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Crystal Lake Food Service Professionals

Browse these food service professionals with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Crystal Lake.

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 304 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Robin M.
Verified review

Richie's staff were wonderful. The food, the service...just the whole experience was fabulous. The idea of having someone else frett over the food, service and clean-up has prepped me to definately use Chef Most Wanted again and again...and to recommend them to my friends. Thanks for helping make the event a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

North Island Catering
4.8
from 140 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 250 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew C.
Verified review

Allen and Christina were awesome: 5 STARS PLUS! No detail was too small, no request by me too big. They catered and served a large party at my house, and by the end of the party everyone was asking how to contact them. They arrived early, tended to everyone's needs, and served incredible (and way too much!) food. Allen and his staff are polished professionals. And a tough crowd of food critics was blown away by everything, but especially loved bacon wrapped shrimp, lasagna, chicken, and pork tenderloin-- and of course the cheese cake. Price was amazingly fair, service felt white glove, incredible value. So impressed I hired them to prepare a "thank you" lunch for a small group later the next week, which they of course pulled off to perfection. Everyone there called to rave about them as well. Pleasure to deal with. Thorough, extremely clean, thoughtful. No doubt I will be using them again and have (and will) recommend them to anyone who needs food service from a delivered lunch to a fully catered and served party. Guarantee your guests will be asking for their contact information before the day is out...no bigger compliment than that.

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Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 118 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 188 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kristin I.
Verified review

It was a great experience working with Chic Chef for our wedding in June. They helped us from the menu we wanted to the tasting (Which was fantastic) and most importantly, the food was delicious! Our wedding was mostly outside and they knocked it out of the park! All of our guests raved about the food, the service, and the bartender! Shout out to Maya who went above and beyond to help make our day absolutely perfect!

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Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 96 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

For a baby shower I held, we ordered the basic breakfast plus quiche. All was excellent, the food and service. I received many compliments from my guests. One of the gentlemen that delivered the food set everything up and stayed to help out for a couple hours, everything was awesome. I would recommend highly.

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Just a Bite
4.8
from 41 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Reena d.
Verified review

We used Just a Bite to cater our Baby Shower and it was fantastic! Loretta was quick to respond to questions and made the process simple and free of hassle. The food received rave reviews from our guests and the presentation was absolutely fantastic. The small bites were perfect for an afternoon party and kept everyone full. Not to mention the bites themselves were delicious. The tuna spoons were a huge hit! We will definitely be using Just a Bite for future events! Highly recommended!

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jessica A.
Verified review

Great Job catering our Annual Auction Event with 150 guests! Thank you to you and your staff for your great food and services!

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Chef Aram Reed
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Maggie S.
Verified review

I have used Chef Aram Reed for 3 dinner parties in the last year and have alway been extremely impressed by the food and the service. The food is extremely delicious and elegantly displayed. By the end of the night, it seems like all my guests want to know the name of my caterer. Aram also brings well trained helpers who seem to be able to read my mind on what needs to be done before, during and after the party. I highly recommend Chef Aram and his team!

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Mange La Vie
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Carol W.
Verified review

Chef Kirk and his staff were awesome. We hired Mange La Vie for my sons wedding. From the time of our first contact until the day of the wedding the professionalism & responsiveness was great. Two days prior to the wedding we were notified that the elevator was broken & would not be repaired in time for the wedding. Of course we were mortified being that the venue was a third floor loft. We were of course concerned about the inconvenience to both the guest and the vendors. Well, this minor set back did not effect Chef Kirk or his staff. They handled things like true professionals! Not once did I hear him or any one on his staff complain. Flexibility at its best. Everything was amazing, The food & service. Talk about a WOW experience! Totally exceeded my expectations. Thank again Chief Kirk. I would diffently recommend you as well as hire you again myself.

  • 4 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Yvonne S.
Verified review

I found Damien at very short notice for our dinner party. He was very accommodating. On the night of the dinner party the food was amazing!!!! We had such a wonderful time and Damien is wonderful. Thanks again for the amazing food and service!!!

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Gracious
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jodi W.
Verified review

Clarissa and her team were professional, flexible, and anticipated our needs as clients. AND, the food was amazing.

Feast & Imbibe
4.8
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Jacklyn I.
Verified review

