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Connie Sinclair · Married on 10/13/2019
If the quality of your food is important to you, hire Eat & Smile.
Making sure we had good food was one of our most important priorities for the wedding. Our guests certainly had lofty expectations of the food we would be serving! Oliver and the Eat & Smile team helped us meet expectations - and exceed them! A lot of other caterers in town will have you pick items you want to try or serve off a set menu, but Oliver tailored the menu based on what we like and what's important to us. It is also worth noting that Oliver was, by far, the most honest caterer we spoke to - he knew our venue extremely well and set realistic expectations with us about the kind of service that worked best with our guest count. Plenty of other caterers would have happily done a sit-down dinner at rounds of 10 for our guests, but only Oliver said that we should try it another way. We ended up with a menu that was extremely personal to us and our story, fantastic service, and things that were really delicious. Thank you! P.S. Everyone keeps asking us for the five-spice oatmeal cookie recipe; can you share?Sent on 10/28/2019
Lee Ann C · Married on 10/26/2019
We loved E&S!!!!!
Eat & Smile catered our 10/26/19 wedding at the Josephine Butler Parks Center. We booked Eat & Smile because of their commitment to local, seasonal food. Eat & Smile’s food totally delivered what we were looking for – we felt that Eat & Smile really “got” what we were looking for in terms of a menu after the questionnaire and initial menu consultation; Eat & Smile was also easy to work with in tinkering the menu.Sent on 12/21/2019
Eat & Smile did a fantastic job on the day of the wedding. We opted for family style food, and dinner service went off without a hitch. Most importantly, the food was incredibly delicious – it was seriously above and beyond what we thought wedding food could be.
Along the wedding planning way, Oliver also had a ton of advice and helpful tidbits to make the day go smoothly. As someone else wrote in a review, Oliver was very honest with us along the way about what he thought would work or wouldn’t work in our space and with our timeline. We really appreciated Oliver’s honesty and expertise in the leadup to the wedding.
Emily Olmsted · Married on 08/31/2019
Delicious food, friendly people, amazing service!
I can't recommend Oliver and Eat & Smile enough! He worked with me and my now husband endlessly and was always patient and understanding. He worked with us directly to curate our perfect reception--from organizing our rentals, to determining the serving style, to the bar setup, to the exquisite food and beautiful presentation. Oliver and his team of servers and bartenders were cordial, friendly, and attentive. And then, there was the food itself! The food was superb and gorgeous and did I mention delicious? And all the food is locally and sustainably sourced and you can taste the difference! Bottom line, great food, great people, great investment, we definitely recommend Eat & Smile!Sent on 12/03/2019
Megan · Married on 09/22/2018
We could not be happier with how Eilish and her team helped our dream wedding come true. Eilish was incredibly responsive to our requests, and helped us plan out details that we hadn't even thought of. The quality of food and presentation was incredible. Our guests were wowed with their meals and the service. They were also considerate and creative with dietary requests. Most importantly, they work with local farmers and vendors! We highly recommend them for your event catering needs.Sent on 10/12/2018
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Thanks so much for having us part of your big day, Megan!! Thank you also for the kind words - we're so glad to have been a part of your wedding in some way <3
Sarah · Married on 08/11/2018
We are beyond ecstatic that Eat & Smile were with us for our celebration. The food was phenomenal! Some of my favorites were the ceviche, red snapper, and the beef & potatoes. Everything was delicious though. Even when things went off schedule on our part all of the team adapted quickly and smoothly. They really went the extra mile to accommodate some last minute changes we made.Sent on 08/16/2018
Also, they paid great attention to me (the bride) and my mother by delivering beverages to us personally in moments when we weren't in the reception area.
As D.C. residents, we were proud to have Eat & Smile who source from local vendors and farms for their ingredients, food and beverage items.
We feel very loved and fulfilled, and are grateful we could share this weekend with such wonderful people.
I don't know how to thank them enough for answering all of our questions, and keeping us on track! We couldn't have done this without them. If we ever have a big event again, we will definitely come to E&S.
Thank you so so much again!
Michelle · Married on 06/30/2018
We loved E+S! We loved their philosophy about using locally sourced food and we got the vibes that they treat their staff really well. We worked with Katie and Chef Oliver to weave together a menu that was inclusive of both of our heritages - Italian and Latina. We also had a number of guests with food allergies, and E+S did an amazing job of helping us find the right options to make everyone happy - and still celebrate the melding of our two cultures.
