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Occasions Caterers

Washington , DC
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655 Taylor Street NE
Washington, DC 20017 US

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Renowned for personalized parties, superior menus, and meticulous planning, Occasions Caterers has earned a national reputation for flawless execution. Weddings range from elegant... Read more
Renowned for personalized parties, superior menus, and meticulous planning, Occasions Caterers has earned a national reputation for flawless execution. Weddings range from elegant sit-down dinners and theme parties, to lavish events and simple celebrations. With over 20 years of experience, Occasions’ professional team of executives and chefs work closely with clientele, designing customized menus to produce consistently exquisite meals. Occasions also provides clients with complete event coordination from full service catering, venue choice, entertainment, rental packages, floral, lighting, and decor. Occasions sets the standard as the pre-eminent full-service catering firm in Washington's metropolitan area. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake, 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, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Liquor License, Outside Alcohol OK, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
Which of the following items can you provide?
Chairs, Tables
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.5/5.0
We worked with Alex and Seana for our wedding reception in September 2015 at the Potomac View Terrace APhA. The food was amazing and guests raved about the apps, dual entree, and cake - some saying it was the best they'd ever had at a wedding! We were able to bring in our own homebrew and the wait staff and service were outstanding. Only a couple of downsides - We had to move the band inside due to rain in the morning, but still had to pay for outdoor lights even though they weren't used. Occassions should have coordinated and communicated the timeline for decisions and expenses better. Also, while correspondence was always professional and thorough, emails generally took a week or so to get a response during the planning stages. The guests didn't notice any of it, but still something Occasions should address in the future.
We worked with Alex and Seana for our wedding reception in September 2015 at the Potomac View Terrace APhA. The food was Read more...
We worked with Alex and Seana for our wedding reception in September 2015 at the Potomac View Terrace APhA. The food was amazing and guests raved about the apps, dual entree, and cake - some saying it was the best they'd ever had at a wedding! We were able to bring in our own homebrew and the wait staff and service were outstanding. Only a couple of downsides - We had to move the band inside due to rain in the morning, but still had to pay for outdoor lights even though they weren't used. Occassions should have coordinated and communicated the timeline for decisions and expenses better. Also, while correspondence was always professional and thorough, emails generally took a week or so to get a response during the planning stages. The guests didn't notice any of it, but still something Occasions should address in the future. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning
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Kaitlyn
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Occasions was outstanding from our initial contact through the wedding day. We could not be happier with the food, service, and incredible team that guided us through the process.

While we initially were leaning towards another caterer that appeared more cost effective on paper, the tasting at Occasions blew them out of the water. The menu at Occasions is modern, fun, flavorful, and completely personalized. They worked around food allergies and favorite recipes to create a menu that stood out and still fell within our budget.

We felt we were in good hands every step of the way, and knew that on wedding day, our guests would be well taken care of, too. We were so fortunate to have a team that cared so much about putting on a good event. They coordinated with all of our other vendors to ensure that the reception would go off without a hitch.

We could not speak higher about Occasions and their team, and would recommend them to anyone getting married or hosting an event!
Occasions was outstanding from our initial contact through the wedding day. We could not be happier with the food, Read more...
Occasions was outstanding from our initial contact through the wedding day. We could not be happier with the food, service, and incredible team that guided us through the process.

While we initially were leaning towards another caterer that appeared more cost effective on paper, the tasting at Occasions blew them out of the water. The menu at Occasions is modern, fun, flavorful, and completely personalized. They worked around food allergies and favorite recipes to create a menu that stood out and still fell within our budget.

We felt we were in good hands every step of the way, and knew that on wedding day, our guests would be well taken care of, too. We were so fortunate to have a team that cared so much about putting on a good event. They coordinated with all of our other vendors to ensure that the reception would go off without a hitch.

