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MAIN EVENT CATERERS is a full service, woman owned custom caterer and the recipient of the Caterer of the Year award from Catering Magazine. Our award winning culinary style, exceptional quality and unique vision have made us an industry leader in producing beautifully presented and delicious cuisine.

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Jessica L.

12 September 2019

Main Event recently catered our wedding.  They made the process very easy.  The tasting was especially memorable.  Most importantly, the food was phenomenal!

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Amber H.

5 September 2019

We had MEC for our wedding in Arlington and they had superb service. The food was great and everything from the sales (Elyse/Max) to planning (Melissa) to execution (Diana) went very well. Our wedding coordinator even said MEC are one of the better catering companies she has worked with, and their experience & professionalism showed. To be clear, there are probably cheaper catering options out there but I think MEC's value was worth the price tag. Thanks again for a great event! More...

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Alexandra

2 September 2019

We are so happy with Main Events. Catering is probably the biggest decision you will make for your wedding. We were in good hands with Main Events. They answered all of our questions throughout the process and worked with us every step of the way. Their staff is very friendly and most importantly, their food is amazing. As we walked around meeting guests, I saw that their plates were wiped clean! We worked with Liz Arline and she was really great and on top of everything. Everything was flawless! More...

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Marla B.

12 August 2019

Main Event catered our wedding in August in Washington DC, and we had such an amazing experience working with their team. They handled everything on our wedding day, including chair set up, room flip and dinner, drinks and desert service. And the food was exceptional! It is not an exaggeration to say that several guests told us afterwards that it was the best wedding food they've ever had. We absolutely recommend Main Event. More...

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Rachel

4 August 2019

We’re so happy that we chose Main Event as our caterer. We’ve been in contact with Courtney and Liz as we went along with the planning and they are tremendous. They are just lovely people and were so helpful and accommodating during our planning process. They went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect, we just loved everything from the first tasting to the last bite of dessert. Their staff at our wedding were so professional and efficient!! They’re a well oiled machine that kept everything moving at a perfect pace. We don’t have a single complaint, everything from the food to the correspondence is just everything you could ever ask for! More...

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Carissa

26 July 2019

We booked Main Event Caterers for our wedding and have absolutely no regrets! After our original caterer cancelled due to closing their business, our photographer recommended Michelle at Main Event Caterers. My husband and I worked with Michelle and Melissa throughout the process, and they were both fabulous. Our vision was for a cocktail style reception, so we wanted the food to be playful and different from your typical fish, chicken, or beef menu. Main Event Caterers blew us away by what they could do for our wedding – every dish is expertly crafted. Michelle was wonderful in pulling together our menu and scheduling a tasting. We selected more of a Mediterranean-style menu that could accommodate any dietary restriction (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, nut free). Michelle was very professional and patient as we went back and forth a few times changing the menu. Later in the process I worked with Melissa to select our linens and draft our floor plan for the wedding. Melissa listened to what we wanted and provided some great ideas/alternatives that would make wedding flow seamlessly. On the day of Michelle was our lead coordinator and she made sure my husband and I had food or drinks at any time. We had one or two guests drop drinks and within seconds staff were cleaning up the glass. If you work with Michelle or Melissa, trust their expertise - they have impeccable taste. Main Event Caterers staff is so talented and service oriented, they will make your wedding or event exceed expectations! More...

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Marc Goldwein

16 July 2019

Good food, so-so service.

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Vera ONeal

30 June 2019

Main Event did our reception which I organized from Ohio and I could not have been happier. They provided great advice in the planning stage, The food was delicious, and the Staff was attentive and friendly! I could not have been happier with this event from start to finish. More...

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Robert Chapell

25 June 2019

We shopped around for wedding caterers but stopped as soon as we did a tasting with Main Event Caterers! The quality, taste and presentation was incredible! We literally liked everything on the menu. They were not the cheapest in town, but they were woth every penny! The staff was amazing and worked with us every step of the way! In my opinion, the one thing people remember at a wedding reception is the food. And ALL our guests were happy with the food. Thanks Main Event for helping make our wedding an unforgettable evening! More...

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Tiffany Leimback

18 June 2019

Main Event catered our wedding on the Cherry Blossom Paddle Boat and it was an amazing experience. Working with our coordinators prior to the event was so easy and I truly appreciated their fast response times. The food itself was amazing and our guests loved it. We are so happy we went with them and highly recommenced them. More...

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Steven Boyland

17 June 2019

Main Event Caterers is one of the best catering experts I have ever dealt with. I selected them due to their attention to detail, thought leadership, and service. Our Buffet wedding menu was over the top in terms of quality, presentation and taste. On site servers and staff was very attentive to all 129 guests and pampered everyone's needs. More...

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Paul-Kate Emerson

17 May 2019

Main Event Caterers really took the cake. We had a demanding menu, no tree nuts, and they knocked it out of the park. We really enjoyed the flat iron steak with chimichurri sauce. Our guests raved about the personal touch of the waiters who went above and beyond doing many things, like entertain kids, so their parents could eat. We actually ATE both dinner and hor d'ourves and DRANK. The waiter following us around during happy hour was fantastic. From other weddings stories, most of our married friends mentioned ordering pizza on the way to the honeymoon suite, but we felt well taken care of. More...

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Rachel Distefano

4 May 2019

Spencer and his team were amazing at our tasting!! From start to finish they put out the “red carpet” and presented the most beautiful and delicious food options I’ve ever tasted! Such a first class experience! I have the utmost confidence that our wedding will be in good hands with Main Event!! More...

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Jason

2 May 2019

My partner and I used Main Event for our wedding (180 people) and were very happy with them in every phase of the planning process. They were responsive to our questions, flexible in what they could provide, made helpful suggestions without being pushy, detail-oriented in the quote, and punctual in all our interactions. On the day-of, they were wonderful. Everything went off without a hitch and we could truly focus on enjoying our special day. Would highly recommend! More...

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Cori

23 April 2019

When you have a caterer that your guest are still talking about the food almost 2 weeks later and saying it is the best catering they ever had... you know you chose right. From the very beginning working with Main Event Caterers (more specifically the marvelous Rachel and wonderful Elyse) has been an absolute pleasure. Main Event Caterers went above and beyond during our tasting to give a us a one of a kind experience that reflected our Harry Potter themed wedding beautifully. They left no detail untouched. During the year leading up to the wedding, they were flexible and accommodating and made changes that fit our needs. The responsiveness, care and understanding Main Event Caterers puts into their clients is top notch. The staff the day of our wedding (butlers, supervisors, and bartenders) were outstanding and our guests loved how festive and kind they were. We could not have picked a better catering team. If you have the pleasure of working with them you will not be disappointed nor will you have to worry about a thing. Thank you Main Event Caterers, Rachel, Elyse, and event staff... you made our day MAGICAL!!! More...

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Rassi Borneo

28 March 2019

MEC was recommended to us by our event planner. We have never hired a caterer for a private party before, so we were nervous about how to go about planning. They had great suggestions for what a party of our size, and our designated time would be with suggested menus for our budget. We were able to customize the menu easily with all their choices! On the day of our party, the caterers were there setting up as soon as the venue allowed. When we had guests that were bringing some food for gifts, they were very accommodating, and they helped us arrange for the extra. Throughout the event, their waiters were working very hard and made sure that we did not run out of utensils, food, or any other requests that guests had. The bartenders did not have a large line at any point in the evening. The food was very well received by everyone that we asked at the party. I was pleased with how we looked in putting together such an event with such good food and service. At the end of the night, they wrapped up all the leftover food for us to take home! My family really enjoyed having them for the next couple of days afterwards. I hope to be able to use them again for another event in the future! More...

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Nicole D

12 January 2019

Working with Main Event was seamless. They were the third caterer we approached for our wedding, and they did not disappoint. At their tasting, absolutely everything was delicious. To me, that's a sign of a true professional: someone who cares that every single dish is delicious, every time. It didn't matter if it was vegetarian or a salad or an appetizer, all were fabulous. We love to cook, and we were proud to have Main Event's food at our reception. Kind of surprisingly, one of our favorite dishes was their orzo salad: it had fresh herbs, the orzo was cooked perfectly, it was balanced with acidity from lemon... So good. We had a few suggestions for dishes that were sentimental to us, and they were more than happy to accommodate us.

Our event also involved some complicated logistics: we were untented outdoors, and the ceremony space had to be flipped into dinner during cocktail hour. It went without a hitch. We also had a rain plan sketched out that involved moving indoors, just in case. I'm confident it would've been done right if that were necessary. Leading up to the event, Cailyn did a great job. Day of, the whole team, including all the service and logistical staff, were true pros!

The highest praise we can give is that we didn't worry about the food - we just figured it was going to be amazing and (to us) it felt like it just happened. Main Event was a valued member of our team, and I would recommend them without reservation to anyone.
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Kyle Fredrickson

8 January 2019

The Main Event Catering team are perhaps the most professional people we have ever worked with. From the initial proposal to the wedding itself, Main Event put their best foot forward and held nothing back in ensuring our wedding was as memorable and stress free as could be. Throughout the planning process, Main Event was responsive and detailed in response to all of our questions and ideas. We felt that Main Event could put nearly any idea we had in mind for food or rentals into action - and they did, especially with the donut wall we wanted for dessert! Main Event was extremely accommodating with dietary restrictions, and coordinated a beautiful tasting to help us decide our menu. At the event itself, Main Event was very receptive to ideas or last minute changes as we adjusted for weather. The Main Event Staff worked tirelessly outside in the pouring rain to ensure that our wedding was a memorable and enjoyable evening. Every server and staff member was pleasant and kind - some of the children in attendance made fast friends with one server in particular, who kept running in and out of the pouring rain to make them laugh! Liz and Michelle were both professional and more than we could have hoped for. More...

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Betty Carter

28 December 2018

Excellent company to work for in Arlington.

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Jeff Wuerstlin

28 December 2018

Did a great job with a unicorn theme for my daughter's birthday!

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Michelle Witkins

28 December 2018

Wonderful experience working with this caterer. They are the definition of professional and present outstanding food and service. Highly recommend!

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Chris

10 December 2018

I've worked in catering for 15 years and as a photographer for the same amount of time. I planned my whole wedding myself and know what I'm talking about. The decision to hire Main Event was an absolute no-brainer. I even told them to skip the tasting and just send me the menu. Why? Let me tell you.

Caterers are for two things: 1) great food and 2) excellent service. Main Event is the place to go for both. The food was spectacular. I've been married now for 6 weeks and every time I see someone who was at my wedding, they are still talking about the food. Those short ribs. Ugh, out of this world. We're a couple focused on making sure everyone is included, comfortable, and taken care of. I asked Main Event to prepare any vegetarian dish as a vegan dish to ensure that everyone had plenty to eat. And because the food was so delicious, I don't think people ate much dessert. Good problem to have.

But as astonishingly good as the food was, it's always the service that makes the difference. Our team was wonderful. From Michelle and Melissa and Daniel in the office to Melissa and June on site to our team of servers and bartenders, the drivers, the chefs, etc. we just had the A-Team all around. Blue Hill Farm is not an easy venue to work in as a caterer with uneven terrain, everything being outdoors, wet grass from torrential rain the day before the wedding, restrictions on parking and truck placement, etc. the space is just a physically difficult place to work. But the service staff, after unloading the trucks, carrying all the equipment across fields, setting up the reception, ceremony, and cocktail hour, and just generally busting their asses, still stopped at every chance to smile at my guests, ask them what they need, and deliver the kind of hospitality that sets Main Event apart from everyone else. And from my guests, they were stunned at how friendly, excited, and willing the staff was to produce anything at any time. Hospitality is very important to me and taking care of our guests from start to finish for our wedding was priority number one. And that's why I picked Main Event. And even knowing what I knew about them, I STILL got more than I asked for. Thank you to the whole team from the bottom of my heart. You're the best.
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Ellen

3 December 2018

Main Event was great to work with. We thought the food was absolutely delicious and we heard the same from all our guests! We would definitely recommend working with them. More...

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Brad A.

26 November 2018

Don't believe any reviews that are less than a 4.  They catered a wedding for 110 people with less than 3 weeks notice over a holiday weekend.  Everything was perfect.  It was pouring down raining and they unloaded their trucks and set everything up at 3:30 for a 5:00pm wedding.  The challenge was the party had to be over and the venue required everyone to be gone and cleaned up by 10:00pm.  They did it without complaint and with great efficiency.  The planning staff worked with us on budget as well as the difficulties of the venue.  They did a marvelous job!Oh, by the way, the food was terrific! More...

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Caitlin

7 November 2018

We are so happy we chose Main Event to cater our wedding. The food was absolutely delicious. We received so many compliments from our guests who said they are used to wedding food being 'meh' but this food impressed them! I received such great service from the tasting to the actual wedding day and during the entire wedding planning process. I loved the server in charge of making sure the groom and I constantly had a drink in our hands :) More...

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Leidy P

29 October 2018

Delicious food

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Salomon Paul

29 October 2018

Their food so delicious. Their staff always ready to get thongs done great experience!!!
Thank you all for the great works

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Jason

20 October 2018

Want to impress your guests? Use Main Event! They are fantastic. All their staff, especially Elyse, made us feel so comfortable and at ease throughout the entire process. Their attention to detail made them stand out from all the other vendors we look at. Our guests still keep raving about the food! More...

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Jason C.

20 October 2018

Want to impress your guests? Use Main Event! They are fantastic. All of their staff, especially Elyse, made us feel so comfortable and at ease throughout the entire process. Their attention to detail made them stand out from all the other vendors we looked at. Our guests are still raving about the delicious food! More...

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Eduardo

6 October 2018

We had a flawless and delicious experience. From service, settings, food and drink itself, all aspects of our wedding’s catering were taken care of expertly. All guests raved about the short ribs. The settings were elegant, the staff was on point at all times. They took care of us and our guests impeccably. More...

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patricia

29 September 2018

Main Event did a fantastic job providing catering services for our daughter's wedding. Both Spencer and Adeline were very easy to work with, responsive to all our questions, and provided a lot of different options for both food and bar. Servers the night of the reception were excellent, and the entire setup from the dinner tables, to the bars, to the dessert table was perfect. More...

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Vivian O.

23 September 2018

Main event provided appetizers for my wedding 9.1.18!! The food was so good that it was better than my dinner that was served at my reception! I can't wait to have another event to be able to use them again!! Thank you so much Main Event!! More...

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Ashley

4 September 2018

Main Event was such a great catering service to have on my Big Day. I initially contacted 7 catering services but decided to go with Main Events because of their VERY quick response, reasonable prices, and flexibility to change the menu to my wants. Liz did an amazing job contacting me and providing suggestions. At the tasting it was hard to just pick between all the options. On the day of the bartenders did an amazing job at getting drinks out to large crowd. My husband and I were also provided with our own personal "butler" who constantly check on us to bring us drinks and food. She was absolutely amazing and so sweet. More...

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Marshall Nannes

30 July 2018

Main Event catered our wedding in DC in June - we are very happy with the choice we made. At every step of the way, we felt like they were partners in putting together our event. Their initial proposal actually reflected the foods and flavors we said we wanted. They put together a "stations" format rather than a formal plated dinner to meet the unique needs of our venue. When we had strong opinions, Main Event worked hard to meet them; when we didn't know what to do, they offered help, guidance, and ideas so we could come up with a solution we liked. They worked seamlessly with our wedding planner and venue staff, and on the day of the wedding they assigned us a butler to make sure we got enough to eat and drink. Our guests are still raving about the food - our only complaint is that there weren't more leftovers for us to enjoy in the days following! Highly recommend. More...

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Debbie Martelli

25 July 2018

Main Event catered our business conference reception @ The SPY Museum this April. The food & service were outstanding. The entire catering staff were very professional and attentive to our guests.

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Jennifer Lav

25 July 2018

Main Event catered our wedding, and I can't say enough great things about the food and service. After interviewing many caterers, they were by far the easiest to work with and had competitive prices. Specifically, Liz Cheung and Jennifer Sibel were incredibly helpful in all aspects of planning the event. We got a ton of compliments on the food and they were very accommodating for somewhat complicated dietary restrictions. Thank you! More...

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Amy Wood Hunt

25 July 2018

Main Event catered our political fundraiser and everything was outstanding! I received so many compliments about the food and the service and everything was made so easy for me. From helping me choose the menu, to the ease of setup and cleanup I will definitely use them again and recommend them to my friends!! More...

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Tammy Hull Ramey

25 July 2018

I own Good Earth Flowers and have worked several events with Main Event Caterers and can not say enough about how wonderful they are. Their staff is always so professional and so nice to work with, and their presentation is amazing!!! More...

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Toby Schonfeld

25 July 2018

e used Main Event for our cocktail party at the Crime and Punishment Museum, and they were WONDERFUL. They worked with me ahead of time to meet all of my needs, including ways to cut costs. They came through beautifully the night of event -- everything was as promised, and even better! Our representative changed half-way through the planning when someone left, but that didn't affect us at all. Everything was passed along virtually seamlessly.

We needed the evening to be vegetarian for our party, and they didn't even blink -- there were TONS of choices. And here's an anecdote related to how good it was: a group of our guests was milling around, and a server had just offered them an appetizer. They started chatting about it, and someone said "hey, did you have that round thing? It was really good!" Someone else asked what it was, and he said "I don't know -- a crab cake?" A different guest assured them this was impossible, since I'm allergic to fish. My husband happened to come by then, and told them that all the food was vegetarian. They were astonished. "We would never have known!" they said. This speaks to the quality of Main Event's offerings -- the guests didn't feel like they were missing anything!

