a vision for creating remarkable events
food first. inspired by ingredients. great service.
Since 1986, Occasions Caterers has worked closely with our clients to create remarkable events. We have grown in size but maintain a boutique approach to full-service catering with a focus on custom menus, creative décor, expert planning and gracious service. We craft experiences through food, design and hospitality to reflect your unique style, taste and vision. With over thirty years of experience, we have an unmatched scope of knowledge, resources and relationships to produce events that exceed expectation and delight in every way.
Headquartered in the Brookland neighborhood of Northeast Washington, DC, we operate in the area’s most prestigious venues, historic homes, institutions, museums and private properties. In addition to DC, we also serve Maryland, Virginia and beyond.
Twin brothers and co-founders, Eric and Mark Michael are local to the area, growing up in Baltimore, Maryland. Graduating from Georgetown University and Stanford University, the brothers stayed close to home and worked as many recent graduates do, as waiters for a local caterer. They quickly realized there was an opportunity in the market for a different style of entertaining. They sought to bring a global and more restaurant-like approach to entertaining. They believed that the food and service at events should be just as pleasing and gracious as the best of restaurants, whether it be a small dinner party or a large reception.
In 1986, they started Occasions from their tiny apartment kitchen with just a few printed business cards and a small van. They gradually built a team of executives, chefs, captains and waiters who were also committed to the brother’s vision. Fast forward thirty years later and Occasions has indeed grown but the focus remains the same: a boutique approach to full-service catering with a focus on custom menus, creative décor, expert planning and gracious service.