Main Event Caterers

Main Event Caterers Winner of Catering Magazine’s “Caterer of the Year” 2010
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Don't miss your chance to join us on April 4th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at President Lincolns Cottage for free food and d...
04/02/2019
Special Events Open House at President Lincoln's Cottage

Don't miss your chance to join us on April 4th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at President Lincolns Cottage for free food and drinks!

Register below!

http://ow.ly/oaj030obm6C

Join us on April 4, 2019 as we unveil over 25,000 square feet of newly available historic spaces for the very first time! Sample food and drink from our top-rated caterers, meet with our vendors, and explore a handful of special event, wedding, meeting/retreat, and performance spaces not open to the...

Have you recently gotten engaged and are in search for a venue? Join us at the historic President Lincoln's Cottage on A...
03/30/2019
Special Events Open House at President Lincoln's Cottage

Have you recently gotten engaged and are in search for a venue? Join us at the historic President Lincoln's Cottage on April 4th to get to know all of the vendors and sample food and drinks for Free!

Register by clicking the link below

http://ow.ly/ek0830obmq7

Join us on April 4, 2019 as we unveil over 25,000 square feet of newly available historic spaces for the very first time! Sample food and drink from our top-rated caterers, meet with our vendors, and explore a handful of special event, wedding, meeting/retreat, and performance spaces not open to the...

To close out Women's History Month we are using this #fridayintroductions to give you an intimate look at our fearless l...
03/29/2019

To close out Women's History Month we are using this #fridayintroductions to give you an intimate look at our fearless leader and President, Nancy Goodman-Thevoz. Nancy founded Main Event Caterers with her husband Joel over 25 years ago and built it into the business it is today. Read all about Nancy in this edition of Friday Introductions!

*What brought you the the DMV Area: My 1970 Pontiac, $300, My best college friend and everything we owned in a Uhaul 😅
* How did you begin your career: I started my post college career in sales. A dear friend (and now husband) had started event catering, he was a masterful Chef. After enjoying one of many fabulous dinners at his house, we decided to combine our skill sets. After a few great years working together, we created Main Event Caterers, a family and a wonderful life together...
* What is your favorite drink: Champagne, I love the bubbles 🍾
* How do you start the day: I love starting my day off with a freshly made green juice
* Fun Fact: I come from a very large family, I have 5 brothers and 2 sisters!

We are just beginning to dip our toes into Spring wedding season so we can't help but reminisce on past ones! Take a loo...
03/26/2019
Rich Fall Inspired Winery Wedding - United With Love

We are just beginning to dip our toes into Spring wedding season so we can't help but reminisce on past ones! Take a look at this beautiful wedding at Breaux Vineyard that was featured on United with Love.

http://ow.ly/YKDF30obuws

Virginia Fall Breaux Vineyard wedding by Caroline Dutton Events- Seen on United with Love a source for DC wedding inspiration.

Join us at President Lincolns Cottage Open House on April 4th from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for an evening of food and fun in t...
03/25/2019
Special Events Open House at President Lincoln's Cottage

Join us at President Lincolns Cottage Open House on April 4th from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM for an evening of food and fun in this historic space.

Tickets are FREE just reserve your spot by clicking the link below!

Can't wait to see you there!

Join us on April 4, 2019 as we unveil over 25,000 square feet of newly available historic spaces for the very first time! Sample food and drink from our top-rated caterers, meet with our vendors, and explore a handful of special event, wedding, meeting/retreat, and performance spaces not open to the...

It's that time of the week again and we are serving up another #fridayintroductions ! Meet Max. our Research and Develop...
03/22/2019

It's that time of the week again and we are serving up another #fridayintroductions ! Meet Max. our Research and Development Chef that plans and executes all of our tastings and is the driving force behind our creative menu development. Read up about how he hiked one of the most infamous trails in the United States and more below!

* How did you begin your career: I started cooking while camping as a kid, then pursued it professionally through high school and college. I’ve worked in Texas, Colorado, New York, Connecticut, and now the DMV.
* Favorite TV Show?: Great British Baking Show. Perfectly wholesome competition, I love seeing all the unique pastries and the personalities.
* Do you have a secret talent: I have sabered a bottle of champagne or two in my time.
* Fun Fact: I completed a Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 2018. March 14th to August 10th, 2290.9 miles.
* Who inspires you: Daniel Humm and Dan Barber are my chef inspirations. I love Daniel Humm’s “Make it Nice” motto. I love Dan Barber’s farm-focused attention to detail in his cooking that puts environment and farms first.

