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Choosing a Wedding Caterer

When it comes to your wedding, one of the most important parts is the food. There are so many different options: you could go with a more cocktail type reception where heavy appetizers are the main attraction, a full sit down meal or even a family style dinner.

In Chicago, choosing a wedding caterer is both extremely easy and very difficult. With the amount of amazing caterers in this area, you will be in good hands with many, but selecting who is best for you, might be hard.

There are a few key items to keep in mind when you start your caterer search: what kind of food do you want? Are you looking to infuse Indian cuisine in? Are you Kosher, and need someone who is experienced in Kosher preparation? It’s also important to keep in mind how you want the food served. There are many different options such as a more low-key cocktail party. Or you could choose for a four course sit down meal or even a family style dinner where people mingle while they pass the potatoes.

Lastly, you need to have an idea of your budget. Most caterers can give you a good amount of direction if they know what your budget is for catering. For example, maybe you really want to work with a certain caterer, and once they know your price point they could offer you a great cocktail party, but not a four course meal. Be honest about this, and you’ll find that it’s much easier to have a great conversation with them.

Some of our favorite caterers:

FIG : They offer all organic catering up to 150 guests.  Have I mentioned their sweet potatoes are to die for? Heaven.

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Paramount Events: The food with Paramount is divine, and the sky’s the limit with this caterer. Do you want a food station? Done and done. I’m also a big fan of them growing a lot of their own vegetables in their garden! (Image from website.)

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Jewel Events: There is a reason that Jewell Events is on just about every list in town. From the endless possibilities of their menus to their amazing service, you’re in great hands with them. (Image from website)

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Wolfgang Puck: We love the fresh feel of all of their wedding options especially for a summer affair. We had the joy of working with them this past August for Christina and Jimmy’s wedding.

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Blue Plate Catering: Another one of the big caterers. They have different people who specialize for certain venues which is great for you as a client because that person will know the ins and outs of that space.  (Image from website.)

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Food for Thought: We had the pleasure of working with them in October for Erin and Ryan’s wedding. We love our friends there, and know our couples love working with them, too!

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There are so many more, too, friends! These are just a few of our favorites.

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