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No matter what unique style catering event you desire to host for you and your guests, Chef By Request offers full event management to coordinate your party so that it comes to life with delicious fine food, a creative atmosphere and unforgettable memories to last a lifetime!

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Teresa Cook

12 August 2019

I send a big THANK YOU to Chef by Request, and to Amanda Ingle in particular, for making our wedding reception a huge success! We had a smaller wedding (around 62), and some of the catering companies don't like to work with small groups or even charge extra money if the group is under 100 people. But Chef by Request was happy to cater our wedding reception. From the first phone call, to the tasting, to the planning, and to the actual event, Amanda made everything easy and fun! She was always accessible and promptly returned my phone calls. Amanda is very professional, in a relaxed way. I especially appreciated her expertise and her willingness to make suggestions when we didn't know what to do. She was patient in answering all of our questions and was never pushy. Everything went like clockwork and was PERFECT on the day of the wedding! We especially appreciated how the Chef by Request team was very attentive to me (the bride) and to the groom on the day of our wedding. During the cocktail hour, they made a point to find us when we were having photos taken, and they brought us a plate of appetizers so that we wouldn't miss out on them. They even surprised us with a special plate of desserts on our sweetheart table! The food was OUTSTANDING!!! We got many compliments from our guests, who said that the food tasted like it came from a gourmet restaurant. All of the food was cooked on-site. It wasn't pre-cooked and then just warmed up. So it tasted like it just came out of the oven because it did! When we first started planning our wedding, I checked out quite a number of caterers, and Chef by Request outshined them all in professional, friendly service coupled with delicious food at very reasonable prices. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Chef by Request, and I will happily use them again in the future! More...

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Andrew Atwell

24 July 2019

I cannot say enough about the quality and professionalism of Chef by Request, and of Amanda in particular. The person in charge of our venue was a bit chaotic and stressful, and Amanda was an island of calm and competency during our most anxious moments, even coming back early from a family trip to make sure everything went smoothly at our wedding. The food was delicious, the staff prompt and capable and competent, and just an overall delight to work with - they made our wedding low-stress and delicious. From the tasting up until our wedding day they made our wedding planning lives easier and coordinated seamlessly with our other vendors to make for a perfect wedding day. Highly recommend! More...

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Kmmcginn@comcast.net

1 July 2019

We used Chef By Request for an engagement party we were hosting. Amanda made the planning painless, and Colleen, Amanda & Jeff made the event run smoothly. The food was excellent, the staff professional, and people raved about the event. So happy we went with CBD. More...

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Kurt Heuberger

30 June 2019

We just had Chef By Request cater my daughter's high school graduation party, and it was a wonderful experience. We had a special request in that everything had to be vegetarian, and they were more than accommodating in putting together a great list of options. We had changed our minds a few times on what we wanted, and Chef By Request was always quick to provide us options. I would definitely use them for our next event. More...

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Jose Ramirez

30 June 2019

Food was delicious and our guests loved it all! The staff was super friendly and helpful!

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Nan Diamond

30 June 2019

They were right on time. The food was amazing! Easy to work with!!

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Maureen Geraghty

30 June 2019

Chef by request catered a party of 70 people to celebrate my son’s wedding in our backyard. It was a Hawaiian Loua with a pig roast. The weather was rainy and it was pouring when everyone arrived but they were very calm and set everything up on our deck. The food was delicious and their service was outstanding. I was able to enjoy the party while they served . Cleaned up and even packed leftovers. I would highly recommend them if you are doing an event. I got many compliments on how nice everything was .Thank you Amanda, Jacky , Caroline and Chef Kevin. More...

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Anthony Scaletta

30 June 2019

Dave and his staff did a great job for my son's grad party. The food was right on time and it was excellent. Everybody raved about it. Would highly recommend these guys!

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David C.

3 June 2019

We hired CBR for my son's high school graduation party this month (June 2019).  This is about the 5th time that we have used CBR for fairly large outdoor events at our home (150ish people).  Without exception, the service and food have been outstanding.  They have been perfectly reliable, never failing on any element.  The guests consistently compliment the service and food.  Most recently, we worked with Amanda in making the detailed arrangements, and she was extremely helpful and patient.  Edwin and Liz staffed our event, and we couldn't have asked for a better run celebration. More...

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Cathy P.

3 June 2019

Received great reviews from all the guest at the partyon how wonderful the food was and asked who the caterer was. The only bad thing was we ran out of chicken. My fault.Ben delivered the food and did the set up. What a great guy. Amanda was very helpful with the order and contract. Will definitely use them again More...

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Tony Feitlich

26 March 2019

I could not have been happier with the amazing food and personal service of Al Shelton from Chef By Request. He stayed on site through our entire event, and was an invaluable partner in the success of our event. Cyndi, our bartender, was fun and attentive. Not only did she wow our guests with her personality, but she repeatedly found people throughout our space and had new drinks in their hands as they were finishing their last sips. They both made all of our guests feel cared for and I wish I was able to give them more than 5 stars on this review. They were the perfect partner. Thanks again to Al, Cindy and the entire Chef By Request team More...

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Ron Holt

25 January 2019

Albert and his team have provided 2 terrific meals for our Two Maids & A Mop Holiday celebrations. His attention to detail and customer service is 1st rate. We highly recommend!

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Frank Savino

25 January 2019

Great food for all occasions

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Hilaryd

23 January 2019

Chef By Request did an absolute wonderful job catering for our wedding reception. Amanda was a delight to work with. She went above and beyond by answering all my questions even outside of normal business hours! Everything went so smoothly on our big day thanks to CBR. I arrived early to our venue to be there in case CBR had questions during the set-up process. When I arrived, everything was set up EXACTLY as I envisioned. CBR are truly experts in what they do. I highly recommend the Sweet Home Chicago themed menu. The food was amazing and our guests loved it! Thank you again to CBR. I would highly recommend them for your event catering. More...

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Dan Brosseau

20 January 2019

Albert and his team have provided 2 terrific meals for our Holiday celebrations. His attention to detail and customer service is 1st rate. Highly recommend!

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Kelly Bradley

2 January 2019

My fiance and I worked with Amanda and she couldn't have been more helpful or kind throughout the whole process. She listened to all of our needs right from the beginning. We were SO pleased with all the food that was served at our wedding and all of our guests only had great things to say about the food (especially the mac n cheese!!). I can't thank Amanda and the Chef by Request staff enough for making the entire process a breeze. I would recommend Chef by Request to anyone looking for an amazing caterer. More...

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Jen F.

6 November 2018

Had such a fabulous experience Chef by Request Catering! Used Chef by Request Catering for my moms surprise 60th birthday and they really went above and beyond from the booking of the event... then assistance from ordering the food... they were on time to the minute for the surprise party (which is really important!), they had to move all the food twice because she was coming in from another door and would have spoiled the surprise (and they did it with a smile on their face). They were cool, calm and collected and helped me relax that they had their part under control. During the party they were so sweet, they even cleaned up. Could not have had a more flawless experience with the catering company. Thank you so much! More...

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Leslie M.

5 November 2018

Chef by Request. Catering is outstanding, Amanda will work with you from start to finish,  help design your menu, arrange and staff the most delicious event . David and Leslie Malay

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Jacob

27 September 2018

Working with Chef by Request for our wedding was an absolute pleasure. Amanda was amazing in getting back to us quickly on everything and making things as easy for us as she possibly could. The food was absolutely amazing! So many of our guests have let us know that they loved all the food from hors d'oeuvres, to the soup and salad(seriously may be my favorite soup of all time-the mushroom!), to the entrees everything was perfectly executed and tasted the same at our wedding as it did at the tasting, if not better. They are also super affordable and really worked around us. The waiters and cooking staff were all super friendly and helpful day of as well. More...