Main Event Caterers's cover photo
03/19/2019

Main Event Caterers's cover photo

Do you want to earn some extra cash but don't want the constraints of a 9 - 5 job? We are hiring on-site event personnel...
03/19/2019

Do you want to earn some extra cash but don't want the constraints of a 9 - 5 job? We are hiring on-site event personnel where you can create your own schedule! Apply now by sending your resume to [email protected]

This Bar Mitzvah at  Dock 5 & Union Market would make Michael Jordan pick up the game again.We loved working with Magnol...
03/18/2019
Washington DC Bar Mitzvah Photographers Dock 5 Union Market

This Bar Mitzvah at Dock 5 & Union Market would make Michael Jordan pick up the game again.

We loved working with Magnolia Bluebird design & events on this creative take on all things basketball!

Venue: Dock 5
Event Design + Planner: Magnolia Bluebird
Photographer: Wedding Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey
Entertainment: Snap Entertainment
Lighting: John Farr Lighting Design
Rentals: DC Rental
Event Production: Revolution Event Design and Production
Draping: Fabrication Events Inc
Valet: MJ Valet
Videographer: Bowen Films

Being a Washington DC Bar Mitzvah Photographers Dock 5 Union Market is such fun. Click here to see the highlights from this event!

Happy Almost Weekend!! Ali is an Event Manager that has been with us for over a year but has been working in the events ...
03/01/2019

Happy Almost Weekend!! Ali is an Event Manager that has been with us for over a year but has been working in the events world for many years. ~Catch~ up on all about Ali in this edition of #FridayIntroductions !
* Why were you interested in joining the Main Event team: I started as an assistant wedding coordinator with a DMV wedding planner and have been in the catering industry for a few years!
* Whats your favorite drink: Feremented Grapes
* Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones
* What do you like to do in your free time: My boyfriend and I like trivia nights and love trying new board games. I’m a huge DC sports fan and have worked with the Washington Nationals as a member of the Nat Pack for the past few seasons.
* Fun Fact: I am an expert at everything Walt Disney World.

Meet Rachel, one of our account executives for Monumental Food. Rachel has been working with us for 2.5 years. First, as...
02/22/2019

Meet Rachel, one of our account executives for Monumental Food. Rachel has been working with us for 2.5 years. First, as an Event Manager and quickly made her way on to our sales team! Read all about some of her favorite things for this #fridayintroduction

* Favorite Drink: Shiner Ruby. The best summer beer!
* In her spare time: I love volunteering! I don’t do it everyday, but whenever I can. KEEN (kids enjoy exercise now) is what I’ve been doing most recently. You are paired up with kids with a mental and/or physical disability and you’re their coach for the day. It’s so awesome to give these kids something to smile about. Me being athletically challenged usually works. 😊
* Favorite DC Spot: My favorite place to be is at a ballpark. I love Nats games!
* Fun Fact: I sang for the Obamas! (I was in the choir on a TV Show called Christmas in Washington on TNT).
* Favorite Comfort Food: Five Guys. It’s my go to cheat meal.

Friends, Clients and Friendors! Meet Jennifer, one of our hard working Staffing Coordinators. Jen has been with us for a...
02/15/2019

Friends, Clients and Friendors! Meet Jennifer, one of our hard working Staffing Coordinators. Jen has been with us for a year working with our on-site event staff! Get to know more about her by reading our #FridayIntroduction

* Where are you from: Everywhere. My dad was military. I say Florida since that’s where we lived the longest!
*Secret Talent: I used to sing and was in colorguard/winterguard in highschool, then taught a little in college.
* What is your favorite dish to make: It’s hard to have just one when you love to cook. I make a lot of Japanese/Asian food (I’m part Japanese so I was raised on it) and a lot of Italian!
* Favorite Movie: I cannot possibly have just one. My husband has turned me into such a nerd though, now most movies I/we see are comic book themed (we just went and saw Aquaman).
* Fun Fact: My husband and I have been friends since we were 14 (so almost 20 years! – eek we’re getting old). We went our separate ways for college and didn’t start dating until we were 25!

Happy Friday! For this #FridayIntroduction we are telling you all about Meg, our Director of Creative Services who has w...
02/08/2019

Happy Friday! For this #FridayIntroduction we are telling you all about Meg, our Director of Creative Services who has worked at Main Event for 9 Years (you read that right!). Meg creates innovative menus and develops next level event design!

