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Catering in Chicago,
(773) 281-2888
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  • 31 Reviews


    Carles Figuerola

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  • From the very start Nick showed his professionalism, attention to detail and culinary genius in planning the catering for our wedding celebration. The food is unparalleled, and our guests couldn’t stop raving about it - the food was the #1 compliment we received from our wedding in May 2019! The Real Kitchen team was instrumental in making our big day a success. In addition to planning & executing the delicious menu, Nick also organized all the necessary rentals (linens, flatware, glassware, highboys, cake stand, etc) and made sure to choose value options to help us keep costs conservative. We appreciated how detailed his proposal was compared to other vendors in breaking down all these costs for us. He was transparent throughout the process and also thoughtful - after our tasting we went home with all the leftovers packed up in eco-friendly containers :) Nick also provided invaluable help planning our bar (we purchased alcohol outright & are so glad we listened to his advice o... Read more

    Neil Sorensen

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  • Nick from RealKitchen is very easy to work with. We had a Sunday brunch style wedding and he put a great menu together. Everyone commented on how good the food was. If you want a boring chicken, fish, or red meat set plate menu, go elsewhere. If you want great unique food choices for your wedding, go to Real Kitchen!

    Paul

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  • This review is long overdue for our amazing wedding caterer. Real Kitchen prepared amazing food for our wedding day. We did family style dining but they provide a number of detailed quotes for buffet and a la carte throughout the planning process. They were easy to work with, helping us choose seasonal foods, and adjusting with us as our guest count inevitably changed. Real Kitchen did an absolutely phenomenal job staying in communication throughout the entire process and I would use them again in a heartbeat.

    Haley Feller

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  • Nick and his team at Real Kitchen did an amazing job catering our wedding. Often times, guests go into a wedding expecting the food to be mediocre, but our guests are still raving to us about how good each of their meals were! Nick did an amazing job creating a menu that reflected the food tastes my husband and I have, and he managed to accommodate all of our guests’ many different dietary restrictions. The staff working our wedding were extremely professional, organized, and pleasant. They were very attentive to all of our guests and ensured the food and drinks were served on time and plated to the appropriate person without having to ask each guest what they ordered. Finally, our bartenders were also amazing. They made our specialty cocktails perfectly and engaged in fun interactions with our guest. We could not recommend Real Kitchen enough for a wedding or special events catering-they do fantastic work!

    Stephanie

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  • My husband and I made a point to only working with vendors who were easy to work with, flexible, responsive and organized. Real Kitchen was all of that and more. Nick, the executive chef was amazing to work with and such a talented chef. We never worried once during the whole wedding planning process because Nick and his staff were so incredible. We did not work with a wedding planner and we still felt so relaxed and everything went so smoothly. Even the pickiest of eaters at our wedding had clean plates and were raving about the food! Quality and perfection! Highly recommended.

    Erin

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  • Nick and the members of Real Catering were fun and great to work with. Nick accommodated apps requested by us that he doesn't normally do and they turned out great. He provided guidance when we needed it, but let us plan the food and service based on our preference. His serving staff was sweet and efficient. Everything turned out perfect! We were really impressed with their professionalism, the food and service.

    Annette

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  • Working with Nick was AMAZING. He's such a chill dude, yet very detail-oriented, thorough, talented, and considerate. Some couples may enjoy catering tastings, but we honestly them to be pretty awkward. Our tasting at Real Kitchen was the exception -- Nick listened to what we wanted, providing smart suggestions on how to optimize the food and keep costs in check, and delivered some kick-ass food. Throughout the process, Nick was on the ball with making sure we were covered in terms of crew, rentals, and planning. His team made our ceremony cocktail (which our guests were delighted by), handled the room flip, ensured our guests had ample drinks and appetizers, and made dinner happen. Also, when we were craving some pre-ceremony snacks, the catering lead brought us an overflowing plate of appetizers that got us through the night. All of our requests were handled with ease and the entire experience was great. We could not recommend Nick and the Real Kitchen team more highly! Bo... Read more

    Eileen

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  • My husband and I got married March 31, 2018 at Ovation in Chicago, and Real Kitchen catered our wedding. The food was unreal and the service was perfect. From the very beginning of meeting and working with Executive Chef Nick Schmuck, we knew the execution of the menu and logistics would go off without a hitch. Nick is friendly, organized, super talented, and is an expert at implementing large scale events. He had great advice for us in the beginning of our planning process regarding our timeline for the day, and other great odds and ends. It was really helpful and appreciated! During our tasting, we were blown away by the caliber of all of the dishes! Our friends who strongly recommended working with Nick were 100% right. We loved how simple, yet flavorful and beautiful all the dishes were. The ingredients were top notch and we really liked how the majority of the dishes were vegetable-forward. Our guests very much enjoyed that too! We loved our entire menu, but if we had t... Read more

