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Entertaining Compnay

Chicago, Illinois

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Entertaining Compnay

Chicago, Illinois

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K
11 August 2019

From start to finish, working with the Entertaining Company was wonderful. We were picky to start (and price-conscious), and Moriah and Jane thoughtfully put together several proposals with changes big and small to help us get to our perfect catering plan. The tasting in their office was another clue at how thorough EC would be—they designed a tasting room to look like our venue with our table shape, chairs, and linens. We had a great meal and conversation and took leftovers home.

On our wedding day, Jane, Colleen, Natalie, and their crew were amazing. They set up the whole space, including things we and the florist had left. They moved flowers from ceremony to reception, organized the flow of the buffet, and offered table service for drinks during dinner from our BYOB bar. Throughout the night, my husband and I were carefully looked after—being offered food and drinks consistently no matter where we'd gotten off to. Toward the end of the night, we were completely wowed by EC when they served the late night snack we'd cut for budget. They added it back in for us as a surprise!

We could not be happier we chose EC for catering and hope you will too!
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E
18 June 2019

Michelle was such a pleasure to work with. She definitely went above and beyond to make sure that we stayed within our budget while still having quality food. I love how accommodating she was, especially with the last minute changes we had to make! Their food is phenomenal! I highly recommend entertaining company when you are doing catering in Chicago :) More...

S
12 June 2019

Everything they did for our event tasted incredible....and gluten free!

K
7 November 2018

If you’re thinking about using Entertaining Company - look no further, seriously. I used Entertaining Company for my wedding in August 2018 and they were absolutely outstanding. All of the staff working, from Banquets to Servers to Bartenders, is highly professional and well-trained. Presentation of all food was careful and consistent. Everything tasted amazing and we got tons of compliments from guests on the food! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Special shout-out to amazing Sales Manager Denise Robinette for incredible communication and delivery of our vision! Thank you!! More...

D
25 July 2018

They are the best, I wouldn't consider using anyone else

A
25 July 2018

I had a great experience with them they were so helpful and there event team was awesome. Our event was flawless and stress free!

C
25 July 2018

I had a great experience with them! Extremely punctual very friendly and accommodating. My go to in the Chicago area!

J
25 July 2018

I was at a function catered by Entertaining Company on August 25 and was blown away. Excellent food, great variety, and the staff was perfect. I look forward to using them myself or seeing them at another event! More...

K
25 July 2018

Passion and dedication in what we are doing. We pay attention to details. Perfection and the ultimate service is our goal.

C
29 May 2018

We had a boat wedding in Chicago and picked Entertaining Company because of their good reviews. However, we were really skeptical because the caterers available at the boat were limited and wedding food is usually average at best. Entertaining Company proved us wrong: the food was amazing and our wedding guests approached us to explicitly comment on this. Denise also helped us put a menu together, since we had no idea what we wanted. The service on the wedding day was also fantastic. Highly recommended! More...

M
13 May 2018

The Entertaining Company catered our son's Bar Mitzvah and were absolutely spectacular. We're used to having food that's just average at a big catered event. The food was Delicious! We got so many compliments from everyone!But more importantly, the team is so professional and the support was just incredible throughout the planning processing and on the day of. Julie is superb. Super patient, flexible and supportive. I haven't thrown a party this big since my wedding. I couldn't imagine a better caterer. I highly recommend them! More...

B
30 March 2018

Hire entertaining company for the very best in catering. I had a very important cocktail party last weekend and entertaining company is flawless from the planning all the way through to the end of the evening! The food is extraordinary... a deviled egg is no ordinary deviled egg ceviche shooters will not soon be forgotten... The staff is impeccable warm and friendly but the reason you hire entertaining company is because you can leave it all to them and at the end of the night they leave you in good shape and wrap up any leftovers with a bow. They will leave you thinking about what you can hire them for next More...

E
10 October 2017

Truly- look no further for your wedding caterer. When we began this process, this piece of the puzzle was one of the most stressful (in my mind) to take on. Food at a wedding is so important, and it seems with so many options it's easy to miss the mark. Entertaining Company does NOT miss the mark. From the moment we stepped into our tasting, I knew attention to detail was not going to be an issue. We felt welcomed, special and like our opinions were really being heard. They work with you to create a menu that works for you and suits your style. Julie was wonderful to work with. Responsive, kind, and kept things light and fun while being focused. Most importantly, the food day of was fabulous. We were not disappointed! We ended up offering charcuterie boards at each table which was a hit. Also impressive, when the napkins were not folded exactly how we had envisioned (it was specific to the menu size, etc.) there was no hesitation on their end to quickly refold all napkins during the ceremony. They really go above and beyond no questions asked, and remind you throughout that this is a big day and things should be how you want them to be. In the moment and being a little stressed as a bride, I truly appreciated that. Lastly, I should mention that the staff the night of was WONDERFUL. Leslie, in particular, was by my husband my by side from the moment we walked into the space. Making sure we always had a bite to eat and/or a drink in hand if we wanted it. She made us feel so comfortable and attended to, it was really unexpected and above and beyond. Thank you so much to the Entertaining Company team for delivering food and service that was truly beyond what we could have imagined. It was such a pleasure to work with you! More...

T
5 August 2017

I have no idea where to start...my husband and I had such an amazing experience working with Julie & her team in planning our wedding and then on our wedding day.

From a planning perspective, when we begun planning the food was the item we were the most perplexed about since I'm indian and my husband is not indian. We were struggling coming up with a way to have a wedding that combined our favorite aspects of both cultures while also making sure our guests felt welcome and comfortable. Thanks to Julie we were able to make that a reality. She helped us create the absolutely perfect menu, took all of our feedback from the tastings and never hesitated to provide her opinions based on her expertise. Working with her from day 1 we were completely at ease because of her wonderfully welcoming personality.

