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Leah
5/26/12
Categories: Catering
4.5
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 4.5
Professionalism: 3.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Purple Onion did a great job for our wedding. Their prices are on the high side (but not extraordinarily so), but the food is really, really good - so for me, it was worth it. Our guests were very happy as well. They were quite responsive throughout the planning process and flexible to our needs (eg, my fiance has a dairy allergy). A few details were missed which impacts the professionalism score (eg, they did not mix one of our drinks correctly, and then when I said something insisted they never received the recipe although I sent it twice including once that same week), but overall I am happy I went with them.
Lori
10/29/16
Categories: Catering
4.4
Quality of Service: 4.5
Responsiveness: 4.5
Professionalism: 4.5
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 4.5
We booked Purple Onion to cater our wedding at the Winery at Bull Run. Purple Onion is one of the six preferred vendors that you have to choose from if you get married at Bull Run. After reviewing all six options, we picked Purple Onion and one other to do tastings and get proposals from. From the very beginning, Purple Onion wowed us with how responsive they were. We were able to review their menu options and pick several selections to try and out first tasting. One note of caution--they get very busy during the holiday season, so it's best to wait until after to schedule a tasting. Margaret set up our first tasting and was our main POC through the entire planning process. She was wonderful to work with--responsive and enthusiastic and great attention to detail. She really made us feel special at our first tasting, from the minute we walked in the door (there was a chalkboard sign welcoming us to our tasting). The bonus with Purple Onion is that they do so many weddings at Bull Run, they know how to pull off a flawless event there. No details were left to the last minute, everything was planned out weeks in advance and the event itself went off without a hitch. And then there's the food--Purple Onion's food is flat-out amazing. The chicken with the chardonnay beurre blanc and crispy onions was by far my favorite, but all the passed appetizers were spectacular, as were the side dishes. They have a huge menu to choose from, so even picky eaters should find something to love. We got so many compliments on the food during the cocktail hour and reception. It was a huge hit. A few small notes to consider: occasionally menu edits that we discussed in person or via email did not make it into updated proposals, and I had to check those pretty carefully throughout the wedding. Also, be sure to send in your deposits well in advance of the deadline; we found that our checks would not get cashed and would sit somewhere in the mailroom for up to two weeks.
Amanda
9/10/16
Categories: Catering
4.4
Quality of Service: 4.0
Responsiveness: 4.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 4.0
We worked with Margaret and we were very pleased with her responsiveness to our requests. We were set up for two free tastings and the food was delicious. The appetizers that were served at the wedding were so great. The wedding dinner was so good and all the guests complimented how much they enjoyed their meal. The only complaint was the bartender that was provided was not nice to the groom or the other guests. We will definitely use their service again and then request another bartender or no bartender at all.
Alexandra
10/10/15
Categories: Catering
4.4
Quality of Service: 4.5
Responsiveness: 4.5
Professionalism: 4.5
Value: 4.5
Flexibility: 4.0
Purple Onion catered our wedding a few weeks ago. They did a terrific job of accommodating a few last minute changes to the table set ups to allow for some additional decorations. We got married on a somewhat chilly day in October. We opted for a cocktail hour followed by a buffet style dinner. For the cocktail hour, we had asked for Purple Onion to heat up cider to serve with bourbon as a signature drink -- huge hit with all of our guests! Other appetizers included shrimp skewers, crab cakes, short rib with blue cheese mashed potatoes, and mini cups of hot tomato soup with wedges of grilled cheese! Dinner was also great -- ancho chili glazed salmon with black bean sauce, vegetable risotto, grilled veggies, and Tenderloin with a bourbon demi. We tasted it all -- yum! The food was fabulous! Many of our guests have commented on the food -- both the good flavors and how much they enjoyed the variety of options! We loved the food. My only critique is that it is very difficult to meet with this catering company if you work a traditional schedule -- they have limited hours to meet during the week during the day 10-3pm. However, if you can accommodate this schedule, I definitely recommend this company!
Natalie
10/5/13
Categories: Catering
4.4
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 3.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The food Purple Onion provided for our wedding was fantastic. Our friends and family have told us many times how great the food was. They were great at coming up with a concept for us and setting up the flow of things at our venue where we couldn't get everyone seated in one room. The only issues we had with them was that our point of contact was slow to respond to our emails. After we did our final walk through a month before the wedding we did not receive our bill until the week of the wedding.
Purple Onion Catering Company responded with the following comments:
You have spoken and we have listened! Because of the unprecedented growth this past wedding season we were not able to keep up with all of the requests coming our way. We have added assistants for our talented event designers in the hopes of keeping up with this fast paced business. We will, of course, continue to provide the excellent food and innovative presentations at all of our events.
Emily
8/4/12
Categories: Catering
4.4
Quality of Service: 4.5
Responsiveness: 4.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 4.5
The food was absolutely amazing! We got so many wonderful compliments from our guests. It was a little frustrating because I had to work with so many different people after my original contact left the company. Joanie seemed a little overbooked with 3 weddings on the same day, but things turned out okay. There were a couple things that went awry, like not passing out champagne for a toast and telling guests we were out of a wine when we weren't. All in all, I was satisfied but not ecstatic with the catering. The cake was amazing and they were very good about working with me and my ever-changing cake ideas. The only problem was that not all of my guests got either cake or a cake pop. Sadly, the only cake-related thing I got at my wedding was the cake that went up my nose after we cut it. Perhaps the cake was just too delicious because we ran out before I even got back from washing the cake out of my nose.
Shanan
9/24/16
Categories: Catering
4.3
Quality of Service: 4.0
Responsiveness: 4.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 4.5
Flexibility: 4.0
First, I have to say---the FOOD is amazing! They were definitely willing to customize our menu and allow us to substitute/eliminate ingredients. Very fresh and seasonal ingredients---and creative in their display. Overall, I was very pleased with the service. I felt there were a few hiccups that--at the cocktail hour, I noticed was the long line for the bar. I had to ask Margaret to add another person behind the bar. One of my guests knew I was serving a Rose' Sparkling Wine (we brought in our own alcohol) and they didn't serve it at cocktail hour. The passed apps coming out were a little slow but they had a far walk from the kitchen to the cocktail hour location. At the reception, our food/plate was delivered to our sweetheart table---very nice to EAT at my own wedding. The guests noticed some "lull" time between the plated salad and when they were invited to head to the buffet. Not sure what happened there. And, I purposefully brought in margarita mix and tequila---guest told me they asked for one and the bartender stated they couldn't make one. Not sure if they didn't know how or didn't know I had purchased the mixers/alcohol. I had a few challenges communicating with Margaret during the planning phase but overall she was very enthusiastic and instrumental to making our wedding the happiest day of my life.
Victoria
7/14/07
Categories: Cakes, Catering
4.3
Quality of Service: 4.0
Responsiveness: 3.5
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Purple Onion was a very good caterer. The food was excellent. The only drawback was that it was sometimes difficult to get in touch with them to work out details. The staff was very professional.
Ronald
6/2/18
Categories: Catering
4.2
Quality of Service: 4.0
Responsiveness: 4.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 4.0
Purple Onion was, in general, amazing for our wedding. Margaret is the best. The only issue we had with her is that she said she would be at our wedding, to hand us a glass of wine, and she was not. All of the food was delicious and comes highly recommended. There is no fault with their food. However, Purple Onion does their own desserts, which did not include the cake we ordered from another vendor. The staff of Purple Onion cut our cake the wrong way, which resulted in a large portion of the cake collapsing and being tossed out. This, we were not happy about. I know the star system above says 4.2/5.0, but we would probably rate them at 3.8/5.0 just because of the errors that occurred the night of our wedding. Purple Onion is great with linen and setup and the taste of the food but, they still left something to be desired.
Lynn
6/5/16
Categories: Catering
4.2
Quality of Service: 4.0
Responsiveness: 4.5
Professionalism: 4.5
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 4.0
Very workable with your menu and budget.
Purple Onion Catering Company responded with the following comments:
We are so glad to be part of your special day, and we will make it memorable; It will be a great spring wedding!
Amy
10/19/13
Categories: Catering
4.2
Quality of Service: 4.5
Responsiveness: 3.0
Professionalism: 4.5
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Purple Onion had EXCELLENT food - our guests could not say enough great things about the food and decor. Our event coordinator was very nice and creative - she was flexible to meet with and had great ideas to share. Sometimes it was difficult to get a response back during the busy wedding season, but ultimately, we had everything we needed and the event was a huge success. The cost of service was very high (but on par with other similar vendors). Overall, a great experience; we just wish the cost had been a bit less.
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Categories: Catering
4.2
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 3.0
Professionalism: 4.0
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Purple Onion was solid for our wedding. The food was great, and everything from the tent to the silverware looked awesome. At times it was difficult to get an answer to questions or updated price quotes, which could be frustrating at times, but in the end everything turned out beautifully. It was also very convenient to have a one stop shop for everything you could ever need to put a wedding together, which also means you have one point of contact for all the various moving parts. It is almost like getting a pseudo-wedding planner as well as a caterer.
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Catering
What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, Chinese, French, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Southern, Spanish
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Liquor License, Outside Alcohol OK, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer
Which of the following items can you provide?
Chairs, Tables
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
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