It was so nice to show up for the party and not have to worry about anything. The food was delicious and the servers were terrific -- very professional, courteous, and helpful. I would hire them again in a second!
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Tracy Robinton Huser

25 July 2018

We worked with Michelle and Liz at Main Event Caterer for our wedding in May 2015 at the Carnegie Institute for Science. Both were fantastic and helpful throughout the entire process. The day of, the food was amazing, beautifully presented, and served to 130 guests very quickly. The wait staff was helpful and pleasant, and the bartenders were efficient and knowledgeable in serving various cocktails.. Would definitely recommend Main Events for your wedding! More...

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Mallory Shelter Sweetbaum

25 July 2018

We used Main Event for our wedding, and they were absolutely fantastic. Taylor Rose and Liz were on top of everything, and thought of every single detail. The food was fantastic, and all of our guests were raving about it! They were thoughtful and thorough, and made our wedding very special. Highly recommend! More...

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Tina Curtin

25 July 2018

Main Event catered an awards ceremony my organization held, and they did a fantastic job! Not only was the food delicious, but they were such a pleasure to work with from start to finish.

Michelle was so responsive to the (many) questions I had, and helped me plan a menu that accommodated the many vegan and vegetarian guests at my event that was hearty and satisfying. My non-profit received donated beverages from a third party, and Kathleen was flexible and organized in helping us staff our bars. She was also great when it came to her creativity with our floor plan, linens, and every other detail

On the day of the event, Andres and the rest of the staff set up smoothly and efficiently, were able to respond to the needs of our guests as the night progressed, and managed the whole clean-up and pack-out so wonderfully that we were able to leave the venue a full hour earlier than planned.

In sum, Main Event provided both exceptional food and an exceptional experience.
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Amy Bauml Eisner

25 July 2018

We loved working with Main Event Caterers and Michelle for our son's bar mitzvah. Delicious food, creative presentation, and wonderful customer service helped make our event a huge success. Thank you!

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Angelina McCarthy Bryan

25 July 2018

My husband and I had our wedding on 8/22 at Top of the Town in Arlington, Virginia and Main Event Caterers were our choice to assist with such an important day. They were attentive and professional. My guests and I enjoyed their servicing. The bartenders were amazing! We would definitely recommend their servicing and food options. I would add that Daniela, Darcy and Kathleen were a great help to us in planning our 150 guest wedding menu. More...

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Darcy Kohn

25 July 2018

Michelle and her team at Main Events Catering are absolutely incredible! When my husband and I were searching for a caterer, we worried that we would never find someone that could pull off what we wanted. Michelle knocked it it out of the park! Every one of our guests absolutely LOVED the food, which is no small feat given their wide variety of tastes and dietary restrictions. Many people came up to my husband and I during the reception to tell us how everything was delicious, and we saw many more return to the stations for seconds (and thirds!).

While we loved how everything turned out, my husband and I also absolutely loved working with Michelle throughout the process. Right from the start, Michelle made and effort to get to know me and my husband, and she designed a menu with foods representing different parts of our relationship. It was wonderful to not only be able to share delicious food with our family and friends, but a part of our story as well. Michelle's staff was professional, polite, and attentive and did an excellent job of making sure we had everything we needed on our day.

We wholeheartedly recommend Michelle and her team at Main Events!
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Lindsey Corrothers

25 July 2018

Main Event catered my wedding in a pinch and for a very reasonable price. The food was absolutely delicious and all my guests raved. Plus, I had a guest that was gluten intolerant and they were very willing to work with us so that guest wasn't stuck eating only salad! Aprill & Spencer were so easy to work with and happily agreed to do a tex-mex/taco menu as we didn't want to do the typical chicken, fish, steak meals. Seriously, it was so good! I wish I had their food right now! I will definitely be using their services again in the future! More...

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Catherine Baird Hooper

25 July 2018

Thanks for another great event for our Vanderbilt alumni last week. You always do a superb job and provide such great care and attention. It's a great relief to have you on site especially as I am booking for local events and I am out of town. I can relax and know everything will go well with your very capable staff in charge. Thanks again! More...

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Nina Gilden Seavey

25 July 2018

The food was sublime and the staff couldn't have been more professional and accommodating. Main Event's execution of both our daughter's rehearsal dinner and wedding reception was simply flawless.

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Maya Grigorovich-Barsky

25 July 2018

Main Event catered a half-day working session for us, and did a remarkable job. They went above and beyond when some of our attendees had "above and beyond requests." I would recommend them to anyone doing an event. Five gold stars! More...

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Tara Gargas Novotny

25 July 2018

Have worked with them for numerous breakfast and lunches - the food is always beautifully prepared and incredibly tasty. Customer Service is excellent - very responsive and accommodating. Delivery has been seamless and the drivers always take extra time to arrange the buffet with care and attention to detail. Highly recommend! More...

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Liz Lilik Burkell

25 July 2018

Main Event Catering exceeded my expectations and was worth every penny! We had a Sunday brunch wedding at the beautiful Strong Mansion, complete with chicken and waffles, eggs Chesapeake, asparagus frittata, maple bacon, brioche French toast, country sausage, and cheddar and chive biscuits, on top of an awesome selection of passed hors d’oeuvres as well as mimosas, bloody mary’s and a selection of craft beers (we provided the alcohol). Everyone raved about the food, it was absolutely amazing.

Aside from the outstanding food was the wonderful service. Spencer helped me come up with a menu that fit the budget, and Alison was such a huge help at the walk through coming up with floorplans and mining the details like plates, linens, and chairs, that really brought my vision to life. She was on top of everything with recommendations, a back-up plan should it rain, and other planning and details and her team went above and beyond setting up everything. They helped turn the venue into a laid-back yet classy and gorgeous garden-party themed brunch that was exactly what I was looking for. All the servers were helpful, professional, warm and welcoming, and it was so nice having our own “butler” that attended specifically to the wedding party ensuring our glasses and tummies were full and we had smiles on our faces the whole time. We basically didn’t have to lift a finger except to eat, drink and cheer! At the end of the afternoon, the chef came out and greeted us and was so gracious and nice. I am very opinionated and really hold high standards for the service and retain industry, especially when planning a wedding as everyone knows how expensive things can be, and I honestly can’t thank or recommend Main Event enough for everything. My wedding was an honest dream-come-true and you guys helped make it happen. Thank you!
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Jessica

16 July 2018

Our venue recommended Main Event, and we were impressed from the very beginning. They listened to our wants and needs, and worked to stay in our budget. On the day of the wedding, everything went smoothly, the set up was beautiful, and the food was delicious. Our only issue was the month and a half leading up to the wedding when they switched our primary contact three times. It was stressful to hear a week before the wedding that someone new was going to be our day of contact. Luckily, it ended up working out, but there was some stress that could have been avoided. More...

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AN D.

13 July 2018

I cannot sing the praises of Main Event Caterers enough. They gave us a truly customized menu that spot on and absolutely delicious. We looked at multiple caterers, asking for appetizers that reflected my husband's Asian heritage and palate, and most places offered us "Asian inspired" foods that were very inauthentic- like adding some mandarin oranges or dried ramen-type noodles on top of a salad. Main Event pulled out all the stops with pork buns and a sushi station (a HUGE hit at the wedding) that pleased even the relatives from Hong Kong. Our menu was totally personalized for our tastes, including recreating my sangria recipe. Everything was so delicious- our friends are still talking about how much they loved the food! Michelle was incredibly professional and accommodating, and worked hard to make sure we were happy and that everything went smoothly the day of. Best caterers in town! More...

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Lauren

8 July 2018

We used Main Event for our May wedding on the Cherryblossom Riverboat and working with Spencer and the team was wonderful! For a low key bride and groom we leaned on Spencer to help with a lot of the decisions since he has so much experience with events with this unique venue. The food was delicious and Main Event was accommodating throughout the process with the menu creation and modifications. The staff during the wedding were so incredible - can not say enough great things! Would not hesitate to use and recommend Main Event! They are true professionals and are great at what they do! More...

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Romin Zandi

1 July 2018

Our company love's to work with the team at Main Event Caterers! The staff is already friendly, professional and accommodating! Spencer & Melissa always do a great job at events! - Romin (Owner & Professional DJ of Zandi Entertainment) More...

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Anne

26 June 2018

Main Event was recommended to us by our venue. I cannot sing their praises enough. They gave us a truly customized menu that spot on and absolutely delicious. We looked at multiple caterers, asking for appetizers that reflected my husband’s Asian heritage and palate, and most places offered us “Asian inspired” foods that were very inauthentic- like adding some mandarin oranges or dried ramen-type noodles on top of a salad. Main Event pulled out all the stops with pork buns and a sushi station (a HUGE hit at the wedding) that pleased even the relatives from Hong Kong. Our menu was totally personalized for our tastes, including recreating my sangria recipe. Everything was so delicious- our friends are still talking about how much they loved the food! Michelle was incredibly professional and accommodating, and worked hard to make sure my mother was happy and that everything went smoothly the day of. She even coordinated to have snacks and drinks brought to my husband and I after the ceremony. I can not recommend this caterer enough! More...

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Lindsey G.

22 June 2018

We selected Main Event as our wedding reception caterer and couldn't have been happier! We were going a little non-traditional with a standing reception buffet and while other catering companies tried to talk us out of it, Main Event was excited with our idea and wanted to help us bring it to life! They were also one of the most reasonably priced that helped us stick with our budget. Liz was very responsive, knowledgeable, collaborated well with our other vendors, and provided the right amount of input on how to make the night perfect. On the wedding day, we had a personal attendant named Jack and he was FANTASTIC! He made sure we had everything we needed :-) I would recommend Main Event for any other DC bride or company! More...

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CC

19 June 2018

Main Event was fantastic! We worked with Spencer as he had tons of experience catering weddings at our location (Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria). We also worked with Alison, and both were quick to respond to our questions, super friendly, and helpful as we refined our menu. At the wedding, Main Event's Jack made sure everything went perfectly -- including that we had food waiting for my husband and me in a side room right after the ceremony. An additional thing we appreciated with Main Event was that we could supply our own alcohol, which allowed us to save a lot of money. I highly recommend Main Event! More...

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Arielle

15 June 2018

It was such a pleasure to work with A Main Event to cater our wedding at Shadow Creek. They did an incredible job from start to finish. So many of our guests complemented on the quality of the food, it was definitely beyond our expectations. We were also blown away by their exceptional service and the professionalism of their catering staff. Spencer and Ali were very responsive and easy to work with. We are thrilled with how everything came out and will definitely be using A Main Event for future events! More...

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Colleen

12 June 2018

Main Event was our caterer for our April wedding on the Cherry Blossom Riverboat. They have wonderful food - especially their mashed potatoes!! We worked with Spencer to set up a tasting, which was by far the most impressive tasting we went to. They prepared and set up everything exactly as it would be for our boat wedding and it was so nice to realistically see and taste how everything would turn out. They let us sample several options which led us to change our initial impressions of what we would want on our menu. We were able to create the perfect delicious menu for our reception.

They decorated everything on the boat beautifully. Spencer and Adeline worked with us to lay out everything on the boat and pick out the perfect linens and dishes.

Their service on the day of our wedding was good. We opted for a buffet and everyone seemed to get everything they wanted and thoroughly enjoyed the food! My main issue was the hors d'oeuvres; I asked the caterers in advance to set aside some for the wedding party and family who would be taking pictures immediately following the ceremony. Many people in my family didn't get any hors d'oeuvres at all or missed out on the ones they were really looking forward to. We even had some guests who were never passed hors d'oeuvres. If you're planning an event with them on the Cherry Blossom, make sure they'll round to all of your guests with anything that's passed.

All in all, Main Event has the most delicious food and people who will work with you tirelessly throughout the entire planning process. Spencer and Adeline were seriously accommodating and responsive to our needs, and with the one hors d'oeuvres caveat, I would highly recommend Main Event.
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Krystina

2 June 2018

We really enjoyed working with Main Event for our wedding! The food was delicious and portions were as expected. Our guests loved more hearty apps like pulled pork sliders and burger sliders! The late night soft pretzel wall was a big hit! Liz and Courtney were super responsive and great to work with. They helped us maximize our venue and everything look elegant and clean! Staff was very responsive, especially to brie and groom, and dinner was served to 125 guests plated in just about an hour! Highly recommend Main Event! More...

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Theresa

2 June 2018

We can't rate Spencer McCormack and his team at Main Event Caterers highly enough. They were fabulous to work with. They were flexible and accommodating and a genuine pleasure!

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Liz L.

29 May 2018

Main Event Catering exceeded my expectations and was worth every penny! We had a Sunday brunch wedding at the beautiful Strong Mansion, complete with chicken and waffles, eggs Chesapeake, asparagus frittata, maple bacon, brioche French toast, country sausage, and cheddar and chive biscuits, on top of an awesome selection of passed hors d'oeuvres as well as mimosas, bloody mary's and a selection of craft beers (we provided the alcohol). Everyone raved about the food, it was absolutely amazing. Aside from the outstanding food was the wonderful service. Spencer helped me come up with a menu that fit the budget, and Alison was such a huge help at the walk through coming up with floorplans and mining the details like plates, linens, and chairs, that really brought my vision to life. She was on top of everything with recommendations, a back-up plan should it rain, and other planning and details and her team went above and beyond setting up everything. They helped turn the venue into a laid-back yet classy and gorgeous garden-party themed brunch that was exactly what I was looking for. All the servers were helpful, professional, warm and welcoming, and it was so nice having our own "butler" that attended specifically to the wedding party ensuring our glasses and tummies were full and we had smiles on our faces the whole time. We basically didn't have to lift a finger except to eat, drink and cheer! At the end of the afternoon, the chef came out and greeted us and was so gracious and nice. I am very opinionated and really hold high standards for the service and retain industry, especially when planning a wedding as everyone knows how expensive things can be, and I honestly can't thank or recommend Main Event enough for everything. My wedding was an honest dream-come-true and you guys helped make it happen. Thank you! More...

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Benjamin Hong

27 May 2018

We hired them to cater a wedding of 160+ people and they did a phenomenal job. Food was one of the highest priority items for us and Main Events just knocked it out of the park. Also, did I mention that they had incredible vegetarian options and were very accommodating about dietary restrictions? Just amazing.Everyone was astounded at the quality of food they were served. And almost just as important, their service was absolutely top notch. Would highly recommend them! More...

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Emma

19 May 2018

We used Main Event Catering for our 110 person wedding in Washington, D.C. We had done several tastings prior to visiting Main Event and were feeling a little down about our options for the big day. Then we went to our tasting at Main Event. We felt like VIPs from the moment we arrived at their location in Arlington. We had a special parking space and were shown to their beautiful tasting room. Elyse McFadden was our main point of contact (and continued to be throughout the planning process). She was such a joy to work with. She is incredibly competent, experienced, and easy to work with. We LOVED the food and specialty cocktails at the tasting. We were amazed by how delicious everything was, and thought it wouldn't be possible that they could replicate such deliciousness en masse for 110 people. However, they truly delivered. All of our food was excellent. The set up for the event was also wonderfully-executed and all of the waitstaff who attended to us and our guests were so warm, friendly, and attentive. We would recommend Main Event to anyone. More...

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Nina S.

2 May 2018

The food was sublime, the staff was cordial, professional, and  mindful of every detail.  People literally raved about the catering for both the rehearsal dinner and our daughter's wedding that Main Event created for us.  But that was only the beginning . . . what was truly special about Main Event was what happened behind the scenes.     My planning for the wedding started in January when I began to tear our house apart to host the rehearsal dinner.  We repainted the entire house, re-plastered the walls, replaced all of the old curtains and window treatments, washed every window inside and out, replaced all of the screens on every window, and re-landscaped both the front and back yards.  It was perfect.   What I didn't foresee was how much rain we were going to get the week before the wedding and it flooded our backyard.  I was frantic at the thought that 50 people would be stuck, on a beautiful day, inside our relatively small house because otherwise they would be standing in the mud.  I was literally going slightly crazy.   Then Main Event arrived. I met the crew chief, Chip, and within seconds I blurted out to him what had happened.  And he said to me, "Don't worry about it, we're here, we'll take care of it."  I actually thought I was going to cry I was so relieved.   And they did fix everything.  The crew brought in planks and set up the tables and chairs outside that I had rented and thought I would now not be able to use, and people flowed in and out of the house on a beautiful sunny afternoon as if nothing in the world had ever been a problem. That, is true professionalism.  I can never thank Main Event enough.  They made the newlyweds day - and mine in particular - absolutely spectacular. More...

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Megan

2 March 2018

Main Event was all around excellent - the food was delicious, their consultations before the event were professional and helpful, and the day-of service was very impressive. We had a cocktail style reception with heavy hors d'ouerves, which means going against traditional wedding conventions and I was worried about pulling it off. Main Event made it happen. Our guests were happy - we heard a lot of praise for the non-conventional style - food was served throughout the night, no one went home hungry, and Main Event servers kept regularly clearing the tables throughout the evening. We are so glad we picked Main Event to cater our wedding, they made all the pieces come together! More...

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Charmaine J.

27 February 2018

Working with Main events and Monumental Food was a TRUE pleasure! Bryan, Stephanie and Whitney was like a breathe of fresh air! They each gave special care and attention to every single detail of my request. They were easy to work with, prompt and professional in all communication. I hope to continue to work with each of them for future events. More...

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Ashley

28 January 2018

We highly recommend Main Event Caterers! We were blown away by the tastings, and the night-of meal delivered on that promise! We worked with Courtney and Rachel and both were extremely responsive and helpful throughout the entire process. They received such high praise from our attendees - everyone was nuts about the beef short ribs. There was a waiter who made sure that we always had a drink ready and kept hors d'oeuvres coming our way. More...

