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Eat & Smile Catering

Washington , DC

LOCATION

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

PHONE

202-733-3106

WEBSITE

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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)

REVIEWS

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Jenna
Wedding:
10/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Eat and Smile did a wonderful job catering my wedding! They were very responsive, answering all our questions and helping to find solutions that would work for a very diverse group of guests. Highly recommend!
Eat and Smile did a wonderful job catering my wedding! They were very responsive, answering all our questions and helping Read more...
Eat and Smile did a wonderful job catering my wedding! They were very responsive, answering all our questions and helping to find solutions that would work for a very diverse group of guests. Highly recommend! Read less
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Meredith
Wedding:
10/8/2016
5.0/5.0
Not only was the food delicious, but Keira and Jamie were so wonderfully flexible and helpful in making the day go smoothly. We had to switch to the rain plan last minute and the E&S team did a fantastic job being flexible and making the space work. We had brunch food and everyone raved about how good it was! I loved that it was all local and seasonal too.
Not only was the food delicious, but Keira and Jamie were so wonderfully flexible and helpful in making the day go Read more...
Not only was the food delicious, but Keira and Jamie were so wonderfully flexible and helpful in making the day go smoothly. We had to switch to the rain plan last minute and the E&S team did a fantastic job being flexible and making the space work. We had brunch food and everyone raved about how good it was! I loved that it was all local and seasonal too. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough good things about Eat & Smile. They were the first vendor we found for our wedding, and the only caterer we visited. (The food during our visit was that good!) Katie was so friendly and helpful and gave us tons of advice about our wedding planning. Eat & Smile partners with many other vendors and gave us plenty of references that helped make our planning easy. She was responsive and patient throughout the process, going above and beyond with advice and suggestions. They were extremely helpful with planning and executing setup for all vendors at the venue. And, of course, the food at the wedding was fantastic. More than highly recommended!
I can't say enough good things about Eat & Smile. They were the first vendor we found for our wedding, and the only Read more...
I can't say enough good things about Eat & Smile. They were the first vendor we found for our wedding, and the only caterer we visited. (The food during our visit was that good!) Katie was so friendly and helpful and gave us tons of advice about our wedding planning. Eat & Smile partners with many other vendors and gave us plenty of references that helped make our planning easy. She was responsive and patient throughout the process, going above and beyond with advice and suggestions. They were extremely helpful with planning and executing setup for all vendors at the venue. And, of course, the food at the wedding was fantastic. More than highly recommended! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
10/1/2016
5.0/5.0
Both my husband and I have only great things to say about Eat & Smile, which we hired for our October 2016 wedding. We chose them because of their sustainable sourcing policies, environmentally-friendly dinnerware and clean-up model, as well as the quality and creativity of their food. Later, we were happily surprised by the professionalism, responsiveness, and experience of Katie, our main contact and guide leading up to the wedding. The rest of the Eat&Smile team, which we only met the day of the wedding, was easy going, attentive and kept everything moving like a well-oiled machine.

Our guests were happy with the food, as were we! The serving format we chose (passed hors d'oeuvres, passed small plates, and small bite desserts), while somewhat new and unexpected for our guests, worked perfectly to help create the friendly and light-hearted ambience we sought to create.

We would recommend Eat & Smile Catering without hesitation.
Both my husband and I have only great things to say about Eat & Smile, which we hired for our October 2016 wedding. We Read more...
Both my husband and I have only great things to say about Eat & Smile, which we hired for our October 2016 wedding. We chose them because of their sustainable sourcing policies, environmentally-friendly dinnerware and clean-up model, as well as the quality and creativity of their food. Later, we were happily surprised by the professionalism, responsiveness, and experience of Katie, our main contact and guide leading up to the wedding. The rest of the Eat&Smile team, which we only met the day of the wedding, was easy going, attentive and kept everything moving like a well-oiled machine.

Our guests were happy with the food, as were we! The serving format we chose (passed hors d'oeuvres, passed small plates, and small bite desserts), while somewhat new and unexpected for our guests, worked perfectly to help create the friendly and light-hearted ambience we sought to create.

