Scrumptious Wedding Food! 5 Amazing Illinois Caterers to Consider for Your Wedding Day!

Updated: Jan 27

Sponsored Post. See disclaimer at the bottom of this post.



Presents

ILLINOIS WEDDING CATERING


You're going to love this article if you're in Illinois. We've gathered some absolutely delicious caterers to consider for your wedding day. Prepare to get hungry when you see their food... yes, it looks that good.


Featured Caterers

Cocina Fusion - Chicago, IL

31 North Banquets & Catering - McHenry, IL

Catering Made Simple - Elgin, IL

Nelson's Catering - Springfield, IL

A to Z Catering & Parties - Bloomington, IL



Getting married in Illinois? The FOOD is Kind of a Big Deal.

Check out these awesome caterers, their food photos will make your mouth water! Scroll through photos, see what they offer and schedule a consultation. Get excited, it's time for the wedding dinner!


(listed in completely random order! - they were all SO fabulous to work with!)

A to Z Catering & Parties - Bloomington, IL

We're Interviewing: Chef Allen & Chef Zach, Co-Owners

A to Z's Catering and Parties was just recognised as the Pantagraph's #1 caterer in Central Illinois! They are locally owned and operated by two of the best Chefs in town.

About the Company!

Together we have a combined 60+ years of service in the industry. With a wide variety of menu options, and the option to custom order dishes the possibilities are endless for your event. We have only been in business for 3 short years but have been racking up the awards.


What Catering Services Do You Offer?

With our dare to dream attitude we have mastered every event from the plated dinners to the option of having a food truck at your event. We have the versatility to provide whatever you maybe looking for at your event. We provide everything from decorative fruit tables to a 5 course meals to cakes, pies, cookies or donuts for your event.

What Areas do You Cater to?

We cater anywhere with in a 100 mile radius of Bloomington Normal but are willing to discuss your needs with you if need be.

What Types of Foods Do You Offer?

Chef Zack and I are well versed in everything from fine dining to some of the best BBQ you'll ever have (with a variety unique made in house sauces you can't find anywhere else). We have done everything from a Nacho Bar to authentic Ethiopian Cuisine. We also employ an amazing baker who is very well versed in not only making amazing desserts but also accommodating most if not all dietary restrictions.


Chef Allen & Chef Zack, can you show us some photos?

What are some Popular Wedding Catering Options you see with your Clients?

A vast majority of our clients opt to do a 2 Choice Buffet style meal. Depending on your event and your tastes the menu can differ but some of our number one selling items are our Crispy Fried Chicken, Smoked Brisket, Marinated Ribeye Steaks and Spinach Dipped Stuffed Chicken for entrees. Our Number one selling side is our Mac 'n' Cheese (rumored to be the best in town), Green beans with Bacon and Onion, and our Smoked seasonal vegetables.


Get In Touch!

A to Z's Catering & Parties

1002 North Linden Street

Bloomington, IL 61701

1-309-622-3263 and 1-309-622-3266 atozscateringandparties@gmail.com

Website

Facebook



Nelson's Catering - Springfield, IL

We're Interviewing: Wanda, Wedding Catering Coordinator

About the Company!

We’re a family owned and operated catering company. We serve a 2 hour radius around Springfield, IL. We just celebrated our 25th anniversary, we have served weddings all over Central IL for more than 20 years.


What catering services do you offer?

Buffet service, plated meals, family style meals, appetizer stations, china, bar service, late night snacks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner


What areas do you cater to?

We’re located in Springfield but travel up to 2 hours any direction


What types of food do you offer?

We don’t specialize in one type of food, we are famous for our grilled items.


Wanda, can you show us some photos?

What are some popular wedding catering options?

Pecan and parmesan chicken breast or our beef tenderloin. Our beef brisket is a client favorite and pairs well with our signature cheesy potatoes. Everyone loves our grilled chicken breast, top it with pineapple salsa or mushroom brandy sauce and your guests are sure to leave happy. Our strolling stations are also a hit if you are looking for a more casual, heavy appetizer style meal.


How many guests can you serve?

20 - 500+ guests


Can you accommodate any special requests?

We can accommodate most dietary restrictions, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan. We also offer children’s meals for kiddos 8 and under


Where can I see a menu?

Our full wedding menu can be found at nelsonscatering.com/catering-menus


What makes you unique?

We use a patented grilling system. It’s a rotisserie style charcoal grill that systematically dips the meat in a secret marinate every 5 minutes while cooking. We have the ability to cater multiple events in one day.


Can I set up a tasting?

We offer tastings throughout the area for a small fee. You get the opportunity to taste several of our most selected items. You will also have the opportunity to connect with other vendors at most tastings.


Get In Touch!


3005 Great Northern Rd.

Springfield, IL 62711

217-787-9443

nelsonscatering.com


Catering Made Simple - Elgin, IL

We're Interviewing: Gregory, Owner

About the Business!