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Elisabeth

17 December 2017

My husband and I hosted the September wedding of our daughter and her fiancee at Rockwood Manor in Potomac, MD. The food and service provided by Main Event Caterers was outstanding! They may not be the least expensive in the area but we felt that everything they did definitely was worth it. The staff was professional and very friendly and our guests could not stop talking about the presentation and taste of the vegetarian menu. We did plated and the bride and groom and all of us thought Main Event was a real good choice and a great memory. Thank you! More...

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Charlene

10 December 2017

MEC was the caterer for our November 2017 wedding and over a month later we are still receiving compliments from our friends & family about the food!! We worked with Spencer throughout the planning process and he was awesome. He was super informative and helped us create an amazing buffet spread with all of our favorite seasonal fall dishes. We really appreciated that he attended our venue walk-through and gave us the run-down of how the catering services would shake out on the day of the wedding. Not only does Spencer have a ton of experience in the wedding/catering industry, but you can tell all the catering staff are experienced as well. Food was our top priority for the event and it did not disappoint. At the end of the night MEC packed up leftovers for us to take home as well which was great for our day-after hangovers! We can't recommend MEC enough. More...

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Ryan

27 November 2017

We had a fantastic experience with Main Event from the moment we submitted a request for a proposal. Elyse put together an outstanding proposal that fit perfectly within our budget while also providing us with our top priorities for our wedding. Furthermore, prior to the tasting, she went through numerous revisions with us so we could get exactly what we wanted and try a range of options. On the day of the tasting, Main Event pulled out all the stops to make it a special and fun experience and followed up the day after to address all of the questions and changes we discussed during the actual tasting. After we chose Main Event, our planning process was easy and professional. We were able to go through numerous revisions of our plan with ease and managed to get the price down even lower from the initial proposal, ending up way under budget. (I cannot stress this enough since a number of caterers in DC told us it would be impossible for us to come even close to our budget, which was not exactly unreasonably low). The day of was executed perfectly. The food was fantastic. The service was excellent. The catering manager ensured that we were well fed and got to try everything. I could seriously have not been happier with my choice to use Main Event. More...

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Debbie

19 November 2017

Main Event is a great catering company! We worked with Spencer and Aprill for our wedding. The tasting was so much fun and we had such a hard time choosing from all the amazing dishes. They were responsive, professional, and organized. Usually I would receive a response to my questions within a day. We had one misunderstanding with the room flip between the ceremony and reception, but Main Event cleared things up with our venue coordinator within a day or two. The day of the wedding, everything went perfectly! My brother has celiac disease and Down syndrome, so it was crucial that he only get gluten-free food. Main Event not only made sure that we had a server dedicated to me and my husband throughout the day, but that server also took care of my brother. Service was perfect throughout the reception and they helped set up the space to be exactly how we had envisioned. Most importantly, the food was incredible! We received so many compliments on the food! Some even said it was the best food they've had at a wedding. More...

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Ben

16 November 2017

We hired them to cater a wedding of 160+ people and they did a phenomenal job. Food was one of the highest priority items for us and Main Events just knocked it out of the park. Also, did I mention that they had incredible vegetarian options and were very accommodating about dietary restrictions? Just amazing.

Everyone was astounded at the quality of food they were served. And almost just as important, their service was absolutely top notch. Would highly recommend them!
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Benjamin H.

16 November 2017

We hired them to cater a wedding of 160+ people and they did a phenomenal job. Food was one of the highest priority items for us and Main Events just knocked it out of the park. Also, did I mention that they had incredible vegetarian options and were very accommodating about dietary restrictions? Just amazing.Everyone was astounded at the quality of food they were served. And almost just as important, their service was absolutely top notch. Would highly recommend them! More...

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Lakisha

4 November 2017

Estactic that we have Main Event as our caterers. Quality of food and folks is outstanding. Our wedding guests are still complementing the food! Service was outstanding, food was delicious and Elyse coordinated and accommodated our requests flawlessly. We appreciated having such professionalism on the most important day of our lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you! More...

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Jess

3 November 2017

We are fresh off of our wedding and are still so impressed with the job that Main Event did for us. They the very definition of class. Food can be a critical detail of your wedding that people will remember and we got nothing but compliments at the highest praise for the food and service we got from them. There was never a line for the bar, they were rolling out our signature drinks in style, our guests did not have to wait long between courses at all and everywhere we looked, people were happy. Michelle was wonderful to work with, she ran the show behind the scenes at our event and it was flawless. The chairs, linens, chargers and place settings were gorgeous and we could not be happier with the job that Main Event did. They literally treated us like royalty and we are forever grateful! HIGHLY recommend! More...

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Paula

29 October 2017

Main Events is Fantastic! We really appreciated how promptly we had our tasting and knew immediately after trying their food that we would be in good hands. Spencer and Jackie put together a great menu for us and the communication to finalize details was always timely and on point. On our actual wedding day, the Main Events staff arrived promptly and were so professional and hard working. The food at the reception was delicious and we got so many nice compliments from our guests. We also liked that Main Events is a no-waste kitchen and committed to providing great food in a responsible way. More...

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Julie

19 October 2017

We had a good experience working with Main Event for our wedding and the food was absolutely delicious! The main courses in particular were fantastic, as was the cake (which was coordinated by Main Event but made by Fancy Cakes by Leslie). We received many compliments from the guests and have already passed along their information to guests who would like to work with them for future events. The staff at Main Event was easy to work with to develop a menu for our big day, they easily accommodated our requests, and we had a really nice tasting experience. They were also very responsive throughout the planning process, including for the table/chair rentals. Our only suggestion would be that some of the staff working the reception were not as knowledgeable as we would have hoped; for instance, the staff member who was assigned to make sure we as the bride and groom were served was slightly confused about the drink offerings, and several of the waiters passing around appetizers didn’t correctly tell guests which appetizers had nuts in them and which didn’t. More...

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Billy

17 October 2017

Elyse was a pleasure to work with during the planning of our wedding menu. Liz did a wonderful job documenting our venue layout for guest tables, buffet and cake tables. Aico and team were simply amazing during the entire wedding event. We could not be more pleased with how smoothly everything went. More...

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Hannah

15 October 2017

Main event was the perfect catering service to provide the tables/chairs and food for my wedding. I worked with Jacqueline Lacot and she was phenomenal in helping me finalize all the details for my big day. The food was AMAZING and the staff were so efficient and polite. More...

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Amanda

2 October 2017

The Main Event Catering team were a dream to work with for our wedding! Spencer and Jackie on their team were incredibly responsive and attentive during the planning process and knew the ins and outs needed for planning at our venue (Shadow Creek). Most answers to our questions were given within a day turnaround, which was so great! From our initial tasting, I knew we needed to select Main Event. Their team executed our wedding reception with outstanding food and top notch service. We even received several compliments from our guests about how delicious the food was! We would definitely recommend going with Main Event Catering for your wedding or event, you will not regret it! More...

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KEVIN

24 September 2017

Awesome company to work with. They catered our wedding and rehearsal at our home. They are professional, caring and personable making them a winning team. We strongly recommend that you inquire about their services. More...

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Michele

18 September 2017

Food was delicious at our wedding, I didn't think it was possible for wedding food to both look amazing and have really good flavor, but Spencer and his team nailed it!

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Allen Johnson

18 September 2017

Great place to work...the people are awesome....i plan to b here for life...

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Sarah

11 September 2017

We worked with Main Event for our wedding at Top of the Town. We chose them because they were highly recommended by our venue. They were so easy to work with and delivered high quality food and experience. Our event required them to flip part of the room from the ceremony into dinner seating. They did this so quickly and professionally. In addition, the food was delicious and they actually made sure we ate! They were not the cheapest option we considered, but their professionalism and quality were well worth it. More...

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Nisha

3 September 2017

We had a great experience with Main Event Caterers. The pros were the incredible food, amazing day of staff managed by an amazing day of supervisor, and our initial booking representative who worked with us patiently on multiple rounds of the initial contract negotiations. The only thing stopping us from giving 5 stars across the board was some difficulty finalizing our day of plans with the event manager in charge of our event leading up to the day. More...

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Meery

24 August 2017

It was a great experience getting to work with Main Event. They provided a great atmosphere and variety. They had a lot of great choices and they really worked me and worked within my budget to provide me everything I was looking for. Everyone LOVED the braised short rib beef they served. It felt like a very elegant affir. The only con I had was that I felt that I ended up with several different people throughout my time with them and so sometimes I felt like I had to repeat myself. However, the day of the wedding, everything was perfect! The food and service was top-notch. Very professional and Korey, who was the one at the wedding, was amazing! He made us feel like everything was taken care of and he took care of us as well. During our cocktail hour, we were doing portraits and Korey brought us out out drinks and appetiziers just for us so that we were able to enjoy the food as well. They also provided us with a wedding cake and I just wanted something very plain and they also added fresh flower petals to make it look very elegant. Very thoughtful and very accomodating! Would recommend to anyone! The quality of food for the price we received was worth it! More...

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Elizabeth

29 July 2017

Liz A, Michelle, and the Main Event team are TOP NOTCH! I am so glad they were part of our wedding team and if I could go back, I would do it again! I still have people talking about how delicious the food was (over a month later) and how attentive the staff were. My parents raved about our bride and groom shadow and how sweet and on-top of everything she was. Liz and Michelle anticipate all of your wedding needs and they are one step ahead in making sure it all comes together perfectly. If you're looking for a caterer for your wedding, look no further! More...

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Sarah

29 July 2017

The best part of wedding planning --- the food tasting! We narrowed down our options before taste testing and before even tasting, Main Event was our topic choice. Main Event was chosen based upon their responsiveness, quality of food, cost of food, and taste of everything.

We went with the food station option. We had a slider bar (3 options), mac and cheese bar (3 options), and taco bar (3 options) with guacamole and pico de gallo. EVERY single guest loved loved loved our food. They could not stop raving about it. They were willing to accommodate gluten issues. We didn't have cake but we did have an Oreo bar so they were able to provide us with milk shooters. Another great thing was they were able to provide the delicious peach tea they served during the tasting. Some of the sliders were a little pinker than our guests preferred but they were able to adjust accordingly.
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Julia

12 July 2017

We loved working with Main Event and got so many compliments on our wedding food! We especially loved working with Aprill- she was so familiar with our venue (Josephine Butler Parks Center) and made us feel so confident that our special day would run smoothly. Main Event was extremely professional and responsive, while also being flexible- allowing us to use a different vendor for dessert and friends for a cheese display at cocktail hour. I would highly recommend Main Event Caterers! More...

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Charlie

12 July 2017

Main Event catered our June wedding and we couldn't have been more pleased. We had a moderate budget (with about 100 guests) and the groom (me) and his daughter are vegan :) Main Event came up with some great ideas for delicious vegan appetizers and entrees that even the non-vegans loved! The catering crew worked like clockwork and the bartenders were wonderful. I'd work with them anytime! More...

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Jasmine

5 July 2017

If there was a way to give Main Event Caterers 10 stars, I would! Elyse, Liz and the entire MEC team were amazing and so great to work with from start to finish. My husband and I went back and forth on how we wanted our dinner service to flow at the wedding reception and Elyse and Liz were so flexible and accommodating at each turn. Whether we wanted to add Jollof Rice from my mother-in-law or muddled strawberries to our Moscow Mules, they made it happen. When two tables of uninvited guests appeared at our reception, Elyse and her team sprang into action to accommodate the crashers and keep the party going! I was so grateful that they were able to resolve the problem so that I could keep enjoying my wedding day. While I didn't eat much with all of the excitement, the food was so delicious and our guests raved about everything (most especially the mac and cheese) for the entire week after our wedding. I had a perfect wedding day, and I owe so much to our excellent team from MEC! More...

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Sarah

13 May 2017

Main Event caters a lot of weddings, and it shows. They really know what they are doing. Everyone we dealt with during the planning process was very professional and the set up, clean up, and service at the wedding itself was seamlessly executed. They even had a designated server to attend to my wife and I all night, to refill our drinks and to make sure that we ate. They switched out our event coordinator the week of our wedding, but it didn't have any effect on the service. The food itself was delicious, and not just by wedding food standards. We really enjoyed it and so did our guests. The short ribs, mashed potatoes, and gnocchi were a particularly big hit. Main Event offers a lot of options for guests with dietary restrictions, particularly for folks who are gluten free. They also offered complimentary vegan entrees for our vegan guests which made it easier to plan our menu without having to worry that people would go hungry. Wedding catering is going to cost you a lot of money no matter which vendor you choose, but Main Event worked with us on ways to reduce our costs without making us feel cheap. They also allowed us to provide our own alcohol, which was a big cost saver. Main Event did a great job with our wedding and we would definitely recommend them to others. More...

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Jordana

25 April 2017

It took 7 months to plan this lifecycle event involving participation across four states including New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Virginia. At times, it was frustrating and we wondered if it would all truly come together as the Bride's vision of her rustic, swanky chic affair. Led by Planner/Florist Gretchen Wade @dragonflygw we put our faith in her to lead us and keep our concerns to a minimum. We already had the perfect clean slate venue @shadowcreekweddings. She suggested @maineventcatrs and we agreed, crafting a menu of delectable low country fare. We researched and found DJ Romin @zandientertainment because everyone knows the DJ is the heartbeat of the party. The Bride saw Hay Alexandra's work and booked her as the art photog. Sunday is now a precious memory of a magical day where two people in love were celebrated by family and chosen family in the very best way possible. We are still reeling, over the moon, grateful, feeling blessed. This is what it looks like when you assemble a creative team of the most talented individuals of the Virginia/DC wedding industry! More...

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Claire S.

10 April 2017

I work in events and Main Event was THE BEST caterer I have had the pleasure of working with. We were so impressed by their proposal, which was head and shoulders above that of their competitors in terms of its uniqueness and usage of our theme. They were so communicative throughout the planning process and flexible as we made changes. The on-site staff was professional, kind, and attentive. They were so great at anticipating need! Their lead on-site staff person, Valerie, really went above and beyond to make our event run smoothly. She ran out during the event to grab water bottles for the panelists at my request. And she was kind enough to pack up extra food for myself and my co-planners after the event- no caterer has ever done that for me!My thanks to Rachel, Michelle, and the team. I so highly recommend Main Event. More...

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Shannae M.

10 April 2017

When trying to find the right caterer for a big event it can sometimes be overwhelming, but when we received the proposal from Main Event Caterers we knew that they were the right choice! They came in at the perfect price point and the customized detail they put into our event proposal was AMAZING. Their proposal made us more excited about planning the event because we then had this exciting and fun menu to look forward to. Not only was menu fun and an extra design detail for our guests, but the food was all delicious. Michelle, Rachel and Valerie were all so easy to work with and the entire staff the night of were extremely courteous and kind. If you are looking for a caterer in Metro D.C., look no further than Main Event Caterers! More...

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John

5 April 2017

MEC provided our wedding catering this March (2017) and they were phenomenal. They were extremely helpful throughout the whole planning process and Courtney P. was awesome in putting together a menu and plan that we loved. They were incredibly seamless and professional at the wedding. Thank you so much Main Event!!! More...

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Marianne K.

6 March 2017

Elyse and the entire team at Main Event did a wonderful job. Food, set-up, clean-up, ideas were all perfect. And all those fun last minute things that you need handled were just done. Thank you for helping me run a fabulous event from 200 miles away. More...

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Brittany W.

1 February 2017

Overall excellent experience and would definitely consider using Main Event Caterers (MEC) again! I utilized MEC to cater an annual office party and the food was a hit. The guests really enjoyed the boneless beef short ribs, pecan encrusted chicken, and tuna dynamite cones. MEC also had vegan and gluten free dishes prepared for guests with dietary restrictions (that also looked delicious). The presentation was elegant and tasteful for an annual corporate event. The service was wonderful and ensured that the night ran smoothly. Carla was especially fantastic and her in the moment guidance as well as quick responsiveness to requests was greatly appreciated. The event was held at Top of the Town (TOT) and the close relationship between MEC and TOT was demonstrated in how well the two teams worked together. Thanks again MEC, you really set the bar for our annual office party! More...

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Erin

26 December 2016

We are so happy that we picked Main Event to cater our wedding. The team (Elyse was the Event Designer and Aprill was the Event Manager) were fantastic to work with and the food was delicious. At our tasting, they suggested (and prepared for us to try) several specialty cocktails, which were the perfect welcome for our guests. They understood our vision for the night and put together a plan that was perfectly suited to us. Everyone has continued to rave about the food, from the passed hors d'oeuvres to the main courses to the miniature cupcakes and other sweets that we did in lieu of a cake. The quality of the food for the price cannot be beat -- highly recommend! More...

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carolyn

22 December 2016

Main Event Catering provided an amazingly fresh and delicious meal for my wedding. The staff was very professional and attentive. The food was incredible and all the guests kept talking about. I definitely recommend Main Event for all your catering needs. More...

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Sona

26 November 2016

People are still talking about the food from my wedding. Sure, it tasted amazing at the initial tasting. The delicious food and Spencer's professionalism and fun personality sold us on this vendor. But I definitely expected the food at the wedding to taste less fresh - pre cooked, you know, weddingy. Not the case. It looked beautiful, and was fancy restaurant quality fresh - and my venue didn't have anything that resembled a kitchen. I dont know how they did it. Some of my fondest memories from my wedding day are chomping down on a lamb lolli and potato croquettes. The mac and cheese - to die for. The staff was amazing and friendly and super efficient. They set everything up and broke it down before I knew it. I'm telling you - Main Event has magic catering powers. Admittedly, I was one of those high maintenance, million email brides. The team was super responsive and patient with me. They left no concern unaddressed and no question unanswered. And all at a price that's just about the same as other local (and less highly rated) caterers. Looking back now, knowing what kind of food and service I was going to get from Main Event, I would have been happy paying twice as much as I did. Totally totally worth it. Love you guys!! Thank you Spencer and Jackie!! More...

