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Catering in Lisle,
(630) 493-4300
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4.6 out of 5
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    Lauren

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  • My art museum wedding was beautiful and I had Katie constantly checking in with me to make sure my husband and I were happy. They were more than accommodating with our financial situation. Very professional! So happy with how it all turned out.

    Shannon

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    5 out of 5
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  • Chef by Request was the caterer for our wedding and they were a hit. All around, everything you could want in a caterer. The food (appetizers, salad, plated main course, late night snack) was delicious, served warm and fresh (made on site) by a great team of friendly servers and staff. We worked with Katie Merkle, who was so awesome. She listened to our needs, provided feedback and helped us build a menu that was personalized, seasonal and pleased all of our guests. Chef by request was so accomodating and welcoming--we couldn't have asked for a better vendor to handle this important part of our wedding day. If you are planning an event in the Chicago area, you owe it to yourself to give them a call!

    Taryn

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    5 out of 5
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  • Absolutely impressed with the quality of the food, helpfulness of the staff, and ease to work with. We had a backyard reception and they did a great job...Although it was in our backyard, it wasn't super casual based on the food/decor. We had a buffet-style with chicken, pasta, and a meat as an entree, veggies, potatoes, etc. People were extremely impressed with the quality of the food and service. (We also hired them as bartenders.) Pricing is fair for what they provide, and much less expensive than other caterers in the area. THANK YOU! :)

    Mark

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    5 out of 5
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  • We decided to use their Brazilian Menu, and the executed the entire event with professionalism, quality, and more important amazing food (beyond our expectations). Many guests said this was the best food they have had in any other weddings.

    User4402409

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    5 out of 5
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  • Katie Merkle and the rest of the staff at Chef By Request did an exceptional job making our vision come to life. We had a breakfast-for-dinner superhero-themed wedding, and Katie and the staff were 100% on board from our first meeting. Never once were we made to feel like we were doing something wrong or inappropriate by having a nontraditional event; in fact, Katie was eager to send ideas about themed drinks and even had the bartender show up dressed as Batman! All of the wait staff and both bartenders were professional and on point all evening. We did run out of bacon before the end of the evening, but I found out later that some of my guests sneaked in for seconds before some people had had firsts! Overall, my husband and I had an overwhelmingly positive experience working with Katie and her staff from entree selection to budgeting to service delivery, and we would recommend CBR to anyone. Just make sure to order extra bacon. :-)

    Aly

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    5 out of 5
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  • Katie Merkle is a DREAM!! We had a hard time finding a caterer that would be a good fit for our less than traditional, oversized wedding. Chef by Request was everything we wanted and more. Their food was incredible, we did Chicago-themed served family style for our 270 person outdoor wedding. While the food was delicious, the service staff and professionalism of CBR was what really blew us away. Like I said, Katie is one of my favorite people on earth. Amazing energy and ready to take on any challenge. And our wedding was definitely a challenge. Our reception was in a tent located probably 30 feet away from a lodge that had the kitchen for the CBR staff. And right about dinner time it decided to monsoon, meaning the staff had to run back and forth through INSANE rain, trying to get the food out to all of our guests in a timely manner, while at the same time, keeping it covered so the rain wouldn't destroy it. They were INCREDIBLE!! And the servers were all amazingly attentive and very ... Read more

    Yolanda

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    5 out of 5
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  • Pulled off a perfect evening! Everything went smoothly and we were able to simply enjoy our wedding! The service was terrific and the food was delicious!

