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Chef By Request

Lisle , IL
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LOCATION

5100 Academy Drive, Suite 200
Lisle, IL US 60532 (map)

PHONE

630-493-4300

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

When it comes to your wedding day we believe there is absolutely no margin for error.

Allow Chef By Request to create an atmosphere of unforgettable elegance to complement the... Read more
When it comes to your wedding day we believe there is absolutely no margin for error.

Allow Chef By Request to create an atmosphere of unforgettable elegance to complement the most memorable event of your lifetime, one you will treasure forever.

Exquisite cuisine, first-class presentation and impeccable service are the essential ingredients we combine to exceed your highest expectations.

Decadent formal tastings and custom menus are presented to assist in fulfilling your every desire.

Please visit our Venues and Associations page for a list of fine establishments we proudly work with. However, we are always happy to make special arrangements with facilities not listed on our site.

Please visit our website to see what our clients say about us, view a full photo gallery, and schedule your free consultation with a professional event coordinator.

Chef By Request always offers Special Promotions and Wedding Packages. Be sure to take a peek at our current offers!

Custom Catering to Every Degree!
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Chef By Request continues to perfect the recipe for success. In 2003, Chef By Request was a nominee for the Naperville Small Business of the Year Award, and in 2004, won the prestigious President’s Award from the American Culinary Federation.

Chef David began his professional career with the accolade of being named one of the first 66th in the nation, and the first chef in Illinois to receive a Bachelors of Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. Since that time, David has gone on to achieve the esteemed status of Certified Executive Chef (CEC), all the while maintaining active status in the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

He also has a certificate of training from the Culinary Institute of America in wine studies and food and wine pairing. He holds a 10-year certified Executive Chef title with the American culinary federation, a title of which less than 400 chefs have in the united states. Classically trained with respect and attention to detail, the philosophy of fine food and customer service flow through all departments at Chef By Request.

Perhaps the most notable recent accomplishment is the purchase and development of Chef By Request’s newest 5,500 square foot, state-of-the-art production facility. The grand opening event was held on March 9th, 2005 which began with a ribbon cutting and was followed by a widely attended reception, showcasing an elaborate display.



COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP ROLES & INVOLVEMENT

• Naperville Chamber of Commerce - 14 year member
• Naperville Heritage Alliance member - contributing an annual $5000 in sponsorship and gifts in kind
• Naperville Little Friends supporter for 15 years giving 2 annual gift sponsorships
• 11-year chef mentor for annual career day at Hill Middle School
• 8-year gift in kind sponsor for "Dinner with The Mayor" benefiting the Naperville chamber
• 7-year past supporter of Naperville P.A.D.S. program as food donation coordinator
• 5-year current adjunct faculty at College of DuPage and supporter of hospitality program
• 10-year past participant in Naperville's RIBFEST with annual $3000 gift in kind donation
• 8-year sponsor of food donations for NCHS and NNHS senior night
• 2-year member of past Naperville Chamber Team 2
• 2-year current member of Power Partners Illinois - meets in Naperville
• Past and current food sponsors for Naperville churches that include, The Compass, Grace Church, Good Shepherd and Bethany Lutheran
• Hole sponsor for Naperville Mayor's golf outing
• Catering partner with North central College and food contributor to the new Wentz Hall on campus
• 3-year board of directors and contributor - Lisle Chamber of Commerce
• Donor and participant for youth and family services, Naperville
• Donor and sponsor for Focus on The Family
• Proud to cater David's own 20-year NCHS class reunion at Wentz Hall on July 16, 2011



TESTIMONIALS

"Thank you a million times for making our day so special and stress free. You were so wonderful to work with and I fell so lucky we found you. Your staff and you were so wonderful I couldn’t have expected anything more. Thank you again!"
- Katie and Dan M.

