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Browse these food service consultants with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Chicago.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 319 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Samm S.
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Our company hosted a dinner at our office for about 15 of our clients. The food and service were plentiful and outstanding, and planning the event was a breeze. We also don't have any cooking appliances or equipment in our office, and Chef Rich was able to bring all of that with no issues. Clients raved about it for weeks afterwards; would highly recommend.

North Island Catering
4.8
from 145 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 263 hires on Thumbtack
Luz D.
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Very attentive and professional! I await the event to taste the food and experience the service. See you in March!

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 128 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 196 hires on Thumbtack
Tavin B.
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Words can not express how professional Chic Chef Catering was. They found me on Thumbtack for my firms Las Vegas Holiday party and lived up to everything they promised. Will gladly use them again for any event. You need great service and food HIRE THEM!! 4 Thumbs up!

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 102 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen C.
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Absolutely amazing!! Everyone raved about the food and service. We had 100 people at our home for an engagement party and Joe and his team did an amazing job. Would definitely use them and recommend them for any catering needs. Thank you for everything!

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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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MK W.
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Chef Mike is what you dream of. His service, food and professionalism is top notch! My guests and I were blown away!

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Just a Bite
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kim S.
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I had a couples wedding shower serving heavy appetizers with a Thailand theme because that is where they were going on their honeymoon. The food and customer service were great! We had phone calls and e-mails during the planning process. Loretta did an excellent job.

  • 29 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Linda H.
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I hired Chef David to do an intimate but fun dinner party for 12 people. This was my first time using him for anything and I was obviously hoping that all would go well on every front. But he exceeded my expectations by a lot. From the creativity of the menu (it was a five course meal +passed appetizers), the uniqueness of the ingredients, the presentation of the food, the service, the fun attitude, the pure professionalism - all was honestly was perfection. His services enabled me to sit back and really enjoy my guests in my new home. I will be using David again and again. I found the chef I was looking for to do these types of dinner parties that I very infrequently give...but will definitely host more as a result of this past evening. In fact, he is doing our family Thanksgiving in a few days and I am positive it will be outstanding.

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Georgie B.
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Karen catered for 30 of our friends at a summer party. She was incredibly easy to work with, very responsive and the food was delicious!!

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
N. C.
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My experience working with Carol was amazing. The food was fabulous, the service outstanding and the overall experience was top notch. My guests were just raving over the food, the presentation and how special it made my party. I highly recommend Carol for your catering needs. You won't be disappointed.

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Gracious
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jodi W.
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Clarissa and her team were professional, flexible, and anticipated our needs as clients. AND, the food was amazing.

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Showthyme Catering
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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The food was great and the service was wonderful! I would use them again :)

Ari's Amazing Creations
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha S.
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Very easy to work with, very accommodating. Delivery was timely and the food was good. Only small concern was that we ordered food for 13 people, ended up only having 10 people eat and had hardly any food left over. Had we had the full13 people we originally planned for I do not know if we would have had enough. Fortunately things all worked out so it was not a real issue. Again, easy to work with, timely, good service.

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BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
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Rachel C.
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Maya truly went above and beyond for our wedding day! She was the manager for our event before starting her own company and she KILLED IT! She provided incredible and helpful expertise throughout the planning process and especially on the day - Maya and the rest of the staff did more than we even expected them to (like folding napkins and lighting candles, for example). Plus, the food was amazing. We knew early on that we wanted fried chicken and Maya was able to serve it hot and crispy to 140 people; we got tons of compliments on the food and the service. Overall, she made our reception so easy and wonderful - we couldn't be happier!

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elaine P.
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I highly recommend Phylclay's catering, the service was prompt the food was delicious very well assembled.

Madre Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Tina G.
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Great food and terrific service!!!!

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!

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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
Peter R.
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I found Fratos thru Thumbtack. It was easy to work with them, the food was timely, very good, and plentiful, and they followed up after delivery to ensure our satisfaction.

  • 6 years in business
Lu F.
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Excellent service, delicious food, lovely presentation.

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.

A1 Event Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Latiya M.
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The food was delicious! She catered a Mother’s Day Brunch, and the shrimp and grits were delicious!!!! The smothered chicken, kale salad, I was stuffed!!!! There were some specialty mimosas also. I don’t know what was put in them, but I couldn’t get enough!!!! I would recommend this catering service for any event!!! She was very professional & everything was ready in a timely manner.

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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