Bootheel Southern Catering- Fresh Bold & Delicious Southern Cuisine

"Barbecue to Black Tie"

Bootheel is a specialty caterer based in Arlington, Virginia. We provide a wide variety of services to the Washington DC Metro area and nationwide via mail order.

Bootheel offers delicious Southern cuisine, award winning pit barbecue, seasonal side dishes and home-style desserts.

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What They're Saying...

Everything was wonderful. Every single dish was fantastic! You certainly live up to your reputation!
— C. Perry, Arlington, VA

Hi David! It was so so so so yummy! ..... and even I got to taste the shrimp this time! You are a master!

Thanks again for everything, David! You truly know how to take care of your clients!
— T. McGinn, Arlington, VA

Sunday greetings Dave,
I wanted to thank you again so very much for the experience you and your team extended us yesterday. Each of our guests raved about the food and I sincerely appreciate the hospitality you all extended everyone.
I am keeping your contact information in my Outlook and will be sure to share with my industry friends should anyone express the need for a caterer.
— C. Faiman, Vienna, VA

"David, The party and your food were a huge success. Every morsel was eaten and everyone raved about your cuisine. I  hope that you will be hearing from [one of our guests]  who is having a garden party in May. She took your card and said that she would contact you for help.

[Your bartender] was superb and the perfect person to work for us. He is so calm, smiling, and helpful. He did work for four hours, and everything was in perfect shape when he left. You can send [him] to anyone and have them be pleased.

Please use us if you ever need a reference or commendation or quote for advertising."

 - Diane M., Arlington, VA

“Hi David,

I have been thinking of emailing you all weekend, but keep getting distracted.  Sorry.
The food was outstanding!  Everyone raved about how amazing it was.  I passed out quite a few of your cards.  We are still enjoying the leftovers.  :)

Thanks so much for following up as well.  This is the first time I have catered a party, and I was pleased with everything - your customer service, timeliness, and of course the delicious food!  The next time I cater anything I will call you”!  

Thanks again,

Arianne, Arlington, VA

"You are the q-master! It [the whole BBQ pig] awesome! The beans especially and really like the sauce too."

Thanks so much.

- C., Johnson, Arlington, VA


"THANK YOU for the amazing food.  I told my husband last night that it is hands down the best chicken I have ever had!  The beef was also excellent.  The chimichurri sauce was delicious.  I don't really even usually eat macaroni and cheese, and I had two helpings.   Ladies raved about your poppy seed dressing.    The director of the preschool said she thought it was the best luncheon yet, and I heard several other rave reviews from all of the teachers and staff.  THANK you for a wonderful meal and for delivering it to the church so hot and ready to eat."

- Stacie S., Arlington, VA

"Everything was great and the food was a big hit - especially the crawfish etouffe.  We had some folks here from new orleans and they really enjoyed it all.  Thank you so much!"

I hope you have a great holiday!"

- Joanne P., Arlington, VA

Hi David,

Everything was great! The chicken was delicious and great leftover the next day with my black eye peas! Thanks for all your wonderful cooking!



YOU guys are all amazing!  YOUR guys are just so polite, kind, and  just everything you want in your home.  They were so friendly and delivered everything with a smile.  Everyone was delighted by the food  and my dear friend Christina said "The caterers washed everything!"  I said "really?"

All was amazing in every way!

YOU really make an event, adding a Southern Hospitality to it all...  I cannot say enough about you all!

 David, you're a welcome to Arlington!  To more events...

- Christine S.

"We were just talking about you...saying how wonderful the food was!  The party was a great success.  Everyone complemented the food and everything tasted great.  The French toast was probably my favorite, but everything was delicious.  Thank you again for all your work.” 
- Kathie Z., Arlington, VA

Dear David,

You and your team were so wonderful... Total Rock Stars! Your entire ensemble, the shrimp and crab cakes were fabulous! The Chicken and sausage jambalaya was to die for! The servers were so courteous and helpful.  My New England crowd loved the tenderloin. I loved the spring rolls. Thank you for getting the correct Bellini Mix and the specified alcohol for our bar.   

