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Limelight Catering

Lincoln Park, Illinois


Limelight Catering

Lincoln Park, Illinois


Reviews (61)

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Kate T.

5 November 2019

I have worked with Allison at Limelight for a few years now, so this review is long overdue. As someone who has previously worked in catering I have high expectations both during the planning process and during the event, and the team at Limelight seamlessly exceeds my expectations every time. Their communication is flawless, customer service in planning and at the event is first class, and their food is truly delightful. They do a great job of suggesting items for all dietary needs, and are always willing to go above and beyond (even when I make last minute requests on a weekend). Limelight is great to plan with and (if it's possible) even better on site. I can't recommend them enough! More...


Sean Blay

23 October 2019

Best in the business! Awesome company with experienced staff and creative menus.


Andrew B.

7 October 2019

Limelight catered our wedding in September 2019. Lexi and Chelsey planned and executed an exceptional meal, ceremony setup, dinner setup, and so much more. Lexi always appeared to have the night under control. A few highlights:1. We did an east coast style reception and it went super smoothly. 2. Amazing food - guests were raving about the food, especially appetizers (burrata ice cream cone!) and the truffle pasta entree. For some reason injecting mayo, sushi, and guacamole in ones mouth through a push pop is enjoyable...3. Exceptional service - we were most happy to witness and hear about this item. All of the staff did a great job. Additionally and selfishly, Lexi herself and the wait staff always made sure we were well served - we loved having appetizers in the bridal suite. More...


Christine L.

19 June 2019

We had our wedding reception here nearly a month ago and had absolutely no regrets about using the Woman's Club of Evanston for our wedding.We had our wedding on a Sunday, and the location couldn't be beat, walking distance to the hotels our out-of-town guests were staying at, free parking (on Sundays) in the garage across the street (across Chicago Ave). The venue itself is beautiful both inside and out, it's a historical building and everything is just so picturesque.We initially were working with Jessica, whose role was taken over by Dana, and both were a pleasure to work with. Both were extremely patient in answering my many questions, and extremely organized. The day of the wedding, Dana and the staff at The Woman's Club of Evanston made everything run extremely smoothly and worked well with my friend that was coordinating.It's a unique space, so beautiful, I wish the night could have lasted longer and we could have enjoyed more of the event! More...


Amanda G.

4 June 2019

We worked with Eliza B and she was super helpful in planning and fully customizing a menu for a bridal shower event for 20.  She went above and beyond with menus and cards for the items and all of the items were delicious from the flatbreads, mini-sandwiches (we loved the lobster rolls) and desserts.  Staff was also helpful for setup onsite.   We will definitely work with Limelight again for future events. More...


Rachel N.

2 April 2019

We worked with Bryn at Limelight for our March wedding and it was a flawless process from start to finish! She worked with us to curate a menu that my husband and I both loved and were excited to serve to our guests. On the night of the wedding she even took the extra step to notice that we hadn't had the chance to sit and eat our dinner so found us to ask if we wanted the meal replated - incredibly thoughtful! The staff was incredible and pleasant both at the tasting on the night of wedding and everyone seemed to really enjoy their meals. I know we did! Limelight truly was a big part of making our night as amazing as it was and I would recommend them every time! More...


M B.

26 March 2019

My boss had a private business dinner for 10 people at her home.  We choose Limelight based on their website and online menu.  It couldn't have been better.  The staff is wonderful to work with from start to finish.  The onsite service was perfect, and the food was delicious.  I highly recommend using them! More...


Marc S.

4 September 2018

My wife and I used Limelight to cater our wedding, and we could not be happier with the decision. We are both big foodies, and my family has a wide range of food lovers, french people, professional chefs and big eaters, so we knew going in that the food had to be a highlight. In fact, our wedding might have ended up being as much of a celebration of our love of food as it was for our love for each other, but we don't regret a thing!We did a tasting with Limelight and with a couple other caterers, and while all of the caterers really impressed us on flavor, Limelight stood out from the crowd on their presentation, and on the quality of their appetizers. Everyone has been to weddings and had wedding dinners, be it chicken, steak, or fish, or vegetarian. Even the exceptionally delicious variations of these dishes from Limelight were fantastic, but the real star and the reason you should hire Limelight is for the creative, customized appetizers that will really impress your guests. Months later people are still raving about the mini polenta cakes with pulled brisket and candied jalapenos, or the miniature spanikopita, or the sriracha honey chicken sliders we passed out at the end of the night when everyone was drunk on the dance floor.Chelsey, our event coordinator at Limelight, was an absolute pleasure to work with, helping to coordinate not just the perfect menu, but helping us seamlessly weave the food into the entire evening. Our event occurred at the Garfield Park conservatory which is a botanical garden with a collection of different greenhouses representing different biomes. Chelsey helped us cater a spectacular cocktail hour following our ceremony, where appetizers were passed throughout the conservatory and paired with tasting cocktails that fit the themes of the various greenhouse rooms such as the "Dessert House" and the "Sugar from the Sun" rooms. Their assistance in helping us execute on this vision was invaluable, and really helped make our event a massive success. Chelsey and her team helped us work to customize the list of appetizers, create custom cocktails to pair with each, and then plan the pairings and distribution plans for the cocktail hour in such a unique space.Dinner service was no different, with all meals being served promptly, cooked correctly, and extremely enjoyable for our guests. They were very flexible to put up their production kitchen in the same room where we did our ceremony, with a turnaround time of just 30 minutes while hiding everything in a way that the guests didn't notice a thing during or after the transformation. They are definitely a little more expensive than other Chicago caterers, but they are actually quite affordable when you compare them with their peers of a similar caliber and quality. Their actual food and liquor costs are quite competitive, while it seems they had a bit higher costs for labor.All in all, I would highly recommend hiring Limelight. From conception to execution, their food and service is sure to wow your guests while taking the daunting task of food service off of your busy plate, allowing you to just enjoy the moment. More...


Leeann H.