The food was delicious, and the catering team did an amazing job taking care of all of our guests. We wanted to give a special shoutout to Danny, who was so polite, pleasant, and thoughtful. Things got so hectic for me and my hubby, as we were trying to say hello to everyone, and Danny went out of his way to check in on us several times. He even hooked us up with a special plate of our apps - and even just his calm demeanor put us at ease. I wish I caught everyone's name, because there was also another gentleman and another young woman who made sure I stayed hydrated before the ceremony (it was such a hot day!) and they brought the whole bridal party water and champagne, which was so sweet!
It seemed like no task was too small or trivial. They took such great care of us on site, and all with smiles on their faces. As I told Danny and Katie, Eat and Smile was our favorite vendor! They were so easy to work with, and we worried about so many things on our wedding day, and our catering was not one of them. Everything from setting the menu to flipping the rooms was taken care of so seamlessly.
Thank you to Katie, Oliver, Danny, and the whole team, for taking care of us, and carrying out our vision on our wedding day. Our food was definitely one of our wedding highlights!Sent on 10/14/2018
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:On behalf of the whole E&S team (including Katie, Oliver, and Danny), thank you for such kind words! We are all so happy to have been part of your special day!
Mary · Married on 06/23/2018
We used Eat & Smile Catering for our wedding this past June and absolutely loved it. The food was by far better than any catering I’ve had before. When reviewing caterers, E&S stood out because the food was local, fresh, flavorful and fun! E&S worked with us to keep our catering budget centered, while allowing us creative license with menu options. We were happy to support a small business in DC, but even happier with the service and products!Sent on 07/10/2018
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Thanks so much for your kind words, Mary! We're so thrilled to have been a part of making your wedding day special and truly your own! Best wishes and big hugs.
Paige · Married on 05/27/2018
These people ROCK!!! We requested an out-of-the ordinary menu- 4 passed appetizers and 4 small plates that went with an ampersand theme- mac & cheese, shrimp & grits, spaghetti & meatballs...etc etc. Our guest RAVED about the yummy comfort food! Katie was exceptionally easy to work with-replied to emails within minutes many times. All aspects of the process were EASY and the results were beyond our wildest dreams! Our venue was overjoyed with the condition our venue was left in-they said it was exceptional! Really cannot recommend Eat & Smile highly enough. Delicious food and great quality & value. Five stars all the way!!!Sent on 06/30/2018
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:We are so happy the Ampersand wedding went without a hitch and we were able to help make the day awesome & great ;) Thank you, again! We love a good theme wedding, especially when it matches our favorite "&" symbol!
Faith · Married on 11/04/2017
All the Eat & Smile staff were amazing, accommodating, and went well above and beyond what we expected! The planning process was easy and the food was delicious. Everyone told us what a fantastic time they had and how the party really suited us and the kind of people we are. This wouldn't have been possible without all the help from Eat & Smile and the amazing coordinator Elle.Sent on 11/07/2017
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Thanks, F&N! It was such a pleasure planning with you! Best wishes to you both :)
Neil · Married on 10/14/2017
Katie, Oliver, and the entire Eat & Smile staff were fantastic! We were planning our backyard surprise wedding within 3 months from getting engaged and they were great at helping us plan the menu (they even incorporated dishes from our backgrounds), suggested a great day-of wedding coordinator, and provided an excellent experience for our guests via passed hors d'oeuvres and provided a bartender and servers! They provided a great tasting session where we were able to narrow our menu for our wedding! All our guests were very impressed about their professionalism, service, and the food was delicious! We loved them so much that we are already hiring them for our next even in December!Sent on 11/03/2017
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:We are SO THRILLED to have been able to help you both (and Phoenix the dog!) have such a memorable wedding! Thank you!
User5488446 · 2+ years ago
We used Eat & Smile to cater our wedding in September 2017 and we could not have been happier with the entire process, from the first email to the follow-up after the event. One of the reasons we were so taken with E&S immediately is that, out of all the caterers we contacted, they were the first ones who seemed to understand our vibe, our budget, and our tastes, and were willing to tailor the experience to us.Sent on 10/10/2017
We loved working with the E&S team - it was probably one of the most fun pieces of wedding planning! Our team - first Keira, then Katie - always answered emails promptly and in detail and were beyond helpful in making suggestions on what would work best. We had a blast at our tasting and knew we had made the right decision. Plus, it felt so good supporting a local business that prides itself on supporting local suppliers and farmers.