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Katey

22 November 2016

We would wholeheartedly recommend working with Main Event Caterers. Spencer and his colleagues were amazingly professional, and so easy to get along with. My husband and I are vegetarian and wanted a meat-free menu that would please everyone. Main Event delivered! The tasting was fabulous, and the day-of meal even more so. In spite of the rain and having to set up the ceremony and reception in the same area, Main Event took care of everything flawlessly. They also were extremely responsive to any changes we wanted to make to the menu, and to last minute requests. Thank you again! More...

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Carly

18 November 2016

Main Event was fantastic to work with and the quality of the food was superb-- many of our guests commented that everything was delicious and much better than other weddings they've attended. Our contacts there were so accommodating and flexible-- even with a few very last minute changes. More...

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Evie K.

1 November 2016

Excellent food and fantastic service! They worked with our budget and were prompt, helpful, and friendly. I would highly recommend!

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Eleni

30 September 2016

Jackie and Spencer, and the rest of the Main Event catering team, were an absolute joy to work with; they were incredibly attentive and proactive in their roles in my wedding planning and execution, as well as accommodating. I couldn't have had the perfect wedding I did without their help and services. More...

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Sarah

28 September 2016

We absolutely loved everything about Main Event Caterers. Our wedding was at Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD which provided us with a limited list of approved caterers to choose from. Main Event Caterers was a great value for the incredible food provided. All of our wedding guests raved about how delicious the food was, many even mentioned it was the best wedding food they had ever eaten. We ended up ordering our wedding cake through them as well and it turned out beautiful. They coordinated all rentals (tables, chairs, linens, etc.) which made planning very easy. Adeline and Spencer were extremely responsive and helpful throughout all of the planning. All of our emails were returned within hours or even minutes. They were helpful in guiding us through all selections from food to chairs and linens. The tasting was wonderful and we felt like valued customers throughout the process. The staff went above and beyond to make sure all guests were happy during the event. Special attention was paid to make sure the groom and myself had plenty of food and wine throughout the night as well. We highly recommend using Main Event for your wedding!! More...

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Allison

26 September 2016

The food was incredible. I wish they had a restaurant! The service during our wedding was top notch - we were looked out for from the moment they arrived until the final song played. They assigned us a server, but all the other servers kept an eye out for us as well. Overall, I can't say enough good things about Main Event - we were really really happy with them. More...

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Shara

10 September 2016

The food is absolutely amazing! After our tasting I was a little worried that the food would not taste as good as it did at the tasting. I can honestly say the food was even better the day of the wedding! We received compliments on the food from people who travel around the world and eat at the most impressive of restaurants. The service was great, all food was out in a timely manner, and everything was seamless. Could not be happier with how Main Events catered our wedding. More...

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Susan

6 September 2016

Unsurprisingly, Main Event was at the top of the search for the best caterers in the DC area, so we immediately scheduled an appointment. Our meeting with Michelle went great, and solidified our choice, however we decided to look into other options as well. We eventually We knew we were in the best hands after our meeting with Michelle and decided on Main Event although their estimate was higher than our 2nd choice caterer. Our menu was carefully crafted for our needs. As a multicultural couple, we needed a caterer who could deliver on various options, and they sure did!
They also worked seamlessly with our planner and another caterer who provided the Ghanaian option.

Liz managed the entire process after we decided to sign a contract with the team. She was absolutely flawless! Left no stone unturned and made sure we had the best day of our lives. I have nothing buy great things to say about the company, as well as their day of staff (Liz and Michelle included- of course!).

If you are considering between Main Event and another option, please go ahead and select Main Event even if more costly. You will have peace of mind, and know that you are in great hands!!!
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5 September 2016

We hired Main Events for our Wedding and they were fabulous to work with. They exceeded our expectations. They will work with your budget and make it fit your event style. Their food was delicious on the day of the event and was beautifully presented. Their staff was exceptional to work with as well. They were so professional, friendly, and coordinated our day perfectly. More...

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Anne

27 August 2016

Main Event Catering was absolutely amazing! Elyse was our Event Designer and she made everything so easy. The food was delicious, the service impeccable, and the flexibility with all of our changes and special requests was something you won't find anywhere else. We had a wedding party for 180 people with VERY different tastes in everything and ALL of our guests LOVED the food! I will be using Main Event for everything in the future. More...

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Karen

15 August 2016

If I could give them 10 stars I would. Seriously, they were THAT good. We hired them for our wedding reception at Top of the Town! The quality of food was amazing. The guests raved about it. My husband and I were very pleased with the overall service. They payed close attention to details and made sure everyone was satisfied. They even had a special plate and drinks made up for my husband and I immediately after the ceremony so we could enjoy some quiet time together following the ceremony before joining cocktail hour. Don't hesitate to hire them. You won't be disappointed!!!! More...

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claudia

13 August 2016

Main Event did a great job! The food was delicious, the service at the reception was impeccable, and they gave us great advice on how to make our vision for the day come to life. Spencer was wonderful at helping us to plan and was very patient and receptive to all of our ideas and preferences. We would highly recommend Main Event to any couple looking for a caterer. More...

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3 August 2016

Main Event really out did themselves for our wedding! The decor, food and service were beyond our wildest expectations. They even did a custom cake flavor from my hometown! We were also impressed with their ability to quickly flip the room from ceremony to reception. They are true professionals and we couldn't be happier! Highly recommend. More...

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Laura

1 August 2016

Our guests were amazed with how good the food was at our wedding! The appetizers were great, and everything on the buffet was delicious. They were nice enough to pack us some doggy bags so we could try everything the next day. Day-of, we had our own dedicated staff member to bring us drinks, appetizers, and make sure we actually ate something! We felt very special and taken care of not only during the day of, but during the whole planning process. They presented great options, and made suggestions while still allowing us to make the final decisions. We really wanted compostable materials to serve dessert on from the pie truck, and they didn't bat an eye.

The only reason this is a little bit less than a perfect review is because the bar was a little chaotic. Guests were told they were out of various options at different points in the night, but then we had plenty of everything left over! We were in a non-traditional venue so I think some of the options just got lost in the bucket they had to store things in to keep them cold. We didn't run out of alcohol, and everyone was able to find options that work, but I wish that had been a little smoother.

They will not be the cheapest option, but their quality and level of service is well worth it. We highly recommend them!
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Laura

28 July 2016

I would highly recommend Main Event Caterers. The team is very responsive, professional and make the party planning process extremely easy. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambiance set by the décor (all courtesy of Main Event). Some background on our event may help shed some light on my enthusiasm for this company. We decided to throw a small (~20 people) wedding celebration on very short notice (1 month). I searched online for catering companies and narrowed the field down to about 4 companies that received rave reviews on Yelp and Wedding Wire. Of those companies, three responded: one with a quick phone call that never followed up with a proposal; one sent a quote, but didn't want to discuss food selections until we had a signed contract; and the third was Main Event. I heard immediately from Main Event and held immediate discussions with a team of three (Bryan, Samantha and Liz) discussing our food preferences, the venue and our vision for the event. They invested a lot of time talking with me before I even signed a contract or sent over any funding! Everyone was very responsive and courteous and helped me feel confident in our selection before we officially selected them as our caterer. Our event planner, Liz, went above and beyond in my opinion by conducting a walk-through of our venue on her own and helped us determine how everything would be set up the night of the event. I was pleased, but not surprised, to learn that Main Event 100% lived up to their rave reviews the night of the event. The team responded well to a few curve balls the night of the event (e.g. an unexpected dessert addition & guests showing up to the venue early). The team rolled with all the punches, while remaining professional and accommodating. Most importantly, the food was delicious. The macaroons were my personal fave! More...

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Laura G.

28 July 2016

I would highly recommend Main Event Caterers. The team is very responsive, professional and make the party planning process extremely easy. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambiance set by the décor (all courtesy of Main Event). Some background on our event may help shed some light on my enthusiasm for this company. We decided to throw a small (~20 people) wedding celebration on very short notice (1 month). I searched online for catering companies and narrowed the field down to about 4 companies that received rave reviews on Yelp and Wedding Wire. Of those companies, three responded: one with a quick phone call that never followed up with a proposal; one sent a quote, but didn't want to discuss food selections until we had a signed contract; and the third was Main Event. I heard immediately from Main Event and held immediate discussions with a team of three (Bryan, Samantha and Liz) discussing our food preferences, the venue and our vision for the event. They invested a lot of time talking with me before I even signed a contract or sent over any funding! Everyone was very responsive and courteous and helped me feel confident in our selection before we officially selected them as our caterer. Our event planner, Liz, went above and beyond in my opinion by conducting a walk-through of our venue on her own and helped us determine how everything would be set up the night of the event.  I was pleased, but not surprised, to learn that Main Event 100% lived up to their rave reviews the night of the event. The team responded well to a few curve balls the night of the event (e.g. an unexpected dessert addition & guests showing up to the venue early). The team rolled with all the punches, while remaining professional and accommodating. My three year old was excited about cherries in his Shirley Temple. The bartender surprised my son with a glass full of cherries speared on mini swords. Both of my children were delighted. When a guest brought a homemade wedding cake that we didn't expect, the staff set up a lovely cake cutting setup on the fly. Those were the types of personal touches the team offered the night of the event that made me happy we chose Main Event. Most importantly, the food was delicious. The macaroons were my personal fave! More...

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Andrea

17 July 2016

We used Main Event Caterers for our wedding at Top of the Town in Arlington, VA. Main Event is actually one of TOTT's preferred caterers and we can see why. When my fiance (now husband) and I first set out on the wedding planning process, we both wanted to ensure the food we'd be serving our guests would be delicious. We did a couple of tastings before deciding. After our tasting with Main Event, we knew right away that we were going to hire them. Their appetizers and entrees were so unique and scrumptious. Courtney, our event designer, was quite flexible with us when we wanted to make some changes with the menu, buffet vs. plated, etc. They were also able to incorporate very specific specialty cocktails into our bar offerings. On our wedding day, everything went smoothly and we got rave reviews about the food. So so yummy. Thank you, Main Event! More...

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Anne

27 June 2016

We loved working with Main Event Caterers. After a rocky start with one representative, our wedding planner directed us to Spencer and Jackie! They are the greatest! They were always accessible and responsive! They were pricier than another caterer that we looked at, but you really get what you pay for. The tasting we had at Main Event Caterers was elegant and private. The food served during cocktail hour as well as the entrees had our guests talking for weeks! At the reception, I had to make sure one of the guests received a gluten free entree because the seating chart somehow was not relayed properly to the wait staff and some tables did not get the correct entrees, but everything else went very smoothly! The wait staff was always so courteous to me and my guests! I would definitely recommend using their catering services. More...

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25 June 2016

I am really happy I ended up picking Main Events. We originally met with three caterers and had pretty much decided on another caterer until we went to one of Main Events monthly events. We were impressed by the food and level of professionalism. Picking Main Events truly paid off- our venue was a local art gallery, which had a lot of rules and restrictions. Main Events worked tirelessly to help us with creating floorplans that would fit around exhibits, answering last minute questions, etc. The wedding looked extremely polished and beautiful- and people were even going back for seconds of the food! More...

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Janine

17 June 2016

Loved working with Main Event. The food was delicious and the staff was wonderful. Whatever you dream is, they will make it happen. I worked with Spencer and Adeline, who were wonderful and so professional. They were always one step ahead of me throughout the entire planning process and the end result was wonderful. I would definitely recommend them to anyone. More...

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Stephanie

15 June 2016

If you want the most delicious food, amazing service, attention to detail, and extreme professionalism choose Main Event Caterers! My wife and I received compliments from every single guest from the lemonade stand prior to the ceremony, the cocktail hour, and servers, and the delicious food! We had a Vintage theme and half of our guests flew in. So we selected the menu based on local or Southern cuisine. The Mac and Cheese is to die for!! Courtney our event manager was he best and accommodated all of our requests and needs. She made sure everything was fabulous and seemless. Not only did the servers caterer to us, they catered to all of the guests and made sure everyone had what they needed at all times. I highly recommend Main Event Caterers! Thank you for making our wedding so delicious! More...

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Brenda Muniz

27 May 2016

Main Events catered my wedding last week. Several of my guests commented how delicious the food was. When the band showed up late and things had to be moved around, Karla, the Main Events on-site supervisor, provided helpful suggestions that kept the reception program on track. All my interactions with Main Events were very positive. They were consistently professional and accommodating - even providing us an additional tasting to make sure the herb chicken was to our liking. I highly recommend them! More...

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Kirby

15 May 2016

Wonderful Experience!!!!

Spencer, Adeline and Chip were awesome at our tasting. They did a great job coming up with the perfect menu for us.

The guests RAVED about the food and service. They even managed to keep the bride and groom fed throughout the day (and made sure we always had a drink in hand :D).

Service was also out of this world wonderful. Food came out quickly, the butlers were responsive and polite. Chip - you are the best!

Look forward to going to an upcoming wedding with them as the caterer in a few months! :)
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Phyllis

10 May 2016

Many thanks to the entire staff of Main Event Caterers! The service and food was outstanding! From the initial phone inquiry to the end of our wedding reception Main Event Caterers provided impeccable service. Our guests continue to rave about the passed hors d'oeuvres and entrees served. The crispy mac & cheese croquettes were a big hit! The wait staff was friendly and very attentive. Elyse McFadden, Liz Arline, and Corey are fabulous to work with. Every detail was attended to. I didn't have to think about a thing on our wedding day. To all looking for a caterer no matter the size of the event I highly recommend Main Event Caters and look forward to using them again. More...

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Nathalie

19 April 2016

I had a guest come up to me and say "I always hate wedding food, so I made sure to fill up on appetizers during cocktail hour... but when I tasted my dinner I could have kicked myself!"

The food was outstanding, throughout the entire evening - cocktail hour to dinner to dessert to late night snacks, I have zero complaints. In addition, they made everything so easy and so classy - the waiters were attentive but not in your face. The bartenders where calm but pour drinks quickly. All just A+

They were pricey, but well worth the cost
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17 April 2016

Main Event was amazing. Taylor was great to work with, answering our many questions. They tailored our menu exactly to how wanted it, right up until the very last minute. They were familiar with our venue, and we didn't have a single stress or worry with their services. Their staff was wonderful-they let my husband direct them exactly how he wanted to Old-Fashioned recipe, and they never pressured us in any way with any decision. Our guests (over 15 of them to be exact) complimented us on how delicious our food was after the event (sweet-potatoe gnocchi-do it), and even my aunt who is a professional manager of high end national chain catering company, said they did an excellent job. The catering contract is a huge investment and decision in planning your wedding-we were very happy with our decision and didn't have a single criticism or regret. More...

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Brigid

13 April 2016

We booked our wedding at a venue with an approved list of caterers, and Main Event was one of the 10 or so we had to choose from. Main Event was very responsive and communicated efficiently, which was helpful because we were planning our wedding in DC from California. We had the in-laws taste the menu on our behalf. They sent a representative to each of our walk throughs at our venue, and they handled all of the rentals of furniture, linens, glassware, place settings, and even easels and highchairs. The finalizing process went very smooth, and Courtney helped guide us through all the last details that come up.
The catering staff was kind enough to let me and my wife sneak through the kitchen before our ceremony so that our guests couldn't see us! We even received a plate of appetizers before the ceremony for us to snack on. It was a very thoughtful gesture and we really appreciated it.
The cocktail hour included passed appetizers, and the wait staff was very attentive. Also, my wife and I had a dedicated server all night, and she was there ready with water at all times, and made sure that my wine glass and my wife's beer glass were full from the moment we were done with pictures to the end of the night. Very cool indeed.
They did a fantastic job of setting up the ceremony, flipping the room, making adjustments for the dance floor, and even set up our dessert table for us even though the desserts were from another bakery. They are a well oiled machine, especially since they work at this venue often. We chose a buffet and our guests said that the food was some of the best wedding food they had ever had, and I have to say that I ate my entire plate full!
Only one small gripe: our server was very good at being a server, but she seemed to be unaware that she was working at a gay wedding, and repeatedly called my wife 'sir' until we asked someone to inform her. Perhaps some additional briefing on the specifics of our event would have avoided this.
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User4571237

4 April 2016

Main Event was so easy to work with from the beginning. Their whole staff especially Adeline was super helpful and responsive in the planning process. They worked very well with our venue to make every little thing flow completely flawlessly. The food was phenomenal! The cake too! The service was also very professional and they even had a serve make sure the Bride and Groom were completely taken care of the entire time. More...

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Chris P.

4 April 2016

I have enjoyed many different occasions that the have managed, all done with high quality and attention to detail. Most recently we had a program done at the office, it was tasty. On time and budget. They make these chocolate truffles!  So good. More...

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Leadership A.

23 March 2016

Thank you Main Event Caterers for catering our Monte Carlo Night gala and making the evening special! Our guests loved your delicious food. We are looking forward to our next event with you, Party on the Potomac, this fall. More...

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Brittany

14 March 2016

I had my wedding catered by Main Event on 3.6.2016. Overall, the food was outstanding and guest are still telling me how much they loved the food! We opted for a buffet dinner, bacon wrapped chicken, short ribs and baked ziti as our vegetarian dish. We had passed apps of chicken and waffles, crab cakes, mini sliders and ham and cheese croquettes.

We had a butler who ensured that the bridal party was taken care of, made sure that my husband and I were eating and staying hydrated during pictures which I thought was really nice. We bought all the alcohol for the reception and the bartender was awesome, he made a variety of mixed drinks and wasn't shy about the alcohol.