26 August 2018

I chose Limelight for my wedding caterer and could not have been more pleased.  My husband and I were impressed with them from the very moment we stepped into their tasting room.The food that they offered at the tasting was delicious and they were more than willing to make adjustments to each dish as we requested.  We worked with Chelsey who was very knowledgeable in everything from their food offerings to their serving platters and made smart and thoughtful suggestions.We did 3 different food stations - Mexican, southern, and farmers market.  The day of our wedding, Limelight even added a little extra flare to each station by providing some decor to distinguish between the three different styles, I thought this was a thoughtful touch.Unfortunately, my nerves didn't allow me to eat much on my wedding day but Chelsey was more than happy to wrap up some leftovers for us to take home and enjoy after the reception.  I was so happy to have the opportunity to actually taste and enjoy everything that we paid for when my stomach was back to normal!I had tons of guests compliment the food and many even told me that it was the best wedding meal that they'd ever had (which was our goal).  People really enjoyed the stations and went back for seconds and thirds.  It was a hit!  Especially for our vegetarian, gf, and special diet guests since there were so many options to choose from.Limelight executed cocktail hour, dinner, dessert, and our late night snack beautifully.  They served up mini milkshakes after dinner which guests thoroughly enjoyed - I know b/c this was one of the most pictured things about our day that I saw on Facebook from friends and family!I'd give Limelight 10 stars for their impeccable work if I could and recommend them to all engaged couples looking for something a little more than your basic chicken or beef wedding options. More...


Valerie W.

19 July 2018

Unbelievable food and amazing service! The appetizers were so delicious, especially the lobster rolls! Highly recommend!!!!!!!! The event was at a really cool place called the Revel Motor Row. More...


Lucas W.

23 April 2018

Of all the weddings I have ever been to, the one thing that I definitely couldn't tell you anything about was what we had to eat. Something beef, something chicken, blah blah. When my wife and I started planning our wedding, we were set on making sure that our night would be much more. We wanted our guest to have a drink in hand, fantastic food, and an amazing evening. Limelight Catering far exceeded our expectations. The best part about our planning experience was getting to have a tasting with Chelsey at Limelight. They wined and dined us with everything we could have wanted for our wedding evening. Chelsey had an amazing expertise about every dish they offer, and was able to talk us through the menu to pick out the things we wanted to try. They made it very easy to decide what we wanted from the appetizers to the desserts. They even allowed us to set up a hot chocolate bar in the service elevator of our venue where guests could get a spiked beverage before the ceremony even started. They allowed us to substitute things for dishes to make sure that we hit our guests' tastes. The people working at Limelight take absolute pride in the service they provide. Before they brought the guests in they asked my wife and I to come out and see everything they had put together. During our reception, glasses were full, the bar was well staffed and stocked, appetizers were passed faster than people could eat them, and the meals came out hot and perfectly prepared. The presentation of appetizers, meals, and desserts was an absolute work of art. They even prepared our favorite appetizers for my wife and I to enjoy in the bridal suite after the ceremony while we took a bit of time to ourselves. Desserts were placed beautifully after dinner between the dance floor and the bar for our attendees to grab and late night snacks came out perfectly to make sure that no one lost their energy out on the dance floor. There was a moment throughout the evening that our guests wanted for anything. I highly recommend Limelight Catering. More...


Jane V.

8 April 2018

Went here for the event and meeting showcase. It was a great event with over 45 different event vendors. And only did I connect with Thunders I already knew, but I also discovered some great new vendors to consider in the future.The Woman's Club of Evanston is a nonprofit organization that is located in a historic building conveniently located on Chicago Avenue in Evanston Illinois. It is conveniently located steps from Northwestern University, the lakefront, public transportation, and they also have their own parking lot.The location hosts many different events such as weddings, receptions, corporate or team events, private parties and community There are many different rooms available for as little as 25 people to as many as 250.  I was impressed with the decor, even the sun room is furnished for meetings.The Woman's Club of Evanston also offers many day and evening programs such as a book group, weekly Bridge games, networking and Premier Events throughout the year.I highly recommend using the Woman's Club of Evanston for your next event! More...


Stephanie S.

16 March 2018

We had a company happy hour and got catering with Limelight.  I did not plan the event so I'm reviewing from an attendee perspective.  The theme was St Paddy's so they made green deviled eggs, green reuben wraps, vegetarian Sheppard's pie, cute desserts (gold cake pops, cookies, green mint brownies), etc.  They also included a cucumber mint drink.Likes-fun foods that fit the theme-appealing look and presentation-the mint brown and cake balls were delicious!-assortment of cheese, meats, crackers, toasted breadAverage-deviled eggs-reuben wrapDislikes-I wasn't a fan of the vegetarian sheppard's pie. It was have been great with meat More...


Cynthia A.

2 February 2018

STOP LOOKING FOR A CATERER RIGHT NOW!  You will not find a better, more professional, more yummy caterer in Chicago.  We contracted with them for a Celebration of Life Service and they provided a spectacular buffet for our attendees.  Not only was the food so good (you would actually seek out a restaurant for this food), it looked beautiful.  The care and detail of the entire setup, along with the experienced staff, made it so easy for us to just enjoy ourselves.  Molly understood what our intent was from the very beginning and was always available with any info we needed.  HIRE THEM! More...


Colleen F.

25 January 2018

We hired Limelight Catering to cater the food at our wedding on October 28th and it could not have been more perfect!From the moment we first spoke to our contact at Limelight, Chelsey Boggs, we knew we were in very, very capable hands!  The menu options we were sent prior to our tasting all sounded amazing and we were blown away when we had the tasting.  Almost all of the items we tasted were of the same - if not better - quality than most restaurants we go to in the city.  The presentation was unique and impressive.  Definitely not your stereotypical wedding reception food!  It made it hard for us to narrow it down and choose the actual apps, entrees and late night bites for the big day.But we chose well and all of the food was absolutely delicious at our reception.  A large number of our friends and family who were there have told us that it was the best food that they have ever had at a wedding and we agreed!  Everything tasted just as well if not better than it did at our tasting - which is super impressive considering Limelight was feeing 240 people at the same time that evening.Chelsey and the entire Limelight team who we worked with were amazing throughout the whole process, especially the night of.  There wasn't a single Limelight staff member who any of us came into contact with that evening who wasn't kind, helpful and polite.  Chelsey and Ron - the manager that evening - were in constant communication - letting us know what was going on and making sure we got enough food/wine/cake/etc and they always seemed to be there when we turned around to answer questions and make sure everything went smoothly.  The attention to detail was incredible as well.  Everything from the linens and table set-ups to the champagne glasses for the place cards to special signs we had at the bar were set up exactly as we discussed.  It was gorgeous. We cannot praise Limelight Catering enough.  We are so happy we chose them to cater our wedding and we would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who was planning a wedding or event in the Chicagoland area.  You cannot go wrong. More...


Katie G.

1 September 2017

I recently attended a wedding here for a friend of mine. The reception was done incredibly well from the layout of the space, the table linens, the open bar selection and the wonderful buffet. The staff was incredibly professional, friendly and helpful - telling us where to put gifts, keeping the buffet stocked with delicious and hot food, and keeping up with drink orders. The reception space was beautiful, flowed smoothly and the dancing was great! I don't think it could have gone any better. More...


J. L.

19 August 2017

We recently hosted a Friday night welcome party here for our wedding weekend. It was absolutely perfect for the type of event we had in mind. We used the downstairs area only and there was more than enough room for 90 people to mingle, eat, and drink cocktails. The Club provided furniture and A/V equipment for no extra cost. And the space itself is lovely!We nearly didn't contact the Club at all, assuming it would be out of our price range, but I'm glad we did. The price for a Friday was actually very reasonable.Most of all, the staff was terrific to work with. Elizabeth is awesome. She was professional, responsive, and super helpful answering all of our questions. More...


Emily N.

4 July 2017

We had an amazing experience with Limelight Catering for our wedding.  Their food surpassed our expectations and everyone loved the experience they provided.  Typically, wedding food is alright at best but Limelight showed how that wedding food can WOW everyone, from the incredible service to the amazing quality of all the ingredients.  They also knew how to make small details, like late night snacks of chicken and waffles and mini hotdogs for the guests, become the talk of the wedding!   Everyone was impressed and loved every bite of it, and have been talking about it for weeks!Additionally, Molly from Limelight was incredibly responsive, most times coming back on communications in a matter of minutes!  We were consistently impressed with their level of service, from beginning to end.  We are so happy went with Limelight, they ensured our wedding was spectacular. More...


Andrew R.

13 May 2017

Limelight is who you absolutely want to go with for your wedding.We tried many caters in the Chicagoland area, with food I'd rank as 4s and 5s. Limelight was a 10! The creativity and variety of their appetizers alone made for fun but also well prepared and high quality treats. (Other caterers attempted creativity, but their quality suffered).After showing off a wide array of tasty options for the salads and entrees in the tasting, they worked with us to customized our menu to our exact needs. On wedding day they delivered. Guests were impressed across the board. We were very happy to have chosen Limelight. More...


B L.

13 April 2017

We just had our wedding here--this place is phenomenal! So much character and a very professional and welcoming staff. Highly recommended!


Meghan S.

28 March 2017

We had our wedding here in December 2016, and I could not be happier with having it at the Woman's Club! Elizabeth was wonderful to work with, extremely helpful, and always quick to answer my (never-ending) emails. She also was a HUGE help coordinating with all of the vendors, which is probably one of the most difficult parts of planning your own wedding! The space is gorgeous, and it was so convenient to have the ceremony and reception in the same place. While they flipped the room, our guests simply moved downstairs (just as great!) for cocktail hour. It's definitely not the most budget friendly venue, BUT there are a few perks that help you save in other areas. Because of the Club's historic look, you don't have to go crazy with decorations and it still looks beautiful. If you want your wedding to look classic and elegant, this is your place. There are a handful of hotels as close as a block away, and photo ops across the street on Northwestern's campus, so you really don't need transportation either (as long as you aren't a winter wedding like us!). AND it's BYOB-- this saved us a few thousand dollars on the bar! They do require you to use vendors from their preferred list-- BUT it's for good reason! Every single vendor I chose from the list was spectacular and went above and beyond my expectations, and they really do a good job of giving you options for a range of budgets! More...


Barbara B.

14 February 2017

The Woman's Club of Evanston was my daughter's first choice of wedding venue because of its unique, beautiful space and it comes highly recommended.   The facilities manager and event coordination staff were superb and very responsive.  The bride, groom, and guests were absolutely thrilled with the convenience of attending the ceremony, cocktail reception, and dinner/dancing in one location.   Visit and book this beautiful property.   It doesn't disappoint! More...


Diane B.

4 December 2016

Our wedding in October 2016 at the Woman's Club was absolutely perfect from start to finish. The staff at the WCE were very helpful in guiding the planning process. It's definitely a lot of work to hire the vendors and keep everyone organized and in the loop, and Michelle and Elizabeth played a very large part in that. The day of the wedding, we had our Ceremony upstairs facing the windows, which was very pretty. The cocktail hour was immediately after in the downstairs of the clubhouse, which worked out perfectly, and people really had great things to say about the space. All the guests were guided back upstairs for dinner and dancing, and I have to say, as a bride, I had no idea what the ballroom would look like after they "flipped the room", but when we walked in, everything was gorgeous! To be honest, it was even better than I had expected. We had 175 guests attend, and there was plenty of room for all the tables plus the dance floor and bar area, but it also felt cozy and intimate at the same time. My only complaint is that the day went way too fast and was over in a flash! I would recommend the Woman's Club to anyone for their special event, if they are looking for a unique and beautiful space that you can make your own. More...


Erin C.

30 November 2016

Limelight was our clear choice for our wedding caterer after the tastings. Not only did they create a menu exactly to our liking, they were our guidance through many of our other wedding questions. We were so pleased with everything leading up to the wedding and then we were blown away the night of. The food was delicious and the staff super friendly. Our guests still talk about our food, we just wish we had more time to eat!! More...


Adam K.

18 October 2016

Molly and the rest of the the crew at Limelight are just phenomenal.  We were fortunate enough to have them cater our wedding reception recently, and couldn't imagine having anyone else be a part of our event!  The scope of their cuisine is truly impressive, and what they do, they do very well.  Everything from the appetizers to the late night snacks were absolutely perfect, and tasted just as phenomenal at the actual reception as they did at the tasting.  Our guests are still raving about their food! More...


Torre G.

11 October 2016

WOW! Over a month after our wedding and our friends and family still can't stop talking about our food! We gave Limelight a pretty big challenge - to create an Indian-Italian fusion menu to merge both of our cultures. These are not two types of food that would normally go together, yet somehow Limelight created the perfect mix! Everything from start to finish was absolutely amazing and completely custom to our liking. Molly was simply fantastic and turned our challenging request in to a delicious reality! The day of staff were also top notch and everything from the table settings to the timing/temperature of the food was perfect. I am sure our guests will be talking about the food from years to come. Thank you Molly and the Limelight team for an unforgettable menu for our special day! More...


