Ridgewells Catering

Written by Ella Daniels


Since 1928, Washington, DC-based Ridgewells Catering has been creating memorable events by combining unique menus with trendsetting designs.  The company, which employs 175 full-time workers, has expanded in recent years to ventures such as Capitol Host, which provides catering to government entities, and Purple Tie, an event staffing entity. The company aims to continue raising the bar for catering in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Ridgewells CEO Susan Lacz, operates by a simple mantra: “The community has been good to us and we want to be good to them.”  Philanthropy and giving back to the local community is, accordingly, one of the company’s core business values. From a company where generations of families have been employed to a year-long commemoration of its 85th anniversary which saw Ridgewells carry out an “85 Days of Giving” effort to honor those who give to their local community, Ridgewells strives to be family-oriented and a pillar of the community in which it operates.  Ridgewells provided more than $200,000 in in-kind goods and services during its anniversary year, including to the Capital Area Food Bank.

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A central piece of Ridgewells corporate responsibility revolves around the company’s commitment to the environment. The company undertakes numerous activities to ensure it reduces its carbon footprint. These include purchasing renewable energy to offset the entirety of the firm’s estimated electricity use, participating in the EPA’s Green Power Partnership and being conscientious about recycling, both in the office and during the events in hosts.