For our actual event, E&S was a dream - the crew that worked our wedding was so kind, charming, and personable - we had compliments from guests on how nice the servers were. They went out of their way to accommodate our requests and made an extra effort to be sure the bride & groom were well fed. Not only that but one very kind server helped salvage some extra items left behind and E&S helped get them back to me - truly going above and beyond!
Finally, the food. The food is AMAZING. Every single thing we had to eat was incredible. They helped us incorporate hometown touches (lobster bisque for the Mainer and breakfast tacos for the Texan), which were both big successes with our guests but every dish we served was a winner. We especially loved the dessert options - gelato from Dolcezza and donuts from District Doughnuts. My only tip for planning is if you choose donuts, assume your guests will eat more than two and order extras - ours went flying off the platters at the wedding!
We cannot thank Eat and Smile enough for making our wedding so special!
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:How can we thank YOU for such kind words?!?! We are over the moon that we helped make your wedding day so wonderful! We LOVED working with you - you had such a great sense of humor and creative ideas that were so fun to incorporate! Best wishes to you and M!
Christine · Married on 09/09/2017
E&S was beyond great for our wedding. Everything was amazing - the service (both day of, and working with Katie in the lead-up), the tasting, the wedding food, the decoration for our reception, and of course, their flexibility and friendliness through every interaction. We loved the food and so did our guests. How often do you hear 'the chicken was excellent' at a wedding?? I planned our wedding from the West Coast, and E&S made everything so easy, I felt I was in great hands with their team. I was so glad we went with them, and it was such an easy decision after the tasting. Not only was the food way better others we tasted, but we were very impressed with E&S' dedication to local sourcing. I'd love to check out their pop up restaurant when we go back to DC sometime!Sent on 10/04/2017
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Thanks for the kind words, Christine! We loved planning with you and wish you both love and happiness! Having great "wedding dish chicken" is a SERIOUS compliment!!! :) Thanks! <3
Elizabeth · Married on 09/09/2017
Eat & Smile is the realization of every couple's wedding cuisine dream! We worked with Katie primarily, who is just the most lovely person. Our wedding wasn't particularly easy - we had a super tight timeline (our venue had a wedding before ours, in the morning/afternoon!) and a strict set of venue restrictions on nearly every aspect of setup and service. Katie navigated every hurdle with the perfect blend of courteousness and knowledgeable advice. When we'd ask for something a little unusual food-wise, Katie and Oliver responded by figuring out the best way to make it happen. In our case, the request was Persian food for my husband's family from Iran; they created a lamb kebab dish with traditional rice that would appeal to everyone! It was to die for. But as crazy as it sounds, I think their fresh signature cocktails were the biggest pleasant surprise. Months later, I still have guests asking, "What was in that honey apple bourbon drink?" or "How can I make that fresh cucumber mint cocktail?" In summary, there's no reason to hesitate in contacting Eat & Smile if you're looking for a caterer. In fact, I'd reach out as soon as possible, because with the perfect blend of kind/attentive service, great value and incredible food, you totally want them on your wedding team.Sent on 11/19/2017
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Aww, E&J, it was SUCH a pleasure to work with you both to help create such an amazing wedding!! It will forever be remembered for not only having a horse greeter, but because you were so on top of things and so so kind and practical with every request you ever made, always thinking of our team's well being even! We wish you both the best and years of love and laughter!
Simon · Married on 09/09/2017
We used Eat & Smile Catering for our daughter's wedding and they did a terrific job. They were very easy to work with, the food and service were both outstanding and they had no problem dealing with dietary issues (gluten-free and vegan) that we required. It was a wonderful wedding and they made a major contribution to making it so.Sent on 12/19/2017
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Thanks so much, Simon! It was such a pleasure planning with C&K (and you, too, of course!!) Side note: I will miss saying your last name because it always made me smile, and plus it was connected to such outstanding people as well!! Best wishes and happy holidays to the whole family!