Kathy P.

3 October 2016

Limelight Catering was top notch!  I booked them for a corporate event for 700+ in the Chicago area of Schaumburg.  Staff was friendly and personable, but the food was out of this world!  Some of our executives remarked that it was some of the best we have had at any event across the country!  That includes events we have had in New York and San Francisco.  The foodies were all a buzz with the delicious eats and musically themed food Limelight presented at the event.  Compliments to the chefs on-site cooking up all the delicious eats!!  Special kudos to Eliza & Lauren that even made a last minute change based on my feedback to the station areas.  Additional thanks for spectacular customer service and positive attitude to Bruce (bartender), Victor & Rodrigo (support staff).  I would definitely recommend for any event. More...


Sarah M.

28 September 2016

It was a pleasure working with Limelight for our wedding! Chelsey was always very patient and friendly with all of our questions, and she responded to our emails in a very timely fashion. She and the other Limelight staff were very helpful in helping us to create a delicious menu that also fit within the other wedding themes and guidelines. My husband and I had attended an event catered by Limelight before we began the wedding planning process, so we were already familiar with the tastiness of the food and the friendliness and professionalism of the staff, and I am pleased to report that their quality of food and professionalism was just as consistent for our event as well. I was also pleased with how well the Limelight staff worked with the other vendors and how attentive they were to our guests to create a wonderful experience for all. More...


Erin D.

26 September 2016

We used Limelight for our wedding. Molly was our contact person and she was extremely helpful and responsive to all my emails and questions. The food was amazing, especially the appetizers. We had some guests tell us it was the best food they had at a wedding. During the reception the wait staff was extremely attentive to my husband and I making sure we got appetizers and plenty to drink. We loved everything about Limelight and Molly and would definitely recommend them!! More...


Nicole S.

11 September 2016

We selected Limelight for our wedding caterer and it's one of the best decisions that we made! Chelsey was amazing to work with.Beginning with the taste testing - Limelight really understood our vision. We asked for a Middle Eastern twist to our food and they accomplished just that! Not an easy task when you're parents are the critics. The chef was really open to hearing our thoughts and did a great job implementing all of our suggestions. And the food was amazing. Not only at the taste testing but at the wedding. To our delight, everyone has raved about everything that they ate. Limelight was also open to us bringing our own dessert, which was really important for us. Loving who you work with is such a big aspect to wedding planning and I would not have wanted to work with anyone else other than Chelsey. When I saw her on our wedding day I felt as though I was seeing a friend and was genuinely happy to see her.  For the last year she's been consistent, responsive, and beyond helpful. She offered insight and opinions and I felt really comfortable differing to her - even as a type A person. She really went above and beyond to make it such a great experience all the way through. Although she was the face of Limelight, we also had amazing experiences with other staff and the chef as well. Bottom line: Amazing! You won't regret picking Limelight. More...


Alana P.

6 September 2016

BEST FOOD at a wedding you will ever have! Chelsey and her team were amazing. Everyone kept telling us how much they loved the food. I have some rather annoying food allergies and they were extremely accommodating to me and our guests. Limelight staff was flawless. Thank you all so much for such a great experience. More...


Julie K.

27 July 2016

Holy cow, do I love this place. We just had our wedding here (July 2016) and everything went great. Well, except for the fact that a storm took down the power. As the bride, I was doing my fair share of freaking out. But hats off to Michelle at the Woman's Club. She kept us informed, letting us know every few minutes what she'd heard from ComEd. She even ran out in the pouring rain to chase down the ComEd truck and tell them they had to restore our power first. I couldn't ask for anything more from a venue.Because of the storms, we didn't get to take pictures outside, but the gardens are beautiful. The inside is so beautiful that I didn't feel like we were missing out. It's such a unique space, you don't need any more decorations. The staff was great and answered any questions we had. We loved the space, and everyone went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience. More...


Michelle N.

16 July 2016

Molly and her team did an excellent job catering my daughter's wedding this past weekend.  The food was amazing, service exemplary and presentation outstanding.  Molly was on top of all the details, and there were plenty as my daughter and son-in-law customized many small aspects of the event (they wanted to have a trail mix bar, signature drinks, special alcohol, etc).  The tasting was a lot of fun, too, not to mention delicious, and Molly was very accommodating and personable.  I highly recommend Limelight catering for exceptional, memorable food and service!!  Thank you, Molly!! More...


Emily M.

18 March 2016

Limelight catering nailed it for my wedding at the Bridgeport Art Center!  The food was simply amazing from beginning to end!  Our menu was unique, creative, and delicious. And the presentation of the food is like a work of art. Our guests have given us so many compliments about how tasty the food was (even 3 weeks later, people are still talking about it!). We saw the evidence of that as we walked around the room after dinner and all of the plates were totally empty.....basically licked clean & people were asking for seconds. Limelight elevates wedding reception food to a whole new level!  Chelsey and Molly were a true pleasure to work with. The initial tasting appointment was fun and their suggestions were spot on. They listened to our likes & dislikes (my husband is a picky eater), and created options to suit us. They also catered to our guests' needs. One vegetarian guest said it was the most unique & delicious wedding meal she's ever had. The finishing touch of cookies & hot chocolate for guests on the way out of our winter wedding capped off a perfect event. Chelsey, Molly and the entire Limelight team (waitstaff, kitchen crew and chef) made our wedding day memorable, special and most of all, delicious! More...


Rachel L.

16 February 2016

I was referred to Limelight through a contact, and am so glad I was! We contracted Limelight for our wedding in June 2015 at Chez, it was AMAZING. Molly from our first meeting was extremely professional and accommodating. The food was amazing, along with the presentation, our guests were impressed. The service staff was very accommodating and friendly, including the two identical twin bartenders at our bars--they made the evening! Thank you Limelight! More...


Lisa H.

27 October 2015

We highly recommend choosing Limelight caterers. They catered our daughter's wedding, we went to a couple other tastings but the combination of the food and our comfort level with Molly made choosing Limelight an easy decision. The food was delicious, hot and attractively displayed. They have a comprehensive menu, but yet we were able to tweak a few of the dishes to our liking. I felt like a guest at the wedding - if there were any issues, I had no idea, because they are so incredibly professional. This is a no brainer - choose Limelight. More...


Michelle M.

11 October 2015

Creativity, Expertise & Vision....That is what Limelight will bring to your wedding in addition to straight up great food! Trust me, I love food and that was the main thing my now husband and I cared about. Our favorite channel is the Food Channel after all! Foodie or not, Molly Fennell and her team will exceed your expectations. Our guests couldn't stop raving about the signature cocktail, lamp chops and burrata salad as well as the service throughout the entire evening.We went to multiple tastings but the minute we were introduced to Limelight...we stopped looking. Our only concern initially was the price, but Limelight will work within your budget and still create the wedding of your dreams no matter how crazy it sounds.  For example Molly helped me create a custom "hydration station" for our dance floor (I'm a marathon runner). More...


Anjali P.

20 July 2015

We were so incredibly happy to find the WCOE and have our wedding ceremony and reception there.  Living in Chicago, we initially hoped to have our wedding in the city - but honestly, the value and beauty of the club swayed us immediately.  The club is gorgeous, in a great area of Evanston and they even let us bring in the caterer of our choice (for a small fee - which was totally worth it) and our own alcohol!    Caitlin was a dream to work with - the right balance of being warm and detail oriented.  I felt very safe that everything would go to plan with Caitlin on the team!  The space itself is incredibly versatile, but is so beautiful as is we didn't need much decoration aside from flowers. If we could do it all over again, we would absolutely choose the WCOE for our wedding :) More...


Lex N.

8 July 2015

My spouse and I just had our wedding and reception here. It was a wonderful experience. When we first started planning, about a year before the event, Caitlin was new. But she didn't seem new for very long. She was always able to give us answers or find them. She was quick to respond, and pleasant to work with. We did a lot of trouble shooting in advance and ended up with no troubles during the event itself.The rest of the staff there, Michelle, Elvis, etc., were also a pleasure to work with: cheerful, helpful, and able.The facility itself was exactly what we wanted. We didn't want the windowless cardboard box of a hotel meeting room. This place has character and the ballroom has grandeur. We didn't want to risk the outdoors given Chicago area weather. This place has air conditioning and sunrooms on both floors. We had guests who couldn't walk or had difficulty walking. There's an elevator.  We wanted our food to taste as good as it did during the tasting. They have an onsite kitchen. My spouse and I needed a place to get away and catch our breath a couple of times--before and after the ceremony. Woman's Club has a small room on each floor that worked perfectly with a security guard (it is required that you hire one, and they make it easy for you) in front of it. Its location is ideal for parking. There's a beautiful garden outside for photos. We waited over 20 years to be able to marry, and this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I am so glad we had our wedding here! More...


Will K.

28 April 2015

No clue how Limelight has so few reviews. Our experience working with Molly and Limelight for our wedding was awesome from start to finish. Not only was the food superior to other vendors we tried, but the entire staff was incredibly professional and friendly.You will undoubtedly have multiple tastings to find the right caterer for you, but definitely include limelight in that group. You'll be hard pressed to match their value on all fronts. More...


John B.

28 December 2014

My boss decided to use this catering company based on the good reviews, and we weren't disappointed. Really great tasting food, and wonderful presentation. Made us feel like we were high rollers. More...


Sarah S.

12 October 2014

We had our wedding, both ceremony and reception, at the Woman's Club in September 2014.  What a fantastic venue!  We both fell in love with the place as soon as we saw it and couldn't have had a better ceremony or reception.  Despite the age of the facility, there are many upgrades that allow you to have any kind of wedding that you want.  There's the option for using a piano during the cocktail hour or you can directly hook up an iPod to the PA system. We went with the latter option and it worked like a charm!   Everything was super straightforward and the Club was more than accommodating when it came to needing to visit for planning purposes.  I was originally working with Lisa who was fantastic. Unfortunately, she decided to leave the Club just a few short weeks prior to our wedding. It gave me a bit of a panic attack initially, but Penelope and her team stepped in and took over and everything went off without a hitch! I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering the venue for their wedding.  We had nothing but compliments about how beautiful everything was. Definitely worth every penny!!!The only word of caution I would give is to try to watch the Northwestern home game schedule if getting married there in the fall. Since the venue is in close proximity to the school, it can make the parking situation a bit of a nightmare. We lucked out and the game was early enough in the day that we weren't really impacted, but definitely something to keep in mind! More...


Greg G.

11 September 2014

Wow, I could be happier to write this review.  My wife and I chose Limelight from a short list of approved caterers from our venue, A New Leaf.   We made some initial inquiries with a few caterers and found that Limelight seemed to have the best vision for what we we're looking for.We worked with Molly from the start.  A few months in and we had our tasting.  We, along with the family members who joined us, were blown away by the food.  Our wedding tasting was among the best meals I've ever had!  Could they pull it off in the venue?Wedding was perfect.  We were on a budget and it helped to have Limelight coordinating all of the events of the evening.  Food and cocktails were fantastic.  Service was friendly and attentive.  Everything was perfect.  Our friends and family talked about the food for days.Thanks Limelight! More...


Jillian F.

11 September 2014

Limelight catering presents their food as amazing as it tastes. The food tasted just as good as our tasting. The staff is so easy to work with. All so friendly and have so much knowledge about the food being served. I would give them 10 stars if I could ! More...


Hannah H.

10 February 2014

Their cheese popcorn was very cheesy and powdered well.  Their mini sliders are beefy and has all the main ingredients that's found in a regular burger - in bite-sized form.  Their little scrambled eggs with topped with a bacon was slightly bland for my taste; their french fries 'buffet' that includes waffle fries, regular hand-cut and steak fries were cold at the buffet, but came with different sauces to dip.  Their mini cereal presentation was just too cute, and all of the wait staff were extremely efficient.+cheese popcorn+french fries buffet+mini cereal presentation More...


Lisa B.

27 November 2013

We loved working with Limelight for our Nov. 1st wedding at Salvage one!It is incredible how much a wonderful catering staff can contribute to the wedding and my only regret working with them is that I didn't get to know all of their names to list them all here. Nicole was our contact, and she was great to work with, but that night Ronnie, Roxanne, and Corina were fantastic and smiley and added to the joyful ambience of the night!My husband and I, as busy as we were, never went without a drink, Corina kept an eye out for us. They made sure we ate something during the course of the evening, and truly made us feel taken care of as a couple.The food was delicious, we did heavy appetizers and everyone in our 110 person party got plenty to eat. Our wedding was at Salvage One, and they had clearly worked there before, they knew exactly where/how to set everything up, everything ran very smoothly. Couldn't be happier! More...


