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Catering in Evanston,
(847) 859-2855
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  • 28 Reviews


    Stacy

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  • Starting with the initial process of trying to find a caterer was overwhelming, but Erin was a standout amongst the rest. While some caterers I had to chase down and some were downright rude to me (after I requested a quote from one caterer he wrote this long winded response and then asked if I still wanted my quote - wait what?) Erin kept following up. I shared with her the pricing we'd received from someone else who didn't have servers but we were hoping to have everything taken care of at one company. Erin did her best to match what we had price wise and food wise, and we actually feel like we walked away with a much better deal. And that was only the beginning! We knew the less vendors we had to be in charge of the less stressful our day will be (our venue we have to provide everything) so we were interested in using The Caterist's recommended bartending group. Another caterer we had considered gave a discount for using their bartender, so I thought doesn't hurt to ask. Er... Read more

    Sara

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  • We used The Caterist for our 2016 wedding. They are the BEST. We worked mostly with Erin and Cristina..but the entire team was just as amazing. They are so professional and really make you feel like your wedding is the only wedding they are catering. Erin went out of her way to send photos of examples/ideas and would always check in. I was searching for rustic "dish towel" type napkins and could not find them at any rental place...Erin joined the search and found some for me. We really enjoyed our tasting and all of the details that went into it. I am a photographer .. so they made sure to have photography props. We wanted a unique menu (taco bar, grilled cheese/slider bar, pies for dessert) and they worked with us to come up with an awesome menu. They even set up a tray of our hors d'oeuvre /a cocktail of our choosing after our ceremony so we could scarf down some food before heading to cocktail hour. The food was amazing...all of our wedding guests could not say enou... Read more

    marc

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  • The Caterist was amazing. The crew that handled our wedding was absolutely spectacular; they did a magnificent job with the food, set-up, break-down, serving, and much more. Truly professional and would highly recommend!

    Emilee

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  • The Caterist did an absolutely outstanding job for our wedding! I had guests and other vendors coming up to me throughout my reception asking who catered it and wanting contact info. The food was amazing, so delicious and beautifully displayed. I worked with Erin who obviously paid close attention to my initial email, our first meeting, and caught every detail throughout the planning and ramp up. She had great ideas, took my budget seriously, but also somehow managed to present me with the most customized and on point menu from the start. I really can't say enough about The Caterist, they even gave us a boxed breakfast to take away since they knew we were flying out on your honeymoon the next morning. They're the best!

    Molly

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    5 out of 5
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  • Ana and The Caterist were absolutely the best! Our venue was one they had never worked at before and they went above and beyond to make sure everything ran smoothly. They offered to help the venue create a floor plan which was a huge help to all of us. They worked with us to create a menu that we loved and the presentation was phenomenal. The entire staff was friendly and accommodating the night of the wedding. I couldn't be happier with our catering choice. Thank you Ana!!

    Lindsey

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    5 out of 5
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  • I really cannot say enough amazing things about The Caterist. Erin and Cristina are the ones we have to thank for truly making our wedding the most amazing day ever. They are professional, personable and have an amazing staff!

    Julie

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    5 out of 5
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  • I have a million amazing things I want to say about The Caterist and everyone there - They are absolutely THE BEST! We hired them for our August 2015 wedding with 170 guests, and we couldn't have made a better choice. We did unconventional small passed plates instead of a traditional sit-down dinner, and they nailed it. Erin was really great in the planning process and helping us complete our vision of how we wanted the night to go. She was great with following up on questions, sending us information on how everything would look and feel, and was very organized with everything. Cristina was our catering fairy - SHE. IS. AMAZING. She was in charge of running the show on our wedding day, making sure everything was set up exactly how we wanted it. Her staff was amazing and helpful, and she checked in every so often to make sure we were doing okay. They were truly amazing and helped to make our wedding day unforgettable. We would (and will!) highly recommend The Caterist for any e... Read more

    Liz

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  • Cristina and her crew are amazing! Cristina catered our wedding last month and I do not have one complaint! We had food stations instead of a sit down meal and Chef Shawn's food were creative, fun and delicious. It is a month later and I am still get texts, emails and phone calls telling me how great the food was! Cristina will work with your budget, she also helps with day of set up and break down. Cristina is one of the most kind, humble vendors we worked with. My husband and I keep saying if it was not for her our wedding would not have been as great as it was. I did not have one complaint or ounce of anxiety on my wedding day, thanks to her and her crew!

