Our Story

All in the Family

Raised in and around their parents’ family pizzeria, the famous Tratoria Elena (named after their mother), in Vienna, VA in the early 70s, Ilias Kanakos & Anastasia Katsakos are no strangers to the high-pressure, high excitement world of food. This brother and sister team has leveraged their Greek background, solid work ethic and passion for creating—and recreating—the great fun, authentic food and festive atmosphere in which they grew up to build a catering business worthy of their heritage.

In the 1990s, Ilias and Anastasia opened and operated four corporate cafes, while earning their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Their team consisted of more than 40 expertly-trained individuals, who possessed the same strong work ethic and values as those instilled in the siblings. Most importantly, the team shared a passion for food and desire to impress their clients.

Their success in the café/retail business led to the establishment of Atrium Catering and Design, based in Herndon, VA and operating in and around the D.C. Metropolitan area.

The Atrium Difference

The Atrium difference lies in our passion for offering a unique catering experience – creating foods with fresh ingredients and inspired combinations, with something for every taste, style and mood.

Breakfast will awaken your mind; lunch will satisfy palettes and appetites of all kinds. Sandwiches are an art form and salads a seasonal celebration. Hot entrees will take you on a culinary trip around the world, where herbs, spices, and flavors transcend place and time. Desserts are an unforgettable indulgence; and afternoon snacks will energize and pack a nutritional powerful punch.

A Note from Our Owners

“At Atrium Catering and Design, we are as excited and inspired by food as we are by providing superlative service to our customers. We offer only the freshest, finest, seasonal ingredients and dedicated personal service. Our staff is highly-trained to truly take care of you–and your event–from planning to execution.”

– Ilias Kanakos

“We think of everything, from theme ideas to table scapes, menu planning to invitation design—we have a passion for what we do. At your Atrium event, you can relax and actually enjoy your guests, your meal, your day. Imagine that. Unhurried conversations. Time to savor the moment. It’s your event–Our goal is for you and your guests to enjoy every minute.”

– Anastasia Katsakos


Greater Reston Chamber Medium Business of the Year 2013
14 Carrot Gold Food Safety Excellence Award 2017