Welcome

Catering doesn’t mean purchased food and event planning, however, it should be the word that comes to mind when you think of a once in a lifetime culinary experience. We will help you plan a memorable event with an unwavering commitment to excellence in order to create that unique experience for you and your guest.

Who We Are

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Company Bio

Catering by John LLC is a full service catering company, servicing Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We offer both traditional and unique menu selections using only the freshest and finest ingredients. We believe in being fully committed to sustainable, environmentally friendly practices when creating scratch made cuisine. Our chef carefully hand selects ingredients from the finest fisherman, produce farms, and meat purveyors in the metropolitan area. 

Our menu creativity is what will make your special event spectacular in every sense of the word. We pride ourselves on not only creating delicious and decadent scratch made fare, but also visually pleasing presentations providing uncompromising quality with attention given to every detail and nuance. We also craft organic, gluten-free menus to accommodate those who require specific dietary needs. We are very sensitive to anyone with food allergies, including nuts or shellfish. If you are vegetarian, vegan,  have dietary restrictions or need to limit other ingredients, we can handle those lifestyles, situations and needs with care while still providing the most delicious food possible. We can also accommodate religious limits, such as no pork or kosher meals. Even if our tried and true recipe calls for an ingredient you have requested to be excluded from the menu, we will alter the recipe until it fits your requirements.

Our team can transform and customize any layout to meet your needs. We offer beautifully designed place settings, table decor, lighting and floral arrangements that is sure to compliment the colors and aesthetics you desire while leaving you and your guest in awe! 

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The Chef Behind The LOVE In Your Food!


Chef John Brown is the owner and executive chef of Catering by John LLC, a full service off site catering company, offering both traditional and unique menu selections using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Chef John has now launched The Manna Café, a health conscious grab & go cafe that is organic, vegan, & gluten free friendly.“

Chef John, as he is affectionately called, has approximately 20 years of experience in the food industry. Chef John also holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. These degrees combined with his studies in Culinary Management at the Arts Institute of Washington are the bases of his inventive take on American classics. His love for high quality productions and respect for the history of each dish that he reimagines make for an experiential dining experience most never forget. His culinary journey has afforded him the opportunity to work and grow in spaces such as Bezu Restaurant, Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, McCormick and Schmick Seafood Restaurant, Newton's Table, the Hilton Hotel, and Union District Oyster Bar & Lounge.Chef John has appeared on all of the DMV local TV stations, and most recently, ABC 7, WTTG FOX 5 & NBC Channel 4. Chef John is also a private/personal chef for Pro Athletes, Singers & Entertainers, Actors & TV Personalities. 

Chef John fulfilled a dream during the summer of 2017 to serve Washington DC youth in the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment initiative by teaching them the beauty of culinary arts.  In 2019, Chef John along with some of his culinary friends had the privilege to cook a 5-course dinner party for the James Beard Foundation.

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The Team

At Catering By John our team will help you plan a memorable event, from exotic to elegant, romantic to rustic and everything in between with an unwavering commitment to excellence in order to create that unique experience for you and your guest.Our team is passionate about making your event an incredible experience, regardless of the size. Whether you’re thinking about entertaining a few friends for a special occasion, have a corporate need, hosting 3,000 guests for a lavish gala, or planning a wedding.  

Services

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Meal Planning

In today's culture of unhealthy fast food, eating well can be difficult. While food is universal, not everyone enjoys it the same way or prepares it in the same style. If you are pescatarian, vegan, have a weight loss goal, have dietary restrictions or need the convenience of not cooking, we can handle those lifestyles, situations and needs with care while still providing the most delicious food possible. We can also accommodate religious limits, such as no pork or kosher meals. Even if our tried and true recipe calls for an ingredient you have requested to be excluded from the menu, we will alter the recipe until it fits your requirements. We can design the perfect meal plan using our expertise to create amazing dishes, sure to ‘wow’ the most discerning palates while meeting your need.  Don't know where to start? Let us help with our tailored meal program. Get in touch so we can work together to plan something that's right for you.

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Corporate

Whether you are organizing a company meeting, a product launch or a holiday party, we will make certain that your event is flawless with exceptional menus, delicious cuisine, and outstanding service presented in a professional manner with consistent on time service for any occasion. Our corporate event options include a diverse menu of breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner cuisines, from small office meetings to large corporate events. 

·  No less than 3 business days to place order for delivery. We will do our best to oblige short notice orders, however selections may be limited.

·  Minimum order of 8 people

·  Executive setups with chafers, table linens, bowls and china upgrades are available. 

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Weddings

Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! It's an amazing time where you get to connect with family and friends in a unique and gratifying way. We understand the stress and time it takes to plan your dream wedding that is why we take the time to ensure all your needs are met with our innovative thinking and custom menu creations. 

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Social Events

Whatever the occasion, creating a menu that accommodates your guests’ tastes is paramount. If you can celebrate it, we can cater it! Catering By John is able to provide catering for all types of celebrations ranging from dinners, cocktail parties, bridal or baby showers to milestone birthdays, charity galas, holiday parties, engagement parties, and more!

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School Meal Program

Our goal as is to create an opportunity to not only nourish our community’s children, but also to educate them on the importance of nutrition. 


Currently servicing primarily with day care and early learning centers, we are raising the bar and exceeding the established nutritional standards in prepared meal delivery to our youngest and most vulnerable population. Our relationship with food suppliers who provide high quality products, and with the advisement of nutritionists and pediatricians taking the lead to define health in school services, we are able to provide nutritonal meals and snacks that a void of preservatives, artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup and processed foods .

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gf = gluten free ~ 
cg = contains gluten ~ cn = contains nuts ~ cd = contains dairy ~ df = dairy free ~ 
v = vegan