My complaints are minimal -- the event coordinator kept changing. I was introduced to a specidic contact person and within a year of planning had three different contact names thrown at me. Not sure if it's because of turn around or that's just the structure there, but with a multitude of vendors to have to memorize it would have been nice to keep a consistent contact person.

Towards the end, we ended up being about 300 over budget and I wanted see if we could rearrange small details to minimize that additional $300.00 but was told that the company had basically "given" us upgrades initially so we couldn't swap out details at the last minute. It wasn't last minute, it was two weeks until the wedding and something like vendor meals could have been taken off the quote. We offered our other vendors a hot meal, and they had an option of doing a "bagged lunch" for cheaper. I would have preferre to swap that detail out to help the cost but was never even given that option as I was quickly told that there was nothing else that could be changed.

Lastly, when my husband went to tip the staff, a gentleman, I can't remember who stated that the service team really didn't get to "share" the tips. That's disheartening if that statement is true because they worked very hard.
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Emily

15 February 2016

We worked with Taylor on a catering proposal for our wedding. Unfortunately we did end up going with another company, but she was a pleasure to work with, and their proposal was of good quality and value. They actually were the least expensive option we had on the table. We would have been happy to select Main Event, but simply found a slightly better fit elsewhere. More...

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Gretchen

10 February 2016

I got married in the middle of one of the worst winter storms to hit the DMV region in many, many, many years. I got married amidst feet of snow, raging winds, and freezing temps, and -- thanks in HUGE part to the efforts of Main Event Caterers -- we still got hitched without a hitch!

When news of just how bad the storm started to circulate, I was already dealing with vendors freaking out, stressing me out, and ultimately canceling on me. So when I got a call from Adeline with Main Event, I was expecting the worst. Instead, I got the most awesomely reassuring call I could have received: "We'll be there no matter what," she said. "Don't worry about us."

And true to their word, Main Event not only showed up, they ROCKED my wedding. I was expecting maybe half of the staff to be there, for things to be a little bit slow, run a little behind, but no. Despite the insane storm, the ridiculous amounts of snow, the horrific conditions, Main Event had a FULL staff, set up the reception BEAUTIFULLY, the food was DELICIOUS, and the service was IMPECCABLE. They were incredible, and I seriously cannot express my gratitude enough.

I came to find out that they prepped for the impending storm by delivering all of their equipment and all the rentals the day before, had the food supplies on-site in a refrigerated truck, and even put up some of their key staff members in hotels next door just to be sure that they'd be there! All of this happened, by the way, without me hearing a peep about it. Talk about true professionalism. Tim Gunn would be so proud at how Main Event simply MADE IT WORK.

I sincerely cannot recommend Main Event Caterers enough. I wish I could give them TEN stars! If you're looking for a caterer that not only serves great food, has a truly thoughtful, considerate, professional staff, AND that you can fully rely on (in a crisis!), look no further.
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Gretchen F.

10 February 2016

Allow me to paint you a word picture: It's January 23, 2016. Winter Storm Jonas is raging, dumping 2 - 3 feet of snow across the MidAtlantic region. Most people are hunkered down, warm in their beds or snuggled on their couches, cup of cocoa in hand, ready to weather out the storm. What am I doing? I'm gettin' married.Yep, I got married in the middle of one of the worst winter storms to hit the DMV region in many, many, many years. I got married amidst feet of snow, raging winds, and freezing temps, and -- thanks in HUGE part to the efforts of Main Event Caterers -- we still got hitched without a hitch!When news of just how bad the storm started to circulate, I was already dealing with vendors freaking out, stressing me out, and ultimately canceling on me. So when I got a call from Adeline with Main Event, I was expecting the worst. Instead, I got the most awesomely reassuring call I could have received: "We'll be there no matter what," she said. "Don't worry about us."And so I didn't worry. Well, I *tried* not to worry. But after some of my other vendors started canceling out on even their contingency plans, I was still nervous. After all, a makeup artist, a hair stylist, a DJ, whatever. The wedding can still happen without those people. But the caterer? All the tables and chairs and cutlery and, of course, the food? Hell, the BOOZE?! There's no way that things would have gone on without them. But all that worry ended up being needless. True to their word, Main Event not only showed up, they ROCKED my wedding. I was expecting maybe half of the staff to be there, for things to be a little bit slow, run a little behind, but no. Despite the insane storm, the ridiculous amounts of snow, the horrific conditions, Main Event had a FULL staff, set up the reception BEAUTIFULLY, the food was DELICIOUS, and the service was IMPECCABLE. They were incredible, and I seriously cannot express my gratitude enough.I came to find out that they prepped for the impending storm by delivering all of their equipment and all the rentals the day before, had the food supplies on-site in a refrigerated truck, and even put up some of their key staff members in hotels next door just to be sure that they'd be there! All of this happened, by the way, without me hearing a peep about it. No stressing me out with multiple potential plans, no asking me to pay extra to cover the added costs, nada. Talk about true professionalism. Tim Gunn would be so proud at how Main Event simply MADE IT WORK.So, let's step back from the extraordinary circumstances of the storm, and just evaluate Main Event as a caterer. They catered my brother's wedding a few years ago, so I already knew the food would taste good, but I wasn't prepared for how great the entire experience working with them would be. The tasting was outstanding -- what a great, thoughtful, and personalized experience. Working with Adeline and Spencer was seamless -- they responded to my emails promptly and thoroughly, worked with me on costs, gave me suggestions, and were so pleasant to work with. The value of what you get is outstanding -- their pricing was already so competitive and so great, but as you can see, the extra lengths to which this company will go to ensure you have an amazing event. And, of course, the food on the night of the event was great. I got tons of compliments on the quality of the food from my guests. I sincerely cannot recommend Main Event Caterers enough. I wish I could give them TEN stars! If you're looking for a caterer that not only serves great food, has  a truly thoughtful, considerate, professional staff, AND that you can fully rely on (even in a crisis!), you should look no further. I cannot thank them enough for ensuring my wedding dreams still came true -- blizzard and all. More...

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Michelle

17 January 2016

Catering was one aspect of planning my daughter's wedding that I knew I would be extremely picky about. With this being one of the biggest expenses of a wedding, I wanted to make sure the quality and service reflected the cost. I am so glad we went with Main Event. We worked with Liz and she was wonderful. I made several special requests and she made sure everything was perfect. We were very impressed at the tasting and I wondered if this would be the same type of service and food quality we would get the actual day of the reception and it was! They have an amazing staff and they were very professional. They kept the appetizers coming out fresh and hot and the plated meal was visually stunning as well as delicious. They even had a personal butler that attended to the bride and groom. He made sure they were brought a sample of all the appetizers and had drinks before they made their entrance. He also made sure they had what ever they needed during the meal. They even prepared a to-go box for them to take with them. I would not hesitate to use Main Event again. More...

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31 December 2015

Main Event was fantastic. We just used them for our wedding in December, and we were more than thrilled with the result. We worked with Spencer and Jackie as our main contacts - Spencer first, and then Jackie through the actual event. The service was impeccable - they were very responsive and the wait staff were great. We actually requested that the server we had during our tasting be at our wedding because we liked her so much. Finally, the food was delicious - we got so many compliments on it, both hors d'oeuvres and entrees. Only downfall is that they're pretty expensive, but didn't help that we had 180 guests at the wedding.... as compared to other vendors in the area, they were about average in cost. More...

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Tegan M.

26 December 2015

I chose Main Event catering to cater a Thanksgiving event for my company and Tracy really came through! Every detail was perfect and the food was amazing. The best stuffing I have had in long time. What a joy to have everything fall into place on this holiday and for once not to have to stress or lift a finger!I will be coming back to them for my next event! More...

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Carole W.

19 December 2015

Main Event Caterers designed & implemented a lovely engagement party at a funky DC art gallery for my friends. As a first-time coordinator, their talented designer, Courtney, made the entire experience so easy & pleasant for me. The Main Event staff were all a delight to work with: a helpful, efficient & intuitive team. The food was fresh & delicious, the drinks were beautifully prepared & served, the set-up staff was quick & experienced. Main Event took care of everything we needed & cleaned up the art gallery space perfectly & on time. Highly recommend! More...

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9 December 2015

Main Event did an excellent job with my wedding this past summer and I'm so happy that I chose them. I worked with Adeline and she was very prompt in replying to all of my emails and made the process easy for me as I was planning my wedding from abroad. I also found them a good value for money when comparing other caterers in the area.

On the day of the event, the staff were wonderful and very attentive. We also had quite a few compliments on the food. They provided a signature drink at no extra charge and helped me to source German beer that isn't usually on their list. I also had them create custom cookies as favors at the end of the night which turned out perfectly.

The only thing I would have changed is that I would have sourced my wedding cake elsewhere. The cake wasn't exactly what I had wanted as they "outsource" their cakes and the communication to the bakery they use wasn't perfect. I would recommend finding your own bakery.

Overall, I would book them again in a heartbeat!
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User5081161

5 December 2015

Michelle and her team at Main Events Catering are absolutely incredible! When my husband and I were searching for a caterer, we worried that we would never find someone that could pull off what we wanted. Michelle knocked it it out of the park! Every one of our guests absolutely LOVED the food, which is no small feat given their wide variety of tastes and dietary restrictions. Many people came up to my husband and I during the reception to tell us how everything was delicious, and we saw many more return to the stations for seconds (and thirds!).

While we loved how everything turned out, my husband and I also absolutely loved working with Michelle throughout the process. Right from the start, Michelle made and effort to get to know me and my husband, and she designed a menu with foods representing different parts of our relationship. It was wonderful to not only be able to share delicious food with our family and friends, but a part of our story as well. Michelle's staff was professional, polite, and attentive and did an excellent job of making sure we had everything we needed on our day.

We wholeheartedly recommend Michelle and her team at Main Events!
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Rachel

5 December 2015

Everything was fabulous! Michelle and Liz were wonderful to work with. They helped come up with a great menu within our budget, answered all of our many questions quickly and thoroughly, and were thoughtful about the many details. The food was fantastic and we are still getting compliments on the meal. The staff on the day of the wedding was friendly and professional. One of them even brought us appetizers after the photographs since we were missing the cocktail hour. It was such a pleasure to know that everything was in good hands and that we didn't have to worry about anything. We would definitely work with them again and highly recommend MEC. More...

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Kristina

30 November 2015

We just used Main Event for our wedding a couple weeks ago. They were on a short list of recommended caterers for the venue and we were beyond satisfied with their service and food! Throughout the process their communication was thorough and timely. We were initially drawn to their sample 'autumn vegetarian' menu and we used that as a springboard for our fall wedding menu but added a meat option. The staff was so great during the wedding. The bar looked amazing, the buffet dinner went off with out a hitch, and we are getting so many comments about the food. The team was easy to work with and we loved being able to bring in our own custom desert (pies!) and they executed a really fun signature cocktail for our event based on a recipe we provided. The staff also kept time for the event which was cruicial for us getting through the different activities, toasts, etc..We didn't have to worry about a thing. It was magical. Thanks to our event designer, Liz, and the whole staff team! More...

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Caroline

28 November 2015

Main Events catered our 200 person wedding back in October and we are still hearing how much our guests enjoyed the food and the professional service. We initially reached out to Main Events about a year before our wedding, and they were very responsive, transparent, and easy to work with throughout the entire process. For example, not only was the food at the tasting superb, but Taylor Rose--the event designer we were lucky enough to work with--turned the table design we had discussed in theoretical terms into reality for the tasting. Something else that we really appreciated, particularly when it came down to selecting which caterer we would be contracting for our wedding, was Taylor Rose's attention to detail and willingness to provide us with an itemized budget, which allowed us to prioritize where we spent our money. The other company that we were considering provided us with very vague estimates and refused to provide itemized budgets. In the days leading up to the wedding, Taylor Rose was also really helpful with finding us a lighting company that pulled together our very specific lighting idea (eddison bulbs over the dance floor). Every person we spoke with had great things to say about the food, which indicates to us that service was very consistent. Additionally, Main Events was very good about quickly turning over the space (ceremony area to dinner service, cocktail reception to dance floor) and working well with our other vendors. We cannot say enough positive things about Main Events or Taylor Rose! More...

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Carol B.

28 November 2015

Main Events catered our 200 person wedding back in October and we are still hearing how much our guests enjoyed the food and the professional service.  We initially reached out to Main Events about a year before our wedding, and they were very responsive, transparent, and easy to work with throughout the entire process.  For example, not only was the food at the tasting superb, but Taylor Rose--the event designer we were lucky enough to work with--turned the table design we had discussed in theoretical terms into reality for the tasting.  Something else that we really appreciated, particularly when it came down to selecting which caterer we would be contracting for our wedding, was Taylor Rose's attention to detail and willingness to provide us with an itemized budget, which allowed us to prioritize where we spent our money.  The other company that we were considering provided us with very vague estimates and refused to provide itemized budgets.  In the days leading up to the wedding, Taylor Rose was also really helpful with finding us a lighting company that pulled together our very specific lighting idea (eddison bulbs over the dance floor).  Every person we spoke with had great things to say about the food, which indicates to us that service was very consistent.  Additionally, Main Events was very good about quickly turning over the space (ceremony area to dinner service, cocktail reception to dance floor) and working well with our other vendors.  We cannot say enough positive things about Main Events or Taylor Rose! More...

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24 November 2015

Amazing team and wonderful food! For our wedding we worked with Spencer, Adeline, and Meg who all did a great job from start to finish. Main Event drafted three different family style menus to assist in selecting our wedding menu with different price points, which helped greatly determine what items we would serve at the reception. Even our tasting with Main Event was a great experience. (Sometimes I wish they had restaurant. I could eat the Piquant African Peppers, Velvety Cream of Tomato Soup, and Pumpkin + Sage Ravioli Gigante once a week). :)

Many of our guests said it was one of the best wedding meals they had including the exceptional service. I will add once the ceremony was over and my husband and I stayed to take a family photos, Main Event Staff brought us trays of appetizers and glasses of champagne. I wasn't expecting this level of service, but honestly it was one of the few times the Groom and I had a chance to eat and it was great surprise.

Our Butler for the evening and Manager (Chip) were also wonderful! Unfortunately, I don't remember the Butler's name but he always made sure my husband and I had a fresh drink or anything else we needed. Both Chip and the Butler went above and beyond their roles and responsibilities at our wedding.

I highly recommend Main Event for any events! From working with Spencer, Adeline, and Meg to the on-site team, Main Event provided exceptional service and quality to make our wedding reception memorable!
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Jade

19 November 2015

Loved working with them. Felt like a valued customer the entire process.

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Rachel G.

15 November 2015

We used Main Event Caterers for our wedding and couldn't be happier. They were so professional and easy to work with, responding quickly and thoroughly to all of our questions.  Michelle and Liz were great. The food was excellent and the room looked lovely. One of our main entrees was vegetarian and they made a beautiful and nutritious dish, something caterers often do not do well. They took care of everything, start to finish, and it was comforting to know we were in good hands and didn't need to worry about the details on the day of the wedding. They even brought some hors d'oeuvres out to us after we took photos so we didn't miss anything while we were taking pics during the cocktail hour. I'd definitely use them again. More...

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12 November 2015

We loved the people we worked with from Main Event. They were friendly, professional and helpful. They have a vast range of menu options that can really meet anyone's needs and we loved the items we selected. We were disappointed that while the food tasted good at our event, it came out cold and took a long time to all come out. More...

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Megan

1 November 2015

Main Events was AWESOME! Their food was delicious and the staff was very friendly. The butler that took care of the bride and groom was very attentive and had a great disposition.

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Daniel

28 October 2015

From the first second to the end of the wedding plus follow up after the wedding, Main Event Caterers was amazing. We got the all-inclusive package at the Top of the Town in Arlington, Virginia and were happily "stuck" with Main Event Caterers. How good were they? Four of our guests who have many private parties at their houses and for work requested that we send them our contact at Main Event Caterers that we happily provided to them. The food, waiters, waitresses and bartenders were amazing. The tastings were fun/beautiful and exciting at the same time. We are most appreciative of the hard work they performed for us! More...

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28 October 2015

I had an amazing experience working with Daniela on my wedding, she worked with our budget while helping maintaining the look and feel we wanted with the event! She was flexible with us and was very personable to work with! Everyone is still raving about the food!! And from a bride standpoint it was so nice to have a caterer who took care of everything--linens, flatware, glassware, etc. that's invaluable to you when you are coordinating! Thank you MEC! More...

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Katelyn C.

28 October 2015

Wedding Review: I had an amazing experience working with Daniela on my wedding, she worked with our budget while helping maintaining the look and feel we wanted with the event! She was flexible with us and was very personable to work with! Everyone is still raving about the food!! And from a bride standpoint it was so nice to have a caterer who took care of everything--linens, flatware, glassware, etc. that's invaluable to you when you are coordinating! Thank you MEC! More...

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24 October 2015

Main Events provided the catering for my daughter and son-in-laws wedding. From start to finish they were professional and responsive. They were also willing to work within our budget. We chose to have the food served family style allowing for the intimacy of a family dinner for 100. The food was delicious and many of our guests commented "it was the best food they had at a wedding". Food at a wedding is very often an after thought but Main Event takes great care in providing food that is important to the couple and is good. More...

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kristen

23 October 2015

Our experience with Main Event was top-notch. We decided to use Main Event for our wedding catering after receiving very prompt and professional responses to our emails - and a delicious sounding menu! We went to our tasting and fell in love. We had family style dining and our guests were raving about the food - the short ribs are especially delicious! We felt very taken care of throughout the night, the service was excellent and everything ran so smoothly. We cannot recommend Main Event enough! More...

