Birchtree Catering is a small, female-owned company that focuses on local, seasonal ingredients and custom menus cooked fresh for weddings and events in Philadelphia, PA. We offer full service and drop-off catering, and we can handle waitstaff, bartenders, rental items, day-of coordination and planning tools to make sure your event is seamless.

Our mission is to improve our local economy by sourcing locally, acting sustainably, and creating jobs within the Philadelphia region. We source from farms and markets that provide the best ingredients in our area, giving us the creative freedom to work with what’s seasonally available, and absolutely delicious. We prefer to work with small, local vendors for everything that we do, helping to create a demand for good quality products for us and our clients. Our waste is composted and recycled in our kitchen and at events, and we choose sustainable options within our company whenever feasible.

Birchtree began slowly in 2008, as owners Rasa Stirbys Benefico and Allegra Derengowski built their brand by using rentals kitchens, hosting tastings in their homes, and growing relationships with vendors and farmers.

Today, Birchtree has a beautiful commercial kitchen located inside Globe Dye Works, an old dye factory in Frankford, Philadelphia that now houses small businesses and artist spaces. We remain a small business with a dedicated staff, limited events per weekend, and a strong commitment to every client.

Our team was honored to win 2015’s “Best of Philly” for Party Food and has spent over one year on’s “Best of Event Planning and Services” list. Our food quality standards have been recognized by the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia, The Chamber of Commerce, The Knot Magazine and Philadelphia Wedding Magazine. To learn more about us, read our wonderful online reviews and visit one of our regular Supper Clubs, open to the public!

Where we source:

  • Green Meadow Farm
  • Valley Shepherd Creamery
  • Weaver’s Orchard
  • The Gehman Family Farm
  • Sunny Harvest Farms
  • Mother Earth Organics
  • Pequea Valley Farms
  • Sandy Ridge Farms
  • Samuels and Sons Seafood
  • Common Market
  • FarmArt
  • The wonderful vendors inside Reading Terminal Market
Allegra Derengowski Owner
Allegra is a self-taught planner and entrepreneur, handling sales, marketing and development for Birchtree. She participated in two programs in 2016: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, and The Enterprise Center's Scale-Up, where she now serves as an advisory board member. The company's growth has positioned them as industry leaders in Philadelphia, with a reputation for the highest quality food and service at weddings and events.
Rasa Stirbys Benefico Owner, Chef
Rasa approaches her professional menu writing and cooking with the same energy and care that she put into catering her own wedding. She appreciates the opportunity to work closely with her clients and loves the challenge of creating customized dishes and menus. Everything on the Birchtree menus are a result of Rasa's careful testing and tweaking of her own original recipes, and she has become a leader in the local food movement and wedding menu trends, with regular contributions to Martha Stewart Weddings, Green Wedding Shoes, and 100 Layer Cake.
Joseph Topper Head Chef
Joe joined the Birchtree family in 2013, sharing Birchtree’s passion for sustainability and local sourcing. He adds his own culinary expertise as a seasoned catering chef of over 20 years, and his knowledge of technique in large-scale cooking has helped Birchtree deliver exceptional quality for any type of event. He's inspired by using quality local ingredients to create dishes that speak for themselves. He believes that the ingredients, paired with proper technique, produce flavors and experiences to remember.
Nicole Hutnyk Lead Wedding Coordinator
Nicole's experience in brand development and event planning has led to a perfect collaboration with Birchtree Catering. With an MBA in International Business from Philadelphia University, and through her passion for event planning (she owns the up-and-coming company Rabbit Rabbit Crew!), she brings detailed execution to each event, making sure that each couple's vision comes to life.
Ryan Horowitz Commissary Manager / Baker
Ryan handles all operations and baking in the Birchtree kitchen. He expands his culinary talent by baking all of Birchtree’s breads, pastry, and kitchen desserts. He joined the Birchtree team in 2011, working his way up in the company from server and dishwasher to management and baker.
Christina Giancola Office Assistant
Christina is a local artist that graduated with her BFA from Temple University in 2015. Bringing her past experiences in food service, catering, and managing art studios to Birchtree, she joined the team in 2016 as an administrative assistant.
Andreas Harvey Front of House Manager
Andreas has worked as a server and manager in some of the best and busiest restaurants in Philadelphia, including Susanna Foo, Le Bec-Fin and Davio's. With his extensive experience in fine dining, he is in charge of training and educating Birchtree's waitstaff to ensure the highest level of service at our events.
Tory Smith Operations Manager
Tory is an organizer and social justice activist with a passion for local economics and bringing people together around food, both at their home in West Philly and at Birchtree. Working catering throughout college, they graduated with a B.A. from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. After moving to Philly they joined Birchtree part time in 2012, and joined as the full time Operations Manager for the 2017 season. When not at Birchtree, they're collaborating with a amazing crew of activists and riding their bike in the Wissahickon.
Where We Work

Birchtree caters in many venues in and around Philadelphia. Below is a list of spaces we love, and we are qualified to work in most other venues in the area. Birchtree also specializes in private homes, tented weddings and off-the-beaten-path areas. We are well-versed in working in home kitchens or creating one from scratch, and we can coordinate all rental needs such as tent, restrooms, tables, chairs, and dinnerware. Contact Us for more information!

Favorite Vendors

We love recommending other local small businesses for all of your event needs like desserts, photography, music, design, planning, and vintage and specialty rentals. We list some of our favorites here that deliver exceptional quality, and during your planning process we can curate a list that fits your vision.