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Khellia · Married on 09/15/2015
My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Purple Onion Catering for our wedding a few weeks ago. I cannot say enough good things about this company! My husband and I had a southern charm themed wedding at Morais Vineyard. That’s all we knew when we came to Purple Onion. We knew our theme and that we wanted the food to taste good. When we came to Purple Onion I met a little fairy named Paige who waved her wand and literally made magic happen. Working full time jobs and planning a wedding wasn’t easy for us, so having a catering company who could work with our schedule was key. Paige was flexible with our schedules and was instrumental in making our day magic. The communication was prompt and any problems were fixed immediately.Sent on 09/22/2015
The food. OMG the food. The food....................... AMAZING!!! The chef created our special southern charm menu with food that hits in the soul but quaint to fit our theme. I could talk forever but Go with Purple Onion you won’t be disappointed. Get Paige if you can she is AMAZING!!
Cat Prahm · Getting married on 06/03/2021
Our experience working with Purple Onion was excellent. Food was terrific and service was superb.Sent on 04/17/2019
Deirdre Prahm · Getting married on 06/03/2021
My daughter's wedding was at The Barns at Wolftrap in late March 2019. We worked with Margaret Zagrodniczek who was professional and responsive. The food was absolutely delicious especially the mango salsa on the beef and chicken. The appetizers and desserts were equally delicious! Everyone commented on the food.Sent on 04/17/2019
We had wanted long rectangular tables instead of rounds so it would be easier for people to talk. Margaret created a suggested layout for the reception but I had my own ideas. She re-created, again and again, different table arrangements until ultimately, we decided on her original layout. Lesson learned: this woman knows her stuff so go with the professional.
I was amazed at the efficiency of the staff as they broke down the ceremony space and turned it into the reception space. Everything was switched over like magic. The wait staff was excellent including accommodating a last minute allergy, getting another plate for a guest. Margaret and the staff were aware of other allergies so those guests didn't feel singled out for their requests.
Margaret's attention to detail, her flexibility and the wonderfully delicious food that she represents made my daughter's wedding a day to remember.
Mimi Clark · Married on 09/01/2019
Purple Onion Catering Saved the Day!
When we booked a venue for my daughter and her fiance's wedding a year in advance, I immediately started looking for a caterer. We needed a company that would not only cater an all vegan wedding, but one that would customize recipes selected by my daughter and her fiance from my vegan cooking classes. Although most caterers offer some vegan options, few are willing to customize an entire menu.Sent on 09/15/2019
Six months and 8 caterers later, our venue kindly referred me to Purple Onion Catering in Vienna, VA. I didn't want to get my hopes up, but I was encouraged when I talked to Kristen. A former chef at Purple Onion. she later became vegan and continued to work there as an event coordinator. Best of both worlds!
Kristen and her staff were excited about our vision to have an entire dairy-free and gluten-free cheese table including Miyoko's, Follow Your Heart, Daiya, and Field Roast cheeses, Edward & Sons Rice Snaps crackers, Divina dolmas, and organic grapes and dates. Prior to the tasting, I gave the chefs my vegan recipes including my homemade seitan recipe (along with a sample to taste) for our Teriyaki Kebabs. Never having tasted these recipes before, the chefs couldn't guarantee that their dishes would taste exactly like mine, but they sure came close! We all left the tasting feeling like we were in capable hands.
Kristen and her staff were consummate professionals. Kristen responded to all of my emails with 1 - 2 days. Her demeanor was relaxed and accommodating, which struck a good balance with my high anxiety. She was extremely thorough and organized, and she left no stone unturned in the planning stages, which made executing everything go smoothly on the day of the wedding. Our guests loved the 3 hors d'oeuvres, the 5 buffet lunch dishes, the vegan cupcakes, and the fresh organic fruit. Some of our guests are still talking about the non-dairy cheese table, which our niece jokingly called the "table of lies."
Purple Onion Catering will be our first choice should we need to cater any future events.
