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Margot Jones Margot Jones, Owner
Margot Jones established the Purple Onion Catering Co. in 1990, from a true love of cooking and a commitment toward making the special events in people's lives unforgettable. Infusing her own standards of quality, imagination and commitment to perfection, Margot's leadership has allowed
the Purple Onion Catering Co. to flourish through the years. Also realizing the importance of professional development, Margot is an active member of the International Caterers Association.

Contact Margot: 703.631.0050 | margot@purpleonioncatering.com


David Jones David Jones, Owner
Dave’s experience managing projects and implementing systems has been key to the growth of Purple Onion. Since the formation of the company he has structured the necessary procedures and programs to allow Margot to drive the company toward culinary excellence. He has implemented an infrastructure that provides enough control, but allows flexibility during difficult economic times. During this period the company has grown 1,110%. Through implementing new technology, he has been able improve the effectiveness of the sales team and operations department. To prepare for the future growth of the company, he oversaw the purchase and buildout of the company’s current facility located in the metropolitan DC area.

He graduated from George Mason University 1988 with a bachelor of arts degree.

Contact Dave: 703.631.0050 | david@purpleonioncatering.com



Adam L. Gooch, Executive Chef
Chef Adam L. Gooch joined the Purple Onion Catering Company in the spring of 2011. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. At 25, Chef Adam was a nominee for the Chef of the Year Award and was running seven different restaurants. Since then, he has won numerous awards and accolades for his food and culinary inventiveness. Continuing to expand his knowledge Chef Adam studied in France at la Cordon Blue and Le Ritz Escoffier and at the Culinary Institute of America. He is a member of the International Caterers Association, and sits on the Culinary Council. Chef Adam has also served as a Board Member for the American Culinary Federation, and was cited as being one of the area’s best new chefs. Chef Adam was once again a finalist for Chef of the Year in 2013. The love and passion Chef Adam has for the industry definitely reflects in his food.

Contact Adam: adam@purpleonioncatering.com


Joanie Rylander

Joanie Rylander, Senior Event Designer
Joanie Rylander joined Purple Onion Catering Co. in October of 2009. Earning her Business Marketing degree in 2002, she began her career as a meeting planner in Washington, DC. After 6 years as a meeting planner she realized her true passion for special events and made the transition to off-premise catering. She has a flair for creating personalized menus and an atmosphere for in which people can savor their experiences without worries or distractions. Joanie’s passion, enthusiasm, creativity and dedication to detail will ensure that your events have a lasting impression on your guests.

Contact Joanie: Tel: 703.631.0050 | joanie@purpleonioncatering.com



Margaret Zagrodniczek, Event Designer
Margaret Zagrodniczek joined Purple Onion Catering in August of 2013. She is a local to the area earning both her Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s at George Mason University. She began her career in birthday parties, events and design over 15 years ago. She specializes in creating the style and flair that her clients envision for their event. Margaret will bring to life the vision of her client whether it’s her corporate clients or a small intimate social event or large party/wedding.

Contact Margaret: Tel: 703.631.0050 | margaret@purpleonioncatering


Katy Almond-Martinez  

Katy Almond-Martinez, Event Designer
Katy joined the Purple Onion Catering Co. in the beginning of 2012. She came to Purple Onion from New York where she worked as an event coordinator for an off-premise catering company. Being from Manhattan, she enjoys the fast paced speed of the catering industry. When it comes to events Katy offers each client the perfect balance of passion and professionalism. Katy’s specialty is working with trend setting brides at new venues ranging from manor houses to shabby chic barns. With an outgoing nature and attention to detail she works with her clients to create memorable events that leave a lasting impression.

Contact Katy: Tel: 703.631.0050 | katy@purpleonioncatering.com


Monica Hufnagel

Monica Dean, Operations Director
Monica Hufnagel joined Purple Onion Catering Co. in 1993. Equipped with over 23 years in the food service industry, Monica has been a tremendous asset to the team as well as to the client. Taking an active role in the planning process, Monica guarantees the highest level of customer service and satisfaction.Her strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills and patience will be sure to make your event unforgettable.

Contact Monica: Tel: 703.631.0050 | monica@purpleonioncatering.com