Bridal Blackbook: First-Class Caterers
by hilary weissman
Japanese lacquered salmon with Asian vegetables from Windows Catering Company
For those unsure of where to begin, visit R&R’s open-house tastings, with menu selections by renowned executive chef Lubin Barrantes. Favoring made-to-order menus in paella, sushi, and flambé dishes, R&R gives a new couple and their guests just what they want, as they prefer it.
8004 Alban Road, Springfield, VA, 703-451-2798
Elegance & Simplicity
Its aesthetic is in its name, but these professionals also effortlessly combine themes in mixed-ethnic and multicultural affairs. Author and owner Katie Martin is the editor-in-chief of Eco-Beautiful Weddings magazine and blog, and she is committed to reducing her company’s carbon footprint with each event. 301-656-5560
A Perfect Wedding
Experienced in handling all types of events—even destination and high-profile fêtes—Carol Marino and Darcy Romano coordinate and sell perfection. They understand and keep tabs on the latest trends in bridal-party wear, décor, and gastronomy, remaining a step ahead down to the very last detail.
5224 Lewisham Road, Fairfax, 703-691-0133
Events by André Wells
For an extravagant and decadent event, look no further than André Wells. Taking care of the bridal shower, the ceremony, and the reception, Wells consults right after the proposal until the honeymoon ends. He has guided countless couples on Capitol Hill and beyond.
RSVP has worked with numerous local charities, including Fashion for Paws and Food for Others, and other fabulous happenings around Washington. Individuality is the key to RSVP— its seasoned wedding experts will curate personalized menus and other uniquely crafted elements to create a day that is unmistakably yours. 2930 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax, 703-573-8700
Whether serving the president’s inaugural lunch or the choicest VIPs at evening soirées, Design Cuisine knows how to cater to a dream event. A Green Restaurant Association featured company, Design Cuisine uses Energy Star appliances, composting, and recycle processes, and donates unused food to those in need.
2659 S. Shirlington Road, Arlington, 703-979-9400
Windows Catering Company
Afraid of having too few options? Look to Windows Catering Company, which provides a seemingly endless variety of modern American and fusion cuisine among its special services, like vendor coordination and even kosher and molecular gastronomy menus.
5724 General Washington Dr., Alexandria, 703-519-3500
Edward Marc Chocolatier
Fill your wedding day with blissful cocoa surprises disguised as fanciful favors. Edward Marc proves that anything is better in chocolate—cordial cups, printed chocolate menus, even personalized medallions with your initials.
2150 L St. NW, 202-496-1999
A favorite of the Washington social scene, Occasions keeps fresh with creative cake designs and bold menu options for sumptuous buffets or more formal sit-down affairs. It also provides its own planning and consulting services, taking care of every detail for your special day.
5458 Third St. NE, 202-546-7400
A Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Awards 2011 winner, Ridgewells offers a wide variety of special menus, including vegetarian, kosher, Moroccan, Indian, and organic, in an effort to stay ahead of the green gala trend.
5525 Dorsey Lane, Bethesda, 301-652-1515
Celebrating the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner at Carnegie Library.