It’s been almost a year since we enjoyed a family dinner put together by Dawn and her crew, and I still think about how wonderful it was! We had driven down from Pittsburgh, PA; Alexandria, VA and Boston, MA and were ready for a week of fun in the Outer Banks. Needless to say, we were beat. And it was a holiday, on top of it! But the meal by Dawn was very hot, generous, tasty and (as requested for one member of our party) partly gluten-free! We had enough to last three more meals during our week stay. It was fantastic to be able to quickly warm up a beautiful and tasty meal. Thanks, Dawn!
– R. S. Kalnas

Dawn you did a wonderful job. The food was delicious. You were very attentive to our needs. You were prompt and professional. You were very helpful in putting my mind at ease about doing a long distance wedding (we live in Mechanicsville). Your prices are very reasonable and you are very easy to get in touch with on the phone. I like the personal touch you bring to your business.

Comments We hired Dawn’s Kitchen for Anniversary Party we had for our Daughter who lives in Outer Banks. Dawn was a pleasure to work with, and the food was amazing. We were 100% satisfied. Dawn made everything go smoothly – I even added three items to our Menu 5 days before our event with no complaints from Dawn. All of our guests commented on how good the food was, and how smoothly everything went. We will use Dawn’s Kitchen in the Future. We highly recommend Dawn’s Kitchen. Again the Food was Great… Thanks Dawn!
– Debbie Thurman

Book Dawn! Right now! Dawn and her crew do an amazing job. They provided catering for my brunch wedding reception and I could not be happier. Thanks Dawn! You all did an amazing job!

Just wanted to say how wonderful my experience was as a guest at a party that was catered by Dawn last week in Avon, NC. The food was so delicious, from the appetizers to the salad to the entree and finally the home baked cake!! The staff that worked with Dawn were also excellent. Dawn was able to create and serve all this wonderful food on the beach in front of our oceanfront rental. Her challenge was even made more difficult in that this was a surprise party and therefore did not have access to our kitchen. A beautiful table was set with linens and a separate bar area was set up as well. It was all so special and her wonderful food exceeded all expectations! All the planning for this event was done from a far, a total “shot in the dark”, and I cannot compliment Dawn enough! I would highly recommend Dawn’s Kitchen for any occasion. Thank you so much!
– Robin

Dawn catered a dinner for seven adults, two teens and four children. We loved it. The food was delicious and served courteously and professionally. Dawn was very accommodating and willing to handle our special requests. We hired Dawn without a referral so recognized we were taking a leap of faith. She redeemed us for a great birthday celebration night. Thanks to the entire crew.
– Tom Evans

Dawn’s Catering was a fantastic addition to my In-law’s 50th Wedding anniversary celebration. They took care of everything and made the night extra special. I didn’t have to worry about one detail as no stone was left unturned. A special thanks to Dawn as she is wonderful at what she does.
– Kate Rowan

Dawn, Words alone could never express the gratitude I have to you and your staff for the wonderful meals/snacks and desserts you created for us during our week in Nags Head. Never have I experienced such a exceptional treat than to NOT have to prepare not even a single meal – as there was always more than enough to eat so we constantly re purposed the left overs… Home cooking as good as it gets – thank you for everything – I think we are coming for 2 weeks next year!! See you then!! BEST BET – HAVE DAWN PREPARE FOOD AT LEAST ONCE A DAY FOR A TRUE VACATION!!
– Christina Book

Dawn and her team recently catered a ladies event at the Outer Banks. Not only were the appetizers delicious, but Dawn and her team provided a level of service that was professional, helpful and unobtrusive. All of the guests raved about the food and the people who served it. Thank you to Dawn for making this such a smooth running event.
– nancy

Want to do something different and have a great time doing it? Try Dawn’s cooking class. Friday night was spectacular. Great food and fun – meeeting new people – what more could you ask? Thanks to Dawn for providing a great atmosphere and making us all feel right at home!
– Barbara Croson

My girlfriend and I attended a cooking class with Taste of the Beach last night at Dawns catering kitchen. What a fabulous meal we created!! We love the hands on experience and she allowed us to do as much as we wanted. The shrimp and asparagus risotto was to die for. Also, we prepared a trigger fish Oreganata also amazing. For dessert we made a chocolate molten cake, something I’ve never attempted but oh so easy! Dawn is a hard worker, great chef and a great person. I would certainly book her for a vacation in house chef when I return to the OBX!! Than you for a fun evening Dawn!
– Naomi Koontz

