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Catering in Chicago, IL,
(312) 587-3553
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4.6 out of 5
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  • 29 Reviews


    Kelly

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I cannot thank Cate and Calihan Catering enough! They were absolutely amazing from start to finish! Everyone was so professional and our guests could not stop talking about how great the food was. We even had people telling us 'this was the best food we have ever had!' We had a few tricky things to coordinate like our champagne wall and they made everything happen without hesitation or question. They catered to what we were envisioning, made the entire process seamless and made sure our families were taken care of the whole time. They truly went above and beyond. My husband and I could not have asked for a better catering company!! You need to hire this team for any catering event, I promise they will not disappoint!! 

    Julie Brook

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had a marvelous experience working with Cate Kaczala and Emily Preston from Calihan Catering. Our daughter and her now husband selected Gallery 1028 for the location of their wedding. The wedding was Sunday morning in August 2019. From the venue to the catering we have not one complaint, only compliments. Cate and Emily were our contacts and they could not have been nicer to work with. They also worked smoothly with our vendors; Farrah Singh Kauffman from Simply Azure Events, Jori Foreman from Fab Flora, David Florczak from Posh Productions, Sweet Mandy Cakes, Do Rite Donuts, Big Sadie our band, and Elizabeth Wells our photographer. Cate and Emily are certainly skilled in catering and guiding clients through the process until the party ends. They answered our calls, our emails and every question - even when we asked multiple times! The food was amazing, tasty and fresh. The service was excellent. The room temperature perfect for a hot August morning. The venue was love... Read more

    Kyle Dolan

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    5 out of 5
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  • We booked Calihan Catering for our wedding in May 2019, which we held at their Chicago venue, Gallery 1028. (We’ve reviewed Gallery 2018 separately). They did a fantastic job! The food was delicious, everyone agreed—favorite items were the appetizers of papaya quesadillas and deviled eggs with smoked trout, and the gnocchi entrée. The service was excellent: food arrived at a perfect pace, and servers were very attentive to our guests and to us. The bar service was great too, and the full bar package was well-stocked. Cate was our catering lead and she was great to work with on designing the menu. She also pitched in at the wedding to help us manage the event timings and move guests from the ceremony, to the cocktail hour, to dinner. We had a great experience with Calihan and would highly recommend them to prospective couples!

    Kate Allt

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    5 out of 5
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  • Calihan Catering is the vendor you get when you book Gallery 1028 for an event, which we did, but no matter where you hold your event, book these guys! Let me tell you - they are total professionals. Our evening wedding ran like a well-oiled machine. The food was amazing and our guests gushed over it all night. It is not your typical so-so, luke warm wedding food. Everything was amazing, cooked to perfection and served nice and hot! The service itself was even better! The wait staff was so attentive and professional. I so appreciated a plate of appetizers and two drinks waiting for us in the bridal suite after the ceremony for us to enjoy quickly during cocktail hour before greeting guests. The gentleman who served my husband and I was so sweet and made sure that as soon as he served us a course, he came to find us to make sure we sat down and ate! Our glasses were never empty and I’m so glad we had time to enjoy our delicious meal. Before the wedding, we worked mainly with John Cali... Read more

    Heather

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    5 out of 5
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  • We found Calihan Catering through Gallery 1028 which we chose as our wedding venue. Calihan catering was truly extraordinary. The food is absolutely delicious, and the staff is exceptional. Zach Stevens was our account executive and was wonderful to work with. Zach was extremely responsive to emails and phone calls and was very accommodating. When we went in for our food tasting we were blown away with how delicious all the food was. There was truly not one thing at our tasting that we did not like. Zach was great helping us narrow down a menu for our wedding and was even able to mix and match a few of the meals to create the perfect dinner menu for our guest. When we expressed to Zach that we wanted to have a signature drink he didn’t hesitate to offer some suggestions. He even provided a few recommended signature drinks for us to try at our tasting. When it came to food allergies Calihan had no problem accommodating guest with allergies. The staff did a fantastic job serving all... Read more

    Jon

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    5 out of 5
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  • Working with Gallery/Calihan was one of the highlights of our whole experience. My now wife and I are from out of town and did most of our planning from a distance. We visited over a dozen venues and Calihan was hands down the best from flexibility to location to customer service. E-mails were answered within one day and they worked around our schedule. From tastings to the actual reception we loved every second. These guys are top notch, the food rocked and it hands down made the day what it was. Can thank them enough.

    Maggie

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    5 out of 5
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  • We had our wedding 8/5/17 and used Calihan for catering. Jessie Pare, our rep was outstanding every step of the journey. Deciding on your guest's food can be overwhelming and Jessie made our experience easy, affordable and most importantly created a final menu that our guests raved about! The appetizer selections were some of the best we've ever tasted and the main dish we were able to customize based on both of our specific tastes:) I highly recommend Calihan and Jessie for any Chicago couple looking for a fun and laid back approach to catering!

