First, let me say that Spencer at A Main Event Catering is fabulous. He put together a menu that incorporated my wedding theme to a tee and fit my budget. My party arrived 1 hour late for my scheduled tasting due to traffic, but Spencer was completely gracious and gave us a wonderful food experience. We talked and laughed so much that I think the kitchen staff had to prompt us to wrap things up! While we loved Spencer and his offerings, we ultimately chose another vendor based on an offer from a family friend. That said, I would absolutely recommend Spencer and his team at A Main Event. Do not pass this one over!
Main Event Caterers has incredibly friendly staff throughout the company -- from their accounts receivable department to their in-house sales staff to their on-site catering staff. Everyone was very easy to work with and always responded quickly.
MEC's menu offerings are unique and delicious and the displays at our wedding were beautiful.
We highly recommend!!
I am very happy that I retained Main Event caterers for my wedding reception. I sampled menus from two other area caterers with similar price points, but none could compare to Main Event. Their menu options are astounding and they can modify according to special requests. I wanted hints of Persian flavors in my buffet menu and I got just that with dishes like pistachio rice pilaf and pomegranate-glazed carrots. They also had fantastic vegetarian options--I absolutely loved their eggplant entrée. And there are no words to describe how perfectly cooked and seasoned their roasted lamb loin and chicken entrees were. They also accommodated my request to have a warm apple cider bar for our colder than usual fall wedding. Planning a wedding reception can be a pretty daunting task on your own and Main Event made sure that our plans were executed perfectly. Our event coordinator was Spencer McCormack and he was a delight to work with. He made such helpful suggestions throughout the planning process and I felt comforted knowing that he had planned hundreds of weddings at the venue we chose. The catering team did a fantastic job with the food, set-up, break-down and even boxed up the few remaining leftovers for my family to take home. My family and friends are still raving about the food! I highly recommend Main Event.
I love Main Event! I worked with Spencer and his team and really couldn't be happier with both the process of getting everything together, as well as the final result on our wedding day. They are super responsive, professional and definitely get to know you throughout the planning. They have a really cool studio where you go for the tasting (which was spectacular!) and they have rental samples on-site (linens, flatware, chargers, etc.).
Our food was delicious and really reasonably priced for what you get. We had a seasonal menu (fall) that had really personal touches throughout, like apple cider to warm everyone on a cold day. Delicious beef, chicken, and roasted veggies—my vegetarian and meat-eating guests were all happy.
We heard so many compliments on the food—even from extremely tough critics, during dinner and all night long. They were accommodating and fun/easy to work with. Spencer is a gem. Highly recommend!
Main Event lived up to all the promises made during this process. We went to our tasting and was blown away right from the beginning. Their attention to detail is fantastic, and they are absolutely flexible. We mixed and matched our menu options, and added a pasta course with sauce provided by the grooms father as part of a family tradition, and no one even batted an eye. They are incredibly responsive, every question and email was answered immediately. The food on the day of the wedding was exactly what we had tasted during our tasting over a year before. Everyone there on the day of the wedding was a perfect professional, they were kind, courteous and helpful and did a great job ensuring all our guests had everything they need. If you are looking for restaurant quality food at a great value, Main Event is your caterer.
Wow! Spencer was amazing at working with us to come up with a proposal that would meet our budget. We were so impressed with Jack and his staff at the event. He made sure everything ran smoothly and in a timely fashion. The food was amazing. AMAZING! Everyone at the wedding was raving about how it was "the best food they have ever had at a wedding." Choose Main Event Catering. You will not regret it!
We used Main Event for our wedding in Washington, DC on 10/25/14. Our event designer (Spencer) was incredibly helpful and provided ideas and a menu from which we could design a buffet-style dinner that suited our wedding perfectly. The wait staff at the event were perfect -- not only at ensuring that everything ran smoothly with the catering, but also worked to keep us on track with our schedule. Finally (and perhaps most importantly) we got tons of compliments on the food. Many guests were traveling from North Carolina, so we had a "southern chic" cuisine, which included southern honey fried chicken and the best mac and cheese we've ever had. Highly recommended.
We chose Main Event Caterers for our reception, and they were excellent. Overall: great food, detail-oriented, experienced, professional service.
Planning We had a medium-sized, fall reception. Main Event's personalized service impressed us. Their event planners convey fun, celebration, and enjoyment, which set them apart. The Main Event experience was like eating at a great restaurant. Other vendors seemed generic, cafeteria-like. We worked with Scotlyn and Liz, who brought us in for a consultation. We discussed our reception vision and left with a gift of chocolate truffles.