Dawn provided us with a Thanksgiving Dinner that was our best ever. The food was delicious, I mean over the top delicious. She was on time and delivered everything hot and ready to serve which is fabulous when you are at your rarely used beach house. The food was like a home cooked meal not a restaurant type. We were really thrilled with the food, price and service. We plan to use Dawn a great deal from now on. Our entire family is still raving about our Thanksgiving. For the first time ever, no one was exhausted, except perhaps Dawn. Thank you a million times.
– Connie Hindmarsh

You will not go wrong if you choose Team Dawn to do your catering event. She was a perfect choice for our daughter’s Elizabethan Gardens wedding. Her prices were reasonable, great food, professional staff–always attentive and friendly–just an awesome experience. Dawn made wonderful suggestions for the event and the wedding guests were so complimentary of the food. The team cleaned up the venue and everything! Thank you Dawn and your team for a wonderful event!
– Cortney Wilson

A great job by Dawn and crew ! The venue staff were impressed by their set up, break down, and cleaning. The food was great and prices reasonable. The staff was attentive and helpful. The 90 guests were all impressed by dawn, her crew, and the food….I fully recommend this catering service…you will get good food, service, and a hassle free experience…thank you very much dawn for making my daughter’s wedding reception go so well !! Good job !
– edward kahlbaum

We had the BEST meal ever in OBX, thanks to Dawn’s team. Talk about a night you will never forget, there is nothing like having a great meal cooked for you and served to you, in your beachfront home. This is something we are going to do every year. Thnaks for making our trip extra special. Jed
– Jed Dorney

I recently got married in the OBX and I have to say that your personal dinner made at our beach rental was a great end to a beautiful day! Our wedding was at sunset so timing was an issue, and your service allowed us to have a wonderful, complete 5-course dinner (wedding cake included) with amazing service and hospitality. I would highly recommend you and your staff to anyone thinking of planning a special event in the OBX. Thanks again for your helpfulness and being a part of our special day. G and K Bush

Dawn’s Kitchen Catering did an outstanding job at my recent wedding. We utilized the drop off service as it was a smaller wedding and it was superb! The food looked and tasted fantastic, friends and family are still talking about the twice baked potatoes! Dawn was very professional and easy to work with. She truly went above and beyond for my event. Thanks so much Dawn! Melanie Drew
– Melanie Drew

July 2013 Two weeks before my son’s wedding I contacted Dawn for the small reception catering. She actually answered my call (unlike two of the other caters I called in OBX)! Dawn followed up on the menu planning, revisions and pricing. On the day of the event, she followed through on her commitment and showed up early, set up and gave directions on how to keep the food at optimum. Many compliments on the food! No leftovers and easy cleanup. Family who vacations with us want to use her next year to bring in food for 2 nights of dinner. Do not have to go out and deal with seating with a large party and the food is excellent. Highly recommend Dawn’s Kitchen.
– Becky Simmons

We had Dawn cater our wedding on June 6th at a private house on Cordova beach . She was incredible to work with, any ideas we had she helped us bring to fruition and she even came up with suggestions for our planning process that made our lives easier. Especially nice was how she listened to my wife’s concerns and was able to put her at ease. Dawn even picked up our flowers for us the day of the wedding. Oh, and did I mention that the food was out of this world? Everything exceeded expectations on all levels and was a delight. Dawn herself oversees everything herself so when you are planning your event with her she will be there the day of with her wonderful energy and professionalism, not some hired chefs that just work for a caterer. We are planning on using her services again our next trip to OBX . As a matter of fact the food is one of the first things people mention when our wedding is discussed. Thanks again Dawn!
– Chris Faughnan

We rented a home in Corolla with my husbands family for a week long vacation. I worked with Dawn’s Kitchen for my mother-in-laws 70th birthday. Dawn was easy to work with and extremely available for questions and menu ideas. Dawn and her associate created a wonderful dinner for my mother-in-law. It was the perfect vacation memory. LOVED the crabcakes and the strawberry cake was out of this world. Thank you for a great event. Sincerely, Laura Essman and family.
-Laura Essman

Nice website compliments of the kitchen.
-Ricette Adam

I have so many good things to say about dawn I do not know where to begin! Dawn catered my wedding in July 2012 and she did a fantastic job. The food was AMAZING!!!! I told her our budget and my ideas and she went with it. Even with our wedding cake. I told her that I would love to have a cake with tiramisu filling and wow did she deliver. I honestly can’t wait for our 1 year anniversary so I can taste it again!!! Not only did she provide food she was always there if I did need help with something else with wedding planning. She even helped us find a DJ! Dawn is an amazing cook, business owner and all around great person. I recommend hiring her for any catering you need 🙂 Thank you again Dawn for all the wonderful things you did, sorry this is a little late. Hope you and your husband is doing well! With Love, Casey Maxwell.
-Casey Maxwell

