PERSONAL ATTENTION EVERY TIME.
Founded in 2008 by Javier Zerpa, Key Ingredients Catering takes pride in presenting its customers with the personal attention and creativity one expects when hosting an intimate dinner party, even when called upon to create larger and more complex events. We work closely with our customers to sort through the smallest of details and help coordinate colors, themes, linens, china patterns, lighting, tents, photography, transportation, parking, flowers, entertainment, music and more.
In addition to helping clients with fantastic one-time or annual events, Key Ingredients Catering also serves clients who require large-scale services, such as the Robert H. Smith School of Business and George Washington Business School. Key Ingredients Catering has previously been called upon to provide conference-type support for two or more consecutive days for as many as 500 guests, with breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, lunch, reception and dinner, we can’t forget an unlimited number of Weddings, Galas, Graduations and others Social events.
Key Ingredients Catering, LLC, is an independently owned and operated company with an office and a production facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Key Ingredients Catering, LLC, is a minority-owned full-service off-premise caterer.
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The team at Key Ingredients was wonderful to work with from start to finish. They were professional and flexible. As the event planner I could focus on other details knowing that they were in charge of the catering. I highly recommend them.
We chose Key Ingredients Catering for a Communion Breakfast for 100 people at our church. We could not have been more pleased! Working with Javier before the event was a joy. His staff, Roseangela and Vincent, provided excellent service, were so pleasant to work with, and added finishing touches to the buffet tables/room that were so pleasing. The food was delicious! Thank you to Javier and his team for making our event a wonderful success!
I can always count on Key Ingredients to deliver the very best presentation and delicious food for any of our occasions, the latest being cupcakes with our new brand on them! I highly recommend their services!
Great experience. The paella is delicious!! The service is excellent. I ordered many times the different paellas, always with excellent results. Highly recommended.
Great food and excellent service. Really made my sons graduation party exceptional! Highly recommend
We provided lunch for an all-day training class and the wraps were a big hit. Everyone was pleased with the selection and enjoyed their lunch. Delivery was on time and easy to handle. Thanks!
Key Ingredients Catering is very reliable, we love the creativity to solve our corporate needs
We had a really terrific experience with Key Ingredients catering. We were very concerned about price and had discussed catering options with a bunch of different caterers. We were planning a wedding for 150 people originally. When it came down to discussing price, many caterers gave us sort of a hard time or tried to avoid providing specific information. Key Ingredients worked with our needs and talked openly and honestly with us about what was possible within our budget. Other caterers were really limited in what they could offer us for our menu. Key Ingredients provided us with a variety of menu options based on our budget that we could choose from. They answered all of my questions patiently and even directed us to an amazing and affordable day-of wedding coordinator that we were also extremely happy with. Javier was our main point of contact with the company and he was basically contactable any time we needed. We were pretty novice to any type of wedding planning and felt pretty anxious about the entire process. Therefore, Javier had to deal with tons of what I'm sure seemed to be repetitive and obvious questions. However, he was always extremely responsive and would answer any concerns we had thoroughly. I really appreciated this because it relieved a lot of anxiety for me throughout the planning process. He did a venue walk-through with us prior to the wedding and took over an hour mapping out our venue plan. He took the time to help us come up with catering plans for both the outdoor plan and rain plan. He offered us helpful advice when we needed it, but also allowed us to try to have our own wedding vision come to fruition. We had a lot of small random items that we were using to decorate our wedding venue. We were also supplying our own alcohol for the event. He coordinated with us and allowed us to use his storage centers to keep our alcohol and other wedding supplies prior to the day. He took responsibility for the items even though he didn't have to and transported most everything to the venue for us on the day of. This helped make our lives so much easier because we didn't have to worry about every little item for the day of. On the day of the wedding, Key Ingredients was timely and professional. We ended up last minute having to use our rain plan for the reception area. They set up the entire room beautifully last minute. I don't think people could even tell that it was our backup option. We missed the cocktail hour that guests got to attend because we were taking photos with our photographer. While we were waiting to make our grand entrance to the reception, Javier checked on us and brought us multiple hors d'oeuvres to make sure we were fed during all of the wedding day craziness. They also brought us water and our favorite mixed drinks while we were waiting. We did a buffet dinner, which everybody loved. We ate all of the food without any leftovers. I got a lot of positive feedback from the guests on the food. As I mentioned before, we supplied our own alcohol for the event. The only criticism I can say about the event was that I did have a few different guests that said that the bartenders at the wedding cut them off from drinking when they had only had 1 drink the entire night. I also got a few complaints that the bartenders were slow, not making drinks properly, and sort of rude overall. I got these complaints from a few different guests so I think there was probably some truth from it since it was sort of consistent feedback from different guests. This was also kinda annoying for us because it may have looked like we were being cheap with our guests and telling the bar to be stingy with serving, when in reality afterwards we just had a lot of unused leftover alcohol that we didn't want and that we now had to deal with. We really depended on Key Ingredients to make our day wonderful and they came through for us in the best way possible. It was the best day of our lives so far. We would highly recommend them and would use them in the future for any other big event like this.
