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Simply Fresh Events is a full-service catering company based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The company was established by two couples, Matt and Liz Phelan and Geoff and Jocelyn Barker, with over 50 years of professional catering experience between them. The business's mission is to provide exceptional service combined with creative and fresh cuisine to every couple. This business is proud to serve those celebrating weddings in central Maryland, northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Cuisine

Simply Fresh Events uses in-season ingredients to create delicious dishes and creative cuisine. While primarily serving American, Southwestern, and local recipes, this caterer can also create an array of international dishes including French, Mediterranean, Japanese, Korean, Caribbean, and many others. Your dining experience can be served in a range of styles such as buffet, plated, stations, tapas, family-style, and more. Simply Fresh Events is happy to accommodate a number of dietary restrictions, including:

  • Gluten-free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Nut-free
  • Halal
  • Lactose-free
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian

Services Offered

Simply Fresh Events is a full-service event planning and custom catering company. The business partners with multiple venues and event professionals to create unique event experiences for couples. Their culinary team cooks on-site whenever possible to bring their clients the freshest and best-tasting menus. Their detail-oriented team is also happy to provide seamless event planning, floral, decor, lighting, entertainment, and transportation services, among others.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

$120

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

$90

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$90

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

$20

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

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

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$30

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

Limited Bar
Open Bar
House Beer
Specialty Beer
House Wine
Specialty Wine
House Liquor
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink

What event services do you provide?

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?

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

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Halal
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
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
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Lois K. Married on 07/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

LOVE THEM! The team, the food, the planning. They have it all

I am SO glad we had Simply Fresh at our wedding! They made planning so easy, always very responsive and flexible with plans even up until the day. On the wedding day, they were so professional, and the staff was incredibly helpful. They knew exactly what to do when flipping the space from ceremony to reception to dancing. The staff was always kind. The food was also AMAZING! All our guests were pleased and walked away very full. If I were to do it again, I would have it no other way.
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Molly M. Married on 09/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Simply Fresh is Simply the Best!

Brittany, Lexi, and the entire Simply Fresh team were a true joy to work with, and my husband Jay and I recommend them wholeheartedly. From the first tasting through planning and the day of our wedding reception, Simply Fresh was kind, professional, and provided such tasty food. Simply Fresh played a pivotal role in the best weekend of our lives, and you are in good hands with the teams' quality food and top-notch service.
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Abraham Married on 08/28/2023
5 out of 5 rating

August wedding for 80, excellent experience

We had a lovely experience working with the Simply Fresh team for our wedding.

When comparing the menus and proposals that different caterers put together, it really felt like Simply Fresh had spent time listening to us and personalizing to fit our actual tastes. They also were flexible and helpful to further refine the menu, adjusting flavors and recipes (even finicky things like bringing a favorite brand of pickle!) to our and our guests tastes. We received tons of compliments on the food and staging after our wedding, and I'd work with them again in an instant.

Our coordinator Hillary Clagett was extremely helpful, walking us through the vendor selection and communication process, and making sure that we were on top of deadlines and decisions. We appreciated her taking the reins on things like seating charts, coordinating DJ load in, and venue visits. Day-of she went above and beyond to make sure that we and our families had everything we needed to relax and actually enjoy the wedding.
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Rocklands Farm & Winery Rocklands Farm & Winery Barn & Farm Weddings

Geoff Barker and his wife Jocelyn have worked on many many events here at Rocklands Farm. They bring a whole host of talents; not only fantastic food, but the ability to spend time with each client to find out exactly what they want their event to look like. Geoff is very well organized, and gets things done. Jocelyn is the creative side of the team, helping pull the perfect look from our collection of farm "props". She is a great "time-keeper", and moves things along in a timely fashion. She knows our unique property, knows where everything is kept, knows how to make things work! She always has a smile for her co-workers, and makes the event fun for those of us working behind the scenes. When Geoff and Jocelyn are the caterers on my property, I can really relax, and know that everything will be happily ever after.....!

A. Griffin Events A. Griffin Events Wedding Planners

From beautiful, fresh food to exacting planning, Simply Fresh Events knows what it takes to make a wedding come out perfectly. I especially love their attention to detail and desire to achieve their clients' goals at the actual event. From creating the perfect menu to executing a flawless wedding, Simply Fresh Events is a caterer you want on your team.

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