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Eat & Smile Catering

Washington , DC

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

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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 locally-sourced caterer, we bring the bounty of area farms to your wedding table, with strong... Read more
Here at Eat & Smile, we consider it an honor to be part of your special day. As DC’s first 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. Our meat, vegetables, fruit, dairy, and bread are purchased directly from farmers within 150 miles of the city. 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. There’s lots of creativity in food, 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 wedding 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 catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Limited Bar, Open Bar
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pan-Asian, Polynesian, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
Yes
Are you also able to provide the wedding cake?
No
If a bride decides to bring her own wedding cake, do you have a cake cutting fee? If yes, how much is the fee?
Yes, $0.50 per person.
Are you licensed to sell alcohol? If yes, where are you licensed?
No
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
Yes, with no corkage fee
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
Yes
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
Yes
What is your maximum catering capacity?
500

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful experience with Eat and Smile Catering. They worked with us to create a delicious and locally sourced menu that was a big hit with both us and our guests. They were incredibly flexible throughout the planning process, especially in helping us keep our costs down by using lower-cost ingredients and sticking with passed hors d'oeuvres and small plates. Beyond the delicious food, the team day-of was incredible! They always made sure the we had food delivered to the bride and groom personally and reminded them to eat instead of socializing all night. And when a guest accidentally spilled a glass of wine on the bride's dress, an amazing bar attending came running over and saved the day with cold water. We can't recommend them any more!
We had a wonderful experience with Eat and Smile Catering. They worked with us to create a delicious and locally sourced Read more...
We had a wonderful experience with Eat and Smile Catering. They worked with us to create a delicious and locally sourced menu that was a big hit with both us and our guests. They were incredibly flexible throughout the planning process, especially in helping us keep our costs down by using lower-cost ingredients and sticking with passed hors d'oeuvres and small plates. Beyond the delicious food, the team day-of was incredible! They always made sure the we had food delivered to the bride and groom personally and reminded them to eat instead of socializing all night. And when a guest accidentally spilled a glass of wine on the bride's dress, an amazing bar attending came running over and saved the day with cold water. We can't recommend them any more! Read less
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Ryan
Wedding:
10/10/2014
5.0/5.0
My wife and I had an amazing experience from start to finish with Eat & Smile.

We'd met with a couple potential caterers for our wedding before finally finding E&S. We envisioned a casual wedding atmosphere featuring passed hors d'oeuvres and small plates, but every catering manager we met with discouraged us from doing so and would steer us toward their way of doing things.

When we finally sat down with the folks at E&S, they "got it" right away. They are amazingly flexible, which they proved time and time again as we planned our wedding. We got advice, suggestions and help throughout the process, and I doubt some of their larger competitors could have matched their level of "can do."

Our guests came to us throughout the evening of our wedding with praise for the food ("This is the best wedding food I've ever had!"), the people ("Everyone on the catering staff is so friendly!") and the service ("My glass was never empty!"). A friend from Chicago (a huge foodie) even tried to convince E&S to travel to cater her wedding next summer. They're that good.
My wife and I had an amazing experience from start to finish with Eat & Smile.

We'd met with a couple potential Read more...
My wife and I had an amazing experience from start to finish with Eat & Smile.

We'd met with a couple potential caterers for our wedding before finally finding E&S. We envisioned a casual wedding atmosphere featuring passed hors d'oeuvres and small plates, but every catering manager we met with discouraged us from doing so and would steer us toward their way of doing things.

When we finally sat down with the folks at E&S, they "got it" right away. They are amazingly flexible, which they proved time and time again as we planned our wedding. We got advice, suggestions and help throughout the process, and I doubt some of their larger competitors could have matched their level of "can do."

