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Catering in Washington,
(202) 733-3106
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4.8 out of 5
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    Connie Sinclair

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  • Making sure we had good food was one of our most important priorities for the wedding. Our guests certainly had lofty expectations of the food we would be serving! Oliver and the Eat & Smile team helped us meet expectations - and exceed them! A lot of other caterers in town will have you pick items you want to try or serve off a set menu, but Oliver tailored the menu based on what we like and what's important to us. It is also worth noting that Oliver was, by far, the most honest caterer we spoke to - he knew our venue extremely well and set realistic expectations with us about the kind of service that worked best with our guest count. Plenty of other caterers would have happily done a sit-down dinner at rounds of 10 for our guests, but only Oliver said that we should try it another way. We ended up with a menu that was extremely personal to us and our story, fantastic service, and things that were really delicious. Thank you! P.S. Everyone keeps asking us for the five-spice oatmeal co... Read more

    Lee Ann C

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  • Eat & Smile catered our 10/26/19 wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center. We booked Eat & Smile because of their commitment to local, seasonal food. Eat & Smile’s food totally delivered what we were looking for – we felt that Eat & Smile really “got” what we were looking for in terms of a menu after the questionnaire and initial menu consultation; Eat & Smile was also easy to work with in tinkering the menu. Eat & Smile did a fantastic job on the day of the wedding. We opted for family style food, and dinner service went off without a hitch. Most importantly, the food was incredibly delicious – it was seriously above and beyond what we thought wedding food could be. Along the wedding planning way, Oliver also had a ton of advice and helpful tidbits to make the day go smoothly. As someone else wrote in a review, Oliver was very honest with us along the way about what he thought would work or wouldn’t work in our space and with our timeline. We really appreciated O... Read more

    Emily Olmsted

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  • I can't recommend Oliver and Eat & Smile enough! He worked with me and my now husband endlessly and was always patient and understanding. He worked with us directly to curate our perfect reception--from organizing our rentals, to determining the serving style, to the bar setup, to the exquisite food and beautiful presentation. Oliver and his team of servers and bartenders were cordial, friendly, and attentive. And then, there was the food itself! The food was superb and gorgeous and did I mention delicious? And all the food is locally and sustainably sourced and you can taste the difference! Bottom line, great food, great people, great investment, we definitely recommend Eat & Smile!

    Megan

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    5 out of 5
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  • We could not be happier with how Eilish and her team helped our dream wedding come true. Eilish was incredibly responsive to our requests, and helped us plan out details that we hadn't even thought of. The quality of food and presentation was incredible. Our guests were wowed with their meals and the service. They were also considerate and creative with dietary requests. Most importantly, they work with local farmers and vendors! We highly recommend them for your event catering needs.

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    Thanks so much for having us part of your big day, Megan!! Thank you also for the kind words - we're so glad to have been a part of your wedding in some way

    Sarah

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    5 out of 5
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  • We are beyond ecstatic that Eat & Smile were with us for our celebration. The food was phenomenal! Some of my favorites were the ceviche, red snapper, and the beef & potatoes. Everything was delicious though. Even when things went off schedule on our part all of the team adapted quickly and smoothly. They really went the extra mile to accommodate some last minute changes we made. Also, they paid great attention to me (the bride) and my mother by delivering beverages to us personally in moments when we weren't in the reception area. As D.C. residents, we were proud to have Eat & Smile who source from local vendors and farms for their ingredients, food and beverage items. We feel very loved and fulfilled, and are grateful we could share this weekend with such wonderful people. I don't know how to thank them enough for answering all of our questions, and keeping us on track! We couldn't have done this without them. If we ever have a big event again, we will definitely... Read more

    Michelle

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    5 out of 5
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  • We loved E+S! We loved their philosophy about using locally sourced food and we got the vibes that they treat their staff really well. We worked with Katie and Chef Oliver to weave together a menu that was inclusive of both of our heritages - Italian and Latina. We also had a number of guests with food allergies, and E+S did an amazing job of helping us find the right options to make everyone happy - and still celebrate the melding of our two cultures. The food was delicious, and the catering team did an amazing job taking care of all of our guests. We wanted to give a special shoutout to Danny, who was so polite, pleasant, and thoughtful. Things got so hectic for me and my hubby, as we were trying to say hello to everyone, and Danny went out of his way to check in on us several times. He even hooked us up with a special plate of our apps - and even just his calm demeanor put us at ease. I wish I caught everyone's name, because there was also another gentleman and another young wom... Read more

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    On behalf of the whole E&S team (including Katie, Oliver, and Danny), thank you for such kind words! We are all so happy to have been part of your special day!

