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Top Hat Catering & Entertainment

Rockville , MD
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Rockville, MD 20853 US (map)

PHONE

301-744-9323

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ABOUT US

Executive Chef and Owner - Kevin Shorter

My life growing up in an Italian family has been nothing short of cliché. The typical images one conjures of the large, happy (and... Read more
Executive Chef and Owner - Kevin Shorter

My life growing up in an Italian family has been nothing short of cliché. The typical images one conjures of the large, happy (and loud!) family gatherings around the table for holidays, surrounded by massive platters of food, was the essence of my formative years. By the age of 10, without an idea of what I wanted to do with my life, I would find myself in the kitchen cooking side-by-side with my Grandmother. Breading and frying smelts for the Christmas Eve feast of the 7 fishes, or rolling meatballs alongside my mother in preparation for my sister’s first holy communion. The comfort of fine food and a warm family inspired me to be who I am today.

Before I knew it, I found myself in cooking classes. By 15, I had a job in a restaurant and was working as a DJ at my friend’s parties. It didn’t take long before I knew I was supposed to be in the food services business. I simply couldn’t get enough of it. From bussing tables to bartending, I learned it all by the age of 18. That’s when I realized it was time to ship myself off to culinary school. My journey through theses times has been fueled by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge of the industry. I was like a sponge, taking in as much information as I could. I didn’t just to learn more about other cultures. I needed to! I devoured everything I could about the ingredients they used, their cooking styles, their religious beliefs, their history and how their culture influenced the cuisine. I wanted to fully understand food, reproduce it and fuse it in the most authentic way possible.

As a young professional, I’ve held jobs as Sous Chef, Bar Manager, Kitchen Manager, Service Manager, Hiring Manager Catering Manager and just about every other aspect you can think of in the food service industry. I have also worked in a wide variety of establishments within the industry from bars to fine dining. Now I have joined forces with my father, a former music industry company executive to form the super group that has come to be known as Top Hat Catering and Entertainment.





Entertainment Director Charles Shorter

Music has been my passion since the age of six. That's when I discovered music for the first time. My goal was to be a radio DJ and I did get to do it, but I was 34 when it finally happened. You see, life had other plans for me. In 1977, I found myself working with one of the largest record companies in the world. it was with this company that I learned every aspect of the music industry. I learned it through experiences in the trenches with some of the top players in the game.

During my 30 years, I have worked with some of the most famous recording artists in the world and have helped make many unknowns into superstars. During that time, I spent many hours playing in bands and DJ-ing at clubs, parties and events. My musical knowledge spans genres and decades. I can provide music from the 30s right up to today’s hits. My traveling music library has over 10,000 songs from standards to hard to find to one hit wonders. I can also provide live entertainment through my network of contacts such as comedians, clowns, magicians, belly dancers and classical music. Teaming up with my son and his culinary experience and skills is a dream come true. We are the super group known as Top Hat Catering and Entertainment. 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?
Cash Bar, Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor, Rail Liquor, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pan-Asian, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
Absolutely, once we speak and come up with a menu then i will bring up to 4 people in for a tasting.
Are you also able to provide the wedding cake?
I personally don not do cakes, however I have several friends I can subcontract that out too.
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 i do not have a cake cutting fee, it is my pleasure to cut and have the servers serve the cake.
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
Yes, clients can supply their own alcohol and i can supply the mixers, garnishes and bartenders.
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
Yes, i have an inventory of linens and can provide any color and texture.
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
Yes i have a very good and loyal staff of cooks, servers and bartenders i have worked with for many years.
What is your maximum catering capacity?
500

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james
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
We had top hat catering for our wedding and could not have been more pleased. They were very affordable and the service and food was outstanding.
We had top hat catering for our wedding and could not have been more pleased. They were very affordable and the service Read more...
We had top hat catering for our wedding and could not have been more pleased. They were very affordable and the service and food was outstanding. Read less
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Eric
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Kevin was very flexible in arranging a menu for my wedding and gave me a great deal on food , table linens, seat covers. His presentation of the cheese and fruit table was marvelous. His staff were very professional and dressed professionally. He made sure everything was perfectly set up and made sure to have everything cleaned up and back in order after the event. I would recommend him to my friends and associates.
Kevin was very flexible in arranging a menu for my wedding and gave me a great deal on food , table linens, seat covers. Read more...
Kevin was very flexible in arranging a menu for my wedding and gave me a great deal on food , table linens, seat covers. His presentation of the cheese and fruit table was marvelous. His staff were very professional and dressed professionally. He made sure everything was perfectly set up and made sure to have everything cleaned up and back in order after the event. I would recommend him to my friends and associates. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Top Hat Catering and Entertainment was absolutely wonderful!!!! They were very professional and responded immediately to any and all questions or concerns I had. They were at the venue when they said they would be and ready to go. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. I still make sure to carry around their card for any business I plan on doing with them in the furture. The food was to die for and the music kept everyone on their feet! I couldnt have asked for a better company to help me celebrate my wedding day! Great Job!!!!!
Top Hat Catering and Entertainment was absolutely wonderful!!!! They were very professional and responded immediately to Read more...
Top Hat Catering and Entertainment was absolutely wonderful!!!! They were very professional and responded immediately to any and all questions or concerns I had. They were at the venue when they said they would be and ready to go. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. I still make sure to carry around their card for any business I plan on doing with them in the furture. The food was to die for and the music kept everyone on their feet! I couldnt have asked for a better company to help me celebrate my wedding day! Great Job!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
This catering company provides innovative food, creative displays and has a waitstaff that actually waits on you! Their fruit display was a work of art. The chef takes the time to find out what kind of wedding you want to have and offers suggestions. Definitely recommend them!