Our guests came to us throughout the evening of our wedding with praise for the food ("This is the best wedding food I've ever had!"), the people ("Everyone on the catering staff is so friendly!") and the service ("My glass was never empty!"). A friend from Chicago (a huge foodie) even tried to convince E&S to travel to cater her wedding next summer. They're that good. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Eat & Smile catered our outdoor wedding, and we loved every part of working with them. Looking for a caterer was the part of wedding planning we dreaded the most, but our tasting with Chef Oliver was really fun and it was much easier and more comfortable to pick the caterer first, and pick the exact menu later on - we hired E&S on the spot. We worked with Erin on logistics, and she was extremely organized and attentive to detail, which put us at ease. On the day, the food and service was phenomenal (thank you Michael and team!) and all of our guests loved the “small plates” format, which we felt was a fun, unique and more fluid way to have our wedding dinner. The staff was also extremely adaptable throughout the event, seamlessly taking on dessert service when our dessert vendor broke down en route and also handling requests from guests with dietary restrictions. We found the entire team to be professional, well organized, and just a joy to work with, and have already sent engaged friends in for their own tastings.
Eat & Smile catered our outdoor wedding, and we loved every part of working with them. Looking for a caterer was the part Read more...
Eat & Smile catered our outdoor wedding, and we loved every part of working with them. Looking for a caterer was the part of wedding planning we dreaded the most, but our tasting with Chef Oliver was really fun and it was much easier and more comfortable to pick the caterer first, and pick the exact menu later on - we hired E&S on the spot. We worked with Erin on logistics, and she was extremely organized and attentive to detail, which put us at ease. On the day, the food and service was phenomenal (thank you Michael and team!) and all of our guests loved the “small plates” format, which we felt was a fun, unique and more fluid way to have our wedding dinner. The staff was also extremely adaptable throughout the event, seamlessly taking on dessert service when our dessert vendor broke down en route and also handling requests from guests with dietary restrictions. We found the entire team to be professional, well organized, and just a joy to work with, and have already sent engaged friends in for their own tastings. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We were extremely happy with the services provided by Eat & Smile. The staff was very accommodating to our preferences and went to great lengths to ensure that we were satisfied with the menu options. Throughout the process (but particularly in the months leading up to our wedding), E&S stayed in close contact and ensured we had all the necessary details sorted out, removing a great deal of our stress. The food served at our wedding reception was delicious and beautifully presented, and the staff was very professional. We would not hesitate at all to recommend E&S to anyone in need of catering services.
We were extremely happy with the services provided by Eat & Smile. The staff was very accommodating to our preferences and Read more...
We were extremely happy with the services provided by Eat & Smile. The staff was very accommodating to our preferences and went to great lengths to ensure that we were satisfied with the menu options. Throughout the process (but particularly in the months leading up to our wedding), E&S stayed in close contact and ensured we had all the necessary details sorted out, removing a great deal of our stress. The food served at our wedding reception was delicious and beautifully presented, and the staff was very professional. We would not hesitate at all to recommend E&S to anyone in need of catering services. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We really wanted to have local food, if possible. We weren't sure it was something we could afford, but Eat & Smile sources locally as much as possible and is priced similarly to other caterers in D.C. And the food was really, really good!

The pricing was very transparent -- they're only caterer I saw that does not include an automatic service charge, which lets you decide how much to tip. They also are very willing to work with you on price. They have an option for heavy passed hors d'oeuvres, which we didn't end up choosing but was much more reasonable for the area.

During the planning, they were very responsive -- it was pretty impressive, considering how many emails they must get per day.

They also were great on the wedding day. A plate with a selection of all the appetizers was brought to us as soon as we walked into the reception. (Actually, we hadn't even made it past the driveway.) The event "captain" was cheerful and easy to work with whenever I had a question. All the staff were great, in fact.

They were flexible when our plans hit a snag. We rented tableware from a separate company, and they failed to deliver most of the plates for the entree. Not a problem; the catering team came up with a plan to move the toasts in between the first course and main course, and then washed all the first-course dishes to use for the entree! No stress for me at all, and the guests were none the wiser.

Great food and great attitudes.
We really wanted to have local food, if possible. We weren't sure it was something we could afford, but Eat & Smile Read more...
We really wanted to have local food, if possible. We weren't sure it was something we could afford, but Eat & Smile sources locally as much as possible and is priced similarly to other caterers in D.C. And the food was really, really good!

The pricing was very transparent -- they're only caterer I saw that does not include an automatic service charge, which lets you decide how much to tip. They also are very willing to work with you on price. They have an option for heavy passed hors d'oeuvres, which we didn't end up choosing but was much more reasonable for the area.

During the planning, they were very responsive -- it was pretty impressive, considering how many emails they must get per day.

They also were great on the wedding day. A plate with a selection of all the appetizers was brought to us as soon as we walked into the reception. (Actually, we hadn't even made it past the driveway.) The event "captain" was cheerful and easy to work with whenever I had a question. All the staff were great, in fact.

They were flexible when our plans hit a snag. We rented tableware from a separate company, and they failed to deliver most of the plates for the entree. Not a problem; the catering team came up with a plan to move the toasts in between the first course and main course, and then washed all the first-course dishes to use for the entree! No stress for me at all, and the guests were none the wiser.

Great food and great attitudes. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My husband and I knew that we wanted our wedding to be less formal - think more cocktail dance party rather than sit down dinner full of toasts and speeches. After an exhaustive search of many caterers in the area (some of whom wouldn't even talk to us when they heard what our budget was), we contacted Eat&Smile based on a referral from friends who had used them for our wedding.