Mother of the bride
Ann Baldauf · Married on 08/24/2019
Purple Onion Went Above And Beyond
We worked with Margaret to plan our wedding, from the start she was excited to work with us and extremely helpful! She answered all of our questions and did an excellent job planning everything out. The day of crew were superstars! They set up our rentals and all our decor, they made our venue look even more beautiful. The food was excellent and many of our guests commented on how delicious and impressive the dinner was. The service during dinner was superb, each of our guests were taken care of and everything was seamless. Purple Onion exceeded all of our expectations and made our special day really beautiful.Sent on 08/26/2019
Shea · Married on 08/17/2019
We inquired about 10 catering quotes before narrowing it down to two for tastings. In the end, we chose Purple Onion primarily due to our catering manager, Paige. She was very experienced working with our venue and was extremely accommodating in the rental and catering process. Purple Onion’s food and service was far better than the other company we tried although not cheaper. The selection of appetizers was wonderful. We also appreciated that we could bring our own mixers (sodas, juices) and alcohol. We were able to save a good amount this way although the shopping and transportation wasn’t our favorite part of our wedding! :) Purple Onion provided their suggested quantities to buy of everything. While their suggestions ended up being about 2x what we ended up needing, we were able to return some of the excess and save even more. If your budget allows, I’d suggest just leaving it up to Purple Onion to avoid the hassle. I really appreciated the rentals meetings. Purple Onion suggests a company for rentals with very reasonable rates but when they didn’t have everything to meet my vision, Paige brought in items from a second rental company to complete the look. It was really above and beyond. On the day of our wedding, the server that I met was very professional and polite. I would certainly suggest Purple Onion and Paige specifically.Sent on 09/09/2019
Anna · Married on 07/27/2019
Well-executed, professional, delicious!
We highly recommend Purple Onion for wedding catering! It was wonderful to work with them Paige made the entire process so easy for us! She was relatable, had a sense of our style, and made excellent recommendations to us. As we got further along in planning, it really felt like if catering does not run smoothly at a reception, it can really effect the entire experience and the Purple Onion did not disappoint! Our wedding ran so smoothly and everything was timed perfectly. Our guests loved the menu we created from our tasting and we really appreciate how helpful Purple Onion was with all dietary restrictions. We had guests who were gluten free, vegetarian, and had shellfish allergies, and they were able to accommodate all of this so everyone enjoyed dinner. We are genuinely impressed with their food, service, and planning!Sent on 09/03/2019
Jelliott · Married on 06/22/2019
Perfect Wedding Experiene with Purple Onion!!
Margaret and her team at Purple Onion created a wonderful wedding experience for our daughter. The staff was outstanding, and they worked seamlessly behind the scenes and made sure every detail was covered and everything went exactly to plan. The event was a complete success and thanks to their professionalism, we were able to focus on the wedding completely. And the hors d'oeuvres and dinner were outstanding! We had many guests comment on the food and state that it was the best wedding they'd ever attended. Many, many thanks to Margaret and her team for a simply outstanding job. I would highly recommend Purple Onion to anyone!Sent on 06/25/2019
Amber · Married on 06/01/2019
Absolutely Delicious and Easy to Work With!