The DJ knows his music and provides seamless entertainment.
This catering company provides innovative food, creative displays and has a waitstaff that actually waits on you! Their Read more...
This catering company provides innovative food, creative displays and has a waitstaff that actually waits on you! Their fruit display was a work of art. The chef takes the time to find out what kind of wedding you want to have and offers suggestions. Definitely recommend them!

The DJ knows his music and provides seamless entertainment. Read less
Services Used: Catering, DJ
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eric
Wedding:
9/15/2012
4.9/5.0
kevin was very professional and very responsive to our needs. He made a menu that was flexible,flavorful and had a wide variety of food and had a great value. his staff dressed and acted professionally and met our needs. The food was very excellent and i really enjoyed the fruit display with the cheese fondue. Me and
my wife were very happy with his service he made it a wonderful experience.
kevin was very professional and very responsive to our needs. He made a menu that was flexible,flavorful and had a wide Read more...
kevin was very professional and very responsive to our needs. He made a menu that was flexible,flavorful and had a wide variety of food and had a great value. his staff dressed and acted professionally and met our needs. The food was very excellent and i really enjoyed the fruit display with the cheese fondue. Me and
my wife were very happy with his service he made it a wonderful experience. Read less
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Julia
Wedding:
7/5/2014
4.8/5.0
We had Top Hat cater our wedding and were very pleased with the process. Everything from setting up with event with Kevin (the owner/chief) to how it played out during the wedding reception. The crew that was brought for the wedding was professional and attentive to needs of the guests. We found Kevin to be very flexible and willing to work to make the event happen even when obstacles came up. Originally we were only going to have an hour for set up and he was the only vendor who said that he could and would work with us to have it done within that time frame. Really the only downside we found is that while many other caterers have office staff to answer phone calls, Kevin is a one man show: doing everything from the administration, tastings, cooking and heading the catering at your event. So unless it is urgent or the wedding is immediate you may not get an immediate response in 24 hours because of this. That said, the benefit is that when you bring up an issue or want to change something there is not the issue of having to ask the chief or someone else at the catering company.
For value, Top Hat wasn't the cheapest that we found for catering. However, it also wasn't the most expensive and we felt that the quality of the product was good for the price comparatively. We went with Top Hat because of the quality, and the can do attitude and flexibility that Kevin had. At the end of the day, we were very happy with the results.
We had Top Hat cater our wedding and were very pleased with the process. Everything from setting up with event with Kevin Read more...
We had Top Hat cater our wedding and were very pleased with the process. Everything from setting up with event with Kevin (the owner/chief) to how it played out during the wedding reception. The crew that was brought for the wedding was professional and attentive to needs of the guests. We found Kevin to be very flexible and willing to work to make the event happen even when obstacles came up. Originally we were only going to have an hour for set up and he was the only vendor who said that he could and would work with us to have it done within that time frame. Really the only downside we found is that while many other caterers have office staff to answer phone calls, Kevin is a one man show: doing everything from the administration, tastings, cooking and heading the catering at your event. So unless it is urgent or the wedding is immediate you may not get an immediate response in 24 hours because of this. That said, the benefit is that when you bring up an issue or want to change something there is not the issue of having to ask the chief or someone else at the catering company.
For value, Top Hat wasn't the cheapest that we found for catering. However, it also wasn't the most expensive and we felt that the quality of the product was good for the price comparatively. We went with Top Hat because of the quality, and the can do attitude and flexibility that Kevin had. At the end of the day, we were very happy with the results. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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susan
Wedding:
8/24/2013
4.8/5.0
Kevin was very knowledgeable and his staff was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely use his again!
Kevin was very knowledgeable and his staff was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely use his again!
Kevin was very knowledgeable and his staff was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely use his again! Read less
Services Used: Catering, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.5/5.0
Kevin was willing to give us exactly what we wanted, and within our budget. The food was delicious. He was flexible enough to satisfy some last minute requests, and overall we were very happy. Would recommend, particularly to younger couples looking for the flexibility/value combination in place of more traditional set ups.
Kevin was willing to give us exactly what we wanted, and within our budget. The food was delicious. He was flexible enough Read more...
Kevin was willing to give us exactly what we wanted, and within our budget. The food was delicious. He was flexible enough to satisfy some last minute requests, and overall we were very happy. Would recommend, particularly to younger couples looking for the flexibility/value combination in place of more traditional set ups. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jason
Wedding:
8/24/2013
4.4/5.0
Caterer's hot plates set the fire alarms off in the mansion during the reception which could only be turned off by the fire department requiring them to "crash" our reception.

Bride never got to eat any of the food
Caterer's hot plates set the fire alarms off in the mansion during the reception which could only be turned off by the Read more...
Caterer's hot plates set the fire alarms off in the mansion during the reception which could only be turned off by the fire department requiring them to "crash" our reception.

Bride never got to eat any of the food Read less
Services Used: Catering

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