ABOUT

OUR STORY

As a boutique caterer we create menus and spaces that bring your personal style and vision of hospitality to life. To make sure your event meets the highest standard of both food and fun, we collaborate with the area's best event planners and venues, and our attentive staff treat your guests with warmth and grace.

My interest in catering began years ago. I lived on our farm and, from time to time, I would host local children's charity events. Eventually, those gatherings grew into weddings, birthday parties, corporate parties, and other events. I prepared the food and decorated the venue while my husband, Gill, coordinated the logistics. Over time my passion for serving people by cooking and creating beautiful spaces organically became our business. Cater 2 Events was born.

We recently expanded our space to give us more room to better serve our customers when they stop by for personal meetings, one-on-one planning, private tastings, and biscuit pick-up. Studio C2E is a continuation of our commitment to boutique catering.

At C2E, we understand that you're busy and don't always have time to prepare a homemade meal for a dinner party, handcrafted appetizers for a shower, or a gourmet spread for larger parties or corporate events. That's when you call us. We're here to help you create a tasty menu and a welcoming environment - a place where guests can gather to enjoy a good meal, a laugh, and great conversation.  

When I'm not cooking,  I enjoy tennis, horses, snow skiing, river getaways, and quality family time at home. 

 

Bon Appetite,

Lona Crittenden 🍋

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OUR SPACES


KIND WORDS

From the moment I met Lona, I knew things would be different. This wasn’t the first wedding that I hosted, but it was my first experience with Lona and I can tell you from experience, this was NOT a typical vendor/customer catering contract/relationship.

I felt then, and still feel now, like she instantly became a part of the family. Her advice, direction, enthusiasm, spirit and commitment are unmatched by anyone I have met in her business. It is now four weeks after our event and I am still hearing from friends and family about how amazing the food was at the wedding – it was outstanding!!! Several folks have told me “it was the best they ever had at a wedding.”

What sets her apart from her competition is simply, she cares. She poured her heart and soul into my daughters wedding and it showed. One memory I will cherish forever is when Lona first saw my daughter in her wedding dress at the reception venue, the Virginia War Memorial. Seeing the sweet exchange between the two where she broke down into happy tears only solidified that she really had become part of the family.

Lona was truly one of the highlights of our wedding planning, we always looked forward to our meetings with her and could not be more thrilled with the outcome! Thank you Lona for everything and thanks to the entire staff at Cater2Events.
— BOB
Cater 2 Events catered our daughter’s recent wedding at The Foundry in Powhatan, and they were an absolute pleasure to work with from the very beginning. Lona and Gill and staff cared deeply, they were extremely accessible, they were excited and collaborative and engaged throughout, and they couldn’t have been more kind.

From their incredible hors d’oeuvres for cocktail hour, to their creativity in helping design some amazing cheese boards waiting at all dinner place settings, to the quality and the presentation of the entrées, to the GREAT attitude and service of their wait staff, Cater 2 Events ensured our daughter’s reception was a smash hit.

We would highly recommend Lona and her Team to ANYONE who wants the best combo of quality, service, price, value, and DEPENDABILITY. They were SECOND TO NONE, and our family feels like we made some friends for life in the Cater 2 Events team. Thank you Lona and wonderful staff!! We are thrilled!!! Love you guys! 5 out of 5 (more like 10 out of 10) in our books!!
— mike
The food and catering staff were supreme! We had compliments from the moment we walked in to the venue.

All the appetizers were excellent and the sweet potato ham biscuits were pillows of deliciousness! I personally had the Beef Tenderloin and a Veggie Pot Pie. The Tenderloin could not have been any better…tender and perfectly seasoned. The Pot Pies were also amazing. Everyone that tried them raved about them. Again great job.

The staff at the bar, the buffet, and cleanup were amazing. They were courteous, professional and efficient. At the end of the reception, we loaded the car with the leftover beer and wine and when we returned the table and chairs were all put away, returned to their respective homes, and staff was sweeping up. This was all within 45 minutes of the newlyweds departure. Incredibly efficient!

I’ve used a lot superlatives, but C2E deserves every one. We would highly recommend C2E to any and everyone in the RVA area. If you’re looking for a caterer who delivers delicious food, happiness, professionalism, and extreme satisfaction, Cater 2 Events is for you!

From start to finish, Cater 2 Events was 100% present. Their professionalism was stellar, and the food was scrumptious. The set up was beautiful and matched the wedding theme perfectly. The owners and staff made our night perfect.
— NANCY
Cater 2 Events is the best in RVA! Lona and Gill with C2E are always a favorite for any special occasion or professional meeting. The taste, quality, presentation and service are outstanding. I never have a second thought or worry; I place the order and forget about it until the day of my event. Whether it’s a family bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or a business meeting, Cater 2 Events is my one stop caterer.
— CHRISTY
Thanks so much for the “last minute” catering job you handled for us. The food was fantastic and we really enjoyed the tasty items you suggested. AND it was so easy to arrange with you! We’ll be sure to suggest your exceptional service and use you again.
— B.J.