Purple Onion was so incredibly flexible when it came to helping us pick a menu and options within our budget. Even after me changing my mind a million times they still were so patient in building something perfect for us :) The food was incredible and we had a great variety for our guests. We got so many compliments on the dinner and late night tacos! Not to mention they were so attentive and doted on my husband and I all day. They kept our plates and glasses full and grabbed us anything we needed the entire night. They brought us appetizers during photos (so clutch) and got us drinks before the reception! I think if it hadn't have been for them we wouldn't have even gotten the change to eat. These guys are serious professionals and highly recommend booking with them :)Sent on 06/06/2019
Katelynn Wagner · Married on 05/11/2019
Paige from Purple Onion was our point of contact for our wedding and she was so nice and helpful. On top of that, all of the food was so delicious! Many of our guests came up to us during the wedding and mentioned how the food was some of the best they've had at a wedding. Would highly recommend!!Sent on 07/15/2019
Lisa Bateman · Married on 03/23/2019
We chose Purple Onion to cater our March 2019 wedding at Stone Tower and were so pleased with the outcome! We have had so many compliments from guests about the food! I was very pleased with everything that I tasted on the wedding day, and Paige was very helpful in all of the planning! After our first tasting with her, she let us come back again to try a few additional cake options and other sauces for the filet, which was extremely helpful! We really enjoyed all of the appetizers, meals, and desserts, and the cake was so delicious that we wound up getting our cake from Purple Onion as well! We also wanted to add a late night snack before we sent guests home, and Paige worked with us to add a grilled cheese and fries station towards the end of the night that our guests loved. Many people told us that it was the best wedding food they've had. We also really appreciated that Paige was waiting for us right after the ceremony with drinks and appetizers ready so that we would be sure we got to eat/drink something before heading into the cocktail hour since she knew we would be swarmed by guests. Paige was also really helpful in giving recommendations for how much beer and alcohol for our signature cocktails we should buy (we bought it at Costco so it would be more affordable, but we never would've known how much to get without Paige's help). All in all, we were really pleased with our experience working with Paige and extremely happy with how all of the food turned out for our wedding!Sent on 03/27/2019
Laura · Married on 12/30/2018
We worked with Margaret and her team for our Wedding on December 30th. The food and service were truly exceptional! All our guests commented that the food was delicious and couldn’t believe it was done by a catering company. We highly recommend working with them!Sent on 01/02/2019
Seamus Niall Hooban · Married on 12/22/2018
Wonderful Winter Wedding - Powered by Purple Onion
THANK YOU Purple Onion for such an amazing night. You were amazing and everyone was raving about how much they loved the food and dessert (especially the Peppermint Ding Dongs!). Your team also deserves very special mention, they were on top of it all day/night and we really appreciate all of their hard work, their friendly demeanor and the way they went about their work without disrupting any of the festivities on-site.Sent on 12/27/2018
A couple of key highlights/benefits to highlight:
1. Margaret Z. is a top notch professional - immediately upon meeting with her, we were blown away by her preparedness and attention to detail
2. Out of the 10+ vendors we evaluated, Purple Onion bubbled to the top on quality of food. Many were close, but from Passed hor d'ourves, to salads, to entrees all the way through dessert, the food was fantastic. I also loved how they had seasonal and local options available.
3. Flexibility - Purple Onion facilitated ~10 meals for our guests who had food restrictions and for kids, and brought them special plated meals (we had buffet stations for other guests)
4. Great thought partner - we obviously have little experience with getting married/weddings, Margaret and team were great thought partners as we brainstormed how to approach our big day and set up
5. Lastly - day of, staff was just amazing. You will not find much better in the business, if at all!
We would recommend Purple Onion to all of our friends and family who is considering a catered event/wedding moving forward!
Thank you again for all of the time and help during the build up and for executing so flawlessly on Saturday. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Holiday and have a Happy New Year!
Stefanie · Married on 11/04/2018
Amazing Food and Wonderful Staff!!!
Purple Onion was a PERFECT fit for our big day this fall. The food- both in taste and presentation- was amazing, the staff was wonderful, and they were so accommodating to our needs. Paige is seriously the best out there- she worked with me the whole time answering questions and helping with different ideas I came up with, all while keeping me calm and on track! Would 100% recommend them for your wedding!Sent on 11/15/2018
Allison · Married on 11/03/2018
Purple Onion is fantastic
I feel like it's so rare that everything about an event turns out exactly how you had hoped/planned, and Margaret and the rest of the Purple Onion staff were so integral in making that happen. Margaret was so involved during the planning and helped us create our vision. We are both so grateful for all of their help throughout the process and could not have done it without them. The food was great (and was so much better than what I've normally had at any wedding) and we are so glad we decided to use Purple Onion for our wedding.Sent on 11/05/2018
Janis Jones · Married on 11/02/2018
Amazing Food and Service!
Everyone raved about the food at my daughter's wedding! Cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres were in high demand - my advice is to order more than you think you need. They were so good, our guests could not get enough! The plated dinner was perfect. We had several guests with dietary restrictions and all were met with ease. The food was served hot and the presentation was beautiful. The wait staff was very responsive and the food was served in a very timely manner.Sent on 11/06/2018
Natalie · Married on 11/02/2018
Best. Caterer. Ever.
