Purple Door Gourmet Kitchen & Catering has only been in business since 2019, but has been in the making for many years. Many struggles and successes have brought Head Chef, Michelle Ayers, to creating her own boutique catering business. Using fresh ingredients and presentation experience, Michelle strives to impress and excite guests by her vibrant but elegant displays.


Born in upstate New York but raised in Lynchburg, Virginia, head chef Michelle Ayers specializes in many different cultures and varieties of food. From corporate lunches to exquisite weddings, Michelle personally customizes every menu for any event. She has earned her reputation for creative menus and recipes throughout many years of being in the food industry. This experienced boutique caterer, is not only known for her fresh ingredients and food safety knowledge but also presentation and food styling. Gourmet comfort food with fresh and colorful flare becomes a powerful pairing with her desire for sharing her talents with community, friends, and family. As Michelle always says “you eat with your eyes first.”






Take a peak at what people are saying…

When we considered the memorial service details for my mother, Purple Door Catering was the only caterer I wanted. My wife and I have enjoyed ordering Purple Door Friday Dinners for our at-home date nights, so I knew the quality of food was top notch. Michelle, the owner, suggested food options to fit our budget and put together a menu to appeal to a variety of the guests that we expected for our Open House. Michelle and her team arrived at the house and took care of everything. They set up an incredible grazing display and stayed on site during the event, so we didn’t have to divert our attention from what was important to restock or clean. They were professional, polite and respectful of the occasion. Michelle and her team at Purple Door have our strongest recommendation. If you are looking for someone to take care of food for your event, no matter the type, look no further. We are thankful for Purple Door for helping make this difficult time a little easier.

Purple Door catered my Holiday Party. Michelle worked with my budget to provide a fantastic menu for my dinner. Everybody loved it! The food was great and it arrived on time. highly recommenced. Stress free entertaining!

Michelle and her staff have done it again. We use no one else for all of our catering needs. She knows how to create food that is also your decorations as well. Unbelievable and rave reviews from our non profit banquet this week. We adore her and her staff is unsurpassed. Every meeting,luncheon, staff retreat, banquet, or what ever the task…. we always have people talking about what she designed and provided. Thank you for using your gifts and talents to make every function at the BRPC amazing!!!

I went to the BACC new member showcase tonight and was blown away at the spread of food and how DELICIOUS everything tasted! I kept saying to everyone “have you tasted the food!? It’s delicious!” and someone said, yes! Michelle does an amazing job! She used to own Geralds Restaurant.” And I knew immediate why the food was so superb! My husband and I had our rehearsal dinner at Gerald’s almost 10 years ago! I knew Michelle had opened a catering company but until tonight had never had the pleasure of partaking… The antipasto salad was amazing. ( I had 2 bowls 🤫) and there were stuffed peppers and sausage balls wrapped in a little croissant type bread and hummus and spinach dip… it was all so flavor and delicious! even the fresh strawberries had so much flavor! I was so impressed. And look forward to the next event I’m invited to that they cater! ❤️



Michelle Ayers

Owner & Head Chef

Bobie Collins

Executive Account Manager

Joanie Adcock

Event Venue Director