* What brought you to Main Event: After finishing college, I had been working in the government sphere, while also writing a food blog to give me a creative outlet. I was longing to be in the culinary world in some shape or form and found my way to Main Event!
* Favorite Food: Eggs. To me, eggs are incredible. They can be endlessly transformed. Deviled eggs, egg salad, whipped into meringues, emulsified into hollandaise and draped over a poached egg, baked into brioche, their yolks cured + grated over a salad…they amaze me!
* Hobbies: I love yoga, hiking, cooking for friends and list making!
* Who inspires you: My parents. They have a next-level type of work ethic, are extremely active, and have great senses of humor. They have supported me in every way throughout my life and I hope to do the same for my kids.
* Favorite TV shows: I was obsessed with Friday Night Lights and enjoy any good football story, have seen every episode of Grey’s Anatomy (even the bad ones), Anthony Bourdain in anything and I am a sucker for home design/renovation shows.

We are so excited and proud to reveal our company values that have been brought fourth and developed by the employees of...
02/04/2019

We are so excited and proud to reveal our company values that have been brought fourth and developed by the employees of our company and honed by our Director of Culture, Courtney!

Thanks for tuning in for another edition of #FridayIntroductionWalter has been working with Main Event for over 3 years ...
02/01/2019

Thanks for tuning in for another edition of #FridayIntroduction

Walter has been working with Main Event for over 3 years as a team member of our warehouse and driver for our sister company Monumental Food

* I am originally from Bolivia but came to this DC area to be closer to my family!
* My favorite food is anything Mexican! I love the colors, and mix of flavors.
* In my free time I love to watch my son play football.
* My father is my biggest inspiration. He taught me to work hard and to live honestly with integrity.
* In my free time I like to read books and cook with my family!

We are ringing in the new year by giving you an inside look to the people that drive (quite literally sometimes) Main Ev...
01/25/2019

We are ringing in the new year by giving you an inside look to the people that drive (quite literally sometimes) Main Event, our employees with #fridayintroductions !

Steve Haughie is our Director of Culinary and Executive Chef who is originally from Long Island, New York. Here are some fun facts about Chef Steve!
* Favorite comfort food: Spaghetti with meatballs and sausage. It always bring me back to my childhood!
* Everyday ritual: Each day I ask my children what is the best thing about today.
* Favorite TV show: Big Band Theory
* In my free time I coach youth Lacrosse
* Biggest Inspiration: My wife! She has such an attention to detail, passion, drive, and knowledge.

Award Season is upon us! We are honored to have been recognized by Washingtonian Bride and Groom, The Knot and Wedding W...
01/22/2019

Award Season is upon us! We are honored to have been recognized by Washingtonian Bride and Groom, The Knot and Wedding Wire this year. A BIG thank you to all of our amazing clients who have made all of our all of our dreams a reality.

Thank you!

Everyone’s favorite “Say Yes to The Dress” host is making his way up from Atlanta to River Farm to give you a look...
01/09/2019
Ticket Alert: TLC's Monte Durham Talks Weddings at River Farm

Everyone’s favorite “Say Yes to The Dress” host is making his way up from Atlanta to River Farm to give you a look into his private wedding dress collection. Snag a ticket before they sell out!

https://alexandrialivingmagazine.com/upcoming-events/ticket-alert-tlc-s-monte-durham-talks-weddings-at-river-farm/

Tickets include "Something Old, Something New" with Durham, tea sandwiches, desserts and refreshments by Main Event Caterers.

Back in December, our team spent a day learning, organizing and volunteering at Arlington Food Assistance Center. We hea...
01/03/2019
Arlington Food Assistance Center

Back in December, our team spent a day learning, organizing and volunteering at Arlington Food Assistance Center. We heard all about the vital role that AFAC plays in so many families lives in Arlington and the impact that they are making on our community. To donate or to find out more ways to get involved visit https://afac.org/

There is still time to plan your Holiday event! Call us today to let us take care of you and your guests by providing se...
12/01/2018

There is still time to plan your Holiday event! Call us today to let us take care of you and your guests by providing seasonal favorites.

Southern Weddings captures this whirlwind (literally) wedding perfectly! When an unexpected tornado warning came through...
11/29/2018
Riverside on the Potomac Wedding by Katie Nesbitt - Southern Weddings

Southern Weddings captures this whirlwind (literally) wedding perfectly! When an unexpected tornado warning came through this couple still made the best of their special day. Read all about their day by clicking the link below!

http://ow.ly/yo6A30mL18E

Reading through Bonnie and Quentin’s interview, I kept thinking, “It was meant to be!” So many pieces of their love story and their sweet Virginia wedding came together in such a way that neither of them could have planned better–the fact that they met in the bar Bonnie’s dad had helped bu...