And then there was the wedding day...which was absolute perfection. I want to highlight a couple of details from the wedding day that our guests told us about that still stand out to me and help attest to the amazing service entertaining company provides. Several of our guests told us about how no matter where they were during the cocktail hour - the servers would come and find them to make sure they got food. During dinner, one of my uncles ordered chicken but then when he saw the fish meal he realized he wanted fish. It would have been completely normal for a server to say no but instead they brought him out fish too! During dessert, my brother told a server that my grandma is allergic to eggs and they brought our a separate tray just for her with all the non-egg desserts. Those are just a couple of mentions of their amazing service but there are many many more examples. And then, of course, their food tasted absolutely amazing - it was just as good as our tastings, if not better!
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T
5 August 2017

I have no idea where to start...my husband and I had such an amazing experience working with Julie & her team in planning our wedding and then on our wedding day. From a planning perspective, when we begun planning the food was the item we were the most perplexed about since I'm indian and my husband is not indian. We were struggling coming up with a way to have a wedding that combined our favorite aspects of both cultures while also making sure our guests felt welcome and comfortable. Thanks to Julie we were able to make that a reality. She helped us create the absolutely perfect menu, took all of our feedback from the tastings and never hesitated to provide her opinions based on her expertise. Working with her from day 1 we were completely at ease because of her wonderfully welcoming personality. And then there was the wedding day...which was absolute perfection. I want to highlight a couple of details from the wedding day that our guests told us about that still stand out to me and help attest to the amazing service entertaining company provides. Several of our guests told us about how no matter where they were during the cocktail hour - the servers would come and find them to make sure they got food. During dinner, one of my uncles ordered chicken but then when he saw the fish meal he realized he wanted fish. It would have been completely normal for a server to say no but instead they brought him out fish too! During dessert, my brother told a server that my grandma is allergic to eggs and they brought our a separate tray just for her with all the non-egg desserts. Those are just a couple of mentions of their amazing service but there are many many more examples. And then, of course, their food tasted absolutely amazing - it was just as good as our tastings, if not better!If you're trying to decide which caterer to work with, don't look any further than Entertaining Company ... especially if you're doing a fusion wedding. By the end of the night all of our guests were so satisfied and that is in large part because of the food :).Thank you Julie & Team! I hope we get a chance to work with you again. More...

M
1 August 2017

The best food, service and execution we could have dreamed of...is exactly what we hoped for and it is exactly what we got from Kenny at this find of a catering company.  Stop searching and testing anywhere else....Our son and daughter in law's wedding was superb because of Kenny and Entertaining Company. More...

D
5 April 2017

Super impressive. Mini burgers are the best in the city. If they had a restaurant I would go there.

M
22 December 2016

Our guests couldn't help but gush about how great the food was!

C
14 September 2016

I have been meaning to post this for a few months now, but Entertaining Company was the MOST incredible vendor at our wedding. Hands down. By far the best food we have ever had at a wedding. We worked with Regan.. who is amazing. I could write an entire review on how fabulous she was to work with and how she guided us to make the best choices for our budget and gave us honest feedback. EC has such a unique POV when it comes to wedding food - and our guests absolutely loved everything. They also have the capability to accommodate your unique asks - they made the most insane charcuterie boards for our tables. From cocktail hour through to end of the night bar service (and even late night snacks!) we had zero complaints. If I ever need to hire a caterer again, for anything, I wouldn't look anywhere else. More...

K
6 September 2016

Everything perfect!!! The food was delicious. Helpful! Organized! Professional! Guests are emailing me commenting on the delicious food! Thanks so much Regan!

V
31 August 2016

Regan Tate is exceptional at what she does, along with her entire team. I am an event planner, and after 18 months of planning & coordinating a 220 guest birthday party/fundraiser for my client at the Skyline Loft in Bridgeport, the event on 6/25/16 was hugely successful. We put together a customized organic menu, and everyone raved about the food from the appetizers to the salad to the main course. I look forward to working with Entertaining Company & Regan again in the future. Their service, creativity and culinary creations are beyond compare! More...

E
7 August 2016

A couple of years ago I used Wendy and her company for my wedding.  Being that we were not having a large, traditional wedding (this was my husband's second marriage), my intention was to have a small, luxurious event.  I had access to Wendy in addition to working with Kenny, and the entire process was seamless. The Entertaining Company delivered not only with their exquisite food, but with commendable customer service.  Recently, I worked with them again to host an intimate milestone birthday for a close friend and the experience was equally phenomenal. More...

C
28 May 2016

By far the best food we have ever had at a wedding. We worked with Regan.. who is amazing. I could write an entire review on how fabulous she was to work with and how she guided us to make the best choices for our budget and gave us honest feedback. EC has such a unique POV when it comes to wedding food - and our guests absolutely loved everything. They also have the capability to accommodate your unique asks - they made the most insane charcuterie boards for our tables. From cocktail hour through to end of the night bar service (and even late night snacks!) we had zero complaints. More...

L
21 February 2016

We used the Entertaining Company for our 9/5/15 wedding on board Chicago's Classic Lady. The food was amazing and guests raved about it. Our officiant who has done thousands of weddings said it was the best meat he has ever had at a wedding. They were extremely professional to work with and answered questions quickly via email throughout the planning process. We were very nervous going into it though because we were told we could not do a tasting because our budget was not high enough... so we were booking based solely off of reviews. Having not tasted anything ahead of time, we were counting on yelp, the boat company, and also our wedding coordinator assured us they were great. and it was!! delicious all around and very professional! More...

G
21 December 2015

I've worked with Kenny on several projects and will continue to use him & Entertaining Company. He is great to work with and always makes sure that our expectations are met.

N
3 December 2015

My fiance and I set up a tasting with Kenny at the Entertaining Company, and I will admit--it was love at first sight. We had contacted several catering companies around Chicago, and none were as responsive, and charming as this experience. We had a glorious experience with our tasting. Kenny was insightful, and a strong advocate for us! Not only did he sit with us, but he listened, and ensured that our tasting menu was EXACTLY what we wanted. Our pallets were tantalized, and our company was tantalizing! Truly, an extraordinary experience. We booked on the spot, and cannot wait to share their scrumptious, satiating, attractive food. From passed  hors d'oeuvres, to sweet bites--everything was artfully crafted with tastes to match. I am so excited to get married, and I even get to look forward to the food. I'll keep you posted. :) More...

H
8 November 2015

This is a great company!  They catered our wedding, and - a year later - people still talk about the great food!Those hors d'oeuvres!  Those entrees (beef, chicken and vegetarian were equally good - hard to tell which was the best).  And outstanding service by all.Special mention of Kenny, who advised and guided as all along and "ran the show" in a wonderful way! More...

