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Portage Full Service Caterers

Browse these full service caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Portage.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 319 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly A.
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We hired Chef Rich and his team to cater my husband's 40th birthday party. His team serviced 60 of my guests. The full catering service included delivery/pickup of rental equipment, setup , clean up, servers, & a bartendar. They're service made the day/night enjoyable as they took care of everything including picking up the ice, mixers, etc. All i had to do was ask. The food they prepared was delicious, we had a combination of meat appetizers and vegetarian appetizers. The guests thoroughly enjoyed the food. The only thing i would have changed was to have the servers pass out the food more consistently to my guests rather than having it placed on a table in the corner as it quickly got cold and perhaps didn't taste as good as it would have hot/warm. Other than that my experience with Chef's Most Wanted Catering & Chef Services was outstanding. I would definitely use their services again for both big and small events. Thank you for making the night a success!

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 102 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Norma W.
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Best service I had from a Catering company. Food was amazing! For the very right price. All my guest were very satisfied. I recommend Inglenook!

  • 29 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Devin S.
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Chef David, I want to thank you for doing such an amazing job for our sons back lawn wedding reception. The food was fabulous, as was the service. All our guests raved how wonderful the food was. Your staff, Mike, Jasmine, Michelle and you CHEF were so hardworking and accommodating and ready to make everything perfect. We will never forget this special day in their lives and you helped make it that way. Everyone should have a Chef David 24-7 in my book. We highly recommend Lakeshore Private Chef & Catering to anyone planning a large or intimate event. Honestly it could not have been better.

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
KIMBERLY L.
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Very pleased with Karen's professional service. Plan to use her again in the future.

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Gracious
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Harmony E.
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Thank you Clarissa, for your awesome service! My husband and his guests were very pleased at his event, and we are both so thankful that you were able to accommodate us short notice. Wishing you continued success! Jay & Harmony

The Remade Kitchen, LLC
4.8
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly R.
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Excellent food and friendly service. The food is always fresh, unique and absolutely outstanding. Can't wait to see what is cooking up next!

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.

Madre Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Tina G.
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Great food and terrific service!!!!

Mastersque Bbq
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Brandi F.
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Very good service. Food was delicious plan to order more. Would definitely recommend it! Give it try you won't be disappointed:)

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elaine P.
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I highly recommend Phylclay's catering, the service was prompt the food was delicious very well assembled.

LeDivas Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Renee W.
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Very good food and service. Everyone raved about the food and the variety. plenty for seconds and then some.

A1 Event Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Latiya M.
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The food was delicious! She catered a Mother’s Day Brunch, and the shrimp and grits were delicious!!!! The smothered chicken, kale salad, I was stuffed!!!! There were some specialty mimosas also. I don’t know what was put in them, but I couldn’t get enough!!!! I would recommend this catering service for any event!!! She was very professional & everything was ready in a timely manner.

  • 18 years in business
Pam D.
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We had a great experience working with Veneisha. The food for our party was amazing, flavorful and delicious. I highly recommend her service's.

Fyusion Dining
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa O.
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Chef Yu and his sous chef were amazing. They were prompt, reliable, organized, helpful, polite, and made sure that my guests were happy. The food was delicious and the presentation was gorgeous. I was so grateful for their helpfulness during prep time, so I could get myself and my kids ready. While I was helping my kids finish their homework before our party, Chef Yu was arranging flowers and setting the table without me even asking. It was kind of like having my mom in the kitchen with me, because like her, Chef Yu just looked around to see what needed to be done and he did it. Effortless! I highly recommend Fyusion dining for their professionalism, as well as their unique and interesting menu options!

Le Fleur de Lis Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brandi P.
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Chief Allen, catered my West Coast Conference back in October. My colleagues are still talking about how delicious the food was and how amazing his services was. I would definitely use him again for my next function. The food was PERFECT and that service was OUTSTANDING.

Cooking by Chef Mike
5.0
from 1 review
    Mary D.
    Verified review

    Look no further for the utmost professionalism and the best quality food/catering! I cannot rave enough about Michael! I hosted my baby shower at my townhouse in Lincoln Park. Most of my family is on the east coast, so the guest list was only about 20 people. I knew I didn't want myself or another guest to have to worry about cooking and a few of my guests have specific dietary restrictions so I wasn't comfortable ordering from a restaurant. One of my friends works at the law firm where Michael is the chef and passed along his information, letting me know he also caters these types of private events. Plus, she kept RAVING about how awesome his food is. Michael was so refreshing to work with from start to finish. He was responsive, detail oriented, and extremely professional (not to mention so friendly!) We had an initial phone meeting to discuss menu ideas, dietary restrictions, and theming. He got back to me with a preliminary menu (including a full ingredient list) and questions regarding what my kitchen was capable of (how big my oven is, how many burners I have, etc.) As I said, very detail oriented. He also came up with thoughtful, creative ideas for my friend's dietary restrictions so they could enjoy the "fun" treats, too! One of my favorite gluten free treats were his dark chocolate coconut tarts- totally delicious. The day of the shower he arrived right on time with everything we discussed for the final menu. He was professional and completely unobtrusive. He ensured all of the food was the correct temperature when served. He even came prepared with ingredient cards to put out with the food. Everything was DELICIOUS. But I think the best part of hiring Michael was that he left my kitchen SPOTLESS! I swear it was cleaner than when he started. Seriously, look no further for in-home catering. I already know who will do Baby Rose's first birthday party. I swear, Michael is Chicago's best kept secret.

    About

    Tano's is a fast casual pizzeria and Italian restaurant. We specialize in delivery and catering. We are capable of catering for parties from 10-500.

    About

    Saucylicious is a full service custom caterer. We provide everything to fit your needs, including food, set-up, servers, bartenders, and clean up services. Some of our services include cooking classes, wine pairing dinners, appetizers, salads and entrees. Saucylicious will meet with you to tailor fit your visions for your event.

    About

    I opened a restaurant in 1999, and we are best known for our German and Austrian food, but for the caterings, we do all kinds of different foods. Tell us what your catering needs are, and we can do it.

    About

    I am a breakfast, lunch and catering restaurant located in Downers Grove. I have been feeding guests for 25 years. I bring a high-quality and great service and a warm atmosphere to guests.

    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.

    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 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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