Founder & Style Director
A savvy hostess who grew up in the world of food, Vicky Theodorou launched Heirloom Catering and Event Design to bring style, inspiration, and high-quality cuisine to the event service industry. The DC-based boutique brand is a leader in creating stunning, fresh dishes and unforgettable experiences for both corporate and social clients.
Vicky’s Greek parents fled as refugees from Cyprus in 1975 and created a new life for themselves in the States, growing a single restaurant into a line of culinary businesses. Heirloom adds to the family’s flourishing repertoire, which includes the Virginia-based Delia’s Restaurants, Delia’s Catering, and Medi.
Vicky grew up around real food, prepared carefully and with love. From an early age, she was growing fresh ingredients in the family’s garden, refining recipes in the kitchen, and building relationships with the family’s customers. In college, Vicky studied International Business abroad in Milan. There, she worked with companies like Disaronno Liqueur, Maserati Luxury, and the original “Parmigiana Reggiano,” while soaking up European culture, fashion, and cuisine.
After completing her BS/BA in Business Marketing from East Carolina University, Vicky became a top sales representative for DHL, then led sales and strategy at Atlantic BT, an internet marketing company. She also began throwing sensational dinner parties, gaining a reputation for eye-popping tablescapes, never-seen-before menus, and signature items such her tiny taco bar.
When one more person asked her when she would start doing this professionally, Vicky’s entrepreneurial spirit took root. In 2010, her brother George asked her to take over the catering branch of the family business and she jumped in with both feet.
For Vicky, event catering and styling is a career-match made in heaven. It marries her knack for planning, marketing, and business development with a passion for great food and making people happy. She’s expanded both the business and the brand, moving from catered luncheons (for the likes of Steve Forbes, General Petraeus, and The Prime Minister of Paraguay) to fully-styled events. She has established Heirloom Catering and Event Design as an independent entity, and built it into a million-dollar company in less than 2 years.
Vicky has a personal hand in everything that Heirloom does, from creating menus to curating style elements, to putting her signature spin on classic dishes. Through her world travels and experiences, she’s developed a talent for forecasting seasonal food trends and forging creative relationships. She pours her rich inspirations into every event theme, tablescape, and dish. The key ingredient is quality: Vicky works with local farmers and markets to deliver the fresh, nutritious, and authentic cuisine that she believes her clients and their guests deserve.
Focusing on best business practices and unforgettable experiences, Vicky continues to establish Heirloom as an innovator in the catering industry. How does she do it? She’ll tell you herself. Vicky is available for consultations, speaking engagements, and workshops. Learn more on our Services Page or Get in touch.
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