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  • 4 years in business
  • 323 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Liz T.
Verified review

Loved having Chef Rich! I really want to do all of my dinners this way. What is better than hosting in your own home, then having your dishes washed and actually being able to enjoy time with your guests?! Food was perfect - truffle cream over sea bass with my favorite - flourless chocolate cake - for dessert. Not only was the food great, but also the Chef and the woman who came with him. I will for sure be using them again (along with all of my friends who I told already haha)

North Island Catering
4.8
from 149 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 270 hires on Thumbtack
Dylan S.
Verified review

Long Story Short: If you are looking for a caterer for a smaller corporate event, graduation party, birthday party, casual wedding… HIRE NORTH ISLAND CATERING! They are very accommodating, and work their butt off to give you exactly what you want for your event. They make delicious home made food, for a reasonable price. If you are looking for something very large, more high-end, with passed hors devours, or signature cocktails, keep moving. The Details: We hired North Island Catering for our wedding reception for roughly 175 people held at the Haight in Elgin, IL. We wanted a heavy appetizer set up with hand held buffet style food options for dinner. Additionally we had desserts and a late-night food option. We also wanted a full open bar for guests, and champagne welcome. The Food: First off, Allen was very cooperative and flexible when it came to picking out our menu and food options for the event. Unfortunately, we were so busy with mingling with guests, we really didn’t get to try too much of the food ourselves! However, many of our guests gave us great compliments on the spread. Allen allowed us to come in for a ‘tasting’ at his restaurant beforehand to get a feel for the types of food they offer. Everything was delicious, everything! We ended up serving a whole gamut of different hot and cold appetizers, including jalapeno poppers, bacon wrapped shrimp, veggies, fruit, sweet & spicy jelly spread, among others. For dinner we served pulled 2 different salads, pork, tinga, and Italian beef along with a ton of other sides. We received nothing but happy reviews from our guests regarding the food. The brownies got a standing ovation! The late night food was a success, and I saw many people with a hot dog in one hand and drink in the other, working it on the dance floor. The Service/Presentation: Allen and his crew arrived to the event on time, and prepared to get the food out quickly and efficiently. We had a lot of food, and a lot of hungry people. One negative we did feel the need to comment on was the presentation. We requested heavy plastic plates and silverware, and I was a bit surprised to see small white paper plates with purple details instead. The dressings for the salad were set up in large Styrofoam cups, with a plastic spoon to ladle. I felt that this part could have been jazzed up a bit. Food was placed on black plastic trays, and the hot food was kept in metal tins (no problems there). Although not a huge deal, I would recommend having place cards or some way of labeling the food in the future, so guests know what they are grabbing. Alcohol was served in clear plastic cups (perfect), but towards the end of the night it moved to red solo cups, not a favorite of mine, but no big deal in the end. Although not the fault of Allen, I think that in the future allowing the table to be served off of both sides would have eliminated the long line of people waiting to get some grub! Allen and North Island Catering did a great job of getting food out when needed, providing great food, and cleaning up in a timely manner. Our venue had pretty strict policies regarding catering and Allen, and his team, were up for the challenge. The Bar: This is the part of the review where I was a bit hesitant to write. Everything turned out to be okay in the end, but there were some hiccups along the way. Since the beginning of communication with Allen, they let us know that they would like our input on deciding the amounts of alcohol we would like served. Allen had asked us to provide a complete list of alcohol we wanted. We did, and it included some higher end spirits. Allen gave us an updated quote for the alcohol and let us know that anything left over would be ours to keep. After running some numbers and doing the math ourselves, we provided our alcohol estimates to Allen. He stated that he thought it was completely too much. Being a catering professional, we trusted in his work, and let him make the final decision on how much to buy. When we arrived at the venue in the morning (we decorated ourselves the day of), we were surprised to see how little alcohol there was. In our minds, we knew that with our group of friends and family, they would be taking full advantage of a full bar! Our day-of venue organizer also made some suggestions that she didn’t feel the alcohol/mixers would be enough given the size of our large party. We were able to contact Allen right away and voice our concerns. We even offered to have him buy more than he thought we needed and return what was left (as opposed to having us keep anything leftover). Allen understood our concerns, and ultimately brought more alcohol to the event. This was just an unnecessary stress for us on the day of the event. On a positive note, when booze was running low, North Island Catering even went out during the event and bought more. Additionally, a small mistake was made and a different brand of beer was bought than what we previously discussed. (I had time to change the Bar Sign with the correct brand, so ultimately it was no big deal). Finally, we paid to have the bar until 12 (midnight). Not sure where the miscommunication occurred, but the bartenders started cleaning the bar and announcing last call at around 11pm. We had lots of guests coming up to us, wondering why they could no longer get a drink. We did not realize the venue wanted the caterers to be gone by 12, so we were expecting the service to run a bit later. The bartenders continued to hand out beers as they were cleaning, so kudos to them. The Communication: Communication with Allen was impeccable. Allen was always very responsive via Thumbtack, and by phone. (Even when there was a Blackhawks game on). Allen was quick to offer suggestions, answers, and solutions to our questions and concerns within a few hours of us reaching out. If there was any reason to contact them, we knew that he would respond quickly. This was very reassuring since we planned the event completely ourselves. The day of the event Allen was able to answer phone calls and texts without a problem. The Price: The price of this event was very fair, and I think it was worth every penny. Our venue planner demanded that North Island Catering bring more workers to help with the service, and the addition of these people were the only last minute costs we had to endure (no fault of North Island). I appreciated that North Island Catering provided us with a price, negotiated with us to allow us to keep under our budget, and stuck with their promise in the end.