"Just wanted to take a minute to thank you for helping to make our daughter’s wedding perfect! Cindy did a wonderful job of organizing and making sure everything went smoothly. The food was absolutely delicious! We received so many compliments on our choice of caterer! Chef By Request is definitely a first class organization. Thanks again!"
- Sandi and Hugh F.

"Thank you for making our wedding reception such an enjoyable experience – from the planning stages to the reception at the Morton Arboretum, we appreciate the attention to detail and personal service. Our wedding guests are still raving about the food, specifically the taste and presentation."
- Annette and John H.

"I want to thank you again for all your invaluable help with this wedding. I don’t know what we would have done without you. Everything was perfect and we have you to thank. We received so many complements on the food and the service. Everyone was wonderful."
- Sue L.

"My family, Mark and I can not thank you enough for everything you did to make our day beautiful and memorable! The energy you put into helping us arrange the reception, attend to stunning details, and to keeping the party going was truly amazing! We received so many compliments on the food and service. Several people noted that the food was the best they’ve had at a wedding (including my husband). You were truly an integral part of this magical day and I am so grateful for all that you did for us! Thank you again for everything!"
- Cathy and Mark P. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Cash Bar, Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor, Rail Liquor, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, Cajun, Caribbean, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1500

INFO FOR WEDDING CAKE

Besides cakes, what other types of desserts do you provide?
Cheese, Cookies, Cupcakes, Dessert Buffet, Fruit, Groom's Cake, Pastries
What additional services do you provide?
Consultations, On-site Delivery, On-site Setup, Pickup, Tastings
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, Organic, Vegan
Do you provide customary cakes, such as Croquembouche?
Yes
Are you licensed by the state health department?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Jane Ellen
Wedding:
12/27/2013
5.0/5.0
At Chef By Request, they are dedicated to assisting their clients with every aspect of the event planning process. Just as the brochure states: exquisite cuisine, first class presentation and impeccable service were combined to exceed our highest expectations! Starting the evening with delicious appetizers that pleased every palette on a cold winter evening, to perfectly cooked filet mignon and filet of salmon, mashed potatoes served with asparagus sprinkled with diced red peppers, the meal was a 5 STAR! The tables were set with elegance and perfection. And the excellent staff served and cleared without being noticed. The wines and champagne recommended by Chef David Miller were superb. Danielle Guzman, our wedding coordinator, was outstanding! Most importantly, the staff catered to our needs and did not upsell us on a single item needed for the wedding. The Dan Hayes Orchestra was the entertainment for the evening and complimented the Chef By Request staff for cooperating with the logistics of a 12 piece orchestra. Our daughter and son-in-law's wedding was a night to remember for years. We highly recommend Chef By Request!
At Chef By Request, they are dedicated to assisting their clients with every aspect of the event planning process. Just as Read more...
At Chef By Request, they are dedicated to assisting their clients with every aspect of the event planning process. Just as the brochure states: exquisite cuisine, first class presentation and impeccable service were combined to exceed our highest expectations! Starting the evening with delicious appetizers that pleased every palette on a cold winter evening, to perfectly cooked filet mignon and filet of salmon, mashed potatoes served with asparagus sprinkled with diced red peppers, the meal was a 5 STAR! The tables were set with elegance and perfection. And the excellent staff served and cleared without being noticed. The wines and champagne recommended by Chef David Miller were superb. Danielle Guzman, our wedding coordinator, was outstanding! Most importantly, the staff catered to our needs and did not upsell us on a single item needed for the wedding. The Dan Hayes Orchestra was the entertainment for the evening and complimented the Chef By Request staff for cooperating with the logistics of a 12 piece orchestra. Our daughter and son-in-law's wedding was a night to remember for years. We highly recommend Chef By Request! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Chef by request was a wonderful company to work with and made the planning of our reception easy and fun! They were incredibly accommodating of both mine as well as my now husbands work schedules and were incredibly flexible when it came to arranging tastings (even though they were at often at later/odd times. As far as the day of the wedding/ reception goes - the food and service was FANTASTIC! The guests absolutely raved about the food the day of the reception and they continue to tell me how good the food at our reception was! Overall my husband and I were very very pleased with your services and would highly recommend your services to those who are looking for a caterer!!!!!
Chef by request was a wonderful company to work with and made the planning of our reception easy and fun! They were Read more...
