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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 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 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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Katy
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Excellent food! Able to provide a delicious gluten free and vegan menu with a smile!
Excellent food! Able to provide a delicious gluten free and vegan menu with a smile!
Excellent food! Able to provide a delicious gluten free and vegan menu with a smile! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The food was absolutely amazing great experience very professional couldn't of had a better place thanks so mocha
The food was absolutely amazing great experience very professional couldn't of had a better place thanks so mocha
The food was absolutely amazing great experience very professional couldn't of had a better place thanks so mocha Read less
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Grant
Wedding:
8/15/2015
5.0/5.0
The team at Eat & Smile is incredible! We had a wonderful experience with them at our wedding on 8/15/15 (and over the past year during the planning phase!). We worked with Katie, she's a gem! She was professional, passionate, knowledgable, and quick to respond to all of our requests, questions, and changes. Eat & Smile was flexible with our budget, and never sacrificed service or quality. Our menu was customized perfectly for us, and we heard nothing but rave reviews about the food! We are so happy we went with E&S as our caterer, we wouldn't change a thing! If you care about food, menu creativity, and making sustainable choices, then please check our Eat & Smile. We highly recommend their services :)
The team at Eat & Smile is incredible! We had a wonderful experience with them at our wedding on 8/15/15 (and over the Read more...
The team at Eat & Smile is incredible! We had a wonderful experience with them at our wedding on 8/15/15 (and over the past year during the planning phase!). We worked with Katie, she's a gem! She was professional, passionate, knowledgable, and quick to respond to all of our requests, questions, and changes. Eat & Smile was flexible with our budget, and never sacrificed service or quality. Our menu was customized perfectly for us, and we heard nothing but rave reviews about the food! We are so happy we went with E&S as our caterer, we wouldn't change a thing! If you care about food, menu creativity, and making sustainable choices, then please check our Eat & Smile. We highly recommend their services :) Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
7/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Eat & Smile delivered a delicious, personalized menu for our wedding, and we couldn't have been happier! Katie was our main point of contact, and she was always very quick to respond to all of our questions. I felt like she and the team really made an effort to get to know us, and the types of food we liked, which really showed when it came time for the tasting as well as the final menu for our wedding. Instead of a traditional sit-down dinner, we chose to have a cocktail-style reception where small plates were passed throughout the night. Part of the reason we chose Eat & Smile was because they are very experienced in this style of reception, and we trusted their expertise. We made a request for a specific dish to be added to our menu, and they were more than happy to oblige. Our menu included a variety of cuisines, and they excelled in executing all of them. They also have partnerships with other local vendors and can offer unique services for your wedding. We took advantage of their partnership with Vigilante Coffee, and added their pour-over coffee service. It was a big hit with our guests, especially those that aren't familiar with that style of preparation. All of their staff that worked our event were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. One of our guests is a chef and owns his own catering company, and was not only impressed with the quality of the food, but also with how knowledgeable everyone was about the food and where it came from. Anytime I approached the bar, the bartenders always remembered what I was drinking, and had a beer ready for me as soon as they saw me. We had an all-around great experience with Eat & Smile and highly recommend them for any event.
Eat & Smile delivered a delicious, personalized menu for our wedding, and we couldn't have been happier! Katie was our Read more...
Eat & Smile delivered a delicious, personalized menu for our wedding, and we couldn't have been happier! Katie was our main point of contact, and she was always very quick to respond to all of our questions. I felt like she and the team really made an effort to get to know us, and the types of food we liked, which really showed when it came time for the tasting as well as the final menu for our wedding. Instead of a traditional sit-down dinner, we chose to have a cocktail-style reception where small plates were passed throughout the night. Part of the reason we chose Eat & Smile was because they are very experienced in this style of reception, and we trusted their expertise. We made a request for a specific dish to be added to our menu, and they were more than happy to oblige. Our menu included a variety of cuisines, and they excelled in executing all of them. They also have partnerships with other local vendors and can offer unique services for your wedding. We took advantage of their partnership with Vigilante Coffee, and added their pour-over coffee service. It was a big hit with our guests, especially those that aren't familiar with that style of preparation. All of their staff that worked our event were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. One of our guests is a chef and owns his own catering company, and was not only impressed with the quality of the food, but also with how knowledgeable everyone was about the food and where it came from. Anytime I approached the bar, the bartenders always remembered what I was drinking, and had a beer ready for me as soon as they saw me. We had an all-around great experience with Eat & Smile and highly recommend them for any event. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
5/23/2015
5.0/5.0
If I could do my wedding reception over, I'd choose Eat&Smile again in a heartbeat! Katie and her staff are FANTASTIC. I emailed Eat&Smile through the generic email address and within hours Katie called me. I knew after talking with her over the phone that they were the caterer for us. Your event will be one-of-a-kind thanks to Eat&Smile and their insistence on not using pre-planned menus, but instead truly catering the menu to each individual event/couple. Katie and her staff kept us on track with planning with friendly reminders/gentle nudges to get our menu choices, head counts, etc. in and were so helpful in planning the table set-up, timeline, etc. Katie is responsive and calm. I felt like she was my right hand woman through planning the reception in regards to the food/timeline/how things would go. She is awesome. I had every confidence that when I told her something on the fly, she'd make note and follow-through and that things at the reception would be exactly as we had discussed-- and they were-- BUT BETTER!