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Cindi Reyes

27 September 2018

We hosted 60 people for my sons wedding at our house. The staff was amazing the food was incredible. We were a little concerned that the food would be prepped offsite but you would have never have known. Everyone raved about the appetizers and dinner. They even went into the kitchen and made some gluten free appetizers for my sister-in-law. More...

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Allison

20 August 2018

Chef by Request and Amanda were sincerely great. She was prompt in her responses, took care of all our requests, and made the night so smooth. She went out of her way to please guests, and Jackie also went out of her way to make sure the head table had what they needed. We had the taco and pasta stations, and our guests are still raving about how they've never had such a great experience or "food they liked so much," at a wedding. Thank you all so much! More...

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Aaron Lamar

9 August 2018

Last night the tacos were fabulous and Katie was thee absolute hostess.

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Mark DiDomenico

9 August 2018

Chef By Request catered my daughter's wedding this weekend. We couldn't be more pleased! Katie and Theresa were excellent and so easy to work with. The entire staff went above and beyond to help make the day special. And the food was outstanding! We would highly recommend them to anyone! More...

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Erica White

9 August 2018

Compliments to the chef!!! Excellent, delicious and most important, HOT food was served at an event sponsored by my company last night. Will definitely be hiring them for my next event. More...

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Tim Theobald

9 August 2018

Neil and his staff did a great job with my son's graduation party. Had 10 people ask for their number the next few days. Next 2 parties scheduled.

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Van Hoang

9 August 2018

Amanda and staff were extremely accommodating and professional. They helped us create a beautiful event that we will remember forever! I had many guests come up to me throughout the night saying that it was some of the best food they had had at a wedding. Seriously, don’t pass up the pork belly appetizer!

We planned our wedding from out of town, so it was particularly stressful to not know how things would turn out. We are so thankful to have worked with Amanda and CBR. They were a pleasure to work with: the food was great, the staff were friendly and diligent, everyone understood weddings, and it all came at a transparent and reasonable price.

Thank you CBR!
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Katie Leigh

7 August 2018

Abosolutely delicious food with customer friendly staff! They deliver, set up/take down, and are so easy to work with. I ordered for a work event and was sorry I didn't grab a stack of their cards because EVERYONE was asking where it was from! Great Work Chef By Request!!!

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Chrysa

4 August 2018

We were happy to have Chef By Request as the caterer for our wedding day! The food was delicious and our guests gave so many compliments on both the food and the service! Amanda made sure that everything was perfect for our reception. She is wonderful to work with! I highly recommend Chef By Request. More...

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Cp

30 July 2018

Wonderful food! Great menu selection! Worked with us to meet our needs! Amanda is great!

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LuAnne Smith

29 July 2018

I have used Chef by Request for my family showers in the past, but I recently used them for my son’s wedding at our home. Amanda and her staff went above and beyond what I had hoped for; everyone was so pleasant, professional and accommodating. We had 120 people at the wedding and it was set up buffet style. We provided our own appetizers and sweet table, but the staff was nice enough to help with setting this up. As everyone knows the dinner is a large part of what is remembered at a wedding and if it’s not good that is all people will talk about. I was a little hesitant about food that was partially prepared offsite and then served at my home, but you never would have known it. It did not taste as if it had been sitting for a while, it tasted like it was freshly prepared right there, the presentation was fabulous and it tasted fantastic, our guest all commented on how great the food was. Thank You Amanda and the entire chef by Request staff for making my son’s wedding a very wonderful and memorable event. More...

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Kathy

11 July 2018

Start to finish Amanda and her staff at Chef by Request were friendly, professional and responsive. The wedding day 7/1/18 was PERFECT. Service was excellent and all our guests have commented on the delicious food. More...

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Amy

18 June 2018

Wow, Chef by Request is great!! On top of the food being really great, which is what you want at your wedding, they were incredibly easy to work with - very responsive, communicative, collaborative, and helpful! They helped us narrow down what we wanted and what would work for a large crowd, and made it all happen! Our menu was partially customized and worked out great. From our tasting, through all the remote communication, to the actual wedding, everything was wonderful. We worked primarily with Amanda, and really cannot sing her praises more. She quelled any worries we had, she updated invoices quickly, she gave us wiggle room paying our final bill when we didn't know we needed a cashier's check, and day-of she made everything go so smoothly. She even fluffed my dress before I walked down the aisle.

Day-of, all the Chef by Request staff were super top-notch. Several servers came by during our cocktail hour picture-taking to make sure we were getting our appetizers! They brought us drinks! The bartenders acted excited when they got to serve me (the bride) for the first time and asked how I was feeling! When dinner was running just a little behind, they were super communicative and made sure we got a little snack before the buffet opened! We can only imagine all the things they did behind the scenes that we don't even know about. Hiring Chef by Request for our wedding was a super great decision, and we recommend them!
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Jeremy Moss

25 May 2018

Absolutely loved their catering work at a wedding for my clients at Abbey Farms! Delicious food, gorgeous presentation, I highly recommend!

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Theresa Hunter

25 May 2018

Chef by Request catered our wedding. They did a great job and Amanda in particular was super helpful. They even setup our cupcakes that we ordered from another vendor. They arrived and basically ran the show, I didn’t have to micromanage at all, which was exactly what I wanted. More...

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Elizabeth S.

21 May 2018

I have used Chef By Request not only for my wedding but also for my annual wine party. The food is absolutely amazing. My friends raved about it. The servers were top notch.  Amanda, who helped me with the menu selections was outstanding. I will be using this team for many years to come. More...

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24 February 2018

The food that Chef By Request prepared for our wedding was phenomenal, everyone couldn't stop raving about how delicious it was. We would highly recommend using them as a caterer for your special event! More...

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Theresa

10 February 2018

LOVED Chef by Request, and especially our contact person, Amanda. She was so helpful and accommodating. We did the "Sweet Home Chicago" menu, which we were so excited about because we didn't want traditional wedding food. Chef by Request handled our cupcakes that the baker just dropped off, and set them up on the cupcake stands. I think they also helped place our centerpieces. They were really half caterer, half day of coordinator, and I don't know what I would have done without them. More...

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Ann

9 February 2018

OMG! It is difficult to describe the service we received without overdoing the superlatives We had a vintage wedding in a historic mansion - The Barrington White House Mansion- and we hired the dance band, Soda, to play because that was the band playing on the night we met. We wanted our family and friends to have a fabulous dining and dancing experience without the "stuffiness" of wedding. As a result, 2 bars, 4 bartenders and we wanted a buffet dinner so that we could minimize the time between dinner and dancing and transitioning the dance floor. Ever other vendor we talked to discouraged us and urged us toward plated dinners. Not Chef by Request! And their Farm to Table menu we ultimately selected was so delicious. Every bite of the choices at the tasting made it more and more difficult to choose. But the Chef at Chef by Request guided us through what would be best for our guests. For appetizers we chose Forest Wild Mushroom Soup with sherry cream sauce, a Baby Arugula Salad with beets, goat cheese and candied walnuts, and Grilled Spring Asparagus with lemon thyme sauce, crumbled blue cheese and oven-dried tomatoes. For entrees, we chose the Char-grilled Flank Steak with smoked tomato butter and shallots and the Amish Thyme Roasted Chicken with grilled fennel in a natural stock reduction. To add color to the buffet, we offered the Sugar Roasted Organic Carrots and went with the Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes Their pricing on their website made it easy to calculate the costs and the descriptions of all the foods will make you drool. Every bite was delicious from beginning to end. Our planner Amanda was extremely helpful, our bartenders and servers discreet and courteous. Could not be more pleased. More...