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 104 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn J.
Verified review

Our menu consisted of Roast Beef Italian, Lemon Butter Chicken, Mostaccioli, Rice Pilaf, American Potato Salad, Fresh Fruit Salad, and Cucumber in Sour Cream. The food was out of this World, our guest had nothing but awesome raves for it. Everything was homemade, and fresh! Working with Joe Burby was the best experience I have had in a long time. He told about the different dishes and suggested some options. I would recommend "Inglenook Catering" to anyone for any affair, Dawn

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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
Patrick V.
Verified review

Mike is very professional, super polite and the dishes he made for us were really Delicious, presentation was quite beautiful. My guests were really happy! - he works with you, it’s open to suggestion and changes - he helped me created a customized tasting 6 course menu that was Superb’ - I am planning another dinner in February and will definitely hire him again. The bread pudding wIth the bourbon ice cream was amazing! - and he makes everything from scratch in your kitchen! Extra points for Punctuality!

  • 4 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie F.
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Damien was truly Awesome! The meal was for a total of 10 people we had plenty. We had prime rib, mash potatoes, asparagus and cream spinach for dinner. Also he made some to die for Margaritas and bruschetta for an appetizer. He brought everything he needed and cleaned up afterwards. The food was very tasty and delicious! I will absolutely be using him in the future!

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Gracious
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Libby O.
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Clarissa was great -- very responsive, flexible, and accommodating. In addition, the food -- for a baby shower brunch -- was excellent! We had mini frittatas, French toast, mini pancake stacks, fruit parfaits, mini bagels with lox and cream cheese, fruit skewers, and excellent croissant sausage sandwiches with aged cheddar! Clarissa also brought garnishes for Blood Marys and mimosas and was willing to provide coffee at the last moment when I realized we didn't have it! I'd highly recommend.

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BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christopher L.
Verified review

Let me start by saying read this to the end. Very honest review with positives and negatives: On a really short notice, Maya did a great job in working with me for our reception. I was annoying but she answered all of my calls, Emails, and put my mind at ease. I was busy trying to be a good host, so unfortunately I didn’t get to try the food. However, by the overwhelming response we got from the guests about how great it was, I would definitely recommend using this service. Also I plan on using it again for future events. The only negative I could even mention we had a miscommunication about ice. I was going to give it 4 stars because of that but it was an honest mistake. Also I was panicked last minute and was making mountains out of molehills. At any rate, I’m pretty picky about service and punctuality, you won’t be disappointed. I HIGHLY SUGGEST USING THIS SERVICE!

Natural Chef Katie
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy H.
Verified review

Katie created salsa and tacos for an engagement party we had. The food was delicious and unique. The salsa was made with different colored tomatoes from a local organic garden. Fresh seasonings were combined with a hint of vinegar, making just the right flavor and spiciness that was well received by our guests. The taco meat was a marinated pork butt cooked in a slow cooker, resulting in a tender meat that was the perfect combination of salty and fruity. Condiments included sour cream, fresh grated cheese, chopped lettuce, and pickled red onion. People particularly raved about the pickled red onions. The buffet serving was efficiently set up and easily used. I will hire Katie again for future events. Her creativity, cooking skills, and service were just what I was looking for.

