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Chicago Dinner Caterers

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  • 4 years in business
  • 321 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly A.
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We hired Chef Rich and his team to cater my husband's 40th birthday party. His team serviced 60 of my guests. The full catering service included delivery/pickup of rental equipment, setup , clean up, servers, & a bartendar. They're service made the day/night enjoyable as they took care of everything including picking up the ice, mixers, etc. All i had to do was ask. The food they prepared was delicious, we had a combination of meat appetizers and vegetarian appetizers. The guests thoroughly enjoyed the food. The only thing i would have changed was to have the servers pass out the food more consistently to my guests rather than having it placed on a table in the corner as it quickly got cold and perhaps didn't taste as good as it would have hot/warm. Other than that my experience with Chef's Most Wanted Catering & Chef Services was outstanding. I would definitely use their services again for both big and small events. Thank you for making the night a success!

North Island Catering
4.8
from 147 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 268 hires on Thumbtack
Madeline D.
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I hired North Island Catering for our annual Sailing Team alumni dinner, and this catering company was absolutely wonderful to work with. They were tremendously accommodating and made the catering process so easy. The food was delicious as well! A hit overall. Highly recommend.

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 130 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 201 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin L.
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I just had a wonderful wedding for 70 people which Chic Chef Catering catered. I could not speak more highly of Ravi and his team. From the first contact, Ravi was very professional and accommodating. He was able to work within my budget while offering more than any other caterer would. He offered sound advice on how to get my vision realized and everything was perfect. His menu is extensive enough to accommodate anyone's taste and needs. He set up a prime rib carving station which really classed up the event. The food was amazing. I received plenty of complements for both his food and service. He checked in regularly before the event and kept me updated continuously. He went above and beyond my every expectation. I will not only recommend Chic Chef Catering for any event, I will employ his services again if I ever need catering services again.

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 103 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Kendra C.
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This is now my second time working with Joseph Burby and Inglenook Catering. Inglenook catering was absolutely a joy to work with! Joe did a food tasting for us, gave wonderful recommendations that helped guide me in making decisions, and was VERY accommodating. He was a wonderful communicator and the food was a HOME RUN! Everyone at our fundraiser banquet was so impressed with the meal and the staff that was provided. This is the second time I have used Inglenook; from a 90 person event to a 350 person event, Inglenook is the caterer to have.

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Just a Bite
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steve P.
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We used Just A Bite for our son's wedding in Wheaton held at a local church with 125 guests. We coordinated everything long distance as we live in Minnesota. Loretta was super responsive and a delight to work with on all details and questions. Everyone raved about the appetizers and there was plenty for all. Her prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity provided. Great selections to choose from. I would highly recommend her catering services.

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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
Mariusz Z.
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Mike and Matt did birthday party for us at our home, catering for 30 people. Service was very professional and I would recommend them for any next party. Thanks you Mike and Matt!

  • 29 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin A.
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Chef David is fabulous! He catered a dinner party at my house for 14 people. The food was delicious. I was impressed that he was able to accommodate all of the dietary needs of my guests and come up with a killer menu. He was laid back and easy to work with. I would definitely hire Chef David again.

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Kris D.
Verified review

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 24 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 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 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pamela B.
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Clarissa was awesome. I had four shifts to feed over two days and nights and she was a pro. Definitely would do se again. Food was delicious

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Reagan C.
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Chef Mikey was great to work with. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. I already have a date set for our next event!

Mark Avila
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Meche V.
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I’m a lawyer finishing my MBA, planning my wedding and trying to kickstart my weight loss. I wasn’t sure where to start, but Mark gave me the step by step support I needed. In two weeks, I lost 7 pounds with a combination of his coaching, nutrition, and meal prep services. I'm so glad I found him - Thanks Mark!

Kitchfix
4.5
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jan G.
Verified review

I was very pleased with the catering process from Kitchfix. Ashley was very responsive and helpful throughout the ordering process and the food was very to most of our staff's liking. We ordered the Rosemary Beef, Falafel, Maple Shallot Chicken Breast, Caramelized Apple and Walnut Salad, and had sides including green beans, cauliflower and broccoli, and a cauliflower rice. All prepared and executed well.

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BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Angelina L.
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My husband and I worked with Mya through Chic Chef Catering and loved her immediately! She was really amazing to work with and helped a lot with our budget. She was very responsive with communication and very professional through everything. We would definitely recommend working with Mya with any event. She makes you feel like her family and is always willing to cater to anything you need. Great personality and great communication!

J's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kim D.
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J's Catering - Urbano and his team were engaging, professional and an absolute joy to work with! His food is excellent! Some of the best tacos we've ever eaten. Urbano happily met all our requests for our gluten-free and vegetarian guests. He went above and beyond our expectations. We highly recommend J's Catering and look forward to working with them again!

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brandon J.
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I am very happy with the services PhylClay's Catering provided. They made great food. They made it to my specifications and provided vegan dishes for my other guests.

WoodisCookin Catering Co.
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Brandon C.
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Food was delicious! I paid for meal prep services and the amount of food I got for the price was amazing!

CityEpicurean Events
4.6
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew Y.
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All around great service and very responsive. Bartending was great. Naomi provided a full summary/report once the event was over. Highly recommend!

ChefField Events & Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jacqeline H.
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Cheffield Events & Catering has to be one of the best caterers we have hired for the office. The food smelled and tasted amazing. Everyone was going back for seconds and thirds!!! We are a picky bunch, but we will be using Cheffield's in the future. They were prompt, professional and the presentations was great. We loved that they printed up a menu for our small gathering. We would recommend Cheffield Events & Catering for catering, and we hope to do many events with them.

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!

Le Fleur de Lis Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Racquel C.
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I placed a catering order for a brunch and not only was I, but my guests were beyond happy about the food. Everything was full of flavor, great presentation, we definitely went back for seconds and thirds. Chef Allen was very responsive, professional, and went above and beyond to make sure my order was absolutely perfect. He even assisted with helping me set a few non-food related things up. I am definitely looking forward to working with him again on future events.

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.

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.

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 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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