Allspice Cafe & Catering was established in April 1994 as a café under the name Spice of Life offering a variety of fresh, modern cuisine. Over the years the name may have changed but the heart and soul of the business have remained constant. The original owner sold the business in March 2013. The new owners, Rich and Liz Vizard, are a local Arlington family who offer hassle free hospitality with homemade food from around the world for every occasion.
Rich’s great-grandparents founded and operated the popular Bonnie Doone Restaurant & Thistle Cocktail Lounge in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The business started as a humble ice cream stand and grew to a full service restaurant with three dining rooms seating over 300 people.
From Cabral's Market to Allspice Catering, three generations of Rich’s family devoted fifty years running all aspects of the business from the kitchen to the hostess station. The family restaurant had been sold by the time Rich and Liz met one summer while working at an Italian restaurant in Cape Cod. For Liz it was a summer job but for Rich it was his hometown and a passion. Now, the Vizard's are happy to carry on the family tradition in the DMV of providing excellent hospitality and great value.
Meet the Team
We are a family-and-friends-run business
Founder & CEO
Rich literally grew up in the restaurant business. As a kid he took naps in his family’s Cape Cod restaurant while his father ran the kitchen and his mother was the hostess.
After college, Rich spent time in the financial sector before being pulled back into the restaurant industry by a neighbor’s new catering business. Experiences there and with some of DC’s largest catering and event experts, as well as a directorship at a national chain, gave him the know-how to strike out on his own.
Owning Allspice brings Rich's skills full circle. In addition to his passion for operating Allspice, Rich loves his family, all his dogs past and present, playing hockey, golf, fishing and rooting for Boston area teams. He may or may not be addicted to hazelnut ice coffee.
Through college in the mid 1990’s, Liz studied biology and was a volunteer manager of an on-campus coffeehouse cabaret where she learned to make espresso drinks and top-notch cheesy nachos. She spent a couple summers waiting tables at a popular, waterside restaurant in Provincetown before deciding to move to Washington, DC.
When Liz isn’t behind the desk she can be found at the cafe doing whatever needs to be done. She enjoys being social with “friends” and “followers” of Allspice and posting about events, friends, and food. Liz’s passion for food & vegetarian lifestyle come through as new menu ideas and creative ways to “vegan-ize” dishes.
Liz loves soup and isn’t embarrassed to say she could eat it every day.
The Allspice team is a tight-knit group of foodies. We couldn’t do it without the dedicated effort of these folks, whose everyday teamwork delivers phenomenal customer service and fabulous food to our clients.
Our sincere thanks go out to each of them!
Contact us about your next event. We are available to help with event planning and we offer menu tastings by appointment.