Olympia Catering and Events is third generation, family owned business that has been in operation since the early 1920’s. It all began when José and Carlotta Diaz emigrated from Spain to the United States in 1924. They decided to open a bakery on Nebraska Avenue in Ybor City under the original name, La Paloma Bakery. Their business prospered in that location until WWII.
In 1950 their son, Joseph Diaz (now referred to by the staff as Papa Joe,) joined the business and decided to move the operation to the West Tampa area. Located on North Howard Avenue, Olympia has been in its present location for more than 60 years.
In 1993 Joseph and Irene Diaz’s youngest son, Darren, took the reins of the business and expanded the catering division, phased-out the full-line bakery, and added a restaurant operation.