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Eat & Smile Catering

Washington , DC

LOCATION

2212 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC 20018 US (map)

PHONE

202-733-3106

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ABOUT US

Here at Eat & Smile, we consider it an honor to be part of your special day. As DC’s first and original locally-sourced caterer, we bring the bounty of area farms to your wedding table,... Read more
Here at Eat & Smile, we consider it an honor to be part of your special day. As DC’s first and original locally-sourced caterer, we bring the bounty of area farms to your wedding table, with strong support of local farmers, bakers, cheesemakers, fisherfolk, and other producers. We believe that local ingredients are more ecologically friendly, economically sustainable, better for you, and taste fantastic!

Whether you want a formal plated dinner, a relaxed seasonal buffet, or several taste bud-tempting hors d’oeuvres, we can provide a locally sourced menu that is both delicious and beautiful. We’re experienced in working around dietary restrictions, preferences, and budgetary concerns. We love getting creative with our clients, and we enjoy working one-on-one with our clients to find the right balance for their event!

Rather than create set packages that include services you don’t want or need, we provide our services a la carte, allowing you to pick and choose what you want us to take care of, and leaving off what isn’t important to you. Let us know what your budget is, and we will walk you through the process, letting you know what we’re capable of doing for that amount, as well as how much it would cost to provide all the services you’d like.

As a full service caterer, let our experienced staff of servers and bartenders set up, serve, and clean up for you, leaving you free to enjoy your special day.

Please fill out the Contact Us form on our website, or email us to learn more: inquiry@eatandsmilecatering.com! Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American, Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, Outside Alcohol OK, Signature Cocktail(s)

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My wife and I had an excellent experience with Eat & Smile, to whom we were referred by our coordinator, Candy+Co. We loved their vision for passed small plates, and highly recommend this format for couples who want to do something a little different. It was great being able to mingle during the reception. The food quality and presentation was top-notch, and we received so many compliments. Service was professional and unobtrusive. We also liked their use of biodegradable plates and silverware and focus on farm-to-table and procuring local ingredients. I feel the price was extremely fair for the level of service provided. Highly recommended
My wife and I had an excellent experience with Eat & Smile, to whom we were referred by our coordinator, Candy+Co. We Read more...
My wife and I had an excellent experience with Eat & Smile, to whom we were referred by our coordinator, Candy+Co. We loved their vision for passed small plates, and highly recommend this format for couples who want to do something a little different. It was great being able to mingle during the reception. The food quality and presentation was top-notch, and we received so many compliments. Service was professional and unobtrusive. We also liked their use of biodegradable plates and silverware and focus on farm-to-table and procuring local ingredients. I feel the price was extremely fair for the level of service provided. Highly recommended Read less
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Caitlyn
Wedding:
4/30/2016
5.0/5.0
If you want a unique, fully-tailored catering experience for your wedding (and why wouldn't you?), contact Eat & Smile immediately! Every experience we had with them was absolutely fantastic. From the initial meeting with Katie for our pre-contract tasting, where we were able to savor a number of samples that Chef Friendly and his wonderful team created, through the sub-vendor contracting, through the day of and after our wedding, everything was flawless. My husband and I wanted the food to be the main focus of our wedding day, and Eat & Smile's "we cater to your tastes and aren't limited to pick-and-choose from a limited number of items" attitude was perfect for us. We chose to do a laid-back, cocktail and small plates-style dinner, which E&S excels at. Every dish wowed our guests (as did our signature cocktail, Gnome's Water, a refreshing cucumber drink that perfectly matched the vibe), and looked absolutely beautiful. E&S prides itself on working with local farmers as much as possible and tries to keep the food seasonal, which makes the flavors shine. The day-of wait staff and bartenders were so friendly and seemed to be enjoying our wedding just as much as we were. Payment was a breeze, and Katie and the team really listened to our wishes. We couldn't have asked for a better caterer - I'm just upset that it's over and we won't get to eat OMFG pork sliders unless we order them again!
If you want a unique, fully-tailored catering experience for your wedding (and why wouldn't you?), contact Eat & Smile Read more...
If you want a unique, fully-tailored catering experience for your wedding (and why wouldn't you?), contact Eat & Smile immediately! Every experience we had with them was absolutely fantastic. From the initial meeting with Katie for our pre-contract tasting, where we were able to savor a number of samples that Chef Friendly and his wonderful team created, through the sub-vendor contracting, through the day of and after our wedding, everything was flawless. My husband and I wanted the food to be the main focus of our wedding day, and Eat & Smile's "we cater to your tastes and aren't limited to pick-and-choose from a limited number of items" attitude was perfect for us. We chose to do a laid-back, cocktail and small plates-style dinner, which E&S excels at. Every dish wowed our guests (as did our signature cocktail, Gnome's Water, a refreshing cucumber drink that perfectly matched the vibe), and looked absolutely beautiful. E&S prides itself on working with local farmers as much as possible and tries to keep the food seasonal, which makes the flavors shine. The day-of wait staff and bartenders were so friendly and seemed to be enjoying our wedding just as much as we were. Payment was a breeze, and Katie and the team really listened to our wishes. We couldn't have asked for a better caterer - I'm just upset that it's over and we won't get to eat OMFG pork sliders unless we order them again! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Eat & Smile were absolutely terrific. They checked all the boxes: great food, reasonable pricing, and execution. They made everything very easy for us as they took care of most of the wedding logistics during the reception. When there were some (minor) issues during the dinner, they moved fast to quickly resolve them. I highly recommend E&S.
Eat & Smile were absolutely terrific. They checked all the boxes: great food, reasonable pricing, and execution. They made Read more...
Eat & Smile were absolutely terrific. They checked all the boxes: great food, reasonable pricing, and execution. They made everything very easy for us as they took care of most of the wedding logistics during the reception. When there were some (minor) issues during the dinner, they moved fast to quickly resolve them. I highly recommend E&S. Read less
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Keely
Wedding:
4/22/2016
5.0/5.0
I would highly recommend Eat & Smile as your DC-area wedding caterers.

We had Eat & Smile cater our 100-person wedding at St. Francis Hall, which included passed hors'doeuvres and a plated dinner. Katie, Chef Oliver, and the rest of the Eat & Smile team were fantastic to work with. Chef Oliver worked with us to create a menu that was perfectly set to our preferences and budget, and the food itself was well-prepared and delicious.

Katie was our main point of contact starting with the tasting all the way to the wedding day. She is awesomely communicative and fun to work with. Katie provided valuable input not only on the food, servers, and linens which we contracted for through E&S; but also on things like beverage service (we used Ace Beverage for alcohol), table placement, timeline, and guest flow.

On the day of the wedding our guests also pointed out how personable and professional the entire E&S serving and bartender staff were during the event. They also took care of the setup and the breakdown of the venue and it all went very smoothly.
I would highly recommend Eat & Smile as your DC-area wedding caterers.

We had Eat & Smile cater our 100-person Read more...
I would highly recommend Eat & Smile as your DC-area wedding caterers.

We had Eat & Smile cater our 100-person wedding at St. Francis Hall, which included passed hors'doeuvres and a plated dinner. Katie, Chef Oliver, and the rest of the Eat & Smile team were fantastic to work with. Chef Oliver worked with us to create a menu that was perfectly set to our preferences and budget, and the food itself was well-prepared and delicious.

Katie was our main point of contact starting with the tasting all the way to the wedding day. She is awesomely communicative and fun to work with. Katie provided valuable input not only on the food, servers, and linens which we contracted for through E&S; but also on things like beverage service (we used Ace Beverage for alcohol), table placement, timeline, and guest flow.

On the day of the wedding our guests also pointed out how personable and professional the entire E&S serving and bartender staff were during the event. They also took care of the setup and the breakdown of the venue and it all went very smoothly. Read less
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Katherine
Wedding:
4/16/2016
5.0/5.0
I first discovered Eat & Smile since they are a recommended vendor for my venue, and I can see why. Their food, quality of service, and responsiveness, made it so easy to choose them as our wedding caterer! Throughout the process, Katie was SO helpful, answering all of our questions, even about other wedding-related items beyond catering. Our tasting was so good, trying the different small plates that they are so good at producing. I appreciated that I had a request for a customized type of hors d'oeuvres to represent my grandpa, and they were able to do that with no problem. We went with two stations (tacos and crepes) plus two small passed plated at our wedding and it worked really well. Guests really liked the stations, especially the crepe one since it turned into sweet crepes for dessert time. We also got two of their drink mixers for guests to pair with alcohol or to enjoy with sparkling water. Guests really liked our two seasonal flavor options, which fit well with our spring wedding! I also loved their partnerships with local businesses, so we had District Doughnuts instead of cake! The staff the day of was also great, getting us anything we needed and making sure everything ran as smoothly as possible. And once again, I can't say enough good things about Katie who was beyond helpful through the entire planning process. And I might be a little biased, but I think it was easily the best wedding food I have ever had!
I first discovered Eat & Smile since they are a recommended vendor for my venue, and I can see why. Their food, quality of Read more...
I first discovered Eat & Smile since they are a recommended vendor for my venue, and I can see why. Their food, quality of service, and responsiveness, made it so easy to choose them as our wedding caterer! Throughout the process, Katie was SO helpful, answering all of our questions, even about other wedding-related items beyond catering. Our tasting was so good, trying the different small plates that they are so good at producing. I appreciated that I had a request for a customized type of hors d'oeuvres to represent my grandpa, and they were able to do that with no problem. We went with two stations (tacos and crepes) plus two small passed plated at our wedding and it worked really well. Guests really liked the stations, especially the crepe one since it turned into sweet crepes for dessert time. We also got two of their drink mixers for guests to pair with alcohol or to enjoy with sparkling water. Guests really liked our two seasonal flavor options, which fit well with our spring wedding! I also loved their partnerships with local businesses, so we had District Doughnuts instead of cake! The staff the day of was also great, getting us anything we needed and making sure everything ran as smoothly as possible. And once again, I can't say enough good things about Katie who was beyond helpful through the entire planning process. And I might be a little biased, but I think it was easily the best wedding food I have ever had! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
4/10/2016
5.0/5.0
Eat & Smile was fabulous! From the tasting, to working with Katie, to having Jamie as our day-of lead, everything was excellent. We choose Eat & Smile because the food was great and Katie always got back to our emails extremely quickly. Throughout the whole planning process, I could always count on her to respond to our questions and concerns very quickly, and this really reduced the stress. They were also excellent day-of. The staff was friendly and did a great job working with our friends who were our day-of coordinators. They also worked well with the extras that we brought in (home-made cookie table, challah, etc.) They also set out the centerpieces and decorations that we made and everything was beautiful. I give Katie and the team my highest recommendation.
Eat & Smile was fabulous! From the tasting, to working with Katie, to having Jamie as our day-of lead, everything was Read more...
Eat & Smile was fabulous! From the tasting, to working with Katie, to having Jamie as our day-of lead, everything was excellent. We choose Eat & Smile because the food was great and Katie always got back to our emails extremely quickly. Throughout the whole planning process, I could always count on her to respond to our questions and concerns very quickly, and this really reduced the stress. They were also excellent day-of. The staff was friendly and did a great job working with our friends who were our day-of coordinators. They also worked well with the extras that we brought in (home-made cookie table, challah, etc.) They also set out the centerpieces and decorations that we made and everything was beautiful. I give Katie and the team my highest recommendation. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
3/19/2016
5.0/5.0
Eat & Smile catered our 100 person wedding at Josephine Butler Park Center, and they were absolutely amazing! From the beginning, Katie was really responsive, even though it was peak wedding season. After we had a great tasting and meeting with Katie, we knew E&S would be perfect for our wedding. We really wanted to support local businesses, and through E&S we got to support a great local business and local farmers. Katie was super organized and followed the timeline they laid out in the contract, which helped us keep on schedule. She also coordinated our rentals through one of E&S’s partners, which was especially nice when we hit some planning fatigue. Plus, E&S is really familiar with our venue, which made planning a lot easier.