We had Dawn cater our small Hatteras wedding and the food was amazing!! She was very patient while planning the menu with me via email and everyone raved at the final result. The crabcakes were my favorite!! Good prices, good food and friendly staff.
– Lauren

Hi Dawn! You catered our wedding one week ago from today. What a fabulous job you and your staff did! We originally had an outdoor reception planned with a buffet but due to heavy winds and a high chance of rain, we moved the reception inside. I called Dawn the morning of the wedding and she assured me everything would be fine and not to worry about a thing. The reception went so smoothly, none of my guests even realized any changes were made! Thank you Dawn, for accommodating the situation and having the most delicious appetizers and dinner for us! We didn’t have to worry about ANYTHING! Everything (including the champagne, cake and coffee) was served for us and cleaned up! It was perfect! I will never forget what an amazing job you all did and how delicious all the food was! I will recommend you to everyone and make sure to visit you when we go back to the Outer Banks!! All my love!!!!!
– Tara Ruggeri

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– valerio

Neat website thanks for sending me the link! frankcatcher77@yahoo.com
– Frank Catcher

We called Dawn the day of our wedding for her services and she arrived prepared as if she had planned for weeks. Every dish Dawn cooked for us was amazing. Every member of our group went back for seconds. Dawn and her assistant were beyond helpful throughout our entire event. I would highly recommend Dawn and her services for any event. Dawn and her assistant were a blessing to have at my wedding!!!
– Star & John H.

Wow, what a pleasant surprise! Dawn’s dinners were great. I had one of my favorites, pasta and sausage and it was terrific. The delivery was right on time even though were are in Duck. It was nice not having to go out and the price was right.
– Brian

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared (and delivered) by Dawn. My family ordered about seven entrees, and I tried at least half of them – they were all delicious. We’ll be looking forward to our next opportunity to order from Dawn’s Kitchen.
– Trevor Barcelo

I don’t often rave about pasta, but both dishes we ordered were exceptional. The subtle, delicious flavors perfectly complemented the seafood. We are only in OBX for a week, and we will definitely order from Dawn again!
– Tracey

Dawn, We just wanted to say Thank You! So Much! It was the Best! You made our Memorial Day Reunion a memorable one! You created such an incredible feast, that everyone is still talking bout it. I don’t think there is anyone that came that has not contacted me again already and let me know how wonderful a time they had and that the food was out of this world. So many have asked fot the receipts and I had to let them in on my secret that Dawn’s Kitchen dit it all. You went over the top with your deserts and decorations and you were right on target with the decisions you helped me make for the food. I think practically everyone had 2nds and some even more. Your Crab-cakes were the favorite. Everyone left blissfully happy. Thank you again for all your hard work. We hope we can count on you for our Daughter’s Wedding as soon as they set their date. Still Smiling… Diana and Les Armstrong Richmond, VA
– Diana and Les Armstrong


Just booked Dawn’s Kitchen for my wedding reception in Corolla in September. My mom and I went to a tasting last night and everything was AMAZING! I am so thankful that we found exactly what we’ve been looking for and I know my fiance is going to love it! Thanks again Dawn and we’ll see you in September!
– Amanda Taylor

My son tasted your cake at a friend’s house and had to have if for his own birthday cake. I can see why. Your cake was moist and had the most delicious cream cheese and whipped cream frosting–not your average grocery store cake. And I’m so glad you were able to provide the cake with only 2 days’ notice. Thank you, Dawn.
– Patty McKenna

Dear Dawn: Thanks so much for catering dinner for my Mom, sister and I. We come to the OBX every summer and this year we really enjoyed having dinner catered. You helped to eliminate shopping, transporting and planning dinner. Instead, we focused on enjoying our time at the beach. I would recommend that all visitors truly take a vacation and have dinner catered by you. The food was great and the convenience helped us enjoy long days at the beach. We will use you again next year. Have a great off-season. Sincerly, Audre, Ericka and Mom.
-audre davis

Great to have such a place to get lunch only steps from our front door. Glad you are there!!
– Midgette Auto

Hi Dawn, I just wanted to take a minute to let you know that my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner last night. The veal parm was wonderful! We will be seeing you again, and I will spread the word. Thanks again.
– William R