We will never get over this Tuscan themed wedding filled with citrus elements designed by Pamela Barefoot events! We esp...
11/26/2018
Steve & Kristin | Tuscan wedding at Stone Tower Winery

We will never get over this Tuscan themed wedding filled with citrus elements designed by Pamela Barefoot events! We especially loved getting creative with the menu and drinks including a Clementine Moscow Mule. Check it out!
http://ow.ly/5bMS30mEhvV

These two are my kind of people; more excited to be married than to simply have a wedding, thrilled at the prospect of having all their loved ones in the same place for one night, and lovers of rel…

Happy Thanksgiving (and Turkey Day)! How are you celebrating this year?
11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving (and Turkey Day)! How are you celebrating this year?

We loved being a part of this special day! Check out one of our favorite wedding venues post about Sarah and Javi's wedd...
11/20/2018
Stone Tower Weddings

We loved being a part of this special day! Check out one of our favorite wedding venues post about Sarah and Javi's wedding.

Reliving Sarah and Javi's May 2018 wedding. Their day was filled with love and excitement for the future, each other and all of their family & friends.

Photography: Stephanie Messick Photography
Coordination: Plan To Be Tied
Catering: Main Event Caterers
DJ: JeyOne
Florist: Galleria Florist
Hair: Heather Rae Style Stuido
Make Up: Kelli Hartl
Transportation: Metropolitan Shuttle

http://www.stephaniemessickblog.com/2018/05/31/javi-sarah-stone-tower-winery-wedding-photographer/

Keeping it simple can STUN! This couple elected to use a neutral color palette with hints of greenery and gold. Click th...
11/20/2018
A Morais Vineyards Wedding

Keeping it simple can STUN! This couple elected to use a neutral color palette with hints of greenery and gold. Click the link below to see how simplicity can be understated and elegant

http://ow.ly/aWPd30mE5zA

A Morais Vineyards wedding: T & R’s wedding was a very memorable one; it was full of love and all kinds of joyful sentiments. As a wedding photographer, I get to see firsthand the raw emo…

Rustic and Chic! This wedding at the Barns at Wolf Trap featured the cutest dessert buffet that is sure to please every ...
11/17/2018
A Spring Wedding at The Barns

Rustic and Chic! This wedding at the Barns at Wolf Trap featured the cutest dessert buffet that is sure to please every sweet tooth!

http://ow.ly/EunU30mE4u7

For a couple who is fun, lovable, and wildly unique, the perfect wedding space was a must! Brigid and Cara chose The Barns at Wolf Trap as their venue for a lovely spring wedding. Wedding guests celebrated, dined, and danced in the German Barn, transformed into an enchanting garden with ferns, yello...

LAST CALL FOR TURKEYS!!Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Let us take care of the cooking and contact us today!
11/16/2018

LAST CALL FOR TURKEYS!!
Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Let us take care of the cooking and contact us today!

Feliz día de los Muertos and Happy Halloween!
10/31/2018

Feliz día de los Muertos and Happy Halloween!

Happy "Halloweekend"!! We are celebrating Halloween all weekend with our prickly pear margaritas.
10/26/2018

Happy "Halloweekend"!! We are celebrating Halloween all weekend with our prickly pear margaritas.

This past week we worked with our friends at Yoplait to debut their new yogurt, YQ. We used the high protein yogurt in c...
10/24/2018

This past week we worked with our friends at Yoplait to debut their new yogurt, YQ. We used the high protein yogurt in creative ways to highlight its multifaceted use in sweet and savory dishes including dessert flatbread, cruidte accompanied by a YQ based greek goddess, classic parfaits and plank seared beef kebabs!

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3870 S Four Mile Run Dr
Arlington, VA
22206

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Main Event Caterers fulfills distinct needs with excitement, unparalleled creativity, the freshest of quality ingredients and flawless elegance. We transform office blocks, beautiful gardens, gilded museums, open-air rooftops and urban warehouses into the perfect space for your guests. We work in established galleries, museums and event spaces across the DC area. From an intimate dinner for 20 to a lavish gala for 2500, our team focuses on ensuring that every guest experiences an enjoyable and effortless occasion. Even more, we keep it green. We’re not just talking salad. We are 100% wind powered, carbon neutral, and recyclers of waste and users of biodegradable, alternative disposables. We’ve even started purifying and bottling our own water to eliminate use of plastic bottles. Our newest initiative partners us with natural producers to directly obtain an amazing selection of heritage breeds and sustainable seafood.

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