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The First Decade

By 1983, Saz’s State House had added a beer garden and a building addition, forged relationships with major festivals, and gained quite a following for its mouthwatering BBQ ribs. Just as he does today, Saz kept careful watch over the business at the time – his beloved silver convertible Mercedes-Benz can be seen in his unofficially-reserved spot just to the left of the building.

Saz’s Signature Ribs – Retail!

In 1998, Saz’s signature baby backs joined Original and Sassy BBQ sauce in Saz’s BBQ Product line. Later, Vidalia Onion and Spicy White BBQ, along with home versions of festival-favorites, would round out the Saz’s product line.

What’s Behind that Saz’s Smile?

It’s no surprise that Saz has always been at home serving customers from behind the bar. Outgoing with an understated charm, Saz has insisted on the same from his team since Day One.

Never a Dull Moment When You Celebrate with Saz’s

If stellar service is priority one, then entertainment value is a close second. Since the start, it’s been Saz’s intention to keep his guests feeling comfortable and having a good time.

Saz’s Steps In

When Hurricane Ike ravaged Woodville, TX, the staff at Saz’s stepped up. Partnering with Karl’s, Saz’s set up living quarters for emergency crews and immediate victims of the storm. Using their expertise in minimal resource off-premise catering (and their dedication to assisting those in need), Saz’s provided critical support to relief workers.

A History with Heart

While Saz shies away from public announcements lamenting his good will, history can’t hide the truth. Over the years, Saz’s Hospitality Group has supported countless causes, with Variety and the State Fair Foundation being two of the most longstanding beneficiaries.

Saz’s Expands to
Walker’s Point

In spring of 2015, Saz’s Catering moved operations into a building with increased production space and quicker access to a larger geographical area, better enabling the growing team to service a larger volume of clients. (Image features Saz’s Hospitality Group Owner Steve Sazama and Joe Brueggemann, Chief Operating Officer and Catering Director for Saz’s Catering)

In 1976 Milwaukee native Steve Sazama, a.k.a. Saz, opened Saz’s State House Restaurant in a historic building nestled beside the railroad tracks on the West Side of town. Saz knew how to make his customers happy with great food and stellar service. What he didn’t know was that almost 40 years later Saz’s State House would be the cornerstone for a thriving operation that includes successful Catering, Festivals and retail Barbecue Products divisions. Get the insider scoop on Saz’s – click here to read the whole story!

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who has made the past four decades such a success. We’ve come a long way from where we started!

It’s been an unbelievable ride, but it’s more than just that. It’s all the fun behind each plate and each bottle of sauce, and it’s nice to be a part of that. You’ve got to enjoy your work and I do. I still have fun and it’s still exciting, but you can’t grow by yourself – you’ve got to have the people behind you. I’m fortunate that with my team of key employees and such a great group of customers we get to serve, I do have that support. You’re all like family, and that makes it really special.

So thanks for everything and cheers to the next 40!

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Awards & Recognition

Over the years, Saz’s Hospitality Group has been honored with a number of awards recognizing its accomplishments and contributions to the industry and Milwaukee community. Saz’s takes each of these designations very seriously, as they are typically bestowed upon the winner at least in part by the votes of our customers, clients, and guests. And their satisfaction is what keeps the teams of Saz’s coming back every day.

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2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® Winner- Catering – Saz’s Catering

2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® Winner- Ceremony & Reception Venue – South Second: A Saz’s Hospitality Group Property

2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award Winner- Ceremony & Reception Venue – Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (Sazama’s Fine Catering)

2020 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award Winner- Ceremony & Reception Venue – Western Lakes Golf Club (Saz’s Catering Lake Country)

2020 The Knot Best of Weddings – Venue – Western Lakes Golf Club (Saz’s Catering Lake Country)

2020 The Knot Best of Weddings – Venue – South Second

2020 The Knot Best of Weddings – Caterer – Saz’s Catering

2019 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee – Best Ribs – Saz’s State House

2019 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee – Best Family Friendly Restaurant – Saz’s State House

2019 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee – Best Caterer – Saz’s Catering

2019 MKElifestyle Best of Greater MKE Winner, Best Summerfest Eats – Saz’s State House

2019 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Work Places – Saz’s Hospitality Group

2019 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Readers’ Poll Top Choice Award, Best Caterer – Saz’s Hospitality Group

2019 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Readers’ Poll Top Choice Award, Best BBQ – Saz’s State House

2019 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Readers’ Poll Top Choice Award, Best Brunch – Saz’s State House

2019 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Readers’ Poll Top Choice Finalist, Kid’s Menu – Saz’s State House

2019 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Readers’ Poll Top Choice Finalist, French Fries – Saz’s State House

2019 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® Winner- Catering – Saz’s Catering

2019 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® Winner- Ceremony & Reception Venue – South Second: A Saz’s Hospitality Group Property

2019 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award Winner- Ceremony & Reception Venue – Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (Sazama’s Fine Catering)

2019 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award Winner- Ceremony & Reception Venue – Western Lakes Golf Club (Saz’s Catering Lake Country)

2019 The Knot Best of Weddings – Caterer – Saz’s Catering

2019 The Knot Best of Weddings – Venue – Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (Sazama’s Fine Catering)

2019 The Knot Best of Weddings – Venue – Western Lakes Golf Club (Saz’s Catering Lake Country)

2019 The Knot Best of Weddings – Venue – South Second

2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – Saz’s State House Restaurant

2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplaces

2018 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee – Best Ribs – Saz’s State House