    Mary

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    5 out of 5
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  • We used Eat & Smile Catering for our wedding this past June and absolutely loved it. The food was by far better than any catering I’ve had before. When reviewing caterers, E&S stood out because the food was local, fresh, flavorful and fun! E&S worked with us to keep our catering budget centered, while allowing us creative license with menu options. We were happy to support a small business in DC, but even happier with the service and products!

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    Thanks so much for your kind words, Mary! We're so thrilled to have been a part of making your wedding day special and truly your own! Best wishes and big hugs.

    Paige

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    5 out of 5
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  • These people ROCK!!! We requested an out-of-the ordinary menu- 4 passed appetizers and 4 small plates that went with an ampersand theme- mac & cheese, shrimp & grits, spaghetti & meatballs...etc etc. Our guest RAVED about the yummy comfort food! Katie was exceptionally easy to work with-replied to emails within minutes many times. All aspects of the process were EASY and the results were beyond our wildest dreams! Our venue was overjoyed with the condition our venue was left in-they said it was exceptional! Really cannot recommend Eat & Smile highly enough. Delicious food and great quality & value. Five stars all the way!!!

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    We are so happy the Ampersand wedding went without a hitch and we were able to help make the day awesome & great ;) Thank you, again! We love a good theme wedding, especially when it matches our favorite "&" symbol!

    Faith

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    5 out of 5
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  • All the Eat & Smile staff were amazing, accommodating, and went well above and beyond what we expected! The planning process was easy and the food was delicious. Everyone told us what a fantastic time they had and how the party really suited us and the kind of people we are. This wouldn't have been possible without all the help from Eat & Smile and the amazing coordinator Elle.

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    Thanks, F&N! It was such a pleasure planning with you! Best wishes to you both :)

    Neil

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    5 out of 5
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  • Katie, Oliver, and the entire Eat & Smile staff were fantastic! We were planning our backyard surprise wedding within 3 months from getting engaged and they were great at helping us plan the menu (they even incorporated dishes from our backgrounds), suggested a great day-of wedding coordinator, and provided an excellent experience for our guests via passed hors d'oeuvres and provided a bartender and servers! They provided a great tasting session where we were able to narrow our menu for our wedding! All our guests were very impressed about their professionalism, service, and the food was delicious! We loved them so much that we are already hiring them for our next even in December!

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    We are SO THRILLED to have been able to help you both (and Phoenix the dog!) have such a memorable wedding! Thank you!

    User5488446

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    5 out of 5
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  • We used Eat & Smile to cater our wedding in September 2017 and we could not have been happier with the entire process, from the first email to the follow-up after the event. One of the reasons we were so taken with E&S immediately is that, out of all the caterers we contacted, they were the first ones who seemed to understand our vibe, our budget, and our tastes, and were willing to tailor the experience to us. We loved working with the E&S team - it was probably one of the most fun pieces of wedding planning! Our team - first Keira, then Katie - always answered emails promptly and in detail and were beyond helpful in making suggestions on what would work best. We had a blast at our tasting and knew we had made the right decision. Plus, it felt so good supporting a local business that prides itself on supporting local suppliers and farmers. For our actual event, E&S was a dream - the crew that worked our wedding was so kind, charming, and personable - we had compliments from gue... Read more

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    How can we thank YOU for such kind words?!?! We are over the moon that we helped make your wedding day so wonderful! We LOVED working with you - you had such a great sense of humor and creative ideas that were so fun to incorporate! Best wishes to you and M!

    Simon

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    5 out of 5
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  • We used Eat & Smile Catering for our daughter's wedding and they did a terrific job. They were very easy to work with, the food and service were both outstanding and they had no problem dealing with dietary issues (gluten-free and vegan) that we required. It was a wonderful wedding and they made a major contribution to making it so.

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    Thanks so much, Simon! It was such a pleasure planning with C&K (and you, too, of course!!) Side note: I will miss saying your last name because it always made me smile, and plus it was connected to such outstanding people as well!! Best wishes and happy holidays to the whole family!