B
5 November 2015

After reviewing several Chicago catering companies for our wedding, we selected Entertaining Co for their creativity, flexibility and friendly vibe. We also chose them to cater our rehearsal dinner on a boat. My husband and I loved our tasting and really felt their offerings were several steps above typical "wedding food." They also worked with us to incorporate some personal touches, like serving a pork belly hors d'oeuvres with an Eastern NC BBQ recipe from my hometown and customizing our salad course down to every ingredient. Guests also raved about the sea bass entree. A few areas of frustration:
1. We served two late-night food options, but many of our guests never saw these being offered. The staff seemed to barely circulate and there didn't seem to be much effort made to get these served.
2. 75% of the wedding chose a steak entree, which was a bit overcooked. I understand when serving a large group it's difficult to cook on the rare side, but the meat generally seemed too well done.
3. The dessert table was relegated to a corner and many guests never saw where the sweets were being served. This was done to ensure the dessert table would be close to the kitchen, but I might have liked a better recommendation on this placement.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience working with Entertaining Co and would definitely recommend them to brides that want to offer a more elevated catering spread.
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J
21 October 2015

They just catered my gasp....40th birthday party. Everyone kept raving about the food. The servers were amazing. They were quick to pour a drink and even quicker to clean up any mess our guests made. I could not have been happier with the overall experience with them. Super friendly and everything you could ask for. More...

M
9 August 2015

I wish I could give these guys more than 5 stars. We had the Entertaining Company catered our wedding a couple weeks ago and the experience we had was nothing short of amazing. We had so many guests compliment us on the food and the service saying that it was the best wedding they've ever been to, and we know the EC was a big reason for that. One of our guests, a highly regarded chef in Chicago, came up to me during dinner and demanded to know who our caterer was. He said the way the food was prepared, served, and tasted was near perfection. Working with Regan was a pleasure, and she provided a lot of useful input in our preparation for our big day. The whole experience was great: the tasting, food selection, pricing, planning, etc. was pleasant. These people are pros. Highly, highly recommended. More...

K
7 March 2015

Yesterday I went to a tasting for my future sister in laws 600 person wedding. Everyone was amazing and the food was mind blowing. Julie was beyond kind and helpful. I would 100% suggest them to anyone looking for a catering company, whether the event is small or large. More...

J
21 January 2015

I have used Entertaining Company for 2 events in my home and they are amazing!  They food was delicious, the staff was attentive and polite and the process from beginning to end was a breeze.  I can't say enough good things about them.  Guests from each events have called asking for a referral.  Thank you!!!! More...

A
3 December 2014

We went with Entertaining Company to cater our October 4th wedding aftter they blew us away with the tasting.  We couldn't have been happier with the results!  Julie was incredibly sweet and helpful throughout the process.  I had some very specific requests for the menu and the Chef was more than happy to accommodate.  We had a few guests with dietary restrictions and everyone was taken care of.  They even brought a single portion of vegan soup for our one vegan guest (I did not ask them to do this).On top of all of this, the food was beautiful and delicious!  Our guests  are still raving about it. Their staff was great too!  These guys are top notch. More...

D
26 August 2014

Absolutely some of the best food I've ever had from an off premise caterer hands down!!! If you think that's great just wait until you experience the service they don't miss one detail ever.  Norma and Kenny are a dream team. More...

K
29 June 2014

I LOVE Entertaining Company -- Having had the fantastic opportunity to work with Wendy Pashman on some absolutely fantastic events as one of her preferred vendors, I must say there are few catering companies as amazing as this.  Wendy is THE most innovative, creative, and contemporary genius who will present a culinary feast second to none.  If you want something unique -- call Wendy.  Food is out of this World ~ and Wendy is a very fun person to work with.  I always enjoy working with her and her staff.    Kathie Nicolet  Chicago Pianist  knicoletpiano.com More...

L
20 May 2014

As a fundraiser, I have had the opportunity to work with several caterers in Chicago.  In my opinion, Entertaining Company has them all beat.  I love that they are always coming up with unique twists on items that really help make the food memorable. Beet red cous cous? Purple forked mashed potatoes? YES! and both beyond delish.They are also very open to mixing things up, like pairing sides differently and combining elements of different appetizers to get you what you want.I am honestly shocked at the few bad reviews here about staffing because I have worked with them for years and everyone from the bussers to the planners have been nothing short of super professional and helpful. More...

A
16 April 2014

EVERYTHING was perfect for our wedding last weekend at the Cheney Mansion in Oak Park, IL. The entire process with Kenneth was beyond fun, and his entire team a pleasure. Our guests adored every morsel of food, and it was EXACTLY what we expected from our tasting. DELISH!! Not only do they do the big stuff well, but the little touches too. They created signature bourbon cocktails- everyone loved! His staff was genuine. Desserts unique (bourbon bacon brownies!) and beautifully presented. Entertaining Company goes above and beyond, and we highly recommend them! More...

H
24 January 2014

Their white hot chocolate is to die for, that comes with a chocolate covered marshmallow on a stick, pasted with a gold flake.  Their pomegranate apple cider is also nice and soothing, and comes decorated with a cinnamon stick.  Their pastries are wonderful, especially the strawberries that are stuffed with marscapone cheese.  Their little croissants stuffed with pear is delightfully airy and soft.  Also, the salty waffle potato chips topped with salmon is scrumptious - I literally shoved 2 plates down my throat.+white hot chocolate+pomegranate apple cider+yummy pastries+croissants with pear filling+salty waffle potato chips More...

M
17 December 2013

Norma Maloney and her team just helped us (Taylor & Co.) with a party Saturday.   NORMA IS A GODDESS!!!.  And EVERY ONE OF HER TEAM was courteous,  knowledgeable about the WONDERFUL tasting food, and Super pleasant to some very unpleasant guests. I commend Entertaining Company for nabbing Norma...she is unequalled and that staff was as full of variety as we ALL are in this industry.  My name is Monica, by the way. I know our staff was thrilled with this team's performance.  I'd recommend them for any event requiring great food and polite and on-top-of-everything service. More...

J
12 December 2013

From the first day we met Kenny we knew that he would be a special part of ourwedding day. He took the time to get to know me and my husband and listened toevery detail that we had in mind for our wedding, far beyond the food.  He waspatient with us as we made decisions about the menu, and gave us suggestionson important aspects of our wedding reception, including flow and timing. The foodwas incredible and the presentation was beautiful as well. But even moreimpressive was their ability to manage a complicated event space, two floorswithout an elevator, and numerous complicated room flips. We were so happy withthe food and the service that we had them cater our first party as a married couplethis holiday season. I would highly recommend Entertaining Company for theirdelicious food and years of experience dealing with challenging new venues. Aspecial thanks to Kenny! More...

