(Closed) Catering Suggestions

posted 9 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Conn’s Catering was the most affordable we found, and they also offer a very high level of customer service – you deal directly with Mr. Conn most of the time. The food was not as amazing as some other caterers we looked at, but for the price it is pretty solid. Mr. Conn also had lots of suggestions for ways we could save money so he really seemed to be on our side.

Post # 4
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97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We used Hel’s Kitchen for our full-dinner reception for 137 people, and the total bill (including linens and a dessert table) was about $10,000. That’s still a lot of money, but every other caterer we spoke to wanted a $15,000 minimum. Hel’s also has a ton of lunch options, so I bet they could work something out for you. Also, their customer service is fantastic.

Post # 5
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197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I know that I’ve posted about him on the Chicago boards already, but I recommend Chris with D’absolute Catering (www.dabsolute.com). His packages include the food, staff, linens and plates/glassware.

Ann Sather is also a good option (you know, the restaurant on Belmont with the delicious cinnamon rolls). Their catering is affordable.

Post # 7
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102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

No matter what, remember that the initial quote is always the starting point for negotiations.  They will go down.  Don’t let them intimidate you.  MyChef started at $1900, tell them you were hoping to get them for $800.  He’ll balk, tell you it can’t be done, say it’s not a good fit, then come back with $1500.  You say, “oh no way, I really don’t feel comfortable over $1000.”  He says how he won’t be able to feed his kids, etc.  Eventually you’ll get there.  It’s a pain, but keep shopping around. 

Post # 8
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67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hey! I saw your post and I would like to recomend my mom. Her name is Teri Panniero and she is the catering manager at Go Roma Italian Kitchen. Go Roma prides itself on having affordable and extremly yummy Italian food. My mom has worked extensively with clients throughout Oakbrook and the western suburbs. You can check out the GoRoma website at http://www.Goroma.net, or visit one of their resturants in Boilingbrook or Warrenville. I spoke with my mom and she said she would be happy to work with you. Her number is (708) 305-7880.  

Post # 9
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197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

ChicagoB2B- I love GoRoma. I go to the one on State St pretty often. Yum!!

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