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16 October 2015

Main Event was fantastic and I would recommend them to any bride and groom getting married in the DC area. We had thunderstorms predicted for our wedding at the DAR and Daniela worked diligently to come up with a backup plan that satisfied us, despite a tight indoor space. And at the last minute, they pulled off an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. Amazing. The food was delicious - the fried chicken and short ribs were devoured by our guests, along with everything else. As the bride I had two staff catering to my every need all night long and so did my groom. Anything we needed, they were right there! The flexibility and professionalism of the entire team was above and beyond our expectations. More...

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Jen K.

13 October 2015

Absolutely love Spencer.  He paid attention to every detail we asked for from the moment we talked to him.  We got a lot of compliments on the setup as well.  He was better than our day of wedding coordinator and made sure everything went smoothly. More...

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Meghan

11 October 2015

Working with Main Event was one of the best decisions I made while planning my wedding! Every moment, from the initial tasting to the wedding day, I was completely confident in Main Event. Spencer and Jackie were WONDERFUL! They made this experience fun for me and were able to provide suggestions in a non-pushy manner. I would email or call with questions on a weekly basis and Main Event was always professional and prompt in their response. The food at Main Event is amazing, your guests will be talking about this food for months after your wedding! You cannot go wrong with this caterer! More...

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Stephanie

9 October 2015

We used Main Event Caterers for our wedding last month and they did a fantastic job. The reception room looked absolutely gorgeous and the staff was great. I ended up working with 3 different people throughout my year of planning because two of the ladies ended up leaving. Taylor Rose did a great job picking up where they left off and was very responsive any time I had questions. She was also very familiar with the venue as she had done several events there. Once we did the walk through, I was confident that everything would go smoothly. The catering staff was great; very friendly and professional. The reason I didn't give MEC all 5 stars is because my husband and I ended up being really disappointed in the outcome of the boneless short ribs that we chose. When we tried them at the tasting, we were so impressed by how delicious they were. At our wedding they ended up being so dry that we could barely eat them. Other than that, all of our other food including the passed hor dourves came out really well. I would recommend using MEC, but would just have MEC ensure that your food comes out fairly close to how it did at the tasting. More...

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Jesse W.

6 October 2015

Main Event catered an open house party for our new office and they were awesome!  The food was fantastic.  Our guests loved it.  The staff was professional and fun.  They represented the mood of the party very well. The design of the event and preparation was as easy as it gets.  Main Event was a pleasure to work with and we will use them for years to come. More...

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Hannah

4 October 2015

Main Event (and specifically Spencer and Adeline) is top notch. From the very beginning, my husband and I were impressed with Main Event: I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease a couple years ago and was hoping to do a completely gluten free meal for our wedding. Not only did Main Event provide us with a proposal that was completely gluten free (and delicious sounding), but they kept their proposal within our price range, and designed the menu based on my husband's and my favorite foods, making it more personal. When we arrived at Main Event for our tasting, we were greeted by a fully tuxedo-ed server with champagne, and then met Spencer, who was charismatic, knowledgeable, and personable. The food was fantastic, and we left not knowing exactly what dishes we liked best. After we signed the contract, Adeline was assigned to continue helping us plan until the day of when Spencer would take over and manage the day-of events. Adeline (and the entire team at Main Event we communicated with), was SO WONDERFUL!! I probably wrote her about a million emails, and she was always timely and friendly in her responses. I was so grateful to have her help throughout the whole process. I can't say enough good things about her. And during our walk through and the day of the wedding, Spencer ran things like CLOCKWORK. The food was fabulous and the service was fantastic (my husband and I even had a woman--I think her name was Theresa--who was assigned to only us all night and she was just terrific). I just cannot say enough good things about them. Thank you, Main Event for helping make our amazing day even more special!! :) More...

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Kayla

28 September 2015

We worked mostly with Spencer and Jackie at Main Event. From the very beginning, Spencer was very accommodating and quick to respond and update our budget/menu as we had questions and made changes. We were very impressed by our tasting with them - it was elegant and delicious and we had already signed a contract so there was really no need to wow us. The food was just phenomenal! Near the end, Jackie took over and was just as helpful and responsive as Spencer. We not only used them as our caterers but also as equipment rental and were thrilled with our selection options. For both the food and equipment, they always helped offer suggestions that kept us within our budget. As we got closer, they were very involved with creating the layout for the venue and had great insight on table placements due to their extensive experience at River Farm. Our only issue came from dealing with the bar service. We provided our own alcohol (which they had suggested as it is really more cost effective) but there seemed to be some confusion about which wines should have been served when (bar vs dinner) and near the end we had some difficulty getting alcohol at all as they said they ran out of glasses. It seemed that the bar could have been just a little more accommodating. Overall, however, we were thrilled with the food and the service. Especially Elizabeth, our "personal" server who made sure my husband and I had anything we needed (water/wine/food) starting as soon as the ceremony was over. I mean literally handing us ice water and appetizers between photos. We would highly recommend Spencer, Jackie, and Main Event Caterers! More...

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22 September 2015

Main Event was great from they day we contacted them until the end of our wedding. They were easy to work with, creative, and knew our venue inside and out. We had so many other details to plan and worry about, it was wonderful to know that they had the catering under control with minimal oversight from us. They arranged the tables and place settings beautifully; the food was delicious; and they attended to me and my husband all night. We didn't get to eat much during the reception, so it was a treat to get to our hotel at the end of the night and feast on the leftovers they packed us from our wedding dinner. More...

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Relita

15 September 2015

Michelle and her team were incredible and we can't be happier with the services they provided for us on our wedding day. Not only did they provide absolutely delicious food, they also provided excellent service, extreme professionalism, in-depth knowledge of our venue (the National Museum for Women in the arts) and other add-on services that were beyond the scope of our original contract.

Michelle and her team truly made our wedding day truly so special, our tables looked amazing but even better the food and appetizers were DELICIOUS! I got married on August 9th and we still have people talking about our food...! It was great working with Michelle and can't wait to hire her and her team again for another event : )
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Sara

13 September 2015

Highly recommend Main Event! We were very particular about our wedding catering and they did an excellent job with delicious food that all the guests loved, beautiful place settings, great service for us and our guests, and worked within our budget. Recommend working with Darcy and/or Taylor. Thank you both! More...

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Crystal

6 September 2015

Can't imagine anything less than a 5-star review for Main Event. All of the staff we talked to, both before the event and at the event, were very professional, friendly, and responsive. During the day of the wedding, they went above and beyond in working seamlessly with the venue space and the other venues. As the bride and groom we didn't have to worry about anything day-of, and were really impressed by the staff taking great care of all of the guests as well as making sure we were fed :)

Main Event has lots of experience working in the area, came recommended by our venue, and were a perfect vendor for our wedding (even though we had to plan it from afar)! Incredible range of dinner options, and our favorite dishes were the beef shortrib and the vegetarian lasagnettes - but each dish we chose from Main Event was delicious and perfectly presented.
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Kirsten

12 August 2015

Darcy and Kathleen at Main Event Caterers were our saving grace! At the beginning of our wedding planning process, we had the hardest time finding the right caterer. We reached out to multiple different options and either did not get a response at all, or one that simply did not meet our expectations. I got in touch with Darcy at Main Event Caterers and she immediately put us at ease! She knew our wedding venue, listened to what we were looking for, and discussed with us many details that weren't even on our minds yet, but should have been! She had a consultation with us and came up with the perfect menu to fit our theme. From there, Darcy and Kathleen teamed up to make sure everything went smoothly from start to finish. We could not have been more thankful for their help! We strongly recommend MEC for your catering needs! :) More...

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Rachel

4 August 2015

Main Event is the BEST caterer! We had such a great experience with them for our Woodend wedding in July. Caterer is a very complex service to provide - and Main Event was perfect along every step of the way. From our initial information request, to the tasting, to the planning and tweaking details, walk through, and the event. The food was seriously DELICIOUS (waaay better than typical "wedding food") and the guests loved everything. They have excellent choices for all dishes (appetizers - passed/stationery, salads, main dishes) and accommodated food allergies with ease. It was a pleasure working with Jackie and Spencer to design our dream wedding. More...

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Rachel G.

4 August 2015

Main Event was an absolutely excellent choice for our wedding at Woodend! They provided excellent food and service and were so easy to work with. Jackie and Spencer do an excellent job and are the utmost professionals. I would highly recommend them and their DELICIOUS food! More...

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Charles

9 July 2015

We had a great experience with Main Event! We hired Main Event to cater our wedding in DC last month. We couldn't have asked for a more professional, nicer, or more helpful team to work with. Jen and Liz at Main Event worked with us to develop a menu with terrific food that fit within our budget, and many of our guests told us that they thought the food and service at our wedding was the best they'd had at any wedding. Thanks Main Event! More...

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George N.

9 July 2015

We had a great experience with Main Event!  We hired Main Event to cater our wedding in DC last month.  We couldn't have asked for a more professional, nicer, or more helpful team to work with.  Jen and Liz at Main Event worked with us to develop a menu with terrific food that fit within our budget, and many of our guests told us that they thought the food and service at our wedding was the best they'd had at any wedding.  Thanks Main Event! More...

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8 July 2015

Main Event did a fantastic job for our wedding at Oxon Hill Manor. Darcey, our initial point of contact, was extremely professional and responsive. Ultimately, we selected Main Event based upon the quality of the food, which was immediately evident at the tasting. Main Event even specifically designed a pancetta fingerling potato dish at our request for the tasting. Darcey was very thorough in our initial contract negotiations, which made life much easier as we approached the wedding date. I did not realize it at the time, but that initial meticulous negotiation is so helpful because the weeks before the wedding can truly be nutty and I appreciated having such a solid basis to work from in the final steps. Kathleen was very helpful and work hand-in-hand with our day-of coordinator to ensure quick and efficient service at the reception. Main Event assigns a butler specifically to the bride and groom, which was awesome and ensured that we actually got to eat and drink throughout the day. The food itself was absolutely fantastic. In particular, the short-ribs were spectacular. Main Event is comprised of true professions and the additional expense as compared to other caterers was truly worth it given the quality of food and service. More...

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Margot

30 June 2015

We had an incredible experience working with Main Event! They did an incredible job listening to what we wanted and making it a reality. They answered every single question I had and were super patient with all my emails and flexible with me as I had a last minute 2-month international work trip that I had to take 3 months before the wedding. In addition to their customer service, the food that Main Event served was incredible. Every guest that I've spoken to has commented on how great the food was, a couple have even tried to get me to ask for recipes. I would highly recommend Main Event to anyone and will definitely look to use them again for any event that I host. More...

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22 June 2015

We were overall pleased with Main Event Caterers. The staff was helpful with planning, and even provided a tasting session. The "design manager" who helped us met us at our venue for a walk-through. She had excellent suggestions, but was also interested to hear of our wishes and concerns. The food on the day of the event was extraordinary, and the bar staff and servers were excellent. Also, the food was displayed more beautifully, and tasted more delicious than I had imagined or hoped for. One problem we had was we got white napkins instead of the color we had requested from the design manager. Perhaps if we had read the invoice more carefully we would have seen this omission, but with all the commotion of planning it was easily overlooked. However, I must say that Main Event admitted their mistake and gave us a small discount on our final bill due to this error. Overall we are quite happy with our catering experience with Main Event, and would certainly use them again if the need arose. More...

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Kaitlyn

20 June 2015

Our wedding was at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, VA so the catering company we chose had A LOT to provide. My fiance and I had a vision how we wanted our tables set and MEC delivered!!! It was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. To top it all off the food was FABULOUS. My guests are still talking about how great it all tasted. They also accommodate a gluten free guest at the last minute. I would recommend MEC to any bride in the area that is looking for great food, beautiful tablescapes, and professional service. More...

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Katherine

16 June 2015

We were so glad we used Main Event to cater our wedding reception. From the very first phone call with Jen Sibel, our event designer, I could tell that she understood the type of meal and event we wanted our reception to be. During the planning process, I really appreciated that Main Event provided a detailed quote, so I could see the cost breakdown, and didn't bat an eye when I needed a event plan for an outdoor setting (without a tent) as well as a indoor/rain plan. Working with Jen and Rebeccah Propp made planning our reception - from food, to linens, to table/dance floor rental, to event timing - so easy. We ended up having beautiful weather on our wedding day and had a fabulous cocktail hour and dinner in the garden. The quality of food and service by Main Event was superb. My husband and I felt completely taken care of (thanks to the Main Event staff who made sure we actually ate!). We also got lots of rave reviews from our guests who loved our buffet menu and appreciated the professional service provided by Main Event. They come with our highest recommendation. More...

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Leah

16 June 2015

Main Event catered my wedding a few weeks ago at the Dumbarton House in Georgetown. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive, the food was delicious, and everything ran smoothly from start to finish. We even had our own personal server throughout the night to bring us food and drinks. All our guests were happy and so were we! More...

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Heidi

9 June 2015

If you are having a wedding in the Washington DC or surrounding areas you can't go wrong with Main Event Caterers. I hired them for my Daughter's wedding and it was the best decision I made. The food was excellent. I had so many guests coming up to me and telling me how wonderful everything tasted. They really worked with me on the menu. We had passed appetizers and three choices of entrees. It was traditional choice of beef, chicken or fish. The beef were Medallions with a Béarnaise sauce, roasted chicken and Halibut with a lemon/honey gastrique. The fish was my daughter's favorite, but it was all delicious. The service was excellent and the staff were friendly and professional at all times. I had no worries that night. The tables looked beautiful. The table coverings were three dimensional roses. I didn't realize they were putting candles on the tables. With the flowers it looked so perfect. One of the best things they did, which was a surprise to me, they assigned a waiter to the Bride and Groom for the evening to see to their every wish. Their waiter even made the photographer give them a break so they could eat the appetizers. They went above and beyond. I hope this review helps. I know I couldn't be happier with our caterer. More...

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Tracy

2 June 2015

We worked with Michelle and Liz at Main Event Caterer for our wedding in May 2015 at the Carnegie Institute for Science. Both were fantastic and helpful throughout the entire process. We had chosen they based on reviews and after our first meeting with Michelle we walked away and immediately knew we wanted to use Main Event for our wedding. They worked closely with us on our meal choices, incorporated our requests and comments during the final tasting, and even switched up our whole catering menu 4 months prior to the wedding! The day of, the food was amazing, beautifully presented, and served to 130 guests very quickly. The wait staff was helpful and pleasant, and the bartenders were efficient and knowledgeable in serving various cocktails. Main events was also flexible in providing a third bartender outside during the cocktail hour, which helped cut down the wait time for drinks and prevented people from bunching up. Would highly recommend Main Event for your wedding! More...

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1 June 2015

We worked with Main Event Catering for our family wedding at Dumbarton house and it was great experience.
Food was amazing which All guests loved !!!
Kirk and Jan from the catering crew were extremely professional and so helpful with everything !
Main Event Catering did a wonderful job and we would recommend them again .
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Jennifer

27 May 2015

We were very impressed with the service and quality of food at Main Event. Jackie was always quick to respond to all of our questions and requests. She helped us create a delicious menu that got many compliments from our guests. We had several guests with food allergies and dietary restrictions. Main Event was very accommodating with creating specific dishes for them. They set up everything beautifully and were prompt and professional with clean up at the end of the wedding. The best part was the personal butler service just for us. They had ice water ready for us right after the ceremony and made sure we got to try all our favorite hors d’oeuvres! More...

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Brittany

27 May 2015

Main Event was incredible to work with! The food was amazing, and I had multiple guests tell me how delicious it was! The tables were set beautifully and were exactly what I wanted! I'm so glad we went with Main Event for our wedding! More...

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Judith

26 May 2015

Spencer and his team at Main Event were perfect for our wedding. They were the first caterer we tasted and we immediately loved the entrees, cake, service and presentation. They helped us pick amazing hors d'oeuvres and made us a beautiful cake (that was actually delicious as well... rare for a wedding cake in my opinion). Our 120 guests all commented that they couldn't believe the meat and fish were cooked so perfectly for a group that size. Would recommend them in a heartbeat. More...

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Sarah

26 May 2015

From our first meeting with Main Events, their staff went out of their to accommodate our taste and our budget. Over the course of a year, we felt that Main Events was with us all along the way as we put our wedding together; no request or concern went ignored. At our wedding, Main Events provided a staff that was professional and courteous, and ensured all 165 of our guests were taken care of. In particular, as bride and groom, we felt that Main Events took special care to make sure we were hydrated, wined, and dined throughout the course of the evening.

The next morning, we did it all again, when Main Events staged a brunch in the confines of a city-block boutique hotel with no fuss whatsoever.
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25 May 2015

We were recommended Main Event Caterers by our venue. I also got a recommendation from a co-worker who used them for her wedding. Jen and Liz were our event planners and worked within our budget. We went to a tasting with a tentative menu selected, and we were able to try 2 of our main courses at the tasting. The salmon and the boneless beef short rib are DELICIOUS! We also highly recommend the corn souffles - of which we got many compliments. They also provided all the linens, tables, and chairs. The staff and servers were very professional. We would definitely recommend Main Event Caterers! More...

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Raffaela

25 May 2015

We have an amazing day, the staff before the wedding went with exactly what we wanted, and on the day, all the butlers and the event co-ordinated on the day, where so friendly, helpful with us, we always had a drink in our hand, if we needed anything they got it straight away for us.
All our guest were so happy with the food, the set up, and it is something you always want to hear that your guests are having a great time at your wedding.
The price was a little high, but they do work with you, especially if you are on a budget.
We had a buffet style food, the food was so good, all our guests were shocked at how good the food was , especially the short ribs they were so tender .
At the end of the night, they helped us pack our centerpieces, any wedding items we want, and our wedding cake they packed so it wouldn't get ruined .

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Jess B.

