Manager

Few people in this town match Rula's experience and enthusiasm for events, hospitality, and exquisite food. Her passion has guided her around the world - from planning meetings for heads of state, designing events at the Ritz Carlton, to managing university tailgates for 2000 guests. She's a "foodie" to the core, and if your mouth isn't watering after discussing menus with her, you're stronger than we are. Her clients love her heartfelt creativity, style and attention to detail. She'll listen, make suggestions, and with what will feel like no effort at all, make it all happen.



Maggie Lukens
Event Planner

Maggie has a little over five years of experience in the hospitality world. Through the years she has worked in different aspects of the industry; a historic four-diamond hotel, restaurants, and high-end salon and spas. She excels at logistics and operations, and her attention to detail means that events and meetings go smoothly from concept to completion.

When she's not planning fabulous events around the Ann Arbor area you can find her exploring her new home, shopping, finding new restaurants, rooting for the Seahawks, or hosting movie marathons.


Israel Lona
Head Chef

Chef Israel Lona has been with Savco Hospitality since October 2010, where he began at Sava's on State Street. Before delighting our guests at Sava's, Chef Israel worked for various restaurant groups where he learned many of his management skills and knowledge of culinary operations. After his time at Sava's, Israel helped to pilot Ann Arbor's original Spanish Tapas Restaurant, Aventura. Currently, Chef Israel leads a highly motivated and talented team at our very own Savco Kitchen; the kitchen that's responsible for the production of babo's private label products, our amazing desserts, and the creative food behind Tavolina Catering & Events. 


Ashleigh Callow
Head Pastry Chef

Ashleigh Callow is our extraordinarily talented Pastry chef producing some of Ann Arbor's finest baked goods. Ashleigh attended culinary school at Le CordonBleu in Las Vegas with a concentration on Pastry. After graduating, she gained a wealth of experience working under some of the most highly trained pastry chefs in the business, for various hotels on the Las Vegas Strip including the Venetia and the M resort. She was also part of the team at the Cosmopolitan hotel, but most recently worked for SusieCakes Bakery in LA where she specialized in wedding cakes and other traditional baked goods.

She heads a team of 5-6 passionate chefs in our pastry kitchen which provides desserts, cakes, and pastries to Sava’s, babo, Aventura, and Tavolina.


You’re busy…
Let us handle coordinating the details. 

A fabulous spread is essential but events often require a little (or a lot of) extra zing to make them a success.  You may need help finding a color scheme that suits the theme of your event.  Or you’d like to do something a little extra, whether with invitations or floral arrangements, but not sure what… You’ve come to the right place. Let us help and let’s have some fun!  

A bit lower on the fun-meter is the often frustrating task of coordinating the equipment to support your event – plate rentals, linens, giveaways, etc.  We’ve planned enough events to be able to estimate how many glasses of wine your guests will drink and how many wine glasses you’ll need. 

Discovering exciting ingredients, designing beautiful environments, and creating experiences that are memorable to all of the senses. Our Creativity sets us apart!





-    Full-on Event Planning
-    Alcohol Coordination
-    Venue Recommendations
-    Event Theme Ideas
-    Floral Design
-    Table Design
-    Tents and Rental Items
-    Specialty Furniture
-    AV and Lighting Equipment
-    Entertainment
-    Creative Extras