Ann · Married on 08/06/2017
Eat and Smile catered our daughter's wedding. From the first email they were so delightful to work with. Katie was our point woman. She was wonderful, detailed, patient, filled with great ideas, and always very positive. We loved their philosophy of remaining a small boutique catering company using in season, fresh, and locally grown ingredients, and creating unique and delicious recipes for each client. Our wedding guests raved about the food. An excellent menu was important to our foodie daughter, who formerly worked for the International Culinary Center in NYC. Eat & Smile delivered. :)Sent on 12/19/2017
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Ann, what a beautiful review - thank you SO much! It was so fun working with you all to create an amazing outdoors wedding at a flower farm - all around magical!! We knew we had a tough crowd to please - serious foodies with good taste!!! - and we are so happy that we met those expectations. Best wishes to you and Samuel! We'll have a Thunderbeast Root Beer waiting for him here in our shop ;)
Melissa · Married on 08/05/2017
We met with 2 catering companies and were blown away by Eat & Smile. From the start of the entire process, Katie and her entire team were very responsive to any questions we had. When it came to setting the menu - we had to go back and forth a few times to get the right vegetarian dish and Oliver was very patient with us and provided excellent options time and time again. When the time for the wedding rolled around, we knew we were in love with Eat and Smile and it turns out our guests were too! We opted to have mocktails - and the were such a huge hit. They even accommodated 2 of our gluten free guests with a different side dish. They are really lovely people to work with and I'd work with them again in a heartbeat.Sent on 08/25/2017
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Melissa & A, it was such a joy working with you - AND seeing that gorgeous smile big and proud on your wedding day! Thanks for your wonderful words in your review - we wish you both the best!!
Julie · Married on 07/21/2017
Eat and Smile were spectacular!!! From the initial tasting through the breaking down of the party site they were professional, swift, consideration, and fun. Katie was fantastic to work with building the menu and the on-site team - led by the absolutely fabulous Lucy - was the best we've ever worked with - and my husband comes from the food service industry. We cannot recommend them enough and are still dreaming of the mac 'n cheese squares and the ice cream sandwiches! Our guests keep asking if E&S sells their cookies anywhere. Everything was a huge hit! We're grateful to have found such an all-around fabulous caterer. Many thanks and much love to the E&S team!Sent on 08/08/2017
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Hooray for J&E! Thanks for such sweet words! We were sure to let our pastry chef know her cookies are da bomb ;) They're kind of addicting, no? Thank you again for choosing us for your special day - we're so glad we got to be a part of it!
Stephanie · Married on 06/24/2017
Eat & Smile was amazing. We were remotely planning our wedding from NYC to take place on a family-friend's horse farm in Markham, VA. Keira was so patient and helpful in answering all of my questions and making accommodations to meet up with me at the farm. She was calm and collected, making it easy to openly & honestly discuss everything from the budget to menu options to rentals. I never felt like there were "stupid questions", which made me feel a lot more confident that I comfortably understood the whole process.Sent on 08/15/2017
And of course, THE FOOD. We still have wedding guests raving about the fried mac n' cheese. Undoubtedly, the best reason for choosing Eat & Smile Catering is that they shared our beliefs that food is a reflection of culture and it is a gesture of love. They took quality ingredients native to the VA/DC area and spun it into a menu that reflected us - Texans and Canadians and Latin Americans and Asians, etc. They took a lot of culinary diversity and made it a cohesive, yet distinctive, menu that made ALL of our guests happy.
We went with their signature Small Plates format, at Keira's recommendation. I was skeptical at first. I had never heard of this format and I was worried that it wouldn't be enough food. I also had to be open minded and re-think the overall design of our reception. It was totally worth it, and Keira helped me re-think the reception. Everyone LOVED it because it was fun and exciting and not the same old "chicken or beef" option. There was more than enough food. Everyone got plenty to eat. Our guests with special dietary restrictions (diary, gluten, vegan, vegetarian) were over the moon with how well the E&S staff cared for them...and we were over the moon with how easy & cheap E&S made it to include those special plate options! The professionalism of the day-of team was outstanding and the service was top notch. I was so impressed with every E&S staffer at our wedding.
We're so happy and very highly recommend!
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Thanks, Stephanie! We loved being part of your big day and are so glad we helped making it so memorable!
