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Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 123 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 191 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Donna Z.
Verified review

The staff and servers from Chic Chef provided a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for us. The food and the service were outstanding!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 315 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kimberly S.
Verified review

Chef Rich Mancini and his crew, Bob, John, Tony and Kelly were fabulous! They made our Thanksgiving dinner for 24 an elegant and memorable holiday dinner. The compliments from my family and friends kept coming and continue to come. Every dish was prepared to perfection and there was not one detail Chef Rich or his staff overlooked. If you want a high quality, personalized private chef, Chef Most Wanted and Rich Mancini are the go to resource for you. Enjoy. Chef Most Wanted did not disappoint and we look forward to utilizing their services again for our next private affair.

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Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 100 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 132 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Andrea K.
Verified review

Inglenook Catering did an awesome job!!! Ordered the Thanksgiving catering for pickup and it was hot and ready to eat. The turkey was moist and delicious and I loved the sweet potatoes. We will definitely be using them again in the future. I highly recommend them.

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Just a Bite
4.8
from 45 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Leaha F.
Verified review

Loretta catered my wedding and I've been hearing for the last week and a half how good the food was!

North Island Catering
4.8
from 142 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 257 hires on Thumbtack
Dylan S.
Verified review

Long Story Short: If you are looking for a caterer for a smaller corporate event, graduation party, birthday party, casual wedding… HIRE NORTH ISLAND CATERING! They are very accommodating, and work their butt off to give you exactly what you want for your event. They make delicious home made food, for a reasonable price. If you are looking for something very large, more high-end, with passed hors devours, or signature cocktails, keep moving. The Details: We hired North Island Catering for our wedding reception for roughly 175 people held at the Haight in Elgin, IL. We wanted a heavy appetizer set up with hand held buffet style food options for dinner. Additionally we had desserts and a late-night food option. We also wanted a full open bar for guests, and champagne welcome. The Food: First off, Allen was very cooperative and flexible when it came to picking out our menu and food options for the event. Unfortunately, we were so busy with mingling with guests, we really didn’t get to try too much of the food ourselves! However, many of our guests gave us great compliments on the spread. Allen allowed us to come in for a ‘tasting’ at his restaurant beforehand to get a feel for the types of food they offer. Everything was delicious, everything! We ended up serving a whole gamut of different hot and cold appetizers, including jalapeno poppers, bacon wrapped shrimp, veggies, fruit, sweet & spicy jelly spread, among others. For dinner we served pulled 2 different salads, pork, tinga, and Italian beef along with a ton of other sides. We received nothing but happy reviews from our guests regarding the food. The brownies got a standing ovation! The late night food was a success, and I saw many people with a hot dog in one hand and drink in the other, working it on the dance floor. The Service/Presentation: Allen and his crew arrived to the event on time, and prepared to get the food out quickly and efficiently. We had a lot of food, and a lot of hungry people. One negative we did feel the need to comment on was the presentation. We requested heavy plastic plates and silverware, and I was a bit surprised to see small white paper plates with purple details instead. The dressings for the salad were set up in large Styrofoam cups, with a plastic spoon to ladle. I felt that this part could have been jazzed up a bit. Food was placed on black plastic trays, and the hot food was kept in metal tins (no problems there). Although not a huge deal, I would recommend having place cards or some way of labeling the food in the future, so guests know what they are grabbing. Alcohol was served in clear plastic cups (perfect), but towards the end of the night it moved to red solo cups, not a favorite of mine, but no big deal in the end. Although not the fault of Allen, I think that in the future allowing the table to be served off of both sides would have eliminated the long line of people waiting to get some grub! Allen and North Island Catering did a great job of getting food out when needed, providing great food, and cleaning up in a timely manner. Our venue had pretty strict policies regarding catering and Allen, and his team, were up for the challenge. The Bar: This is the part of the review where I was a bit hesitant to write. Everything turned out to be okay in the end, but there were some hiccups along the way. Since the beginning of communication with Allen, they let us know that they would like our input on deciding the amounts of alcohol we would like served. Allen had asked us to provide a complete list of alcohol we wanted. We did, and it included some higher end spirits. Allen gave us an updated quote for the alcohol and let us know that anything left over would be ours to keep. After running some numbers and doing the math ourselves, we provided our alcohol estimates to Allen. He stated that he thought it was completely too much. Being a catering professional, we trusted in his work, and let him make the final decision on how much to buy. When we arrived at the venue in the morning (we decorated ourselves the day of), we were surprised to see how little alcohol there was. In our minds, we knew that with our group of friends and family, they would be taking full advantage of a full bar! Our day-of venue organizer also made some suggestions that she didn’t feel the alcohol/mixers would be enough given the size of our large party. We were able to contact Allen right away and voice our concerns. We even offered to have him buy more than he thought we needed and return what was left (as opposed to having us keep anything leftover). Allen understood our concerns, and ultimately brought more alcohol to the event. This was just an unnecessary stress for us on the day of the event. On a positive note, when booze was running low, North Island Catering even went out during the event and bought more. Additionally, a small mistake was made and a different brand of beer was bought than what we previously discussed. (I had time to change the Bar Sign with the correct brand, so ultimately it was no big deal). Finally, we paid to have the bar until 12 (midnight). Not sure where the miscommunication occurred, but the bartenders started cleaning the bar and announcing last call at around 11pm. We had lots of guests coming up to us, wondering why they could no longer get a drink. We did not realize the venue wanted the caterers to be gone by 12, so we were expecting the service to run a bit later. The bartenders continued to hand out beers as they were cleaning, so kudos to them. The Communication: Communication with Allen was impeccable. Allen was always very responsive via Thumbtack, and by phone. (Even when there was a Blackhawks game on). Allen was quick to offer suggestions, answers, and solutions to our questions and concerns within a few hours of us reaching out. If there was any reason to contact them, we knew that he would respond quickly. This was very reassuring since we planned the event completely ourselves. The day of the event Allen was able to answer phone calls and texts without a problem. The Price: The price of this event was very fair, and I think it was worth every penny. Our venue planner demanded that North Island Catering bring more workers to help with the service, and the addition of these people were the only last minute costs we had to endure (no fault of North Island). I appreciated that North Island Catering provided us with a price, negotiated with us to allow us to keep under our budget, and stuck with their promise in the end.

