Occasions Catering Helps Neighborhoods

Occasions Caterers cofounder + CEO Mark Michael and Director of Marketing Denise Vu. Photo: Anna Meyer

By now, many of us—myself included–are getting tired of our own cooking. We’ve also visited most of our (excellent) neighborhood carryout options but are still looking for something new. Here’s a culinary alternative you might want to check out, and it sounds delicious and healthy.

Twice a week, Occasions Caterers is operating a safe, convenient drive-through Mobile Market.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the top-tier catering company offers local, seasonal produce (We’ve gotta help the region’s farmers!), prepared foods, and beverages in various neighborhoods around the city. Offering seasonal vegetable and dairy boxes, family-style prepared meals, wine, beer, spirits and fresh cut flowers from LynnVale, the Mobile Market acts as a one-stop shop.

As many farmers markets are closed or struggling, Occasions Mobile Market will help fill the void while supporting 4P Farms small network farms including Lyon Farms, Van Dessel Farm, Lewis Nursery, Valley Farming, Polyface Farm, and Mount Crawford Creamery.

On Thursdays, the mobile market serves Cleveland Park and Woodley Park, Spring Valley, Georgetown and Chevy Chase. Tuesday locations include Logan Circle and Bloomingdale/Shaw, Park View, and Brookland. All orders must be placed 48 hours in advance, and pick-up locations are drive-through friendly and staffed by gloved and masked attendants.

Vegetable boxes may include asparagus, beets, rainbow carrots, strawberries, Japanese potatoes, butterhead lettuce, baby bok choy, herbs and more. Prices range from $45 to $69 depending on size. Dairy boxes are filled with cheeses, eggs, milk, yogurt and more. Updates – including locations, available items and more –  are shared on Occasions Caterers’ instagram account @occasionscaterers and their website occasionscaterers.com.

Occasions Caterers has also launched “Occasions Giving Kitchen,” a fundraising initiative that feeds under-served and at-risk communities throughout the region. Proceeds from the home meal kits and the Mobile Market will help fund the Giving Kitchen program.