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Downers Grove Custom Caterers

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  • 4 years in business
  • 319 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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 145 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 263 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy F.
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We used North Island Catering for my husband's retirement party. The food and service was outstanding. We had the pulled pork, lasagna and Ceasar salad. They provided more than enough food to serve our 30 guests. The food was all homemade. All of the guests raved about it! The next party we host will be easy as far as food, because we will be using North Island caterers for sure!!!! If you're looking for good food and outstanding service, Dave time looking and call Northd Island Catering!!!

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 128 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline O.
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Ravi's menu offerings were the most interesting of the local caterers I looked at before I chose him to cater my parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary. The food was delicious, very high quality, and arrived right on time. Many of the guests commented on how good it was. I would definitely work with Chic Chef Catering again.

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 102 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Joann D.
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I happened to find Inglenook Catering and Joe on a quick search for local caterers. I wanted to try a different caterer with a different menu. My daughter picked the menu, and it was pretty traditional....Italian beef, Italian sausage, fried chicken, mostacolli, green beans almandine, and scalloped potatoes. Truly, I wanted to explore other items on the menu, but since I offered and it was her choice, that's what I went with. The Italian beef and sausage were homemade and definitely amazing! Great flavor and seasonings! The fried chicken was delicious as well! Everything was warmed and ready to serve. Would definitely order from Joe again! Thank you so very much for the prompt communication and coming to assist with the drop off. My guests throughly enjoyed your catering Joe, and I will definitely recommend you to my friends! Would love to try other entrees next time!!

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 49 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
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Kevin B.
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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!

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Just a Bite
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Denise G.
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Just a Bite catered a bridal shower that I hosted. I thought they were wonderful to work with and really tried to come up with good options to meet our specific requests. The food arrived on time and was perfectly prepared. My guests loved it! I highly recommend.

  • 29 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Amy W.
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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.

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Kiahnna K.
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Beyond amazing and very personal. TLC catered my bday party. Everyone loved the food!

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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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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Gracious
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer M.
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Gracious and her crew came in and took over. They really allowed me to enjoy my party and looked for ways to help out, above and beyond what was expected!

  • 8 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Darrell R.
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I was very pleased with Diana's service. Everything was done to order. A little improvisation was needed to accommodate the rooftop venue where my 50th birthday party was held, but she rose to the occasion. The best item on my menu was the pulled pork, followed by the pasta salad. My custom-shaped birthday cake received rave reviews.

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Showthyme Catering
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary C.
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They were very responsive to requests. He was prompt. The food was very good quality and fresh. He gave unique twist to the dishes. Everyone had good things to say about the food. I found the food delicious and appealing in appearance. The prices are comparable to other caterers. I would recommend.

Ari's Amazing Creations
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Edwin C.
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Ari has catered several of my open mic events in Chicago. From her delicious 'Create Your Own Taco's', to her wonderful full flavored jerk & bbq chicken, her food options were great and everyone loved it! 5 Stars!

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BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 11 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!

Madre Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Christopher H.
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Madre catering was every thing I hope for in a catering company. The menu options fit hand in hand with our budget. I will Definitely recommend to our board of directors to use Madre catering again.

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Richard W.
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PhylClay's Catering was very professional and made my guests feel like they were having a home cooked meal.

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Frato's Culinary Kitchen
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 40 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Nick B.
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Highly personable ordering and customer service. Delivery drivers even have high tech software on their phones making everything really smooth as it updated us when the driver left Fratto's to come here...so cool! We found our new corporate caterer. Amazing work and stress free!

J's Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Christina M.
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We used J's for a block party and he was great. Even though the weather didn't cooperate, he soldiered on and gave us an amazing meal. The tacos (steak, chicken and pork) were delicious!!! Everyone loved it. I would definitely recommend J's for any of your catering needs.

  • 18 years in business
Pam D.
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We had a great experience working with Veneisha. The food for our party was amazing, flavorful and delicious. I highly recommend her service's.

Fyusion Dining
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Elaine L.
Verified review

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!

JR'S Chicken
5.0
from 1 review
  • 43 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Linda B.
Verified review

They have catered several functions for my family one being a wedding!! They are awesome and the food is excellent!! Definitely recommend them for all your catering needs!

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.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

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.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

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.
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