THE BEST FOOD, EXCELLENT SERVICE
Tasty food, excellent service, fair price
Key Ingredients has vision about food and how to make an event a real hit. They're kitchen is spotless and they are always so friendly and accommodating. This is a first rate Caterer.
Is looking for a catering services that offers variety of dishes with full of flavor...Key Ingredients is the right choice.
Javier and his team always do a great job for us. The food is great and the staff is extremely professional. Key Catering has catered several different types of events for us and exceeded expectations every time.
Javier and his team were stellar at my 60th birthday party last weekend. They were efficient and friendly and went well above and beyond the services I'd asked for. And the food was delicious - all my guests raved about it! I'd highly recommend Key Ingredients Caterers for any gathering, big or small.
Excellent food and great service, will use them again for catering our meetings!
Professional staff, great menu options for catering events.
I was extremely pleased with the service I received from Javier and his staff. We booked them at the last moment for a Memorial Service and they worked with us to ensure we had everything we needed. They made a difficult situation much easier. They are an exceptional team and the food is delicious.
Javier and his staff are the ultimate professional catering company. I have used them many times now. He works with me in developing menus, some that cater to difficult dietary limitations, providing great suggestions. Always on time, with beautiful set-ups and delicious food. I would recommend Key Ingredients for any occasion, no matter how small or how large.
We had a last minute catering order when I came across Key Ingredients online. I called Javier and he was willing to work with me on such short notice. The food was excellent and the delivery on schedule. I would recommend them to anyone! Valerie
Key Ingredients Catering is one of the best caterers that we have worked with. The menus are well planned and very creative. The food is exceptional and I would highly recommend them for a large or small catering event.
We worked with Key Ingredients for my daughter's Quinceañera and it was one of the best decisions we made for the event! Javier and his team were so professional and the food was amazing! We had so many compliments about the Mac & Cheese bar and the chicken. While we did not work with them specifically for decor, they did help spruce things up and I am sure they would be great for that additional service. I am so glad we worked with Key Ingredients and definitely recommend!
Best catering business in the area!
Fresh excellent food, beautifully prepared and flavorful! definitely lives up to its name!
Fantastic food and great service. Javier runs a tight ship!
Excellent service and execution
Key Ingredients always deliver on time and the food is very good!
By far the best salmon I have ever tasted! And it was catered! Key Ingredients Caterering has fantastic food, kind servers who are very professional, they are easy to work with in planning the menu, and are reasonably priced. I highly recommend using KIC!
Very happy with their service Very professional and availability great food and competitive prices Thanks for everything.
The Key Ingredients team was professional, flexible, and easy to work with! The guests loved the food, and the table setup was gorgeous. We will definitely consider Key Ingredients for our next event!
They were amazing! Javier, the owner, was great to work with. He was able to make a custom menu that fit with my budget that not only fed my group, but was DELICIOUS (make sure to get the empanadas!). His team was very professional, arrived early, and had everything set up without needing any direction from me. I would 100% use Key Ingredient in the future; I cannot recommend them enough!
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A Highly Professional Catering Services Company
I have worked with the Key Ingredients team for over two years. I manage an Executive MBA program in the Washington DC region and I have moved through multiple catering service companies prior to landing on Key Ingredients. The ownership and staff are professional, flexible, attuned to a wide set of budgets, expectations, and palettes. They are truly great to work with. Key Ingredients has become and will stay the first choice for my program and my students.
My daughter's wedding
KIC was outstanding. The food was not only very well prepared but very good quality and exquisitely presented. They set the tables and even added runners at no extra cost. They worked very hard to ensure that everything was perfect for my daughter's wedding. This is the first time I have to organize a wedding reception and dinner and I relied on Javier and his team to make sure the details were taken care of. Excellent value and service! Thank you for making such effort and ensuring this was an amazing night for all of us.
Best catering experience! Great food and service.
We hired Key Ingredients catering for our big Election Night Party this year (200 people), and they were absolutely wonderful! Shoutout to Carla Bettini, who was so helpful, professional, and friendly throughout the entire process. Everyone said that the food was great at our party, and the decorations and decor that came with the catering spread was absolutely beautiful! 6/5 stars! I had such a great experience with this catering company...you should definitely hire them for your next event!