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Regina

23 December 2017

We were so lucky to find Chef by Request to cater out wedding. As soon as I looked on CBR’s website, I knew they were special. The food looked amazing on the website! Their website was very detailed, listing all of their catering packages with pricing. Some other websites were not clear about cost or what is included, but I felt good going into our tasting having an idea of what our total was going to be and what we were going to get. Communication was excellent throughout our entire time working with CBR. I worked with Amanda from the start, and even right from our first conversation, I felt great about working with them. She listened to our vision and helped to take it to the next level. The food for our tasting was unbelievable – the hardest part of the whole process was narrowing down our choices! We also had to order tables, linens, and even the oven from CBR as our venue was not equipped with any of that. Amanda made the process so easy for me, and answered all of my questions in a timely fashion. We had very specific requests for the tableware (black plates and gold flatware) and Amanda got us exactly what we were looking for. She was an amazing help with setting up the floorplan for the tables too – our venue had a very different layout then most weddings and she set up everything in a way that flowed perfectly and didn’t make our guests feel crowded. One room that had been used for dinner also had to be converted to the dance floor and her team made the switch seamlessly and quickly. Our guests gave rave reviews about the food. Everyone I spoke to about it said it was the best food they had had at a wedding! Amanda stayed the whole time as well to make sure everything went smoothly. I was so impressed with the attention to detail Amanda and her team gave not only the day of, but throughout the entire planning process. I can’t begin to recommend CBR enough. They truly made my wedding day so special and stress free! More...

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Becca

30 October 2017

I used Chef By Request for my catering needs ... which were MANY. I chose a venue that only supplied tables, chairs, and alcohol so I entrusted CBR to provide not just the delicious food, but everything from the flatware and bread baskets, to linens, water goblets, barware, ice tubs, and all of the little things you would never remember in the midst of planning your big day! My go-to through the planning process and tasting was Amanda, who went above and beyond to make sure every detail was taken care of. The whole crew was extremely friendly, listened to your requests, and nothing was out of the question. If there was a will, there was a way! Everyone raved about the food, and the late night snacks were a hit as well. Every server had a smile on their face, and truly met/exceeded every need and request I asked for. I would HIGHLY recommend this company, and Amanda, as there were no hidden fees, no miscommunication, and no detail left out. Thank you for helping make our day absolutely wonderful, we truly couldn't have done it without your team!! More...

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Lindsey Shaw

18 October 2017

Cheryl Cady is the absolute best!!! Loved working with her for our wedding reception which we had at Elements in May. Amazing venue, delicious food, and outstanding service!!

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adrian

11 October 2017

Awesome catering team. Very professional, responsive, affordable, and most importantly the food was delicious. Our guests loved it!

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Agata Torres

3 October 2017

Great Service and food. Provide everything you need for a party from food to drinks to severs and the works.

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Sara

13 September 2017

They were amazing from the food, the service to doing all the extras they really weren't required to do. I would totally recommend them.

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Kate S.

29 August 2017

CBR catered my son's first birthday party at Knoch Knolls Nature Center in Naperville. The setup was beautiful and the food was delicious. We had many compliments. Coordinating the details with Amanda was a pleasure. I will certainly use them again for future events in the area. More...

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Jim

31 July 2017

Absolutely wonderful! Their food was the awesome!!!The staff was so incredibly friendly. They made it easy to put together a menu Amanda hit a home run most of my guest felt it was the best food at a wedding they have ever had.

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Ahmad

9 July 2017

We chose Chef By Request to be our catering vendor for our wedding on June 16, 2017. We booked them about 9 months in advance and we were very pleased with their service and highly recommend them.

Pros: Chef By Request has a wide variety of options for your wedding meals. They have many themed menus and are very flexible as they allow you to mix and match options from different menus. We set up a taste test session for their Mardi Gras menu and we fell in love with this place as soon as we tasted these samples. They gave us so much food in the taste test that we didn’t need to eat dinner that night. They were very accommodating and offered special meals for our wedding guests who were allergic to our menu or vegetarians/vegans. At the wedding, they helped to flip the room from ceremony to reception and were efficient at keeping everything moving once dinner was served.

Cons: Communication with Chef By Request left much to be desired. It was hard to get a response from our contact when we needed something, as she was very busy. We could hardly get her on the phone and email responses came in at least a week or two after we reached out.

Other than that, Chef By Request was very accommodating and helpful and the food was magnificent. We’ve had many guests tell us that it was the best wedding meal they’ve ever had. We recommend you give them a try as they have options for any type of food you might want!
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Timothy Slager

28 June 2017

My wife and I can't recommend CBR highly enough and especially loved working with Katie. Pay her more!

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Ramses Bugarin

26 June 2017

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Nevair

21 June 2017

When looking for a catering company for my wedding, I was immediately sold-out when reading the reviews and menus that Chef By Request had to offer. The Farm to Table menu was so unique and delicious! Amanda was amazing in accommodating what I needed and always responded in a timely manner. It's always a great thing when guests repeatedly tell you how wonderful their meal was at your wedding! Thanks Chef By Request for being so wonderful to work with and for going above and beyond for my guests and the bridal party...I highly recommend you! More...

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Nancy M.

12 June 2017

I worked with Amanda and she was prompt and professional.  I was pleased with her suggestions and patience.  The baby shower we gave was small but I was treated wonderfully.  The salad bar was great. The server, Jackie, was calm, collected and confident throughout the event.  I liked her and she made me calmer!  They did a great job for me and I highly recommend them. More...

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25 May 2017

So much more than we were expecting. The staff were so friendly and professional. The food prepared by our carving chef left us all speechless. They brought a certain element of fun and class to our party. Drinks were spot-on and the server was so fast. Couldn't have been happier with how organized and well thought out our event was. Will absolutely use them in the future, well worth the money spent. Thank you! More...

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Jameelah

7 March 2017

AMAZING is all really there is to say about this catering company. From dealing with Katie(who's the most amazing lady) to going to the tastings, to eating every last dish to the end.....There's not one bad thing to say about them. Professional, Kind, Flexible, Adheres to Budget, and Truly Cares!!!! I'd have them prepare every meal for me if I could! More...

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Neil White

1 March 2017

Great place for catering have used them multiple times and the food, service, and price are all outstanding.

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Lynn

16 December 2016

Chef by Request and Katie Merkle are amazing!! This was by far the best choice we made for the wedding. It was such a great experience working with Katie to pick out the menu and find the right floor plan. We had a flip with the ceremony and dinner which went flawlessly. The food was fabulous and catered to a lot of gluten free requests. We served everything family style and everyone loved that, and people could have seconds if they wanted! The staff was incredible, I thought the service was better than at high end hotels. I have had soooo many compliments about the food since the wedding. I am still getting emails asking for the caterers name! Our DJ said of the hundreds of weddings he has been at this is the best food ever! More...

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Adam S.