Chef by request was a wonderful company to work with and made the planning of our reception easy and fun! They were incredibly accommodating of both mine as well as my now husbands work schedules and were incredibly flexible when it came to arranging tastings (even though they were at often at later/odd times. As far as the day of the wedding/ reception goes - the food and service was FANTASTIC! The guests absolutely raved about the food the day of the reception and they continue to tell me how good the food at our reception was! Overall my husband and I were very very pleased with your services and would highly recommend your services to those who are looking for a caterer!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Kim
Wedding:
10/11/2013
5.0/5.0
The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful.
The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful.
The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. Read less
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Sabine
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
I am very picky with the quality of food I use to cook with, so I expected the same from our caterer. Chef by Request did not disappoint. Everything was flavored and cooked to perfection, so no dried out tuff tasteless meat. The food was outstanding and the service staff was doing a great job.
I can not praise the staff enough for how at ease everything was done and how friendly and professional everyone was toward us and our guest.
Our wedding turned out to be our dream wedding with the help of Chef by Request. Thank you!!!
I am very picky with the quality of food I use to cook with, so I expected the same from our caterer. Chef by Request did Read more...
I am very picky with the quality of food I use to cook with, so I expected the same from our caterer. Chef by Request did not disappoint. Everything was flavored and cooked to perfection, so no dried out tuff tasteless meat. The food was outstanding and the service staff was doing a great job.
I can not praise the staff enough for how at ease everything was done and how friendly and professional everyone was toward us and our guest.
Our wedding turned out to be our dream wedding with the help of Chef by Request. Thank you!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jaime
Wedding:
7/18/2013
5.0/5.0
We really enjoyed working with Chef by Request for our wedding. They were very helpful in helping us figure out the perfect menu for our special day that was within our budget. The Chef by Request workers were extremely organized, timely, and polite the day of our event and made sure we (including the bridal party) had everything we needed throughout the reception. I would definitely recommend hiring Chef by Request for your event!
We really enjoyed working with Chef by Request for our wedding. They were very helpful in helping us figure out the Read more...
We really enjoyed working with Chef by Request for our wedding. They were very helpful in helping us figure out the perfect menu for our special day that was within our budget. The Chef by Request workers were extremely organized, timely, and polite the day of our event and made sure we (including the bridal party) had everything we needed throughout the reception. I would definitely recommend hiring Chef by Request for your event! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Jackie
Wedding:
7/12/2013
5.0/5.0
The wedding was cancelled but your service in planning, tasting and even canceling the event was a positive experience in all areas. I have recommended your catering service and you will be our first choice when a wedding is in our future.
The wedding was cancelled but your service in planning, tasting and even canceling the event was a positive experience in Read more...
The wedding was cancelled but your service in planning, tasting and even canceling the event was a positive experience in all areas. I have recommended your catering service and you will be our first choice when a wedding is in our future. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married in July in my parents backyard. Chef by request really catered to all of our custom requests and we couldn't have been happier with the food & service. We chose to go with them because they offered the most amount of food for the most reasonable price & gave us options that really catered to what we were looking for. Danielle, our event planner, was great throughout the whole process-she worked really hard on my pickiness with the contracts & allowed us to do multiple tastings to so we were completely happy with our choices. We had a meeting a few weeks before the wedding & Danielle answered all questions I had and really put my nerves at ease. On the day of everything went flawlessly, from what we could tell at least! They also went out of their way to make the day special for us. The food was amazing & we heard that from guests all night plus there was plenty of it. Some even asked for the descriptions/recipes so they could try and replicate it at home. I highly recommend all of the food we had at our wedding. Our final hors d’oeuvres menu consisted of crab cakes, beef empanadas, mango shrimp spoon, sun-dried tomato tartlets & the rare ahi tuna. For the main meal we had a mixed green plated salad with champagne vinegarette, 2 mains (prime grilled hanger steak with demi glace & the grilled bistro chicken with matre’d butter & 2 sides (chilled roasted bistro potatos with red pepper and blue cheese and tomato & mozzarella caprese) & a vegetarian option of spinach ravioli. They also gave us cheaper options for the band/photographer and created a special kids meal since our ringer bearer had a severe peanut allergy. They were very accommodating and helpful even with the stuff we decided to DIY and provided helpful recommendations. They also provided us bartenders last minute after ours fell through.

