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Bolingbrook Caterers

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  • 4 years in business
  • 319 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nancy S.
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My company has hired Chef Most Wanted to cater most of our client and internal events. Everyone loves Chef Rich's food! The service he and his team provides is excellent, and their pricing is competitive. His catering team is professional, they are flexible and creative and will do whatever it takes to make our events a success. We are thrilled to have found Chef Most Wanted and highly recommend them to cater your most important events.

North Island Catering
4.8
from 145 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 263 hires on Thumbtack
Eve R.
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What a great couple! I was more interested in having lasagna which was Fabulous! I went with chicken as well and why not dessert, which again was Fabulous! My guests were so impressed with the food, dessert, quality and thoroughness of North Island Catering. I would ask them again and again. Highly recommend.

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 129 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
Lorene S.
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I've never catered a party before and my first experience was a very positive one with Chic Chef Catering. Ravi made my late summer outdoor wedding reception a delicious, memorable affair. Fantastic attention to detail from responsive customer service to food preparation is top notch and exceeded my expectations. The menu selection is extensive with a variety of options for casual parties to elegant extravaganzas. I loved the multi-cultural culinary offerings. My event was a picnic BBQ with grill rental and foods that fit the theme including beef brisket, chicken kebobs, green salads, falafel, grilled veggies and freshly made cheesecake squares and lemon bars. Everyone loved the quinoa and spinach stuffed portabella mushroom caps and chicken! Ravi graciously prepared an entirely separate meal of grilled salmon atop sautéed spinach to accommodate my dad's reduced sodium diet - an unexpected wonderful surprise and added proof that Chic Chef Catering truly wants caters to their clients needs! I did not schedule a taste test beforehand, but I was confident that Ravi was the right choice for my reception. Ravi and his team were punctual and professional. But above all, his friendly personality and ability to deliver excellent service and quality cuisine at great value are outstanding. I HIGHLY recommend Chic Chef Catering and would use them again in a heartbeat!

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 102 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle C.
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I hosted a surprise Birthday party for my Mom and Inglenook Catering did an amazing job. The food was delivered on time, hot, and well displayed. The food was delicious and I received many complements on how tasty everything was. Joe was great at communicating before the event and helping with a menu. I would highly recommend using Inglenook Catering and would use them for any future events.

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 49 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mallory G.
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Our experience with Cater-2-U Catering was outstanding! They were very professional. The food was amazing, expecially the chicken waffle sandwiches. Our guests loved the food. I would highly recommend using their services.

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Just a Bite
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan J.
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Loretta was very easy to work with, provided excellent food, and made the bridal shower a great success!

  • 29 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Lidia D.
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David catered a baptism party for 15 guests. He did BBQ dinner. Everything was tasty. Prep, serving and clean-up were terrific. I recommend Lakeshore Private Chef & Catering and David Leigh.

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Kris D.
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Chef Karen prepared a delicious meal for myself and my friends to celebrate my birthday. Her menu options were plentiful. She catered to my vegan friends and kept us carnivores happy too. The food tasted delicious. Her prices were affordable and fair. She was very responsive to my emails, calls, and texts. Her casserole and soup dinnerware were beautiful. Dinner service was slower than I expected because she arrived later than she planned.

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael M.
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If you're looking for a great caterer you don't need to look any further! Carol was absolutely awesome to work with and the food was fantastic!! My entire crew enjoyed the meal and complimented Carol on how good it was, they even enjoyed the leftovers today! We will all look forward to Carol catering all our future luncheons!!

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Gracious
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer M.
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Gracious and her crew came in and took over. They really allowed me to enjoy my party and looked for ways to help out, above and beyond what was expected!

  • 8 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Gretchen D.
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We hired Diana for a family party. The guests all raved about how great the food was. We will certainly use Diana again for future parties. She brought much more food than I anticipated and made the event a success. I highly recommend her for party catering.

Baileys Catering
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Germika C.
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Bailey's Catering is on point with being on time, food set up and decor. Chef Bailey cares about the quality of food and most importantly the client.

Ari's Amazing Creations
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Anre K.
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I would like to thank you for catering my birthday party. Your menu is impressive and I was happy to see you were able to cook meal choices not on your menu. Your prices was very reasonable for the amount of people you prepared food for. Everyone that attended said your food was great and I will agree.You and your staff were very professional and showed true meaning to serves with a smile. I was impressed, I have your card, I will be in touch.

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BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lucy T.
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BellaRu offered incredible service and delicious food! Everyone at our wedding was raving about the food. Chef Nick is a genius and I would highly recommend them!

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ronald P.
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I enjoyed doing business with PhysIcal's catering, looking forward to doing future events. Keep up the excellent work.

Madre Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Danielle J.
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Really good Mexican food. Vegan or not. The catering coordinator was very helpful and extremely transparent on what to expect on pricing and offered great selections to feed and cater to 100 guest. There menu options was perfect and allowed us to have enough for our guest to get 2 - 3 tacos a piece. I think there attention to details was overall perfect.

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Frato's Culinary Kitchen
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 40 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jane G.
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We live near Frato's and when our son was graduating, he wanted Frato's to cater it. We knew they have great pizza, but we never knew they have an even better catering team. I have a million questions and Michael answered every single one of them promptly and with detail! He helped me decide on a deluxe pita package, delicious Mac n Cheese and out of this world brownies when I was going to go the boring route of more traditional mostaccioli and beef. I'm glad he encouraged me to try something different. That wasn't the best part though. We learned that Frato's teaches culinary students how to run a restaurant (I'm not on facebook but I guess everyone knew about this but me). All the delivery drivers are actually culinary students. So they came in their professional chef coat and set everything up for us. I'm not used to such pleasant and professional delivery drivers. Amazing work and I wish every business was as detailed as Michael/Frato's. He told me he'd make it stress free and I'm a worrier, but it was as stress free as possible for me!

J's Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Suzanne E.
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They were absolutely awesome very flexible! The tacos were amazing and everybody loved the food! It was such a fantastic experience! We highly recommend J’s Catering!

Fyusion Dining
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Margot H.
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Alvin did an incredible job creating the most wonderful dinner party for me and my girlfriends! The food was delicious, the presentation was phenomenal and the service was exceptional! I highly recommend him for his innovative fusion style cooking and ability to craft a magical experience!

  • 18 years in business
Pam D.
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We had a great experience working with Veneisha. The food for our party was amazing, flavorful and delicious. I highly recommend her service's.

JR'S Chicken
5.0
from 1 review
  • 43 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Linda B.
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They have catered several functions for my family one being a wedding!! They are awesome and the food is excellent!! Definitely recommend them for all your catering needs!

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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Need Catering Services for a Wedding

Lowell, IN

  • Event type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine type
    Casual American, Italian, Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Number of people
    100-150
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic), Beverages (alcoholic), Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
  • Details
    It is a backyard home wedding. Do someone provide tables, chairs, linens, etc.?

Need a Caterer on March 30, 2013

Winthrop Harbor, IL

  • Event type
    Buffet catered event
  • Cuisine type
    Casual American
  • Number of people
    10-25
  • Additional Service(s)
    No additional service
  • Details
    this is for a Baptism I need sandwiches and a cake

Need a Caterer on July 14, 2013

Vernon Hills, IL

  • Event type
    Buffet catered event
  • Cuisine type
    BBQ
  • Number of people
    More than 200
  • Additional Service(s)
    Beverages (non-alcoholic)
  • Details
    it will be at Bunker Hill Forest Pres. in Niles Il.
  • $1000
    Average price
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