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Catering in Harrisonburg,
(540) 801-8139

About Us

A caterer in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Early Katering Company offers full-service catering for couples in the Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Staunton and Richmond areas. With over 25 years of experience, their affordable and superior service allows couples to spend their important day worry-free!

Services Offered
Whether couples wish to have an intimate or large affair, Early Katering Company offers the following services:

  • Tastings
  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • Delivery
  • Cake cutting
  • Server(s)
  • Bartender(s)
  • Cash bar
  • Champagne toast
  • Cocktail reception
  • House beer
  • House liquor
  • House wine
  • Limited bar
  • Outside alcohol
  • Open bar
  • Signature drink
  • Specialty beer
  • Speciality wine

Early Katering Company offers a wide array of menu styles, from simple picnic to elaborate black tie affair. Choose from a variety of serving styles, including stations, buffet, family-style and plated options. If a couple wishes to personalize their menu, the following cuisines are offered:

  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • Cajun
  • Caribbean
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Latin American
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Sandwiches
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Southwestern
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Gluten-free
  • Kosher
  • Lactose-free
  • Pork-free
  • Nut-free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Other Services
Couples may also enjoy the following wedding decor items from Early Katering Company:

  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linenss

Sarah Balenger

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  • I recently scheduled a meeting with EKC and Marie Trissel to discuss catering for my wedding. Marie and I had emailed and she had said I was written down on her schedule. The appointment was 3 weeks later. I never heard from her in that time frame, nor was I informed of where to meet her. I assumed since we were discussing catering, that we were meeting at the Terrace. This was my mistake. I should have asked in the original emails. However, Marie didn't show up and I probably would not have heard from her had I not emailed her to remind her we were supposed to be meeting. We spoke on the phone and unfortunately she did not seem to be remorseful and was fairly condescending. I assume because I'm young. I did receive a short and choppy apology email blaming the experience on COVID. Personally, everyone is having to deal with challenges during this pandemic, but many companies are still able to maintain their customer service and from reading previous reviews, this doesn't appear to be a... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    As the owner of Early Katering, I feel the need to reply to this review. First of all, Marie was aware of the meeting and had driven out to and was at our other venue (The Barn at Klines Mill), thinking the meeting was to be there. In an email from Sarah on June 27, in response to Marie getting back to her, she stated " We would love to schedule a call or venue visit. She also gave dates for potential phone calls. Marie responded back with "I find it best to come look at the venue first". So the appointment was scheduled for July 12 at 2:00 pm, when on June 29, Sarah responded "A tour sounds great. Does 2 pm work?" Marie replied back "Yes, that works for me. I have you marked on my calendar. Look forward to meeting you." So on July 12, Marie was at our "country" venue, The Barn at Klines Mill, waiting for Sarah to arrive. At 1:56 pm Marie received an email from Sarah saying "Just wanted to confirm that we are meeting at the Terrace at Rocktown at 2pm today. Please give me a call ." At that time, Marie called her and apologized for the mix up - she was at the wrong venue. She told Sarah she would be there in 10 minutes, and left the Barn to head to the Terrace. The Barn is the main venue that we book, so Marie assumed that is where they wanted to meet. Halfway to the Terrace, Marie received a phone call from Sarah saying " we have decided to just cancel the meeting". At that point Marie sent a written apology via email that said " Want to apologize for the mix up. With Covid, I am doing all sales by myself (meaning we are short staffed). If you would like, I can schedule a time for a conference call. Again, this was my fault for the mix up". So as the owner, I wanted to clarify that this was not a "no show" - it was simply a mix up on the venue location. Marie is extremely conscientious and a very hard worker and would not ever "no show" for an appointment. When Marie and I searched back to the original contact that had been sent in, we realized that Sarah had already chosen another venue, and no venue tour would have even been necessary. That was our mistake for not seeing she had already chosen another venue, but was still saying she wanted a venue tour.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Catering

    What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

    $ 65.00

    What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

    $ 45.00

    What is the average catering price per person for stations?

    $ 55.00

    What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeuvres?

    $ 42.00

    Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

    Delivery, Clean Up, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Server(s), Tastings

    What is the starting price per person for bar service?

    $ 15.00

    Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

    Open Bar, House Beer, Specialty Beer, House Wine, House Liquor, Signature Drink

    What event services do you provide?

    Delivery, Set Up, Clean Up

    What catering services do you provide?

    Breakfast / Brunch, Buffet, Cake, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Custom Menu, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Lunch, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings

    What types of cuisine do you cater?

    American, Asian, BBQ, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, French, German, Indian, Italian, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Sandwiches, Seafood, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai

    What dietary needs can you accommodate?

    Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Kosher, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian

    What bar services do you provide?

    Liquor License, Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Limited Bar, Open Bar, House Beer, Specialty Beer, House Wine, Specialty Wine, Champagne Toast, House Liquor, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Outside Alcohol

    Which of the following items can you provide?

    Chairs, Tables

    Which of the following items can you provide?

    Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

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