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Elk Grove Village Soul Food Caterers

Browse these soul food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Elk Grove Village.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 321 hires on Thumbtack
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Kevin B.
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We really enjoyed our dining experience with Cher Rich and his assistant Kelly. This was the first time we hosted this type of dinner party in our house and the event went perfectly, largely due to Chef Rich's delicious food and hospitality. We look forward to using him again in the near future!

North Island Catering
4.8
from 147 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 268 hires on Thumbtack
Lan S.
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Yes North Island catering was so delicious. The food was excellent and so tasty. This is my first time experience with North Island catering and it was fantastic. I would recommend anyone to order from them. Thanks so much Allen.

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 130 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 201 hires on Thumbtack
Laura S.
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Trying to plan a banquet from a thousand miles away, in a problematic downtown Chicago location, is not an easy task. Luckily for me, I found Ravi at Chic Chef Catering here on Thumbtack. Ravi took care of everything, handling all the location's inherent difficulties competently and professionally. He stayed with his staff for the entire event, and made sure all of our 80+ guests were happy and well-fed. More importantly, I didn't need to worry about the caterers and the food and all the rest of it, because it was all in his capable hands. I could instead focus on our guests. We chose a Mediterranean menu--with a vegetarian option to meet some of our guests' needs. Everything was delicious and there was plenty of it! Many thanks and much appreciation to Ravi and his crew! We would absolutely use Chic Chef Catering again!

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 103 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Bobbie S.
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I recently hosted a baby shower for my sister in my home, and chose Inglenook Catering to do the food. Joseph was great at communicating from start to finish and was great about accommodating food allergy needs. On the day of the event, Joseph arrived early and was friendly and professional. Most importantly, the food was great! I got so many comments on how good the food was, with several people asking where it came from. I was happy to pass on Joseph's information. I would recommend Inglenook Catering without hesitation, and would definitely use them again for future catering needs.

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Just a Bite
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Amy Z.
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I hosted a bridal shower for about 30 people and Loretta made it possible! She was extremely communicative. She was flexible, and helped me make my menu. Everyone was impressed with the food, everything was tasty, and the party was a success! I will absolutely reach out to Loretta in the future for any parties I might host.

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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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Sandra M.
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To say that Mike and Derrick were amazing would be an understatement. They are friendly, personable and very talented chefs. The food was fresh, cooked perfectly and delicious beyond delicious. The presentation was gorgeous and they even cleaned up after. Highly recommend these guys and will definitely use them again and again.

  • 29 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin A.
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Chef David is fabulous! He catered a dinner party at my house for 14 people. The food was delicious. I was impressed that he was able to accommodate all of the dietary needs of my guests and come up with a killer menu. He was laid back and easy to work with. I would definitely hire Chef David again.

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Betty D.
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It was excellent. She did a great job the food was delicious. Also she was so friendly and we loved having her in our home. We definitely would have her again.

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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N. C.
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My experience working with Carol was amazing. The food was fabulous, the service outstanding and the overall experience was top notch. My guests were just raving over the food, the presentation and how special it made my party. I highly recommend Carol for your catering needs. You won't be disappointed.

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Gracious
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Baiba L.
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Everything was perfect. All guests commented on how delicious the food was. The staff left the premises as clean as they found them . I would definitely have them cater a future event.

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Reagan C.
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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
4.5
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas H.
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Food was on time and tasty. Delivery person did a nice job of setting it up. Suggested that there be a little more marinara sauce on the penne, but a small thing - in general, people were very pleased with the food, esp. the shrimp and sausages.

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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!

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jessica W.
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I had the pleasure of working with PhylClay's catering and the food was excellent. Our company is looking forward to using them again for our upcoming corporate board meetings.

J's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Mrs M.
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I hired J’s catering for a first birthday party at an outdoor park this past weekend. Urbano was very easy to work with. His pricing was fair and he was very professional and knowledgeable during our meeting. The party went smoothly and everyone loved the fresh food and fruit. It was so nice not to worry about food during the party! Urbano showed up early and had hot food ready to go for the first arrivals. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to others.

WoodisCookin Catering Co.
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Shelia F.
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Chef Wood has catered many events for me and my family for several years and we've never been disappointed. He has a diverse menu and his food is absolutely scrumptious. He is clean and meticulous and I've recommend his services to my friends and coworkers and all have been pleased!!

CityEpicurean Events
4.6
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Tina O.
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Absolutely perfect. Food was delicious. Our cake was divine. They went over and above and made our special day even more special.

ChefField Events & Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Abigail R.
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HIRE THEM. Seriously, from start to finish, ChefField was so so great. The food is very reasonably priced, absolutely delicious (we had the Mediterranean package), and the staff is really good at working with your budget. Set up was on time, professional, and courteous without being intrusive as our guests were enjoying cocktails in the same space dinner was being set up. Elaine and the entire team were so friendly and professional; it's the easiest party I've ever planned thanks to them. Thank you for a great event!

Fyusion Dining
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Margot H.
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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!

Chef Paul Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Maureen M.
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Chef Paul Catering was exactly what I was looking for in a full service caterer. They took care of everything and the food was wonderful. They worked so quietly and neatly that I hardly knew they were in our home. I will definitely use them again and recommend them.

Le Fleur de Lis Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brandi P.
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Chief Allen, catered my West Coast Conference back in October. My colleagues are still talking about how delicious the food was and how amazing his services was. I would definitely use him again for my next function. The food was PERFECT and that service was OUTSTANDING.

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.

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 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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