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Main Event Caterers is a full-service catering company located in Arlington, Virginia. They specialize in providing fresh and bold menu options that represent culinary innovation and presentation. Couples can expect to have dedicated event planners to assist in every detail of their wedding, including venue options, service staff, decor and menu design. Main Event Caterers will make sure your vision and story are told through delectable cuisine and atmosphere.

Services Offered
Main Event Caterers will assist and cater to all of your needs through their premier service options. Services include:

  • Buffet
  • Cake
  • Cake cutting
  • Cleanup & setup
  • Delivery
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Dessert
  • Family style
  • French service
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Outside cake


Cuisine
Along with great services, Main Event Caterers offers their couples an array of cuisine options. They are also capable of catering to strict dietary needs such as gluten-free, lactose-free, no pork and organic. They offer the following cuisine styles:

  • African
  • Asian
  • British
  • Cajun
  • Caribbean
  • Chinese
  • Ethiopian
  • French
  • German


Other Services
Main Event Caterers offers their couples a chance to pair their food with a great drink as well. Bar services include bartender(s), cash bar, champagne toast and house beer. Additional bar services include:

  • House liquor
  • House wine
  • Limited bar
  • Liquor license
  • Open bar
  • Outside alcohol
  • Premium liquor
  • Signature drink
  • Specialty beer
  • Specialty wine

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$150

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$155

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$160

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeuvres?

$75

Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up
Cake
Cake Cutting
Dessert
Cocktail Reception
Server(s)
Tastings
Chairs
Tables
China
Linens
Flatware
Glassware

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$16

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Wine

What event services do you provide?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Buffet
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

African
American
Asian
Caribbean
French
German
Indian
Italian
Latin American
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Middle Eastern
Southern
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Open Bar
Champagne Toast
Signature Drink

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chairs
Tables

Which of the following items can you provide?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
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4.8 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
450 Reviews
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96% Recommended by couples

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Linda R. Married on 06/19/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding food and service

I don't have room here to fully describe the outstanding experience we had with Main Event catering. We hired Main Event for our daughter's wedding last weekend and it was simply flawless. The food was perfect and delicious and the service was professional and well done. Melissa was our coordinator at Main Event. She was extremely patient with all of my questions and very prompt in her responses to my many emails. Every detail was carefully planned and executed. I give Melissa and Main Event my highest recommendation and I know I will hire them again for upcoming events. You will not find a better caterer! If you are shopping for a wedding caterer, your search is over....call Melissa!
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Andrew K. Married on 11/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Good food for a good time

You know it's a good sign when guests tell you how good the food was at a wedding - MEC were the right choice! Melissa was easy to work with, helpful and communicative throughout the months leading up to our wedding. The pricing was competitive, and they had so many options on their menu so we were able to tailor the vision for our wedding. They executed the family style service so well, and the staff onsite were on top of everything. They work with an equipment vendor too that made the rental experience just as smooth. Go with them for your next event!
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Brenna M. Married on 10/20/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing food, even better service!

We were thrilled with Main Event - from the very beginning of the process of sampling food options through to our wedding day, they over-delivered. Melissa was so kind, organized, responsive and helpful, and we felt very assured that she was coordinating with us and on-site on our wedding day! The food and service were excellent. We got compliments all night about everything from the appetizers to the wine. Melissa was determined to ensure we got to eat at our wedding, and boy, did she deliver. We had a server assigned to us, who brought us a tray of champagne, wine and water as well as a selection of appetizers immediately after our ceremony. She checked in with us throughout the night, bringing us new trays of food and drinks. I probably would have left hungry if it wasn't for her! We were so thrilled with how everything turned out, from the actual coordination through to the presentation and service. We will definitely work with Main Event in the future!
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Real Weddings

Rachel & Brendon
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Dennis & Joanna
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Professional Network & Endorsements

27 Endorsements
Event Details by Edelina Event Details by Edelina Wedding Planners

I worked many events with Main Event (normally at Carnegie and River Farm) and I have found their staff to always be top notch! The food is wonderful and they're very responsive to client's needs.

Nana Floral - Event Nana Floral - Event Wedding Florists

Amazing company and amazing people. This company knows how to be helpful and create generous service to no limits. the food was terrific, and overall reasonably priced. The server seemed to read my mind and was taking care of everything as I thought of it. Everyone involved - from planning to set-up to serving, to clean-up was so professional and pleasant. We were able to put on the event we wanted within the budget we'd planned every time. Great work with Spencer and team last year and many more weddings to go.

Gallery O on H Gallery O on H Museum Weddings

Main Event has done many events here at our gallery and they were great! Efficient staff, start to finish service with not just food but also the equipment, clean up and staffing. I would always recommend them as a go to for weddings or private events!

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Main Event Caterers frequently asked questions

At Main Event Caterers, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • China
  • Linens
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
The bar service starting price at Main Event Caterers includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
Main Event Caterers offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
Main Event Caterers offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Buffet
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings
At Main Event Caterers, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • African
  • American
  • Asian
  • Caribbean
  • French
  • German
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Southern
  • Spanish
At Main Event Caterers, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Main Event Caterers provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Open Bar
  • Champagne Toast
  • Signature Drink
To cater to all tastes, Main Event Caterers offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
Main Event Caterers is recommended by 96% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in flexibility, 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in professionalism and 4.8 in value.

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