Thank you for the great meal. The food was fantastic. My guest are still talking about having a personal chef prepare their dinner. We will book another for next year. Thank you again.
– J. Poingand

We will be vacationing in Duck June 13 -20 would like dinner delivered. We like your website and menus. There will be 18 adults 4 children under 12 in our party. Please email me with 2 menus to choose from. Seafood, Beef & Vegetable main course. Salad & Dessert as well. Thanks J.
– Jayne

We were thrilled with the decision to hire Dawn’s Kitchen to cater our daughter’s wedding on September 27, 2015. Our daughter insisted on a 100% vegan wedding and Dawn was definitely up to the challenge. She made menu suggestions and also accommodated the specific requests that we made. Dawn and her staff arrived to the wedding house we had rented and went about working their magic in a friendly and professional manner. This was crucial since the kitchen was part of the wedding space – not hidden behind a wall as in many other types of venues. Many guests complimented the staff and I think the staff actually had a great time, too. The food was amazing – pleasing even the non-vegans. Dawn definitely had the ability to calm the hosts and assured us that everything would go well, not to worry, etc. And, she then made that happen. The food was also displayed in a beautiful, classic manner with a ‘current’ vibe. Nothing gimmicky. I would enthusiastically recommend having Dawn as your wedding caterer.
– Eileen

