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WHERE FOOD MEETS DESIGN

CHARLENE’S KITCHEN CRAFTS MORE THAN JUST FOOD AND COCKTAILS…  CHARLENE’S 30+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE ENABLES HER TO MEET ALL OF YOUR WEDDING NEEDS – FROM MENU, TO BAR, TO VENUE DECOR AND DESIGN. WE CREATE NOT ONLY A WEDDING MENU, BUT A FULL-ON WEDDING EXPERIENCE.


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"Charlene, Denaya and the entire Charlene’s Kitchen team are fantastic. 

My wife, Jessie, and I came to Charlene with nothing but the wispiest ideas of what we wanted for a cocktail party to celebrate our marriage. We found Charlene through my Mom, who has known her for years, and she assured us she was just the woman we needed to make our evening unforgettable. She was absolutely right. 

We wanted to create an understated but elegant and fun evening at the historic Athenaeum in Old Town, Alexandria. We chose Saturday May 6th, Derby Day, as our date and Charlene immediately jumped at the derby for inspiration. She helped us flesh out a vision for our evening by asking the right questions and immediately understanding what we wanted before we could even articulate it. Where we were short of details, she was full of ideas...

On the big day, Charlene and her team hit it out of the park. We were welcomed with our initials hanging on the Athenaeum doors crafted from succulents. Inside we were met with a gorgeous bar accented with a hand-written sign for mint juleps and silver julep cups. 

On each cocktail table, we found gorgeous arrangements and flickering lanterns. To the right of our bar she created an amazing lounge space with a Victorian love seat and elegant pieces to compliment it. 

But it was the food – and Charlene’s arrangement at the center of it – that stole the show. In the center of pounds of Charlene’s famous shrimp, deviled eggs, ham biscuits and tenderloin sandwiches, among other treats, was an arrangement that brought Jessie to tears. There aren’t words to properly describe it. Thankfully we have pictures. Charlene’s eye for detail and ability to bring the outside in is special. 

Charlene and her team took care of everything from the food and flowers to the rentals and photographer. She created something beyond our imagining and her staff could not have been more professional and friendly. Our guests raved about everything from the arrangements to the food. We loved every minute of our night and we can’t thank her and her team enough.

-       Conor

Charlene and Denaya,

You truly hit the ball out of the park! Thank you so much for making our night so memorable. People RAVED (and still are) about you both, your staff, the food, drinks, flowers and set up. My friend in Maine just sent me a text today asking if you ship food long distance! To be honest, its impossible to express how impressed I am with the experience. If I tried, I would use an overwhelming amount of exclamation points and Conor really dislikes when I do that. :) Anyway, I can’t wait to relive the night through more pictures. Thank you again!
— Jessie
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When I tasted the Southern buffet at the Lupo-Bernstein wedding, I should have known immediately that the caterer was Charlene. Every bite - every hors d’oeuvre, every entree, every salad, every vegetable, every dessert - was heaven on the palate and gorgeous to behold. Artfully arranged on beautiful platters and pedestals and surrounded by the freshest flowers, the food beckoned like a festive table in a beautiful home. Later, when I had occasion to pass the kitchen of the Atheneum and saw Charlene and her staff working there, my honest reaction was, “Damn! Of course it’s all fabulous. It’s Charlene!”

And beyond the gorgeousness of the elegant Charlene experience, there are her homier dishes that can be frozen for those times when you need to serve delicious food but just can’t cook. After my son’s wedding, when I wanted to feed a crowd but had zero time for the kitchen, I ordered one of her fabulous lasagnas, brimming with chicken and artichokes, a salad, and an incredible pear crumble. All were as emotionally satisfying as they were delicious to eat. We’ll order out from Charlene again and again, knowing that everything that comes out of her kitchen is beautiful, nourishing, and good for the soul!



Sweet Charlene/the whole CK team!!

We knew going into this weekend that the food would be good, but good doesn't even cut it. It was INCREDIBLE. It blew away everyone who attended! My request to fuse Egyptian and American food was a hard one to wrap anyone's head around, but you took it in stride and you delivered! I believe my husband's exact words were "this cooking reminds me of my grandmother's cooking" which is a compliment I've never received from him (I may need some lessons!!). Everyone from Egypt not only felt as though they were transported back across the Atlantic, but everyone from America was able to experience the incredible flavors and foods from another country. 

We could not have possibly asked for a better experience. You, once again, have surpassed every expectation we had and made this weekend a SALEM DUNK! We love you!!!

Love,

The Salems (Behle and Bahey)