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Calihan Catering

Chicago , IL
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833 W. Hanies
Chicago, IL 60622 US (map)

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312-587-3553

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An Innovative Approach
Creative vision, uncompromising style and attention to detail.
These attributes have allowed Calihan Catering to produce Chicago’s most
successful,... Read more
An Innovative Approach
Creative vision, uncompromising style and attention to detail.
These attributes have allowed Calihan Catering to produce Chicago’s most
successful, innovative and memorable events for over 20 years. This uncompromising
approach to food and service has allowed Calihan to partner with
Chicago’s most distinguished institutions, non-for-profits and corporations to
obtained unequaled results through the vehicle of entertaining.

Calihan reinterprets familiar, classic recipes with flair
and a touch of whimsy while exploring more avantgarde
trends in cuisine. Paired with uncompromising
commitment to excellence the cuisine is a powerful
tool in enabling client’s goals to be fully realized.
As the city’s most celebrated custom caterer, menus
are created to reflect the distinctive style of each of
its clients. Whether a private dinner party for eight,
an elegant wedding for 200 or a corporate launch
for five thousand our team of industry experts is
committed to providing unparalleled levels of cuisine
and service at each and every event.

Whether entertaining at home, celebrating life’s
events or looking for a competitive edge Calihan
Catering understands that life does not have to be
complicated, just tasteful. Read less
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Cassandra
Wedding:
3/26/2016
5.0/5.0
It was a month ago that we had our wedding at Gallery 1028, which means we were fortunate enough to have Calihan as our caterer. We were impressed from the get go. Working with Todd to design our wedding was a real pleasure. The day of our tasting was one of our favorite days of the whole planning process. We tasted some of the most delicious dishes and enjoyed some wine while planning the reception details. We told Todd some of our favorite foods and drinks, and then the chefs worked their magic to create a truly unique menu. We loved every single item that was served. We are still hearing from our guests how amazing the food and service was. Many guests even said it was the Best Wedding Food they’d ever had. Because the chefs are so talented, we even did our cake and dessert buffet through Calihan as well. They made everything so easy on us. The night of the wedding the service was flawless. The waitstaff were outstanding. The bartenders were fast and friendly.
Someone from the Calihan team was always there whenever we needed something, even to just put a cocktail in our empty hands. They brought my husband and I our own tray of hors d’oeuvres and our favorite drinks to the bridal suite right after the ceremony, so we could enjoy a private moment together. They went above and beyond just serving amazing food. The Calihan team ran a beautiful reception, helped set up décor around the venue, among a million other details that I then did not have to worry about. Calihan really did help us achieve our dream wedding. Thank you Todd and the entire team at Calihan Catering!!
It was a month ago that we had our wedding at Gallery 1028, which means we were fortunate enough to have Calihan as our Read more...
It was a month ago that we had our wedding at Gallery 1028, which means we were fortunate enough to have Calihan as our caterer. We were impressed from the get go. Working with Todd to design our wedding was a real pleasure. The day of our tasting was one of our favorite days of the whole planning process. We tasted some of the most delicious dishes and enjoyed some wine while planning the reception details. We told Todd some of our favorite foods and drinks, and then the chefs worked their magic to create a truly unique menu. We loved every single item that was served. We are still hearing from our guests how amazing the food and service was. Many guests even said it was the Best Wedding Food they’d ever had. Because the chefs are so talented, we even did our cake and dessert buffet through Calihan as well. They made everything so easy on us. The night of the wedding the service was flawless. The waitstaff were outstanding. The bartenders were fast and friendly.
Someone from the Calihan team was always there whenever we needed something, even to just put a cocktail in our empty hands. They brought my husband and I our own tray of hors d’oeuvres and our favorite drinks to the bridal suite right after the ceremony, so we could enjoy a private moment together. They went above and beyond just serving amazing food. The Calihan team ran a beautiful reception, helped set up décor around the venue, among a million other details that I then did not have to worry about. Calihan really did help us achieve our dream wedding. Thank you Todd and the entire team at Calihan Catering!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Marion
Wedding:
3/19/2016
5.0/5.0
Calihan Catering was one of our favorite wedding vendors. We had our wedding at Gallery 1028 and worked with Todd, who had impeccable communication throughout the 18 months of planning. Todd answered any questions I had within 24 hours and was willing to make any changes we came up with, even a week before. The menu tasting was the highlight of our wedding planning. Which brings me to the most important part of this review: the food. The food was incredible and hands down the best wedding food we have ever had. If you are are any sort of food-lover/foodie and you want to serve delicious food that is not actual wedding food, Calihan is your kind of catering. They were willing to modify anything on their menu for the tasting and let us make small changing after we had tasted everything. Basically, we were able to customize an amazing menu and our guests cleared their plates (and we are still getting texts about the food). They made dietary accommodations for all of our guests' needs- lactose intolerance, gluten-free, vegetarian and more. I kept an eye out at the beginning of the meal and saw that the servers were bringing all the modified dishes for the food allergies at the same time as everyone else's food and I didn't have to worry about anything. The service was outstanding and we even had our very own server who made sure my husband and I had everything we needed. He refilled my glass right after I drank and would get me a fresh drink every time I accidentally set mine down for pictures and then forgot where it was. That man was amazing. Our guests also raved about the bar. We had some very happy, sloshed guests on the dance floor all night long! Overall, working with Todd was an absolute pleasure and I can't recommend Calihan enough.