When it came to the food, everything was awesome! We loved that they asked about the theme of our wedding as part of the menu planning. Chef Oliver did a great job of capturing our DC theme in the menu options, including mini half-smokes as one of passed hors d’oeuvres and The Rickey as one of our signature cocktails. We ended up doing two signature cocktails, three passed hors d’oeuvres, and a plated dinner with salad and three meal options. All the food was delicious, and our friends are still talking about the Mac and cheese bites. E&S also handled all our bartending, and made delicious Rickeys and Apple Shrubs as our signature cocktails. We wanted a simple dessert that would be a sweet treat while people were dancing, so it was perfect that E&S has a relationship with District Doughnuts making it super easy to order some delicious donuts for the end of the night. Every single person working our wedding was really nice and professional. Everything went so smoothly, and we are so happy that we chose to E&S as part of our wedding!
Eat & Smile catered our 100 person wedding at Josephine Butler Park Center, and they were absolutely amazing! From the Read more...
Eat & Smile catered our 100 person wedding at Josephine Butler Park Center, and they were absolutely amazing! From the beginning, Katie was really responsive, even though it was peak wedding season. After we had a great tasting and meeting with Katie, we knew E&S would be perfect for our wedding. We really wanted to support local businesses, and through E&S we got to support a great local business and local farmers. Katie was super organized and followed the timeline they laid out in the contract, which helped us keep on schedule. She also coordinated our rentals through one of E&S’s partners, which was especially nice when we hit some planning fatigue. Plus, E&S is really familiar with our venue, which made planning a lot easier.

When it came to the food, everything was awesome! We loved that they asked about the theme of our wedding as part of the menu planning. Chef Oliver did a great job of capturing our DC theme in the menu options, including mini half-smokes as one of passed hors d’oeuvres and The Rickey as one of our signature cocktails. We ended up doing two signature cocktails, three passed hors d’oeuvres, and a plated dinner with salad and three meal options. All the food was delicious, and our friends are still talking about the Mac and cheese bites. E&S also handled all our bartending, and made delicious Rickeys and Apple Shrubs as our signature cocktails. We wanted a simple dessert that would be a sweet treat while people were dancing, so it was perfect that E&S has a relationship with District Doughnuts making it super easy to order some delicious donuts for the end of the night. Every single person working our wedding was really nice and professional. Everything went so smoothly, and we are so happy that we chose to E&S as part of our wedding! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I don't know if I can put into words just how wonderful Eat and Smile was to work with. From the first email to the first tasting, from last minute adjustments to a perfectly choreographed reception, Eat and Smile was simply the best. They adapted to a venue with considerable restrictions and pulled it off without issue. Eat and Smile offers packages at every budget level.

We went on the lower end, with Eat and Smile charging about half of what other caterers in the DC area charge, and were blown away by the quality and the options. Eat and Smile also offers an option that we didn't see with anyone else, a "party style," with 5 hors d'oeuvres and 3 small plates, that is a playful alternative to a sit-down dinner. This style means that you don't need seats for every guest, as people can grab food as they please, and it saves you the headache of figuring out that seating arrangement. This also means that food comes to your guests, and there are no lines at a buffet table or cold food waiting at pre-set tables.

Not only were the mechanics seamless, but the food itself is amazing! We had many guests comment to us about how great the food was - and that NEVER happens at weddings! Eat and Smile embraced our preferences and provided a custom tailored menu that was also incredibly inclusive to those with any sort of dietary limitations.

Other bonuses:
You can rent their liquor license, which saves you the hassle of getting approval from the DC government and also allows you to choose your own alcohol vendor. We were able to get beer, wine, and three types of liquors from Costco, for 120 guests, for about $700. It was incredible.

They have a relationship with a rental company and handle all the logistics. It was great and saved a lot of energy.

I would recommend Eat and Smile to every friend and stranger who is getting married. You absolutely will not be disappointed.
I don't know if I can put into words just how wonderful Eat and Smile was to work with. From the first email to the first Read more...
I don't know if I can put into words just how wonderful Eat and Smile was to work with. From the first email to the first tasting, from last minute adjustments to a perfectly choreographed reception, Eat and Smile was simply the best. They adapted to a venue with considerable restrictions and pulled it off without issue. Eat and Smile offers packages at every budget level.

We went on the lower end, with Eat and Smile charging about half of what other caterers in the DC area charge, and were blown away by the quality and the options. Eat and Smile also offers an option that we didn't see with anyone else, a "party style," with 5 hors d'oeuvres and 3 small plates, that is a playful alternative to a sit-down dinner. This style means that you don't need seats for every guest, as people can grab food as they please, and it saves you the headache of figuring out that seating arrangement. This also means that food comes to your guests, and there are no lines at a buffet table or cold food waiting at pre-set tables.

Not only were the mechanics seamless, but the food itself is amazing! We had many guests comment to us about how great the food was - and that NEVER happens at weddings! Eat and Smile embraced our preferences and provided a custom tailored menu that was also incredibly inclusive to those with any sort of dietary limitations.

