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Chef by Request

Naperville, Illinois, DuPage

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

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28 December 2019

I’ve used Chef by Request for several years for my Christmas party. The service is always exceptional. Their staff is friendly, and professional. It’s always a pleasure

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28 December 2019

We've used Chef By Request for over 10 years now to cater our holiday party and they continue to do an excellent job. From the staff working with us to set the menu to the serving staff at the house, everyone is professional, courteous and a pleasure to work with. They are timely with arriving and being prepared for when the first guest arrives and do an great job of keeping food hot or chilled and circulated to guests. Lastly, the clean up is a great help. I highly recommend CBR for any catering event! More...

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30 November 2019

This is the most incredible catering company we have ever found. The food is better than a five star restaurant and they think of everything you could possibly need to host a party.

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27 November 2019

We got married at Elements on November 2nd and we had such an amazing experience from start to finish. Cheryl and her team were so helpful and knowledge. ...seriously down to every detail. It made the wedding planning a breeze. Also, our guests are still raving about how delicious the food was for dinner and the appetizers during cocktail hour. One of our favorite parts of the day was having a moment together in the reception area to relax and have some appetizers just the two of us before joining our guests for cocktail hour. The day after they had everything packed up and brought to our room. We didn’t need to gather anything the morning after the wedding, which we really appreciated! We couldn’t be happier with our choice on choosing Elements for our wedding reception venue! Thank you again Cheryl and your team for helping to make our wedding perfect! More...

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14 November 2019

My experience with Chef By Request was positive, professional and seamless from the very beginning to the end of the evening of the event. I hired them to cater my husbands 50th bday party. Everyone was warm, professional and very accommodating. The food prepared was absolutely delicious. Thank you! More...

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14 November 2019

We were very pleased with the food, drink and services provided by Chef By Request at our son's wedding reception. All of our expectations were met or exceeded. The food was plentiful and good tasting, and the wine service was totally appreciated by our guests. We continue to receive great comments from our guests as to how much they enjoyed the event. More...

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7 November 2019

Not only is this venue beautiful but they have the kindest most accommodating staff we have ever encountered.

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28 October 2019

Presentation was gorgeous & food was fabulous!

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28 October 2019

I hosted a retirement party at my home. Amanda at Chef by Request was extremely helpful with setting the menu and planning the event. We hosted about 45 people. Chef by Request provided the chef, bartender, and two servers. All showed up on time, performed the setup (including a bar), did an incredible job taking care of our guests, and cleaned up afterwards. Food was fabulous. I couldn’t be happier with the entire package of services. Highly recommended. More...

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22 October 2019

My husband and I got married at Elements on August 17, 2019 and we are still gushing about our experience there. First, the service is impeccable. Not only did the staff display the utmost professionalism, they were also just nice and kind people that really accommodated the guests. Things ran as smoothly as possible. No lines or bars, I noticed all of the tables got food in an exceptionally timely manner, spills (eek!) were cleaned up immediately. Rich really took care of the head tables and our families. and that felt really special. One of the staff members, Gina, let me and my sister peek in the ballroom the morning of the wedding. A lovely server came up to me during the wedding and gave me two pieces of cake because I never left the dance floor and completely missed eating it. Molly was so wonderful at the end of the night making sure I got all of my things. She even packed an extra entree for me when she thought I didn't eat. The personal touch (at every level) for such a big event did not go unnoticed. And then there is Cheryl Cady. Cheryl went above and beyond in every aspect of my wedding planning experience with Elements. I just moved to Naperville, so didn't have any vendor contacts. Cheryl provided so many (amazing) vendor recommendations. She helped with design and aesthetics and just provided guidance and support along the way. She has so much confidence in what she does and her team does, it really made me feel completely comfortable and stress free leading up to the wedding. She is also fabulous and fun and it was a real pleasure working with her. Beyond the staff and service, the location is perfect - most of our out of town guests stayed at Hotel Indigo and got to explore downtown Naperville. The décor is original and stunning. The food was outstanding and the food display was so high-end. We couldn't have had a better experience at Elements. More...