  • 17 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Griselda S.
Verified review

We hired Kathy for our grand opening event at our ice cream store. She did an amazing job with face painting and the children were very happy with her. I will definitely recommend her to any business or party. Her talent is above and beyond!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
John P.
Verified review

We've used "Sam" for several events, and her skills as a bartender are only surpassed by how she puts our clients and friends at ease. Her congenialty helps to break the ice at smaller gatherings, while at the same time retaining a professional demeanor that ensures a successful event.

Noah Vasquez
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Victoria S.
    Verified review

    Noah catered and hosted a beautiful underground dinner. It was a standing, small plate dinner which included quail eggs in salt, a marinated jicama and pickled onion on pear chip topped with creme fresh, a hash with candied bacon, a delicious, homemade butternut squash ravioli with a brown butter sauce and my personal favorite, a goat cheese ice cream with stone fruit. Each dish was incredible and the favor profiles were on point. Noah was a gracious host and made sure everyones needs were met including offering gluten free and vegetarian options. I would definitely attend another one of his events in a heartbeat.

    Super Yumm Pizza
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 5 years in business
    Brandon C.
    Verified review

    This past weekend, we had the Super Yumm "SWAT team" at our house supporting a Valentine's Day party for our two daughters and some of their friends. In total, there were thirteen (13) people. I will start by saying the food was DELICIOUS. All of it - from the salad to the pizza to the gelato, everything was fresh and delicious with unique flavors that were pleasantly surprising given the amount of salads, pizza and ice cream we have all eaten in our lives. Even with ten (10) kids, they were all able to customize their pizza to exactly what they wanted, and they all loved the whole experience. Further, the Super Yumm teams were extremely professional and courteous bringing their own gear and leaving our kitchen cleaner than when they entered. We had a family friend visiting from out of town during the party, and his comment was "I thought you were just ordering pizza and having a pizza party. This was very unique and very cool - not at all what I was expecting". If you're looking for some great food with a unique approach to delivery that is good for both kids and adults, Super Yumm definitely fits the bill. It was nothing less than a great experience.

    About

    We are an all-in-one Mexican ice cream and sandwich shop exclusively selling Metropolis Coffee in Archer Heights. We are popularly known for having the best Torta de Pierna and natural yogurt in town! This is "where colors have never tasted so good." Add some colores to your next event. We also offer school lunch options.

    About

    For over 20 years, our staff of courteous and well-trained associates have been providing professional event services to satisfied customers all across the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area. Homeowners, Corporate Managers, Party Planners, Schools, Church Groups, Party Rentals and Caterers are just some of our clients benefiting from our friendly and knowledgeable event services. We have taken the ice cream event business to the next level of Service Excellence! Good Humor, Blue Bunny, Ben & Jerry's and other premium ice cream novelties are offered. Featuring... Deluxe Ice Cream Sundae Bars, Root Beer Floats and Hand-Scooped Italian Ice Events. Company Picnics, Block Parties, Office Presentations, Weddings, Birthdays... 'ICE CREAM FOR YOUR OCCASION' Whether your event has 75 guests or over 10,000 in attendance, we have the equipment and years of experience to handle your needs. Contact us today to speak with one of our event representatives. We sincerely look forward to working with you, Thank You!

    About

    We specialize in popcorn, ice cream, and parties. We are the party place for kids of all ages. We also cater and bring the party to your place. We offer stuffed animals, magicians, caricatures, and crafts with ice cream and sandwiches at your request. We make our gourmet caramel popcorn fresh upon order. We are known for our original, famous Avalanche with 42 scoops, 15 inches high with the works! No single person has finished our avalanche in 30 minutes, or it is free! Man vs. food: where are you for the challenge?

    About

    We are Chicago's number 1 chili and ice cream parlor. We have on-site ice cream socials both large or small for catering events. We also have chili, hotdogs, sub-sandwiches, and more.

    About

    We bring the sweetest party in Chicago to you! Cold Stone Creamery in Lockport is a full-service ice cream, dessert, ice cream cake and cupcake catering service. Cold Stone has the world's best-tasting ice cream and unique concept that allows guests to create their ultimate ice cream dream by adding in a variety toppings and mix-ins. We set up the Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae Bar Station. We have the portable frozen granite stone just like in our store to actually mix ice cream creations right in front of your guests' eyes, ice cream cakes and cupcake trees, candy stations, and a portable "cool cart" for an old-fashioned ice cream social. We are very affordable!

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How much should catering cost per person?

    Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

    • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
    • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
    • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
    • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
    • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space 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.

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