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  • 31 Reviews


    Hillary

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  • We used Real Kitchen for the catering at our wedding at Prairie Production last week and it was absolutely wonderful! From the beginning, food was pretty much the most important thing to me for our big day (hey, I like to eat). After getting quotes from a handful of places that either seemed too expensive, too fussy, or just not delicious enough, what sold me was Nick's friendly, easygoing approach and the amazing menu he proposed. After the tasting where we cleaned our plates, we were sold! He would have happily adjusted things for us, but honestly we didn't want to change a thing. At the wedding, people could not stop raving about the food and I continuously heard that it was the best wedding food they had ever had, and in some cases, just the best food they had ever had. I felt like what we got for our money, both in quantity and quality, was excellent. We also can't say enough about how friendly and attentive the bartenders and wait staff were. Nick is awesome and the food is ... Read more

    Meghan & Venita

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  • Real Kitchen’s food is delicious and everything just got better from there. Nick worked with us to provide the right variety of foods, meeting all guests’ needs, as well as the ingredients that allowed us to stay within our budget. His team took care of all set up and tear down for both the ceremony and reception. The entire staff was unbelievably helpful. They did all table settings, set up flowers and table decorations, passed drinks and additional food items when needed, tended the guest book and gift tables to ensure they were organized and easily accessible all night, and set up our favors. They did a terrific job adjusting the setup of tables and seats when things didn’t fit exactly according to our layout. Anytime we started to move or set up something on our own, someone was there immediately finding out exactly what we needed and taking it over for us. The bar tenders were terrific and also on top of things. We can’t say enough about what a huge help the whole ... Read more

    Ceyda

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  • Nick and his team catered our wedding back in September. Planning a wedding from a distance is not easy - I was living on the West Coast when planning and moved to the East Coast when it was wedding time.. oh and I was abroad for the month before my wedding. He helped with rentals, planning and executing the menu as well as hiring the servers and bartenders! Nick was so open to our ideas and indulged last minute requests without changing the price too much on us. He really helped keep the costs reasonable which was a big deal for us as we paid for our own wedding. His staff was super easy to work with and the bartenders he hired helped make and serve three signature cocktails and a punch without long lines. Another piece of advice - don't skimp on waiters and bartenders - never want a line for those things! My husband and I also LOVE food - 30th birthdays at French Laundry.. birthday trips for tacos to Mexico City.. wanting to eat at random restaurants in obscure foreign city t... Read more

    User4499583

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  • Nick catered my wedding in August and it was AMAZING. The wedding was large, ~300 people and despite the size and the challenging circumstances of our wedding venue, Real Kitchen did a fabulous job. Right from the start they were really helpful - from advising on the what types of dishes would work best given the size of our group to working with our budget to being responsive to the culinary ideas and preferences we had. Nick came up with an amazing menu that reflected the venue we were in and our goal of having a menu that our guests were excited about. Not only was the menu impressive, the food was DELICIOUS the day of the wedding. Compliments continue to pour in from our guests who were so impressed by the food. Real Kitchen was also really helpful with logistics - selecting and ordering rentals, finding staff (including bartenders) and at the end of the night cleaning up the venue. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thanks so much Real Kitchen!

    Nicole

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  • Many, many thanks to Real Kitchen for catering our wedding in June. This was a complicated occasion: - A home setting - 125 guests, including some who are gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and nut-free - Five different waves of food, each with approximately 5 items, during a 12-hour open house - A home kitchen that served as both the kitchen and the primary passageway through the house (In other words, lots of hands sneaking samples and waiting to pounce on the food before it could even be fully plated.) Nick customized our menu to work for both our tastes and our setting. The cuisine, which ranged from Pesto Arancini with Roasted Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella to Jambalaya to Beef Kalbi with Kimchi Lettuce Wraps to Butternut Squash and Black Bean Empanadas, was superb. While our setting was casual, the flavors of the food were very sophisticated. Everything was put together fresh in our kitchen. Kerri and Alex cooked up a storm in front of our guests for almost 12 hours and ... Read more

    User5113207

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  • Real Kitchen catered my daughter's wedding and it was fantastic! I can't say enough great things about Nick and his staff. The food was outstanding. We are still getting compliments on how good everything was, and many people said they have never had such amazing food at a wedding. The appetizers were unique and beautiful. We did family style serving and it worked out great. The service was very quick and guests were able to try all the incredible food. The food was hot and so delicious! The servers were pleasant and helpful and did a great job of cleaning up. We had Nick handle everything from the food to the table, linens, and dish rental. He was patient, and went through details we had missed. It made our lives so much easier. We only had to deal with him, and he took care of everything. It all went very smoothly and was a very reasonable cost for the great quality and ease of organization. I would highly recommend Real Kitchen for catering and to grab a meal. We always ma... Read more

    User4984083

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  • Real Kitchen had catered my wedding last weekend at the Floating World Gallery and exceeded my expectations! They worked within my budget and cooked the most delicious meal. I would highly recommend the braised beef short ribs with mashed potatoes. All of my guests raved about how great the food was at the wedding. One of my bridesmaids actually told me that she would have licked the plate if she was home alone eating the meal but didn't feel it would have been appropriate in a wedding setting. And Nick was so easy to work with and I couldn't thank him enough!

