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Naperville Food Service Professionals

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

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  • 4 years in business
  • 320 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 147 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 268 hires on Thumbtack
Mollie D.
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Both food and service was great!

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 130 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 200 hires on Thumbtack
Susan W.
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The food, the service, and the servers were wonderful. I couldn't have ask for anything better. Everything was perfect, thanks to Ravi.

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 103 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Larry S.
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Wonderful food and service. Highly recommend.

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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 50 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 78 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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Food with Flair
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mike K.
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Excellent food and service.

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Gracious
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pamela B.
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Clarissa was awesome. I had four shifts to feed over two days and nights and she was a pro. Definitely would do se again. Food was delicious

  • 13 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Michael N.
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Cheryl Bowman was hired to provide service for a 40th anniversary party during a Fourth of July parade. Food was replenished and kept hot for three hours as guests enjoyed a buffet. Excellent food service. Ms. Bowman is very personable and efficient. Easy to work with -- would hire her again for future parties.

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Berteau Catering
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lina H.
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Mike provided the food and food service for a 4-hour open house we hosted for my daughter's graduation. The food was excellent and perfect for the occasion, the guest mix, and the house layout. I met with Mike in advance to plan the day. He listened thoughtfully to my ideas, preferences, and cost parameters. He provided great ideas based on his extensive past experience, which was very helpful given my lack of experience. I really appreciated his ideas and his attentiveness to my needs. Plus Mike is just a really nice guy! The experience was a real pleasure!!

Baileys Catering
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 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.

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Showthyme Catering
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joy W.
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I just love this company because of the food and the owner's talent, service and energy. Dave's company was "born" out of a family interest in great food and authenticity. I see that in the catering done by Showthyme in every way. Not only is the food great but the presentation is wonderful as well. Will use with any opportunity I have. Recently we used for an event bringing together new prospects for our board and company- went flawlessly.

Puffs of Doom
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsay A.
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Puffs of Doom is amazing! Not only did they save us by catering our last minute event, but they were flexible with menu options and came up with an awesome menu that everyone ABSOLUTELY RAVED ABOUT!!! Rebecca and Luke were super responsive and great to work with! West Elm Chicago officially counts ourselves as part of the doom crew and will use them again and again for our events!!! Thanks for the awesome food and A+ service guys!!

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BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel C.
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Maya truly went above and beyond for our wedding day! She was the manager for our event before starting her own company and she KILLED IT! She provided incredible and helpful expertise throughout the planning process and especially on the day - Maya and the rest of the staff did more than we even expected them to (like folding napkins and lighting candles, for example). Plus, the food was amazing. We knew early on that we wanted fried chicken and Maya was able to serve it hot and crispy to 140 people; we got tons of compliments on the food and the service. Overall, she made our reception so easy and wonderful - we couldn't be happier!

Chef Sy's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ivory W.
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Siesha was very professional and warm welcoming when I purchased a plate from her. For starters the food was succlant and cooked to prefection and she treated every client including myself like family, the overall experience was great the picture describe how I felt after eating her food I will be supporting again soon. 🤗

WoodisCookin Catering Co.
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Tamara P.
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The food and service is excellent, great experience! Tamara

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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.

Thyme for Dinner
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Chris B.
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As her neighbor, I saw her in action, daily. 1) She uses highest grade, fresh ingredients. She plans her menus according to the dietary/health needs and personal requests of her customers, including healthy choices, with emphasis on nutritional value. 2) Kristi is well-experienced in cooking for families with food allergies in that one of her sons has allergies to many things, including peanuts. She taught me to read food labels carefully and showed me that many prepackaged items include peanuts, or were produced in factories where peanuts are handled. She is VERY conscientious about content, handling, and processing. 3) Being privileged to sample on occasions, my granddaughter and I found her creations to be tasty and memorable! 4) Kristi personally delivers her hot or cold meals. IN OTHER WORDS: Highly recommended!

Chef Gretch
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nighath A.
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Gretchen has cooked for us on several occasions. The food has always been fresh and delicious! It's nice because she does offer many options and always packages them really well. She takes a lot of pride in her work and it shows. Definitely recommend her to my colleagues.

Bailey's Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Karla T.
Verified review

Bailey's Catering provided catering services for a retirement event that I planned for my mother. The service was excellent. The chef was hands on with assisting with the menu. And the staff was exemplary with their professionalism and customer service. I would use Bailey's Catering again as well as refer their services.

Q's Kitchen
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Sara K.
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Q's Kitchen got the job done for my catering event. Quenby is over the top professional and the food was delicious. I will use Q's Kitchen for many other events and refer Quenby's company to my colleagues and friends.

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 a Personal Chef

Naperville, IL

  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Italian, BBQ (eg: pulled pork, Southern comfort)
  • Details
    it will be a three to 4 course meal for 8 people
  • $356.25
    Average price

Need a Personal Chef (Ongoing)

Naperville, IL

  • Meal preparation frequency
    A few times a week
  • Meals needed
    Dinner
  • Head count
    5
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Day(s) needed
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Time(s) needed
    Evening (after 6pm)
  • Details
    Healthy family food
  • $150.5
    Average price

Need a Personal Chef

Naperville, IL

  • Meal preparation frequency
    Once a day
  • Meals needed
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Head count
    5
  • Serving style
    Plated meal, Other (Lunch for next day in tupperware)
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    Gluten-free
  • Day(s) needed
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Time(s) needed
    Early afternoon (noon-3pm), Late afternoon (3-6pm)
  • Details
    Looking for a part-time chef. Healthy cooking only. Advanced weekly menu. 20 hours a week, M-F. Do fresh grocery shopping daily. Prepare dinner for family of four to be served at 5pm. It can be completed by 4 and put in a warming drawer if easier for your schedule. One of the four for dinner is gluten free. During that time slot, the next day's lunch will be prepared for ONE person only. (Not the GF.)
  • $250
    Average price
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