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Tinley Park Food Service Professionals

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

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  • 4 years in business
  • 319 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lori M.
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We have a family dinner once a month and I don't cook. CHEF MOST WANTED TO THE RESCUE!!! The menu was fabulous, Chef Eric and his assistant were spot on and included sunset in our evening menu. Everyone appreciated the great food and service. I will definite hire again.

North Island Catering
4.8
from 145 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 263 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen W.
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North Island Catering made the Chicago Dental Society Foundation's Wine & Roses fundraiser a success! I could not have asked for a better partner from start to finish. Allen was great to work with and was very very responsive to my questions and our specific event needs. The fundraiser attendees raved about the food and the presentation, especially the beef tenderloin carving station. I don't think I have had a more positive catering experience and I would absolutely ask North Island to come downtown to cater any of our events. Everything was wonderful- thank you for complimenting our beautiful Michigan Avenue view with your wonderful service and food.

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 128 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle K.
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Chic Chef Catering supplied buffet dinner for 120 guests at a fundraising event for a non-profit ministry. We got many compliments about the taste and quality of the food. And their service time was quicker than we had budgeted!

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 102 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 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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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!

Top Pro
  • 18 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

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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!

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cas R.
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Phylclay’s catering goes the extra mile there service and food is excellent

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
  • 2 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.

Dynamic Cuisine (Chicago)
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ashley J.
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Great food and service!!!!

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.
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