    Lucy

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  • Coming from Minnesota to my daughters Chicago wedding , I was a bit nervous. Nick provided the highest quality of service to our family. The food was absolutely outstanding! The bride loved it , and she's a chef also in the area. Every detail was taken care of in a very timely matter. As I kept inquiring about things Nick was very professional and did everything I asked. I would highly recommend Real Kitchen and Nick for your wedding!!! Lucy and Andy Carl Stephanie and Steve Cascio

    Marissa

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  • Our wedding was perfect and I loved everything about it, Real Kitchen helped make our day perfect! Over and over I have had friends and family tell me how amazing the food was! Nick and everyone at Real Kitchen were a delight to work with and made the catering one thing I didn't need to worry about. Thank you, Nick for coming up with a unique menu for us that was perfect for everyone!

    Gama

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  • Nick and the Real Kitchen team catered my wedding this past weekend, and we couldn't have been happier. After reaching out and talking to multiple vendors, we knew Real Kitchen was the right choice for us. We knew we wanted to excel in the food and beverage area for our wedding. After our tasting with Nick, we knew his food was far and away above what we tasted prior to him. He really geared the menu to what we liked and made it our own, and we were amazed at how delicious it was. Nick had great communication throughout the process and was always open to come up with ideas on how we could stay within our budget. Our guests raved about how great the food was at our wedding, and how it was "us". Just about all anyone can ask for. Real Kitchen is the real deal.

    Allison

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  • Nick catered our wedding less than a week ago, and I just couldn't wait to write a review about how fantastic it was. Nick is one of the few chefs who caters for weddings who will make you a custom menu, and he made us a mouthwatering, Texas, Southern menu which almost seemed to go on endlessly with dishes. My family is from Texas and Louisiana, and we were at a barn venue, so I thought the Southern style food would fit in very well with our rustic theme. Also, how many wedding caterers would ever attempt to make a Southern Texas menu? Our menu was: Chicken Fried Chicken, and Chicken Fried Steak with Texas peppered white gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, beef brisket, pickled vegetables, ham hock with black eyed peas, smoked quinoa and mushroom stuffed red bell peppers, and jalapeño cheddar cornbread. The buffet just seemed to go on forever. Also, for appetizers we had blue cheese hush puppies with spicy remoulade, and Pork Belly "B.L.T.'s." The food was phenomenal! ... Read more

    Reshmi

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  • Nick was amazing to work with! We started out as a small intimate wedding with DIY taco bar. Then by the end, we had become a 200 person wedding with an Indian fusion menu, family style. Whatever our requests, Nick happily accomodated us. The day of the wedding, our guests were ecstatic. Americans and Indians loved the cuisine, and they were pleasantly surprised that a non Indian was able to make such flavorful and authentic tasting food. My father had requested one of his favorite dishes, a traditional Bengali favorite, and he is a picky guy. He loved it so much that he said Nick should put it on his regular menu :). Overall, the food was fantastic and the process was so relaxed and sweet that we never felt the pressure to stop using our ideas. And now, our friends that were at the wedding are stopping by his store to get some fabulous food back here in Chicago. A job most definitely well done!

    User3865786

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  • Real Kitchen catering was the perfect choice for our wedding. We had a small wedding on a budget, but had to accommodate carnivores, vegetarians, and food allergies. And, we were planning it from out of state. Nick patiently worked through many phone calls and emails to came up with a menu that satisfied everybody and stayed within our budget. Even though we were far from the biggest account, he took the time to discuss even the smallest details with us. The food was amazing and we are still hearing about it months after the wedding. Our foodie guests were struck by the innovative ingredients and creative recipes and our traditional guests were delighted by how just plain tasty it was. We are so pleased we went with Real Kitchen and heartily recommend it to everyone.

    User3336971

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  • Real Kitchen catered my wedding reception at Prairie Production this past weekend. I have absolutely nothing but amazing things to say about their service! Nick (the owner) is very laid back but informative and extremely flexible with our needs. They were the first caterer we looked into and we didn't bother to go elsewhere because we trusted their team from the start. Nick also recently got married, so he completely understood the mayhem of planning and organizing/trusting people to make our vision come alive. The food was the most important part of the wedding for my now-husband, and all of our guests genuinely said that our food was the best wedding food they've ever had (which, I must add, was coming from veteran wedding attendees!). Unlike most brides, I actually ate every part of the meal and I was surprised that the food was nearly better than it had been at the tasting. Nick was so accommodating throughout the entire process from start-finish, responded to every email we sent... Read more

    Emma

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  • We eat at Real Kitchen all the time, so when planning our wedding we were super excited to find out that they catered. Nick worked with us to put together a fully customized family style menu and cocktail hour snacks and everyone said it was the best wedding food they've ever had. He also worked really well with our Rentals vendor to coordinate everything he needed and make sure we got the best price on everything with them too. We got so much for the value and I only wish our wedding was longer so we could've eaten more! Also, all of the staff from servers to bartenders were fantastic and our guests loved them too.

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