Thank you for taking special care of the marble in my brand new kitchen. You clearly are a perfectionist and this comes out in everything you do! You don't miss a single detail.  

 It was such  a pleasure having you cater our party!

 - Kindly, C. Levanson, McLean, VA   


Everything was wonderful!  Yes, the food and service definitely met my expectations.  We finished up the leftovers yesterday.  I will recommend you and use your services again 

          - Regards, Kathleen, Arlington, VA

…The rave reviews for the [brunch] on Sunday keep coming.

           -  Katie S., Arlington, VA


Just wanted to say how much I appreciated everything yesterday.  Everyone, and I mean everyone, raved about the food!  We will definitely be calling on you next year.  I handed out lots of your cards and followed up with...the person I gave your name to to tell her how fabulous the food was.  Several people told me that this was the best luncheon in a long time.  I think it says a lot when most of the teachers went back for seconds!

 - Kimber H., Arlington, VA

Hi David—
"Thanks...again, for a job well done last Thursday! I thought everything was delicious and heard many rave reviews, especially about the shrimp & grits."

- L. Quarles, Washington, DC

"I know there have been tons of recommendations for David Newton of Bootheel Catering. We've used him for neighborhood BBQs and Thanksgiving dinners and we've loved everything he's done. Last weekend we used him for a cocktail party at our house for about 75 people and it was absolutely amazing. Every piece of food was gobbled up wit not a crumb left. David was a pleasure to have in the
kitchen the whole evening. His servers were very impressive - serving food, making sure everyone had drink refills, and cleaning up empty cups and plates. As a result, I was able to enjoy talking to my guests instead of cooking, refilling, and cleaning."

"I am certain I will not do a cocktail party of this magnitude without his services again! People are still telling me what a great party it was and I am certain that was in major part because of his work."

- M. MacGregor, Arlington, VA

 “I wanted to pass along another recommendation for Bootheel Catering. Bootheel catered my daughter's christening party two weekends ago (for about 40 people) and they were fantastic. The food was beyond delicious and I lost count of how many people said the pulled pork was the best they'd ever had. My 4 year old niece, who's a picky eater, said to my sister after trying the grits, "Mommy, I don't know what grits are but we've GOT to get these at home"”

“David Newton was great to work with and helped us come up with a great menu that was perfect for adults and children. I couldn't more highly recommend Bootheel!”

Kristin K., Arlington, VA

“It was fantastic! … Everyone thought the food was delish! One of my friends from texas with "very high" expectations of beef brisket took one of your cards, he said it was the best beef brisket he's had in a long time!! And once again stated how high his standards are! J)

It was a pleasure doing business - thanks for accommodating my needs!”


Kristin W., Arlington, VA

“I just wanted to thank the [people] who called my attention to Bootheel Catering. David Newton made an absolutely fabulous dinner for us for Father’s Day. The food (BBQ, ribs, “crack” and cheese, slaw…) was fresh and flavorful, and our family members who are a little choosey about their Southern cuisine were in heaven.”

 “I can’t wait to have a reason to call David again…And his prices are sooooo reasonable.”

  - Katie S., Arlington, VA

“We also had David Newton do BBQ for a neighborhood party this past weekend.  We LOVED everything from the pulled pork, brisket, homemade sauces, grits, etc.  He also made an amazing banana pudding for dessert.  My husband is Southern and very particular about his BBQ, and he raved about it.  David was great to work with and incredibly reasonable… I can't wait to have another occasion to hire him again!”

 - Jackie K., Arlington, VA

“I just used David Newton's Bootheel Catering for a summer delish and reasonable. I've already booked him for my daughter's end of summer birthday party. The leftovers were amazing too! My mouth is watering just thinking about his BBQ and sides! A+++”

 - Laura H., Arlington, VA

“Amazing caterer to recommend!”

