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Purple Onion Catering Company

Vienna , VA
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LOCATION

416 Maple Ave., West
Vienna, VA 22180 US (map)

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703-631-0050

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ABOUT US

The Purple Onion Catering Company has been in business since 1990 creating memorable parties in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. We specialize in making your party elegant and... Read more
The Purple Onion Catering Company has been in business since 1990 creating memorable parties in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. We specialize in making your party elegant and delicious from start to finish. We use the freshest ingredients with innovative recipes. In 2002 we moved to a new facility in Fairfax, Virginia in order to expand our capabilities to make your party even more successful. Please contact us by phone or email so that we can begin to create a menu just for your event. 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 alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Italian, Mediterranean, Southern, Spanish
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
We offer bridal tastings to potential clients.
Are you also able to provide the wedding cake?
Yes. We have an in house pastry department
If a bride decides to bring her own wedding cake, do you have a cake cutting fee? If yes, how much is the fee?
No Fee
Are you licensed to sell alcohol? If yes, where are you licensed?
Yes, Virginia and Maryland
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
None
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
Yes, we work closely with rental companies to supply
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
Yes
What is your maximum catering capacity?
2000

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience working with Purple Onion for our recent wedding. We decided early on to find a caterer that would take care of as much as possible for us and Purple Onion definitely delivered. We worked with Margaret and appreciated her attention to detail, flexibility, and upbeat attitude. Thanks to her, our rentals, wait staff, and bartender were arranged and ready to go for us. We also loved that she stayed at our reception and helped us stay on track with timing. The food at our reception was excellent and we received compliments throughout the evening from our guests. We had beef and salmon, Israeli couscous, and roasted fall veggies plus gluten-free and vegetarian meals for our friends and family with dietary restrictions (including my husband's 87-year old grandma who especially appreciated having a gluten-free meal served directly to her during our buffet-style dinner). The wait staff was also fantastic. We had two large floral arrangements that we needed to move from the lobby of our reception venue to the main hall. I asked one of the servers if it would be possible for them to take care of it as our guests arrived and she was polite and prompt with the task. Overall, a really positive experience and I highly recommend this vendor.
We had a great experience working with Purple Onion for our recent wedding. We decided early on to find a caterer that Read more...
We had a great experience working with Purple Onion for our recent wedding. We decided early on to find a caterer that would take care of as much as possible for us and Purple Onion definitely delivered. We worked with Margaret and appreciated her attention to detail, flexibility, and upbeat attitude. Thanks to her, our rentals, wait staff, and bartender were arranged and ready to go for us. We also loved that she stayed at our reception and helped us stay on track with timing. The food at our reception was excellent and we received compliments throughout the evening from our guests. We had beef and salmon, Israeli couscous, and roasted fall veggies plus gluten-free and vegetarian meals for our friends and family with dietary restrictions (including my husband's 87-year old grandma who especially appreciated having a gluten-free meal served directly to her during our buffet-style dinner). The wait staff was also fantastic. We had two large floral arrangements that we needed to move from the lobby of our reception venue to the main hall. I asked one of the servers if it would be possible for them to take care of it as our guests arrived and she was polite and prompt with the task. Overall, a really positive experience and I highly recommend this vendor. Read less
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Rosemary
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Purple Onion was absolutely wonderful and I am so glad that we selected them to cater our daughter's wedding reception. From the first time I contacted them through the wedding day itself the level of professionalism was unprecedented. Our events coordinator with Purple Onion was Margaret and I can't stress enough how responsive, flexible, and attentive to every detail she was for us. We felt as if she was planning her own daughters' wedding!! She would follow up with suggestions that would enhance the reception, and she was always right on! The food was absolutely delicious and the table settings were gorgeous. To start out the evening we had passed hors d'oeuvres as well as a standing appetizer station and then our guests enjoyed a plated dinner. The entire staff was friendly and professional throughout and all of the food was delicious. The feedback from our guests was all very positive with one of our guests telling me that her entree was so delicious she could have eaten another one. The entire experience was wonderful and we couldn't have been happier. My daughter told us that the entire event was "the wedding of her dreams" and, of course, Purple Onion played a MAJOR role in making this happen.
I highly recommend them to anyone planning a large event, especially such a personal one as your child's wedding reception.
Well done to Margaret and the entire Purple Onion staff. Well done! Rosemary C. (mother of the bride)
Purple Onion was absolutely wonderful and I am so glad that we selected them to cater our daughter's wedding reception. Read more...
Purple Onion was absolutely wonderful and I am so glad that we selected them to cater our daughter's wedding reception. From the first time I contacted them through the wedding day itself the level of professionalism was unprecedented. Our events coordinator with Purple Onion was Margaret and I can't stress enough how responsive, flexible, and attentive to every detail she was for us. We felt as if she was planning her own daughters' wedding!! She would follow up with suggestions that would enhance the reception, and she was always right on! The food was absolutely delicious and the table settings were gorgeous. To start out the evening we had passed hors d'oeuvres as well as a standing appetizer station and then our guests enjoyed a plated dinner. The entire staff was friendly and professional throughout and all of the food was delicious. The feedback from our guests was all very positive with one of our guests telling me that her entree was so delicious she could have eaten another one. The entire experience was wonderful and we couldn't have been happier. My daughter told us that the entire event was "the wedding of her dreams" and, of course, Purple Onion played a MAJOR role in making this happen.
I highly recommend them to anyone planning a large event, especially such a personal one as your child's wedding reception.
Well done to Margaret and the entire Purple Onion staff. Well done! Rosemary C. (mother of the bride) Read less
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Tanya
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Purple Onion was a pleasure to work with and provided our wedding with both wonderful service and delicious food! Throughout the evening and after the wedding we had so many guests compliment their meals.