12 August 2016

If I could give more than 5 stars I would.  Katie and her staff are simply put...amazing.  My wife and I decided to have our wedding at the Willis Tower on the 99th floor.  With that venue our catering selection process was interesting.  Being such a high profile building and landmark in Chicago each vendor had to go through basically airport security.  Having every single thing scanned and x-rayed.  That lead us to some caterers that either ignored our request or simply said no that they were not up for the challenge.  And right before we thought we ran out of options we saw Chef by Request set up at a wedding show in Downers Grove.  Our first question was, have you ever catered at the Willis Tower before?  And as they say, the rest was history.  We set up our catering tasting, chose our meals, and worked with Katie throughout the entire process.  Communication was very important to me and she never dropped the ball.  She is very down to earth and helped in any way her or her staff could have.  For example, my mom was our florist as that is her profession, and normally the florist would have a good amount of time to set things up however today time was tight being she was the mother of the groom.  Katie volunteered to step in and help with things such as setting out the table arrangements, putting on chair covers (which was also from a family company).  Our wedding was about 160 people and not a single complaint was heard about the food, service, or bar.  Katie's attention to detail and customer service stood out even more when she noticed the wedding party get to the venue earlier than expected because of rain.  She quickly visited us and asked right away if we would like drinks or food.  And had a  few plates of hors d'oeuvres brought in with our drinks.  And just throughout the night would check in with us with perfect timing.  If anyone is looking for a caterer in the Chicago area I will never hesitate to recommend Chef by Request. More...

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Lauren

30 June 2016

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. More...

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Elisabeth

26 June 2016

Do you want your guests walking up to you the entire night of the wedding and for weeks after telling you how good your wedding food was? Awesome, me too! Chef by Request made that happen. Katie was so much fun and awesome to work with! She really helped build a completely custom and perfect menu. We had a chicken and steak dish off of their "Farm to Table" menu and a two different appetizers. Everything was SO good, I wish I could have it again!! Chef by Requests staff the night of was very attentive and polite too. I highly recommend CBR for your event!! More...

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Lisa Hansen

16 June 2016

We cannot say enough fantastic things about Katie & the whole team at Chef By Request! From the beginning stages of helping us put together a menu to fit our vision, to executing a wedding that was more perfect than we could have dreamed CBR was on it the whole way!! Katie made us feel like old friends from day 1. Her attention to detail and excellent communication made sure our day went beautifully & seamlessly. Many of our guests said ours was the best food they've ever had at a wedding. Not only did everything taste excellent, but everything from the hors d'oeuvres to the sweets table was visually stunning. Everyone was so easy to work with & truly did provide first class service, and always with a smile! We can't thank you enough!! More...

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Lisa S.

16 June 2016

We cannot say enough fantastic things about Katie & the whole team at Chef By Request!  From the beginning stages of helping us put together a menu to fit our vision, to executing a wedding that was more perfect than we could have dreamed CBR was on it the whole way!! Katie made us feel like old friends from day 1. Her attention to detail and excellent communication made sure our day went beautifully & seamlessly. Many of our guests said ours was the best food they've ever had at a wedding.  Not only did everything taste excellent, but everything from the hors d'oeuvres to the sweets table was visually stunning. Everyone was so easy to work with & truly did provide first class service, and always with a smile! We can't thank you enough!! More...

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Jess F.

16 November 2015

We love CBR! We've used them so many times for different things; graduation parties, birthdays, anniversary parties, and even one Christmas when we just had way too many people coming over to cook. Always fantastic, but they really outdid themselves for my wedding! I had a multitude of guests tell me it was the best wedding food they ever had. The Sicilian chicken and garlic smashed potatoes were the favorites among guests and the duck quesadilla they served during our cocktail hour was fabulous. Always a great choice to go with CBR! More...

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Taryn

5 November 2015

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! :) More...

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Shannon

21 October 2015

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! More...

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Matt W.

6 October 2015

We had a very special event where the Mayor of Naperville had dinner at our house.  Dave was amazing, food excellent, involved with the chamber where he caters and I go to the events just for the food sometimes.  What else would expect from a previous small business of the year winner.  Keep up the great work!!!! More...

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26 September 2015

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. :-)
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Mark

10 September 2015

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. More...

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Becky

2 July 2015

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 when my fiancee found out he didn't enjoy the vendor meal all that much and wanted to make sure he had a good meal since he had been so amazing to us all day. I have no complaints about Chef by Request and highly recommend them to anyone with the amazing food and the amazing service from Katie. More...

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Yolanda

25 June 2015

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!

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Aly

24 June 2015

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 kind! Honestly, they were the best choice we could have made and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a STELLAR caterer for any event! Thank you Katie and the CBR team! More...

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Rocky

17 May 2015

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. More...

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Colleen

17 May 2015

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 completely at ease the day of the wedding, knowing that everything was in Katie and Chef by Request's capable hands.

We would highly recommend Chef by Request to anyone looking for a considerate, flexible, helpful and all around fantastic caterer! You will not regret this decision!
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Laura G.

10 April 2015

My husband and I used Chef by Request for our wedding at Danada House in March.  We were so happy with everything from start to finish.  We were working on a relatively tight budget and found that we had trouble finding a caterer that could both work with our budget while also providing the type of event we wanted with a menu we could actually be excited about serving our guests.  Although I had initially ruled out Chef By Request (I can't even remember why), Katie was persistent in seeking out our business and made it clear that they wanted to work with us for our event.  We were able to come up with a menu that my husband and I could be excited about while also keeping it within our budget.  They were flexible as we made numerous changes leading up to the event, and were so accommodating when it came to schedule tastings during afternoons and on weekends.  Really, Katie was a pleasure to work with.On the day of the event, everything was handled great.  We received so many compliments on the food, and Katie and her team were professional and added to the enjoyment of the guests in many small and large ways (even running out for a last minute missing pocket scarf for the best man literally 15 minutes before the ceremony was about to begin!)  If I were planning a second wedding (which I certainly hope I never will :) ) I would definitely work with Chef By Request again. More...

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Laura

27 March 2015

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 pretty late!

Because of the weather that day, things were running a bit late, but I think it's a testament to their professionalism that they were able to keep things as close to the schedule as they did and still remain flexible enough to adjust the timeline as the night went on like it was no big deal.

CBR really was great, and Katie truly went above and beyond with us to create a really memorable event.
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bonnie s.

10 March 2015

We are planning our daughter's wedding in Chicago , to be held at A New Leaf. They have a list of caterers they exclusively use. I have had no luck getting feedback from a few of these caterers. Katie Merkle from Chef by Request Catering, however, has bent over backwards with menu suggestions, ways to cut costs, etc., without even knowing if A New Leaf will allow them to cater our wedding. A wedding planner in Chicago raved about Chef by Request, saying she would choose them over any of the city caterers, with both fantastic food, service and affordability. If Chef by Request's food is even half as good as the customer service I have been receiving, then I am really hoping A New Leaf will add them to their preferred list! More...

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12 September 2014

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 having something even more beautiful than I imagined there on my Thursday wedding they just blew us away. I almost felt like they were my wedding planner they were so involved with every aspect! So professional, so helpful, and the day of they just held the most elegant event that our guests are still talking about. The food was just wonderful, some of the best I've ever had at a wedding (and I think most wedding/catered food tastes the same!), and they were able to provide for several of our guest's specialty diets including gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, while providing good protein options for those guests to enjoy!
Because we had our wedding outdoors on the lawn my husband wasn't feeling too well just before dinner due to the heat. His stomach was bothering him and he could only drink water. Katie couldn't have that so she searched high and low to find him some medicine even offering to leave to go get some from a convenience store if she couldn't find it! We did get some from
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Belen

25 June 2014

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. More...

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Sara

13 May 2014

We did not want a typical cookie cutter wedding. We were paying the most for food and we wanted it to be amazing. We actually had a few dietary restrictions and Chef by Request were champs about working with them. They were patient with us as we had to go back and forth a few times about the menu due to the restrictions. But most importantly, they were willing to be creative! They actually talked to us about what kind of food we liked, what our vision was for the day. They came up with such an amazing menu and one that no one noticed encompassed all the dietary restrictions we needed to work with. The food was delicious and everyone loved it. I also cannot thank the staff that worked that night. They were amazing! They made our day beautiful, delicious and most importantly, stress free! More...

