From the logistics to the food, hosting a party can be a lot of work. Make your life a little bit easier — and more delicious — by getting your next party catered, whether that party is a backyard barbecue or a full-scale wedding. Here are five Chicago caterers that know not only how to tailor a menu to your crowd, but also how to plan your next shindig, and that often includes helping you pick the perfect location.
D’Absolute Events and Catering
5106 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60641
Not only will d’Absolute Events & Catering tailor your catering menu to what you want your event to be about — whether it be a wedding or a family reunion — but the husband and wife owners will also help you find the perfect venue. They are all-around planners, and as such, they know how to make your event shine no matter how many people are in attendance (between 10 and 5,000).
1850 S. Blue Island Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
Not only do Justin and Molly offer customized menus and catering for intimate gatherings (two to 150 people), but they also make an effort to keep their business “green” by using local resources. On the day of the event, they offer top-notch service and planning that is very detail-oriented. Their services include cocktail parties as well as buffet or plated meals for weddings or any other kind of event where you want to impress your friends with the quality of food.
3819 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613
Food Network Stars Dan and Steve know how to throw a party, whether it be a barbecue or a cocktail party with a beautiful view of the city skyline. They strive to make your event different than anything else by offering a menu that fits you and your vision for the event. For over a decade, their catering services have included corporate events, weddings, as well as private events, and the team prides itself on creating contemporary but casual memorable events, which include some really delicious food.
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Publican Quality Meats
825 W. Fulton Market St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Publican Quality Meats may be known as Chef Paul Kahan’s butcher shop, but it’s so much more than that too. It’ll take the delicious meats, cheeses and delicacies you see in the case and turn them into catered lunches as well as hors d’oeuvres. Its meals of sandwiches, charcuterie, soups and sides are top-notch, making PQM the perfect option for your next family get-together. You can have the catering delivered – along with napkins, plates and utensils – or hire some of the staff to man your event as well.
3800 N. Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60641
Smoked meats, need we say more? Skip the line that always winds its way out the door of this North Center/Irving Park neighborhood hotspot and get your next barbecue party (or corporate event) catered. Its barbecue — whether it be fall-off-the-bone ribs or delectable pulled pork — travels well, and it’s a great option for any kind of event. Whether you want to do a small pick-up for 10 people or get your meat delivered, complete with a buffet set-up, Smoque BBQ will do it.
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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s scribbling novels, and TV show reviews and recaps. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.