We could not speak higher about Occasions and their team, and would recommend them to anyone getting married or hosting an event! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Sarah
Wedding:
3/28/2015
5.0/5.0
I never thought that I would get so many compliments on our food! Our guests raved about everything from the custom cocktails to the entrees and Kate and Occasions were absolutely wonderful to work with. The tasting was a wonderful and fun experience for all of us but I was nervous about the fact that our actual wedding was at a museum without a kitchen-- boy was I wrong! Kate reassured me that it wouldn't be a problem and she was right-- the food arrived hot and perfectly cooked to each of our guests.
We also used them for linens and table settings, which were beautiful. Their setup went flawlessly and the venue was stunning when I arrived with my guests. They were flexible and even allowed my mother to use her regular liquor store for wine/liquor purchases. Kate worked wonderful with our wedding planner, Emilie from Bliss, and gave my husband and I a truly unforgettable night that was a wonderful event for all of our guests. Definitely a fantastic choice for catering!!
I never thought that I would get so many compliments on our food! Our guests raved about everything from the custom Read more...
I never thought that I would get so many compliments on our food! Our guests raved about everything from the custom cocktails to the entrees and Kate and Occasions were absolutely wonderful to work with. The tasting was a wonderful and fun experience for all of us but I was nervous about the fact that our actual wedding was at a museum without a kitchen-- boy was I wrong! Kate reassured me that it wouldn't be a problem and she was right-- the food arrived hot and perfectly cooked to each of our guests.
We also used them for linens and table settings, which were beautiful. Their setup went flawlessly and the venue was stunning when I arrived with my guests. They were flexible and even allowed my mother to use her regular liquor store for wine/liquor purchases. Kate worked wonderful with our wedding planner, Emilie from Bliss, and gave my husband and I a truly unforgettable night that was a wonderful event for all of our guests. Definitely a fantastic choice for catering!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
We hired this well established caterer to provide all of the linens, chairs and food for our daughters wedding. We worked with Kate, who is a highly professional, detail oriented individual. This put our minds at ease through the entire process. The food was wonderful and the staff was very attentive.
We hired this well established caterer to provide all of the linens, chairs and food for our daughters wedding. We worked Read more...
We hired this well established caterer to provide all of the linens, chairs and food for our daughters wedding. We worked with Kate, who is a highly professional, detail oriented individual. This put our minds at ease through the entire process. The food was wonderful and the staff was very attentive. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Nancy
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Eric, Joel and Ray at Occasions Caterers were the heroes of our wedding. My mother-in-law has a long time party-planning relationship with Eric, and he was extremely attentive and supportive of the type of family wedding we were envisioning. Joel fielded endless phone calls and changing plans and ideas and helped us combine some of our homespun decor with their wide selection of linens and china to create a polished yet informal look and feel. Ray supervised the event and truly went above and beyond the call of duty when we started to have plumbing problems in the house!!! (ugh.) They truly are one of the gems of the DC party scene- and did I mention that the food is scrumptious? Put your trust in Occasions- you won't be sorry.
Eric, Joel and Ray at Occasions Caterers were the heroes of our wedding. My mother-in-law has a long time party-planning Read more...
Eric, Joel and Ray at Occasions Caterers were the heroes of our wedding. My mother-in-law has a long time party-planning relationship with Eric, and he was extremely attentive and supportive of the type of family wedding we were envisioning. Joel fielded endless phone calls and changing plans and ideas and helped us combine some of our homespun decor with their wide selection of linens and china to create a polished yet informal look and feel. Ray supervised the event and truly went above and beyond the call of duty when we started to have plumbing problems in the house!!! (ugh.) They truly are one of the gems of the DC party scene- and did I mention that the food is scrumptious? Put your trust in Occasions- you won't be sorry. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
First, they had me complete a pretty thorough survey to get an idea of what kind of menu we might like. Based on this survey, they returned the most amazing and most on point options for our tasting.

The tasting itself was out of this world. I don't' live in the country so I flew in for a week of wedding madness and my best friend and Dad were able to come with me. When we showed up, they had menus with our names printed on them! The tasting itself was like sitting down to a fun dinner with old friends. Everyone we interacted with was so kind, generous and responsive.

In the back and forth process to determine the final menu, we were more tangentially involved as our planner (Roberts & Company) took the lead. Our final menu and linen/table selections were probably what made me most excited for our wedding, ha. They also took into account a few specific requests I had because half our guests were traveling in from out of the country -- they incorporated plantains and a higher spice level :)

On the day itself, Occasions brought the perfect team. Their team leader was so positive, friendly and responsible and the service staff the same.

