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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.

Cuisine

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

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

$150

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

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

What event services do you provide?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Breakfast / Brunch
Buffet
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

American
Asian
French
Italian
Mediterranean
Mexican
Seafood
Southern
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Kosher
Nut 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
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
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Reviews of Purple Onion Catering Company

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4.8 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
4.8 out of 5 rating
260 Reviews
96% recommend it
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    4.8 out of 5 rating
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    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.8 out of 5 rating
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Purple Onion Catering receives glowing reviews for their exceptional service, delicious food, and attention to detail at weddings. Reviewers praise the staff, particularly Phoebe, Lindsey, and Margaret, for their professionalism, responsiveness, and flexibility in accommodating special requests and dietary needs. Guests rave about the innovative and tasty food options, beautiful presentation, and seamless execution of events. The caterer\'s ability to create custom menus, handle last-minute changes, and provide outstanding service from tastings to the wedding day receives high recommendations, making Purple Onion a top choice for weddings.

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Purple Onion Catering receives glowing reviews for their exceptional service, delicious food, and attention to detail at weddings. Reviewers praise the staff, particularly Phoebe, Lindsey, and Margaret, for their professionalism, responsiveness, and flexibility in accommodating special requests and dietary needs. Guests rave about the innovative and tasty food options, beautiful presentation, and seamless execution of events. The caterer\'s ability to create custom menus, handle last-minute changes, and provide outstanding service from tastings to the wedding day receives high recommendations, making Purple Onion a top choice for weddings.

Pam
Pam P. Sent on 06/25/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Delicious Food, Spectacular Presentation and Lovely to work with !

Purple Onion Catering exceeded our expectations!! Not only food was amazing, but they also created a beautiful table setting!! They were truly a pleasure to work with and if we needed anything they responded quickly and helped out in anyway! We look forward to using Purple Catering again! Highly recommend!! Presentation, taste and price can't be beat!!
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Julie O. Sent on 06/16/2024
5 out of 5 rating

So happy with our choice!

We were so thrilled with our choice to work with our event designer Phoebe, Lindsey, and the rest of their team from Purple Onion to cater our May 2024 wedding in Leesburg. From proposal to tastings to finalizing the menu and executing day-of, they were very responsive, flexible, professional, and willing to tweak dishes to fit any requests or preferences. We didnโ€™t want โ€œjust your average wedding food,โ€ and Purple Onion delivered to be able to serve our guests just the right type of elevated, yet relatable and yummy, food we were looking for. I am still thinking and talking about the parmesan risotto we had as a side and my notorious favorite dessert, the raspberry cheesecake shooter. Beyond just food, Phoebe and her team helped execute our vision with a beautiful set up and rentals from Select Event Group. Phoebe worked extensively behind the scenes with our coordinator to navigate several possible scenarios due to inclement weather, and ensure that everything went off without a hitch to flip our indoor ceremony space to be reception-ready on our rainy wedding day. Booking our wedding catering with Purple Onion was a fantastic choice that we would make again!
Sarah
Sarah C. Sent on 06/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Above and Beyond

We had such an amazing experience with Purple Onion -- the food, of course, was exceptional. So many delicious options it will be near impossible to decide. The rentals were beautiful. On top of that, our coordinator was so thoughtful and diligent in helping us coordinate a ton of special touches, including a guava cosmo and handling specialty Polish cuisine from a local chef. Everything was perfectly executed, and it tasted amazing too!
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Real Weddings

Barbara & Samuel
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15 photos ยท 09/30/2018
Aaron & Alicia
22 photos ยท 09/07/2014

Team

Paige Carney
Paige Carney
Owner

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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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