Kat · Married on 06/10/2017
From my first email with Katie, I was impressed with Eat and Smile. My mother, fiance and I had a lovely tasting at their space in DC. As we walked to the car, the three of us blurted out "yeah, we are going with Eat and Smile" in unison! We wanted to give our guests a unique dining experience while holding tight to our budget, and Eat and Smile made it happen. I think my husband and I exchanged over 50 emails with Katie and she did not miss a beat! Eat and Smile was able to accommodate a few of my guests that were observing a religious holiday in addition a guest with a food allergy. The entire event team (servers, event captain, bartenders) were cordial and professional. My guests had nothing but wonderful things to say about the food and service. We chose the shrimp and grits as one of the small plates, and our guests devoured them! We went with the continuous cocktail option and were nervous with how our guests would respond. Everyone loved that they could try many several dishes and many people loved that they were full (without feeling overstuffed). Eat and Smile goes way beyond standard wedding fare and is great at taking your recommendations and turning them into a reality. In addition to hearing how delicious the food was, we kept hearing "this is so you!". That is the perfect compliment-it means that Eat and Smile was able to take our personality and aesthetic and translate it into food. We are so incredibly happy with choosing E&S and recommend them highly. I found them to be consummate professionals and a team comprised of dedicated, talented and diligent individuals. Huge thank you to Katie-always so patient, communicative and kind!Sent on 07/26/2017
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:You've made us cry with your kind words! We loved being part of your big day, K&J! Congrats :)
Brittany · Married on 05/20/2017
BOOK THIS CATERER! I have been to soo many weddings with lackluster food. This one CERTAINLY gave us and all of our guests a great meal. Everything is fresh, sustainable, and locally sourced. We really cared about those elements. Working with the team - Keira, Oliver, and their amazing waitstaff was a dream. Emailing them was fast and easy - I asked a million questions and never felt like I was left waiting or annoying. Oliver asked us a few questions about our wants and needs for the meal and then produced the most perfect proposal. I wanted to serve 10 courses after I read it. Truly - pork belly baos?!?!?!?! They were heaven. The handling of rentals (plates, silver, linens) was totally seamless and something I had not prepared to talk about before hand. I loved this team and we had the most perfect day thanks to them!Sent on 06/01/2017
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Thanks for such lovely words, Brittany!! We feel so honored to have been part of your big day! And no, you NEVER bothered us with emails and calls! We loved planning with you :) Best wishes to you and S!!
Lucy · Married on 04/29/2017
I'm the mother-of-the-bride and had no part of the decisionmaking. As a participant in a lovely wedding, however, I thought the food was delicious and the staff was efficient and friendly. In addition, they are eco-friendly and very proud of that. I hope I have the occasion to use Eat & Smile for a future event.Sent on 05/04/2017
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Thanks, Lucy! Happy bellies are what makes us EXTRA happy! :)
Leila · Married on 04/28/2017
Eat & Smile went above and beyond to make our wedding day special. Right from the initial email, Katie was incredibly helpful and provided an enormous amount of information not just about the food options, but about rentals, the hall, and other details to keep an eye out.Sent on 05/15/2017
The day of our wedding, the staff was professional and courteous, and even made sure to keep an eye out on the bridal party to make sure during photos we had water and beverages to make it through all the photos!
The food (passed hors doeuvres, and a seated dinner) was a huge hit, with people raving about it. The food was one of the biggest reasons we chose E&S and we were not disappointed!
We highly recommend Eat & Smile Catering, they were absolutely fabulous!
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:L&M, we loved planning with you and helping make your day extra special! Though your first dance was memorable on its own (in such a great way!) Thanks for choosing us, and best wishes to both of you.
Gaia · Married on 04/23/2017
My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Eat&Smile Catering! We planned a small wedding, and our day was really made perfect thanks to Katie and the rest of the staff at E&S. They are incredibly responsive, professional, and friendly to work with. They provide a straightforward timeline that they stick to throughout the entire process and work hard to stay within your budget but still provide wonderful food and excellent service. I can't say enough about how much they contributed to our big day flowing smoothly and running perfectly. You will not go wrong with these guys! They are great.Sent on 05/17/2017
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Thanks, Gaia! We loved planning your intimate wedding with you! Thank you for the kind words and for bringing us on for your special day!!
Robyn · Married on 04/02/2017
We could not have picked a more perfect caterer. Katie & Keira were so helpful from my first phone call through the wedding day, answering all our questions and helping us design the perfect menu. While other caterers we spoke with offered completely uninspired options for our vegetarian wedding, Eat & Smile immediately presented us with menus of previous vegetarian and vegan weddings they had catered and showed that they cared about the level of quality and creativity on veg dishes in ways nobody else we spoke with did. And the food was so good! I still have people talking to me about the brussels sprouts and sunchoke caesar salad. They also worked so well with our other vendors to make our day run smoothly. I can't recommend them highly enough.Sent on 06/11/2017
Eat & Smile Catering's reply:Thanks for the kind words, Robyn! Now we're craving brussel sprouts and sunchoke salad again ;) Thanks for bringing us on board and we wish you J the best!
sofia · Married on 01/07/2017
Everything came out fantastic, guests raved about the food all night.Sent on 03/14/2017