M
2 December 2013

Highly recommended, took a chance on using them without anything but a review of the Yelp rankings - was fantastic food. In the past we have used Real Kitchen but they were unavailable for the holiday when we needed the catering, instead we went with Entertaining Company.  Very happy it worked out this way.The ordering process was easy, Molly was fantastic and quick with replies, the food was absolutely perfect, everyone wanted to know who the caterer was.Fortunately we had a lot left over - amazingly, just as good the next day. More...

K
13 October 2013

Where do I start? Mmm perhaps the tasting for my couple, it was beyond our expectations,so much so  that the bride and groom agreed that their search was over, right then and there. Every thing that we tasted that day was a yes, we had to  pair it down. Kenny kept the tasting fun and inventive. He helped with whimsical touches and suggestions that enhanced and elevated every bite.   Every detail was discussed and fine tuned to their liking. On the day of the wedding, EC and Kenny Woodman did an exceptional job working in a new venue (for all of us). They flawlessly executed flipping the room not once, but twice. My couple was extremely happy with the incredible food, the presentation and  the service. I heard high praise from so many guests, including out of town guests who happen to be caterers! I have  only exceptional words for EC and their very hardworking crew, I can't wait to work with them again. Which lucky for me is very soon. More...

R
29 August 2013

Wow!!!!!! The best of the best!!!!! Everything was so amazing!!!! I have recieved so many compliments on the food and service! !!!! Everyone was so amazing!!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! More...

D
3 August 2013

We knew we wanted to work with Entertaining Company from the second we met Molly. Corbin and I were married at Greenhouse Loft this past July 13th, and as true foodies, our served-meal had to be phenomenal! This was a priority for us and more importantly, for our guests!The tasting was a lot of fun-we were also blown away at just how tasty the food was. Ultimately, we decided on a really unique idea-Mexican food buffet! We also chose to go with an array of seven different passed appetizers, coffee bar and three different passed desserts (no wedding cake).Molly was always organized and upbeat through our entire time of working with her. It's so easy to work with someone who has a great attitude and wants to make your day perfect, and it was!THANK YOU Entertaining Company for being awesome and having so many great food options to choose from-we'll be talking about it for the rest of our lives :) More...

D
17 April 2013

We were lucky enough to work with Julie at Entertaining Company on our event at Salvage One for around 350 people. We basically were having 2 parties at the same time, having a separate cocktail hour and dinner for the kids while having adult apps and stations for them. Julie worked with us (always with a big smile and giggle) to incorporate our theme and the funky venue into the choice of foods and the way we presented them. When we saw the cold weather, she was quick to agree to serve soup shooters upon arrival to warm up our guests without adding an up-charge for an additional app choice. By the way, the tomato soup with asiago crouton and the squash soup were incredible!Beginning with the phenomenal gourmet cheeses and crudite displays during pictures to the delicious and beautifully presented hors d'oeuvres to the abundance of delectable entrees, also set on gorgeous tables incorporating the theme into everything they did, Entertaining Company is my new favorite caterer. The staff was incredible. They bussed the tables and served guests who didn't want to deal with the stations. A number of people commented to me on how outstanding the service was. Also, someone lost a large diamond earring during the party. The servers were looking everywhere until they found it and returned it to the owner!They were accommodating, creative and, most importantly, the food was outstanding. It was almost 2 months ago, and guests are still commenting on the food! I am shocked to read any bad reviews. I have received such strong recommendations from others who entertain beautifully who count on EC as their "go to" for the best catering in Chicago, and now I will only be using them for all of my events to come! Definitely 5 stars. Julie and her team are the best! I can't wait for the next party! More...

A
11 March 2013

Entertaining Company provided the most delicious wedding food we have ever had--and I'm not just saying that because it was our wedding! After almost two months, I still have people calling me to tell me how much they loved the delectable appetizers, the decadent gnocchi, and the beautifully presented chicken. Even better, the staff was completely professional and on top of everything all night--not one person said that the bar line took line or that their food was cold. The staff, especially Molly, one of the event coordinators, is a joy to work with and the food is creative and amazing--you can't go wrong! More...

J
13 November 2012

Working with Kenny at the Entertaining Company was a total dream! Our event had last minute additions, our timeline running late, and a challenging space to prep in, but Kenny and his team handled it perfectly with amazing flexibility and without a single complaint! Kenny and his team are true professionals and the menu was amazing. We had several different food stations featuring food from around the world and each bite was tastier than the last!His servers and bar staff were quick and efficient and worked the room seamlessly. I highly recommend Kenny and Entertaining Company for your next party or event! A++ More...

C
28 August 2012

Corporate Event-082512 - 52 peopleEveryone raved about the food; we went with the "Traditional Dinner Menu". We had fresh cut senasonal floral on the round tables and the buffet table.   Michael Holtrup and his team did a wonderful job. The salon looked great with the burgundy tablecloths on the ten tables.  Working with Denise was wonderful in the very beginning and throughout the coordination of the event. We would use Entertaining Company again. More...

N
10 July 2012

I didn't go into my trial expecting a lot out of EC, but man, was the food great. We paid a pretty penny (about $38K total for 210 guests - but we had a long cocktail hour, midnight bites, a water / snacks bar during our ceremony. ..), but people raved about the food. To me, it was worth it. They were great to work with and I would definitely recommend them to my friends. More...

N
10 July 2012

I didn't go into my trial expecting a lot out of EC, but man, was the food great.  We paid a pretty penny (about $38K total for 210 guests - but we had a long cocktail hour, midnight bites, a water / snacks bar during our ceremony. ..), but people raved about the food.  To me, it was worth it.  They were great to work with and I would definitely recommend them to my friends. More...

