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Main Event Caterers

Arlington, Arlington

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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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2 January 2020

With so many caterers to choose from, my husband and I know we made the RIGHT CHOICE with Main Event. We worked primarily with Spencer and Jackie, and they were a dream team who helped us realize our vision for a seasonal holiday wedding, complete with food that our guests RAVED about. One of our VIP guests emailed us after the wedding with this to say about the food: "Our dinner was amazing. Loved the salad and licked my plate to get every grit and crab cake...and the beef melted in my mouth! We had so much fun at our table and enjoyed every morsel!!!"

Also wanted to give a shout-out to the superb chefs, servers, and bartenders, especially the super nice lady who took such GOOD care of me and my husband during our wedding, making sure we had enough to eat and drink despite the whirwind of activity. From setup to breakdown, everything went SO smoothly. I can't recommend Main Event enough. You will not regret it!
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Reviewed on WeddingWire

4 December 2019

Overall, we had a really great experience. Alex at Toolbox (our venue) recommended us, and were particularly glad that they had worked with the venue before. Elyse in particular was really helpful in both the planning and the project wrangling, and we just had a lovely time with her and Lenore during the tasting. Everything about the day-of came together nicely and smoothly - the food was great (especially the appetizers and the ravioli), the decorations looked lovely, and the staff was helpful and professional. More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

26 November 2019

We were impressed with Main Event Caterers from the very beginning of our wedding planning process. They were always super responsive, and we had a phenomenal tasting that made them an obvious choice for our wedding reception. There were a lot of decisions regarding menus, drinks, table settings, etc. and they were so helpful in guiding our decisions. We specifically worked with Spencer and Adeline, and we couldn't have asked for a better team! Our guests raved about the food and drinks; we were so grateful for the Main Event staff (chefs, servers, bartenders, etc.) who made it all happen. We especially liked that a server specifically brought us a plate of all the passed hors d'oeuvres to try (and also made sure our glasses were never empty!) and also sent us home with hors d'oeuvres, entrees, and desserts to eat after the reception. Luckily, we were able to eat during the reception, but it was extra special to have it all again the next day. Food is such a huge part of a memorable wedding, and Main Event made ours extra special! More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

22 November 2019

They absolutely knocked it out of the park! We got three quotes from our wedding venue's list of preferred caterers, and Main Event was my top choice from the first email with Elyse. On top of that, they had the best menu options with the most staff on-hand for over $1,000 less than our second choice. We totally customized our appetizers, and after we picked out dinner choices from their menu, the chefs customized everything again, down to the amount of poblano crust on the salmon. My only tips would be that, if you are providing your own alcohol or dessert, to discuss plans ahead of time for recovering leftover booze at the end of the night, as well as displaying desserts. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

18 November 2019

We worked with Main Event for our wedding and they were amazing! As a bride and also a wedding planner I could not recommend them enough! They helped us with catering as well as with our rentals and both were exactly what we wanted. The food was great, and their rentals/decor really helped bring our vision to life. Their entire team was very responsive and helpful, which helped us stay organized through the entire planning process. More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

17 November 2019

Main Event Catering’s entire team was amazing to work with. During our initial meetings with the Main Event team, everyone was courteous and professional and really invested in ensuring we had the best catering experience possible. They worked with us through all of the details of their food and drink offerings and provided a delicious tasting for us. They also had various check in meetings with us prior to our wedding to ensure things were on track and they were constantly updating our wedding catering plan to ensure it contained the most accurate and update information so there would be no surprises from a cost perspective. During our wedding, the staff was nothing short of amazing. Approximately 20 individuals were present to serve food and alcohol to our guests and one gentleman in particular made sure all of our requests were tended to personally. Immediately following our wedding ceremony, this individual helped escort us to a private area for a few minutes so we good catch a moment with each other as bride and groom. As we had our private moment, we were presented with a tray of hour dorves and our signature cockail drinks - ensuring we didnt miss anything from our cocktail reception. During the reception, the same individual constantly checked on us to ensure we had our needs tended to and made sure we had our dinners delivered ahead of everyone else to allow us additional time to tend to our guests and other scheduled events. The entire staff was high professional and a joy to work with. We highly recommend them to anyone looking for catering services! More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

13 November 2019

I cannot speak highly enough for Main event caterers, especially Melissa! They did the most fantastic job, had the best food, and had the most professional operation with their staff.
I was looking for caterers around the holidays last year and they were the first vendor to respond to me (the same night I emailed them!). After a phone conversation they got me a quote that was very reasonably priced for the area.

Throughout the entire wedding planning process it was such a great experience. Every person from Maine Event that I met and talked to along the way was just fantastic. Their entire process for how they work with a couple to talk through all your options and choose the food, linens, etc was just so professional and really fun for us as a couple. As our lead Melissa did an unbelievable job. She was so responsive to myself and my husband (who probably called her 100 more times than I ever did lol).