Calihan Catering was one of our favorite wedding vendors. We had our wedding at Gallery 1028 and worked with Todd, who had Read more...
Calihan Catering was one of our favorite wedding vendors. We had our wedding at Gallery 1028 and worked with Todd, who had impeccable communication throughout the 18 months of planning. Todd answered any questions I had within 24 hours and was willing to make any changes we came up with, even a week before. The menu tasting was the highlight of our wedding planning. Which brings me to the most important part of this review: the food. The food was incredible and hands down the best wedding food we have ever had. If you are are any sort of food-lover/foodie and you want to serve delicious food that is not actual wedding food, Calihan is your kind of catering. They were willing to modify anything on their menu for the tasting and let us make small changing after we had tasted everything. Basically, we were able to customize an amazing menu and our guests cleared their plates (and we are still getting texts about the food). They made dietary accommodations for all of our guests' needs- lactose intolerance, gluten-free, vegetarian and more. I kept an eye out at the beginning of the meal and saw that the servers were bringing all the modified dishes for the food allergies at the same time as everyone else's food and I didn't have to worry about anything. The service was outstanding and we even had our very own server who made sure my husband and I had everything we needed. He refilled my glass right after I drank and would get me a fresh drink every time I accidentally set mine down for pictures and then forgot where it was. That man was amazing. Our guests also raved about the bar. We had some very happy, sloshed guests on the dance floor all night long! Overall, working with Todd was an absolute pleasure and I can't recommend Calihan enough. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Lindsey
Wedding:
8/23/2014
4.9/5.0
We worked with Todd and the Calihan Catering team for our wedding last month and could not be happier with the choice we made. Todd was pleasant, responsive and flexible throughout the entire planning process and he and his staff helped give us a completely flawless wedding day. My husband is a chef (and many of our guests are also in the service industry) so the food and service was part of the day that was very important to us. We received many compliments on the wonderful service and tasty food throughout the night and we felt the pace of things was executed perfectly. I can't thank them enough for contributing to a stress-free, wonderful day!
We worked with Todd and the Calihan Catering team for our wedding last month and could not be happier with the choice we Read more...
We worked with Todd and the Calihan Catering team for our wedding last month and could not be happier with the choice we made. Todd was pleasant, responsive and flexible throughout the entire planning process and he and his staff helped give us a completely flawless wedding day. My husband is a chef (and many of our guests are also in the service industry) so the food and service was part of the day that was very important to us. We received many compliments on the wonderful service and tasty food throughout the night and we felt the pace of things was executed perfectly. I can't thank them enough for contributing to a stress-free, wonderful day! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Christa
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
We had a problem with or original caterer and had to hire Calihan last second for our wedding. Nit was our main contact and he was the greatest! I give 100% of the credit to Nit for making our wedding beautiful. He went above and beyond the call of duty. He brought blankets for our guests because it was cold outside. He saw my vision exactly and it's because of him everything went so wonderful!
We had a problem with or original caterer and had to hire Calihan last second for our wedding. Nit was our main contact Read more...
We had a problem with or original caterer and had to hire Calihan last second for our wedding. Nit was our main contact and he was the greatest! I give 100% of the credit to Nit for making our wedding beautiful. He went above and beyond the call of duty. He brought blankets for our guests because it was cold outside. He saw my vision exactly and it's because of him everything went so wonderful! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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halley.winer
Wedding:
8/6/2011
3.2/5.0
seriously amazing food... so delicious... and so many options for us to choose from. and they were very helpful coming up with ways to make some of our food vegan for me.

the big however -- the staff are somewhat difficult to deal with. the major issues we had:

- our day of coordinator told some of the staff they could take a couple vases of flowers after the event had ended... we started with around 150 vases and when we went to pick up the few odds and ends the following monday, we went home with about 100... their staff had taken around 50 of our flower vases! and even though they had warned us saying, "you are welcome to leave items here until monday, but things always turn up missing." - okay, thanks for the warning, but all you are telling me is that you hire staff that steal your clients belongings!

