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Long Story Short: If you are looking for a caterer for a smaller corporate event, graduation party, birthday party, casual wedding HIRE NORTH ISLAND CATERING! They are very accommodating, and work their butt off to give you exactly what you want for your event. They make delicious home made food, for a reasonable price. If you are looking for something very large, more high-end, with passed hors devours, or signature cocktails, keep moving. The Details: We hired North Island Catering for our wedding reception for roughly 175 people held at the Haight in Elgin, IL. We wanted a heavy appetizer set up with hand held buffet style food options for dinner. Additionally we had desserts and a late-night food option. We also wanted a full open bar for guests, and champagne welcome. The Food: First off, Allen was very cooperative and flexible when it came to picking out our menu and food options for the event. Unfortunately, we were so busy with mingling with guests, we really didnt get to try too much of the food ourselves! However, many of our guests gave us great compliments on the spread. Allen allowed us to come in for a tasting at his restaurant beforehand to get a feel for the types of food they offer. Everything was delicious, everything! We ended up serving a whole gamut of different hot and cold appetizers, including jalapeno poppers, bacon wrapped shrimp, veggies, fruit, sweet & spicy jelly spread, among others. For dinner we served pulled 2 different salads, pork, tinga, and Italian beef along with a ton of other sides. We received nothing but happy reviews from our guests regarding the food. The brownies got a standing ovation! The late night food was a success, and I saw many people with a hot dog in one hand and drink in the other, working it on the dance floor. The Service/Presentation: Allen and his crew arrived to the event on time, and prepared to get the food out quickly and efficiently. We had a lot of food, and a lot of hungry people. One negative we did feel the need to comment on was the presentation. We requested heavy plastic plates and silverware, and I was a bit surprised to see small white paper plates with purple details instead. The dressings for the salad were set up in large Styrofoam cups, with a plastic spoon to ladle. I felt that this part could have been jazzed up a bit. Food was placed on black plastic trays, and the hot food was kept in metal tins (no problems there). Although not a huge deal, I would recommend having place cards or some way of labeling the food in the future, so guests know what they are grabbing. Alcohol was served in clear plastic cups (perfect), but towards the end of the night it moved to red solo cups, not a favorite of mine, but no big deal in the end. Although not the fault of Allen, I think that in the future allowing the table to be served off of both sides would have eliminated the long line of people waiting to get some grub! Allen and North Island Catering did a great job of getting food out when needed, providing great food, and cleaning up in a timely manner. Our venue had pretty strict policies regarding catering and Allen, and his team, were up for the challenge. The Bar: This is the part of the review where I was a bit hesitant to write. Everything turned out to be okay in the end, but there were some hiccups along the way. Since the beginning of communication with Allen, they let us know that they would like our input on deciding the amounts of alcohol we would like served. Allen had asked us to provide a complete list of alcohol we wanted. We did, and it included some higher end spirits. Allen gave us an updated quote for the alcohol and let us know that anything left over would be ours to keep. After running some numbers and doing the math ourselves, we provided our alcohol estimates to Allen. He stated that he thought it was completely too much. Being a catering professional, we trusted in his work, and let him make the final decision on how much to buy. When we arrived at the venue in the morning (we decorated ourselves the day of), we were surprised to see how little alcohol there was. In our minds, we knew that with our group of friends and family, they would be taking full advantage of a full bar! Our day-of venue organizer also made some suggestions that she didnt feel the alcohol/mixers would be enough given the size of our large party. We were able to contact Allen right away and voice our concerns. We even offered to have him buy more than he thought we needed and return what was left (as opposed to having us keep anything leftover). Allen understood our concerns, and ultimately brought more alcohol to the event. This was just an unnecessary stress for us on the day of the event. On a positive note, when booze was running low, North Island Catering even went out during the event and bought more. Additionally, a small mistake was made and a different brand of beer was bought than what we previously discussed. (I had time to change the Bar Sign with the correct brand, so ultimately it was no big deal). Finally, we paid to have the bar until 12 (midnight). Not sure where the miscommunication occurred, but the bartenders started cleaning the bar and announcing last call at around 11pm. We had lots of guests coming up to us, wondering why they could no longer get a drink. We did not realize the venue wanted the caterers to be gone by 12, so we were expecting the service to run a bit later. The bartenders continued to hand out beers as they were cleaning, so kudos to them. The Communication: Communication with Allen was impeccable. Allen was always very responsive via Thumbtack, and by phone. (Even when there was a Blackhawks game on). Allen was quick to offer suggestions, answers, and solutions to our questions and concerns within a few hours of us reaching out. If there was any reason to contact them, we knew that he would respond quickly. This was very reassuring since we planned the event completely ourselves. The day of the event Allen was able to answer phone calls and texts without a problem. The Price: The price of this event was very fair, and I think it was worth every penny. Our venue planner demanded that North Island Catering bring more workers to help with the service, and the addition of these people were the only last minute costs we had to endure (no fault of North Island). I appreciated that North Island Catering provided us with a price, negotiated with us to allow us to keep under our budget, and stuck with their promise in the end.(show more)