R
4 July 2012

We hired EC for a 100-person party we hosted at our home.  EC's chef is truly an artist!  What at some level was a simple barbeque became a culinary event!  The salads were original and delicious.  Rather than a standard coleslaw, we got a shaved fennel salad with grapefruit (no mayo!).  Rather than a standard salad with greens a slice of tomato, we got golden beets, avocado and heirloom tomatoes.  The meat was marinated to perfection.  Our guests just raved about everything!  EC's staff was terrific.  Very respectful of our home, super-organized despite less than ideal working conditions (they staged the event out of our garage) and incredibly professional (all the food was replenished and garbage disappeared without anyone noticing anyone was there!).  EC was great about accommodating special requests, very easy to work with when preparing the event and generally professional and top-quality!  What an incredible experience - we can't wait to do it again! More...

R
4 July 2012

Wendy and the Entertaining Company team MADE our wedding!  Our #1 priority was food and we attended tastings with a number of the top caterers in town, where we saw one plate of "rubber chicken" and tilapia with vegetables after another.  We really wanted to do something much more creative, full of flavors and tons of choices for guests, and a much higher level of cuisine.  A lot of the caterers we met with pushed us toward the standard menu they use for all weddings and were not interested in working on a more creative event.  When we met Wendy Pashman (the owner of Entertaining Company), we knew we had met the perfect caterer for us.  The food at the tasting was incredible (EC even bakes their own breads rather than buying them from local bakeries like other caterers do! Every detail is incredible!), EC does a ton of different types of foods (in fact, Wendy and her head chef have trained all over the world) and they were genuinely excited about doing something "different" with us.  We hired them to do a multi concept presentation for our 215 person reception.  They put together a fabulous cocktail hour menu with eight different passed hors d'oeuvres.  At the reception, rather than a standard three-course plated menu, we had a tasting menu concept with more than 30 different dishes for our guests to try.  The items were presented at four independent, regionally inspired food stations (Israeli, Indian, Asian, and New American Brunch), each decorated in accordance with their theme down to the last detail (e.g., awesome rectangular copper plates for the Asian station, etc.).  EC also came up with an awesome "dim sum" food cart option that put the meal over the top (kind of like street food passed to each table).  The desert table featured seven different desert options including variations on crème brulee, cake pops, donut holes, and poached peaches in rosewater syrup.  People were lined up for the buffets!Everything for the event went off without a hitch and right on time.  The food was amazing, the staff was excellent, and our friends are still raving about it!  Before the event they were always available to talk about the menu and willing to work with us on modifications.  EC was really excited about working on something different and were really creative and original in helping us develop our ideas.  Preparing an event as complex as ours is no simple task, but they are genuinely passionate about what they do and made us feel as if they enjoyed it as much as we did! They were also incredibly flexible in accommodating our special needs - including working with specialty cocktail artists we hired separately (rather than using EC for the entire bar) graciously and professionally, making sure we didn't miss a detail and had a seamless presentation between our specialty bartenders and EC's bartenders.  The food on the day of was exactly how it made and presented during our tasting.  The pricing was also incredibly reasonable given the amount of labor that was needed to prepare the number of dishes we served. I would give them the highest recommendation and am looking forward to working with them on future events. More...

E
22 November 2011

My husband and I had a FABULOUS experience with Entertaining Company for our May 2011 wedding at Cafe Brauer. I was a little worried before hand, from reading some negative reviews on Yelp - but we had a wonderful experience. We worked with Molly, and she literally took care of everything. I had some miscommunication with our baker, and she took care of the situation for me. Initially, we had narrowed down our options to 3 caterers and Entertaining Company blew the other two caterers out of the water with their great service and amazing food. Also - one of the DJs I had a consultation with told me that no one will remember the food, but everyone will remember the music. That is not true - with Entertaining Co, everyone is STILL talking about how great the food was at our wedding 6 months ago. More...

S
25 September 2011

We had a great experience having Entertaining Company cater our wedding! Food was really important to us, so we really put time into choosing both the catering company as well as our menu -- and the day-of results were wonderful. Of note: * Molly, our catering manager, was a joy and is as good as it gets! I can't stress enough how good she was as listening to what we liked and disliked and guiding us in creating a menu that not only tasted great but reflected who we are. On top of it, she was responsive from the get go, which I found to be unique to catering companies! * The staff of Entertaining Company is always awesome. My company actually uses them for events, so I can say that they are consistently great people to have around your event. They seem to really enjoy their job, and it shows. My husband and I actually stayed around talking to some of the staff after our wedding because they were so nice to talk to!* The food was awesome. Plus, they had no problems making accommodations for gluten-free or vegetarian takes on traditionally meat items we wanted to serve. Plus, we wanted our friend who's a chef to create a signature appetizer for us, and Molly & Co. never blinked an eye; we sent the recipe and photos, and it was prepared for us at our tasting so we could try it. Also, be sure to try some of the Korean dishes that are on the menu; one of the chefs spent time in Korea, and his Korean dishes were so good we had one during each course.* Entertaining Company ain't cheap. However (!), they weren't that much expensive compared to some other big names, and for the little extra you paid, we found the quality and sophistication far beyond competitors. Entertaining Company has their act together, and if food is a priority for you, they're a great choice. More...

R
17 August 2011

We worked with Molly Fennell for the catering for our wedding.  She was a joy to work with from the very beginning.  The food was delicious at the tasting and more importantly, it was still delicious when they served it at the wedding as testified to by numerous guests.  Molly really worked with us to accommodate our requests and was so patient with all of our questions and comments over the seven months of planning.  We would recommend her and the Entertaining Company to anyone. More...

R
28 June 2011

Awesome food. We cannot say enough about how great Rachel and the Entertaining Company staff was. Everyone complimented us on how good the food was at the wedding. Rachel put together a unique and fun menu that fit our taste. The price was a little more than what we had wanted to spend, but we are glad we did. It was completely worth it. More...

R
23 May 2011

First off, let me premise this with the fact that I am a wedding planner here in Chicago.  I have worked with every fantastic (and not so fantastic) caterer in the city. ...When my husband and I got engaged earlier in the year (he is also in the wedding business) there was never a question as to who would be catering our wedding.  The day after we got engaged we made the call to Wendy Pashman, the owner of EC.  We did not have a venue, a date, nada....EC's food is the best in the city.  What I love about the creative team over there is exactly that- THEY ARE CREATIVE.  They love all aspects of food- the taste, the texture, the aromas, the look and presentation, the mixing of flavors.  They are never afraid of trying something new or thinking outside of the box, in fact, they embrace it!At our event, we had the most delicious hors d'ouevres, succulent salads, and flavor bursting entrees.  Guests were moaning over the cheese platters, lamb, sea bass, and pear salad.  MOANING.  I cannot tell you how many guests were asking me who the caterer was.The staff was stellar.  Going above and beyond taking good care of us.Words cannot express how happy we were about  EC.  Best call we ever made.Love to all of you at Entertaining Company (Wendy, Julie, Michael, Tammy, Rachel S, Sean, and the amazing tram of chefs)....MWAH! More...