Great Service. Fabulous Food.
I partnered with Key Ingredients Catering to support a number of events following our grand opening. They were friendly, professional and punctual. The team went above and beyond to provide excellent service and helped set up, serve and clean up. They were very fun to work with! The food was fresh and delicious. I highly recommend Key Ingredients Catering for your next event!
Great service from beginning to end
My wife and I couldn't have asked for a better experience with a catering company. This was our first event planned together and key ingredients made it a breeze. From the first meeting to the day of the wedding everything went smoothly and according to plan. We were very happy to have sampled the food before the event and we're pleased with all the choices and quality of the food we selected. Key ingredients also provided us a great selection of tablecloths and decoration for a reasonable price. Their staff was very respectful and friendly they did a great job setting everything up in a very short period of time. All in all it was a great job done at a fair price.
Super company, very accommodating
Key Ingredients did the catering for my son's wedding. Not only was the food delicious, but Carla and Javier are so accommodating and easy to work with! In the last couple of weeks we decided to change from buffet style to family style, I called Carla and no problem. Two days before the wedding the bride and groom decided that they would like to offer lemonade to the guests at the ceremony, again I called Carla and again no problem plus no additional charge. They even took food to the bride and groom before the wedding during the long photo shoot with the photographer. I would use them again in a minute! Thanks for everything Carla and Javier.
Excellent Quality of Food and Very Professional
Our experience was excellent with Javier, (Owner) of key ingredient. Our expectations were exceeded by the quality of food, the professionalism of their staff and the execution of their services and products. We hired them for our wedding catering and we and our guest where satisfied. We definitely recommend Key Ingredients to anyone looking for a great service.
It has been our pleasure to attend two events catered by this company.
Five years ago, before Javier started Key Ingredients Catering, he created a beautiful, wonderful, personalized, and very delicious meal for my daughter's wedding reception. We have recommended him many times since. We recently had the pleasure of attending a 50th wedding anniversary dinner that his company catered. We thoroughly enjoyed the elegant presentation and the delicious food, along with other guests we talked to. When we spoke to Javier, we were thrilled to learn that he had started Key Ingredients Catering, not long after our daughter's wedding. We will gladly continue to recommend his services.
Key Ingredients did a great job, supporting my 70th Birthday celebration. After getting bids from four companies, we selected Key Ingredients because of their proposed menu and the fact that they provided comprehensive service -- including set-up, service and clean-up. We were not disappointed. They continued to coordinate with us for the several days leading up to the event, ensuring that all our selections were exactly what we wanted. There were on-time and provided everything we expected. The staff and servers were exceptionally friendly and professional. The food was fabulous and plentiful. I strongly recommend you use their services for your special events -- I know we will!
The vendor did exceedingly well. The food was excellent, the staff was effective and we all had a good time. We had one concern, there were not enough disposables. The
The Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala has contracted Key Ingredients Catering for service during its annual gala at The Fillmore Silver Spring during three consecutive years. And we will hire them again this year. They take care of serving our VIP/Sponsor Hour that hosts 200 guests and also our main event that caters 1,000 people. They have done an outstanding job serving our guests. They have worked very professionally with our team and the staff at The Fillmore to ascertain that everyone enjoys the evening with a wonderful menu and great service. We are delighted to say that they have also brought in the same staff/servers every year, which reflects on their good skills to maintain their own employees. We have developed a wonderful business relationship and feel that they are part of our event success. We have recommended their service to friends and other organizations.
Delicious food, artistic presentation, and great service!
Javier was great to work with and very accommodating for our dinner party. His Seafood Paella was the hit of our dinner which received compliments from everyone. The food was delicious and was served in a huge authentic paella pan. We are using Key Ingredients Catering for a second year in a row. His entire dinner was consistently delicious with beautiful presentation at another event we attended recently. Vicente was a fabulous server. He arrived early and immediately jumped-in and helped me prepare appetizers and food for the party. He was very creative and artistic with the presentation. He made himself at home in my kitchen so we worked very well together. Vicente took care of everything which enabled me to relax and enjoy the party! I highly recommend Key Ingredients Catering!
Excellent and professional all around!
The event was a memorial gathering, and everyone noticed and complimented the outstanding service and delicious food provided by Key Ingredients. The staff was invisible and very attentive at the same time, refilling glasses and clearing dishes as needed.
If you like good food, great service and comparable prices then I highly recommend Key Ingredients Catering Company. NASA had the privilege of working with them for a whole week of lunch's and dinner's being catered in, and the participants rave about their customer service and how much they love the taste of their food! They are flexible and creative, with presentations to knock your socks off. I absolutely recommend hiring them for your next event, you will enjoy every minute working with them!
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