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Downers Grove Caterers

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  • 4 years in business
  • 324 hires on Thumbtack
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Ann H.
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Chef Most Wanted prepared a delicious meal for our graduation party. I would highly recommend this catering company. Thank you!

North Island Catering
4.8
from 150 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 271 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny C.
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North Island Catering was recommended by my sister for my son's birthday party. The owner's wife Christina catered the event personally. The food was excellent. Extremely tasty and everyone loved it. The prices were very affordable. Allen provided many food suggestions. He was very easy to contact and work with. I will be using them again in the future for my daughter's baptism. Highly recommended.

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 133 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 209 hires on Thumbtack
Jaime N.
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I wanted to let you know what an impressive job you and your staff did catering our event. It was truly amazing how many guests requested your card or name or simply wanted to let us know how great the food was. I have never heard so many compliments in regards to a party, while underway. You and your staff were on time and very professional and the food was great! Again, thank you so much for making our event successful. We were very happy we chose Ravi and Chic Chef Catering and look forward to working with them again on future events. -JI

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 104 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
Kendra C.
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This is now my second time working with Joseph Burby and Inglenook Catering. Inglenook catering was absolutely a joy to work with! Joe did a food tasting for us, gave wonderful recommendations that helped guide me in making decisions, and was VERY accommodating. He was a wonderful communicator and the food was a HOME RUN! Everyone at our fundraiser banquet was so impressed with the meal and the staff that was provided. This is the second time I have used Inglenook; from a 90 person event to a 350 person event, Inglenook is the caterer to have.

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Just a Bite
4.8
from 57 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
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Steve P.
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We used Just A Bite for our son's wedding in Wheaton held at a local church with 125 guests. We coordinated everything long distance as we live in Minnesota. Loretta was super responsive and a delight to work with on all details and questions. Everyone raved about the appetizers and there was plenty for all. Her prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity provided. Great selections to choose from. I would highly recommend her catering services.

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
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Jessica A.
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Great Job catering our Annual Auction Event with 150 guests! Thank you to you and your staff for your great food and services!

  • 29 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Robin L.
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I hired Lakeshore Private Chef & Catering to cater a joint 40th and 85th birthday celebration. I couldn't have been happier with the results. The food was delicious and Chef David was a delight to work with. If I ever needed to do this again, I would definitely hire this company again.

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Kris D.
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Chef Karen prepared a delicious meal for myself and my friends to celebrate my birthday. Her menu options were plentiful. She catered to my vegan friends and kept us carnivores happy too. The food tasted delicious. Her prices were affordable and fair. She was very responsive to my emails, calls, and texts. Her casserole and soup dinnerware were beautiful. Dinner service was slower than I expected because she arrived later than she planned.

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael M.
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If you're looking for a great caterer you don't need to look any further! Carol was absolutely awesome to work with and the food was fantastic!! My entire crew enjoyed the meal and complimented Carol on how good it was, they even enjoyed the leftovers today! We will all look forward to Carol catering all our future luncheons!!

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Gracious
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Libby O.
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Clarissa was great -- very responsive, flexible, and accommodating. In addition, the food -- for a baby shower brunch -- was excellent! We had mini frittatas, French toast, mini pancake stacks, fruit parfaits, mini bagels with lox and cream cheese, fruit skewers, and excellent croissant sausage sandwiches with aged cheddar! Clarissa also brought garnishes for Blood Marys and mimosas and was willing to provide coffee at the last moment when I realized we didn't have it! I'd highly recommend.

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Kristen Haynes
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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Peter R.
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Kristen was a pleasure to work with, and the food was great. Nice presentation as welll, and she was a great help with providing several options for our catering event. (20-25 people)

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Jess S.
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We were so pleased with Mike's catering for our recent baby shower! Leading up to the day, Mike was super accommodating of our needs and worked with us to provide what we wanted in terms of food within the budget we had allotted. The menu turned out fantastic thanks to his recommendations, and we had so many compliments on the food! We will definitely be hiring him again for future events and would recommend him to anyone!

Baileys Catering
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Rev Morgan D.
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Chef Bailey and Bailey's Catering always does a great job with food for our church. Very professional and reasonable with rates. Savory tasting dishes and enjoyable flavor profiles!

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BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
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John D.
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The overall experience was exceptional and working with Maya was truly an amazing experience! The staff was professional and the food was delicious! Everything about the service provided was memorable and would recommend them to anyone needing a quality caterer. They took the stress off and allowed us to focus on the wedding. I can’t express how much I appreciate their service and how we were able to enjoy the wedding. Again, a big thank you to BellaRu Catering!

Puffs of Doom
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley G.
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My experience with Puffs of Doom has been nothing short of phenomenal. Rebecca and Luke and their team are very responsive to our specific requests, and their creativity and problem-solving skills leave me very comfortable recommending their catering services to everyone I meet. The food is always top-notch, and our guests and event attendees are always impressed. It's great to have such a fantastic company that offers really good food and doesn't offer the same old tired fare. I am proud to support Puffs of Doom and highly recommend them for any size job

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

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ronald P.
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I enjoyed doing business with PhysIcal's catering, looking forward to doing future events. Keep up the excellent work.

Girl and the Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Helen V.
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I've had Mila cater several events and every time I feel like her food gets better and better. There is nothing that she makes that would even classify as good.. It would classify as delicious and amazing! Can't recommend her enough.

Dreamyvents Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy M.
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Dreamy vents Catering has the best food! Chef Chanell can make anything from gourmet to soul food. I love her professionalism and attention to detail.

Madisyn C.
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Aaron was very hardworking and precise about his presentation and the quality of his meals. He put a lot of heart into making sure that all of his customers were more than satisfied, which we were! Everything was fantastic and he did it all with a warm smile.. I would definitely recommend his business to anyone!

Fyusion Dining
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Elaine L.
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I really never write reviews, but Alvin Yu and his team were amazing! Our guests really raved about all the food. (I need to get his recipe for the Asiago Crusted Chicken Breast - so tender!). And his servers and sous chefs really made the event. Their attention to detail and lovely personalities really made the atmosphere. They were so helpful beyond what I could have even asked for. We had 2 passed appetizers, then salad, 4 entrees and 3 sides served family style for 44 guests and everything was delicious and well timed. Alvin totally understood what I wanted and was able to seamlessly accommodate special dietary needs. He was very responsive to all my questions throughout the planning process and seriously made the event really so easy on me! And they really made our guests of honor feel very special, too. They really go above and beyond. A huge thank you to Fyusion Dining for making our event such a success!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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