The Purple Onion was an absolutely wonderful caterer. After the wedding that was the number one thing that all of my guests told me, that the food was fabulous! From the mini taco appetizers to the hot coco bar everything was absolutely perfect. The hardest part of the process was deciding what plate was our favorite! They made it so easy to accommodate for any and all dietary needs of our guests. Highly recommend The Purple Onion.Sent on 12/04/2018
Stephanie Koons · Married on 10/27/2018
Fabulous and delicious
Wonderful staff, excellent food choices, so easy to work with.Sent on 11/14/2018
Jessica G. · Married on 10/27/2018
I was impressed by the experience that Purple Onion offers couples. At our first appointment, my husband and I met Margot, the owner, and Margaret from her team talked with us while we sampled some items on their menu. This was different than the experiences we had with other caterers we were also considering. Margaret and the Purple Onion team was responsive and professional throughout the planning process! I love the fact that many of their menu items were vegetarian and gluten free, so that I didn't have to worry about having good food for some of our guests. The food served at our reception was delicious (especially the crab cakes and mini turtle tarts) and the staff was friendly and organized. I highly recommend Purple Onion!Sent on 12/20/2018
Elizabeth · Married on 10/20/2018
I loved working with Margaret at Purple Onion! Everything came together so well and the food was AMAZING!! Food was super fresh and guests loved it. Guests said it was one of the first times they had chicken that was as good as the beef option. We did their mini desserts and a small cutting cake - which was super cute and everyone loved them!Sent on 11/15/2018
Stone Tower Winery · Married on 10/19/2018
Absolutely DELICIOUS food for our daughter's wedding reception!!
Paige and her Team at Purple Onion Caterers in Vienna, VA were MAGNIFICENT!!!! The food was incredible, the service was outstanding, and the presentation was fantastic!!! We hired them for our daughter's wedding on 10.19.18 and couldn't have been happier!!! Now over 2 weeks later, we STILL have folks who attended, RAVING about the tasty food they prepared and served beautifully. PS - I'm quite certain we will hear raving comments about those short ribs forever!! Thank you, Purple Onion - we SO appreciated everything you did to make this a very special day for all of us!!! - Debbie Wicker :-)Sent on 11/03/2018
Andy · Married on 10/13/2018
Excellent Service and Food!
Margaret was awesome and we would hire Purple Onion again for sure! They made everything very easy and took care of all the details. They helped us plan and had us come to their place for tasting and made that fun!Sent on 10/18/2018
Rick · Married on 10/06/2018
Hire Purple Onion for any event!
My husband and I got married in Washington, DC in October 2018. When planning our wedding, we hired Purple Onion as our caterer. Paige at Purple Onion was our contact, and she was amazing from day one. She worked with us on every challenge that came up, helped us choose all of the food, as well as all of the linens for the event. It was easy working with her, and she was always professional and fun to work with. On the day of the event, the entire Purple Onion staff was fantastic. They were always taking care of us and our guests. We heard from everyone at the wedding how good the food was and how friendly all of the Purple Onion staff was throughout the night. Thank you, Purple Onion, for everything! We highly recommend working them on any event.Sent on 10/20/2018
KayC · Married on 09/15/2018
We worked with Margaret for our September wedding at Blue Valley. She was so enthusiastic, organized, and easy to work with. Her team was on top of everything, and from the beginning, planning with them was a breeze. Purple Onion has so many great food choices- our guests raved about the food. Margaret made us feel like royalty on our day, and everything was seamless. The table setting was gorgeous, the service was impeccable, and the food was delicious!Sent on 12/14/2018
Amanda · Married on 09/14/2018
We worked with Brooke and fell in love with Purple Onion at our tasting. We really liked that it fit into our budget to do a plated dinner and that they included linens and table settings. They did such a great job on our wedding day with speediness between the salad and main course with serving and cleaning. It was so sweet that Brooke even took the time to come to our table to make sure we were happy with everything! Definitely recommend!Sent on 10/13/2018