The food itself: unbelievable. And, they made SURE that we actually got to try everything -- they brought plates to our waiting room before and after the ceremony, and found us in the crowd during cocktail hour to make sure we were taken care of.

Catering is a massive decision and massive financial investment. I am so happy we had our wedding catered by Occasions.
First, they had me complete a pretty thorough survey to get an idea of what kind of menu we might like. Based on this Read more...
First, they had me complete a pretty thorough survey to get an idea of what kind of menu we might like. Based on this survey, they returned the most amazing and most on point options for our tasting.

The tasting itself was out of this world. I don't' live in the country so I flew in for a week of wedding madness and my best friend and Dad were able to come with me. When we showed up, they had menus with our names printed on them! The tasting itself was like sitting down to a fun dinner with old friends. Everyone we interacted with was so kind, generous and responsive.

In the back and forth process to determine the final menu, we were more tangentially involved as our planner (Roberts & Company) took the lead. Our final menu and linen/table selections were probably what made me most excited for our wedding, ha. They also took into account a few specific requests I had because half our guests were traveling in from out of the country -- they incorporated plantains and a higher spice level :)

On the day itself, Occasions brought the perfect team. Their team leader was so positive, friendly and responsible and the service staff the same.

The food itself: unbelievable. And, they made SURE that we actually got to try everything -- they brought plates to our waiting room before and after the ceremony, and found us in the crowd during cocktail hour to make sure we were taken care of.

Catering is a massive decision and massive financial investment. I am so happy we had our wedding catered by Occasions. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Sonja
Wedding:
7/19/2014
4.8/5.0
Joel Wolke and his team made our wedding a huge success. The food was absolutely wonderful--we dreamed about the trio of cold soups first course for months before the wedding and people are still talking about how they managed to serve 130 perfectly cooked steaks simultaneously. In addition to the great food, the service was top-notch, and could not have been better. They assigned a waiter to us (bride and groom) for the evening and he anticipated our every need. The price was high but not unreasonably so for what we got.
Joel Wolke and his team made our wedding a huge success. The food was absolutely wonderful--we dreamed about the trio of Read more...
Joel Wolke and his team made our wedding a huge success. The food was absolutely wonderful--we dreamed about the trio of cold soups first course for months before the wedding and people are still talking about how they managed to serve 130 perfectly cooked steaks simultaneously. In addition to the great food, the service was top-notch, and could not have been better. They assigned a waiter to us (bride and groom) for the evening and he anticipated our every need. The price was high but not unreasonably so for what we got. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/12/2014
4.6/5.0
I worked with Joel and was overall very satisfied with everything he did for us. First I will say that we had many, many guests comment on how delicious the food was - I think people were actually shocked to eat wedding food that was gourmet quality. We also had discerning guests mention how excellent the service was that night and I never heard anyone complain about difficulty with getting a drink or waiting in line. The waitstaff seemed very efficient and my husband and I were assigned a personal waiter who diligently brought us food and drinks all night.

It took me a while to pick Occasions - I looked at 4 different DC caterers and had full proposals from all of them. The cost of catering was initially staggering to me. Occasions is definitely one of the pricier caterers in the area, and the final price in the end was more than what I had hoped, but I am confident that they are worth what you pay. I worked closely with Joel in the first planning stages of our menu and he graciously handled all my requests and tweaks, even through a venue change and my wavering between a seated dinner and stations (I chose stations and am so glad we did them). He made himself available to me despite being in the midst of running to a meeting or needing to schedule an early morning Saturday call. When it got closer to the wedding he was pretty much working just with my wedding planner to iron out the last details, and while that was fine with me, there were times when I had to wait longer than I wanted for things like the invoice and final proposal. I know that Occasions has lots of different projects and clients that they juggle, so I just had to resolve to be patient, but that is my only complaint.