“Just wanted to get the word out for the caterer we used for our party last night. David Newton, owner of Bootheel Catering, prepared and served an awesome spread of beef brisket, pulled pork, homemade sauces, coleslaw, cheese grits, baked beans, and pecan and key lime pies. Everything was made from scratch and absolutely delicious. If you're looking for a caterer for any upcoming events, big or small, I would highly recommend him!”

- Jamie O., Arlington, VA

“I second Jamie’s recommendation. I think my husband went back for thirds! It was super delicious.”

 - P. Caskey, Arlington, VA

“If you're looking for a great (and local) alternative to [others] give David Newton at Bootheel Catering a call. His prices are great and he does fantastic BBQ.”


“Ditto on Bootheel...not that David needs any more rave reviews!! He catered my daughter's birthday party and everything was excellent. He was great to work with and went out of his way to help me select the most appropriate menu. Two items in which I never have high expectations are coleslaw and pulled chicken...they were both fantastic. I never knew coleslaw to taste that good and the chicken was anything but boring. Yum! I will definitely use him again in the future!”

 - Wendy K., Arlington, VA

“I'm going to pile on as well. Bootheel/David catered my husband's 40th party last Saturday and everyone raved about the food. The shrimp wrapped with bacon cooked on the grill was tremendous, and the barbecue pork, jerk chicken, and beans and rice dishes were awesome. Very affordable rates too. At least two people I know took David's card. We would use them again in a heartbeat!!”

- Jan D., Arlington, VA

“I just wanted to thank the [people] who called my attention to Bootheel Catering. David Newton made an absolutely fabulous dinner for us for Father’s Day. The food (BBQ, ribs, “crack” and cheese, slaw…) was fresh and flavorful, and our family members who are a little choosey about their Southern cuisine were in heaven.  

 I can’t wait to have a reason to call David again …. And his prices are sooooo reasonable.”

 - Katie S., Arlington, VA 

I am so glad I listened to the recommendations…it truly was the best and easiest party by far. He is a great find! Thank you to others for passing along his information! I can't wait to use him again soon.”

  - J. Madison, Arlington, VA

“David – you and Tim were so fantastic!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything!  I cannot say enough great things about your food, or how well you ran everything.”

Thanks again David

- M. Berthoud, Arlington, VA

 “Ihave to jump on this bandwagon after David catered our neighborhood 4th of July party (35 adults). We too did BBQ (pulled pork, beef brisket, mac & cheese, and coleslaw, and baked beans), but I am looking forward to having him cater our annual holiday party.”

“I hope David's food will be part of our annual neighborhood events for years to come.”

  - Melissa M., Arlington, VA

 “…we just used … David Newton for my hubby’s 40th, and it was FANTASTIC! 


“I know others have raved about … David Newton, but I just had to send another email. We just used him for a small gathering and it was wonderful! He specializes in real southern BBQ (ribs and pulled pork), cheese grits, hushpuppies and to die for macaroni and cheese (to name a few). He can prepare anything, however, we liked the idea of having barbecue. He will not disappoint you. The food was wonderful. He delivered the food on time and set
up everything. I cannot say enough great things about David and the party he pulled together for us at such last minute too.”

 “It was excellent, David! Thank you! Several people took your cards. I have a feeling you'll get some calls. We look forward to using Bootheel Catering again.”

 - Laura H., Arlington, VA

…I will call you about our next event as we have been getting rave reviews about you!!

 Thanks again,

  - Krista O., Arlington, VA 

 “David, thank you again for what is surely the easiest party we ever planned. The food, of course, was incomparable and the servers smooth as silk.  Everyone enjoyed everything, and I think you had better patent that shrimp recipe!”

“Thank you for all of your concern, hard work and planning [we] will never forget you for it.”

 - Diane M., Arlington, VA

“Thanks again for the wonderful food. The barbecue was amazing, probably the best I have ever had and the sauces were perfect. My husband and one of our other guests fell in love with the mustard one. The coleslaw was exactly as billed - outstanding! Usually I am not a big coleslaw fan and almost didn't have any, but my husband convinced me to taste it and it was delicious. Of all the things we ordered the shrimp was the biggest hit. I was impressed with how moist it was because I find often times that grilled shrimp tends to get overcooked easily. Our guests were impressed and took your cards. I look forward to working with you again sometime in the future.”