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Cynthia G.

16 April 2014

They catered our annual fundraiser for 200 people on April 4th. They did a great job! They helped us  consider possibilities for the event and were able to help us plan for a few things we hasn't considered. The food was great and I heard nothing but positive reviews from everyone in attendance. We will be calling them for our next event. More...

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Heather

18 March 2014

Wonderful food for comparative value in Chicagoland. Service staff were outstanding and dealt with surprises at venue flawlessly. Would use again in a heartbeat! Only improvement could be in pre-event communication that would've better prepared myself and the venue as well as the day of service staff. More...

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Jaime

21 January 2014

We really enjoyed working with Chef by Request for our wedding. They were very helpful in helping us figure out the perfect menu for our special day that was within our budget. The Chef by Request workers were extremely organized, timely, and polite the day of our event and made sure we (including the bridal party) had everything we needed throughout the reception. I would definitely recommend hiring Chef by Request for your event! More...

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User3838870

21 January 2014

The food was excellent and we hired a server who was outstanding and made it possible for me to enjoy the event. I would not hesitate to have Chef by Request cater another event for me. I received so many positive comments from the people that attended the shower. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the food. More...

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Mary

16 January 2014

We contacted Chef By Request at a very late date - approx. 3 months before our event. They were patient & thoroughly involved in helping us refine their catering for our garden wedding! The tasting was certainly helpful, and they continued to work with us to tweak every detail till we were 100% sure of our decisions.
We decided on 3 chef-stations & the final result was fabulous! The unique & high quality meal was applauded by all our guests! We had many guests who were known for their culinary skills & these people made a point of seeking us out to ask about the catering company & complimenting us about the all the food!
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Janis

15 January 2014

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. More...

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User3811503

13 January 2014

Everything was wonderful, professional, great tasting, but the only thing I did not like was the plastic glasses the bar used.

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Camille & Bob

13 January 2014

We were very pleased wih the food, service and pleasant attitude of the staff - willing to help in all areas.

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Linda

13 January 2014

Staff was very nice to work with very concerned that I was happy with everything.

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Kathy

10 January 2014

Great staff and service by Katie!

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Scott

10 January 2014

Everything went very well. My neighbors and friends were impressed with the chef and her assistant and their professionalism and how they interacted with the party goers. My wife was thrilled and impressed. The only issue was with watermelon slices that was credited off my bill which was very much appreciated.

Also, we may have one of the helpers rain jackets. We have not found anyone that attended the party that has claimed the jacket.
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10 January 2014

this was my third time using Chef by request.

they continue to exceed expecations and the quality of the food, service and attentiveness was superior

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Mary Agnes

9 January 2014

Dave is a pleasure to work with at all times. He helped with our Charity event and never said no to anything we asked. In fact he would make suggestions and then delivered on his promises. I would highly recommend him for any event, private party or occasion, I would work with him again. More...

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Violet

9 January 2014

Planning the event with My Chef's help was a pleasure and the wait staff provided for the event were very professional and personable! Would definitely use again!

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Kim

9 January 2014

The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful.

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9 January 2014

Great food and service. Very accomodating.

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Debra

9 January 2014

Our facilitator, Katie, was exceptionally helpful. She made several modifications to our proposed menu base to suit our needs and worked with us on prices. The tasting was fun and efficient. Katie even came out to see our backyard--which was still under construction and rather muddy and hazardous!--a few weeks before the wedding to help us with an appropriate setup scheme. She was able to find us a nice portapotty vendor as well.

Our chef, Ella, cooked delectable foods in our own kitchen on the day of the wedding; the guests were so happy with everything. It was hot in the kitchen despite maxing out the air conditioner and extra fans, but Ella was very gracious about it. She even packaged up our leftovers in my own Tupperwares and casseroles (not that there were many leftovers, mind you) and placed them in the refrigerators.

The serving staff were so professional and smart. They dealt with the indoor/outdoor setting well, navigating many obstacles such as pallets of brick pavers and piles of sand (yes, we were still kind of under construction during the wedding, such is life), and setting up the buffet with little fuss after the ceremony. We miscalculated the hunger of our guests between our ceremony and our reception and the staff, who probably thought they were showing up to set up for the reception only, were able to jump into gear and help us set out our own emergency snacks (hopefully no one ever found out that my brother-in-law dropped that pizza on the kitchen floor) as soon as they showed up. Yes, how silly of us to think that people would sit and visit for us for 2 hours without being fed and watered, right?

We were very happy with everything and received tons of compliments on our food and the catering. We had a do-it-yourself thing going on, and the catering was the highlight of the whole affair, aside from the spectacle of our two 40-something selves finally tying the knot.
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Nicole

9 January 2014

Everyone at CBR is professional and helpful. From planning the menu to clean up at the end of the party, they were awesome! The menu they helped us select was perfect. Everything was fresh, delicious and beautifully displayed. Thanks to them, I was able to really enjoy my own party and spend the evening with my guests. More...

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User3798598

9 January 2014

At the last moment, I was able to find this business to provide a high quality lunch at an affordable price and they took care of everything. My clients were impressed.

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JOANNE

9 January 2014

WE SCHEDULED THIS CATERER VERY CLOSE TO THE EVENT DATE FOR A HOLIDAY OFFICE DINNER PARTY. THEY WERE VERY QUICK TO RESPOND AND WORKED WITH US ON THE MENU TO SELECT THE PERFECT FOOD FOR OUR GROUP. THEY ARRIVED AT OUR HOME 2 HOURS BEFORE THE EVENT, HANDLED ALL THE PREPARATIONS INCLUDING ANTICIPATING MY PREFERENCES. SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT AND FRIENDLY. THE FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING. WE WILL DEFINITELY USE THEM AGAIN. More...

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Kathrine

9 January 2014

The food was unbelievable and the service was impeccable. The staff was very professional and made the party a success.

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Wendy

9 January 2014

This is our "Go To Caterer" for all of our catered events. We've been very happy with the quality of food and personnel, the professionalism of the staff and the attention to detail.
I always get to truly enjoy my own parties!
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Sue

9 January 2014

From the very beginning working with the events director, Katie, on through the service provided at the party by Edwin, I was very pleased and most grateful. Katie offered good suggestions and ideas that made for excellent food and service, while keeping within a tight budget. Everyone raved about the food. Katie told me the Midwest Pot Roast was delicious and a great choice. Was she right! The green beans, rolls, salad, very impressive. There was plenty of food, even though Edwin had to calmly assure me that we wouldn't run out. We had more than enough. The CBR team is professional, flexible, friendly, and customer-oriented with excellent food at a great value. What else do you need from a caterer? I've already referred them and will use CBR again. Thank you to the CBR team! More...

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Laura

9 January 2014

We have hired Chef by Request to cater our Cub Scout Blue & Gold events for the last couple of years with great success!!! Parents love the food. Kids love the food. Chef by Request shows up on time, set everything up, there is plenty of food for everyone. Several pack parents have hired Chef by Request for their own private and corporate events. I will definitely call again!
Highly recommend!
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Nick

9 January 2014

Everything was fine. the only issue that we had was that no wine was served during speeches/toasts additionally we requested that the bottom rhinestone portion of the cake holder be saved for sentimental reasons and that was thrown out. My wife was really upset about that. More...

