Eric Michael | President & Mark Michael | CEO, Occasions Caterers

 Twin brothers and co-founders, Eric and Mark Michael are local to the area, growing up in Baltimore, Maryland. Graduating from Georgetown University and Stanford University, the brothers stayed close to home and worked as many recent graduates do, as waiters for a local caterer. They quickly realized there was an opportunity in the market for a different style of entertaining. They sought to bring a global and more restaurant-like approach to entertaining. They believed that the food and service at events
should be just as pleasing and gracious as the best of restaurants, whether it be a small dinner party or a large reception.

In 1986, they started Occasions from their tiny apartment kitchen with just a few printed business cards and a small van. They gradually built a team of executives, chefs, captains and waiters who were also committed to the brother's vision. Fast forward thirty years later and Occasions has indeed grown but the focus remains the same: a boutique approach to full-service catering with a focus on custom menus, creative décor, expert planning and gracious service.

As President, Eric provides creative direction and works with the team to create highly customized events. Mark, as CEO leads business development, operations and community partnerships. Occasions has had the pleasure of representing clients such as the National Gallery of Art, the Washington National Opera, the Washington Ballet, the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Department of State, MSNBC, Google, The Washington Post, The White House Historical Association, Facebook, Exxon Mobil, The Trust for the National Mall, and more.
Occasions' work has been featured in The Washington Post, Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart
Weddings, The Knot, In Style, Town and Country, Washingtonian, Art Culinaire, Food Arts, The Knot Forbes, and
several other lifestyle and events publications.