From its signature hot dogs to the numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, Chicago is a food-centric town. It's no wonder then that more and more couples are paying attention to the food served at their weddings and aiming to make it as gourmet and memorable as dining at one of the city's top restaurants. Here, discover five Chicago caterers who are pros when it comes to offering inventive menus for the foodie bride and groom.
With 30 years in the catering business and countless weddings under its belt, Blue Plate can bring your and your fiancé's culinary ideas to life. Don't be afraid to think big. At a recent wedding for a particularly food-obsessed Chicago couple, Blue Plate chefs cooked quails sous-vide style, wrapped them in pancetta, and served them alongside chips made from the birds' skin. Certainly not your typical wedding food, but we're betting it's not an event guests will forget anytime soon. Read real brides' reviews here!
Passion comes first for Paramount Events, which first launched in Chicago in 2011. You'll see it come through every part of the planning process, starting with a customized menu that puts an emphasis on local ingredients. The caterers are also quick to embrace the latest wedding trends. They've created inventive brunch dishes for a.m. weddings — like the coconut mousse, mango custard, and almond short dough — and eye-catching lollipops featuring homegrown edible flowers. Plus, there's no need to settle for a simple wedding cake when you book Paramount for your big day. They're ready to make your camp wedding dreams come true with a late-night s'mores bar. Read real brides' reviews here!
Food for Thought
Looking for passed hors d'oeuvres or a traditional sit-down dinner? Either way, Food for Thought has you covered. They've been in business for over 30 years, so they're bound to be on the preferred vendor list at your wedding venue. And for good reason: The catering pros focus on tasty, sustainable food presented in the most creative way. Think individual balls of cantaloupe topped with a savory piece of prosciutto to impress guests from their very first appetizer. Read real brides' reviews here!
No two menus from Limelight Catering are alike. That's a great thing if you and your fiancé pride yourselves on your discerning taste buds. Want rich passed hors d'oeuvres like foie gras and candied pistachio-topped crostinis or black truffle mac and cheese? With Limelight Catering, that's just the beginning. Your entrée options can include seared free-range chicken or a vegan-friendly veggie mix. Read real brides' reviews here!
When a steak and fish option is a bit too traditional for your big day, lean on the experts at MH Catering to deliver. They're the folks behind Mercadito in River North, so you can trust them to put a spicy spin on your event. You even have access to items from their restaurant menu—shrimp tacos and guacamole galore! The MH Catering staff can also be on hand to serve guests handcrafted margaritas.
Before you even meet with the catering experts at FIG Catering, you can fill them in on the vibe you and your fiancé are going for, whether it's intimate, vegetarian, or alcohol free. Then, they'll customize the perfect menu for your big day. Recent events featured an around-the-world buffet, with French-inspired pate, Mexican-inspired halibut ceviche, and American-inspired polenta fries. Read real brides' reviews here!