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Kankakee Caterers

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Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 103 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Beth S.
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Joe Burby and his staff created a fantastic menu for our "Garden Party" fundraiser for the Catholic Education Foundation at a private home in Darien. The food was just delicious, he and his staff were set up and ready to go long before any guests arrived and they were incredibly patient while waiting through some speeches and presentations before serving the food. Thanks Joe for helping to make the fundraiser evening a success! The next afternoon, Joe created the menu for a private luncheon at my home for 30 women. The food selections were delicious once again, came in easy sized pans to keep warm in my oven while the concert was taking place and easy to take out and serve at the moment they were needed. The staff who delivered came right on time, through my garage as requested and without disturbing the concert. He was very kind and the delivery of the ready to go food was very smooth. Thanks again Joe! This was the first time I had every used Inglenook Catering and I ended up needing him twice in the same weekend. Very reasonably priced and extremely generous portions. Gratefully, B. Sennett

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Just a Bite
4.8
from 51 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jan H.
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The catering service Just a Bite is owned & operated by a family who has decades of experience in the Chicagoland food industry and top restaurants. They know every recipe from any restaurant and probably make it better! They've catered small birthday parties and larger surprise events for us during the last 10 years. Everything is always delicious, affordable and easy to eat while guests are milling around. They bring everything and are dressed appropriately for an event even during set up. Super friendly owner who is easy to deal with if you have guests with finicky dietary requirements or substitutions. My advice is to get a price. Just a Bite has the price we need while still wowing our guests who always ask for the name of the caterer.

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
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!

The Remade Kitchen, LLC
4.8
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Kelley M.
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We had such a wonderful experience with The Remade Kitchen!! Heidi was so responsive and was able to cater to our specific party needs. The food was amazing!! We would definitely recommend them and hope to use them again in the future!

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Martha T.
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I have been using PhylClay's Catering to cater events for months. They have always been punctual, cost efficient and have great quality meals.

Mastersque Bbq
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Dan K.
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Catered food at work on a Saturday, food was here when it was promised and tasted awesome. Would recommend to anyone who needs some good BBQ catering.

  • 16 years in business
Scott C.
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Apsaluteley phenomenal!

Hot Off the Racks Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Charles T.
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I HIGHLY RECOMMEND MICHELLE JACKSON AND HOT OFF THE RACKS CATERING!! Hot Off the Racks Catering and Michelle Jackson are OUTSTANDING and great to work with!! Michelle has catered a personal Christmas Party of mine, and she was the standing caterer for my fraternal organization for more than 5 years. She's catered parties, funeral repasts, and meal functions following meetings of more than 75 people (up to approx. 100 with our groups). Michelle has been GREAT at menu selection, and providing options so that we did not always have the same thing. She is EXTREMELY TIMELY, and her team's customer service is unsurpassed. On MORE than one occasion, she extended her services when we undercounted our numbers. AND THE FOOD IS FANTASTIC. We frequently have been complemented on the caterer and the quality of food and there are ALWAYS REQUESTS to take food home and to come back for seconds!! Michelle's prices are extremely reasonable and competitive, and BECAUSE of her attention to customer service, she is willing to WORK with you (within reason) to ensure a quality meal, excellent and timely service and ALWAYS SERVICE WITH A SMILE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Michelle Jackson and Hot Off the Racks Catering!!

  • 5 years in business
Donavahn Frierson F.
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Divine Treats & Heavenly Eats is definitely one of the best and well organized catering services you can ask for. Ever since my first experience of DTHE sponsoring one of my college events a few years ago, I knew exactly who I wanted for my reception. Everything from Salmon ,to pasta and even Sweet tea; it is worth your time, your money and will complete your experience. Thank you so much Mrs. Vicki for assisting in completing one of the best day's of our lives

  • 6 years in business
Willis J.
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We have used Mike Bitoy and Grapevine Catering for family reunions, a retirement party and several weddings, the service was excellent and the food even better. Over the years we still receive rave reviews and compliments from our friends and guest about the food and great service. Our family reunion is being hosted again in Chicago for 2016 and guess who is providing the food and service? Wow you're right, Mike Bitoy and Grapevine Catering! Mike comes highly recommended and the food is top notch.

Baking & Catering Services
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie P.
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You catered my daughters wedding. Small intimate affair in our home. It felt like the RITZ CARLTON!!! The food and desserts were amazing. The look of the party was more than what my daughter ever hoped for. Thank you for the amazing experience

  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
April S.
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This was a great experience she helped me out with a unique situation and gave me great ideas and the feedback I got about the food was fantastic !

Le Fleur de Lis Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Racquel C.
Verified review

I placed a catering order for a brunch and not only was I, but my guests were beyond happy about the food. Everything was full of flavor, great presentation, we definitely went back for seconds and thirds. Chef Allen was very responsive, professional, and went above and beyond to make sure my order was absolutely perfect. He even assisted with helping me set a few non-food related things up. I am definitely looking forward to working with him again on future events.

About

We do event planning, catering and bartending. We put packages together based on your needs. We also do theme parties.

  • 8 years in business
About

I cook down home holsum like grandma. I cook good food and soul food. I also offer hand cleaning service. I'm very easy to work with. I have a great attitude in cleaning and am a professional person.

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We provide home-cooked meals from scratch as well as soul food, barbecue, Mexican and American traditional food created with love.

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Jerker's Wild (Au Naturel) Catering stands above the rest because we never jeopardize our quality . Every item on the menu is made to perfection and we always put the customer first.

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Love working with children teaching menu planning and basic nutrition. Will teach basic kitchen skills, baking, and kitchen safety. Personal Chef services available. Available for small dinner parties, you decide your menu. My prices are reasonable, and I will work closely with you so you get the services you contract for.

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They love my cooking it just so good

  • 18 years in business
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All catering needs are covered, from birthday parties to weddings. I also have an intimate dining service, where I come to your residence and cater a four-course meal but what makes my service special is, I ask the man of the house to hang out in the kitchen, so he can recreate the meal like me.

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Vincent Catering offers high quality, fun and delicious food. I have 6 years of experience in the Culinary field. I have worked I fine dining in Colorado and Yellowstone. I intend to show you the same respect and food that I have learned to make my customers happy.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need Caterer

Pekin, IL

  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Serving style
  • Head count
  • Details
    finger sandwiches, relish dish, etc, cake, punch, coffee,

Need Catering Services for a Class Reunion

Evanston, IL

  • Type of catering needed
    Cocktail party
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
  • Number of guests
    80-100
  • Details
    Class reunion. Just need full service catering
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