Find a catering service in Alexandria, VA

Find catering services in Alexandria, VA

Find catering services in Alexandria, VA

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Top 10 catering services in Alexandria, VA

Clients agree: these Alexandria catering services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Apple One Group

Apple One Group

New on Fash
17+ years in business
Serves Alexandria, VA
I am a holistic nutritionist that specializes in special events. I am also a personal chef. I focus on healthy delicious, creative meals with a flair. I earned my master's degrees in nutrition, public health and holistic medicine and working with clients that are interested in eating food for their souls and to live a happier healthier life. Please visit my website to see a few of my creations @ aman4u.org alternative medicine and nutrition 4u Sincerly, Chef Bernie
La Jambe Charcuterie And Cheese

La Jambe Charcuterie And Cheese

5.0(3)
8+ years in business
Serves Alexandria, VA
Alice F. says, "Excellent cheese and charcuterie -- truly the best in DC! I have ordered boards from La Jambe over the years, for different occasions and, not only is it delicious (I'm talking unparalleled selection of French cheeses and quality charcuterie cuts), but it is also beautiful and will instantly elevate your parties. :)" Read more
The Twisted Taste

The Twisted Taste

New on Fash
Serves Alexandria, VA
My name is Miacha Cole. I am located in West York. I offer personal catering services tailored to your needs. No catering service is too big or too small. I specialize in southern comfort food that feels like a big hug, however I’m not limited to any cuisine. I would be honored if you give me an opportunity to work with you. My Instagram is the.twistedtaste and my tik tok handle is TheTwistedTaste. I can be reached at 443-527-7579
Linda Home Baking

Linda Home Baking

New on Fash
3+ years in business
Serves Alexandria, VA
Linda Homebaking is my part time job since I moved to live in Washington DC since 2020. For baking, I can make custom buttercream cakes and cupcakes and other pastries. For cooking, my favor is Asian cuisine such as: Vietnamese, Thais, Chinese and Korean foods. My vision is to make customers feel like all foods are delicious and authentic like their homemade taste. I always take challenges myself that I could match fully customers’ expectations. You can give me some ideas, themes of your event then I can draft you menu list or cake designs.
Mels Munchies

Mels Munchies

New on Fash
6+ years in business
Serves Alexandria, VA
All things Desserts Wedding Cakes Cakes Pies Breads Sorbets and Ice Creams 20 plus years Fine Dining Experience

Your Wedding and Event Catering questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Fash.

How much is catering?

Catering costs $10 to $35 per person for basic party food or a drop-off service. On average, caterers charge $500 to $7,500 total for 50 guests, $1,000 to $15,000 for 100 guests, and $1,500 to $23,000 for 150 guests. Alcohol or bartending options often cost extra.

Formal catering or wedding catering costs $30 to $200 per person for plated meals, a buffet, or food stations. A food truck rental costs $10 to $40 per person, depending on the type of event and whether you hire the truck on a weekend or holiday. Popular food truck menu options include tacos, pizza, BBQ, and ice cream.

What is catering?

Catering means supplying food and drink at a party, wedding, or other gathering. Some catering companies provide waitstaff, while others offer self-serve buffet stations or simply drop off prepared food to an event. Different catering companies provide different types of foods and cuisines, including:

  • Italian
  • Mexican
  • Barbeque
  • Japanese
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches
  • Ice cream
  • Breakfast or brunch

How far in advance do I need to order catering?

Most caterers recommend ordering at least a few weeks to 6 months in advance, depending on the type of event and number of guests. However, catering a small party may not require as much advance time as a wedding, holiday party, or large corporate event.

Large chain restaurants often provide limited, drop-off catering services and require less notice than professional catering companies. Some chain restaurants and grocery stores offer catering services with only one day's notice.

What do caterers provide?

Caterers supply all the food for your event, either cooking it on-site or preparing it in their own kitchen beforehand. Many catering services include serving dishes, plates, glasses, and silverware in their price. Some caterers also offer tables, chairs, linens, or custom place settings for an added fee.

How long do caterers stay at an event?

Caterers typically serve food for 1 to 4 hours, depending on the time of year and number of guests. Setup usually takes 1 to 2 hours. Ask your caterer whether they will include any of the setup or cleanup time in their estimate.

Do you tip caterers?

Some caterers include a gratuity charge of 15% to 20% on your bill that is split between the servers. Before adding a cash tip, ask your caterer or review the contract to make sure a gratuity charge is not already included. If you decide to give cash tips directly, pay each person between $15 to $50.

How do I choose a catering company?

Search our list of caterers, then:

  • Get three or more free estimates to compare.
  • Read their reviews and menus on Fash and Google.
  • Choose a licensed, insured, and experienced company.
  • Try menu tasting before your event if possible.
  • Make sure they're a good fit for your budget and schedule.
  • Get a written estimate or contract.
  • Avoid making a large payment before your event begins.

After reading reviews and asking questions, hire the best company in your area.

What questions should I ask caterers?

When looking for local catering companies, consider asking the following questions:

  • How long have you been catering?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How far in advance do I need to book?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • Do you allow menu changes?
  • Will you bring prepared food, or will you prepare it onsite?
  • How long will you be able to serve food?
  • How long do you need to set up?
  • Do you charge extra for travel fees?
  • Will you give me a written estimate and contract?

Reviews for Alexandria catering services

Recent success stories from people in the Alexandria area.
Stacy M.
The staff is friendly, the Charcuterie and Cheese boards are always beautiful and stuffed full of goodies, and it never fails to impress.
La Jambe Charcuterie and Cheese
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