Jtown J.

24 October 2013

I had the best experience I could have ever imagined having by selecting Limelight Catering for my wedding.  I interviewed four caterers via telephone and narrowed it down to 3 caterers to meet in person:  Limelight, Entertaining Company  & Food for Thought.  Without getting into too many details, my experience with Food for Thought was terrible.  Brian Kiefer who works for Food for Thought was not flexible and definitely asked for feedback, but when offered could not handle any sort of criticism or suggestions. Anyways... Entertaining Company was a close second to Limelight with wonderful creative food, but they were a bit expensive.  Limelight was able to provide the same level of food with similar cultural influences (Persian, Lebanese, Asian food) without breaking the bank.  My husband and I worked closely with Marguerite Lytle who honestly blew us away.  Not only was she professional, attentive, but she was also willing to accommodate to our cultural requirements.  They were so flexible.  They also made us feel like our wedding was the most important wedding they were working on.  I honestly felt like they were a part of our wedding more so than just a vendor we hired.  Some of  the guests' take-a- ways from our wedding were, not only were both of your families so warm & welcoming, but so was the Staff, referring to Marguerite's team of caterers and bartenders.  Not only was service great, but the food tasted amazing.  There was so much food, some guests couldn't eat anymore and didn't get to try everything.  They really blew us away! The desserts were fantastic too.  If you have a vision and want to find a caterer that will help bring that vision to life I would definitely consider Limelight.  Some of the other caterers gave me the impression they would say yes we can do that, but then would push back once you hired them. We also used Kim from Limelight to facilitate the day of the wedding and she was so organized, calm and responsible. She directed us in a way that got everyone where they needed to be without any hassle. Thank you!!!Thank you Marguerite, Kim and the Limelight Staff for the amazing food and experience! I can't wait to work with you again (obviously not for another wedding, but for future events in my life)! ha! More...


Angel W.

28 September 2013

Limelight was our caterer for our Sept 7th wedding at the Smart Museum on the Univ of Chicago campus. We both live in Seattle and had the wedding there for my husband's family who doesn't travel so everything was planned from a distance. There was no tasting because we honestly didn't have time. We planned everything in 2 1/2 months because my man proposed on our 1st anniv, June 17th, and he was offered a job in England at Oxford Univ to start in Oct. So we didn't have much time. The museum had a list of 7 preferred caterers - and we contacted at least 4 total all who were going to be around the same cost - kind of pricey for us, but we heard this is pretty normal. Chicago has high standards for food. Pros: The food turned out amazing, the space and outdoor area for cocktails and apps we had prior to the ceremony looked lovely, they provided tea lights last minute because we realized lighting would be dim after 7:30 and everyone on their staff that night was super friendly, made sure we had food, and were incredibly professional and kind to our guests and families. When we met Nicole and Eliza in person for our set up meeting the week of the wedding, they were very sweet and friendly and open to every question we asked. Also, the night of the wedding had been super hot and humid and their staff powered thru the outdoor cocktail hour, moving from in and outdoors quickly, flipping the room from ceremony to reception as fast as they could and their dedication made all the difference.Cons: I thought the communication could've been a little more consistent and prompt. I mainly worked w/ Eliza and Nicole O., and I would hear from them once a week or so. In their defense, almost Every. Single. Vendor we used was like this. I completely did not understand that aspect of wedding planning as someone who's detail oriented and stage manages theater on a regular basis. If we had a full year or even 6 mths to plan our wedding I'd understand, but time wasn't on our side and before we'd even made our final decision on a caterer, I'd rec'd my 2nd round of proposals from 3 other vendors. I hadn't heard from Limelight going on a week and a half and had to email them to make sure they wanted to be considered. One of them had gone on vacation and it was a misunderstanding who would follow up apparently. No big deal once they had that handled, but my groom never got over that detail. I'd recommend them. Their menu was honestly the best sounding, fit what we described and wanted and they worked w/ our budget as much as possible. (When we thought maybe we could cut costs, they recommended we go thru Binny's to save some money on getting our own liquor. Binny's will deliver and pick up for a charge, but anything that goes unused is credited back to you. That was a bonus and saved us over $600.) And seriously, the short rib and mashed potatoes? Amazing! The bacon basket appetizer? We can't stop talking about it.. Everyone loved our food and we didn't have a huge wedding - 55 ppl - so our buffet was small, but super flavorful and hit all the marks we hoped. More...


Vivian B.

15 August 2013

This review is long overdue....my husband and I got married 11-12-11 at the club.  The first time we laid eyes on it, we fell in love with the beautiful architecture and history.  It was the perfect place to have our wedding and reception.  CAROL, was amazing!!!! She was patient and helped coordinate the ceremony and made sure the gifts were locked in her office during the reception.  She was like my own wedding coordinator for the day.  I can only praise Carol for her guidance, professionalism, and her genuine attitude, and kindness. All I can say is the ballroom upstairs is breathtaking.  I had my ceremony and reception upstairs.  The main level was where the cocktail hour took place when the caterers set up for the reception.Amazing place to have a wedding! In addition, Carol is awesome.  I highly recommend anyone to have their wedding here.  I will never forget it! : ) More...


Sun P.

29 October 2012

Gorgeous venue! Just perfect for what we were looking for in our wedding reception. In pictures the place looks even better! Carol was incredibly helpful, prompt, a pleasure to work with - she really cares about your event. Everything went off without a hitch! I am not sure what other places cost in terms of rental for a venue because the other options always made you pick an entire package... but this place comes with tables, tableware so that helps with costs. I think it was worth every penny! More...


Monique P.

28 September 2012

Limelight was recommended as one of the best caterers in Chicago and there is no doubt why after using them for our wedding. The food was decadent and the service was extremely professional, both on the night of our event and also in the months leading up to it. I have never had such good food at a wedding and many of our guests came up to us all night and emailed us afterwards to tell us that as well. In fact, throughout the night, even before congratulating my husband and I most guests would comment on the food. One steak connoisseur even said it was the best filet he had ever eaten! We worked primarily with Marguerite, who is a principal and clearly knows the industry well. She helped us achieve the feel of a supper club both by aiding us in selecting our dinner courses and by working with us on bar décor (decanters, etc.). She was very very helpful and we enjoyed working with her. We had 5 passed hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour which included the lamb vindaloo, spanakopita, vegetarian samosas (something they created just for us), and more. For the first course our guests enjoyed a simple salad with veggie crudités and herb vinaigrette and a small grilled cheese sandwich triangle with tomato soup dipping sauce. The main course options were a filet mignon that melted in your mouth and did not require a knife, a French cut chicken with a savory sauce, and most importantly, an eggplant rollatini, something that we requested specifically as we are both vegetarians and that is our favorite meal. They not only accommodated this special request, but they also nailed it. I was a bride who actually ate her entire meal. The breads, coffees, and teas were also very good. The bar package options offered a good variety and Marguerite worked with us to create a full-service bar that catered specifically to our guests' tastes while staying within our budget. The staff were extremely professional and the food seemed to just appear at each guests' seat. They were also helpful in creating a multicultural dessert bar for us as my husband and I wanted to represent our heritage through food. We ordered treats from 5 Persian, Indian, and German bakeries around Chicago and Marguerite's team displayed them beautifully on the dessert table, in addition to serving our wedding cake. I cannot say enough good things and promise that the food and service is worth every single penny. I will definitely use Limelight for parties and events in the future. More...


Deeje E.

31 May 2012

Kim is a rockstar.  She did everything for our wedding and more.  I cant even count how many times I was complimented on the service and quality of the food throughout the evening.  If you are getting married or having a large event I would definitely choose them...TOP NOTCH.  Couldnt have asked for anything more... More...


Wanderlust 2.

30 May 2012

Guests are still talking about our wedding food!   My husband and I visited 4 caterers before deciding to go with Limelight for our May wedding. We are very discerning when it comes to our food -- we wanted our wedding food to be memorable and delicious. Limelight's food, quite simply, was phenomenal. I couldn't count how many times guests told us it was the best wedding food they had ever had; in fact, many of our guests asked for the caterer's card so they could use Limelight for their own weddings. Four weeks after our wedding, guests were calling my mom to tell her, AGAIN, that the food was just incredible. Limelight's food is creative and beautifully presented. The service the night of our wedding was impeccable -- the servers were attentive, but never noticeable; they were discrete and efficient. Finally, our catering manager, Nicole B., was an absolute dream to work with. She accommodated our every request with enthusiasm and was very patient as we decided on our menu. She even prepared a special appetizer plate for my husband and I in our "prep" room to make sure we each got to taste our appetizers the night of our wedding! I can't recommend Limelight highly enough. You, and your guests, won't be disappointed! More...


Beth R.

11 May 2012

The search for a wedding venue is one of those things that combines fun and a little pressure (like pretty much all wedding planning).  It's a very exciting time but there's a drive to get everything right - to do justice to your relationship.  To make the wedding experience representative of you and your partner's love.  To take feelings that are huge and intangible and wonderful and translate them into things that are beautiful, unique, delicious, and a little magical.  I think we did it, and Carol and her beautiful club gave us the perfect place to do it.      The Woman's Club (yes, singular - as if it were the club of any woman) was on the short list based on the photos online, but it had some competition from a couple other great sites.  But when we visited and spoke to Carol, it seemed like not only the best choice but also the easiest.  Carol is not only kind and gracious, but she is in the business of hosting special events in a special place: this is no one-size-fits-all banquet hall or generic hotel ballroom.  She was quick to respond to emails, and she was happy to talk each time I visited.  I felt that she was genuinely excited for us, which was really nice.  She cares equally for the historical building and the history her guests make there.    When we met with Carol, she took plenty of time to walk us through and describe all the options available on both floors.  She also invited us to come look at the Club a few other times when it was set up for weddings, so we could see options for floorplans and things like linens and chairs.  She gave us all the information we'd need, and offered advice based on her experience.  Having the benefit of so much experience was a big help for two people who, well, do not have wedding-planning experience.  We chose the upstairs ballroom and it accommodated everyone comfortably, and the sunroom was perfect for our cake, sweets and coffee (yes, we needed a separate room for these things - we like dessert in this marriage).  The bar was conveniently inside the ballroom.  The balcony gave us the opportunity for some aerial photos, which is a neat touch.  Outside the ballroom there was space for a few tables for our guestbook and favors.  If you are an "a place for everything, and everything in its place" kind of person, this is your site.      Now, a few months after the wedding, I drive by the Woman's Club every day on my way to lunch.  What is to other people a beautiful landmark, is to me also a very special place.  I can't recommend it or Carol highly enough. More...


Amy G.

22 July 2011

I am very surprised at some of the reviews on here. My experience with Limelight was a wonderful one. I am only marking 4 stars instead of 5 because we were not able to go through the entire process since we reluctantly decided to go with another company to cater our April wedding. It's a long story, but we did strike a slightly (ever so slightly) better deal with another company. I have no doubt that if we did go with Limelight that it would have been just as successful and that they would have earned the last star.I worked with Nicole B. from Limelight and she is/was absolutely fabulous. Her emails were always prompt and she closely worked with us to get a great deal on our April Wedding. She had a lot of great ideas to keep cost low and was very flexible throughout the entire process. It was quite evident to us that she worked hard to get us great deals while keeping it practical for the company. Not only was Nicole very professional, but she was also very personable. She was super friendly, understanding and optimistic. Her positive energy and sweet disposition was infectious and we loved working with her every step of the way. Nicole treated us so wonderfully and I cannot say enough good things about her as a person and as well as a consultant.The food is excellent. My fiance is a "foody" and was very impressed by their selections. A lot of their dishes had the combination of salty and sweet. If you are a big fan of these combination, than Limelight Catering will be perfect for your event. Our consultant was very well-versed on all the food we were able to taste and was able to answer many of the questions we asked. She also said that the cooks were flexible in many of their items/dishes. Their desserts were fabulous. They were sweet, but not too sweet. Absolutely, delicious.I do have friends who are getting married in the future and would highly recommend Limelight to any of them, especially if Nicole is involved. I'm sure the other consultants are just as great, but I would definitely recommend they work with Nicole B. More...


Celtic B.

14 January 2011

I have worked with several of Chicago's full service caterers and have to say Limelight is consistently the best.  The level of service is as good as anyone in the city and the food is always phenomenal.  When I have an event to plan they are my go to caterer. More...


Kelly A.

16 August 2010

My husband and I had our wedding reception here on July 24, 2010, and it was PERFECT. Let me start from the beginning.In June of 2009, we were scouting out reception locations. We saw several of the same, boring banquet halls and hotels, and we weren't "wowed" by anything. After looking around online, I found the Woman's Club of Evanston, so we made an appointment to meet with Carol and see the Club. When we walked into the upstairs ballroom, my husband and I just looked at each other and smiled. This was definitely the venue for us. We booked right away.I was a pretty easy-going bride, and didn't have many questions or requests. Whenever I did have a question, Carol was quick to respond. I waited until the last minute (two weeks before) to book a security guard for the night, but Carol came through with a fantastic recommendation. My mom and I dropped off some candles that I wanted on the tables the Thursday before our wedding, and they had already started to set up our tables in the ballroom. Carol walked us through and seemed genuinely excited for my wedding. I know that she holds weddings there almost every weekend, but she still made me feel like my wedding was important to her. She took all of our vendor information and confirmed with them and provided all of the details necessary for them to schedule out the day. I thought that this went above and beyond the call of duty for Carol. We also did our "first look" pictures here, before our ceremony. Even though we were probably going to be getting in the way, Carol was happy to let us in early so that my husband and I could have this moment to ourselves, without our bridal party.Our guests loved this venue, and told us so countless times during the night. I could not have been any happier with our decision - I HIGHLY recommend the Woman's Club of Evanston! More...


Annabelle S.

7 July 2010

I plan high end special events for a living and discovered Limelight about a year ago.  Since then, I have used them whenever possible.  They are always amazing to work with, produce high quality food, and have stellar service.  I have worked with them for small dinners for 4 people in a private home atmosphere all the way up to a gala for 400.  I've worked with many other caterers at this level and have never been as impressed as I have been with Limelight.  I frequently work with Nicole Orlando, who is particularly phenomenal.  She is detail oriented, customer focused, dependable, a think outside of the box kind of girl, and overall she rocks at her job. She makes planning events so much less stressful.  They have the best service I have ever seen for a large event.  Getting a four course meal down in such a timely manner is impressive.  Their captains take pride in their work and are so professional with guests and their needs. I can't begin to do justice to this fabulous catering company. I will sing their praises all over town. More...


Megan S.

7 July 2010

We hired Limelight to cater our wedding this past June.  My husband and I were thoroughly pleased with the service, communication, and food with Limelight.  A friend referred us to them and then we met Kim Hrejsa...and we fell in love with her!  Kim was amazing!  So sweet, detail-oriented, so positive, easy to work with, helpful, doting, quick to communicate and seemed to want to take care of everything.  She stepped in to help coordinate.  She took care of every detail.  She was flexible and did everything she could to help get our needs to meet our budget.  Needless to say, the food was a HIT!!!  Our wedding was open seating with 3 food stations.  One station was "Comfort Foods" with french fries and several toppings, mini chicken pot pies, mini turkey burgers, and mini cheeseburgers; the next station was the "Latin" station with a variety of quesadillas, empanadas, and veggie nachos; the last one was the "Asian" station with to-go boxes (imagine your local chinese restaurant to-go boxes with chop sticks) holding noodles and a variety of add-ins, and shumai.  Yummmmmmmm!!!  The passed apps were delicious...one was macaroni and cheese...soooo good.  There were passed desserts...chocolate covered cheesecake pops, PB&J wontons, and S'mores!!!!!!  At 10:30pm, mini chocolate milkshakes and mini chicago-style hotdogs were passed around.  The food was friggin-amazing.  Everyone was fed well and everyone has commented on it since.  Thank you, Kim!!!!!!!  Limelight is fantastic! More...


Risa P.

18 June 2010

Wait. How does this beautiful club not have any reviews on here?  Well...let me tell you.  I had my wedding here and it was a GEM in Evanston!!  Everything was perfect from start to finish.  I highly highly recommend!!We first visited the Club back in July of 2009 to see what venue would be great. Carol, the amazing manager of the Club took time to walk us through the entire venue and help us visualize our wedding.  Our tour probably lasted at least an hour. We got to see the parlor (good for a ceremony) the beautiful sun rooms (also good for space for a cocktails) and the upstairs ballroom.  The ballroom is amazing, full of light and open space and the entire floor can be used for a dance floor, so you can put tables anywhere you want.  There is so much subtle decoration that flowers just enhance the space. The place is immaculate.  I know there are lots of events there, but every time we visited, it was perfectly clean and maintained. We were able to drop off things before the wedding (and have it locked up) and also able to come back the next day to pick up everything. We got so many compliments on the space.  It really was great fit.  The ceremony was intimate and the ballroom was perfect. We had the upstairs woman's restroom to get ready and it was a perfect space. Carol, the facilities manager is amazing to work with.  She is calm, extremely organized, sweet and so helpful in anything you need.  She answered all my questions so quickly and offered advice.  Every email ended with "let me know if you have any more questions!"  She took the time to walk us through the Club, she met with my parents separately and gave them an extensive tour. She worked really well with our other vendors.  I was extremely calm on my wedding day and a lot of that was due to Carol.  She also knew the special touches: she closed the parlor doors so I could make my grand entrance and she was there to congratulate us once we got married.This is an amazing, clean, wonderful, place to get married. You have the benefit of being in downtown Evanston, and so you are still close to the city for your guests but you are not paying city prices for a venue.  Parking is free on Sunday in Evanston if you get married on a Sunday.    We knew it was perfect for us when we walked in and I never regretted my choice.  The date was held for us while we figured out everything and double checked and it was all part of making the day special and fun.  I will always look back with fondness at having my wedding there.  Again, I highly highly recommend.  10 stars! More...


Kelly S.

31 May 2009

Kim and Jacob are superstars.  I really enjoyed working with them over the past few days.  They are extremely accommodating and have large scale catering down to a perfect science.  A pure pleasure to work with.My event involved:2 hours of cocktails and passed hors d'eourvessit down dinner for 533 people (tapas, salad, entree)dessertand coffee serviceGuests were served efficiently.  Clean up was spot on.  I rarely saw an empty/ dirty glass sitting on a table.  The bartenders were professional and did their duties with ease and grace.Last minute table changes were taken care of with no objection or question.I overheard Kim complimenting her staff on their service.  It made me smile.  It made them smile.  And... that vibe was then passed along to my guests.I would definitely recommend Limelight for any of your event/ catering needs! More...

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