2018 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee – Best Family Friendly Restaurant – Saz’s State House

2018 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee – Best Caterer – Saz’s Catering

2018 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee – Best Wedding Venue – South Second: A Saz’s Hospitality Group Property

2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – Saz’s State House Restaurant

2018 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® Winner- Catering – Saz’s Catering

2018 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® Winner- Ceremony & Reception Venue – South Second: A Saz’s Hospitality Group Property

2018 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award Winner- Ceremony & Reception Venue- Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (Sazama’s Fine Catering)

2018 The Knot Best of Weddings – Caterer – Saz’s Catering

2018 The Knot Best of Weddings – Venue – Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (Sazama’s Fine Catering)

2018 The Knot Best of Weddings – Venue – Western Lakes Golf Club (Saz’s Catering Lake Country)

2017 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee – Best Ribs – Saz’s State House

2017 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee – Best Caterer – Saz’s Catering

2017 Wisconsin Restaurant Association Neighbor Award – National Finalist

2017 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Choice Award Winner, Best Caterer

2017 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Choice Award Winner, Best Fries

2017 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Choice Award Finalist, Best BBQ

2017 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Choice Award Finalist, Best Brunch

2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® Winner – Catering – Saz’s Catering

2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® Winner – Ceremony & Reception Venue – South Second: A Saz’s Hospitality Group Property

2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® Winner – Ceremony & Reception Venue – Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (Sazama’s Fine Catering)

2016 City Voter A-List Milwaukee’s Best Barbecue – Finalist – Saz’s State House

2016 City Voter A-List Milwaukee’s Best Wedding Caterer- Finalist – Saz’s Catering

2016 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Choice Award Winner, Best BBQ

2016 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Choice Award Winner, Best Fair Food

2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence- Saz’s State House Restaurant

2016 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Work Places – Saz’s Hospitality Group

2016 WeddingWire Couples Choice Awards- Saz’s Catering

2016 The Knot Best of Weddings – Caterer- Saz’s Catering

2015 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee- Best Ribs

2015 Milwaukee Magazine Readers’ Choice BBQ Barbecue (Runner Up)

2015 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Readers’ Poll Top Choice Award, Best BBQ

2015 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Readers’ Poll Top Choice Finalist, Best Fries

2015 City WISN A-List Milwaukee’s Best Wedding Caterer- Finalist- Saz’s Catering

2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence- Saz’s State House Restaurant

2015 City WISN A-List Milwaukee’s Best BBQ- Saz’s State House Restaurant

2015 Wedding Wire Couples Choice Awards- Saz’s Catering

2015 The Knot Best of Weddings- Venue- Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (Sazama’s Fine Catering)

2015 The Knot- Best of Weddings – Caterer – Saz’s Catering

2014 Wisconsin Restaurant Association Award of Merit- Steve Sazama

2014 Wisconsin State Fair Golden Sporkies Award- Fairgoers Favorite

2014 City WISN A-List Milwaukee’s Best BBQ- Saz’s State House Restaurant

2014 East Town Association Heat It Up Chili Challenge- Finalist

2013 City WISN A-List Milwaukee’s Best BBQ- Saz’s State House Restaurant

2013 TheKnot Best of Weddings- Venue- Saz’s Catering Lake Country at Western Lakes Golf Club

2013 TheKnot Best of Weddings- Venue- Sazama’s at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

2013 Shepherd Express Reader’s Choice Awards- Finalist- Best Ribs

2012 Shepherd Express Reader’s Choice Awards- Best Ribs

2012 TheKnot- Best of Weddings- Caterers- Saz’s Catering

2011 TheKnot Best of Weddings- Venue- Sazama’s at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

2010 Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce- Small Business Community Award

2010 Wisconsin Restaurant Association, Restauranteur of the Year- Milwaukee Chapter, Steve Sazama

2002 Wisconsin State Finalist- National Restaurant Association Restaurant Neighbor Award- Steve Sazama

Wisconsin Roots

Born and raised on State Street, Saz’s first love will always be Milwaukee. Whenever possible, Saz’s Hospitality Group partners with local establishments and organizations in its business and community endeavors. While this is by no means a comprehensive list, what follows is a sampling of the local partnerships Saz’s has nurtured over the past forty years.

Charitable Partners

In 2015 alone, Saz’s Hospitality Group provided charitable contributions to over 400 local charitable groups, along with contributions to the causes of countless other organizations. Donation requests are reviewed periodically by committee; inquires can be sent to Kristal Kaiser, Donations Specialist, at kristal@sazs.com.

Wisconsin State Fair Foundation
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Variety The Children's Charity
Wisconsin Restaurant Association logo
Hunger Task Force
Governors Blue Ribbon Scholarship
United Performance Arts Foundation
Childrens Hospital
Steve Cullen Run and Walk
First Stage Milwaukee
Herma Heart Center
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Groups & Affiliations

Saz’s Hospitality Group is a proud member of the following organizations.

Wisconsin Restaurant Association logo
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
VisitMilwaukee
National Assocation for Catering and Events
Walkers Point Assocation
East Town
South Suburban Chamber of Commerce
West Allis West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce
NICA logo
Delafield Chamber of Commerce
Hartland Chamber of Commerce
Waukesha County Business Alliance
Westown Association logo
Tosa Chamber of Commerce Logo
Tavern League of Wisconsin logo
Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce
LGBT Chamber of Commerce logo
CFC logo
MPI logo
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