 - S. Russell, Arlington, VA

“I just wanted to tell you what a HUGE hit your food was last night! Everyone loved it…Thank you so much for making our party so special - we had a fabulous night and everyone left … with full and happy bellies!

- Kristen N., Arlington, VA 

“Thanks for a wonderful night. You guys did a fabulous job! “…“Thanks for an awesome evening!!”

 - Lisa and Bill, Arlington, VA

“The meal was absolutely delicious! We are a family of foodies, and my sister was very skeptical about having someone else prepare our holiday meal, but David's execution was incredible. …I cannot say enough good things. We were all so impressed and incredibly satisfied. It is going to be hard to return to cooking future holiday meals!”

We will definitely be asking David to cook for us again in the future, and I would highly recommend [Bootheel for] any parties you have coming up in 2011!

 - J. Capone, Arlington, VA

“Thank you for all of your efforts.  The food was a big hit…we will be sure to recommend your company to others.” 

  - S. Purcell, Arlington, VA 

Fantastic BBQ! Thanks!

 - N. Odeneal, Arlington, VA

“Unbelievable dinner!...The whole family loved every bite. Thank you!!”

  - C. Wilson, Arlington, VA 

“The party was a huge success--everybody raved and raved about the food. It was all delicious! I gave people your cards. It was a wonderful evening--thanks for all of your help in pulling it off. Especially on the heels of being out of town, we never could have done it without you!”

  - Jackie K., Arlington, VA

… I personally loved all of the food, and we had many inquiries into who had prepared such delicious food (as they went back for seconds and thirds).  You can be assured that we will be looking for the next occasion to use Bootheel Catering again.  Thanks for helping to make [my husband’s] 40th birthday party such a success. 

 - A. Kusic, Arlington, VA 

 “The party was this Saturday, and it could not have been better all because of David and his amazing cooking!  Our 40 guests talked all night about how great the food was, and how nice David and his [staff] were to have around.  It was true, they only added to the party by being there, always so helpful and friendly.” 

“I cannot say enough great things about David and the party he pulled together for us.  Not only did he do all of the cooking…but he helped set up the party, and clean up afterwards.  He also picked up utensils, plates, bowls napkins etc for us.”  All of this great food AND service for probably not a lot more money than if I had picked up food from a restaurant, and did everything else myself.”

  - Maria B., Arlington, VA 

“Based on the great reviews… I contacted David Newton of Bootheel Catering for a special celebration dinner we hosted on Saturday.  David made a fabulous beef tenderloin that literally melted in your mouth, delicious and perfectly cooked sides, and wonderful appetizers.  I'm sure his BBQ is great, but if you are looking for a more elegant dinner, I think you'll be equally pleased.  Several of our guests asked for his card, and I would definitely use him again.  I just have a feeling I'll have to plan in advance or he will be booked!”

 - Cindy B. Arlington, VA

Did you hear that David catered a summer BBQ for 50 this week at our house? The food was as amazing as you said. We had the crack and cheese – all gone. The shrimp with bacon wrap – OMG. Pulled pork sandwiches, ribs out of this world. Slaw, the works. And the piece de la resistance – banana pudding – his Grandma’s recipe. He was organized and calm and gracious. Can’t wait to hire him again!”

 - Brooke C., Washington, DC

 "We have used Bootheel Catering any number of times now and they just get better with every menu creation!  David Newton is a real pro in the kitchen and on the grill.  At this point, I think he can cook anything despite his inclination to serve great barbeque and awesome mac and cheese!  When he served beef tenderloin (medium rare to perfection) with his garlic shallot sauce...well, our guests left nothing.  Just fantastic!  Then, pecan pie...stop me!!  Great food, great value!  You have to try Bootheel!!!

 - Geoffrey Y., Arlington, VA