There are so many things to consider when planning your wedding: the venue, the attire, the music and the decor. And if you’re planning to serve food, you want to serve high-quality dishes and provide excellent service for your guests, whether it’s buffet-style or a sit-down meal.
To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a list of some of Chicago’s best wedding caterers. Some venues have specific caterers they like to work with and do not allow outside caterers, so be sure to consider that when you’re booking your venue. Vice versa, some caterers – including a few on this list – have specific venues they work with.
At The Shapiro Ballroom, we have a list of preferred caterers, but you are welcome to bring a caterer not on our list as well. Keep reading to learn more about some of the best wedding caterers in Chicago, and check out the review for each one to see what others have said about working with them.
Catered by Design
Catered by Design specializes in weddings. They have been a pick for The Knot’s “Best of Weddings Winners” every year since 2014, and recently received one of WeddingWire’s 2017 Couples’ Choice Awards. They do passed hors d’oeuvres, buffets, and plated meals, and their menu has just about anything your guests could want: hot and cold hors d’oeuvres; soups; seafood; chicken, beef, pork and lamb platters; vegetarian plates and deserts. Catered by Design also offers beverage packages and can provide servers and bartenders.
Jewell Events Catering
Jewell Events Catering has also received several awards for their high-quality food and service. Possibly the biggest thing that helps them stand out is their farm-to-table menu options. These guys may be your best bet if serving locally-sourced food is a priority. They have gardens at The Field Museum and in Albany Park, where they grow herbs and fresh produce to include in items on their menu, which includes American, Eastern European, French, Indian, Italian, Latin American and Middle Eastern cuisines. Jewell Events Catering does passed hors d’oeuvres, buffets and sit-down meals. They also can supply servers and bartenders.
8523 W. 191st St.
Mokena, IL 60448
Polonia Catering was recognized by The Knot as one of its “2017 Best of Weddings Winners.” They offer catering services for all kinds of events, but weddings are where they shine. Their menu offers a diverse selection of classic wedding dishes, most of which are chicken, beef or seafood platters. There are vegetarian options as well. Although they offer beverage packages, they do not provide bartending services, so you’ll need to set that up through someone else if you plan to serve alcohol. But they can provide servers for passed hors d’oeuvres, buffet setups and plated meals.
1900 N. Austin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
Most wedding menus feature similar types of cuisines; American, Italian and French are some of the more common ones. But Cocina Fusion does something a little different; they focus on Hispanic food. Their menus include a “Latin & American Fusion Menu” and a “Traditional Mexican Menu.” Cocina Fusion’s emphasis on this type of food is largely an effort led by Owner and Co-founder Anaxi Ayala, who also is a chef. If you’re looking to offer your guests items like fajitas, tostadas or a particular dish named “Tex-Mex Tilapia,” Cocina Fusion is the right caterer for your wedding. They do passed hors d’oeuvres, buffets and sit-down meals. They can supply servers and bartenders as well.
Blue Plate Catering
Blue Plate was a winner of WeddingWire’s 2016 Couples’ Choice Awards. Their menu is constantly changing because they prepare their meals using seasonal ingredients. If you’re planning a summer wedding, you likely will see strawberries in one of the dishes. The variety of foods they make with those ingredients is extensive as well; their cuisine includes American, Eastern European, French, Italian, Latin American and Middle Eastern. Blue Plate does passed hors d’oeuvres, buffets and plated meals and can provide servers. They also can handle the bar service.
What sets The Caterist apart is their willingness to make any dish you want, so if there’s something particular you’d like to offer your guests, these guys have you covered. You also can select items from their existing menu, which includes a variety of hors d’oeuvres, entrees, soups, salads and deserts. There’s no shortage of creativity on their menu; Whipped Goat’s Milk Feta Garden Ratatouille and the Grilled Blue Marlin are on the more-interesting end of the spectrum. Passed hors d’oeuvres, buffets and sit-down meals are all available options, and servers and bartenders can be supplied.