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Browse these meal preparation services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Chicago.

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  • 18 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Ricki P.
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Tracy cooked some great & fabulous meals for my husband & I. She helped with entertaining. She worked for us abt 10 yrs. She took us around the world by just staying at our kitchen table. Everything she cooked was delicious, appetizing & nutritious. She is very easy to get along with & always willing to help. I am moving to Florida & will miss her terribly. Ricki Parkes, Chicago, IL

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  • 4 years in business
  • 315 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sue P.
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Chef Rich Mancini planned, prepared and served a Small Plates menu for 25 guests in my home. He was responsive and helpful in our planning. The food prepared in my kitchen was plentiful and delicious! The servers he brought to assist and clean up were a great help. Our guests loved engaging with Rich as he cooked for us. My husband and I really enjoyed our own event for a change because Rich made it worry free, fun and elegant. It was a great evening!

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Chef Aram Reed
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jonathan M.
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I highly recommend Chef Aram Reed for your next event or dinner party. He worked with me to host a special Birthday party for my wife and we were absolutely delighted with him and the delicious food he prepared. He was professional, worked with me on dietary restrictions a guest had, and was personal and engaging with my friends and family at the event. His multicourse meal items tasted amazing and were beautifully presented. I really enjoyed collaborating and planning our event with Chef Aram and have already told a number of my friends and colleagues about our excellent experience with him. We are impressed by his talents and will definitely use him again when hosting a dinner party.

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DiMaria Culinary
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Melanie P.
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We had a most wonderful and tasty brunch prepared by Chef Frank. Will book again next year for a dinner when we visit Florida again! Thanks Frank for a great treat that was one of the highlights of our college roommates 42nd spring break celebration!!!!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Anne W.
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Lindsey was a pleasure to work with. We hired her to provide meals during a particularly busy week. She offered us healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner options that we thoroughly enjoyed! She was also very accommodating of both our tastes, avoiding certain foods we didn't like, and our schedules when it came to arranging delivery of the meals. We would highly recommend her and look forward to working with her again in the future!

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Bonnie K.
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Mikey has been a great addition! He's very creative, responsive, professional and is very flexible! We've enjoyed having him in our home and his meals are delicious!

Ari's Amazing Creations
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 11 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.

Kristen Haynes
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea J.
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Kristin is the best caterer! We connected about 3 weeks before my Housewarming party for 40 guests. Not only was she able to hire a bartender and server, she also supplied a bartender table! She worked with me to make an absolutely delicious meal (Southern/Cajun) and her signature charcuterie board is a true show-stopper! If I could give more than 5 stars I would! Will definitely plan to use her for all my catering needs.

Grand Personal Chef
3.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Fantastic food, professional presentation, overall an amazing experience. Chef David prepared a week of healthy meals for me, individually packed and ready to enjoy!

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Mange La Vie
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lisa N.
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Kirk hed a private cooking lesson, at my home, for about 15 family and friends.Kirk spend about 4-5 hours with us. Kirk was on time and ready to go at our scheduled time. What impressed me most about Kirk was not only his creativity as a chef , but he was also extremely patient in answering all of our questions. He educated us on everything from what to look for in a set of knives to the importance of selecting the freshest ingredients. He talked us through everything that he prepared. The quality of the meal he prepared was delicious!!! Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend Kirk as a Chef.

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lynn O.
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This was my first time hiring a caterer, and I was not disappointed. This was also my first time using Thumbtack. Had never even heard of it before googling “caterers near me”. Carol of Food with Flair did a wonderful job catering a family outdoor BBQ at my home for my dad’s 90th birthday. We had 25 people in attendance, and many commented on how good the food was. She was very responsive from the moment she and I were matched through Thumbtack, all the way through my event. She helped plan the meal, making suggestions on food items that were popular at other BBQs she had catered; arrived promptly the day of the event with much of the food prep completed and the remainder completed once she arrived; provided the warming trays, serving dishes, and serving utensils; grilled the meat (hamburgers and chicken) on my Weber grill; set up the serving table; had the meal ready in a timely fashion; put away leftovers for me; and left my kitchen clean. She also was able to work with dietary restrictions. She offered to provide paper goods and make arrangements for other supplies (e.g. canopy), which I declined. She brought two pineapple upside down cakes (my Dad’s favorite), and because we had neglected to discuss which of us would provide the candles, she decided to play it safe and brought a “9” & a “0” candle for one of the cakes. For the other cake she had a friend create a diecut that read “Happy 90th Birthday” in colors that coordinated with the cake. It was a nice, thoughtful surprise. While I had thought about asking whether she offered tastings, I didn’t due to the small size of my party; the short time frame between booking the party and the event itself; and her experience as an executive chef. I trusted that the food would be good, and it was. But I can’t share whether she offers tastings or not. My husband and I were very pleased with the service Carol provided and would definitely use her again.

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 43 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kelly S.
Verified review

I have to say that the food is amazing. I’m on the hcg diet and cater 2 u (Mike Watson) has made the 500 calories a day amazing. All the meals are packed with flavor and he made sure they stuck to the 500 calories a day. Meals were proportioned and numbered. I could not have done the HCG Diet with him. I would recommend him to anyone. I will be using him after the hcg diet as well. The food is that good!!

  • 29 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Marc M.
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David's food was amazing! Can't believe it was all made in our kitchen. He prepared a dinner for my wife and I, and we were both so excited to eat! We formulated the outline of a menu together, and he adjusted based on what was the best ingredients he could find. He was professional, and very personable. We definitely plan to use him again!

Rissa’s Kitchen
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Hakeem R.
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Larissa has been preparing meals for me for nearly 3 months. My strict diet restricts me from eating many types of foods. She takes great care to ensure that my dietary needs are met in addition to great flavor.

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Alex S.
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I was blessed with a year of food prepared by Chef Karen. It was the best year of eating I've ever had. She is able to mold her cooking to the tastes of my housemates and I, while still pushing our palates to a higher level with new, exciting, classic, and creatve dishes. Unfortunately I had to move away, but hope to one day dine under her cheffing again. Oh, she's also very friendly and easy to work with--probably her best attribute.

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