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Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 319 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We enjoyed everything about our experience - from the communications before the date of the event, to the meal and service! It was a perfect evening!

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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
Parth T.
Verified review

I had the pleasure of working with Mike, Culeen and Matt for my engagement party a few weeks back and it was a great experience! From the first call with Mike to the cleanup at the end of the party, I could not have asked for a better experience. I will admit that planning is not my forte and with just over a week before the engagement party, I still needed to hire a caterer to help feed 15 guests for the event! I was lucky enough to connect with Mike who listened to the dietary restrictions of the guests and helped plan an incredible menu. He went so far as to combine my fiancee's favorite dessert (cheesecake) and mine ( creme brulee) and put together an amazing combination of a creme brulee cheesecake! Anyone who has gone through an engagement understands the nerves that can arise up until the question is popped! Needless to say I was a bit antsy the few hours leading up to the event and figured i'd head up to the venue and check things out (it was held at the party room in our apartment.) When checking out the venue I realized I had gotten something incredibly wrong....there was NO STOVE in our club room!! I frantically called and texted Mike to let him know and he said not to worry about it and that he would figure it out. He kept to his word and somehow used sternos to cook our meals....and believe me when I say everything came out better than I could have imagined!! Mike and team were lifesavers and helped make the night run much smoother than I could have hoped for. Rest assured I'll be using Cater-2-U again for my future events! Thank you Mike, Culeen and Matt!

  • 29 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Zachary O.
Verified review

Chef David is everything you would want in a personal chef and more. From the initial discussions surrounding planning of the event, to the final pull through of the event, everything was perfect. Chef David put together a well thought out menu for 11 guests for my Girlfriends surprise birthday dinner party. Each part of the meal was better than the previous and was topped off with an excellent desert choice. Needless to say, Chef David is my go to choice for personal chef moving forward! Highly recommended for any person looking at his services!

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Debra K.
Verified review

Karen did a great job preparing a delicious meal for friends!

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deborah F.
Verified review

Carol was fantastic! She worked with me to put together a birthday brunch to remember for my mother in law, our family and friends. Carol was super helpful in creating a brunch menu with so many delicious options, including several dishes that were Keto friendly. The food was out of this world, everyone just raved about the meal and the service! I would DEFINITELY work with her again.

Top Pro
  • 18 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeanne N.
Verified review

We hired Tracy to provide two dinners per week. I decided to let her "surprise" us with each meal. To say the least we have been more than pleasantly surprised with the quality, creativity, and heart that goes into every meal. Hiring Tracy has made meal time less stressful - best thing we ever did!

Mad love Cooking
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanne S.
Verified review

CHEF JOE IS THE BEST !! he will find a dish to please every palet no matter what your tastes are. He can seven get grown men & children to eat their veggies... and LIKE them. His culinary expreriences along with his love of creating preparing & pleasing makes him a top notch chef. he has everything it takes to know what and more importantly how to get the job done & leave everyone full & splendifferously happy ! you cant go wrong with any meal prepared by Chef Joe Arvin. he certainly is the master of his domain when it come to his culinary skills.

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DiMaria Culinary
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
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Hired Chef Frank to cook a meal for my Mom as a birthday present. First experience with something like this. She enjoyed the preparation in her kitchen and said the meal was good. My parents are diabetic so the menu was zuchini noodles in a tomato based sauce, chicken vesuvio (not spicy), and roasted cauliflower. They both liked it and it was fun to know they were doing something new even at 74!

  • 8 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Staci F.
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I wanted to have a simple afternoon party without the formality of a sit-down meal, and Diana fit the bill perfectly. She made sure there was plenty of food and variety, including appetizers, lasagna and sweets trays. Many people complimented me on the food, and it was a great success. Best of all, I didn't have to prepare any food, so I was free to enjoy my own party! I've already given out her information to guests who asked.

Ari's Amazing Creations
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Anre K.
Verified review

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.

Deluxe Event Planning
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Glennetta C.
Verified review

Chef Val was truly a gem. She was very concerned about my event and that matters to me. She and her assistant were so pleasant and my guest and I enjoyed the food so much. We had a vegetarian menu, and Im not a vegan. However, my guest and I asked for seconds and thirds of Chef Val's delectable food. From the vegetarian gumbo to the sweet potato veggie burger and to top it all off for dessert vegetarian lemon pound cake and apple crisp, Delicious. Once again great service, great food, and lots of fun.