- our families/friends are HUGE scotch drinkers, which we told them up front... we asked to substitute the base level scotch with a higher end scotch and instead of raising the cost, we lowered the quality of beer... about 2 hours into the wedding, they ran out of the fancy scotch and were using an even lower level than what was in the original bid... when we asked them about it after the event, they said they felt they provided plenty of scotch based on our guest count. oh well.

overall - we had such a great time and enjoyed the food so much, we can't say they are terrible... just a few items that came up that we were not pleased with.
seriously amazing food... so delicious... and so many options for us to choose from. and they were very helpful coming up Read more...
seriously amazing food... so delicious... and so many options for us to choose from. and they were very helpful coming up with ways to make some of our food vegan for me.

the big however -- the staff are somewhat difficult to deal with. the major issues we had:

- our day of coordinator told some of the staff they could take a couple vases of flowers after the event had ended... we started with around 150 vases and when we went to pick up the few odds and ends the following monday, we went home with about 100... their staff had taken around 50 of our flower vases! and even though they had warned us saying, "you are welcome to leave items here until monday, but things always turn up missing." - okay, thanks for the warning, but all you are telling me is that you hire staff that steal your clients belongings!

- our families/friends are HUGE scotch drinkers, which we told them up front... we asked to substitute the base level scotch with a higher end scotch and instead of raising the cost, we lowered the quality of beer... about 2 hours into the wedding, they ran out of the fancy scotch and were using an even lower level than what was in the original bid... when we asked them about it after the event, they said they felt they provided plenty of scotch based on our guest count. oh well.

overall - we had such a great time and enjoyed the food so much, we can't say they are terrible... just a few items that came up that we were not pleased with. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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msepsey
Wedding:
9/18/2010
1.5/5.0
If you don't want stress up until the very moment you say "i do," DO NOT, and i mean, DO NOT USE CALIHAN Catering!

Prior to our wedding, Calihan tried to charge us tax on top of gratuity, as well as multiple county taxes since our venue was in DuPage County - equating an excess of $4k. My now husband and I had to create an EXCEL sheet illustrating their creative accounting to them, for which we are still battling to get our money back. They throw in hidden charges whenever possible, do not respond to emails/return phone calls.

I think our contract changed so many times, I cried monthly every time I got a new version back, battling for the old one! Their food is awesome, but comes at an emotional and stressful cost. Our contract changed so much, 5 minutes after saying "I do" I had to answer contract questions and battle for them to honor their word. In regards to their contract, READ EVERY WORD, look up the EXACT Definition of the wording they use, because they are very very very slimy.
If you don't want stress up until the very moment you say "i do," DO NOT, and i mean, DO NOT USE CALIHAN Catering!
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If you don't want stress up until the very moment you say "i do," DO NOT, and i mean, DO NOT USE CALIHAN Catering!

Prior to our wedding, Calihan tried to charge us tax on top of gratuity, as well as multiple county taxes since our venue was in DuPage County - equating an excess of $4k. My now husband and I had to create an EXCEL sheet illustrating their creative accounting to them, for which we are still battling to get our money back. They throw in hidden charges whenever possible, do not respond to emails/return phone calls.

