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McHenry Caterers

Browse these catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in McHenry.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 324 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 150 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 271 hires on Thumbtack
Susi R.
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Allen and his team made my whole life easier! I was hosting an event for 50-60 people in a professional chapter dinner for my university. As a student, I was overwhelmed until I spoke with North Island Catering. They took care of everything related to the food and even some decor and had no issues adjusting last minute needs for the event, including ordering tablecloths And adding something to our menu. The owner Allen, was on top of things and I never had to wait for a response. They work really hard to ensure that his customers are satisfied. I am so glad that we decided to go with this caterer, and highly recommend them for any kind of catered event. They are everything and more than what you can expect. We were also proud to be supporting a local business. You will not be dissatisfied! -Susi 2016 President of NIU's Society of Women Engineers

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 133 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 209 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!

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Just a Bite
4.8
from 57 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 70 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!

  • 29 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Robin L.
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I hired Lakeshore Private Chef & Catering to cater a joint 40th and 85th birthday celebration. I couldn't have been happier with the results. The food was delicious and Chef David was a delight to work with. If I ever needed to do this again, I would definitely hire this company again.

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Gracious
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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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Food with Flair
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 27 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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Kristen Haynes
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Ron H.
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The entire experience was great. Donna and frank were great to work with. Donna worked with me to create the menu and appropriate portion size for the number of guests. Food was great, folks commented that the food was home made and delicious. I will recommend Frankie’s as a great catering service. Wife and I will try their restaurant next.

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Ann W.
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Catering date hasn't come up yet, so can only rate on communication and planning portion

Feast & Imbibe
4.8
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra N.
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Feast & Imbibe did an incredible job catering my wedding. Everyone was talking about how amazing the food was, and it honestly was the best wedding food, or food for that matter, that I’ve ever had. Heather and her team were so helpful and really walked us through the whole process. I mean, I’ve never planned a wedding before, or even a party for 200 people. Everyone at F&I was personable and attentive. They really made our day seamless and easy. I thought I’d be so stressed, but Heather & Christina, made sure I worried about nothing. They thought of everything!

Baileys Catering
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Evette P.
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Thanks, Bailey's Catering, for making my conversation party a huge hit. The food was AMAZING!

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BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
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Angelina L.
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My husband and I worked with Mya through Chic Chef Catering and loved her immediately! She was really amazing to work with and helped a lot with our budget. She was very responsive with communication and very professional through everything. We would definitely recommend working with Mya with any event. She makes you feel like her family and is always willing to cater to anything you need. Great personality and great communication!

Puffs of Doom
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa B.
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Rebecca and her partner showed up on time and ready to work. I planned an Italian surprise birthday party for my sister, and they hit it out of the park. The appetizers were awesome, and Rebecca created a custom meal for us. She made scratch made pasta with meatballs that was very authentic. We also had chicken parmesean which was delicious as well. My only compliant was that we were so full by the time we had our chicken! I highly suggest using Rebecca for any of your personal catering needs. It was such a special night for our family. We will be using them again.

J's Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
English S.
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Urbano and team was very kind and professional! Answered all inquiries promptly and the Mexican food was delicious. These guys are passionate about what they do and it definitely pays off. Highly recommend for corporate event.

Girl and the Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Helen V.
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I've had Mila cater several events and every time I feel like her food gets better and better. There is nothing that she makes that would even classify as good.. It would classify as delicious and amazing! Can't recommend her enough.

Dreamyvents Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Brnda J.
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I love them because the food was excellent the Customer Service was excellent the promptness was excellent and during the entire food set up they always use and change gloves for all sanitary purposes that’s what turned me on the most.

Three Legged Tacos
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy V.
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It was a pleasure working with Sam and his team. They were fun and very engaging. It was cool to see how passionate they are about their business. Our family and friends loved the tacos and side offerings. I would definitely recommend Three Legged Tacos if you are looking for a fun and unique catering experience.

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

The Rice Table
5.0
from 1 review
  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kelly W.
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Chris was fantatsic! Very professional with sending quotes and even was able to source and supply staff, tables and linens...could not have asked for a better caterer. The night of the event rave reviews on the food. Highly recommended!

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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