Other bonuses:
You can rent their liquor license, which saves you the hassle of getting approval from the DC government and also allows you to choose your own alcohol vendor. We were able to get beer, wine, and three types of liquors from Costco, for 120 guests, for about $700. It was incredible.

They have a relationship with a rental company and handle all the logistics. It was great and saved a lot of energy.

I would recommend Eat and Smile to every friend and stranger who is getting married. You absolutely will not be disappointed. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Amanda
Wedding:
1/18/2016
5.0/5.0
Katie was fantastic to work with. Great at being flexible, but also keeping me on track. The tasting was fun, but not drawn out and a great chance to get a sense of the type of food they create. The chef was flexible in creating a menu that reflected our personalities and the food we love, like a biscuit bar and a cheesy grits station. Our guests really loved the food and I appreciated their willingness to work with me on keeping the costs affordable. All together a wonderful experience!! I hope you'll love working with them as much as we did.
Katie was fantastic to work with. Great at being flexible, but also keeping me on track. The tasting was fun, but not Read more...
Katie was fantastic to work with. Great at being flexible, but also keeping me on track. The tasting was fun, but not drawn out and a great chance to get a sense of the type of food they create. The chef was flexible in creating a menu that reflected our personalities and the food we love, like a biscuit bar and a cheesy grits station. Our guests really loved the food and I appreciated their willingness to work with me on keeping the costs affordable. All together a wonderful experience!! I hope you'll love working with them as much as we did. Read less
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Hilary
Wedding:
11/14/2015
5.0/5.0
After reading so many positive reviews, we had our eyes set on Eat & Smile even before we were set on a venue, and I'm still so happy they were available on the day of our event. We love their local approach to food, and reuse and recycle mentality, and I can't say enough about their services and the entire staff!

Within a few hours of contacting E&S we heard back from Katie, who was our contact all the way through to the wedding. She did a fantastic job hosting us for the tasting, explaining about the services, answering our questions, keeping track of our orders, helping with the venue walk through and layout, and coordinating all of the rentals. Working with Oliver on the menu was a breeze, especially after we received such amazing initial menu options - just choosing was the hardest part! We knew for our venue and space that we wanted to do an hors d'oeuvres/small plate format for the reception, and Katie helped guide us on the flow and optimal set up of the space.

On the day of the wedding, the Eat and Smiling staff were so impressive from start to finish. They were incredibly helpful with setting up the space and offering assistance where needed. When I first entered the reception, the first things I heard were how good all of the appetizers were! The food was absolutely incredible, so fresh and beautifully plated, and we are still receiving compliments to this day. We used the compostable dishware which was also a big hit and helped compliment the local and fresh food vibe. Our guests loved the small plate format, and the staff and servers were so tuned in to our guests and any requests they had.

We couldn't be happier about our experience with Eat and Smile and highly HIGHLY recommend them!
After reading so many positive reviews, we had our eyes set on Eat & Smile even before we were set on a venue, and I'm Read more...
After reading so many positive reviews, we had our eyes set on Eat & Smile even before we were set on a venue, and I'm still so happy they were available on the day of our event. We love their local approach to food, and reuse and recycle mentality, and I can't say enough about their services and the entire staff!

Within a few hours of contacting E&S we heard back from Katie, who was our contact all the way through to the wedding. She did a fantastic job hosting us for the tasting, explaining about the services, answering our questions, keeping track of our orders, helping with the venue walk through and layout, and coordinating all of the rentals. Working with Oliver on the menu was a breeze, especially after we received such amazing initial menu options - just choosing was the hardest part! We knew for our venue and space that we wanted to do an hors d'oeuvres/small plate format for the reception, and Katie helped guide us on the flow and optimal set up of the space.

On the day of the wedding, the Eat and Smiling staff were so impressive from start to finish. They were incredibly helpful with setting up the space and offering assistance where needed. When I first entered the reception, the first things I heard were how good all of the appetizers were! The food was absolutely incredible, so fresh and beautifully plated, and we are still receiving compliments to this day. We used the compostable dishware which was also a big hit and helped compliment the local and fresh food vibe. Our guests loved the small plate format, and the staff and servers were so tuned in to our guests and any requests they had.

We couldn't be happier about our experience with Eat and Smile and highly HIGHLY recommend them! Read less
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