Catering Made Simple was founded in November of 2013 by Gregory Chanthalusy. Catering Made Simple is a 5 star catering company located at 1544 Fleetwood Drive, Elgin, IL 60123. Catering Made Simple cooks out of My Shared Kitchen which is shared kitchen space for start up companies and established companies also owned by Gregory Chanthalusy as of July 2020. Catering Made Simple caterers breakfast, lunch, dinner or any other meal prepared with top quality fresh ingredients by our experienced chefs. From weddings to corporate lunches, holiday parties, birthday parties, baby showers, Catering Made Simple will make your event a delicious success. We also offer bar service ( I have an Illinois Liquor License), rentals, waitstaff, and much much more. We are insured and have served over 1200 guest at a corporate event. We offer many cuisine options with our many chefs with different specialties if we can not make it I will find someone to make it for you.


What catering services do you offer?

Plated dinners, buffets, 5 course meals, cocktail receptions, rehearsal dinners, brunches, carving stations, food stations, pig roast and much much more.


What areas do you service?

Chicagoland area, parts of Indiana and Wisconsin.


What types of foods do you offer?

Fine Dining, American Bistro, BBQ, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Chinese, German, Polish, and much much more.


What are some popular wedding catering options you see with your clients?

Everything is good if you look at our reviews on Google, Yelp, Wedding Wire, The Knot you will see we are a 5 star catering company and you can see that our clients enjoy what they ordered.


Gregory, can you show us some photos?

How many guests can you cater? Is there a minimum?

There isn't a catering too small or too big that we can't handle so we do not really have a minimum hate to say no to our clients.


Where do you prepare the food?

My Shared Kitchen 1544 Fleetwood Drive, Elgin, IL 60123


Can you accept any special requests?

Yes we can accept any special request. Everyday we are catering to gluten free, dairy free, allergies, vegan, vegetarian, kosher (we outsource this to a kosher restaurant - I wasn't kidding when I said if we can't make it I will find someone for you who can.).


Where can I see sample menus?

http://www.cateringmadesimple.com


What makes you unique?

What makes me unique and special is that I can do whatever my client wants at a fair price, offer great service, and at the end of the event they can't wait to do it again.


What can I expect at a consultation?

What you can expect is to taste quality food made by our chefs, great service from our staff and never go home hungry and satisfied with what they have tasted that they would want to hire us.



Catering Made Simple

1544 Fleetwood Drive, Elgin, IL 60123

Phone: 847-754-1090

http://www.cateringmadesimple.com


31 North Cafe Banquets & Catering - McHenry, IL

We're Interviewing: Bernice & Jim Smith – Owners and Operators

About the Business!

31 North Banquets & Catering is owned by a Wife & Husband team. Jim is a Veteran (US Navy) so we are a Women & Veteran owned company. Bernice has been in the food service industry since childhood and was the owner of several successful restaurants. 31 North was created in 2011 and it has been all about Quality Food, Excellent Service, at a Great Value. Using this formula 31 North has been winning awards and community recognition ever since the doors were opened for both our Catering Services as well as our on-site banquet hall. We pride ourselves on excellent food quality, with layered flavors, and using only the finest ingredients. Your guests are served Hot food (not warm food that should be hot) and our Cold food is Cold. We currently cater to over 150+ events per year and are still growing. We provide catering services that range from full service, drop-off catering, or pick-up. Our style and quality have led to us being preferred caters at some of the best venues in our service area. We also offer full bar service with our catering or independent of which caterer the client uses.


What Catering Services Do You Offer?

Our Services run the full range of Plated, Family Style, Buffet, Breakfast, Brunches, Cocktail/Hors D’oeuvres Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal/Baby Showers, Corporate Events, etc. We are very flexible in meeting the client’s vision of the event and we will even create special menus if necessary.


What Areas do You Cater to?

We service the McHenry County, Lake County Northern Kane, and Eastern DeKalb counties in Illinois and we also Cater to Southern Wisconsin


What Types of Foods Do You Offer?

We offer a full range of food options from Fine dining with Filet Mignon, Salmon, etc. dinner to more of a relaxed BBQ event, Italian, Polish (our roots), Sandwiches, Boxed Lunches, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dietary restrictions. We have catered a full range of events from Backyard BBQ for clients to High-end Black-Tie events.

What are some Popular Wedding Catering Options you see with your Clients?

Some of more popular items are our Filet Mignon, BBQ Ribs, Lemon Butter Chicken, Garlic Encrusted Chicken, Prime Rib, Italian Beef, Grazing Table, and our Sweet Table.


How Many Guests Can You Cater? Is There a Minimum?

No Minimums and we have catered to events of 900+ guests.


Bernice & Jim, can you show us some photos?

Where Do You Make the Food?

The food is prepared in our own kitchens are 31 North Banquets & Cater – so it is the same quality food whether at our Banquet Hall or were ever we cater to.

Can You Accept Any Special Requests?

Yes - We are happy to accommodate special requests for dietary restrictions. So, if it is Dairy, Gluten, or other allergies please let us know and we can customize a menu for your guests. Also, we have Vegan and Vegetarian menus to choose from. So, whether these requests are for a few guests or for your entire guest list we are here to work with our clients and provide this service at no extra charge.