Working with Margaret was a breeze. As a previous event planner, I know that I can be extra picky and Margaret worked with me on every detail, always keeping my budget in mind and stretching it to accommodate all my requests. We had a wonderful time at our first tasting and they even invited us back for a smaller second tasting when we weren't sure which salmon to choose for our surf/turf entree.

We are more than thrilled to recommend Purple Onion to anyone looking for great food, great service with a great value (they don't always go hand in hand!).
Purple Onion was a pleasure to work with and provided our wedding with both wonderful service and delicious food! Read more...
Purple Onion was a pleasure to work with and provided our wedding with both wonderful service and delicious food! Throughout the evening and after the wedding we had so many guests compliment their meals.

Working with Margaret was a breeze. As a previous event planner, I know that I can be extra picky and Margaret worked with me on every detail, always keeping my budget in mind and stretching it to accommodate all my requests. We had a wonderful time at our first tasting and they even invited us back for a smaller second tasting when we weren't sure which salmon to choose for our surf/turf entree.

We are more than thrilled to recommend Purple Onion to anyone looking for great food, great service with a great value (they don't always go hand in hand!). Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
10/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Purple Onion Catering is fantastic! I cannot say enough wonderful things about Margaret and the team over there. They were so accommodating with our schedule since we live out of town which we really appreciated! Margaret was quick to respond to all of our questions and making sure she completely understood our vision.

The tasting was amazing and the food was exactly the same on the big day! Mass producing food can be challenging but they nailed it!

I sent over two pictures of different cakes asking if they could combine elements from each for our wedding cake. It was PERFECT and tasted delicious! Multiple guests told me they tried more than one flavor.

I highly recommend them for your catering and cake needs!
Purple Onion Catering is fantastic! I cannot say enough wonderful things about Margaret and the team over there. They were Read more...
Purple Onion Catering is fantastic! I cannot say enough wonderful things about Margaret and the team over there. They were so accommodating with our schedule since we live out of town which we really appreciated! Margaret was quick to respond to all of our questions and making sure she completely understood our vision.

The tasting was amazing and the food was exactly the same on the big day! Mass producing food can be challenging but they nailed it!

I sent over two pictures of different cakes asking if they could combine elements from each for our wedding cake. It was PERFECT and tasted delicious! Multiple guests told me they tried more than one flavor.

I highly recommend them for your catering and cake needs! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Purple Onion was great! The staff were friendly and very intimate to ensure we get the best options as possible, the food was delicious, and their desert selection was even more awesome. Their cake-pops are a must have! They were gone in a split second once they were on display during our wedding.