Oliver was wonderful right out of the box. He completely understood what kind of wedding we were hoping to have and the fact that we had very little wiggle room within our budget. He crafted menu options that were delicious, fun, locally-sourced, and did I mention delicious? His team was fantastic to work with, responsive, and transparent so there aren't any surprises the day of.

I wholeheartedly recommend Eat&Smile.
My husband and I knew that we wanted our wedding to be less formal - think more cocktail dance party rather than sit down Read more...
My husband and I knew that we wanted our wedding to be less formal - think more cocktail dance party rather than sit down dinner full of toasts and speeches. After an exhaustive search of many caterers in the area (some of whom wouldn't even talk to us when they heard what our budget was), we contacted Eat&Smile based on a referral from friends who had used them for our wedding.

Oliver was wonderful right out of the box. He completely understood what kind of wedding we were hoping to have and the fact that we had very little wiggle room within our budget. He crafted menu options that were delicious, fun, locally-sourced, and did I mention delicious? His team was fantastic to work with, responsive, and transparent so there aren't any surprises the day of.

I wholeheartedly recommend Eat&Smile. Read less
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Susan H.
Wedding:
11/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Once again, our entire family wants you to know what a perfect celebration you helped us have! In every way...it was the best ever evening I could have even dreamed to have in celebration my wonderful 60th! Every last one of us loved the fantastic food...the inspired menu you surprised us with...from GF delights to the fantastic Vegan creations to the Dinosaur Eggs and Rocky-Rocky Cheese and beyond...to the warm, caring and intimate ambiance...we all had the privilege to Eat...then...Smile...then...Eat...then...Smile...and repeat :0)
Once again, our entire family wants you to know what a perfect celebration you helped us have! In every way...it was the Read more...
Once again, our entire family wants you to know what a perfect celebration you helped us have! In every way...it was the best ever evening I could have even dreamed to have in celebration my wonderful 60th! Every last one of us loved the fantastic food...the inspired menu you surprised us with...from GF delights to the fantastic Vegan creations to the Dinosaur Eggs and Rocky-Rocky Cheese and beyond...to the warm, caring and intimate ambiance...we all had the privilege to Eat...then...Smile...then...Eat...then...Smile...and repeat :0) Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Oliver and his team at Eat & Smile were fantastic! From the very beginning at our food tasting, it was obvious how much he loves what he does and how much thought and preparation he puts in to all of his work.

My husband and I are from very different backgrounds – he’s from the South where the food is more buffet style and I’m from the North where everyone is used to a cocktail hour followed by a sit-down dinner. So, we needed a caterer that understood both of those traditions and would meet all of those needs. Oliver delivered!

What’s great about Eat & Smile is that they will work with you to come up with a menu and a style of dinner exactly how you want. Oliver and his team design your menu to whatever price point you want to spend and they will work with you along the way based upon that price point.

After telling him what we were looking for as our food options, he came up with a menu that exceeded our expectations – a true representation of the North and South. Everyone is still raving about the fried green tomato sliders and the braised brisket and mashed potatoes!

A special accolade must be given to Erin, Eat & Smile’s operations manager. With Oliver’s business (rightfully so) becoming so popular, Erin came on during our wedding process and from day one, handled everything for us! She was extremely responsive to all of our questions and concerns, highly organized and very attentive to detail. We didn’t have to worry about anything when it came to catering because she was so on top of everything!

The night of the wedding, Oliver lit up when he saw my husband and me when we arrived at our wedding venue and he gave us a huge hug – a testament to how personal he treats his job and his clients. The rest of his staff - from the bartenders to the servers - were attentive, friendly and seemed to really enjoy themselves at the wedding.

We would recommend Oliver, Erin and Eat & Smile Foods in a heartbeat and hope to work with them in the future.
Oliver and his team at Eat & Smile were fantastic! From the very beginning at our food tasting, it was obvious how much he Read more...
Oliver and his team at Eat & Smile were fantastic! From the very beginning at our food tasting, it was obvious how much he loves what he does and how much thought and preparation he puts in to all of his work.

My husband and I are from very different backgrounds – he’s from the South where the food is more buffet style and I’m from the North where everyone is used to a cocktail hour followed by a sit-down dinner. So, we needed a caterer that understood both of those traditions and would meet all of those needs. Oliver delivered!

What’s great about Eat & Smile is that they will work with you to come up with a menu and a style of dinner exactly how you want. Oliver and his team design your menu to whatever price point you want to spend and they will work with you along the way based upon that price point.

After telling him what we were looking for as our food options, he came up with a menu that exceeded our expectations – a true representation of the North and South. Everyone is still raving about the fried green tomato sliders and the braised brisket and mashed potatoes!