    Kim

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    5 out of 5
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  • I can not give Cristina and the Caterist enough stars! They are absolutely amazing and the reason our wedding went so smoothly. Cristina is so accommodating and works with you in whatever way she possibly can. Our guests were raving about our food all night. BUT it doesn't stop there, not only does Cristina provide great food her service is impeccable. She helped my mother-in-law set up our candy table, all our other tables, and she even gave me advice on what would look better for table clothes, etc. Then to top off everything else she did she sent us home with little breakfast boxes for the morning. Her attention to deal is like nothing I've ever seen. Honestly, do yourself a favor and chose the Caterist.

    Brandi

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  • There are not enough stars on the rating scale to properly rate The Caterist! I need at least 10 more stars. I don't even know where to start, they have helped me in so many ways to pull off a fantastic wedding!!! First I wasn't sure what vendor I was choosing, but they still invited me out to a huge wedding vendor show which helped me find other vendors and meet my main point of contact, Erin, in person and try their amazing s'more bar! Then I showed them a menu and they created it for me and added extra touches to pump it up... Then for my tasting they created a mini sample table of how my wedding would look! I was SOLD we were treated so amazing I couldn't see myself trusting anyone else but The Caterist. Then I had concerns about pricing with rentals and I found something cheaper and they worked with my vendor and even offered me a payment plan because they understood all the stresses of paying all your vendors simultaneously! Freaking amazing and so accommodating! Erin and Cristin... Read more

    Katie

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  • Cristina was a pleasure to work with. She was always professional and was easy to get in touch with whenever we needed to. She definitely knows her stuff and she made sure we had every detail covered, even meeting with us multiple times at the venue to go over everything to ensure she had it right. She went above and beyond for us and we completely appreciate that, from making us a timeline of the day and helping with seating arrangements to being in charge of contacting our other vendors in case they were late. She definitely made the day much easier on both my husband and me. Everything from the appetizers down to the dinner was delicious and fresh. She was able to stick wiithin our budget and people had more than enough to eat. They also made sure the presentation and service was perfect! They have such a variety of foods that its not just your ordinary wedding plates. She had even boxed us up a breakfast snack to have the following day which truly made us feel special. I w... Read more

    Alyce

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  • We were married June 6, 2015, and hired The Caterist of Evanston to do a buffet dinner reception for about 70 family members and close friends at the Evanston Ecology Center. We're vegans, and vegan catering in Chicago was not only expensive, some of the menu items were kind of odd. I thought for months about catering the wedding myself, because I'm a good cook with good recipes, but when I looked into what it would actually entail, it quickly became clear I wouldn't be able to rent refrigerated space, that I didn't have enough helpers, and that if anything went wrong it could ruin our big day. I contacted the Caterist and told them my situation, and they began searching for recipes. Hiring a caterer was really intimidating for me, I've run into snooty chefs and was afraid they'd look down their noses at me, but Cristina Gustafson was wonderful, she handled my nervousness with grace and patience. She put together an amazing list of menu choices at a reasonable price. During our tasting... Read more

    Tina

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  • The Caterist saved our wedding! We needed a caterer for our wedding that would fit our budget - not easy to find in Chicago. A wedding planner recommended we call The Caterist. Not only did we get that, but the food was delicious and the service at the wedding was wonderful. The staff at the Caterist really went out of their way to meet our every request (even those inevitable last-minute ones) and make us feel special. Thank you to Cristina and everyone at the Caterist!

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