23 May 2015

Main Event catered our wedding a few weeks ago.  Our tasting was wonderful - informative and delicious so we decided to go with them!  They were very responsive to questions and worked with our budget.  The day of the event was run beautifully - all the staff were extremely professional in behavior and appearance, and very friendly (especially to the bridal party).  The drinks were delicious as was all of the food - we had two chefs in attendance and they both independently commented on how good the food was!  Food presentation was phenomenal.  My only complaints would be that one of the dishes we chose was not served as outlined in our contract (they refunded us a tiny amount for this), and that when we went to our tasting we worked with one person and were under the impression we would be working with him.  All of my email communication was with him and then closer to the event I was working only with another girl who did a fine job and although they work together it just seemed a little odd.  Overall very pleased. More...

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Elizabeth

2 May 2015

From our very first contact, I had a fantastic experience working with the MEC team. We wanted to serve dinner family style and had a hard time finding caterers that were willing do to so, but MEC helped carry out our dinner dreams. The food service struck the exact tone we were hoping to achieve and our guests couldn't stop raving about the food. We made a few tweaks after our tasting, and they were always responsive to our questions and changes. While cake initially wasn't high on our priority list, we ended up having an amazing cake through them. They also did a wonderful job in pulling different linens and serveware for us to choose from, and I was thrilled with our final selections. More...

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Rebecca

29 April 2015

Main Event is literally the BEST. My wedding planner recommended them to me, and I'm very glad she did that. From the food tasting to the wedding day, they make everything so smooth, and so customized to whatever you want.

Since most of our guests are Asian, we kinda wanted American food with an Asian twist, and Main Event definitely made it happen. The cocktail hour's food is amazing that some of my guests joked to me that they were kind of chasing the servers. Our main courses are short ribs, duck and vegetarian. I cannot tell you how many guests told me that they cook like Michelin star level food. We had a dessert BAR including probably 6-7 desserts after the dance floor is open, that was a KILLER. On top of that, we used their dark chocolate truffle box as our wedding favor, and all of the guests loved it. Main Event did a great job packing and arranging the logistics, that made me completely stress free.

Seriously, you won't find anyone better in town, in any sense.
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29 April 2015

We went with Main Event Caterers for our spring wedding at the Torpedo Factory, and they did a fantastic job. Out of the four quotes we got from caterers, they were the only ones who could deliver a plated meal on our tight budget. We initially requested a fusion of Vietnamese and Southern food, but since my Vietnamese relatives were sticklers on exact authenticity (and not fusion, which was what we wanted), we ultimately went with more American dishes. We weren't disappointed in the slightest -- the appetizer were delicious, and the entrees we went with were amazing and looked great. All of our guests commented on how delicious the food was, and that was very important to me. Jackie was very responsive to all of my emails (and there were quite a few of them). Doing an event at the Torpedo Factory can be a challenge, since they can't set up until 5 pm, and our ceremony started at 6:30. However, they executed the set up perfectly, and were able to stick to our tight timeline. I highly recommend Main Event Caterers, not just for value, but for the quality of service that they deliver. Thank you so much for everything -- you were a big part in our wedding success! More...

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17 February 2015

We chose Main Event Caterers for our reception, and they were excellent. Overall: great food, detail-oriented, experienced, professional service.

Planning
We had a medium-sized, fall reception. Main Event's personalized service impressed us. Their event planners convey fun, celebration, and enjoyment, which set them apart. The Main Event experience was like eating at a great restaurant. Other vendors seemed generic, cafeteria-like. We worked with Scotlyn and Liz, who brought us in for a consultation. We discussed our reception vision and left with a gift of chocolate truffles.

Tasting/Walkthrough
The group tasting solidified our confidence about food quality, equipment, and service staff. During our walkthrough, our event coordinator was detail-oriented and stayed behind after we left to discuss details with the venue management.

Food
Because of their experience and size, Main Event has an extensive, unmatched menu, and the food is great. Guests complimented the goat cheese/jalapeno hushpuppies appetizer and our cheese table. On arrival, we actually got to eat appetizers, reserved by waitstaff specifically assigned to us. We enjoyed the beef short rib and brie on brioche. The butternut squash soup was a great, fall-themed first course, wisely suggested instead of a salad. Entrees were similarly great.

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The plated meal service and bartending went smoothly with the experienced staff. Our on-site coordinator, Liz, helped us through a 30-minute delayed start and communicated well. Brandon, our great head waiter, served our gluten-free guests promptly and held two extra meals for latecomers. Guests were well taken of.

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Contracting a caterer is an infrequent event. So we went with Main Event whom we knew would treat our guests right. They kept us informed during the planning, always responding to emails. Price was comparable with less highly-rated companies. With Main Event, we were in good hands. We rate them very highly.
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Lauren

12 February 2015

First, let me say that Spencer at A Main Event Catering is fabulous. He put together a menu that incorporated my wedding theme to a tee and fit my budget. My party arrived 1 hour late for my scheduled tasting due to traffic, but Spencer was completely gracious and gave us a wonderful food experience. We talked and laughed so much that I think the kitchen staff had to prompt us to wrap things up! While we loved Spencer and his offerings, we ultimately chose another vendor based on an offer from a family friend. That said, I would absolutely recommend Spencer and his team at A Main Event. Do not pass this one over! More...

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Jennifer

26 January 2015

Food was delicious! Jenn and staff were very professional, organized and helpful catering our event.

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Becky

2 January 2015

Main Event Caterers has incredibly friendly staff throughout the company -- from their accounts receivable department to their in-house sales staff to their on-site catering staff. Everyone was very easy to work with and always responded quickly.

MEC's menu offerings are unique and delicious and the displays at our wedding were beautiful.

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15 December 2014

Who comes back from a wedding raving about the buffet? Our guests did after the amazing spread Main Event put out for our February wedding. Not only is their food delicious (lots locally sourced, too), their staff is the height of professional and really took care of all the guests. Little details, like sprucing up the cake stand with some spare baby’s breath, to folding the napkins just so around the menus, set the stage for our classy casual wedding. Main Event has so many 5-star reviews for a very good reason, and I will not hesitate to hire them again for my future catering needs. More...

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Adrianne

8 December 2014

Main Event was great to work with. I did have a slight problem about a month after I picked my menu. They came back to me and let me know the chicken I chose would be an extra $2 per person, it would have been better to have known that in advance! Besides that, the food and the service was fantastic! More...

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Katie

28 November 2014

We hired Main Event to cater our wedding in DC in November 2014. The food was fantastic and our guests are still raving about it a week later. One word of advice is to be sure to read your contract and stay on top of all the terms you've agreed to as we found we had to remind them of several details a few times leading up to the event to ensure that we were not charged extra for things that had already been discussed and agreed upon. Overall, we were very pleased with our experience. More...

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Elizabeth

21 November 2014

I am very happy that I retained Main Event caterers for my wedding reception. I sampled menus from two other area caterers with similar price points, but none could compare to Main Event. Their menu options are astounding and they can modify according to special requests. I wanted hints of Persian flavors in my buffet menu and I got just that with dishes like pistachio rice pilaf and pomegranate-glazed carrots. They also had fantastic vegetarian options--I absolutely loved their eggplant entrée. And there are no words to describe how perfectly cooked and seasoned their roasted lamb loin and chicken entrees were. They also accommodated my request to have a warm apple cider bar for our colder than usual fall wedding. Planning a wedding reception can be a pretty daunting task on your own and Main Event made sure that our plans were executed perfectly. Our event coordinator was Spencer McCormack and he was a delight to work with. He made such helpful suggestions throughout the planning process and I felt comforted knowing that he had planned hundreds of weddings at the venue we chose. The catering team did a fantastic job with the food, set-up, break-down and even boxed up the few remaining leftovers for my family to take home. My family and friends are still raving about the food! I highly recommend Main Event. More...

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Susan

20 November 2014

Andrea and Jen did an excellent job helping to plan my daughters wedding. They were always available and provided experienced advice. When the weather proved challenging, there was a seamless change to Plan B. The quality of the food was excellent! I would recommend Main Event to everyone planning a wedding or other special occasion. More...

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Meghan

15 November 2014

Main Event lived up to all the promises made during this process. We went to our tasting and was blown away right from the beginning. Their attention to detail is fantastic, and they are absolutely flexible. We mixed and matched our menu options, and added a pasta course with sauce provided by the grooms father as part of a family tradition, and no one even batted an eye. They are incredibly responsive, every question and email was answered immediately. The food on the day of the wedding was exactly what we had tasted during our tasting over a year before. Everyone there on the day of the wedding was a perfect professional, they were kind, courteous and helpful and did a great job ensuring all our guests had everything they need. If you are looking for restaurant quality food at a great value, Main Event is your caterer. More...

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Samantha

10 November 2014

I love Main Event! I worked with Spencer and his team and really couldn't be happier with both the process of getting everything together, as well as the final result on our wedding day. They are super responsive, professional and definitely get to know you throughout the planning. They have a really cool studio where you go for the tasting (which was spectacular!) and they have rental samples on-site (linens, flatware, chargers, etc.).

Our food was delicious and really reasonably priced for what you get. We had a seasonal menu (fall) that had really personal touches throughout, like apple cider to warm everyone on a cold day. Delicious beef, chicken, and roasted veggies—my vegetarian and meat-eating guests were all happy.

We heard so many compliments on the food—even from extremely tough critics, during dinner and all night long. They were accommodating and fun/easy to work with. Spencer is a gem. Highly recommend!
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Carrie and Ethan

5 November 2014

Main Event did a fantastic job at our wedding. All the details went smoothly and everybody complimented the food. They also provided us a shadow server to get make sure the two of us got everything we needed throughout the night. We worked mainly with Elizabeth during pre-wedding preparations and Michelle was present to oversee the wedding itself. Both were very professional, easy to work with, and helpful when we were making our decisions. They were even able to adjust without any problem when we wound up running late due to a slightly delayed ceremony. Overall, we could not be happier with our choice and would recommend Main Event to anyone. More...

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Mary

3 November 2014

I got married at Glen Echo, which only has a handful of approved caterers, but lucky for us Main Event was our first choice anyways! The food was delicious and Meg T was a pleasure to work with, and she was full of fun, creative ideas. There was a little confusion the day of the wedding, but overall I would totally work with them again! Im convinced they were the best price for high quality and friendly service in the DC area! More...

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Nathan

3 November 2014

We used Main Event for our wedding in Washington, DC on 10/25/14. Our event designer (Spencer) was incredibly helpful and provided ideas and a menu from which we could design a buffet-style dinner that suited our wedding perfectly. The wait staff at the event were perfect -- not only at ensuring that everything ran smoothly with the catering, but also worked to keep us on track with our schedule. Finally (and perhaps most importantly) we got tons of compliments on the food. Many guests were traveling from North Carolina, so we had a "southern chic" cuisine, which included southern honey fried chicken and the best mac and cheese we've ever had. Highly recommended. More...

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Justin

29 October 2014

Wow! Spencer was amazing at working with us to come up with a proposal that would meet our budget. We were so impressed with Jack and his staff at the event. He made sure everything ran smoothly and in a timely fashion. The food was amazing. AMAZING! Everyone at the wedding was raving about how it was "the best food they have ever had at a wedding." Choose Main Event Catering. You will not regret it! More...

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Mary

29 October 2014

Main Event provided excellent service, great menu choices, and excellent value, especially compared with other caterers in our area.
Spencer McCormack, our event manager, was terrific in helping us make selections for the menu, planning for the bar, and most importantly, coordinating the catering activities with our timeline and with the venue manager. Spencer was very flexible and upbeat, and helped us work through a couple of rough patches when the venue manager was giving us pushback on some issues. Also, when our outdoor ceremony had to be set up indoors at the last minute due to weather, he and his staff did it seamlessly and cheerfully. The food was delicious. We saw a lot of completely empty plates, and received many compliments about the food. I recommend Main Event without reservation.
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23 October 2014

After doing tastings with three caterers for our wedding we selected Main Events Caterers. We initially worked with Jennifer through execution of our agreement/first estimate. We were then handed off to Kathleen which we were not expecting and resulted in some minor miss-communications about what had we had agreed to with Jennifer upon signing out agreement. I think we were a little put-off by this, but it ended up really being the only issue we had, and that is saying something.
Kathleen was very helpful and knowledgeable as she guided us through various options and made some great suggestions along the way. She had worked at the venue before (Merriweather Manor in Leesburg, VA) and clearly had a good rapport and working relationship with the venue owners.

Day-of we thought the outside ceremony was doomed as it was overcast and dizzily all morning, and by about 2 - 3 hour before showtime it was actually pouring rain just 15 minutes away at the hotel. I had already made the call to go with Plan B - ceremony under the tent. I arrived at the manor and was shocked to see the ceremony being setup outside on the patio as originally planned, Kathleen busy coordinating with the florist and her crew. Apparently, they had been carefully watching the weather and felt that the outdoor ceremony could be pulled off. About 15 minutes before we began the clouds cleared and we had a magnificent ceremony on the patio overlooking Leesburg with the sun just beginning to set behind us. I have to give Main Events a ton of credit for caring enough to watch the weather and make the call to setup outside at the last minute so my wife and I could have the wedding we had been planning for over a year!

The rest of the day seemed to go very smoothly as well. My wife and I spent most of dinner visiting with guests, and MEC held our dinner back in the kitchen until we were ready. Everything was delicious! We received compliments all night on the wedding and the food!
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Renée

22 October 2014

Main Event was spectacular! From the tasting to the day of, we loved working with Spencer. He's a true professional and a lot of fun. I've had so many wedding guests rave about the food, even weeks later! It was fresh, delicious, and exactly what we expected based on the tasting. Spencer and Adeline were always super-responsive to emails and questions as well. I'm so glad we hired Main Event; we were never worried about the food, and it turns out that confidence was fully justified. More...

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Shujun

17 October 2014

Main Event truly excelled in their service the day of our wedding. While we had a few hiccups leading up to the wedding day (our original event designer left the company so we had some issues during the transition but our new coordinator, Andrea, quickly resolved those issues), Main Event exceeded our expectations on our wedding day. All the staff on site were professional and friendly and set-up and clean-up was a breeze. Our personal server was attentive and helpful, making sure we were well taken care of. Everything ran on time and was as we had planned -- super easy! More...

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Sarah

17 October 2014

Main Event Catering did an absolute wonderful job for my wedding. They literally took care of everything, the food was amazing and the service was great!! I highly recommend them!

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Mary Ann

15 October 2014

Main Event Catered wedding of my best friend Nadia at Rose Hill Manor in Leesburg, VA

Setting looked so elegant, room looked immaculate

the food during both the post - ceremony cocktail hour as well as buffet was absolutely superb
Everyone is still raving about the food.
Main Event Staff who served us were All very polite and kind. Especially Launy, Jahn and Eddie were so helpful, capable and provided us an amazing service.

I would highly recommended Main Event Caterers to anyone !
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Della

14 October 2014

Our wedding was flawless and now nearly a month beyond our day, we are still receiving compliments about the quality of the food and the exceptional level of service from our guests. Meg Terry was our coordinator and I can not say enough glowing things about her level of attention to detail and willingness to happily work with a bride (me) who is a little not traditional and on a very small budget. Never once was I treated as if I were not important and you could not tell that we had a budget wedding. The menu was stunningly delicious, the personal attention before - especially during - and after was supreme.
The set-up and layout of our event was gorgeous and I never once felt that there would be a problem.
This is not a caterer that will charge silly fees. Bring your own cake, provide your own bar - they will make it work without making you go broke.
I hope that I will have a reason to throw a large catered event just to have the chance to work with Main Event again.
I highly recommend this company.
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Julia

14 October 2014

We had the absolute greatest experience with Main Event Caterers and would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking at catering companies in the DC area for a wedding or any other event! Our event coordinator was Spencer McCormack and he was so incredibly organized, professional, creative and helpful! He was very experienced with our particular venue (The Meridian House) and had so many great ideas about staging and flow, and I am so happy we worked with him because everything on the day of was perfect! The caterering staff was very attentive and my husband and I even had our own waiter, Jack, who was responsible for making sure we got enough food and drink since we were running around trying to talk to everyone. All of our guests commented on how delicious the appetizers and dinner were, and the portions for dinner were quite large so everyone was happy and full! We had them provide our cake, which was beautiful and delicious, and we also did a dessert bar with mini pastries which our guests loved! We could not have been happier with our selection of Main Event, and we definitely will use them again in the future! More...

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Emily

30 September 2014

Out of all the caterers that we met with before selecting one – Main Event stood out head and shoulders above the rest. And they did not disappoint!

This was clearly not their first rodeo – they were so knowledgeable and offered great advice about the flow of the event, timing, location of the bar/tables/favors, etc. For every question or logistics situation we asked about – they had a well-thought out answer. Throughout the process they were professional and responsive - we felt like we were in great hands, and we were. The day went off without any major hitch.

The Main Event team graciously took care of our set up - adding some home-made décor to the table, setting out the place cards, even setting up some chalk-board signs we made – which meant that no one in the family or bridal party had to worry about getting to the reception early to take care of it.

We had some rain on the day of and the team quickly adapted so we didn’t even notice some of the changes they had to make.

They were also very attentive to me and the groom. They brought us filled plates from the buffet so we could continue to mingle with guests and were sure to bring us beverages before we even had to ask.

I obviously need to comment on the food – it was delicious! There were so many options on the menu and they were even willing to go off menu for us. We had so many guests say it was the best food they’d ever had at a wedding.

The only negative was that we ran out of one of the entrée dishes before everyone had a chance to go through the buffet line. We guaranteed our attendance at 123 and had 121 in attendance, so I guess my advice would be to give yourself a little cushion to make sure you don’t run out of anything!