    Ally

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    5 out of 5
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  • Calihan Catering is the best wedding food ever, by far. They are truly exceptional. My husband and I had our wedding reception at Gallery 1028 in June and we still rave about the food – if they had a restaurant we would be there regularly! Serious food allergies were taken care of and the presentation was outstanding. Calihan goes above and beyond to make sure guests have great quality food and not the traditional banquet/wedding food. We were blown away!

    Rebekah

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wow. I cannot say enough about Todd and Jessie (and the whole crew) from Calihan! Though our wedding was in Chicago, we live in Houston, so tasting appointments and other meetings were hard to schedule. Todd was completely accommodating every time, and our tasting was unbelievable! Todd and chef were able to accommodate every request we had: special late night snacks based on our St Louis roots, and the from-scratch pistachio cake was completely out of this world - so many people took the leftovers! One special request we had was for charcuterie boards on the tables and they were unbelievably delicious - all guests had nothing but good things to say about all of it. We truly couldn't be happier with the food and service of this team; it made the day unforgettable! Thank you Todd, Jessie and the Calihan team!!!

    Aisha

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I had our wedding at Gallery 1028 on 3/4/2017. To say that we had the most amazing wedding ever is an understatement, and a majority of the reason is because of the delicious food from Calihan Catering along with their incredibly superior staff. My husband and I have attended and been in a LOT of weddings prior to ours, with our fair share of bad wedding food. Right from the beginning, we knew we wanted to prioritize food and drink and sought out the best of the best. However, we quickly found out that quality catering in Chicago comes at a high cost... Unless you work with Calihan Catering, that is. When we booked our venue we really got a 2-for-1 deal, as Calihan Catering is Gallery 1028’s exclusive caterer. We worked with Todd (we miss you Todd!) and he was always available for questions, was innovative in coming up with ways to personalize our menu, and always put my mind at ease. He went out of his way numerous times to make sure that every aspect of our wedding w... Read more

    Maggie

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    5 out of 5
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  • We used Calihan Catering 6 weeks ago and we haven't come down from the amazing experience yet! We fell in love with the space from the moment that we visited. The space was rustic and simple and absolutely gorgeous. My husband and my MOH met with Jeffrey at one of the open houses initially, & he was incredible! He was extremely helpful and spent time answering any questions that we had. He laid every detail out and was able to make us feel like our dream wedding was possible. Overall, we were really looking for comfort - picking a venue is an overwhelming process and the team was able to make us feel comfortable from the start. After we decided that Gallery 1028 was going to be our wedding venue, we were introduced to Todd. There was no skipping a beat, Jeffrey and Todd were completely in sync. From the moment we met Todd, he was so incredibly organized and helpful. Throughout the entire planning process, Todd remained accessible. At the final walk through the theme was just what we h... Read more

    Nancy Trujillo

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    1.4 out of 5
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  • I called to get an estimate and asked if I could add Tequila to our package. A simple "Yes, we can add a specialty drink with tequila" would suffice. This person went on about "This is Chicago we don't do shots" all snotty about it and that they have been doing catering for years and tequila at wedding always end up being a bad wedding. I didn't ask any of that and they way it was said was very rude and he kept trying to talk over me. I am not doing business with them anytime soon after this incident his name is apparently Nash Callahan and was the worst service. If this is how you will treat your paying customers before the wedding I can't even imagine how it will be when the wedding will take place. Amazing place just sad that the catering service was the worst.

    Tim Fisher

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  • Oh man, Calihan Catering were so helpful in our wedding planning. They helped guide us in each and every aspect of setting up the room, flow of the event, timing of the ceremony, and FOOD! And the food was amazing! We had so many compliments on how exceptional the food was, particularly the appetizers.

    Stephanie

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • The built-in Calihan Catering team was one of the best things about booking our venue, Gallery 1028. Todd was incredible - he was so calm throughout the process, and helped instill confidence that everything would be taken care of even if we didn't remember the details ourselves. Both sets of parents flew in for the tasting, which was set up just for us (even with our ideas for linens!) and such a special part of the wedding planning process. From then on, our parents couldn't wait for the wedding so they could have the food again. Plus, Todd helped us customize the bar to our specific brand preferences and was accommodating with all of our asks. You can't go wrong!

    Isabella Moraes

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    4.6 out of 5
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  • We found Calihan Catering through our venue, Gallery 1028. Super glad we did. We originally worked with Nichole for a short time and then transitioned to working with Cate. Cate was a dream, so responsive, flexible, and customized everything exactly how I pictured it! Throughout the process, Cate was prompt with all her responses. She made so many different changes to the menu until it was absolutely perfect. The day of the wedding Calihan really made sure everyone was taken care of. They made a huge, and much appreciated effort to make sure the wedding party, and most importantly my husband and I were always being fed. I got to have all the hors d'oeuvres multiple times the day of and the dinner service was excellent. Garrison (I think that was his name) was the server for us throughout the night and he was amazing and so on top of it. Throughout cocktail hour and dinner, we had everything we needed before we even knew we needed it! He was incredible. In all the weddings I hav... Read more

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