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Siobhan

9 January 2014

I was very pleased with the whole experience of using Chef by Request from my dinner party. From my first interaction with Katie when planning, to the day of our event. I was impressed by the professionalism and quality of the food. It makes entertaining so much easier when you know things will be taken care of and you can actually enjoy your event! More...

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Debbie

9 January 2014

Our sever was incredible!!! She went above and beyond. The food was fabulous and presented beautifully. We were very pleased with everything and would recommend Chef by Request to anyone! Thank you!!!

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User3798791

9 January 2014

Excellent caterer. I have done 3 - 4 events at home with Chef By Request. Originally referred to me by a former boss. Food is excellent. Presentation excellent. Sales associate excellent and offered tips on hosting, food selection, timing, attendance, etc. Wait service excellent. One exception was the June 2013 event the waiter put away the food early and left before the event was over! My fault for not reviewing the contracted hours and stopping him. Caterer was made aware, apologized and offered to rectify it. We will happily have Chef By Request again! More...

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Eric

9 January 2014

Chef by Request rocked our wedding! We had some unique and special request and they worked with us to make it the best day of our lives! They were fun and easy to work with. Even when we had to make some last minute adjustments(more people RSVP'd then we planned for) it didn't phase them. They had the food and decorations looking great! They also collected our handmade custom center pieces at the end of the night and held them in their facility until we were able to come get them. We were lazy and didn't pick them up until 2 months after, but they saved them and didn't fuss. Chef by Request is the only catering company in the Naperville/Lisle/Aurora area I would work with. These guys rock! More...

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Cassidy

8 January 2014

Chef by Request was very flexible and provided multiple options to stay within our budget. We had 90+ people over for a housewarming/birthday party and were overwhelmed on how to feed everyone. They saved the day and provided outstanding service on top of amazing food. We got many compliments and multiple people asked for the name of our caterer. I would highly recommend Chef by Request to anyone looking for a caterer with great selections, attentive service and more. More...

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Kate

8 January 2014

We had been trying to find a caterer that could provide a quality product with our limited budget, and Chef by Request was the perfect solution! They were so flexible and helpful as we planned out each part of the package. We ended up using their "Sweet Home Chicago" menu, with a buffet of stuffed pizza, Italian beef, cheesecake and more. Most of our guests said it was the best wedding food they had had in a long time. The bartenders and servers went above and beyond to make everyone feel welcome and relaxed. I would use Chef by Request again in a heartbeat! More...

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Rachel

7 January 2014

Chef by Request was professional, available, and helpful. Everything went so smoothly. I was able to relax and enjoy my wedding day! Thank you very much!

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User3789811

6 January 2014

We have used Chef by Request twice and both times their staff (bartenders and servers) were exceptional...definitely made our party a success!

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Jane Ellen

6 January 2014

At Chef By Request, they are dedicated to assisting their clients with every aspect of the event planning process. Just as the brochure states: exquisite cuisine, first class presentation and impeccable service were combined to exceed our highest expectations! Starting the evening with delicious appetizers that pleased every palette on a cold winter evening, to perfectly cooked filet mignon and filet of salmon, mashed potatoes served with asparagus sprinkled with diced red peppers, the meal was a 5 STAR! The tables were set with elegance and perfection. And the excellent staff served and cleared without being noticed. The wines and champagne recommended by Chef David Miller were superb. Danielle Guzman, our wedding coordinator, was outstanding! Most importantly, the staff catered to our needs and did not upsell us on a single item needed for the wedding. The Dan Hayes Orchestra was the entertainment for the evening and complimented the Chef By Request staff for cooperating with the logistics of a 12 piece orchestra. Our daughter and son-in-law's wedding was a night to remember for years. We highly recommend Chef By Request! More...

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Nicole

6 January 2014

We had the best experience working with Katie! They helped us figure out what we wanted and then made it all happen. They also went above and beyond helping with setting up and taking down decor. The food was amazing! We did a pub style buffet everyone loved. More...

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Kathleen

5 January 2014

Our experience with Chef by Request was excellent. Katie Merkle provided great insight in helping me design the perfect menu for our guests. The chef was awesome! He was able to put together an extra vegetarian entree for a 'surprise' vegetarian guest. The wait staff were highly professional and enabled me to enjoy the company of our guests versus serving them! The food was incredible! Everyone truly enjoyed it! Excellent job all around! Thank you Chef be Request!! More...

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User3780232

4 January 2014

Originally not available at time requested. Received all call back later same day, and the Manager spoke with her cook staff working out details to get to acceptable compromise! They added a bonus for my slight inconvenience! Set up was fast and professional. Food delicious! More...

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Tripta

3 January 2014

Great food and service! When we were delayed on the way to our tasting Danielle kindly stayed late so we could still taste everything. Although we used a different bakery for the cake, the Chef by Request staff still helped us cut and serve it during the reception. More...

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Sharron

3 January 2014

Excellent - server, bartender, chef and food!

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Renee

3 January 2014

Everything from the planning to the food and drink to the service and clean up was top-notch. The party at our home for 150 was effortless because we used Chef By Request.

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User3776650

3 January 2014

CBR helped me plan my event, from appetizers to sides ( we hosted a BBQ) the quality and quantity exceeded my expectations. I may have been a little panicked in the hours approaching party time but...
The truck arrived,the awesome staff dressed tables set out the flowers and decorations, prepped the bar. They just made everything look great! The breakdown and put away was just as efficient an professional .
I would hire them again without hesitation.

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mary

3 January 2014

We had a GREAT experience! IT was relaxing and enjoyable being able to focus on the guest of honor instead of cooking and serving. I highly recommend Chef By Request and David! More...

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Margaret

3 January 2014

Chef by Request wowed our guests. They were blown away at the food selection, even the cake. We've used them several times, so they send the same servers, another special touch. It made the party so much more enjoyable that I didn't have to worry about the food or restocking it. They even rearranged the food all night so as the amount got smaller, it still looked pretty. More...

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User3777002

3 January 2014

David was so easy to work with and he made our wedding fabulous! He went above and beyond the typical cater and made us feel like it was the most special day of our lives which it was. We had a really poor florist who did not create the centerpiece that we envisioned so he went and added other features to our tables so that it looked great. He also had a few surprises to our night and made sure that was organize and that we did not have to worry about anything. We always recommend him to people who are getting married in the area More...

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Lora

3 January 2014

I also used your catering services for my sons 1st birthday. Fabulous once again. I Will continue to use Chef by Request. Both events were different themed menus and can't wait to experience the rest!
Ask for Katie, she was professional, personable and thorough.
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3 January 2014

I have used Chef By Request for years and they never disappoint! The food is always hot, quickly replenished and always delicious! I recommend them to everyone and they are extremely professional and responsive to changes and requests. Love their servers also. They always go above and beyond! More...

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User3777203

3 January 2014

We used Chef By Request for our office holiday party. We were very pleased with quality of food, the service and the menu selections.

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User3777887

3 January 2014

Everyone I spoke with was super helpful. I didn't give them much notice and I made some last minute changes and they did everything possible to accommodate our requests...and the food was great!!

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Melissa

3 January 2014

Amazing food and service. I would use Chef by Request again. All guests complemented food as well. Pricing was fair for Thanksgiving meal.

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Julie

3 January 2014

A friend recommended Chef By Request after we were unable to find a suitable caterer for our wedding reception. We couldn't have been happier! They were easy to work with, had a flexible menu, beautiful presentation, and of course the food was delicious! Our wedding was an intimate (75 people) garden affair and Chef by Request was the perfect choice! More...