This year for my wife's birthday, I was going to take her to a popular raw restaurant but she instead asked for food from Sybyl. I asked Sybyl to create a birthday platter for my wife and she put together an amazing feast. (Stuffed mushrooms, spicy greens, sushi, chili, eggplant pizza, kale chips, banana creme pie and brownies with caramel sauce) My wife was elated and had enough food to last her for 4 days.(show more)
Deborah provided the decorations for my "jungle-themed" 50th birthday party. From the moment I secured the venue and selected Deborah Lee & Me to do the event decorating, Deborah was a joy to work with. In addition to having a good overall spirit, you quickly realize that she is a professional with many years of experience in meeting the needs of her customers. My event went off without a hitch. Deborah created an ambiance that the party attendees really enjoyed. She worked with me navigating through concepts and ideas until we rested on something that made for a special evening. She worked with the venue staff and catering staff professionally. I could not have been more pleased with the outcome of my event, and I would certainly use Deborah for any future needs I have.(show more)
I've ordered from D'licious Treats many times and have yet to be disappointed. My Last few orders was a Hello Kitty Cookie Birthday Cake, my daughter was thrilled. It was the best cookie cake I've ever tasted. I also recently used the catering service for Thanksgiving and my order arrived on time. The owner came and made sure everything was set up right, she was very pleasant. The food stayed warm the entire time and the best part the food was awesome . For any Holiday I would reccomend the turkey breast with homemade gravy it was unbelievable. I will be back!!!(show more)
We have been using Chef Dwight for 10 plus years now. From personal parties of 80 plus people in our home to business events that needed catering, I have always been able to depend on Dwight to bring a top notch level of professionalism as well as just the right personal touch to each event for a perfect result every time. Each event menu was designed around my specifications with helpful suggestions from Chef Dwight and met or exceeded my expectations as well as delighted the palates of my guests. I would not hesitate to call Chef Dwight for any type of catering requirements for myself and I highly recommend him to anyone needing these services.(show more)
Dinner Tonight by Tara is a personal chef service that caters to everyone! If you have no time or desire to cook and you want great meals, I am just what you are looking for. I cook meals for families and singles in your home, but I can also do small catering events and dinner parties. I cook many different cuisines: Italian, Mexican, French, Chinese, German, etc. I can cook healthy meals, comfort foods, Atkins diet, calorie restrictive diets, Kosher....whatever you would like! I customize the meals to your likes and dislikes. My job is to make sure you are happy with the food you receive, and that it is convenient for you. Please contact me with any questions!(show more)
Are you planning an event? Do you have an upcoming wedding? Is your son or daughter graduating? We can help. We handle all the details while you enjoy your event. No event is too big or too small; one call handles them all! We offer the following services: * Staff Servers * Bartenders and Chefs * Rental Chairs * Tables * Linens and much more * Catering * Bakery, including Wedding Cakes and Mini Desserts * Venue Rentals * DJs * Photographers * Videographers * Florists * Entertainment including Clowns * Magicians * Balloon Artists and Face Painters * Travel, including Limos and Chartered Buses We service the following events: * Anniversaries * Bar and Bat Mitzvahs * Baptisms * Christenings * Backyard Events * First Communions * Church Events * Confirmations * Company and Corporate Events * Engagement Parties * Dinner Parties * Funerals * Celebrations of Life * Graduations * Grand Openings * Hanukkah * Holiday Parties * Business Luncheons * Training Seminars * Retirement Parties * Reunions * Showers * Shiva Gatherings * Sweet 16s * Quinceaneras * Bodas and Weddings Give us a call for a no-obligation complimentary consultation. Remember, your dreams become a reality when you give us a call! You will be glad you did.(show more)