I had the absolute blind luck to find the lovely Heather and D'Andre of Feast & Imbibe while looking for alternatives to typical "chicken or beef" caterers for my June 2014 wedding. I had already decided that I wanted to do an upscale cocktail reception in lieu of a seated dinner, and had quotes for over $10,000 for 80 people (and this was from a place that wanted to serve quesadillas and fried food as apps--that's fine, but not for ten grand and not at all what I was looking for). I couldn't see spending money like that on food that was impersonal and trite, and I began to look for a private chef or other alternatives to a standard wedding caterer. I honestly and truly feel lucky to have found Feast & Imbibe, as they allowed me to have everything exactly the way I wanted for an extremely reasonable price. You could really taste the thought, love and care in D'Andre's food--for real. I had some ideas in mind in terms of the feel of the menu, but I have to say that Heather and D'Andre totally blew me away and knocked it out of the park. From our first interaction, Heather was warm and professional and extremely honest about everything. I told her what I wanted and what I could spend, and she and D'Andre were willing to work with me to provide the experience I was looking for (and they ended up putting together a reception that was more than I could have asked for) for the price I wanted (I ended up spending a bit more than I envisioned, but it was purely due to MY changes--never experienced any pressure or felt like I was being pushed into anything). Heather was SO SO helpful; seeing as how I was doing most things myself, she offered herself and her services at any point she could to make things easier on me-- advice for other vendors, her own decorations, etc. AND THE FOOD...OMG D'Andre...keep on doin' what you're doin', becuase it's a month later and my guests are still talking about how amazing the food was. The food was so on point, the service was so thoughtful, and the selection was incredible. I was able to impress and please both my foodie friends and my meat and potatoes family--which is a serious feat itself. Everything about the actual day of my wedding was kind of a mess (weather, venue issues, mix-ups out of anyone's control), but the supreme service, hospitality and care that Heather and D'Andre put into catering my event absolutely made up for everything that went wrong. They were able to circumnavigate last minute issues with no problem or loss of cool, and everything down to the waitstaff and decor/signs for the food were top notch. My husband and I truly felt that they had our best interests at heart and put love into what they did for us, and we are eternally grateful. I could not have asked for more, and I will be recommending their services to anyone who will listen until I am blue in the face. Seriously, people, if you want the utmost in professionalism, care, delicious food, value for the $$--please go with Feast & Imbibe. They are amazing to say the least!! I would never even consider working with another caterer.

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DiMaria Culinary
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Ernest C.
Verified review

Frank was great. He was easy to schedule and coordinate menus with. Incredibly prompt, personable, great food, and an amazing value. We will definitely use Frank again.

Culinary Misfits
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Tammy B.
Verified review

I chose Eric as "My Personal Chef" first because he was the first person to respond to my request. Then after speaking with Eric about what I was looking for and what I am trying to accomplish I knew I had made the right choice. Just to share what I was looking for was someone to cook for me because I work 10 hour shifts and get home at midnight. I also want to lose weight. I was spending money on food to prepare with the best of intentions and wouldn't. I have wasted more food then I care to admit. I was spending a fortune on fast food, including take out here and there. Eric was great from the time we first talked on the phone to the texts that followed. He has really personalized my meals, including snacks. Just taking away thinking about when to shop, what to make, when to make it has been priceless for me. The food tastes is wonderful and almost too beautiful to eat! :-) I can't wait until next week!

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Reagan C.
Verified review

Chef Mikey was great to work with. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. I already have a date set for our next event!

Kitchfix
4.4
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jan G.
Verified review

I was very pleased with the catering process from Kitchfix. Ashley was very responsive and helpful throughout the ordering process and the food was very to most of our staff's liking. We ordered the Rosemary Beef, Falafel, Maple Shallot Chicken Breast, Caramelized Apple and Walnut Salad, and had sides including green beans, cauliflower and broccoli, and a cauliflower rice. All prepared and executed well.

  • 13 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney M.
Verified review

Steve and his team were great to work with - very professional and the food was delicious!

ChefField Events & Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jacqeline H.
Verified review

Cheffield Events & Catering has to be one of the best caterers we have hired for the office. The food smelled and tasted amazing. Everyone was going back for seconds and thirds!!! We are a picky bunch, but we will be using Cheffield's in the future. They were prompt, professional and the presentations was great. We loved that they printed up a menu for our small gathering. We would recommend Cheffield Events & Catering for catering, and we hope to do many events with them.

J's Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Faith K.
Verified review

Urbano, Danny & his mom were great to work with. The food was amazing! My only suggestion would be to add credit/debit card payment as an option, whether it be setting up a PayPal account or buying the credit card attachment that you can plug into your cellphone. Thanks so much for the great service & pleasant attitudes! Very much appreciated! :-)

Mark Avila
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brad K.
Verified review

Mark was incredible. Like far-exceeding-expectations incredible. I’m not sure what I liked more; his personality or his food. The meal was delicious, and unique - my wife and I were beyond impressed. You need to do yourself a favor and hire Mark.

Chef Taryn
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer F.
Verified review

Taryn is a well organized, professional, and highly talented chef. Her food is fresh, creative, and absolutely delicious! She knows how to make healthy yet decadent food, but if you want to experience the full range of her cooking, let her use butter! I've used her for my last two dinner parties and will not go back to catering or any other private chef again. She has them all beat.

BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel C.
Verified review

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!

Actual Requests

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Need Personal Chef

Cary, IL

  • Event type
    Night with friends
  • Meals needed
    Dinner, Appetizers
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    American - casual (eg: burgers and fries), American - formal (eg: steak and potatoes), Italian, Mexican / Latin, Mediterranean, Asian, French
  • Courses / Dishes
    Salad: Yes, Single entree: No, Multiple entrees: Yes, Side dishes: No
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Head count
    6-10
  • Budget per head
    $40-$50
  • Details
    This is for a 35th birthday party. Intimate affair. Host loves Mexican food, but open to other ideas.
  • $237.5
    Average price
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