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Jennifer

3 January 2014

Great to work with! Very helpful, prompt in response. Wonderful food. They were organized and efficient so we could sit back and enjoy the shower without having to worry. Our guests loved it!

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User3776638

3 January 2014

I absolutely loved chef by request and I greatly enjoyed working with David. He is an awesome chef, the food was amazing and the best server I ever had was Ruben. Unfortunately I wish I could give all five stars but the wedding planner I worked with, Danielle, was not on top of her job. As nice of a person that she was, she really dropped the ball on a lot of things with my wedding. I would how ever use this caterer again. More...

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User3777362

3 January 2014

the food and service was outstanding. would highly reccomend Chef by Request.

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2 January 2014

Great service. The food was excellent. We hosted apx. 50 people (young and old) and everyone commented on the quality and variety of the food. The Chef was very friendly and so was the waiter. I highly recommend the BBQ Pork - we had a large variety but the BBQ Pork was the winner hands down. More...

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Jackie

2 January 2014

The wedding was cancelled but your service in planning, tasting and even canceling the event was a positive experience in all areas. I have recommended your catering service and you will be our first choice when a wedding is in our future. More...

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User3776387

2 January 2014

They allowed us to provide our own drinks & specialty desserts; were very flexible and willing to let it be our event. Food was wonderful & service was very professional & they always anticipated our needs.

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User3776253

2 January 2014

I had a great experience working with Chef by Request. They were accommodating, flexible, and professional from the beginning. The food was excellent and the quality superb. I would recommend them for any event. More...

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Melissa

2 January 2014

We used Chef by Request for our outdoor vineyard wedding. We had a unique situation where the grounds for our event had no running water or electricity, and Chef by Request accommodated us with everything we needed. Danielle, our coordinator provided by Chef by Request, was great at making sure the day was perfect and worked with our budget. All of our guests raved about the food and many said it was the best steak they have had, so hat's off to the chef. We are truly grateful to have found them and would definitely recommend them highly. More...

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Sabine

2 January 2014

I am very picky with the quality of food I use to cook with, so I expected the same from our caterer. Chef by Request did not disappoint. Everything was flavored and cooked to perfection, so no dried out tuff tasteless meat. The food was outstanding and the service staff was doing a great job.
I can not praise the staff enough for how at ease everything was done and how friendly and professional everyone was toward us and our guest.
Our wedding turned out to be our dream wedding with the help of Chef by Request. Thank you!!!
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Debbie

2 January 2014

David had beautifully presented items that were visually appealing as well as delicious. i loved that he had gluten free choices. I was very impressed.

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2 January 2014

Great food and bar service. We used for 40th birthday.

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Allie

2 January 2014

Chef by Request went above and beyond. Not only were the food and service exceptional but when it started to rain at our outdoor event the were right there there helping get all the decor and personal belongings out of the down poor.

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Barb

2 January 2014

This was actually a gathering at our home between the church and reception for our son's wedding. We have used Chef by Request. before, in May, 2012 for a very special celebration of our daughter becoming a doctor. We highly recommend them for delicious food and very good service. We actually can't wait to have another event we can use them for! More...

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2 January 2014

The food was fantastic! I had many guests who are in the food business state that it was the best food at a wedding they ever had. The presentation was also excellent. Everything the day of the wedding could not have been more perfect. However, the wedding planner Danielle, who is extremely nice, is next to IMPOSSIBLE to get a hold of and when you do she often gets your order incorrect. It is a bit pricey but you get what you pay for and it was well worth it. More...

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Stephanie

2 January 2014

Chef by request was a wonderful company to work with and made the planning of our reception easy and fun! They were incredibly accommodating of both mine as well as my now husbands work schedules and were incredibly flexible when it came to arranging tastings (even though they were at often at later/odd times. As far as the day of the wedding/ reception goes - the food and service was FANTASTIC! The guests absolutely raved about the food the day of the reception and they continue to tell me how good the food at our reception was! Overall my husband and I were very very pleased with your services and would highly recommend your services to those who are looking for a caterer!!!!! More...

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User3775700

2 January 2014

We found the lobster bisque to be a bit on the salty side but all the other items in our sit down catered dinner ( including appetizers, entree, sides and dessert ) were outstanding!

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Sharon

2 January 2014

Chef by Request made our party a huge success. The food was fantastic. Mr. Rzab did a superb job with set-up, presentation and serving.

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nicole

2 January 2014

The food was amazing and service was perfect!

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User3775595

2 January 2014

The coordinator ( unfortunately I do not remember her name) was very responsive, did a great job and I would use them again. I used them for after the wedding ceremony for hor doerves at my home. they did a great set up and the food was delicious. More...

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Kim M.

13 November 2013

What a wonderful experience! Neil and Katie helped me pick the perfect food for our buffet. I needed to feed 35 people a meal but wanted mainly small appetizer foods and enough to fill them up. The selection was perfect. My guests raved about the food and walked away full! Their display of food on my table was beautiful. I would definitely recommend chef by request and will use them for my next event! They were professional and very helpful.Mrs. M. Happy CustomerGlen Ellyn More...

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User2636828

6 November 2013

My husband and I got married in July in my parents backyard. Chef by request really catered to all of our custom requests and we couldn't have been happier with the food & service. We chose to go with them because they offered the most amount of food for the most reasonable price & gave us options that really catered to what we were looking for. Danielle, our event planner, was great throughout the whole process-she worked really hard on my pickiness with the contracts & allowed us to do multiple tastings to so we were completely happy with our choices. We had a meeting a few weeks before the wedding & Danielle answered all questions I had and really put my nerves at ease. On the day of everything went flawlessly, from what we could tell at least! They also went out of their way to make the day special for us. The food was amazing & we heard that from guests all night plus there was plenty of it. Some even asked for the descriptions/recipes so they could try and replicate it at home. I highly recommend all of the food we had at our wedding. Our final hors d’oeuvres menu consisted of crab cakes, beef empanadas, mango shrimp spoon, sun-dried tomato tartlets & the rare ahi tuna. For the main meal we had a mixed green plated salad with champagne vinegarette, 2 mains (prime grilled hanger steak with demi glace & the grilled bistro chicken with matre’d butter & 2 sides (chilled roasted bistro potatos with red pepper and blue cheese and tomato & mozzarella caprese) & a vegetarian option of spinach ravioli. They also gave us cheaper options for the band/photographer and created a special kids meal since our ringer bearer had a severe peanut allergy. They were very accommodating and helpful even with the stuff we decided to DIY and provided helpful recommendations. They also provided us bartenders last minute after ours fell through.

I would highly recommend Chef by Request and if we ever need a caterer again we will definitely use them!
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Susan S.

17 January 2013

Being in the event planning and catering business, I have worked with many off premise caterers.  Chef by Request is one of the best!  Katie was accommodating and attentive.  The chefs were very pleasant and helpful.  Everyone was very professional.  The food was fabulous! This is a top rate operation!  I will continue to recommend CbR to friends and clients. More...

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Amanda

17 October 2012

The food and service were amazing. Katie is a true gem, I couldn't have pulled off my wedding without her. I got so many compliments on the food and they are very affordable. We had tastings with other caterers and these guys blew everyone away, even ones more expensive. They worked with us on the menu and didn't even flinch when we asked to do a 2nd tasting. Hire these guys and you won't be sorry! More...

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Jill D.

12 August 2012

Chef by Request served as the beverage and bussing caterer for our wedding recently.  We had another caterer (Smoque Barbeque!) do the food.  CbR was excellent throughout the planning process and did a fantastic job executing our event.  They were flexible and understanding of our nontraditional requests.  They worked well with our other caterer both before and during the event.  We couldn't have asked for smoother or friendlier service! More...