Most importantly the food was UNREAL. We have had people talking about it for weeks after. The hors d’oeuvres were a hit (shout out to the lamb shank lollipops) and the main course was fantastic. The actual catering staff also did an amazing job. We had a dedicated waiter at our sweetheart table taking care of us and looking out for me to make sure that I actually sat down and ate dinner.

When you are planning a wedding there are so many stresses but Melissa and Main Event really took a lot of that stress off of me by being responsive and being reassuring that everything would go smoothly. It was absolutely worth every penny we spent.
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Reviewed on WeddingWire

12 November 2019

Over a year out from our wedding, we did a tasting with Main Event and after that, decided we didn't need to do any other tastings. Anytime we told a vendor we had Main Event for our catering, we got extremely positive feedback, which we knew was a good sign before we even personally worked with them! Courtney was super helpful in assisting us on menu options and selections and overall design of our catering. While we continued to make some changes and reach out with questions leading up to our wedding, she was always super responsive and helpful with getting back to us. As we got closer to our wedding day, Liz, our Event Manager, was extremely communicative and made sure we knew exactly what information needed to be provided and when. We ended up also having to make some last minute adjustments, but that was not an issue at all. On our wedding day, all of the food was delicious, as we expected, but the service was even better than we expected. First course was plated beautifully for guests prior to their entrance into the reception and when it came to entrees, we had multiple guests tell us how nicely the entrees were served by the personnel (a full table all at once). Greg, our supervisor for the day, went above and beyond to make sure we were both taken care of and not once were we empty handed looking for a drink the entire night. He even came to find us in the crowd of wedding guests on the dance floor to offer glasses of water. All in all, the food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and we'd highly recommend Main Event to anyone looking for a caterer that will exceed your expectations! More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

30 October 2019

Perfect, Delicious Food and a Five Star Team! Thank you Main Event Caterers for a wedding to remember! We are still receiving rave reviews on the food at our daughter's wedding and really appreciate all the hard work you invested in our special day and the wonderful care you showed our guests. Thank you Michelle Gutstein for walking with us through this very important event, guiding us with your expertise from day one and ensuring our event was a huge success. We had heard from others about the stresses of planning a wedding, but you and Main Event Caterers made it fun and stress-free.We were so happy with our daughter's wedding and just as happy to give Main Events Caterers our highest recommendation! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

30 October 2019

Perfect, Delicious Food and a Five Star Team! Thank you Main Event Caterers for a wedding to remember! We are still receiving rave reviews on the food at our daughter’s wedding and really appreciate all the hard work you invested in our special day and the wonderful care you showed our guests.

Thank you Michelle Gutstein for walking with us through this very important event, guiding us with your expertise from day one and ensuring our event was a huge success. We had heard from others about the stresses of planning a wedding, but you and Main Event Caterers made it fun and stress-free.

We were so happy with our daughter’s wedding and just as happy to give Main Events Caterers our highest recommendation!
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Reviewed on WeddingWire

26 October 2019

At the beginning of hiring them, we had some turnover with our catering manager, we were getting a bit nervous but they put one of their leads on our case, Courtney, so that she could assure us great service! It was amazing, the food was SOO GOOD!!! And people care about food, don’t let someone tell you they don’t, because they do! They were flexible and easy to work with via email. I would definitely use them again! More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

20 October 2019

Book them! The food is excellent. The staff is great. The service at our event was seamless. Our guests were very happy!

We had a terrific experience with Main Event from the first email, to the tasting, through the planning process, all the way to our wedding day.

I am vegan and my husband is not. When we began looking at caterers, we knew we needed to find someone who could do both -- and it all had to be delicious! Main Event did not disappoint.

For any vegan couples out there, Main Event worked with us to offer truly interesting dishes! No boring mushroom burgers or cauliflower steaks. We had vegan mushroom soup and ravioli and rissotto. We had a dessert table, and chef was able to make at least a handful of the dessert options vegan. It was all good! Even non-vegan guests enjoyed their dishes. Score!
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Reviewed on WeddingWire

25 September 2019

I want to thank Main Event Catering team for this exemplary service and amazing food. I recently planned a wedding for a couple in DC and MEC provided the food and assisted with set up and breakdown. The entire team was so helpful and the food was absolutely delicious. I will definitely work with them again in the future! More...

Reviewed on Google Maps

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!

Reviewed on Yelp

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...

Reviewed on Yelp

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

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...

Reviewed on Yelp

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

16 July 2019

Good food, so-so service.

Reviewed on Google Maps

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...

Reviewed on Google Maps

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

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...

Reviewed on Facebook

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

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...

Reviewed on Google Maps

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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Reviewed on WeddingWire

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

28 December 2018

Excellent company to work for in Arlington.

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28 December 2018

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

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28 December 2018

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

Reviewed on Google Maps

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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Reviewed on WeddingWire

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

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...

Reviewed on Yelp

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

29 October 2018

Delicious food

Reviewed on Google Maps

29 October 2018

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

Reviewed on Google Maps

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

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...

Reviewed on Yelp

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

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...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

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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