A special accolade must be given to Erin, Eat & Smile’s operations manager. With Oliver’s business (rightfully so) becoming so popular, Erin came on during our wedding process and from day one, handled everything for us! She was extremely responsive to all of our questions and concerns, highly organized and very attentive to detail. We didn’t have to worry about anything when it came to catering because she was so on top of everything!

The night of the wedding, Oliver lit up when he saw my husband and me when we arrived at our wedding venue and he gave us a huge hug – a testament to how personal he treats his job and his clients. The rest of his staff - from the bartenders to the servers - were attentive, friendly and seemed to really enjoy themselves at the wedding.

We would recommend Oliver, Erin and Eat & Smile Foods in a heartbeat and hope to work with them in the future. Read less
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Scott
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife and I hired Eat & Smile to cater our 90-guest wedding on October 26, 2013. Oliver was one of the first vendors we hired, and it was one of the best decisions we made. His staff were miracle workers, Erin, the office manager, was amazing and helpful. Most importantly, the food was delicious. Many of our guests commented that it was the best wedding meal they'd ever had.

Before we signed a contract, Oliver cooked us a meal in his home. The items were based on what produce looked best at the time rather than a list of items he provided to every couple. We found it really helpful that he cooked the items as he would at a wedding with many guests, rather than taking out all the stops to cook for two.

Oliver worked with us to design a hybrid dinner service with heavy appetizers and a one-course plated meal, and kept to the budget we were willing to spend. My wife is vegetarian, as were many of our guests, and he was able to provide a off-menu meal for them that wasn't just an afterthought. Many veg guests were appreciative that they could eat most of the appetizers, too. Oliver took our suggestion of "comfort food with a twist" and was able to provide delicious options such as fried mac-and-cheese, fish tacos, and baby pizzas (the last was especially nice, since when we first set out to plan the wedding, we just wanted to do pizza and beer but had long given up on it with only a warming kitchen to work with). For dessert, Eat & Smile was able to make any cupcake and macaron flavor we wanted.

Eat & Smile's staff were miracle workers. During set up, we found that some of the tablecloths that we'd purchased were too small, but Eat & Smile were able to find a solution using other linens, and nobody noticed anything. During cocktail hour, they made sure that my wife and I were able to sample everything that was served.

We would eat Eat & Smile's food any time and any place. If Oliver opened a restaurant, we'd be the first in line.
My wife and I hired Eat & Smile to cater our 90-guest wedding on October 26, 2013. Oliver was one of the first vendors we Read more...
My wife and I hired Eat & Smile to cater our 90-guest wedding on October 26, 2013. Oliver was one of the first vendors we hired, and it was one of the best decisions we made. His staff were miracle workers, Erin, the office manager, was amazing and helpful. Most importantly, the food was delicious. Many of our guests commented that it was the best wedding meal they'd ever had.

Before we signed a contract, Oliver cooked us a meal in his home. The items were based on what produce looked best at the time rather than a list of items he provided to every couple. We found it really helpful that he cooked the items as he would at a wedding with many guests, rather than taking out all the stops to cook for two.

Oliver worked with us to design a hybrid dinner service with heavy appetizers and a one-course plated meal, and kept to the budget we were willing to spend. My wife is vegetarian, as were many of our guests, and he was able to provide a off-menu meal for them that wasn't just an afterthought. Many veg guests were appreciative that they could eat most of the appetizers, too. Oliver took our suggestion of "comfort food with a twist" and was able to provide delicious options such as fried mac-and-cheese, fish tacos, and baby pizzas (the last was especially nice, since when we first set out to plan the wedding, we just wanted to do pizza and beer but had long given up on it with only a warming kitchen to work with). For dessert, Eat & Smile was able to make any cupcake and macaron flavor we wanted.

Eat & Smile's staff were miracle workers. During set up, we found that some of the tablecloths that we'd purchased were too small, but Eat & Smile were able to find a solution using other linens, and nobody noticed anything. During cocktail hour, they made sure that my wife and I were able to sample everything that was served.

We would eat Eat & Smile's food any time and any place. If Oliver opened a restaurant, we'd be the first in line. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Choosing Eat & Smile for our wedding was the best decision we ever made. They were great to work with: responsive, flexible, and reasonable. I've already recommended them to several couples looking for caterers for their weddings and so have my guests.
Choosing Eat & Smile for our wedding was the best decision we ever made. They were great to work with: responsive, Read more...
Choosing Eat & Smile for our wedding was the best decision we ever made. They were great to work with: responsive, flexible, and reasonable. I've already recommended them to several couples looking for caterers for their weddings and so have my guests. Read less
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