Dawn's Kitchen Catering
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03:26 02 Nov 19
The best Catering Service on the Outer Banks.... Dawn and her staff are AMAZING!read more
Shear Desire
Shear Desire
23:16 17 Sep 19
I am just so thankful to Dawn's Kitchen and... Catering! They were so accommodating to our wedding during hurricane Dorian. We had to move our wedding plans up two days due to upcoming weather but Dawn was able to still come through with our catering in less than 24 hrs! Amazing! I can not THANK YOU enough for the fabulous meal you provided to me and my husband and our guests. AND being so gracious to our food allergy needs on top of that. Delicious gluten free, dairy free and egg free options as well as a shellfish allergy. Highly recommend. THANK YOU DAWN'S KITCHEN! ❤ Angie and Danread more
Kim Monesmith
Kim Monesmith
21:51 08 Jul 19
Fantastic from start to finish! Dawn was easy to... work with prior to our visit with meal planning, payment, etc. The meal was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. She, truly, made our last night of vacation perfect!!read more
Robin Lynn
Robin Lynn
15:26 24 Jun 19
We had an amazing dinner with Chef Dawn. She... prepared meals for 6 children and 8 adults at our house in the Outer Banks. It was a relaxing and delicious experience for all of us. It felt like such a treat not to have to worry about cooking ourselves. The food was beyond expectations!read more
Madeline Hannigan
Madeline Hannigan
19:58 23 Jun 19
Dawn & her team cooked an amazing dinner at the... house for our entire family--she gracefully accommodated vegetarians and meat-eaters and the service was incredible. What a relaxing and tasty experience! Would highly recommend.read more
Everett Ackerman
Everett Ackerman
02:59 08 Jun 19
Dawn, Kathy and Jenna catered our Grandma's 80th... birthday dinner while we stayed in OBX. Wowza! I'll let the pictures speak for how good the food looked and trust me, it tasted even better. 10/10 would recommend for any type of catering.read more
Jane Ackerman
Jane Ackerman
14:08 07 Jun 19
Outstanding chef and team! Dawn catered a... birthday dinner party for 10 during our stay in the OBX. Everything was outstanding. Dawn helped us plan a custom menu based on our preferences. Everything was fresh and seasonal. The crab cakes were voted best we had all week. The surf and turf was delicious, with the beef tenderloin grilled to perfection. The birthday girl was still talking about the dinner the next day. Dawn and her team handled everything from set up to clean up, leaving our kitchen in sparkling condition. We would definitely hire Dawn and her team again.read more
Frank Constantine
Frank Constantine
20:32 20 May 19
Simply a remarkable experience. We had Dawn cater... a meal for us two years ago. I never sat down to write a review and when a friend told me they were headed to the outer banks I had to look up Dawn's again. The service was great, the food was unique and delicious, and Dawn was super attentive herself to the experience. If we head back to the outer banks, we will definitely be using her catering service again.read more
Truth Hurts
Truth Hurts
01:49 25 Apr 19
Attended a friend's wedding and Dawn's Kitchen... catered. The food was excellent! Unique flavors and combinations!read more
Jackie OHara
Jackie OHara
22:22 02 Apr 19
We had the opportunity to attend Dawn 's pop up... event during Taste of the Beach. Exquisite!read more
Anne Owens
Anne Owens
20:24 10 Jan 19
Working with Dawn was such a positive... experience...she was so helpful helping us decide what we could do working with a tight budget. Dawn is very personable and very professional. Her staff did a great job as well. The food was excellent and plenty. I highly recommend Dawn's Kitchen!read more
John Sickmeyer
John Sickmeyer
19:19 13 Jul 18
We worked with Dawn's Kitchen Catering for... personal chef service for our family vacation. The entire team was great, and having all our meals prepared for the family ensured that nobody was working overtime during their vacation going to the grocery, prepping, serving and cleaning. We will certainly be working with Dawn and her staff again in the future for our family trips. Thanks so much for making this such a successful trip for all of us!read more
Katherine McDonald
Katherine McDonald
01:26 12 Jun 18
We planned our wedding at the Mark Twain House... (5/25/18) from our home in Connecticut. I was very hesitant and found it somewhat nerve-racking to book a caterer without ever having a tasting. I reached out to about 5 different caterers before deciding to go with Dawn. Dawn was extremely fast responding to my emails and she was able to make me feel at ease with booking her for our wedding. I emailed Dawn with MANY questions and she was able to help with not only our food questions, but also some questions we had about the Mark Twain House. She was very flexible (we had a few last minute changes) and accommodating. Dawn’s team showed up and I honestly didn’t even know they were there. Extremely professional team she has. Wedding food in my opinion is never spectacular, but Dawn’s Kitchen was on another level. Everything was delicious and all of our guests commented on the food! The next day we all wished we had more! We also booked Dawn for our post-wedding breakfast, which she left with us the night of the wedding. The next morning we just needed to heat a few things up. Breakfast was also delicious and everyone was raving about the french toast! Dawn and her team are top notch, we can’t thank them enough for their service!read more
Jennifer Shiver
Jennifer Shiver
03:33 03 Mar 18
Awesome service!! They handled all of the food... needs of my team! The chocolate lava cake was the best I’ve ever had anywhere!read more
Cathy Mann
Cathy Mann
13:30 15 Sep 17
Amazing dinner from start to finish. Dawn and... her team catered a 50th birthday party for our family of 12. Crabcake and shrimp appetizers, surf and turf dinner, and chocolate birthday cake! Absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend this cater company to everyone! Hope to be lucky enough to use them again in the future.read more
Joanna Bednarek
Joanna Bednarek
16:58 05 Sep 17
We used Dawn's Catering for our wedding in Nags... Head and service was amazing! The staff immediately jumped in and helped put it decorations when we were scrambling after the rain. They made my husband and I our own plates to ensure we ate dinner and the food of course was amazing. Thank you Dawn, Sonny & staff!read more
Chele Poulton
Chele Poulton
17:36 06 Jul 17
Dawn gave us extra special service on our wedding... day. The food was delicious and they did a spectacular job setting up the tables and decorations around the pool with little guidance from me. She kept the flow of our reception going and made sure we were on track with our timeline. I just wish I'd had more time when they arrived to ensure I gave full instructions beforehand since I forgot to tell them we also had red wine to serve! Bride Brain!read more
Jill & Dave Keller
Jill & Dave Keller
19:12 26 Mar 17
We were fortunate enough to be invited to a 'Pop... Up Dinner' catered by Dawn's Kitchen and it was absolutely fantastic. It consisted of 7 courses with paired wines. Dawn & Sonny were very gracious and informative. The setting was in a beautiful, oceanfront house on a perfect evening! The presentation was fabulous and the fare was amazing!!! I personally enjoyed every single course and had a tough time finishing only because of how full I was... but I wasn't going to miss a bite 🙂 We hope to do it again!read more
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Dawn's Kitchen
Based on 15 Reviews
Michele M.
Michele M.
2017-09-15 20:08:01
Dawn and her staff prepared a delicious meal for my brother-in-law's 50th birthday party. We started with shrimp with an outstanding lemon salsa and crab...
Monica A.
Monica A.
2017-08-17 14:13:38
Just spent 8 days in Kill Devil Hills and hired Dawn to cater daily breakfasts as well as a few lunches and dinner for 30 ppl. It was a large family...
Terence S.
Terence S.
2017-03-25 07:40:54
An unusual opportunity presented itself, when we were able to attend an oceanfront pop up dinner as part of the celebration of taste the beach. Dinner was...