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Purple Onion Catering Company is a caterer located in Vienna, Virginia that provides services for weddings and events. With 30+ years in the industry, Purple Onion Catering offers high-quality culinary experiences to those in the Washington, D.C. area. While considering the theme of your wedding and your tastes, the team strives to make your event unforgettable.


The team at Purple Onion Catering Company is able to craft and serve cuisine for a range of event sizes, from small gatherings of 25 people to galas of over 1,000. Food can be served as hors d'oeuvres, buffet-style, in a seated dining setting, and more. The chefs can create dishes from American, Asian, French, Italian, and Mexican traditions, among others. They are also able to accommodate a range of dietary needs, such as nut-free, vegan, kosher, and more.

Services Offered

Both presentation and taste are important elements at Purple Onion Catering Company. The events team first takes the time to understand your wedding vision. They then collaborate with the culinary experts to curate a menu fitting for your big day. They also consider finer details such as the decor and how the dishes will be served to ensure a cohesive ambience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Set Up
Clean Up
Cocktail Reception

What event services do you provide?

Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Breakfast / Brunch
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Hors d'oeuvres

What types of cuisine do you cater?


What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Nut Free

What bar services do you provide?

Open Bar
Champagne Toast
Signature Drink

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Katie G. Married on 06/25/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful and super delicious

Wonderful service and so delicious! We highly recommend and appreciate them!
Emma Married on 06/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent service and food

I highly recommend Purple Onion! Margaret and Ellie were great and handled everything. The food was delicious and the service staff were so kind and professional.
Janet B. Married on 05/20/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Purple Onion Catering

For my daughterโ€™s wedding, we selected Purple Onion as our caterer for the cocktail and dinner experience. We are so glad we did! It was a wonderful experience from the very beginning. The tastings were so much fun and with so many delicious options, it was difficult to narrow down the menu! What an amazing staff; professional, attentive, and so helpful. The appetizers were so much fun, from Chicken-Waffle cones to the Sangria Watermelon bites which were a crowd favorite! The plated dinner was excellent; hot and delicious. I am still receiving texts from guests complimenting the food and the staff. I would highly recommend these vendors for your catering needs, as they will not disappoint!
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Professional Network & Endorsements

7 Endorsements
Perfectly Planned Perfectly Planned Wedding Planners

I absolutely love working with the Purple Onion Catering Company. They are trendy, efficient and always willing to go above and beyond to make each client feel special.

Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery Winery Weddings

Purple Onion is one of Blue Valley's "approved Caterers" and they are wonderful. I especially love working with Margaret, she is top notch and has an eye for detail. They offer excellent food and service, in fact, they were here this past weekend and the food was terrific. Guests were raving about dinner. I highly recommend Purple Onion.

Lieb Photographic LLC Lieb Photographic LLC Wedding Photographers

Oh my goodness! I love the Purple Onion! They make thew most amazing plated meals and they taste as good as they look. The Purple Onion is prompt and delicious!

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