E
23 January 2011

We worked with Denise and Entertaining Co. for our recent wedding reception at the Murphy Auditorium. We were thrilled with the service, presentation and taste! We were going for an Italian, very family style, classic, but fun vibe and Denise provided us with lots of really beautiful, but incredibly good, options for a family-style/ and buffet menu. Most importantly, we wanted our guests to be well fed, but were working on a budget. Denise helped us to balance all these requests and we were over the moon elated with the outcome at our wedding.

In addition to just really good food, we were also really impressed with the staff at our event. The catering team was always checking in with my husband and I to see if we needed another drink (finding us in the middle of the dance floor) or more to eat. We polled our guests who were sitting at other tables and all noted the great service and that the catering team really were so generous and really made it like an enjoyable family meal. Both our cakes/desserts and late night snack were provided by another vendor/baker, but the team was still more than happy to help with passing out all the food – even preparing little to-go bags on the spot. The over the top attention to detail on this made all the difference to our guests and meant a lot to us the day after when we heard all this great feedback!

We also could not have asked for a better onsite coordinator than Denise. We did not have a wedding planner, but Denise certainly took care of every detail – food and otherwise – at the reception. In the few weeks leading up to the wedding, we met on two occasions to ensure we were all on the same page and she really executed exactly to our will. She reminded us she was first and foremost there for us.

I must admit that when we first were in touch with Entertaining Company ten months before our wedding I was really frustrated by the lack of response / delay in getting back to us with pricing, details, etc. However, I must say the end product was totally worth every bit of frustration. I know now that Denise was probably giving another bride/client the impeccable service she would give to us. Just be patient and it will all be worth it.

Overall, we really think our reception was the most fun we’ve ever had in our lives and owe much of the thanks to Denise and the awesome team at Entertaining Company!
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E
7 December 2010

They made our day so easy and fabulous - i think the thing my husband loved the most was having our own 'butler' following us around getting us drinks and orduorves! He still talks about that :)

The food was absolutley FABULOUS and they had by far the best menus and customized a menu for our crazy tastes (Asian fusian + Italian anyone?!)

Really top notch and made everything perfect!!
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E
27 October 2010

Entertaining Company was a pleasure to work with. Wendy and Julie were responsive and helpful throughout the process. They have terrific menu options and a staff that was professional and reliable. Food is absolutely YUMMY! I would highly recommend EC for any occasion! More...

B
22 October 2010

I truly enjoyed attending the Entertaining Company party this past Wednesday. The food they offered was terrific, all in season and so well cooked and presented. Including cauliflower and gouda gratin, corn pancake and roasted lamb, pumpkin souffle, harvest mushroom quiche(?) and sushi.  The drinks and music were a great balance to the food and Epoch is a great loft space to host an event. The Entertaining Company staff on site were terrific, servers very friendly and I met some great folks. Will look forward to opportunities to hire them for my next party, personal or professional. More...

D
19 August 2010

Good food is a necessity in my day to day life. A bad breakfast can send my entire day spiraling out of control. When planning my July '10 wedding my number one priority was having the best food possible and staying within my budget. I had my heart set on stations and after seeing estimates/menus we set-up tastings with 3 caterers. The first tasting was a disaster, the second tasting with Calihan was amazing and we left thinking it was a done deal, the third tasting with Entertaining Co left us speechless. Rachel was phenomenal throughout the tasting, negotiating, and pre-wedding process. My parents and I stressed to her many times just how important food was to us and how disappointed we would be if it didn't meet our expectations. Many of my friends told me the food never tastes like it did at the tasting and that wedding food just "always kinda sucks." Rachel assured us we would not be disappointed. We had three stations: American, Tuscan, Mexican and each dish was unique and beautifully presented. Everything was phenomenal. I was having too much fun to sit down and eat, but my friends and family insisted on feeding me as I walked around the tables. When I eventually sat to refuel I was floored how good everything was. It was better than at the tasting. My husband sat alone at our sweetheart table and went through 3 plates of food. When we reunited he would not stop whispering sweet nothings about the spare ribs and tenderloin. Several of my girlfriends were pregnant and days after the wedding they were still craving the mushroom ravioli and papaya and avocado salad. The guests who were vegetarian still comment about all the options they had to choose from. Our wedding would not have been as spectacular and memorable without Entertaining Company and Rachel steering the ship. I highly recommend EC to anyone, for any event. More...

B
23 July 2010

I used Wedding Wire quite a bit in planning my wedding (particularly not having a wedding planner) and so I felt like I should share my experiences with the vendors that we ended up choosing. The Entertaining Co catered our May 15, 2010 wedding, and I couldn't have been more thrilled with them. Molly M. was our coordinator and she was absolutely fabulous to work with. When planning our wedding, I considered proposals from about 6 caterers. After my first two meetings with caterers, I started to think I was going to have to settle for a menu that I was not too excited about- neither seemed to have heard anything I said when I described what I was looking for for my wedding (casual, elegant, unique). In fact one caterer actually came to our meeting with a menu listing meatloaf as our maincourse (not my idea of elegant), which was even worse because I had informed him during our 45 minute conversation the prior week, that my fiance was a vegetarian!

Needless to say, meeting Molly was a breath of fresh air, she had clearly taken detailed notes during our phone conversation, and had created exactly the type of menu what we were looking for. We went through a couple of revisions, and Molly was always prompt, professional and thoughtful in her response. Throughout the entire process I could tell she really processed everything we were telling her, and made every effort to create exactly the type of event we wanted- basically just a big fun party for our friends and family with lots of booze, good music and great food. That's exactly what we got.

The night of the wedding, the venue looked beautiful, and the staff was great, Molly was there the whole time making sure everything ran smoothly (and putting up with my 87 year old grandpa's stories!) There were a few very minor mistakes, but nothing significant (wrong chicken on skewers, lines formed because guests thought we had a buffet, instead of 3 separate food stations). Two comments we heard throughout the night were "This is the best food I've ever had at a wedding" and "This is like a 5 star restaurant".