Reviewed on Facebook

17 October 2019

My husband actually found this spot about a year before he proposed to me. I am so glad he did! What a BEAUTIFUL place to celebrate a very special day. Cheryl is wonderful to work with. She is so nice and you can easily see she has a passion for her job. She goes above and beyond to make sure your day (and the days leading up to) is beyond perfect. Elements is a pretty reception spot with a nice view along the river. We got so many compliments on where we had our reception. The staff was so professional and nice. Everything about Elements was done beyond 100%! Thank you, Cheryl and Elements for making our day beyond special and perfect! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

30 September 2019

We could not have chosen a better place to have our wedding reception than Elements. We looked at 5 different venues but nothing compares! Cheryl was absolutely wonderful throughout the entire planning process. She is incredibly responsive and so easy to work with. I’m quite indecisive at times so I would never hesitate to reach out to Cheryl for suggestions or advice. On our wedding day, while our guests were at cocktail hour, my husband and I were able to have a few minutes to ourselves in the ballroom before everyone else came in. It was nice to have a second, just him and I. We were able to grab a drink and have some appetizers. Rich and Jeff were our bartenders that night and they were absolutely wonderful! The servers were friendly and always on top of everything. My husband and I never had an empty drink in our hand. We’re still hearing from our guests how amazing the food was! We cannot say enough about Elements and the staff! You can tell that the entire staff enjoys what they do. They make you feel like family. The entire day felt like a dream. If you are even considering Elements as a venue choice, book it while you can! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

25 September 2019

My now wife and I have nothing but great things to say about Elements. We received so many compliments about the venue and the food.

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18 September 2019

I highly recommend Elements! Everything from Cheryl and the entire staff to the food, the venue, and the attention to detail was top notch! We wouldn’t have changed a thing! More...

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30 August 2019

Fantastic ambiance. Awesome food selection. Attention to details is above and beyond

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12 August 2019

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

Reviewed on WeddingWire

24 July 2019

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

Reviewed on WeddingWire

1 July 2019

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

Reviewed on WeddingWire

30 June 2019

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

Reviewed on Google Maps

30 June 2019

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

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30 June 2019

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

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30 June 2019

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

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30 June 2019

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

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3 June 2019

I had my wedding at this venue, it was beautiful! The food was amazing and the staff was amazing. I do not have one bad thing to say about this venue. The whole planning process was a breeze! Cheryl is a wonderful person to work with! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

3 June 2019

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

Reviewed on Yelp

3 June 2019

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

Reviewed on Yelp

26 March 2019

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

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25 January 2019

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

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25 January 2019

Great food for all occasions

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23 January 2019

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

Reviewed on WeddingWire

20 January 2019

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

Reviewed on Facebook

19 January 2019

Great venue, superb staff

Reviewed on Facebook

16 January 2019

When we first started planning for our wedding, we visited Elements as our first reception site…after meeting Cheryl Cady, the wedding coordinator, and seeing the beautiful venue (as well as wandering around Hotel Indigo, which is attached), we made our decision on the spot and booked Elements without looking anywhere else. Elements is absolutely beautiful and we couldn’t say a negative thing about it. Cheryl is so accommodating and professional, and really is on top of the whole process from the first booking to the actual day. She made this process very easy for us and we are so grateful. The other staff at Elements are also wonderful and made our wedding such an easy and memorable day. We have had numerous compliments from our guests about how good the food was, how beautiful the venue was, and overall, what a great time they had. We also loved that Cheryl added a special touch and gave us some alone time when we first arrived to the venue, where we could sit in the reception hall as a newly married couple, enjoy a drink and some appetizers, and get re-energized for the party that followed. Further, the fact that Elements is attached to Hotel Indigo, where our guests stayed, and is also in the heart of downtown Naperville really made it a perfect selection for hosting the biggest party of our lives. Can’t recommend Elements enough! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

2 January 2019

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

Reviewed on WeddingWire

28 December 2018

Beautiful holiday wedding here!