Definitely would have Purple Onion again as our caterer if we were to re-do our wedding.

We can simply say just one word- Awesomeness!
Our experience with Purple Onion was great! The staff were friendly and very intimate to ensure we get the best options as Read more...
Our experience with Purple Onion was great! The staff were friendly and very intimate to ensure we get the best options as possible, the food was delicious, and their desert selection was even more awesome. Their cake-pops are a must have! They were gone in a split second once they were on display during our wedding.

Definitely would have Purple Onion again as our caterer if we were to re-do our wedding.

We can simply say just one word- Awesomeness! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We couldn't be more pleased with selecting Purple Onion for the Wedding Reception at Oatlands. We were challenged with a destination wedding and Joanie adjusted with changes to the schedule, meetings, and conference calls with ease and made thoughtful suggestions that were truly valuable. The food was delicious, the presentation was enticing, the professional staff was eager to please. We highly recommend them!
We couldn't be more pleased with selecting Purple Onion for the Wedding Reception at Oatlands. We were challenged with a Read more...
We couldn't be more pleased with selecting Purple Onion for the Wedding Reception at Oatlands. We were challenged with a destination wedding and Joanie adjusted with changes to the schedule, meetings, and conference calls with ease and made thoughtful suggestions that were truly valuable. The food was delicious, the presentation was enticing, the professional staff was eager to please. We highly recommend them! Read less
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Pamela
Wedding:
6/6/2014
5.0/5.0
I would highly recommend this caterer for any function you may have. They are creative and very easy to work with. We had a few tastings, they were considerate of our tastes and on the day of the wedding, we arrived to have everything just as we had requested...such a great relief to know that we could trust them 100% to make our day special, from the touches on the tables, to the decorations. And of course, the food..well I want the whole menu tonite. just delicious and everything was hot when served to over 150 guests. The cake also was prepared by their chef, a chocolate vegan.. I can not wait to enjoy the fresh cake they make complimentary on the first wedding anniversary. The appetizers yummy, and the salads...well go to their web site to enjoy more...yes, the watermelon feta salad was super! I can not say enough about this company, thank you!
I would highly recommend this caterer for any function you may have. They are creative and very easy to work with. We had Read more...
I would highly recommend this caterer for any function you may have. They are creative and very easy to work with. We had a few tastings, they were considerate of our tastes and on the day of the wedding, we arrived to have everything just as we had requested...such a great relief to know that we could trust them 100% to make our day special, from the touches on the tables, to the decorations. And of course, the food..well I want the whole menu tonite. just delicious and everything was hot when served to over 150 guests. The cake also was prepared by their chef, a chocolate vegan.. I can not wait to enjoy the fresh cake they make complimentary on the first wedding anniversary. The appetizers yummy, and the salads...well go to their web site to enjoy more...yes, the watermelon feta salad was super! I can not say enough about this company, thank you! Read less
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Caitlin
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Katy was an absolute rock star! We had our wedding/vow renewal about two weeks ago, and the food and desserts were absolutely amazing. Any request (food allergy) or my 'creative' insanity was given 150% thought and care to execute. Since I am not a huge cake fan, and husband and I are cheesecake lovers I came up with this wild idea that I wanted cheese cake push-pops served at our wedding instead of traditional cake. I pitched my zany request to Katy and she thought it was awesome, and actually said she'd been waiting for a bride to request something like this. Not only was the food, drink and service amazing the set up/ display was spot on. As a lot of other reviews have mentioned- our friends and family told us over and over again how amazing the food was. Katy helped create my picture perfect wedding and I'm so thankful for the amazing work her and the Purple Onion team delivered! No only did they cater my wedding, but we had them cater our rehearsal dinner at my parents house as well. We love Katy and the Purple Onion team!!
Katy was an absolute rock star! We had our wedding/vow renewal about two weeks ago, and the food and desserts were Read more...
Katy was an absolute rock star! We had our wedding/vow renewal about two weeks ago, and the food and desserts were absolutely amazing. Any request (food allergy) or my 'creative' insanity was given 150% thought and care to execute. Since I am not a huge cake fan, and husband and I are cheesecake lovers I came up with this wild idea that I wanted cheese cake push-pops served at our wedding instead of traditional cake. I pitched my zany request to Katy and she thought it was awesome, and actually said she'd been waiting for a bride to request something like this. Not only was the food, drink and service amazing the set up/ display was spot on. As a lot of other reviews have mentioned- our friends and family told us over and over again how amazing the food was. Katy helped create my picture perfect wedding and I'm so thankful for the amazing work her and the Purple Onion team delivered! No only did they cater my wedding, but we had them cater our rehearsal dinner at my parents house as well. We love Katy and the Purple Onion team!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
We used Purple Onion for our April rehearsal dinner and wedding and were really please with the service and quality of the food. Many, many guests came up to us during and after the wedding to tell us how much they enjoyed the food. I worked directly with Alison throughout the process and would highly recommend her!

