Whether it's a special occasion for your family or a corporate fundraiser, planning the perfect event can be time-consuming and overwhelming. Thankfully, Key Ingredients Catering in Gaithersburg, MD, can make the process a little easier. We offer full-service event planning to individuals and businesses. Clients benefit from our:
High level of experience
Exceptional customer service
Prompt and professional work
We'll discuss your plans in detail so that we can create a strategy that works for you. Whatever your price point or expectations may be, we'll work hard to find the appropriate vendors and venue to meet your needs. As a locally owned and operated company, we care about our reputation. We'll go above and beyond to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch.
Choose Key Ingredients Catering when you're ready to see how professional event planning can transform a soiree. We work with clients throughout Greater Washington. To learn more about our work, give us a call today.
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Good food, fair prices and prompt delivery service.
- Claudia B. 2/3/2020
The best catering experience ever! We used Key Ingredients for an event for 100. Javier is wonderful to work with and very understanding of changes along the way. The food tastes incredible! Arrived hot and stayed that way. Highly recommend for any size crowd.
- Diane Latham. 1/28/2020
- Maria Eugenia Guevara. 0/7/2020
Great food! Great People! They were incredibly quick to take my order and when they arrived it was set up quickly. Their menu has so much to choose from and the staff is quick to respond to emails and calls.
- Hunter Scrivener. 11/17/2019
Very professional, great tasting food, we use them before we even think about using anyone else. Jose and his team is amazing.
- Felecia Brown. 11/11/2019
We used Key Ingredients Catering for a memorial service luncheon. It was a perfect experience in every way. At a very difficult time for our family they were responsive on short notice, compassionate and made it easy for us to select the menu and then took care of all the details. The food was superb and most attractively presented.
- Sandy Shelar. 9/9/2019
- Luis Marcano. 9/4/2019
Wonderful experience for my Birthday party! Great service and quality of products. I definitively recommend Key Ingredients Catering for parties with more than 20 people.
- Pilar Ramon. 9/3/2019
Key Ingredients and Javier were great to work with. Javier was very accommodating from start to finish and our event was a success. Everyone loved the food!
- Frank Gamez. 8/13/2019
Wonderful Catering service! Great food, exquisite customer service and very helpful. I've ordered from Key ingredients numerous times for board meetings and every time they are very professional, set up everything for me so I don't have to lift a finger! They also cater to specific dietary needs with no issues at all. they have lots of Vegetarian and Gluten free options that are yummy and delicious. Highly recommend!
- IEI Teachers. 8/12/2019
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.
- Alicia Perez-Arrieta. 6/5/2019
- Sandra Little. 6/5/2019
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!
- Jeanne Polcsa. 4/29/2019
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!
- Marji Graf. 4/15/2019
Great experience. The paella is delicious!! The service is excellent. I ordered many times the different paellas, always with excellent results. Highly recommended.
- Maria Fernanda Trigo. 3/23/2019
Great food and excellent service. Really made my sons graduation party exceptional! Highly recommend
- Jenni hasemann. 2/16/2019
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!
- Cathy L. Yingling. 2/12/2019
Key Ingredients Catering is very reliable, we love the creativity to solve our corporate needs
- Daniel Parra. 7/13/2018
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.
- Audrey Gross. 6/9/2018
THE BEST FOOD, EXCELLENT SERVICE
- Carla Luis. 2/9/2018
Tasty food, excellent service, fair price
- Mark Haas. 0/27/2018
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.
- Jennifer Spencer. 0/27/2018
Is looking for a catering services that offers variety of dishes with full of flavor...Key Ingredients is the right choice.
- Laura Calder. 11/29/2017
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.
- Vincent Sarageno. 11/20/2017
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.
- Fiona Mackintosh. 11/4/2017
Excellent food and great service, will use them again for catering our meetings!
- Tina Murray. 10/25/2017
Professional staff, great menu options for catering events.
- Sigma Psi Zeta. 9/4/2017
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.
- Maria Juri. 9/1/2017
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.
- Patricia Niles. 8/28/2017
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 Lavala. 6/22/2017
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.
- Debbie Billings. 5/27/2017
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!
- Lisette Engel. 5/21/2017
Best catering business in the area!
- Brady Wilson. 5/19/2017
Fresh excellent food, beautifully prepared and flavorful! definitely lives up to its name!
- Devoted To Your Event. 5/19/2017
Fantastic food and great service. Javier runs a tight ship!
- Jason Arnold. 5/1/2017
Excellent service and execution
- Joe K. 5/1/2017
Key Ingredients always deliver on time and the food is very good!
- Maria Tango. 4/30/2017
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!
- Catherine Campbell. 4/29/2017
Very happy with their service
Very professional and availability great food and competitive prices Thanks for everything.
- Francisco Javier Reynoso. 4/24/2017
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!
- Rachel Withington. 4/16/2017
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!