Weddings are filled with joy, and our staff loves to be part of them.  We begin with a conversation with you to learn about the style of wedding you envision, the size, the budget, and any dietary preferences. From there, we custom-design the culinary experience and apply our superior style of service to delivering the event.

Private Parties

Let us make your special occasion, fundraiser or holiday affair a memorable one. We’ll provide so much more than just great food. From polishing the flatware to steaming the linens so a crease does not tip a wine glass. Our attention to detail will make your next event shine.

Corporate Events

We have catered hundreds of events at locations ranging from private homes, Ash Lawn, a variety of UVA venues, farms, and wineries. We custom craft each event. Beginning with the menu, theme, décor and mode of service, our Event Planners will guide you through every phase. Whether you prefer stations, a buffet, a served dinner, a cocktail reception, or an event served family style we can help you choose the one that fits your needs.

Over 20 years of experience

We began serving Charlottesville with French and Virginia-inspired cooking at our restaurant, l’etoile, in 1993. Our catering business grew out of that experience, and out of our desire to take part in the celebrations, the rituals, and the ceremonies of people throughout the Central Virginia community. Catering allows us to reach, care for, and serve a larger audience, and to customize consistently excellent culinary experiences for our clients. We have a history of procuring the finest, freshest ingredients for the meals we create and serve, and access to those ingredients through relationships we’ve cultivated for more than 20 years.

— Mark and Vickie Gresge

We are approved caterers at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

uvaWe are approved caterers at the University of Virginia.

We are SWAM certified.

What others say about us

“Not only are they the kindest, most wonderful and thoughtful people – but their food, their team and their pricing is the best I’ve found. Whether you’re looking for a casual, family style affair or a formal, seated French culinary experience, l’etoile can do just about anything and do it with style and grace. Every step of the planning process is pleasant and inspiring. Each member of their team is professional and courteous. And every single dish is delicious and expertly crafted. I recommend them without hesitation to all of my clients and they are never disappointed. It is an absolute joy working with l’etoile – for any style of event.”

Marisa VroomanOwner, Orpha Events

“I wanted to send my sincere thanks to you and your staff for a wonderful luncheon we experienced today at l’etoile.  Everyone raved about the food.  It truly was delicious and our compliments to the chef(s)!  This was the nicest luncheon our office has experienced, so again thank you for all your help in planning this, and for the excellent service your staff provided.”

Ellen CarterUniversity of Virginia

“l’etoile helped to give us the perfect wedding. Our guests continually told us the hors d’oeuvres and dinner at our reception were not only the best wedding food, but the best meal they have ever tasted. As self-proclaimed “foodies”, it was important for us to serve our guests interesting and delicious gourmet food. We wanted our guests to walk away feeling like each dish was specially prepared for them, and l’etoile accomplished that. We would also be remiss if we did not mention that the presentation was exceptionally professional. We were extremely impressed and would highly recommend them for anyone who is planning a special event.”

Drew and Terri Miller

“I thought you would like to know that I am still receiving emails from the UTC group that was at the Snell dinner last month.  I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful food and service your team delivered that evening.   You left a lasting impression.”

PaulaDarden Business School

Let’s talk about your next event. Call Vickie Gresge at 434-823-1435