I think our contract changed so many times, I cried monthly every time I got a new version back, battling for the old one! Their food is awesome, but comes at an emotional and stressful cost. Our contract changed so much, 5 minutes after saying "I do" I had to answer contract questions and battle for them to honor their word. In regards to their contract, READ EVERY WORD, look up the EXACT Definition of the wording they use, because they are very very very slimy. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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nataliepeony
Wedding:
9/6/2008
4.6/5.0
Calihan catered our wedding reception cocktail hour and dinner. Nicole was an absolute pleasure to work with. The food was top notch and they were very willing to work with our comfort food menu (including our shamrock shake late night snack). They are a full service caterer, and Nicole helped to take care of so many little details. I really felt like she was striving to make things go smoothly and make sure that I enjoyed the day. The food was absolutely delicious and we are still hearing raves from our guests. I would definitely recommend!
Calihan catered our wedding reception cocktail hour and dinner. Nicole was an absolute pleasure to work with. The food was Read more...
Calihan catered our wedding reception cocktail hour and dinner. Nicole was an absolute pleasure to work with. The food was top notch and they were very willing to work with our comfort food menu (including our shamrock shake late night snack). They are a full service caterer, and Nicole helped to take care of so many little details. I really felt like she was striving to make things go smoothly and make sure that I enjoyed the day. The food was absolutely delicious and we are still hearing raves from our guests. I would definitely recommend! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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bethgraced
Wedding:
6/14/2008
5.0/5.0
The Calihans and their entire staff are extremely professional and unbelievably nice and easy to work with. I truly cannot recommend them highly enough. I can't imagine anyone not wanting to work with them. If I could give them 10 out of 5 stars, I would.
The Calihans and their entire staff are extremely professional and unbelievably nice and easy to work with. I truly cannot Read more...
The Calihans and their entire staff are extremely professional and unbelievably nice and easy to work with. I truly cannot recommend them highly enough. I can't imagine anyone not wanting to work with them. If I could give them 10 out of 5 stars, I would. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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micki
Wedding:
5/25/2008
4.7/5.0
Nit of Calihan is the exclusive caterer to the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

He was one of the main reasons why our wedding pulled together. He went BEYOND just catering. He helped coordinate many of the details of the ceremony/coctails/dinner/reception, layout, rentals, etc. Whenever my day-of coordinator needed help, he was there to pitch in.

Calihan Catering is a well-known, prestigious catering company in Chicago and has been rated at the top, if not among the very top, for several years. The food/bar/wine selection was fantastic. We had Brazilian Caiparinhas and Lychee/Pomegranate martinis. I loved our appetizers and the presentation was excellent! The tasting was such a fun experience! We asked to have Seabass with Nobu's black bean sauce, as well as Filet Mignon, and they did it! We were on a budget, so the portion size, I'd admit was kind of skimpy. He was very professional and patient throughout the entire planning process. I know I am very demanding and he was able to make most of our individualized requests happen.

The service and food is top notch, but keep in mind, that you do pay for it!
If you've got the money, don't want any worries whatsoever, and have a sophisticated palate...this is the catering company for you.
Nit of Calihan is the exclusive caterer to the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

He was one of the main reasons why our Read more...
Nit of Calihan is the exclusive caterer to the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

He was one of the main reasons why our wedding pulled together. He went BEYOND just catering. He helped coordinate many of the details of the ceremony/coctails/dinner/reception, layout, rentals, etc. Whenever my day-of coordinator needed help, he was there to pitch in.

Calihan Catering is a well-known, prestigious catering company in Chicago and has been rated at the top, if not among the very top, for several years. The food/bar/wine selection was fantastic. We had Brazilian Caiparinhas and Lychee/Pomegranate martinis. I loved our appetizers and the presentation was excellent! The tasting was such a fun experience! We asked to have Seabass with Nobu's black bean sauce, as well as Filet Mignon, and they did it! We were on a budget, so the portion size, I'd admit was kind of skimpy. He was very professional and patient throughout the entire planning process. I know I am very demanding and he was able to make most of our individualized requests happen.

The service and food is top notch, but keep in mind, that you do pay for it!
If you've got the money, don't want any worries whatsoever, and have a sophisticated palate...this is the catering company for you. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
I worked with Nicole at Calihan - they were the exclusive caterers at our venue. My family and my guests were blown away by the quality of the food. They prepared stations for us that they had never done before, so it was incredibly unique. I come from a family of foodies, so they were very particular about what the menu would be, and Calihan was wonderful in working with us to develop a menu that was interesting, unique, and above all, delicious!
I worked with Nicole at Calihan - they were the exclusive caterers at our venue. My family and my guests were blown away Read more...
I worked with Nicole at Calihan - they were the exclusive caterers at our venue. My family and my guests were blown away by the quality of the food. They prepared stations for us that they had never done before, so it was incredibly unique. I come from a family of foodies, so they were very particular about what the menu would be, and Calihan was wonderful in working with us to develop a menu that was interesting, unique, and above all, delicious! Read less
Services Used: Catering

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