    Megan

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  • Real Kitchen catered our wedding. The entire experience was amazing. We first saw Real Kitchen on a Facebook ad and decided to reach out to them after getting quotes from a series of overpriced and unsatisfying better known options. In our initial email, I told Nick of our limited budget. About 30 minutes later Nick replied "I like a challenge, I think we could make something work for you." A few days later we sat down with Nick for a sampling, not only was it the best food we had, true to his word, Nick put together a really affordable quote and even recommended a place to get a reasonable quote on alcohol. A few weeks before our wedding, we realized we had a little extra money in the budget for appetizers. Again, Nick stepped up and offered us a reasonable package for appetizers, too. We corresponded with Nick periodically throughout the process and he couldn't have been more helpful. By the end, we were consulting him about things not even related to the food. Come the w... Read more

    Erin

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  • Real Kitchen catered our wedding three weeks ago, and words will never do justice about how amazing this crew is and the food is. From the moment we spoke with Nick, he was the only caterer in Chicago to work with our budget and our needs. He took the time to talk us through the pricing and what all was included and worked to get us the lowest cost possible, all while providing the best food we have ever tasted. After our initial phone conversation, we need that after we had our tasting we were booking him. It isn't often that you get a chef that is willing to meet you halfway and make your wants/needs important. Nick is the man. On top of being the only caterer to work with our budget, this is hands down the best meal we have ever eaten. From cocktail, to dinner and everything in between this food was absolutely incredible. We have people to this day coming up to us saying that they felt like they were eating the best home cooked meal they've ever tasted while at our wedding. The f... Read more

    Clancy

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  • We used Real Kitchen Catering for our wedding and could not have been happier! Nick and the staff were very professional and helpful in every aspect of the process. We simply told them what our typical favorites are, and they created a delicious menu. Our guests were getting seconds and we didn't have to worry about a single thing throughout the night. We highly recommend them for any event or a stop in for lunch/dinner!!

    Kelly

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  • Real Kitchen catered our wedding reception and did an awesome job. We worked with Nick and he was helpful and knowledgeable. He was fast with responding and was willing to work with us on budgeting. He had great referrals that we used without even looking up other vendors because we just trusted him. On the big day the staff was perfect. They kept the buffet stocked, tables clean, and I even saw them bringing water to the guests (it was a cocktail reception so this was above what we expected from the staff) The food was also delicious! We had friends and family commenting us on it all night. Our experience with Real Kitchen was perfect and we recommend them for your upcoming wedding.

    Margaret

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  • I had read about Real Kitchen on Check Please a while back and found them again in my initial wedding caterer search. I wanted a caterer who was sustainable and affordable and that was almost impossible to find. We also had a lot of dietary restrictions to accommodate and we wanted to spend about 1/2 per head than is typical. From the first responsive email exchange to the night of the wedding and the thank yous after-every interaction with Nick and his company was fantastic. He runs a very mission driven business and it shows in everything he does. From his attention to detail, how he sources ingredients, and who he includes in his business-his talent and values shine through. He was so creative in the menu and we received a compliment on the food from virtually every guest that attended. We had a delicious brisket, a cajun chicken dish, a succotash, a seasonal fruit and veggie salad, a roasted cauliflower dish, and several amazing canape options. We also included Khaled's pa... Read more

    Chauncey

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  • Real Kitchen catered our wedding and it’s going to be hard for me to express quite how much I love them! We had about 90 guests, cocktail style, with an eclectic menu that Nick generated for us during our initial tasting. I knew I liked him when I asked what the tasting fee would be and he responded with, Nothing- you’re about to get robbed left and right, just by getting married, and I won’t make it worse! Real Kitchen was our first tasting, and we had tastings with several other caterers, but we kept thinking about the great food and variety in Nick’s menu, and had to go with them. For our tasting we had a sampling of the menu, made a couple of small adjustments, and then trusted that everything we didn’t taste would be delicious (we were correct)! Nick was always available via email or phone to discuss our plans and ensure that we felt comfortable with everything happening. He was really conscious of our budget and worked with us to provide cost-saving ideas, whe... Read more

    John

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  • We used Nick and Real Kitchen for our wedding cocktail and reception. Our venue came with two preferred options but after meeting with Nick we didn’t even pursue the other option because we knew we were in good hands with Real Kitchen. Nick was incredibly helpful right at the beginning of our wedding planning process in terms of our options for our reception dinner (buffet vs. plated dinner vs. family style) and how that would all fit into our budget. When crafting the menu, Nick took the approach of mixing in some of his “usual favorites” along with some unique options taken from our suggestions (infusing some Korean elements thoughtfully as roughly half our guests were Korean). The results were amazing! All of our guests raved about the meal, saying it was the best wedding food they’ve ever had! We did family style which worked out incredibly well as people could pick and choose what they wanted to have. Nick’s staff for the wedding day were on point and incredibly ... Read more
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