Carla's Fresh Eats
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jill P.
Verified review

My family has loved getting meals from Carla’s Fresh! She has always been super accommodating with special requests too. The meals have been delicious and getting her meals weekly has made a huge impact on our family (much less stress/ time I needed to spend cooking). Portions are typically very generous. The food is prepared well and not too heavily salted- which is great! Communicating with Carla has been easy and I recommend using her services!! Favorite meals for my family included her stuffed peppers, various lasagnas, chicken cutlets, and beef with string bean/broccoli stir fry. Yum!!

Girl and the Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
John H.
Verified review

GREAT SERVICE AND DELICIOUS FOOD.

J's Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Christina M.
Verified review

We used J's for a block party and he was great. Even though the weather didn't cooperate, he soldiered on and gave us an amazing meal. The tacos (steak, chicken and pork) were delicious!!! Everyone loved it. I would definitely recommend J's for any of your catering needs.

KITCHEN TEN
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth N.
Verified review

Susan could not be more accommodating or pleasant. She asked copious amounts of questions to find out my food preferences and issues. She came to meet me on the first delivery and brought hot food ready for that nights meal. Of the food I've had so far, delicious. This is someone to high for all kinda of food needs.

Grand Personal Chef
3.7
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
HB B.
Verified review

David is fantastic! My husband and I have been working with him for about three months now and he is extremely reliable and warm. He takes feedback very well and does a great job preparing meals. You can tell he loves what he does!

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

Can't say much- just eaten one meal and it was very nice

Clean Eats & More
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Heather A.
Verified review

Nicole was such a great “find” on this app. She gave me a cooking lesson at my home and shared tons of wisdom and great ideas for bulk meal prep. I’m hoping to hire her again in the future. Thanks, Nicole!!

Dom Ruane
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Saran D.
    Verified review

    I met Dom in 2010 when he was aspiring to be a chef, at 18 years old. To date, he has done exactly what he said he would all those years ago. He became a chef and an amazing one! I got married in 2013 and wanted to have an intimate party for roughly 12 of my out-of-town guests. I called Dom and immediately he put me at ease. I didn’t know what food I wanted him to prepare but I knew I wanted it to be “sexy”. It’s a funny description but Dom got it!! He came to my house and prepared the most delicious lamb shanks in a red wine reduction sauce with roasted brussel sprouts mashed potatoes. YUMMY!!! Each one of my guests couldn’t raved about the food and his professionalism. Of course when I had another big event, I called Dom! He prepared small bites for my baby shower in 2015 for 50 guests. He came up with several types of sandwiches and all I did was choose the ones I wanted and how many. He also made the most amazing salad. It was the easiest experience ever. With Dom taking control of his responsibilities as the Chef for our baby shower, it allowed me to relax and just delegate the other stuff to my husband! Of course the food was a hit!!! And the baby shower, well, that was too! Needless to say, Dom is the only Chef I call when I have an event, big or small!

    Cooking by Chef Mike
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Mary D.
      Verified review

      Look no further for the utmost professionalism and the best quality food/catering! I cannot rave enough about Michael! I hosted my baby shower at my townhouse in Lincoln Park. Most of my family is on the east coast, so the guest list was only about 20 people. I knew I didn't want myself or another guest to have to worry about cooking and a few of my guests have specific dietary restrictions so I wasn't comfortable ordering from a restaurant. One of my friends works at the law firm where Michael is the chef and passed along his information, letting me know he also caters these types of private events. Plus, she kept RAVING about how awesome his food is. Michael was so refreshing to work with from start to finish. He was responsive, detail oriented, and extremely professional (not to mention so friendly!) We had an initial phone meeting to discuss menu ideas, dietary restrictions, and theming. He got back to me with a preliminary menu (including a full ingredient list) and questions regarding what my kitchen was capable of (how big my oven is, how many burners I have, etc.) As I said, very detail oriented. He also came up with thoughtful, creative ideas for my friend's dietary restrictions so they could enjoy the "fun" treats, too! One of my favorite gluten free treats were his dark chocolate coconut tarts- totally delicious. The day of the shower he arrived right on time with everything we discussed for the final menu. He was professional and completely unobtrusive. He ensured all of the food was the correct temperature when served. He even came prepared with ingredient cards to put out with the food. Everything was DELICIOUS. But I think the best part of hiring Michael was that he left my kitchen SPOTLESS! I swear it was cleaner than when he started. Seriously, look no further for in-home catering. I already know who will do Baby Rose's first birthday party. I swear, Michael is Chicago's best kept secret.

      Grammy's Goodies to Go

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        About

        We prepare frozen entrees, appetizers and desserts. We have weekly specials and standard menu. We will also tailor a menu to suit your needs. Our food is a gift from a Pennsylvania Dutch grandmother and my own experience. I spend last summer cooking with the executive chef of the LA Chef Center at a retreat center in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming.

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