That Chick Can Cook! is a specialty catering company that offers more than the everyday catering menu. There is no typical "beef and pasta" here! We diligently work to create unique yet delicious recipes and menu items that can satisfy even conservative guests. We do our best to use fresh veggies and herbs that are in season. We either get them from our own home garden or from local farmers' markets and roadside farm stands. We are big supporters of the local farming industry. We want customers to feel special to us, so we give them generous portions of mouth-watering food that is enough for seconds and even leftovers. Fun. Fabulous. Fresh. Our goal is to work with customers in throwing memorable events, events that have their personalities all over it. Our menus are customized to honor the customer's tastes and to leave the guests wanting more. Hire us. Just enjoy your event. We can handle everything, including important party details such as planning, invitations, party favors, and entertainment rentals. Mention this ad when completing your paid contract, and receive a special gift valued at $22. Refer-a-Friend Special: Refer a friend who books, hires, and completes a paid event with us, and receive a Starbucks gift card. We can even satisfy all your coffee cravings, so start referring us now! We are also very comfortable providing vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Don't hesitate to contact us with your special dietary needs. Give us a ring, so we can start planning your party. We can't wait to hear from you. Gabrielle Super Chick and Owner of That Chick Can Cook!(show more)
We offer custom cakes, catering, desserts, and more. We create custom cakes for any occasion: weddings, birthdays, showers, promotional events, and more. We are skilled in buttercream finishes and details of all kinds, fondant finish and details, as well as sculpted cakes and sugar art. If you can dream it, we can create it. We offer a full line of baked goods, an assortment of cakes and desserts, from family favorites like pound cake, German chocolate cake, red velvet, caramel cake, pecan pie, peach cobbler, cookies, brownies, and and a host of other items that are sure to bring back memories of warm family gatherings around the dinner table. If you fancy a more sophisticated sweet, we offer a variety of desserts like New York-style cheesecake in many flavors. We have everything, from parfaits to truffles to awesome dessert buffets and edible party favors. On the catering side, whether you're having a cocktail party and are in need of hors d'oeuvres, a family-style dinner for wedding reception, or a buffet offering for a party or shower, make us your one-stop shop. We offer an extensive menu of dishes, from hearty pasta dishes and appetizers to southern-style entrees. We have meat, from prime rib to meatloaf; seafood, from salmon to scallops; and chicken or turkey in any way you like it. Combine them with our savory side dishes, and we'll give you a meal fit for a king and his court! Please don't hesitate to visit our website to see the full menu, or contact us if you don't see your favorite or already have a menu in mind for your event.(show more)
Euphoria Catering was the best catering experience that I have had. Chef Rosalyn is very personable, professional, with outstanding food. She even gave me a small gift basket for being her client!. The chicken wraps were great for the baby shower.(show more)
Bon Appetit Catering is the preferred caterer at Wheaton College. From black-tie events to picnics on the Blanchard Lawn and everything in between, we will always bring you the best local ingredients, authentic flavors and impeccable service. At Bon Appetit, we pride ourselves on making every event an unforgettable success. Whatever the scope of your event, you will find we offer the finest, freshest ingredients, prepared with creativity and passion and presented with elegance and style. At Bon Appetit, we are committed to using seasonal, sustainable and local products. Our chefs develop close relationships with local farmers and artisans that allow us to create dishes that are expressions of the character and climate of the region and connect guests with local flavors. Whether you are planning an intimate lunch meeting or a large-scale reception, our staff will work with you to create a seamless event you are proud to host. Thank you for choosing Bon Appetit Catering, and we look forward to working with you! Please remember, our menu represents only a starting point. Our hallmark is custom menu design, and we are happy to create perfect-fit menus for any occasion. For catering arrangements, events can be booked by calling the Bon Appetit sales office. All event details, with the exception of the final guarantee, should be arranged two weeks prior to the event. Last-minute bookings may be subject to a late fee.(show more)
We are the preeminent nation-wide private chef and boutique catering company. Each of our chefs are personally selected based on their professional experience, personality, and culinary education. We only recruit the absolute best in each city we work in. Many of our chefs are also available for travel upon request. Chef Register was founded by Adam "ChefKas" Kaswiner. ChefKas, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY), has been working as a private chef and caterer in Las Vegas and around the country for 6 years. He has worked with celebrities such as Bret Michaels, and Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars, and specializes in "gourmet cuisine," working with athletes such as Bryce Harper (MLB), Georges St. Pierre (UFC), and was the resident chef for Nike's LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas. Our company has also worked with the likes of prominent figures like Marco Rubio and Sheldon Adelson and amazing companies like Samsung and Under Armour. We provide the absolute best and most personalized service. We have many reviews on Thumbtack, Yelp, and Google. We hope to make your next event or dining occasion a very special one to remember! Our team is chosen based on their love of hospitality and service. We aim to form personal relationships with our clients to make sure your event is what you envision in every way and detail. What makes us happy is making you happy!(show more)
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