As impressed as we were with the food, service, venue set up, etc, the most significant thing for me was to be able to work with someone who was really dedicated to making our wedding beautiful and special. In the end, Molly listened to all of the different thoughts we had about what we wanted our wedding to be, and created an evening which was beyond what we'd hoped for. The Entertaining Co. is truly lucky to have her on staff!
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J
25 February 2010

The food was fantastic at our wedding! Everyone especially commented on the appetizers (the lamb chops in particular as well as mini wasabi burgers). EC also made our cake, which couldn't have been tastier!
Denise and Molly did a fantastic job of making our event perfect, Molly was in training so Denise took the reins, but Molly was excellent at responding quickly to my emails/questions.
I would highly recommend Entertaining Company, both for it's excellent food and wonderful staff!
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S
6 February 2010

My daughters wedding took place at A New Leaf, was catered by the Entertaining Company and coordinated by Rachel Schwanz.  First, the food we selected for our cocktail reception was excellent and everyone at our event loved the quality and presentation .   We loved Rachel and we depended on her, probably more than she realized.  She is not only an excellant professional, she is kind and funny.  The Entertaining Company was competitive from a price standpoint with all of the other companies we considered, but their creative menu and suggested delivery was much above the others  Our food was delicious and plentiful.  The wait staff was unbelievable.  We can't thank them enough.  We have many beautiful memories of our daughters wedding thanks to Entertaining Company and Rachel Schwanz.  We would be happy to talk directly with anyone who needs a reference or more information about our experience.  Rachel Schwanz can provide our contact information.  We love them!!  We also loved A New Leaf...the venue was just what we had dreamed of for our smallish wedding of 80 people.  Sharon More...

K
2 February 2010

We used The Entertaining Company to cater our October 2009 wedding. Rachel Schwanz was absolutely AMAZING to work with, going above and beyond our expectations. We were on an extremely tight budget but the end result looked like we didn't pinch a penny. I am still receiving compliments about the food! We decided to have stations: carving station with choice of beef and fish; veggie station with a choice of carrots, asparagus and a salad that was to die for; and a mashed potato bar with choice of garlic or sweet potatoes and all the toppings. The Entertaining Company also made our cake, red velvet with cream cheese frosting. It was decorated so elegantly and saved us a lot of headache and extra cash than going with a bakery. The service staff was phenomenal! Every time my husband or I went up for a drink they addressed us by name and were very professional, it was an extra touch that wasn't expected but made everything much more special. To show how above and beyond Rachel went... As we were lining up to be introduced she told us that our DJ just notified her that he didn't have the correct music. He had "technical issues" so our introduction and all of our first dance music was not available. She immediately took charge of situation, taking the damage control out of our hands, and rearranged the agenda so the DJ could run home and get the music. By the time dinner was over we were ready for our first dance. Even with that minor glitch Rachel and her team were so wonderful that they made the night get right back on track and finish perfectly. I probably would have had a minor breakdown without her...I cannot recommend and thank The Entertaining Company enough, especially Rachel, for making our wedding day more than we ever dreamed it could be. Thank you! More...

K
1 February 2010

I used The Entertaining Company to cater my wedding in October 2009.  I do not have enough good things to say about this company and its employees.  Denise Robinette handled the majority of the coordinating and planning and was assisted by several people, including Molly Mueller.First of all, the food was fabulous!  I cannot tell you how many complements we got from our guests.  When we went in for the tasting, Denise had the whole room set up with the linens and candles and place settings.  We were able to taste (if I remember correctly) 10 appetizers, 2 salads, and 2 entrees.  We were able to actually meet the chef that cooked everything (he has a really long list of credentials too!)  I thought the food was excellent but figured that it would never be that good when made for 200 people.  Usually, wedding food is boring and dry, right?  Wrong!  It tasted exactly the same on my wedding day, if not better!  They changed a few things from the tasting per my request (more mushrooms and artichokes on the chicken, things like that).  They will make anything you ask them to (within limits, I suppose).  People absolutely raved about the appetizers, too.  There was so much variety and they were just so good!I did not hire a wedding planner/coordinator.  I was going to do a week-of planner but ended up not needing to because Denise and Molly essentially acted as my own personal wedding planners.  Anytime I had a question, they were there with an answer or a suggestion.  They were accommodating to my schedule and helped me in every aspect of planning and coordinating.  I decided to make the desserts for my own wedding and had them dropped off at their offices and they took care of taking them to the reception site and setting them all up.  When guests brought uninvited dates, they set up additional chairs and place settings without ever letting them know anything had gone awry.  After the wedding, they packed up all my stuff and kept it for me until I came and picked it up when I got back from my honeymoon.I honestly cannot say enough good things about this company.  I want to have another big party just so I can have them cater it!  I would absolutely recommend them for their professionalism, their courtesy, their organization and most of all, for the food! More...

K
21 December 2009

I had the absolute pleasure of working with Rachel on my recent wedding. Even though I consider myself a "foodie," we were lost when it came to the question of what we were hoping to serve at our wedding. Thanks to Rachael, all the right questions where asked and -more importantly- the right answers where found. We are still hearing about our menu: how creative it was, how delicious and how (what is sometime forgotten) full everyone was when the dinner was over. Thank you EC and especially Rach! More...

D
16 November 2009

When I started calling caterers for our wedding this past October, I found that the majority of caterers weren?t very interested in helping me. We wanted to have Italian food at our small wedding, and were hoping that would fit into our small-ish budget. I wrote an email to several caterers, some of whom I never heard back from. But Rachel Schwanz, from the Entertaining Company, got back to me right away. Really?5 or 10 minutes after I wrote the email she was on the phone, chipper, offering to help and explaining how all this catering stuff works. I did continue to investigate other companies, but from that first conversation I felt confident that I would like Rachel?s proposal best, and that she and I would be a good fit working together to make the food and drinks at our wedding what we wanted. Rachel is INCREDIBLY patient. Being new at the planning thing, I had a lot of questions, a lot of needs, and a lot of revisions, and she was always kind to me, never lost her patience, and continued to be helpful and supportive. Working with her was easy. She was honest, and she really helped us craft a menu that would both work with our budget and please our guests. She had lots of good ideas and suggestions to guide me and make the process of planning easier.