    Elizabeth

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    5 out of 5
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  • Eat & Smile is the realization of every couple's wedding cuisine dream! We worked with Katie primarily, who is just the most lovely person. Our wedding wasn't particularly easy - we had a super tight timeline (our venue had a wedding before ours, in the morning/afternoon!) and a strict set of venue restrictions on nearly every aspect of setup and service. Katie navigated every hurdle with the perfect blend of courteousness and knowledgeable advice. When we'd ask for something a little unusual food-wise, Katie and Oliver responded by figuring out the best way to make it happen. In our case, the request was Persian food for my husband's family from Iran; they created a lamb kebab dish with traditional rice that would appeal to everyone! It was to die for. But as crazy as it sounds, I think their fresh signature cocktails were the biggest pleasant surprise. Months later, I still have guests asking, "What was in that honey apple bourbon drink?" or "How can I make that fresh cucumber mint c... Read more

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    Aww, E&J, it was SUCH a pleasure to work with you both to help create such an amazing wedding!! It will forever be remembered for not only having a horse greeter, but because you were so on top of things and so so kind and practical with every request you ever made, always thinking of our team's well being even! We wish you both the best and years of love and laughter!

    Lindsay Cejka

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • Eat & Smile Catering catered our Fall 2019 wedding of roughly 120 guests at the Hill Center in Washington, DC. We worked with Oliver Friendly (pardon the correlation but he was really one of the friendliest and kind vendors to work with). Eat & Smile was listed as a trusted vendor for our venue. We were lucky to reserve them for a very popular weekend. Also important is Eat & Smile's values of serving sustainable and locally sourced food. For our wedding, we had three passed hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour, bar staff serving cocktails, and plated dinner service with three entree options (steak, chicken, veg). Eat & Smile also offered an option to assist in designing custom cocktails if that interests you! Eat & Smile was flexible to work with and had a very accommodating timeline and payment structure. Oliver made the catering part of the planning less stressful. On top of that, the food was delicious. Oliver worked with us ahead of time to draft up sample menus that were to ou... Read more

    Brittne

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    2.7 out of 5
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  • E&S manager Katie offered a great vision that was not delivered. Custom menu sounds like a great idea but in hindsight if food is really important to you, do a sample tasting of the actual menu. Doing so might have solved 50% of my problems with E&S because the ethnic fusion meal I wanted was not what I got. The other 50% of my dissatisfaction with E&S was due to lazy servers, lack of attention to detail, and poor coordination. For example, I mentioned several times my nieces' food allergy. Guess what she was served? The allergen salad. There were also bartender issues, and cleanup issues, and display issues. Overall, I was disappointed in E&S. When I mentioned all the issues I had with E&S in an email that included the Wedding Planner, E&S took the planner of the reply email and proceeded to throw her under the bus and blame her for everything. Unprofessional.

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    I am sorry to hear you were unhappy with some aspects of our service and food. However, because you make some strong accusations, I must respond to several of these points. When you signed a contract 4 weeks before the wedding, I highlighted that we would be in rush mode to pin down details, but we would do our best. Your planner was diligent in working with us to get those details in order, especially as you were planning remotely. The abbreviated timeline of planning along with the fact that you weren't here made it impossible to have an exact menu tasting in time. On your email to me post-wedding your planner was NOT copied on that email, and therefore I did NOT remove her from my response. Perhaps she was BCC'd, but there is no way for me to know. My response would have been the same even if she was visibly copied. You mentioned being unhappy about the layout and decor. I reminded you that those items are not in our domain, and that perhaps there was miscommunication between the planner, venue, florist - the vendors responsible for these aspects. In regards to your niece's salad: we had that special salad set aside. However, there was no seating chart provided, so our team could only do their best to identify her in the midst of food service. Once found, her salad was very promptly replaced with the correct one. Finally, I take strong offense at calling our staff "lazy". They worked quite hard to make the event go smoothly. In fact, they went well above and beyond their duties by moving all of the ceremony chairs from one location to another just minutes before guests were to take seats. I should remind you that this service was not something for which we were contracted, but our staff care deeply about our clients' happiness and did it without hesitation. I wish you and Sudhir the best, and I hope that you'll accept our apology for anything where you felt we fell short of in providing great food and service.
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