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Belvidere Chefs

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North Island Catering
4.8
from 145 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 263 hires on Thumbtack
Paulette C.
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I am a few weeks late posting this review but I simply had to make time to say what a WONDERFUL company North Island catering is!! We not only had the very BEST service from the moment I sent request looking for a catering company for our event, but the food, service, bartenders, chefs, waiters and waitresses all did a phenomenal job start to finish! The owners were always a phone call or email away and answered my calls almost on the first ring every single time! We had meetings before our event to be sure we were all on the same page with every detail and they certainly did not miss a thing! We were hosting our Daughter's going away party into the Coast Guard. We held the party outdoors on our dock at our harbor downtown Chicago. We had to have hundreds of guests throughout the evening and every single guest mentioned to us how delicious the food was and the great service they received from the chef, waiter, waitresses and bartender! We will certainly hire this company each and every time we host a party! They made this event go so smoothly that it was so nice to have a stress free party and enjoy time with all of our guests without having any of the stress or headaches that can come along with parties that size. I must send a HUGE THANK YOU to Alan, Christina, and their FANTASTIC staff at "North Island catering"!! Paulette C

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 129 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
Mark L.
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The team led by Maya was awesome- great service and talented chefs. We had over 100 people at our home for a pre-holiday party and everything was handled perfectly. We got raves on the food, from the crab cakes and lamb chops to the stuffed chicken breast and braised short ribs. It was a perfect event and we will definitely use chic chef again.

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 49 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
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Sandra M.
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To say that Mike and Derrick were amazing would be an understatement. They are friendly, personable and very talented chefs. The food was fresh, cooked perfectly and delicious beyond delicious. The presentation was gorgeous and they even cleaned up after. Highly recommend these guys and will definitely use them again and again.

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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ALI Q.
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Chef Carol Buckantz was a pleasure to work with! She made dinner for my 10 year anniversary and everything was amazing- from the food, the presentation, decor, the menu, she did an amazing job!

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Frato's Culinary Kitchen
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 40 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Sandra B.
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The quality of the food was outstanding and way more than enough servings. The delivery was right on time and the set up / delivers were professional and friendly and made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy our lunches. I highly recommend Frato's and Chef Ed. thank you

Girl and the Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Eugene P.
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We hired Girl and the Kitchen for a small party. The food was amazing, service was great and they cleaned up the kitchen after. Also for those that enjoy cooking or want to learn, the chefs are more than happy to share their knowledge.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Roy S.
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I had a great dinner party, Chef Noel cooked up a terrific dinner that was five star. Totally awesome experience.

Bailey's Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Karla T.
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Bailey's Catering provided catering services for a retirement event that I planned for my mother. The service was excellent. The chef was hands on with assisting with the menu. And the staff was exemplary with their professionalism and customer service. I would use Bailey's Catering again as well as refer their services.

Chef Paul Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bettie L.
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The food was fabulous!! I received many compliments! Thank You Chef Paul. Bettie Sams Club, Gurnee, IL.

Sattin's Pastry Kitchen
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Emily G.
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AMAZING!!!! Sattin is very professional and easy to communicate with. She made a 35th birthday cake for my husband, we had a casino theme and the cake was perfect!!!! Honestly I never expected the cake (it was covered in fondant) to taste as great as it did!!! Super moist and the cream cheese frosting was toooo good. So I highly recommend Sattin!! Oh, yeah we ate the rest of the cake for breakfast the next morning :)

Chef Lynn Garrett
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Pierre H.
Verified review

Chef Lynn Garrett prepared an exceptional menu and honored my guest with excellent care and service. A heartfelt thank you!

About

We do all-occasion cakes such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. We also have personal chef service that can work in your home.

  • 10 years in business
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My personal involvement with the clients to suit each needs to their personality, wants, and needs.

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Below is a list of services that Party Chef provides: * Cooking classes * Catering: private parties and all types of events * Menu and party planning from beginning to end

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I am an innovative, passionate and classically trained chef with an emphasis on vegan, vegetarian and special dietary needs. I am well traveled. Broad range of flavors infuse my food. I strongly believe that food brings people together.

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I offer lessons in basic cooking skills, from everyday to gourmet! I am also available for short stints as a personal chef, etc.

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Gastro Personal & Private Chef Service creates fully customized gourmet dinner parties. Each client's event is unique so we create a truly memorable private dining event for the client and their guests.

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In my past careers in the culinary industry, I have created menus around clients' needs. I can provide gluten-free and vegetarian menu items to choose from, if needed. I enjoy creating menus around your private event and what you love to eat.

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We are a European style company, great food plus..

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

“Simplify your life one meal at a time” with North Shore Chef, LLC personal chef service. North Shore Chef is an in-home personal chef service that will accommodate your busy life and free up valuable time to enjoy what’s most important to you. After an initial consultation, NSC will plan, shop, prepare and store your freshly prepared food in your refrigerator or freezer with reheating instructions. North Shore Chef serves communities along Chicago's North Shore.

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We provide an in-home culinary experience for you and your guests, an we pride ourselves on the use of fresh ingredients and artistic presentation. Most importantly, we let beautiful ingredients speak for themselves. Our company specializes in Indian fusion cuisine.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.
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