The food was AMAZING. The staff at the reception was AMAZING. Jillian and her crew know how to be relaxed while providing EXCELLENT service. As soon as my husband (!) and I walked into the reception, a staff person with a smile on her face approached us with a board of appetizers. Throughout the evening, the staff made sure we had food and anything else we needed.

We requested a special signature cocktail and Eat&Smile absolutely nailed it. It was a Spicy Gnome's Water and it was delicious. Go for the signature cocktails!!!

I cannot say enough good things about Katie, Jillian and the staff and chefs at Eat&Smile. CHOOSE THIS CATERER FOR YOUR EVENT. You will NOT be disappointed!
If I could do my wedding reception over, I'd choose Eat&Smile again in a heartbeat! Katie and her staff are FANTASTIC. I Read more...
If I could do my wedding reception over, I'd choose Eat&Smile again in a heartbeat! Katie and her staff are FANTASTIC. I emailed Eat&Smile through the generic email address and within hours Katie called me. I knew after talking with her over the phone that they were the caterer for us. Your event will be one-of-a-kind thanks to Eat&Smile and their insistence on not using pre-planned menus, but instead truly catering the menu to each individual event/couple. Katie and her staff kept us on track with planning with friendly reminders/gentle nudges to get our menu choices, head counts, etc. in and were so helpful in planning the table set-up, timeline, etc. Katie is responsive and calm. I felt like she was my right hand woman through planning the reception in regards to the food/timeline/how things would go. She is awesome. I had every confidence that when I told her something on the fly, she'd make note and follow-through and that things at the reception would be exactly as we had discussed-- and they were-- BUT BETTER!

The food was AMAZING. The staff at the reception was AMAZING. Jillian and her crew know how to be relaxed while providing EXCELLENT service. As soon as my husband (!) and I walked into the reception, a staff person with a smile on her face approached us with a board of appetizers. Throughout the evening, the staff made sure we had food and anything else we needed.

We requested a special signature cocktail and Eat&Smile absolutely nailed it. It was a Spicy Gnome's Water and it was delicious. Go for the signature cocktails!!!

I cannot say enough good things about Katie, Jillian and the staff and chefs at Eat&Smile. CHOOSE THIS CATERER FOR YOUR EVENT. You will NOT be disappointed! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved working with Eat & Smile. We worked primarily with Katie, who did an amazing job helping us to come up with a perfect menu of locally-sourced hors d'oeuvres and small plates for our wedding. Even though we had never been to a wedding without a sit down dinner, everyone raved about our "reception-style" format and we wouldn't have had it any other way. What's more, the Eat & Smile staff were incredibly fun and courteous throughout the entire evening -- and helped give our reception the relaxed vibe we wanted. We cannot thank Katie enough for all of her responsiveness and help throughout the way. PS - Don't skip the signature cocktails...our guests loved them!
We absolutely loved working with Eat & Smile. We worked primarily with Katie, who did an amazing job helping us to come up Read more...
We absolutely loved working with Eat & Smile. We worked primarily with Katie, who did an amazing job helping us to come up with a perfect menu of locally-sourced hors d'oeuvres and small plates for our wedding. Even though we had never been to a wedding without a sit down dinner, everyone raved about our "reception-style" format and we wouldn't have had it any other way. What's more, the Eat & Smile staff were incredibly fun and courteous throughout the entire evening -- and helped give our reception the relaxed vibe we wanted. We cannot thank Katie enough for all of her responsiveness and help throughout the way. PS - Don't skip the signature cocktails...our guests loved them! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We hired Eat and Smile for our wedding a month ago and could not have been happier. The most frequent comment we've heard from guests (and the other vendors!) is how fantastic the food was. We did a small plates format and people were fighting over the extra dishes that came to the tables. We worked with Katie who was so organized, professional and responsive (would usually hear back the same day!), that we knew we were in good hands and didn't have to worry about anything on the actual day. Another thing we really appreciated about Eat and Smile was that we were able to work directly with one of their chefs to design the menu we wanted - there was no picking off of set lists and the presentation of the food was great. We highly recommend them.
We hired Eat and Smile for our wedding a month ago and could not have been happier. The most frequent comment we've heard Read more...
We hired Eat and Smile for our wedding a month ago and could not have been happier. The most frequent comment we've heard from guests (and the other vendors!) is how fantastic the food was. We did a small plates format and people were fighting over the extra dishes that came to the tables. We worked with Katie who was so organized, professional and responsive (would usually hear back the same day!), that we knew we were in good hands and didn't have to worry about anything on the actual day. Another thing we really appreciated about Eat and Smile was that we were able to work directly with one of their chefs to design the menu we wanted - there was no picking off of set lists and the presentation of the food was great. We highly recommend them. Read less
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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:
1+ year ago
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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