I thought the food tasted even better on our wedding day than at the tasting (it was great then too!), which I didn't think was possible! While I didn't see the buffet itself, a few guests noted that they were especially impressed that the staff never let a dish get low! We were also thrilled by the amount of extras included in our service. We had a DIY wedding - bought our own alcohol and had a friend make the cake - so there were a lot of elements I had not expected caterers to help with. Alison and her crew went above and beyond, such as setting up our centerpieces/flowers, cake service (no charge!) and moving the alcohol around during the rehearsal so it was out of the way.

During negotiations and planning, Alison spent a lot of time listening to our preferences and working on her end to make sure we could stay within our budget. She even allowed us to supplement the catering menu with outside items so our guests could have more food (veggies/dip/cheeses/cookies) while we stayed in budget. The food was wonderful, the bartenders kept our guests happy, and as bride and groom we got extra special service during the rehearsal and wedding that I appreciated.

From the tasting to clean-up, Purple Onion was impressive and I'd highly recommend them as a caterer!
We used Purple Onion for our April rehearsal dinner and wedding and were really please with the service and quality of the Read more...
We used Purple Onion for our April rehearsal dinner and wedding and were really please with the service and quality of the food. Many, many guests came up to us during and after the wedding to tell us how much they enjoyed the food. I worked directly with Alison throughout the process and would highly recommend her!

I thought the food tasted even better on our wedding day than at the tasting (it was great then too!), which I didn't think was possible! While I didn't see the buffet itself, a few guests noted that they were especially impressed that the staff never let a dish get low! We were also thrilled by the amount of extras included in our service. We had a DIY wedding - bought our own alcohol and had a friend make the cake - so there were a lot of elements I had not expected caterers to help with. Alison and her crew went above and beyond, such as setting up our centerpieces/flowers, cake service (no charge!) and moving the alcohol around during the rehearsal so it was out of the way.

During negotiations and planning, Alison spent a lot of time listening to our preferences and working on her end to make sure we could stay within our budget. She even allowed us to supplement the catering menu with outside items so our guests could have more food (veggies/dip/cheeses/cookies) while we stayed in budget. The food was wonderful, the bartenders kept our guests happy, and as bride and groom we got extra special service during the rehearsal and wedding that I appreciated.

From the tasting to clean-up, Purple Onion was impressive and I'd highly recommend them as a caterer! Read less
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kate
Wedding:
1/17/2014
5.0/5.0
I am so thrilled that I used Purple Onion to cater my wedding. The service and food were fantastic. Joanie and Paige made the entire process easy and stress free. My guest are still talking about how fabulous all the food was. 3 days before the wedding I still didn't have a cake - I sent Joanie a picture of a a cake I liked , and there it was at the wedding! Thank you Purple Onion for your delicious food and wonderful wait staff.
I am so thrilled that I used Purple Onion to cater my wedding. The service and food were fantastic. Joanie and Paige made Read more...
I am so thrilled that I used Purple Onion to cater my wedding. The service and food were fantastic. Joanie and Paige made the entire process easy and stress free. My guest are still talking about how fabulous all the food was. 3 days before the wedding I still didn't have a cake - I sent Joanie a picture of a a cake I liked , and there it was at the wedding! Thank you Purple Onion for your delicious food and wonderful wait staff. Read less
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