Reviewed on Facebook

9 December 2018

We recently had our company holiday party at Elements. Everything was perfect. The venue is beautiful. The food was delicious. Cheryl and Marissa were so wonderful to work with accommodating us with holiday decor and up lighting probably before the time they normally provide those services. Cheryl also have great recommendations with food and wine choices and provided me with a few entertainment suggestions at my request. Our entertainment was awesome! They really are experts! Service and bar staff were friendly and spot on! I would highly recommend! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

6 November 2018

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

Reviewed on Yelp

5 November 2018

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

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27 September 2018

Recently hosted a bridal shower with Elements at Water Street. The layout was quite pretty and a perfect space for our event. The staff was wonderfully helpful and attentive! I would certainly recommend for any future personal or even business event. More...

Reviewed on Facebook

27 September 2018

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

Reviewed on WeddingWire

27 September 2018

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

Reviewed on Google Maps

19 September 2018

This venue is IT! Elements is great in the obvious ways: Prime location, great layout, clean and absolutely beautiful! But more importantly, it is great in ways that brides can sometime overlook when venue hunting: the staff makes you feel like family, the food is unbelievable and totally customizable because it’s all made in house! (we are still getting texts and calls about the steak/lamb chops!), they know and work with every other vendor in the area so there’s no need to worry about the vendors working well together or the flow of your night…they’ve worked with them before!, they are attached to a hotel , & they basically come with a built in day of coordinator- Cheryl exceeded our expectations on our wedding day and was so helpful the months leading up! During cocktail hour, she pulled us into the reception hall and had champagne/appetizers put aside for us and gave us a moment to enjoy the room and each other before hopping back in to the craziness- this was truly one of our favorite parts of the day and may possibly have been the only time we were alone, it was so special! BOOK THIS VENUE! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

27 August 2018

Amanda Ingle coordinated our dinner and wine event and she and the team made it easy and wonderful. From selecting the date to menu selection, my wife and I were so surprised at how stress free it all was. On the night of our party, the chef and service team arrived promptly and professionally. They were super easy to work with and came fully prepared. We enjoyed our evening with our guests and left everything in their hands. The food was excellent, our kitchen was left spotless and, as Chef Chad said, the whole point was to finish the event and never know they'd been there. I'd recommend this service to anyone. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

20 August 2018

We had our wedding reception at Elements Event Venue on May 12, 2018. We could not have been more pleased with the staff and set-up of our event. Everything was just as I envisioned. Cheryl went above and beyond to ensure everything was set-up perfectly. She really was like having a wedding planner for the reception making sure everything ran on time and went exactly as her I discussed in our planning session. Our guests raved about the appetizers and dinner. Chef did an amazing job making sure each plate was perfectly prepared to his expectations. The reception area is beautiful and elegant. The price is affordable as well. I would highly recommend having a reception here for any wedding. More...

Reviewed on Facebook

20 August 2018

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

Reviewed on WeddingWire

13 August 2018

My husband and I had our wedding at Elements this past Memorial Day weekend 2018. Our day was absolutely magical! The location is just stunning and also convenient. Guests who were staying overnight loved that the chic Hotel Indigo was connected. The venue is just steps away from the downtown Naperville which is filled with shops/restaurants/bars/nightlife. This was perfect for the down time in-between our ceremony and reception and also for our friends wanting to continue the party after the reception! The best part was that it we were able to utilize the scenic and beautiful riverwalk for our wedding and wedding party photos. As for the Elements staff, they were beyond to happy to host our big day. I cannot stress how many compliments on the friendliness and attentive of the staff we received. We even had a hiccup when our limo broke down that caused a big shift in our timeline and they completely adjusted. On-top of all this, the chef and food was phenomenal. My husband and I are foodies so trendy, bold, delicious food was on the top of our list -- Elements hit it out of the ball park. The space itself is so beautiful with a wooden weave ceiling, windows overlooking the riverwalk, fine dining with modern finishes, and a grand corner bar. All in all, I couldn't recommend Elements enough. You will be so happy you booked your venue with them and they will do nothing less than make your day the best ever! Thank you Elements! More...

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