If you are looking for outstanding food and service from a top tier caterer, I can't recommend Joel and his team more.
I worked with Joel and was overall very satisfied with everything he did for us. First I will say that we had many, many Read more...
I worked with Joel and was overall very satisfied with everything he did for us. First I will say that we had many, many guests comment on how delicious the food was - I think people were actually shocked to eat wedding food that was gourmet quality. We also had discerning guests mention how excellent the service was that night and I never heard anyone complain about difficulty with getting a drink or waiting in line. The waitstaff seemed very efficient and my husband and I were assigned a personal waiter who diligently brought us food and drinks all night.

It took me a while to pick Occasions - I looked at 4 different DC caterers and had full proposals from all of them. The cost of catering was initially staggering to me. Occasions is definitely one of the pricier caterers in the area, and the final price in the end was more than what I had hoped, but I am confident that they are worth what you pay. I worked closely with Joel in the first planning stages of our menu and he graciously handled all my requests and tweaks, even through a venue change and my wavering between a seated dinner and stations (I chose stations and am so glad we did them). He made himself available to me despite being in the midst of running to a meeting or needing to schedule an early morning Saturday call. When it got closer to the wedding he was pretty much working just with my wedding planner to iron out the last details, and while that was fine with me, there were times when I had to wait longer than I wanted for things like the invoice and final proposal. I know that Occasions has lots of different projects and clients that they juggle, so I just had to resolve to be patient, but that is my only complaint.

If you are looking for outstanding food and service from a top tier caterer, I can't recommend Joel and his team more. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Private User
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Working with Occasions was fantastic from start to finish. I found selecting a caterer to be the most challenging wedding planning decision to make since there are so many factors to take into account. But as soon as we started the tasting with Occasions, I was sold. They were a little outside my budget for catering, but after the tasting both my mom and I agreed to stretch the budget to make it work. The food was fantastic from passed appetizers to dessert (they made mini pies that were exactly what I was looking for for our dessert display).

We wanted to do a family-style dinner at big farm tables, and Occasions helped us navigate the logistical challenges and it really did feel a lot like a huge Sunday family dinner. The wait staff was fantastic and attentive to the needs of our guests. And they had a dedicated waiter for the head table who made a special point of making sure that bit I and the groom got a taste of everything on the menu. Several of our guests are still raving about the food now that the wedding's over, especially the lamb chops or "meat lollipops" as one of the groomsmen called them. They were just perfect for a spring wedding and, like everything else Occasions delivered that day, they were exquisite.
Working with Occasions was fantastic from start to finish. I found selecting a caterer to be the most challenging wedding Read more...
Working with Occasions was fantastic from start to finish. I found selecting a caterer to be the most challenging wedding planning decision to make since there are so many factors to take into account. But as soon as we started the tasting with Occasions, I was sold. They were a little outside my budget for catering, but after the tasting both my mom and I agreed to stretch the budget to make it work. The food was fantastic from passed appetizers to dessert (they made mini pies that were exactly what I was looking for for our dessert display).

We wanted to do a family-style dinner at big farm tables, and Occasions helped us navigate the logistical challenges and it really did feel a lot like a huge Sunday family dinner. The wait staff was fantastic and attentive to the needs of our guests. And they had a dedicated waiter for the head table who made a special point of making sure that bit I and the groom got a taste of everything on the menu. Several of our guests are still raving about the food now that the wedding's over, especially the lamb chops or "meat lollipops" as one of the groomsmen called them. They were just perfect for a spring wedding and, like everything else Occasions delivered that day, they were exquisite. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Private User
Wedding:
4/11/2014
3.6/5.0
Occasions is a good choice for weddings- they are a big catering company and know how to manage and staff a wedding or other big event. That said, they were not terribly responsive in the months leading up to our event, and guests let us know after the fact that they didn't see many passes hors d'oevres or cake. Additionally the plated dinner was acceptable but not outstanding. This was all very disappointing. Overall, sadly, I'm not sure I'd recommend Occasions.
Occasions is a good choice for weddings- they are a big catering company and know how to manage and staff a wedding or Read more...
Occasions is a good choice for weddings- they are a big catering company and know how to manage and staff a wedding or other big event. That said, they were not terribly responsive in the months leading up to our event, and guests let us know after the fact that they didn't see many passes hors d'oevres or cake. Additionally the plated dinner was acceptable but not outstanding. This was all very disappointing. Overall, sadly, I'm not sure I'd recommend Occasions. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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