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Joliet Food Service Professionals

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

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  • 4 years in business
  • 319 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nancy S.
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My company has hired Chef Most Wanted to cater most of our client and internal events. Everyone loves Chef Rich's food! The service he and his team provides is excellent, and their pricing is competitive. His catering team is professional, they are flexible and creative and will do whatever it takes to make our events a success. We are thrilled to have found Chef Most Wanted and highly recommend them to cater your most important events.

North Island Catering
4.8
from 145 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 263 hires on Thumbtack
Vicki N.
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Christina and her husband were professional, prompt, flexible, and so easy to work with. The food was outstanding. Christina did beautiful centerpieces for our event of 100 people and was very, very easy to work with. We were 100% satisfied with the food and service alike! Highly recommend North Island Catering.

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 129 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
Lorene S.
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I've never catered a party before and my first experience was a very positive one with Chic Chef Catering. Ravi made my late summer outdoor wedding reception a delicious, memorable affair. Fantastic attention to detail from responsive customer service to food preparation is top notch and exceeded my expectations. The menu selection is extensive with a variety of options for casual parties to elegant extravaganzas. I loved the multi-cultural culinary offerings. My event was a picnic BBQ with grill rental and foods that fit the theme including beef brisket, chicken kebobs, green salads, falafel, grilled veggies and freshly made cheesecake squares and lemon bars. Everyone loved the quinoa and spinach stuffed portabella mushroom caps and chicken! Ravi graciously prepared an entirely separate meal of grilled salmon atop sautéed spinach to accommodate my dad's reduced sodium diet - an unexpected wonderful surprise and added proof that Chic Chef Catering truly wants caters to their clients needs! I did not schedule a taste test beforehand, but I was confident that Ravi was the right choice for my reception. Ravi and his team were punctual and professional. But above all, his friendly personality and ability to deliver excellent service and quality cuisine at great value are outstanding. I HIGHLY recommend Chic Chef Catering and would use them again in a heartbeat!

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 102 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Cherie H.
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For the SERVICE: Joe was very communicative and reliable. He insisted on staying until the first guests arrived at my party so that the hot food would remain hot, and was not anxious to simply drop off the food and leave. He was timely and considerate. For the FOOD: I ordered baked chicken, the homemade Italian sausage and peppers, 6 bean salad, pasta salad, baked acorn squash, and a combo cauli/broc au gratin. Since I'm from NOLA, I also added a jambalaya entree to the mix. ALL of the food was excellent. The servings were generous and delivered at the right temperatures. WHAT I LIKED THE BEST: The jabmabalya was perfect. It was not too ricey, but had a tomato base that was perfectly proportioned. I am picky about NOLA food, and this was a very good dish. The 6 bean salad sounds like a filler side dish-- but it was my favorite-- fresh, full of flavor, and addictive! The homemade Italian sausage is a must. Even when reheated the next day, it still crumbled/melted in the mouth. This is a very good dish if you are considering a main course. SUMMARY: Go with Joe! It was a good price for the service, and the food was worth it. NICE JOB!

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

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Just a Bite
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan J.
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Loretta was very easy to work with, provided excellent food, and made the bridal shower a great success!

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 30 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 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Mike K.
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Excellent food and service.

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Gracious
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

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  • 18 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer S.
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We hired Tracy to help out with our dad's Disco themed 70th bday party & we were very pleased with her service as bartender, food management and clean-up. She was punctual, timely with our communications, flexible and demonstrated great work ethic. The Best was I asked if she could come dressed in 70s attire and she came in dressed as Cher, with disco ball earrings. All of our guests loved her, she totally was the coolest bartender and even went about and beyond bringling life to the party when she brought out delicious shots to pass around and cheers! We would definitely re-hire her again for our future large celebrations! Thanks for the Awesome memories Tracy!

Mad love Cooking
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Gina J.
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Chef Joe is great to work with! His food is amazing and his personality is larger than life! He will keep your taste buds happy and your sides aching. He is very creative and pairs tastes wonderfully. A true pleasure to work with. Amazing food!!

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DiMaria Culinary
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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Ernest C.
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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.

Baileys Catering
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mary C.
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I am so thankful and pleased with Baileys Catering. I had the pleasure of obtaining their service for a graduation brunch at my home. I must say the quality of the food and service was excellent. They set the tone and ambiance for my family upon their arrival to my home.

Ari's Amazing Creations
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha S.
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Very easy to work with, very accommodating. Delivery was timely and the food was good. Only small concern was that we ordered food for 13 people, ended up only having 10 people eat and had hardly any food left over. Had we had the full13 people we originally planned for I do not know if we would have had enough. Fortunately things all worked out so it was not a real issue. Again, easy to work with, timely, good service.

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Maria B.
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PhylClay's Catering catered my wedding and made my day extra special. Everyone, including myself, loved the food. The service was excellent and the experience was breathtaking.

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Frato's Culinary Kitchen
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 40 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Peter R.
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I found Fratos thru Thumbtack. It was easy to work with them, the food was timely, very good, and plentiful, and they followed up after delivery to ensure our satisfaction.

Deluxe Event Planning
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Glennetta C.
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Chef Val was truly a gem. She was very concerned about my event and that matters to me. She and her assistant were so pleasant and my guest and I enjoyed the food so much. We had a vegetarian menu, and Im not a vegan. However, my guest and I asked for seconds and thirds of Chef Val's delectable food. From the vegetarian gumbo to the sweet potato veggie burger and to top it all off for dessert vegetarian lemon pound cake and apple crisp, Delicious. Once again great service, great food, and lots of fun.

Carla's Fresh Eats
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Capucine D.
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Great, quality food and wonderful vegan and vegetarian options.

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SJ Private Cooking
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah F.
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What a fantastic way to bring in the New Year! Awesome food and great service from the comfort of my own table! We will do this again for sure!

KITCHEN TEN
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Carl M.
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Very easy to work with - food is excellent - the personal touch is unparalleled - truly takes pride in their work.

L3vents LLC
4.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
Rebecca P.
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The food was delicious and was delivered on time

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.

Actual Requests

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Need personal chef (one time)

Lockport, IL

  • Event type
    Birthday / Anniversary
  • Meals needed
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Italian, Mexican / Latin
  • Courses / Dishes
    Salad: Yes, Single entree: Yes, Multiple entrees: No, Side dishes: Yes
  • 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
    $70-$80
  • Details
    I would like someone who is outgoing and interact with guests. Possibly teach a few things or letting someone help prep. I am celebrating my sister's 40th birthday and want to make this as memorable as possible
  • $601.67
    Average price
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