“The food you provided for Evelyn’s Birthday Party was fabulous and just what I wanted. Everyone at the party loved the food as well. Thank you so very much for helping us throw a wonderful event for my daughters 1st Birthday.”
—Lisa Naeve Bell, Austin
“Many, many thanks to you and Tray for helping us throw the perfect party. It was amazing to be the hostess and truly not worry about a thing! We had so many wonderful compliments from our guests on the food and the service. You definitely won some new fans this weekend!

Thanks and congratulations to you and your team on a job fabulously done!”
—Paula Nadziejka, Austin
“Thank you for just knocking our socks of yesterday with the most delectable, impressive, fabulous array of food for the Tea. I heard raves all around during the event. Very grateful and happy you were there assisting so beautifully.”
—Mary Ellen Borgelt, Austin WSL
“Everyone who worked the night of our party did an EXCELLENT job. We have had tons of great feedback on both the food and the staff, and you are a joy to work with. You made it look easy covering two locations at once and smoothed over every bump in the road so we could enjoy our guests. You two are really good at what you do and it’s great to have you on our side when it comes time to make a big party happen.”
—William West, Austin
“We really enjoyed our party, and Jim and I feel that you made it possible for us to do so! Everything went so smoothly! We couldn't have been more pleased. The service was excellent, and the food just wonderful. We've had many "thank-yous" in the last couple of days since the party, with raves about the food and compliments on the service. THANK YOU!”
—Betty, Austin
“Events by Emily staff is friendly and fun- and the food is great! I would highly recommend them to my friends and family for weddings, parties, bar/bat mitzvahs and fundraising events-you name it! I will be using Events by Emily again in the future for my catering and event planning needs.”
—Dana Price, Austin
What is southern hospitality? It’s a certain flair for entertaining. Warm and gracious service. A welcoming smile. Wonderful food. And it’s that little something extra that makes for an unforgettable event. It’s what we provide every day at Events by Emily.


A salmon dish prepared by Chef TrayWhether you’re entertaining clients and colleagues at a special venue or friends and family at home, we can help you create an event to remember.

Our parties are built around a custom menu developed for your event, which could range from Texas Traditional to Authentic Cajun or Mediterranean – it’s up to you! We pair great food with excellent service to provide you with an exceptional experience.

We take great pride in having many repeat customers, several of whom have been working with us since our first year in business. Our clients include Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue and the Women’s Symphony League of Austin.

Contact us to talk about custom catering for your next celebration, dinner party or corporate event.

Wedding and Event Planning


A salmon dish prepared by Chef TrayThe memories from your wedding will last a lifetime, so this special day should celebrate you and your personal style. More and more, couples are moving away from the more generic list of wedding “ do’s and don’ts” and instead are creating one-of-a-kind celebrations that reflects their taste and personality.

Go ahead and relax as you rely on our expertise to guide you through the planning process and the festivities on the big day. Our goal is to help you save time, avoid stress, stay within your budget, and – most importantly – have the wedding of your dreams.

We offer personalized wedding packages and a la carte services to meet your specific needs. Some of our bridal clients want us to look after every detail, while others want us to look after just a few key elements. We will do as much, or as little, as you want.

Get in touch with us today for a complimentary wedding consultation.


Emily sets the scene with her attention to detailA successful event is built around an innovative concept, a cohesive vision and flawless execution. If you’re planning a sunset barbeque with fireworks or a formal fundraising dinner, or anything in between, we can handle each and every event detail to bring your vision to life.

One thing to know about us is that we do not do “cookie cutter” events. Each event is as individual as our client. Our goal is to provide you with exactly what you want, just how you envisioned it would be.

We can take care of food, drink, flowers, rentals and many of the other details involved in hosting an event. Our strong working relationships with Austin’s most reputable event vendors let us provide you with the best possible experience at an affordable price.

Whether you’ve already planned every detail or you’re just beginning to gather ideas, contact us for help with your next event.

Staffing Services

Chef Tray prepares haricot vertLet us help with your next dinner party, bridal shower, corporate event or wedding. Relax and enjoy your party while we set up, serve your guests and – best of all – do the dishes!

We can provide:

  • Professional Event Managers
  • Bartenders
  • Servers
  • Chefs

Everyone on our team is TABC Certified and holds a Texas Food Handlers Certification. We arrive at your event on time, professionally dressed and ready to go with all the necessary tools to provide outstanding service.

Whether you simply need one bartender for an in-home cocktail party or a full staff of 40 for a big event, we can provide you with the professional team you need. Contact us for an estimate or more information.


EVENTS BY EMILY is a full-service catering and event company led by husband-and-wife team Tray and Emily Horvath. Personalized wedding and event planning, staffing and catering services are available to meet all your entertaining needs.


EmilyWith her love of southern hospitality and her passion for even the smallest detail, Emily Horvath is known for creating events that are both charming and flawless.

After receiving her degree in Hospitality and Event Management from James Madison University in Virginia, Emily headed to Texas to begin a new adventure.

Wanting to work with the best, Emily began her career at Austin’s Barton Creek Resort and Country Club. As the Assistant Manager of Club Dining, Emily honed her personalized service skills working with club members and enjoyed the experience of building lasting relationships with clients.

Continuing her commitment to excellence and education Emily successfully completed the Nuptial Essentials Wedding Planner training program. As a certified wedding consultant Emily is a proud member of Nuptial Essentials Association of Wedding Professionals based here in Austin.


TrayAlthough Chef Tray Horvath’s roots are pure Texas, his culinary training has taken him all across the southern United States. His early years in New Orleans gave him a passion for region’s French and Cajun cuisines and in Savannah Tray discovered that he had a flair for spicing up traditional southern cooking.

Today, with more than fifteen years in the industry, Tray is known for edgy home-style cooking, putting a twist on traditional foods by adding unexpected ingredients, revved up flavors and contemporary presentation.