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LOVE AT FIRST BITE is a full service catering company that will facilitate venue site visits, event layout & logistics, full menu planning, staff management and rental & vendor coordination. 

Your occasion will be customized to include your wishes & vision combined with our many years of industry experience. We will work diligently to exceed your expectations. With over 30 years in the catering industry, owner, Lisa Trumbower-Sheppard, will design a creative plan that is customized for each type of event, venue, seasonality, group size and budget. 



LOVE AT FIRST BITE owner, Lisa T. Sheppard, has over 30 years in the high-end catering arena. As director of Catering at Lansdowne Resort, Catering Sales Manager at Sheraton Premiere and various management positions at other leading catering companies, Lisa has a well rounded set of qualifications. She includes her creativity and enthusiasm as part of the "recipe" for an unforgettable event. 

As a long standing resident of Clarke Co., VA, Lisa has strong ties to the community. Embracing each event with unsurpassed attention to detail and treating each client as if they were family is the hallmark of LOVE AT FIRST BITE. 

Not only will Lisa anticipate your particular needs and facilitate exceptional service, she brings fun and excitement to the entire event process. 


"An event should be fun and not stressful, if you have the right team behind you! Let us take care of the details, while you concentrate on being a guest at your own party!" 

- Lisa T. Sheppard


" We hired LAFB to do a large, family event for us and we couldn't have been happier! Lisa was wonderful to work with & the staff was professional, efficient, and friendly. The food was amazing and beautifully displayed. Our guests had a fantastic time!"

- Elizabeth Friend-Ennis

"The food was delicious and comforting. It wasn't at all usual boring stuff you typically see at catered events. The food was prepared thoughtfully and lovingly. You can tell there is real passion in this business. I am already looking to hire them again!"

- Suzanne Bushee

" Lisa and her staff are amazing to work with! I love the way she can create a menu for any type of occasion, catering to many dietary needs. The food was displayed beautifully and is incredibly delicious! Love at First Bite never disappoints!"

- Lisa Diane Sorey Sutherland

"LAFB provided luncheon food for a group of 12 ladies at my home. Everything was wonderful! Special praise to the tomato bisque soup, chicken salad sandwiches, and pasta salad."

- Nancy Colleen Dickerson Ramsay

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