Would very highly recommend working with Main Event for your big day!!
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Heather

26 September 2014

Main Events was my favorite vendor to work with in the wedding process. Spencer was very helpful with all his knowledge especially about our venue (Woodend) but also kept it a fun experience and the entire staff was very responsive to emails. In regards to the day of, all the tables looked beautiful, staff was flawless and the food was delicious. We received a lot of positive comments about the pie and pretzel bars. Would definitely recommend to other. Organized, creative and professional. Thanks! More...

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Carolina

22 September 2014

Main Event Caterers were our number one choice when we looked at caterers for our wedding! From the moment we met with Scotlyn and Liz, it was clear that they understood what we wanted and would be able to provide fantastic food for our wedding. They were extremely professional, attentive, and helped us make sure our wedding was fantastic. All of our guests raved about the food! More...

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16 September 2014

They were great!!!!!! I worked with Spencer and he was so helpful, and had a fun personality. Definitely a great caterer to work with!!

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Rashida K.

15 September 2014

I had a wonderful experience with Main Event Caterers while planning my August 2014 wedding.  They were incredibly responsive, friendly, professional, paid attention to detail, and were accommodating when I had last minute changes.  And of course the most important part...the food for my wedding was delicious!  I had several guests tell me how much they loved dinner.  Also, since I had my ceremony in the same venue as the reception, they were also responsible for "flipping" the room.  They did a great job.  The tables for the reception looked simply beautiful.  I didn't use that many decorations on the tables because their plates and votives were lovely enough without having to add a gigantic centerpiece. I want to give a special shout out to Liz for being so helpful throughout the whole experience.  And thanks to Jen for signing me on in the initial phases of my planning.  They both made me feel very confident that I could trust this company to deliver exactly what was promised.  And I was not disappointed.  Great wedding experience!-Rashida More...

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14 September 2014

With a budget in mind, we were initially going to go with a more inexpensive caterer but we were not too impressed with quality of food and presentation. Main Event from the get go showed true professionalism and based on their tasting a well-curated and friendly, well-trained staff. They exceeded our expectations at our wedding. Our guests couldn't stop talking about the amazing hors d'oeurves we had selected for our cocktail hour (We recommend the mini lobster rolls). The main entrees came out warm and well presented. Typically, at other weddings we've attended, our steaks are cold or close to well-done, but MEC maintained consistency and each guest's dish came out perfectly cooked. Another great plus is that MEC assigns a staff member to the bride and groom. Any drink orders or request, we had a staff on hand to accommodate us. We had the pleasure of working with both Jennifer and Elizabeth for our proposal and menu selection. Both ladies responded to questions and emails promptly. When we had questions about our proposal on certain item cost, or found certain aspects cloudy, they were more than happy to clarify and readjust. Thanks so much for a wonderful, magical evening, MEC! More...

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Amber

9 September 2014

We went with Main Event for our wedding and we were very pleased. It was between Main Event and another DC caterer but we ended up with Main Event after our tasting. The food was amazing and all of our guests were very pleased. Main Event worked with our budget but still provided quality food and amazing service. They were extremely responsive and adaptive to our questions and requests. Nothing we thought of our asked for surprised them and we couldn't have been happier on our wedding day. More...

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Jaime

7 September 2014

We are so happy that we picked Main Event Caterers for our wedding last weekend at St. Francis Hall. Our guests can not stop raving about how amazing the food was--multiple times we heard this was the best wedding food the guests had ever had. Our planning was handled by Taylor Rose, who was extremely communicative and professional. She was a pleasure to work with and always responded to our (many) questions with cheerful and thorough answers. During the reception, our waitstaff was nothing short of amazing. After a long session of (very hot) pictures, we were given ice water in the bridal suite without even asking for it! The staff remembered that I am a vegetarian and packed us amazing to-go boxes of food that included a separate vegetarian meal and a box of wedding cake. I am so glad that we picked Main Event, they made our wedding the huge success that it was! Thank you! More...

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Alicia

6 September 2014

Picking a caterer for our wedding at Glen Echo Park should have been easy because the National Park Service provides you a list of only nine options. Alas, we kept going back-and-forth between Main Event and Ridgewell's Catering. Thankfully, we chose Main Event! I made the decision after asking both of them for an updated proposal to more closely match my needs (cost, taste and appearance). Ridgewell's balked at my questions, but Jennifer at Main Event promptly put together an updated proposal that interpreted all of my suggestions and needs perfectly -- and at a cost less than my stated maximum!

Jennifer designed a gorgeous event, taking my visions (whimsical, elegant picnic) and turning them into a delicious reality. She answered every question with patience, and also patiently (and quickly) answered my hundreds of panicky questions about the merits of chiavari chairs versus fruitwood, champagne coupe glasses over flutes, etc.

At our cocktail hour, multiple guests remarked to me how delicious the food was (referring to the poblano corn fritters, a friend told me, "These? I could eat 35 of these.") The compliments kept pouring in as the delicious peach sangria flowed. Over a month after our wedding, I'm still getting requests for the peach sangria recipe (I don't have it!)

Our buffet spread was visually impressive (so nice that Main Event doesn't rely on chafing dishes to heat a buffet) and, even more important, everything tasted great. We served a room-temperature cilantro lime chicken breast, pulled pork, out-of-this-world macaroni and cheese, and four remarkably fresh, vibrant summer salads (corn and basil gnocchi, watermelon and feta, something with corn and black beans, and a traditional salad). My favorite item on the buffet was one I hadn't thought much about before eating it: jalapeno corn muffins.
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Angel J.

6 September 2014

Main Event is more expensive than most catering companies but once the night was over I understood why. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable.

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Megan

5 September 2014

I would wholeheartedly recommend Main Event to any brides and grooms searching in the area, without any reservations! They are responsive, flexible, generous, and have very respectful, kind, and fun staff members! Our wedding was literally perfect thanks to Main Event–I really can't thank them enough! Meg T was our Event Designer, and she is an absolute dream to work with!! Set up an appointment!!!! More...

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Ed M.

2 September 2014

I recently suffered the sudden and unexpected loss of my husband.  We had been thinking of a 35th anniversary party next year at the Audubon Naturalist Society mansion in Chevy Chase.,  When this sad event came up, I decided to have the memorial service as an anniversary party also - a year early.  Main Event catered the event and they could not have been more professional, friendly and helpful. The guests raved about the "light lunch/brunch" menu - perfectly prepared and served.  More guests than expected showed up and they handled that with aplomb.  It was evident they knew the building and the layout. and everything looked perfect.  The price they quoted me was excellent value for the work they did.Thanks very much for all of them who toiled in 90 degree heat to make this such a nice function. More...

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Emily

31 August 2014

We were very happy with Main Event Caterers. Food was a top priority for our wedding, and it had to be all vegan and reasonably priced, so I spoke with numerous caterers and solicited multiple proposals before selecting Main Event. At our wedding and for weeks afterward, our guests (most of whom were not vegan) commented on how great the food was, and we really enjoyed it ourselves. Kathleen did a great job helping me plan the day-of schedule and achieve the look I had in mind for table linens, china, etc. The wait staff were very attentive too.

I highly recommend working with Main Event.
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Chris and Kellie

11 August 2014

We attended a wedding last year that Main Event catered, and when we began planning our wedding, we contacted Main Event right away. We got quotes from several caterers, and Main Event was competitive from a price perspective, and given our experience seeing them in action, we selected them. Our Event Designer, Scotlyn, was extremely helpful and responsive in terms of helping us plan both our menu and our place settings and linens. Our Event Planner, Liz, then took over and helped us make final menu selections for the event. We had a tasting at Main Event's office, and were able to narrow down our choices effectively. There was one particular item that we were excited to include on the menu, but at the tasting it was overcooked. Liz made note of that and assured us that if we selected that particular item for our menu, it would be prepared properly. The week of the wedding, there was a problem with the linens that we selected. Main Event only had twenty of that particular linen, and we were using all of them. Apparently one of them was damaged the week prior, so Main Event had to come up with an alternative. Unfortunately they were not able to match the other linens and one of our guest tables was different from the rest. Ideally, they would have had more linens on hand. However, the food and service were excellent. The item that had been overcooked at the tasting was perfect at our reception. We provided our own alcohol, and the Main Event staff did a great job serving our guests. We heard form several of our guests that our reception had the best food they had ever tasted at a wedding. More...

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Michal

4 August 2014

I loved having Main Event cater my wedding! The food was delicious and they were very easy to work with! The staff was all courteous and very professional. The ONLY reason they are not getting a full 5 stars is because there were a few hiccups with getting our linens and chairs....we had to choose different linens than were showed to us at our tasting due to them changing rental companies, and then they were unable to get the right amount of chairs so I had to change chair colors a week before the wedding. It worked out fine and I think the finished product was very beautiful, but it was a little stressful and confusing having to change so close to the wedding date. Other than that, they were pretty flawless. Their customer service was fantastic and I thought everyone who worked there was very nice and professional. Not to mention the fact that we basically had a guy following us around on our wedding day making sure that we got enough to eat and drink! I would DEFINITELY recommend them! We received many compliments on the food from our guests. More...

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Kevin M.

29 July 2014

I have been to several events either hosted by or cratered by this firm. They are impeccable when it comes to quality ofFood, service, and style. It is a company that really cares about the community and environment. You should check out their green initiatives. They never disappoint! I would recommend them to anyone for any occasion. More...

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Grey

27 July 2014

You don't want to use Main Event unless you're a foodie who loves creative, elegant and sumptuous food, a team that is a thrill to work with (thanks, Spencer!), zero worries on your wedding day, and you want all of your guests to have a great time and join you for a wedding to remember. But if you want all of this then Main Event is definitely the caterer you want to use. I just wish there had been more leftovers :) More...

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Bethany

27 July 2014

I cannot rave enough about the service and quality of Main Event. They are less than half the price of any other caterer we spoke to, but that price is not indicative of their service. Two months after our wedding, I still have guests talking about the food. Our point of contact, Spencer, was incredible. He listened to our vision for the day, made wonderful suggestions and was so quick to respond. Main Event was far and away the best vendor we worked with. More...

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Meilani

27 July 2014

I don't know if I know enough positive words to describe how I feel about Main Event Caterers! From the very first contact I felt heard, appreciated, and even loved by this company. It is evident that they love what they do and it shows in everything from service to food. My event manager was Kathleen and she did an absolutely incredible job getting me through to my wedding day.

The absolute best thing about Main Event Caterers is their service. Emails are responded to promptly, phone calls are returned, and endless questions are answered (even when wedding brain makes you ask the same question over and over again). The last couple of weeks before my wedding I was having a difficult time making decisions about simple things (like whether or not to have a head table) and Kathleen was endlessly patient, making new floor plans and answering dozens of questions as though I were her only client. At my wedding, the staff were polite, friendly, and also really patient with us and all of our guests.

Though service is most important to me, food is a very narrow 2nd and the food from this company is so delicious! I wanted wedding food that made my pickiest guests say "this is the best wedding food I've ever had" and Main Event helped me accomplish this goal! I have heard from numerous guests that they loved the food and wish they could have more of it. We chose to go with the buffet menu because felt this would work really well for us and our guests and would definitely recommend it. It made it easier for us to please different palates (meat lovers, vegetarians, etc.) with no issue. I saw happy faces all around the room during dinner and really can't stress enough how awesome the meal was for everyone.

I love Main Event for their delicious food, quality service, and flexibility. I hope to use them for birthday parties, anniversaries, and whatever other excuse I can come up with to do business with them as often as possible!
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25 July 2014

We hired Main Event Caterers for our wedding at Woodend in July 2014. This is the caterer to hire if you have a clear idea of what you're looking for in terms of menu and event design. They offer a wide variety of menu choices to choose from, and their food is incredible and sells itself! Spencer, Meg, and Adeline are an amazing detail oriented team to work with and I highly recommend them. They were so incredibly knowledgable about our venue and offered the best advice in terms of event layout. Leading up to our wedding day, they never left a question of ours unanswered. However, it was the wedding day itself that really "takes the cake". Food presentation, service, everything... was incredible. Our guests raved that it was the best food that they had ever tasted at a wedding - especially the mini slider hors d'oeuvres, and basil gnocchi. My husband and I felt like royalty on our wedding day - MEC assigned three catering staff to be sure that we were well taken care of. Every time we turned our head to ask, there they were! A special thanks to Chad who was so down to earth, accommodating, and friendly. We felt like we had known him our whole lives! Scott, the pastry chef at Main Event also did our wedding cake, and we were blown away. They customized it to our wedding colors and theme, and it was absolutely delicious! Thank you Main Event, for making our wedding day so seamlessly beautiful, and of course delicious!! More...

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Carolyn

21 July 2014

Main Event Caterers were an absolute delight to work with. Meeting Jen from day one I was sold on wanting to work with Jen for our big day. Main Event worked with us on price and was very clear on what services they could provide. Communicating with Jen and Andrea was easy as they provided many reminders of payments due and information necessary. The day of the wedding Main Event assigned us our own waiter, Chip, who attended to all our needs and wants. Chip brought food and drinks to us as well as our bridal party during photos. A huge thank you to Chip!

All in all, I am extremely confident that anyone who chooses to use Main Event Caterers will be very pleased with the planning process and day of service.
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Brittany B.

18 July 2014

I immediately knew that Main Event was an outstanding catering company when I had my first conversation with Darcy. I was planning a separate event and she kindly told me that they would not be a good fit and gave a suggestion (that ended up working out) for another food option. As a result, I told my wedding coordinator that I wanted to consider them for the caterer for my wedding and I am glad that I did.My guests have been ranting and raving about the food at my brunch wedding for weeks after the wedding was over. The attention to detail, the kindness of the butlers, the beautiful displays, all made my wedding a dream. Darcy and Taylor sent countless emails between myself and my planner to make sure that no detail was overlooked, even details as minor as how the cornbread would be displayed. In addition, when we told them that we wanted a southern brunch, they created a custom (delicious) menu of all of our favorite foods in order to make sure we were happy and never hesitated to go above and beyond in making sure our needs were met. I honestly find it hard to believe that they can get negative reviews, their event coordinator could not have been Darcy OR Taylor because they both were responsive, professional, creative, and above all, kind. I would recommend them to every bride I know because my wedding was a dream came true and Main Event was a major part of that. Thank you ALL for your hard work to make sure my wedding was a top notch event, you all are truly the best! More...

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Christine

14 July 2014

We had a perfect experience with Main Event. From our initial contact with Darcy, Main Event stood out from other caterers as professional, modern, and receptive to our needs. Throughout the planning process, Darcy and Taylor were very responsive, organized, and helpful--we felt very comfortable that they would be able to execute the event smoothly and let us enjoy the day, which is a huge benefit.

They exceeded our expectations on the wedding day. The food was amazing--nearly every guest has remarked on the tastiness of the food (we had a buffet with short ribs, gazpacho, watermelon and feta salad, and risotto cakes). Just as importantly, the staff was consummately professional, friendly, and attentive--they were incredibly organized yet flexible during the set up, made sure that my (now) husband and I got enough food, and were very helpful at the end of the night, packaging up all of the table numbers and helping my parents load the car.

We couldn't recommend them more.
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Pooya

12 July 2014

I worked with Scotlyn from ME for my wedding...And she was great! she was very responsive, flexible, nice and professional!! I initially was assigned to someone else which I wasn't comfortable working with, so I called and asked them to assign me to another coordinator and I was lucky to work with Scotlyn!
As for the service and food, we had Iranian food catered from Johny Kabob but we got everything else from ME.. Everyone loved their service and the appetizers and desserts. The bartenders and waiters and waitresses were very professional and they were always around when someone needed them.
I am very happy we chose to work with ME for our wedding as they made our wedding beautiful and impeccable!
I totally recommend Main Events and I suggest you to ask for Scotlyn if she is available!!
Thank you Main Events and thanks Scotlyn for everything!!
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Mahsa A.

12 July 2014

I worked with Scotlyn from ME for my wedding...And she was great! she was very responsive, flexible, nice, professional and more importantly patient !!! I had questions and comments about every single thing I picked for the wedding and she patiently answered all and helped us pick a delicious menu for the appetizers. Also, I wanted to have a tea table with Semavar as Iranians love tea!! She found me these cute and fancy tea cups that made the tea table very chic and pretty!!I initially was assigned to someone else which I wasn't comfortable working with, so I called and asked them to assign me to another coordinator and I was lucky to work with Scotlyn! As for the service and food, we had Iranian food catered from Johny Kabob but we got everything else from ME.. Everyone loved their service and the appetizers and desserts. The bartenders and waiters and waitresses were very professional and they were always around when someone needed them. I am very happy we chose to work with ME for our wedding as they made our wedding beautiful and impeccable! I totally recommend Main Events and I suggest you to ask for Scotlyn if she is available!! More...

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Sarah

27 June 2014

Main Events was so wonderful to work with! Once we had our tasting we knew we had to book with them. Their food is above and beyond and the service is exceptional.

Taylor was wonderful to work with and was so responsive to all of our needs. Our guests all loved the food!
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Caroline

25 June 2014

We used Main Event for our wedding on 5/31/2014. It was clear from our initial meeting months before that Main Event was a superior vendor with quality service. We were impressed by their willingness to meet us on their time outside of normal business hours and our event coordinator Liz was extremely helpful and responsive. Whenever we had questions or changes to our proposal we received punctual, clear and cheerful responses.

They offered bundled services that made planning much less of a hassle and the food was phenomenal. The day of service was excellent as well. The staff was attentive, professional and made sure that we were served even as we were taking pictures outside the venue. We couldn't be happier with the quality of service we received from Main Event and would highly recommend them!
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16 June 2014