Where Can I Check Out Sample Menus?

Our Menu’s are online at www.31NorthBanquets.com


What makes you unique?

What makes our services special is that we treat every client as a unique event. We listen to what each client envisions for their event and work with them to tailor our service to meet their needs. Additionally, we have a catered hundreds of weddings and are able to offer advice on set-up, timelines, suggest vendors that fit their event, and other wedding details and we do this as part of our normal service at no extra charge.


What Can I Expect at a Consultation/Tasting?

At our tastings you can expect excellent food (over 95% of clients that have a tasting book their event with us). Our clients select their own menu for the tasting, it is a no high-pressure tasting with knowledge staff that can answer all food and event related questions. We do not conduct group tastings (multiple different clients at the same time) each tasting is focused on the Clients Event only.








31 North Banquets & Catering

217 Front Street

McHenry, IL 60050

815-344-0330

www.31NorthBanquets.com



Cocina Fusion - Chicago, IL

We're Interviewing: Juliana Barrientos | Senior Catering Manager

About the Business!

We are a family and minority owned catering company with over 10 years of experience! We cater around 100 weddings a years and we delight our clients wedding guests with our fusion of flavors and menus.

What Catering Services Do You Offer?

Plated dinner, family style, Buffet style, dinner stations, brunch stations, cocktail style receptions, corporate lunches and galas and pick-up family orders.

What Areas do You Cater to?

Chicago and near suburbs

What Types of Foods Do You Offer?

Latin fusion & American inspired course meals, taco bars, traditional mexican, Italian food food and latin inspired fusion menus ( colombian, peruvian, puerto rican)


What are some Popular Wedding Catering Options you see with your Clients?

Our chimichurri steak is one of our top selling entrees; it offers the opportunity to introduce guests to a bolder flavors and is usually complemented with our risotto cakes (poblano or mushroom) which created that fusion between the european and latin flavors. Our other top seller is our cochinita (slow cooked pork) seasoned with our 5 chile house-salsa which melts in your mouth, add traditional mexican rice, beans and warm tortillas and you have an authentic mexican style dinner. For the vegetarians out there you can't go wrong with our stuffed poblano pepper which is filled with an assortment of market fresh vegetables and finished with a red pepper coconut cream sauce, you don't need to be a vegetarian to enjoy this dish! Honestly who doesn't like tacos? Our absolute crowd pleaser is our "Taco bar" fresh tacos on demand with quality ingredients and a beautiful display.

How Many Guests Can You Cater? Is There a Minimum?

Our full catering services start at 50 guests and our pick-up orders are designed for 25 guests and up.

Where Do You Make the Food?

We have a commercial kitchen.


Juliana, can you show us some photos?

Photo Credit: @juanchoscphotography


Can You Accept Any Special Requests?

Yes. Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, kids meals, allergies.

Where Can I Check Out Sample Menus?

www.weddingcateringchicago.net


What makes you unique?

Catering menus have to represent the couple; we work together with our couples to build a menu that will satisfy them and their guests, finding that balance of what to serve to a wide array of palates is no easy task but we have the experience to help create a balance when selecting a perfect menu. Also, from the sales process until the end of their event every couple will receive our personalized attention from our team. Our food is flavorful and balance and will leave your guests talking about it for a very long time.


What Can I Expect at a Consultation/Tasting?

Prior to the tasting the couple will sit down and select few options of interest from appetizers, entrees and sides. At the tasting we will talk about them as a couple and their families and with their opinions we will try to build their wedding menu together. They will also be able to check our linen options, dinnerware and additional rentals.


Cocina Fusion

1900 N. Austin Ave

Chicago, IL 60639

Website





Disclaimer: What is my relationship to the featured wedding vendors? I am always transparent with my audience. These wedding vendors were researched and hand selected by me to feature in this post. They were charged a small fee to cover my time in creating their feature, this provides a means for me to earn an income. I reached out to them and offered the opportunity, they did not seek me out looking to advertise. These vendors are suggestions only and all decisions regarding your wedding day are your responsibility.

This post, photos and content is for educational and informational purposes only. All vendors and venues listed on this site are responsible for submitting only photos they have permission to use, and crediting appropriate photographers. If you're a photographer missing a photo credit on a photo, be sure to reach out so we can add it and share the love for your business!

By using this website, you agree to the Terms of Service, Disclaimers, Disclosures and Terms of Use easily found on the footer of this website.


Blissful

Blue Jays

There are affiliate links contained throughout this website which means we may earn a commission if you click that link or make a purchase.  All opinions are our own.  All information is for informational and educational/entertainment purposes only and should be consumed at your own risk.   By using this website, you have not established any type of relationship with us or any individual/company/third-party featured on the website in any way.  By using this website, you agree to the TERMS OF SERVICE, TERMS OF USE & DISCLAIMER.

© 2021 Plan Up Enterprises, LLC.  d/b/a Blissful Blue Jays