Here I sit in excitement about our switch over from l’étoile to l’étoile catering in my office above the restaurant in Charlottesville, trying to write our first blog for our new website. Some thoughts come to mind – we have been serving Charlottesville, Albemarle and the surrounding area for over 21 years with our restaurant. Now my love of hospitality and Vickie’s attention to detail and communication with our clients it has taken us on a new course to a full service catering business, I now get to bring l’étoile to you. Welcome to Mark’s official blog, where you’ll find a chronicle of our events, cuisine, and artisan designs. Experience something beyond the mainstream with l’étoile catering. What makes us stand a head above ordinary caterers? Simply: spectacular food, presentation, and consistent creativity. We use only the finest ingredients and the freshest produce available to create unique menus for each event. With a flair for the individual event, you will find traditional favorites like ham biscuits and grilled cheese metamorphosed into bite-sized treats served up in inventive new ways. Our team members and I are masters of every detail and sticklers for taste.
L’etoile Restaurant announced today that Saturday, September 27th, 2014 will be the last day the restaurant will be open to guests. L’etoile, a well-known destination for locals and visitors, serving dinner and Sunday brunch at 817 West Main Street in Charlottesville, has been owned and operated by Mark and Vickie Gresge since 1993.
Lauded for its French-Virginian style fine dining, fresh ingredients from local farmers, and a hand-picked wine list, L’etoile’s cuisine has been a favorite dining experience in a city with very discriminating tastes.
Executive Chef Mark Gresge said “It has been an honor to serve our guests at the restaurant for the past 21 years. We want to thank all of our patrons who became like family to us with frequent visits, celebrating occasions and everyday life at our tables.”
The Gresges will operate L’etoile Catering, focusing entirely on in-house special events and catered meals for weddings, corporate and special events. The business will eventually be moving to an offsite full service catering kitchen.
“We’re delighted to continue to share our fine Virginia cuisine with the community in this way, and look forward to reconnecting with long-time restaurant patrons celebrating anniversaries, graduations, weddings, business accomplishments and more,” said Vickie Gresge, owner, and director of special events for the business.”
Friends of L’etoile Catering
Dominique Attaway Photography
Andrea Hubbell Photography
Sarah Cramer Shields Photography
Katie Santmyer Photography
Ashley Cox Photography
Planet Earth Diversified
The Wine Guild of Charlottesville
Blush Wood Studios
Catering allows us to reach, care for, and serve a larger audience, and customize consistently excellent culinary experiences for our clients. Links