Tasting/Walkthrough The group tasting solidified our confidence about food quality, equipment, and service staff. During our walkthrough, our event coordinator was detail-oriented and stayed behind after we left to discuss details with the venue management.
Food Because of their experience and size, Main Event has an extensive, unmatched menu, and the food is great. Guests complimented the goat cheese/jalapeno hushpuppies appetizer and our cheese table. On arrival, we actually got to eat appetizers, reserved by waitstaff specifically assigned to us. We enjoyed the beef short rib and brie on brioche. The butternut squash soup was a great, fall-themed first course, wisely suggested instead of a salad. Entrees were similarly great.
Waitstaff/Service The plated meal service and bartending went smoothly with the experienced staff. Our on-site coordinator, Liz, helped us through a 30-minute delayed start and communicated well. Brandon, our great head waiter, served our gluten-free guests promptly and held two extra meals for latecomers. Guests were well taken of.
Summary Contracting a caterer is an infrequent event. So we went with Main Event whom we knew would treat our guests right. They kept us informed during the planning, always responding to emails. Price was comparable with less highly-rated companies. With Main Event, we were in good hands. We rate them very highly.
Main Event Catered wedding of my best friend Nadia at Rose Hill Manor in Leesburg, VA
Setting looked so elegant, room looked immaculate the food during both the post - ceremony cocktail hour as well as buffet was absolutely superb Everyone is still raving about the food. Main Event Staff who served us were All very polite and kind. Especially Launy, Jahn and Eddie were so helpful, capable and provided us an amazing service.
I would highly recommended Main Event Caterers to anyone !
Main Event Catering did an absolute wonderful job for my wedding. They literally took care of everything, the food was amazing and the service was great!! I highly recommend them!
We had the absolute greatest experience with Main Event Caterers and would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking at catering companies in the DC area for a wedding or any other event! Our event coordinator was Spencer McCormack and he was so incredibly organized, professional, creative and helpful! He was very experienced with our particular venue (The Meridian House) and had so many great ideas about staging and flow, and I am so happy we worked with him because everything on the day of was perfect! The caterering staff was very attentive and my husband and I even had our own waiter, Jack, who was responsible for making sure we got enough food and drink since we were running around trying to talk to everyone. All of our guests commented on how delicious the appetizers and dinner were, and the portions for dinner were quite large so everyone was happy and full! We had them provide our cake, which was beautiful and delicious, and we also did a dessert bar with mini pastries which our guests loved! We could not have been happier with our selection of Main Event, and we definitely will use them again in the future!
Main Event did a fantastic job at our wedding. All the details went smoothly and everybody complimented the food. They also provided us a shadow server to get make sure the two of us got everything we needed throughout the night. We worked mainly with Elizabeth during pre-wedding preparations and Michelle was present to oversee the wedding itself. Both were very professional, easy to work with, and helpful when we were making our decisions. They were even able to adjust without any problem when we wound up running late due to a slightly delayed ceremony. Overall, we could not be happier with our choice and would recommend Main Event to anyone.
Our wedding was flawless and now nearly a month beyond our day, we are still receiving compliments about the quality of the food and the exceptional level of service from our guests. Meg Terry was our coordinator and I can not say enough glowing things about her level of attention to detail and willingness to happily work with a bride (me) who is a little not traditional and on a very small budget. Never once was I treated as if I were not important and you could not tell that we had a budget wedding. The menu was stunningly delicious, the personal attention before - especially during - and after was supreme. The set-up and layout of our event was gorgeous and I never once felt that there would be a problem. This is not a caterer that will charge silly fees. Bring your own cake, provide your own bar - they will make it work without making you go broke. I hope that I will have a reason to throw a large catered event just to have the chance to work with Main Event again. I highly recommend this company.
Main Event Caterers were our number one choice when we looked at caterers for our wedding! From the moment we met with Scotlyn and Liz, it was clear that they understood what we wanted and would be able to provide fantastic food for our wedding. They were extremely professional, attentive, and helped us make sure our wedding was fantastic. All of our guests raved about the food!
Main Events was my favorite vendor to work with in the wedding process. Spencer was very helpful with all his knowledge especially about our venue (Woodend) but also kept it a fun experience and the entire staff was very responsive to emails. In regards to the day of, all the tables looked beautiful, staff was flawless and the food was delicious. We received a lot of positive comments about the pie and pretzel bars. Would definitely recommend to other. Organized, creative and professional. Thanks!
They were great!!!!!! I worked with Spencer and he was so helpful, and had a fun personality. Definitely a great caterer to work with!!