    Becky

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    5 out of 5
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  • I got married and Danada House so Chef by Request was already a recommended vendor which made my decision really easy. I was choosing between 2 caterers and I chose CBR because the food was fantastic and Katie, the sales manager, was attentive, but not pushy. The process was incredibly easy for us. Katie was easy to work with and completely on top of everything. She worked with Danada house and our Band on everything so I only really needed to work with her instead of 4 different people. The day of the wedding the wait staff was very nice and attentive and Katie was there and on top of things. They were extremely accommodating. The 3.5 year old ring bearer really loved macaroni and cheese, but also wanted the beef entree the adults were getting so they put together a combination plate for him which he loved. My fiancee and I loved all 3 entrees and had a hard time choosing so they brought all 3 for us, while only charging for 2. They also brought out extra meals for our photographer wh... Read more

    Colleen

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  • My fiance and I recently worked with Chef by Request for our wedding in May 2015. We could not have asked for a better partner in not just catering our wedding, but also assisting in planning our wedding. We worked closely with Katie M. throughout the process. She is fantastic!! Katie was very patient and very helpful, while being very responsive. Katie as well as the whole Chef by Request team, were very flexible. They helped us create our perfect wedding day, while being mindful of our budget and special needs. We had the most memorable and amazing wedding day, we literally could not have asked for more! The food was very well received by our guests. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing!! I would highly recommend the artichoke beignets as an appetizer, they are amazingly delicious! The catering team also set up the space at our venue and it was beyond stunning! It was so great working with such a competent, experienced and quality team. My fiance and I were completel... Read more

    A

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  • Chef by Request was one of the best decisions we could have made for our July 17th wedding. I'm not sure if the negative reviews here are even talking about the right company. CBR was the first company to call me back (within a day or two of my leaving a message) and worked closely with us to provide the absolute best experience for our big day. In the middle of planning the event specialist changed due to our original girl taking a different position. At first I was nervous because Daniel had worked so wonderfully with us, but Katie Merkle was absolutely amazing and soon set me right at ease. These guys switched so many things around for us, answered so many of my crazy phone calls, worked closely on keeping everything right in our budget, made the day just beautiful and did so much more than I think normal catering companies do. From advice on making things flow smoothly, to recommendations based on their expertise, to my finally deciding to order a wedding cake on Monday and them... Read more

    Rocky

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  • We used Chef By Request for a small (70) wedding at a park district building. They were more than accommodating with what we wanted and asked for. The food, presentation , and service were flawless. I had multiple guests tell me that it was the best wedding food they ever had and commented on how nice it was that it wasn't the "usual wedding food." The food was more than ample in serving size and was delicious. The servers were courteous, and were not in the way yet made everything flow smoothly and went out of their way to help They aren't the fastest company with return phone calls but they are, in my opinion, one of the best in making the client happy and delivering what they promised and more, much more.

    Laura

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • We had a very unique situation; our reception was at the International Museum of Surgical Science which, while a crazy cool building, isn't really set up for an event like a wedding reception. There was virtually no indoor prep room, and every piece of equipment had to be brought up through a really old service elevator or two flights of stairs. Add to that that our reception was on Halloween (which had near-apocalyptic weather last year in Chicago) and it was less than ideal for a caterer. But the staff handled it like it was no big deal. I was astounded. Katie was absolutely wonderful, and came up with a super creative menu that was delicious. We were careful to avoid any cheesy-themed Halloween dishes, and she was able to meet our goal of having an overall gothic and creepy atmosphere while not having bats and pumpkins and orange and black everywhere. She was extremely organized and attentive not just throughout that day, but through the whole planning process...and we started pr... Read more

    Janis

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • We entertained 35 guests recently and were impressed with the professional service that Chef by Request provided for our event. The food was outstanding, we especially enjoyed the Mediterranean Chicken, Dill pasta Salad, and Carrot Cake. Also the service provided for the set up was much appreciated and made the event enjoyable for all in attendance. I would definitely recommend their Company for any Corporate Event.

    Belen

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    4.4 out of 5
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  • My wife and I were very pleased with the help and service of Katie at Chef by Request in the whole planning process. She made it easy to agree on a delicious menu and take care of a lot of logistical details with other vendors. On the day of our wedding, all of the CBR staff was friendly and super helpful in a lot of extra ways making sure that our guests were satisfied and that the event went smoothly.

    Roxanne

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