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Kathleen

4 June 2012

Chef By Request catered my daughter's wedding and they did an absolutely wonderful job! They worked with our budget and provided professional and courteous, staff, quality food and rentals, and superb customer service! Katie was a joy to work with and we would highly recommend CBR! Thank you CBR for helping to make Jessica's wedding a success. More...

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Kim M.

29 January 2012

Great company. Helped me with a corporate luncheon event. Great service and food is amazing and FRESH.

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Ashley

22 November 2011

They did our rehearsal dinner, lunch the next day for the wedding party and our gift opening brunch. Every thing tasted amazing! Thank you so much for making my wedding weekend so special! More...

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Autumn G.

20 November 2011

Amazing appetizer selection and each was more delicious than the next. We had a milestone birthday celebration in a home and it felt just as grand as if we had a more formal venue. All thanks to the team at Chef By Request! More...

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amanda c.

13 July 2011

This is the caterer I used for my wedding. My husband and I had a dream of doing  a tapas style meal. We first went with our favorite restaurant to do the job but after 3 months of battling we gave up and started our search over. We went to several caterers but most seemed unwilling to be creative and attempt new foods. Chef by Request was extremely cooperative and the chef seemed really excited about having the opportunity to make something other than the typical chicken dinner for the wedding! We went to several food tastings and it was great. The only reason I did not give this company five stars is related to the service aspect my wedding day. I was a bit disappointed in the waitstaff. First, when we went to do our champagne toast the head table was the only one without champagne (head table should always be served first in my opinion). This was especially annoying because my husband spent 1 1/2 years making the champagne! In addition to this, the serving was intended to mainly be family style but instead each dish was brought out seperately which made it take almost 2 hours to eat (way too long and threw our general schedule off). Lastly, none of the waitstaff told the tables what they were serving. Since this was spanish meal and the dishes are a bit out of the normal for many of the guests I would have thought that they would state what it is when they set it on the table.Overall the food was great, but the staff could use a bit of work. More...

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Sarah

27 January 2011

With my wedding, food was the highest priority. We're both foodies, and wanted to make sure that our guests were treated to a well cooked meal. It didn't have to be especially fancy or artistic, but it had to taste amazing and not break our budget. Enter Chef By Request.

We had two tastings with Chef Dave who is passionate and creative about food. No detail was too small, no request too picky. We appreciated knowing that the chicken was never frozen or that the bread is baked fresh daily. They even let us bring in sushi which they plated and displayed during the cocktail hour.

Danielle was excellent to work with--we had a new venue that required a catering visit, and they worked out all the details without my presence. It was a relief on my wedding day to have an experienced head server running the show. My mother-in-law does large conferences each year and has had TONS of experience with caterers, and she raved about the service.

The food at the wedding wasn't perfect as our tasting. One of the main courses we had requested a chicken with spinach, brie and red pepper and on wedding day, there was no red pepper! Also, we ran out of our vegetarian option (pasta) which was sad when the last table went up (and had vegetarians) and they didn't have any food to eat. Despite these two major flaws, the food was still very tasty.

The best part about Chef By Request was that they really tried hard to work within our budget, allowing us to buy our own beer and wine but helping us purchase the license we needed for the day and servers as well. They helped pair down the menu so we didn't compromise taste, and it was well worth the extra few dollars to go with them.

Recommended and worth the investment for us. Thanks, Chef By Request!
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Ronald U.

27 December 2010

We had a corporate luncheon for the holidays and this was the caterer.I had some pretty good food, but this was by far the best catering I have had.Very professional presentative, and tasted exquisite.If I ever need a caterer I will be calling them first and I recommend them for any event!Thank you Katie Merkle who was the event specialist More...

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Brooke

26 October 2010

I got married at the Danada House in Wheaton, IL and had Chef By Request as my caterers. And let me tell you, they were AWESOME!!! Everyone there was very helpful and responsive. Danielle (who I worked with for my wedding) went above and beyond the call of duty! She even went and stopped at Panera to get everyone bagels the morning of the wedding. The food was delicious, best food I've ever had at a wedding, I had many compliments from guests on how great the food was. Highly recommended! More...

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CAROL

24 June 2010

Our wedding reception was June 12, 2010. We chose Chef By Request after meeting with Danielle, the Chef's coordinator. We explained our expectations and budget, which she assured us they could accomodate. We felt confident in our decision to use Chef by Request as our caterer, but they far exceeded our high standards in every way!

Danielle helped us with table and linen rental from another company, since we chose not hire a wedding coordinator and did all the planning ourselves. A delicious menu was planned that met our budget. It was beautifully presented, tasted amazing, and was talked about among wedding guests for weeks after the wedding. During the wedding the attendents made sure the bathrooms were kept tidy, which we did not expect, they kept us up to date with when dinner was going to be served, when the bar was going to close, when they were done cleaning up, etc. But not to the extent that we were bothered by them, just informed.

We will definately do business with Chef by Request when future family weddings are planned and highly encourage anyone wanting a special dinner to utilize this service. Thanks for a special wedding reception!

Rob and Carol
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Joseph

14 May 2010

Chef By Request is absolutely amazing at making wedding cakes!!! I gave her a picture and described what I wanted and she made it exactly how I had invisioned it. I highly recommend her to everyone. More...

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Margie

5 October 2009

I really tried to think of something that would shave a point or two off a perfect 5.
I failed.
Everything went so well that we've used Chef By Request for a number of other functions/events. Still can't find any flaws.

The staff, the food, the attention to detail, the presentation, the flowers, the linens .... Chef David .... They did NOT fail. They surpassed every expectation.

Thanks and wishes for continued success!
Mab
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Kimberly

20 August 2009

I couldn't have asked for anything better! Chef By Request help create the perfect wedding day for us. We had our wedding at Maxim's De Paris in Chicago. It was important to us for the food to be not only delicious, but elegant and sophisticated without being too fancy. Chef By Request did not disappoint...our guests were simply amazed!

I loved working with the wedding coordinator at Chef By Request, who was so helpful and enthusiastic. She also helped with little things like hiring someone to carve an ice sculptor for the bar. I gave Chef By Request a picture of a wedding cake that I found in Martha Stewart Living and they had it made for me! They also had recommendations for photographers and bands. The guests are still raving about how delicious the food was and how unique our wedding was...thanks to Chef By Request and all the special little touches they provided. I literally didn't have to worry about anything!
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Katie

18 August 2009

Chef by Request catered our wedding this summer and it was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! The Chef custom wrote a menu for our tastes and our budget - I cannot say enough good things about their company. Keep up the good work Chef By Request! I will definitely refer you to my friends and family! Thanks so much for making our reception truly a night to remember!!!! More...

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VAMC

20 February 2009

very good.

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sarah

20 February 2009

food was absolutely amazing and price was not too much.

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Erin

7 November 2008

YUMMY! The food was delectible!!! Everyone raved about how beautiful and wonderful it was. We can thank them enough for their wonderful service. The were professional and accomodating. The food at our wedding was fresh and colorful. I don't think anyone left hungry that's for sure! More...

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Julie

1 September 2008

AMAZING!! everyone loved the meal prepared for them!!

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Cheyenne24

22 March 2008

Chef By Request catered my wedding and it was absolutely stunning! The food was spectacular and the service was fantastic as well. They helped me with so much of the planning process, all of the rental and wait staff and just made the overall process so much easier for me. I even sat down with the chef for a personal tasting. Even my guests were complementing me on the food and the entire evening...it was just wonderful! More...

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