On the day of our wedding, it was such a joy to see her there. She makes everyone feel welcome and happy, and several of our guests mentioned how much they liked her. She, along with Donna and Matt at the Ivy Room, made our wedding really seamless and successful. The Entertaining Company staff was REALLY nice and accommodating, and the layout of the chairs and tables was perfect and worry-free (at least it was for me!). Rachel coordinated the details adeptly and artfully. I really grew to feel close to her in the time that she helped me plan, and she was so good to me, my now-husband, and our guests on the day of our wedding.

The food, hors d?oeuvres and drinks at our wedding were exactly what we hoped for. Simple, elegant and delicious. We had several people with food allergies who were all well cared-for, and mentioned that they had never felt that safe about the food they were to eat at an event. We had Bolognese Pasta, artichoke ravioli, salads and sorbets on our menu and they were all wonderful. The bartenders made great drinks, and our friends and family loved them, too.

All in all, working with Rachel Schwanz at the Entertaining Company was a dream. As a liason for the company, there couldn?t be a better representative?patient, kind, helpful, accommodating, budget sensitive, and capable. The rest of the Entertaining Company?s staff was great, too. We were so happy with the food at our wedding, and working with them, through Rachel, was a breeze, and a pleasant one. She cares so much about what she does, and she is great at her job. Trust her and the Entertaining Company with your party and you will be, even with optimistic expectations, happily surprised.
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16 November 2009

When I started calling caterers for our wedding this past October, I found that the majority of caterers weren't very interested in helping me.  We wanted to have Italian food at our small wedding, and were hoping that would fit into our small-ish budget.  I wrote an email to several caterers, some of whom I never heard back from.  But Rachel Schwanz, from the Entertaining Company, got back to me right away.  Really--5 or 10 minutes after I wrote the email she was on the phone, chipper, offering to help and explaining how all this catering stuff works.  I did continue to investigate other companies, but from that first conversation I felt confident that I would like Rachel's proposal best, and that she and I would be a good fit working together to make the food and drinks at our wedding what we wanted.  Rachel is INCREDIBLY patient.  Being new at the planning thing, I had a lot of questions, a lot of needs, and a lot of revisions, and she was always kind to me, never lost her patience, and continued to be helpful and supportive.  Working with her was easy.  She was honest, and she really helped us craft a menu that would both work with our budget and please our guests.  She had lots of good ideas and suggestions to guide me and make the process of planning easier.  On the day of our wedding, it was such a joy to see her there.  She makes everyone feel welcome and happy, and several of our guests mentioned how much they liked her.  She, along with Donna and Matt at the Ivy Room, made our wedding really seamless and successful.  The Entertaining Company staff was REALLY nice and accommodating, and the layout of the chairs and tables was perfect and worry-free (at least it was for me!).  Rachel coordinated the details adeptly and artfully.  I really grew to feel close to her in the time that she helped me plan, and she was so good to me, my now-husband, and our guests on the day of our wedding.  The food, hors d'oeuvres and drinks at our wedding were exactly what we hoped for.  Simple, elegant and delicious.  We had several people with food allergies who were all well cared-for, and mentioned that they had never felt that safe about the food they were to eat at an event.  We had Bolognese Pasta, artichoke ravioli, salads and sorbets on our menu and they were all wonderful.  The bartenders made great drinks, and our friends and family loved them, too. All in all, working with Rachel Schwanz at the Entertaining Company was a dream.  As a liason for the company, there couldn't be a better representative--patient, kind, helpful, accommodating, budget sensitive, and capable.  The rest of the Entertaining Company's staff was great, too.  We were so happy with the food at our wedding, and working with them, through Rachel, was a breeze, and a pleasant one.  She cares so much about what she does, and she is great at her job.  Trust her and the Entertaining Company with your party and you will be, even with optimistic expectations, happily surprised. More...

E
6 October 2009

We could not have been more pleased with the Entertaining Company. Wow! First off, the food was all absolutely delicious. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how tremendous dinner was - and the fact that they also made some of the best pies we've ever tasted was just unbelievable . Amazing! The service was also above and beyond what we expected - every single employee representing the Entertaining Company was relaxed, ultra-professional, and just really good at what they do. They seemed to be everywhere we and our guests needed them to be without ever being intrusive. We were so impressed and delighted. Denise was great to plan with and Tammy handled everything PERFECTLY on the day of! I would recommend the Entertaining Company to anyone looking to throw an amazing party! More...

J
26 May 2009

I would strongly recommend working with Rachel, she had excellent ideas to help us decide what to serve. The best thing about working with these caterers was that they really stuck to our budget, I feel that I received excellent quality food for the price. I will say, however, that some of the other people that I initially worked with (before Rachel took over our event) were a little pushy. I will also say that one of our menu changes was overlooked so one of the items that we wanted was not served (it was a small change though and all of the food still tasted really good). More...

K
9 December 2008

Wendy Pashman, owner of Entertaining Company came to my attention beacuse I was looking for someone who could create  a new concept of modern Indian wedding. Her Indian parties are sparkling with flavor, colors and fresh new ideas based on traditional Indian foods. Her enthusiasm and dedication paired with meticulous attention to details made my party absolutely carefree and memorable.Kirsten W. More...

K
2 November 2007

You guys did a fabulous job last night. Thank you so much for all the hard work leading up to the event and for your careful attention to detail and responsiveness to our requests. It's that level of care that makes an event sing. I am going to be your best reference from this point forward! More...

C
1 November 2007

My husband and I used Entertaining Company for our wedding reception on Chicago's First Lady. Denise was fabulous to work with! I am a vegetarian and I also had vegan guests and Denise worked with me to ensure that the menu would suit our needs. The day of the event, the staff was SUPERB! They were polite, professional, and the food was fantastic! They also knew the ingredients of the food which our guests appreciated. We got compliments from everyone about the food and the leftovers were quickly gobbled up the next day. More...

T
24 September 2007

I recently had the huge task of planning an event for my entire company - over 2,000. I had never planned an event of this size so I was nervous. Of course I wanted it to be a good reflection on me. I called a catering company called Entertaining Company and they literally made my life so easy! I told them my budget, what I wanted, how many people and the next thing I know everyone is asking me how I came up with such a cool menu (themed drinks and all) so needless to say I ended up looking like a star. I'll definitely use them again! More...

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