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Tracy M.
Verified review

Food with Flair catered my business Thanksgiving Lunch. The overall response was nothing less than superb! Carol was extremely easy to deal with, professional, and accommodating! Highly recommend and look forward to working with Food with Flair 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
Mary-Lisa S.
Verified review

We hired Cater-2-U Catering LLC for our Thanksgiving dinner and it was great. We had twenty-five guests and everyone raved about the food, especially the turkey and ceviche. Chef Mike and his assistant arrived right on time, set everything up, and the rest was a breeze. We have already referred him to a friend who needs a caterer for Thanksgiving. We will definitely hire Chef Mike again!!

  • 29 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Linda H.
Verified review

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.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Shauna F.
Verified review

Our Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet was outstanding! The family loved everything! Lindsey and her team were amazing. They arrived ready to go and were on time with everything. We were stuffed and our bellies were happy :)

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

Josh was the head chef for our wedding of about 215 people and he absolutely killed it! He took care of everything, a real full service experience, so we could focus on more important things, like getting married! The food he made was absolutely incredible. Marinated chicken breast, avocado salad, chipotle roasted potatoes, you name it! Many wedding guests personally told us that it was the best wedding meal they had ever had. Some even said it was one of their favorite meals ever, and wanted the recipe. I give a complete recommendation for Josh. His professionalism, his talent, and his personality really make him one of a kind.

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Paula T.
Verified review

When planning a party it's very difficult to find the perfect combination of professionalism and culinary expertise. I found both in hiring Chez Mikey. My guests and I were so impressed with Chef Mike's preparation of our appetizers and main entré. We began our dinner with a one bite amuse bouchée, marinated carrots and cucumber caviar tray. Beautiful and very delicious. For the entré we had the "Hunters' Trophy" (lamb chop on top of polenta and a slowly cooked chicken thigh). This combination was presented artfully; and more importantly this dish was so tasty that even the guests with whom lamb chops are not thier favorite protein, found the lamb chop tender and cooked to perfection and loved it. Chef Mike ended the meal with a special chocolate ganache celebration cake which left all my guests happily ending on a sweet note. When I have another event, I'm speed dialing Chez Mikey because he will soon be booked up. Chef Mike and Sous Chef Diana are top notch in making a party scrumptious and elegant without the worry.

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Gracious
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Melany H.
Verified review

On time, Courteous and excellent food. Thank you!

Heaven Can Wait Catering.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
La S.
Verified review

I hired Heaven Can Wait Catering for my office luncheon. The food was amazing. He didn't have a set menu which was great. We wanted to try different kind of foods (beside baked Mostaccoli). He gave us a good variety of things to choose from and my co-workers enjoyed everything. I would definitely recommend them to friends, family and co-workers.

Kristen Haynes
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen J.
Verified review

Kristin has catered many events for me...from intimate family holiday dinners to a buffet for over 100 people. She is very professional and fun to work with. But most importantly her food is delicious and the presentation is outstanding. I've known Kristin for at least 10 years. I highly recommend her!

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

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