I’m going to be honest with you. My enjoyment level at any celebration is directly proportional to the quality of the food.
Yes, sure, the company I’m with is also important, but come on now. Feed me something good!
I’m not going to leave you hanging. I’m happy to share my sources! Here are the caterers I turn to for help with special events, whether it’s a backyard BBQ in Glencoe, a 50th birthday luncheon in Evanston, or a glittering charity ball downtown. These professionals make it work no matter the venue… and I lick my plate every time.
Big Ticket Charity Galas
Chairing an intimate gathering of 600 at the Field Museum? You might want to give one of these companies a call.
Calihan Catering 833 W. Haines, Chicago, 312-587-3553
They’ll provide service for up to 5,000, known for their high-powered clients and their willingness to do anything to make an event work.
Jewell Events Catering 424 N. Wood St., Chicago, 312-829-3663
For forty years, the choice of high society at all the top galas, known for excellent service and fabulous food.
Limelight Catering 2000 N. Racine Ave., Chicago, 773-883-3080
Owned by Wilmette native Rita Gutekanst; known for innovative presentation and delicious food at some of the toniest venues in town.
Special Celebrations and Corporate Events
Whether it’s a wedding for 200 at the Botanic Garden or a business dinner for 50 at the Kenilworth Club, any of these caterers will give you the service and quality you’re looking for.
An Apple a Day Catering 317 Park Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-2620
Twenty years of catering on the North Shore means that they know their client.
Catering by Michael’s 6203 Park Ave., Morton Grove, 847-966-6555
Specializing in outdoor events, they’ll make any event fun.
J & L Catering 1229 N. Branch St., Chicago, 312-280-7900
Service and food are terrific; their event planners are totally hands-on and make everything run smoothly.
Pear Tree Catering 950 Woodlands Pkwy., Vernon Hills, 847-459-1100
Extensive chocolate and dessert buffets are a particular specialty, as well as big outdoor events.