Catering, Venues, event management and restaurants | Seattle, WA
dsquared hospitality company story
In 1986, two young restaurant-industry vets named David started a business based on a simple question:
Could a catering company deliver consistently fantastic service and food as good as a fine restaurant?
The answer turned out to be an emphatic yes. Now, nearly three decades, thousands of events, and hundreds of loyal clients later, David Haggerty and David Meckstroth have grown that upstart catering business into DSquared, one of Seattle’s most respected culinary companies.
Catering is still at the heart of DSquared via Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes, the Davids’ original company. The DSquared portfolio also includes the premier events spaces Melrose Market Studios and The Hall at Fauntleroy, as well as two restaurants: Davids & Co., a “nouveau barbecue” café in downtown Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, and the fine-dining venue Muse, the official restaurant of the Seattle Symphony.
Though the Davids have grown and diversified, one thing hasn’t changed since 1986. Today as much as ever, they are passionate about combining fresh, delicious, creatively prepared food with exceptional attention to every guest.
Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
From epic to intimate, fancy to homespun, our full service catering includes our signature pairing of guest-centric service and extraordinarily delicious foodMore about Catering
Our most popular small bites, platters, sandwiches and desserts - all available for pick up or deliveryMore about To-Go
For cocktails as exceptional as our catering, belly up to the bar with TNT TwistMore about Twist
The Hall At Fauntleroy
Our exclusive venue for over 20 years - an elegant events space housed in a picturesque 1900s-era former schoolhouseMore about The Hall
Melrose Market Studios
Our urban event venue on the west edge of Capitol Hill, just a few blocks from the heart of downtown SeattleMore about Melrose
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Benaroya Hall, Cornish Playhouse, and other Seattle venue spaces partner with Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes for catering servicesMore about Venues
Naturally, we're always glad to rave about our events, venues and restaurants. But it means much more when our clients do it. Here are recent reviews we were thrilled to get, by clients who thought we got it right:
Incredible team to work with. Kristen's professionalism, flexibility as well as understanding was outstanding. The whole team was a joy to work with. The attention to detail from the food tasting through to the event presentation was fantastic. Wish we lived in the same state as we would be using you a lot more for all our events. Thanks to the whole team for helping us execute a unique event in which the food received rave reviews.
THANK YOU to you and your team for making our event a smashing success. I was able to eat some bites, and it was amazing! I heard nothing but great things from the attendees on the food. The cornmeal pork waffle things were PHENOMENAL! Thank you again for all your recommendations, they all played so well together. I am lactose intolerant, so I was unable to enjoy the mac n cheese, but again, raving reviews (even from our CEO and he is a hard man to impress).
If we are ever in Seattle for a future event, I will definitely keep you in mind for catering.
The event went beautifully from beginning to end. Your staff did a terrific job: The food was delicious – several guests told us – the timing was perfect, and the team was very well coordinated and professional. Bravo and thank you!
We just can’t say enough about Melrose Market Studios. Everything was just beautiful and people were absolutely raving about the food (those mashed potatoes are now the stuff of legends). And that carrot cake... so so beautiful and delicious!
Your staff is INCREDIBLE. We caught one of the servers immediately coming up to David, Grant’s dad, and discussing his plate with him. With all the restrictions on food, it just made us so at ease knowing everything was taken care of. Many servers stopped by our table and said congratulations; they hustled all night long and just made it perfect for us.
I don't feel like I can personally rave to enough people about how wonderful you all are! All of our guests/board feedback has included how great the food was! At a branding training I attended recently they shared a quote that a brand is made up of a million small gestures, and you hit the mark on all of them!!
Everything was amazing! The food was so so good! ... The staff working were the most amazing I could ever imagine, so helpful, cheerful, and incredibly hard working! They literally made it so so easy for us and I can’t thank them enough!
We’ve never done this before (had a party like this and we’ve never used a party planning company either) and now I can’t imagine giving a party any other way!!
Your team was awesome and super easy to work with. From my first email to meeting the team prior to the reception, it was a great experience. Everyone was super kinda nd fun and I loved the food and set up. The jalapeño lemonade was especially a hit! :)
Melrose Market Studios was a dream come true to work with! I cannot say ONE bad thing. There wasn't one thing I'd change and I can gush about everything. ... The staff made our wedding stress free and really helped out with everything. I cannot recommend this place enough, seriously. THE BEST!! Costs are extremely competitive. They do it the right way. Catering company first, venue second. Meaning customer service and ability to work with couples to make their dream come true!
owners and staff
David co-founded Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering with “co-David” David Haggerty in 1986. Since then, he and David have built on their success to create all the holdings in the DSquared family—including The Hall at Fauntleroy, Davids & Co., and Muse. David has worked in the restaurant industry since high school, drawn to it by his love of hospitality and teamwork.
Today, he’s the collaborative creative force behind our menu and event design, with a multicultural aesthetic shaped by his extensive traveling as a child in an Air Force family. His early appreciation for great food, shared meals and celebratory rituals still inform his work, and our whole company.
When he’s not working, David enjoys cooking (really!) with his partner Hal and friends; playing with Etta and Champ, their French Bulldogs; and dancing—though, ideally, in the center of the floor, obscured by others.
The first person to shake your hand and welcome you to a DSquared production may be David, who, with “co-David” David Meckstroth, founded Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering in 1986 and built on that success to create the other holdings in the DSquared family.
From his start in the trenches of Seattle’s 1980s restaurant scene (he still dreams about working at Jonah & The Whale at the Bellevue Holiday Inn), David has honed his entrepreneurial and managerial expertise through decades of hands-on experience in the culinary industry.
Whether he’s launching a new venture or pitching in on an event, David bases everything he does on the same simple principle: guests first. Away from work, David enjoys spending time with his family, water skiing and coming up with creative ways to help DSquared staff maintain their signature enthusiasm.
He and his wife, Meg, live in Seattle, where David serves on the board of Seattle Shakespeare Company.
D2 in our community
The essential act of bringing people together to connect and commune is at the heart of everything we do at DSquared. It’s at the center of our community service work as well.
Every Thanksgiving, founder Meg Haggerty’s grandfather, Big Gordon, used to drive around in his huge car with a trunk full of frozen turkeys, dropping off the birds at local churches for distribution to the needy. In 1997, DSquared realized we could carry on Big Gordon’s tradition. Since then, our Team looks forward to preparing and serving a full, sit-down Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hall at Fauntleroy — entirely free and open to anyone—to more than 300 people each year. Join us again this year on November 28, 2019 from 12pm-3pm. Sign up here to volunteer or donate a dessert.
In addition, we’re one of the founding producers of the Fauntleroy Fall Festival, an annual community celebration featuring food, music, family activities and more.
among the other ways we’re involved in our community:
- Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes is the catering sponsor of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Obliteride
- David Haggerty, one of our co-founders, serves on the Board of Directors of Seattle Shakespeare Company
- We partner with Enterprise Car Rental to provide scholarships enabling low-income parents to take part in the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS)