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Downers Grove Party Caterers

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  • 4 years in business
  • 324 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ling W.
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The catering party on Saturday 4/29 was fantastic! The crew, Julie, Silvia and Teresa are superb! They did wonderful job together. Food was great, service was so professional, the clean up is the cherry on the top! We all had great time. The ladies are so friendly and nice and professional!

North Island Catering
from 149 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 270 hires on Thumbtack
Ariadne A.
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I cannot express enough the gratitude I have for Allen and his wife and all of his team! From the moment I first talked to him, I felt comfortable and relaxed, which is not what I felt when I talked to the preferred caterers that my venue was trying to make me go with. Allen made me feel as though I was apart of his family. He did so much for me and my now husband. I planned my wedding in two months and I contacted him about a month before my wedding. He was so fast at responding and even answered my calls/messages when he was off work! Allen was amazing, I honestly cannot say this enough, he went back and forth with some difficulties we had with my venue, but he fought for me to have my perfect day and I will forever be grateful for that. The food was sooooo good, everyone told me how good it was, and even my husband who is a picky eater loved it! Allen's team even cut my cake! And the food that was left over was given to us at no charge (which helped in all of the after parties we had). Allen, thank you so much for all that you did and I hope you and your family and business are always blessed!! -Ariadne :)

Chic Chef Catering
from 130 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 201 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline O.
Verified review

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
from 104 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 134 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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Just a Bite
from 55 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
DeAndre R.
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Loretta did an awesome job for my daughter's graduation/job cocktail party. Loretta is very understanding and very pleasant to work with. I will definitely use her services again.

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
from 49 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

TLC Personal Cheffing
from 28 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 31 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
from 24 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kitty D.
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Carol's food and presentation were outstanding for my daughter's baby shower. Only compliments from my guests, they all raved about the food! I will hire her again for my next catered party.

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from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Cynthia B.
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I loved everything about Gracious catering. Clarissa and John were a class act leaving nothing undone. My daughter’s engagement party was a huge success, the food was impeccable. I received many compliments from our guests. Gracious is a class act taking care of everything from set-up to clean-up. It allowed me to enjoy the guests. I would highly recommend Clarissa and her team. I would hire them for my next home party, Cindy B Sept. 29

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Kristen Haynes
from 20 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andrea J.
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Kristin is the best caterer! We connected about 3 weeks before my Housewarming party for 40 guests. Not only was she able to hire a bartender and server, she also supplied a bartender table! She worked with me to make an absolutely delicious meal (Southern/Cajun) and her signature charcuterie board is a true show-stopper! If I could give more than 5 stars I would! Will definitely plan to use her for all my catering needs.

  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Gretchen D.
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We hired Diana for a family party. The guests all raved about how great the food was. We will certainly use Diana again for future parties. She brought much more food than I anticipated and made the event a success. I highly recommend her for party catering.

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Chez Mikey
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Paula T.
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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.

Baileys Catering
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan B.
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I hire Balieys Catering for my mother’s surprise 50th Birthday party. The food and professionalism of the staff were amazing! We even had a little extra food left and guess were fighting over the last of it lol.

from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jan G.
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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.

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BellaRu Catering
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christopher L.
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Let me start by saying read this to the end. Very honest review with positives and negatives: On a really short notice, Maya did a great job in working with me for our reception. I was annoying but she answered all of my calls, Emails, and put my mind at ease. I was busy trying to be a good host, so unfortunately I didn’t get to try the food. However, by the overwhelming response we got from the guests about how great it was, I would definitely recommend using this service. Also I plan on using it again for future events. The only negative I could even mention we had a miscommunication about ice. I was going to give it 4 stars because of that but it was an honest mistake. Also I was panicked last minute and was making mountains out of molehills. At any rate, I’m pretty picky about service and punctuality, you won’t be disappointed. I HIGHLY SUGGEST USING THIS SERVICE!

Madre Catering
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Martha B.
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I hired this catering company on a short notice for my husband's 50th birthday party, we had over 70 guest plus guest. This caterer did a amazing job. The food was great and the steak tacos were out of this world, l literally ate four. :) We look forward to working with Jessica in the future for our family events.

PhylClay's Catering
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christian H.
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They catered a party at my home. They were prompt, the food was chef quality and they were very professional.

Culinary Abstraction
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie E.
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Zac catered my birthday brunch for 12 in August. I was delighted with the variety of food for the price he gave me. He made mini quiches with chimiccurra sauce, loaded baked hash browns, bacon wrapped asparagus, and an eggs benedict bar. My favorite was the eggs benedict bar as my guest could choose their toppings and it was meat and vegetarian friendly.

Girl and the Kitchen
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Eugene P.
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We hired Girl and the Kitchen for a small party. The food was amazing, service was great and they cleaned up the kitchen after. Also for those that enjoy cooking or want to learn, the chefs are more than happy to share their knowledge.

Three Legged Tacos
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Chris C.
Verified review

We hired three-legged tacos for a private party. It was outdoors and casual, the guests knew there were tacos but did not know what to expect. The whole night there was a line for tacos, for seconds, for thirds. People did not stop getting up to get more food. It was so delicious. Most of our guests had never had some of these flavors before, never mind the combinations of flavors. The whole thing was just great. As the three-legged tacos crew was leaving, our guests just spontaneously applauded. Over tacos. They are that good. Now we are finding reasons to have Sam and his crew come back.

Fyusion Dining
from 3 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Margot H.
Verified review

Alvin did an incredible job creating the most wonderful dinner party for me and my girlfriends! The food was delicious, the presentation was phenomenal and the service was exceptional! I highly recommend him for his innovative fusion style cooking and ability to craft a magical experience!

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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Need Corporate Caterer

Naperville, IL

  • Type of corporate catering
    Drop-off (buffet)
  • Which meal
  • Dishes and beverages
    Main course(s), Side dish(es), Dessert(s), Beverages (non-alcoholic)
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Other (Healthy )
  • Staff needed
    Set up: No, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: Yes
  • Catering head count
  • Budget per person
    $20-$30 per person
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
  • Details
    We would love something like a salad bar and soup. Something a bit more healthy.
  • $211.67
    Average price
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