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Chef Rich and his amazing team dazzled us with their culinary talents for our in-home private wedding dinner reception. They knew their way around our kitchen better than us! From the initial introduction phone call, to our in-house meeting, to the last minute requests we asked for, to the night of the AMAZING dinner (and the immaculate clean up!)...every step of the way was hassled-free and exceeded our expectations! The top-notch level of professionalism, expertise in menu selections, presentation of the food, quality of the ingredients, abundance of each menu selection was incredible! We actually felt like royalty for the night. Thank you Chef Rich and your team for a memorable night on the day of our wedding! We're forever grateful!
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 didnt 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 didnt 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.
Thanks to Thumbtack I found the coolest, down to earth waitstaff! we hired Chic Chef Catering for my sons wedding reception. Revi, Tedrick and staff team were very polite, friendly and made sure everything went well. They made sure the whole place was clean from the tables, bar & even checked the bathrooms. We had 180 guests and couldn't be any more happier with them. They set up all tableware and sweet tables. I was amazed about the amount of guests that commented to me how impressed they were with the service. I HIGHLY recommend them for any event! - Jane
We chose Inglenook Catering because of their sky-high reviews, and I am so glad we did! They live up to their incredible reputation. We hired Inglenook for our wedding reception. We went with the Standard Buffet for 70 people and added an additional side. The food was delicious. Our guests were impressed across the board....even our vegetarian, gluten-free, and "foodie" friends. Also, the portions were spot on. We had some leftovers of everything so I know everyone got enough to eat. The team was punctual and efficient in their arrival, setup, and breakdown. Joe, the owner, was delightful to work with! He was warm, helpful, and patient. We had many questions and went back and forth as to which package to choose and Joe was great about answering all of our questions and helping figure out what was right for us. He was very thorough in his descriptions and we never felt "sold to." Our booking was a relatively small and simple one, but he treated us like we were his number one client. Their pricing is completely translucent with no hidden fees, and we felt we got a steal-of-deal because their food quality and service is so high. I would trust and recommend Inglenook for any event big or small!
We used Just a Bite for our wedding reception (130 guests), and couldn't have been happier with our choice. Going into the planning, we had no idea what we wanted. Loretta was so patient and spent a lot of time helping us plan the event and make decisions. She had great suggestions and pointed out all the little details we never even thought of. She had ideas for many different types of appetizers, everything from simple favorites to unique and elegant creations. With her helpful guidance, we were able to put together a buffet menu that was fabulous AND fit our budget! She was always available to answer questions and gave us much-needed advice on various aspects of the event. Loretta and her staff are friendly, creative and reliable. It really showed that they cared about making our event perfect, and it was. The spread was beautiful and the food was amazing!! Many of our guests commented on how great the food was. We will definitely be using Just a Bite for future events!
We selected David to be the chef at our wedding reception (72 people) after meeting with him and working together to create a custom menu of hors d'oeuvres. He was very easy to work with and extremely detailed orientated, but most importantly the food was outstanding. Our guests were very happy and we were able to provide a delicious healthy menu for all. David and his wife were extremely accommodating and made the party easy and fun for us to enjoy. We highly recommend David for your next event.
Holly and team were fantastic! Professional team for my clients wedding! Highly recommended ! Thanks Holly and team! Crystal WeddingBliss708 Wedding Planning & Coordinating
We have had many private chefs and caterers. We have found our “go to” chef service. Food was amazing. Mike and Matt were fun. They entertained the kids at the bar as they cooked, served.. and cleaned up. If you have never had a personal chef, try them. If you have before, uplevel to them. And by the way.. the cost was a bargain. Dinner for 8 with wine and beer pairing Less than $100 per person Insanely goid!
Green Eyed Girl in the Kitchen and her team should be your one and only choice for catering your special event! Her attention to detail and professionalism made my son and daughters wedding spectacular! Oh... did I not mention how amazing the food taste... from the chicken and waffle bites, to the crab stuffed mushrooms everything was a hit! She is my new caterer!
Chef Kirk responded to my emergency plea after another chef cancelled 4 hrs before my wedding and dinner party. Chef Kirk was in my home , fresh groceries in hand and serving an assortment of appetizers 2 hours later. During our wedding ceremony, Chef Kirk was in the kitchen preparing the menu that I had previously chosen. The food and presentation was outstanding!! My guests raved about the food. And, I simply sat back, relaxed and enjoyed every moment. Chef Kirk could not have pulled this off without his experience, professionalism, talent, and generosity! I am truly grateful and have a wonderful memory of my wedding day instead of a catastrophe.
We had an amazing holiday party with all of our friends and family over this December. Carol brought the "wow!" with her artful presentation and delicious appetizers, entrees AND desserts! Our guests still talk about how much they loved all of the food. Carol and her team had such professionalism and took care of everything from prep, setup and cleanup. Thanks Carol! We hope to use you again soon for our daughter's wedding shower this Spring!
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!
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.
Deb and Robin worked with us to make our wedding a wonderful event. They listened to exactly what we wanted and made sure to provide us with options that we'd love. I didn't have to worry about a thing - and when I did, Deb was very about my nervous bride-ness!
They did the wedding for my son. Everything was great. Very nice people to deal with as well! Would use them again for special occasions.
We can't say enough good things about Maya and her team at BellaRu. We first contacted her in April 2017 for a tasting. We probably should have been more prepared when we arrived but Maya was completely professional and helped us go through our event and what we may have overlooked or not thought to include. She helped us with family and friends who were vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free. During our walk through she went above and beyond catering by helping us with logistics, floor plans, timeline, signage, cake cutting and everything else we could have potentially forgotten. Her team was courteous and professional, they set up on time and had our four courses out exactly on schedule, the food was delicious and the take down at the end of the night was quick and unobtrusive. She even offered us a ride after the wedding when we realized we had no way to get to the hotel with some large items. Thank you so much Maya for all your hard work. Our wedding weekend is still being talked about and was considered a huge hit thanks in no small part to Maya and BellaRu.
Divine Treats & Heavenly Eats is definitely one of the best and well organized catering services you can ask for. Ever since my first experience of DTHE sponsoring one of my college events a few years ago, I knew exactly who I wanted for my reception. Everything from Salmon ,to pasta and even Sweet tea; it is worth your time, your money and will complete your experience. Thank you so much Mrs. Vicki for assisting in completing one of the best day's of our lives
You catered my daughters wedding. Small intimate affair in our home. It felt like the RITZ CARLTON!!! The food and desserts were amazing. The look of the party was more than what my daughter ever hoped for. Thank you for the amazing experience
Tony catered my daughter's wedding and it was everything I hoped for... The food was not only outstanding but the presentation and attention to detail was perfect ...he was a delight to work ! Don't hesitate to have him cater any event!
Sole Indulgences planned, decorated and catered my wedding on 08/26/2017. She was able to give me everything I asked for during our consultation and stayed within my budget. If you are looked for one of a kind work on a short budget, Sole Indulgences is the one for you. I will be using Sole Indulgences for all my future events.
LaBelleVie catered our wedding reception in June. I could not have picked a better place. The food was delicious (we had an upscale style taco bar.) The bar they set up was fantastic! They brought a beer garden indoors, with an amazing assortment of cocktails.(we married in an old farm building so it really helped classy up the place)Chris Sutton and her staff worked with me on every thought or concern I may have had. They all really went above and beyond to make sure I had the most perfect wedding reception. I even used their beautifully decorated bar in Aledo IL. to take some of my wedding photos in.