We would recommend Eat & Smile Catering without hesitation. Read less
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Alyssa
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
Eat and Smile were just fantastic. They design a perfectly in season menu that fits your wedding - no set menus here. They catered our wedding on a farm where they only had a tent for prep and we asked them to do passed dishes all night, rather than a sit-down dinner. Despite these challenges, they created an unforgettable feast, always flexible and creative. I couldn't recommend them more. Just so you know, they're on the pricier side, since everything's local and organic, but they were worth every penny.
Eat and Smile were just fantastic. They design a perfectly in season menu that fits your wedding - no set menus here. They Read more...
Eat and Smile were just fantastic. They design a perfectly in season menu that fits your wedding - no set menus here. They catered our wedding on a farm where they only had a tent for prep and we asked them to do passed dishes all night, rather than a sit-down dinner. Despite these challenges, they created an unforgettable feast, always flexible and creative. I couldn't recommend them more. Just so you know, they're on the pricier side, since everything's local and organic, but they were worth every penny. Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
We had an excellent experience with Eat & Smile from start to finish for our 100-guest wedding. They first caught our attention due to their commitment to local sourcing, eco-conscious practices, and small size. Their tasting is different from others in the industry. They have you come in to taste several courses, but not your actual menu. Since the food we tasted was great, Katie was very responsive, and the price was on par with others in the industry, we decided to go with them.

We opted for the passed small plates service option and were very happy with our choice. No seating charts, and lots of flexibility for the vegans and GF guests in our party. Katie was very helpful in giving us advice about how to set up the event because Eat & Smile had catered events at our venue before (Rockwood Manor). E&S provides bartenders and ice, but you provide the beer, wine, and liquor. This is a nice bonus for those of us who enjoy alcohol shopping and want to save money, though it requires you to schlep the alcohol to the venue.

The food was all delicious, and the day-of service was also wonderful. The communication between Katie and the event captain Meghal was perfect. The servers were very good about making sure the vegan and GF folks were fed on time even when non-vegan, non-GF menu items were being passed around.After the event, everything was cleaned up on time per the venue's instructions.

The one snafu we encountered was that the vendor E&S hired for linens and glassware didn't show up to pick up the stuff the day after, which didn't make the venue happy. However, E&S was great about mediating between the vendor and the venue, and the problem was solved without much headache on our end. We really appreciated that we were able to easily get in touch with E&S staff (on their days off!) to work on the problem the day after the wedding.

P.S. Make sure to book well in advance. They're a small operation and can only handle a limited number of events per day.
We had an excellent experience with Eat & Smile from start to finish for our 100-guest wedding. They first caught our Read more...
We had an excellent experience with Eat & Smile from start to finish for our 100-guest wedding. They first caught our attention due to their commitment to local sourcing, eco-conscious practices, and small size. Their tasting is different from others in the industry. They have you come in to taste several courses, but not your actual menu. Since the food we tasted was great, Katie was very responsive, and the price was on par with others in the industry, we decided to go with them.

We opted for the passed small plates service option and were very happy with our choice. No seating charts, and lots of flexibility for the vegans and GF guests in our party. Katie was very helpful in giving us advice about how to set up the event because Eat & Smile had catered events at our venue before (Rockwood Manor). E&S provides bartenders and ice, but you provide the beer, wine, and liquor. This is a nice bonus for those of us who enjoy alcohol shopping and want to save money, though it requires you to schlep the alcohol to the venue.

The food was all delicious, and the day-of service was also wonderful. The communication between Katie and the event captain Meghal was perfect. The servers were very good about making sure the vegan and GF folks were fed on time even when non-vegan, non-GF menu items were being passed around.After the event, everything was cleaned up on time per the venue's instructions.

The one snafu we encountered was that the vendor E&S hired for linens and glassware didn't show up to pick up the stuff the day after, which didn't make the venue happy. However, E&S was great about mediating between the vendor and the venue, and the problem was solved without much headache on our end. We really appreciated that we were able to easily get in touch with E&S staff (on their days off!) to work on the problem the day after the wedding.

P.S. Make sure to book well in advance. They're a small operation and can only handle a limited number of events per day. Read less
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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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