Fresh ingredients. delicious fare. professional service


Let us design the perfect meal!

About Us

Why I cater

 I love food and when I am not preparing it I think about it all of the time, so sharing that love with a client is a privilege.  

Passion to purpose


When I first began cooking for friends, family or co-workers I was doing it to bring people together for professional networking purposes, celebrating someone's birthday, or welcoming someone new to the office. I took charge of more events and made myself responsible for the kind of experience people wanted to have.

Commitment to Excellence


My approach to catering has evolved as  I earned a degree in the culinary arts, built up 20 years of culinary experience and started Catering By Catherine in 2013. I have been very fortunate to find a team of catering assistants who feel strongly about our approach, and creating the appropriate setting and atmosphere for particular events. Seamless service coupled with delicious food are what has kept this business thriving and growing for years.


Curbside Takeout

1220 West Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210

Come see us on Wednesdays at the Former Allison's Restaurant located at 1220 West Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210. 

We are currently serving a Curbside Take Out from 11am-6pm on Tuesday and Wednesday each week. 

Our menu is constantly changing, so check us out on Facebook to see what we are offering.  

 We are only accepting Credit Card payments at this time.  

What we Cater


Corporate Catering

We offer a wide variety of options for your business luncheon or meeting, from boxed lunches to healthy salads to sandwich trays to elegant spreads.  Our staff is professional and courteous, and can deliver the food, or be available to serve throughout the meeting. 

Wedding Services

We love to do wedding receptions.  Sharing that special day with a couple creates life-long friendships and we are honored to be part of it.  We can design a menu specific to your budget and dietary needs. 

Cocktail Reception

We specialize in delicious hors d'oeuvres and small bites. Savory to sweet, unique and always the freshest ingredients!  Let our chef design the perfect spread for your event.  We have  excellent bartenders on staff who can pair the perfect wine, beer or cocktail for your guests. 

Bento Catering

Our boxed lunches are a great way to feed your guests for an outdoor event, a picnic, a business meeting, a school event, or any event that you need food on the go!  We have great sandwich choices that you can pair with a variety of sides such as potato salad, cole slaw, side salad, chips.  Choose a dessert and your favorite beverage and we will have everything prepared for delivery or for pickup at our office!

Buffet Catering

We excel at large events!  Annually we cater an event of 450+.  There is no event too big for our professional staff!  We delight in feeding your guests the most delicious fare in a timely fashion!  We have a wonderful selection of pasta dishes, mouth-watering meat dishes, savory sides, delicious salads, and delectable desserts!  

Sit down catering

From elegant six-course meals to rustic fare.  We can create the perfect menu to delight event the most discerning of palates.  

Special to Us


Our Approach

Although presentation is important, our first priority is preparing delicious fare that inspires guests to come back for more.  Spicy Caribbean or Thai, French Country stews, traditional Southern...we take your wishes to heart.  It is your event, and we cater to what YOU want.



What kind of event do you need catered? A wedding, baby shower, picnic or Life Celebration?  Our staff is available to serve you in any capacity.  Get in touch to start planning the perfect event.  Even a post funeral reception with little notice is something we are honored to provide.



We cater lunches regularly to various departments at the local community college, and we are aware that these are working sessions.  It is incumbent on us to prepare fresh fare that provides a lot of nutrition.  We honor special diets that indicate food allergies such as peanut, dairy and gluten.  Vegetarian, vegan and Paleo philosophies are duly noted and reflected in our food preparation.

Sample Menus

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Contact Us

Contact us to cater your event!

Delicious Meals, professional service!

We offer consultation by appointment!  

Catering By Catherine

1220 West Main Street, Abingdon, Virginia 24210, United States



Debbie freseman

" We just had our vow renewal ceremony catered by Catherine and team this past weekend. Absolutely so happy we chose her. Food and service were phenomenal! They worked with us to achieve everything we wanted and then added to it to make it better. Highly recommend Catherine! Food was delicious and we received many compliments from our guest, price better than most, service was outstanding and communication with Catherine was easy and timely! Choose Catering by Catherine and make it easy on yourself. You can trust them to do it right. "

Wey McLeod

"Chef Catherine offers culinary creativity for your taste buds!" 

Philip Bradley

 "Catherine and staff did an AWESOME job for 160+ people at our AHS Multi-Class Reunion!!! GREAT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE, an ABSOLUTE JOY to work with...I HIGHLY recommend her for ANY job, ANY size group!!!" 

Dede Goldsmith

 "Catherine once again prepared an amazing luncheon for the the Regional Selection Committee of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at UVA. The menu of Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup, Loaded Potato Soup, garbanzo bean salad and Italian cream cake for dessert - everything was delicious. She is simply the best. From personal parties to professional events, Catherine is a top-notch chef who caters not only delicious food but also graciously accommodates whatever needs your event requires. Thank you, Catherine! " 

Judy Carmichael

"Catherine and her crew were absolutely excellent with the more than 100 guests at my daughter's wedding, all bases covered, excellent, hard-working, and professional. I really cannot say enough about the menu and the food! We may have three more weddings in this family, and she will be the caterer we go to every time. "

Ruth Grunstra

 "Catherine helped us plan a simple yet elegant menu for our oldest daughter’s wedding 3 years ago. The food was not only was delicious and beautiful but pleased our new in-law family members, many of whom travelled from India and had high expectations. The set-up and service was impeccable. Catherine’s staff perfectly complement the excellence of the cuisine: on time, cordial, pleasant to work with, hard-working and completely professional. These folks know what they are doing! Our next daughter is getting married this coming May and as soon as I knew the date I called Catherine to book her! Catherine is our go-to for any occasion where we would need catering. She and her crew are simply the best. "

More Testimonials

Just had lunch delivered from the lovely and talented Catherine Elliott. Catering by Catherine ROCKS!!!! Chef Salad was great. Thanks for including a boiled egg. - Kristina Morris of the Washington County Health Department

Catherine and her amazing staff catered my parents 60th Wedding Anniversary party this past weekend, and I am BEYOND thrilled!! The food was AMAZING and was presented beautifully, the staff were so nice, so professional, and such a joy to work with, and Catherine herself was very hands on, making sure every detail was right and that we were happy. They really know what they are doing! I highly recommend Catering by Catherine. Two thumbs and a fork, WAY UP!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - ANITA CAMPBELL

Thank you for the wonderful meals today! Chicken salad was great😋 - Jo Anne Brannon Farris of the Washington County Department of Health