I would highly recommend Chef by Request and if we ever need a caterer again we will definitely use them!
My husband and I got married in July in my parents backyard. Chef by request really catered to all of our custom requests Read more...
My husband and I got married in July in my parents backyard. Chef by request really catered to all of our custom requests and we couldn't have been happier with the food & service. We chose to go with them because they offered the most amount of food for the most reasonable price & gave us options that really catered to what we were looking for. Danielle, our event planner, was great throughout the whole process-she worked really hard on my pickiness with the contracts & allowed us to do multiple tastings to so we were completely happy with our choices. We had a meeting a few weeks before the wedding & Danielle answered all questions I had and really put my nerves at ease. On the day of everything went flawlessly, from what we could tell at least! They also went out of their way to make the day special for us. The food was amazing & we heard that from guests all night plus there was plenty of it. Some even asked for the descriptions/recipes so they could try and replicate it at home. I highly recommend all of the food we had at our wedding. Our final hors d’oeuvres menu consisted of crab cakes, beef empanadas, mango shrimp spoon, sun-dried tomato tartlets & the rare ahi tuna. For the main meal we had a mixed green plated salad with champagne vinegarette, 2 mains (prime grilled hanger steak with demi glace & the grilled bistro chicken with matre’d butter & 2 sides (chilled roasted bistro potatos with red pepper and blue cheese and tomato & mozzarella caprese) & a vegetarian option of spinach ravioli. They also gave us cheaper options for the band/photographer and created a special kids meal since our ringer bearer had a severe peanut allergy. They were very accommodating and helpful even with the stuff we decided to DIY and provided helpful recommendations. They also provided us bartenders last minute after ours fell through.

I would highly recommend Chef by Request and if we ever need a caterer again we will definitely use them! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Nicole
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
We had the best experience working with Katie! They helped us figure out what we wanted and then made it all happen. They also went above and beyond helping with setting up and taking down decor. The food was amazing! We did a pub style buffet everyone loved.
We had the best experience working with Katie! They helped us figure out what we wanted and then made it all happen. They Read more...
We had the best experience working with Katie! They helped us figure out what we wanted and then made it all happen. They also went above and beyond helping with setting up and taking down decor. The food was amazing! We did a pub style buffet everyone loved. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Camille & Bob
Wedding:
11/25/2012
5.0/5.0
We were very pleased wih the food, service and pleasant attitude of the staff - willing to help in all areas.
We were very pleased wih the food, service and pleasant attitude of the staff - willing to help in all areas.
We were very pleased wih the food, service and pleasant attitude of the staff - willing to help in all areas. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The coordinator ( unfortunately I do not remember her name) was very responsive, did a great job and I would use them again. I used them for after the wedding ceremony for hor doerves at my home. they did a great set up and the food was delicious.
The coordinator ( unfortunately I do not remember her name) was very responsive, did a great job and I would use them Read more...
The coordinator ( unfortunately I do not remember her name) was very responsive, did a great job and I would use them again. I used them for after the wedding ceremony for hor doerves at my home. they did a great set up and the food was delicious. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
The food and service were amazing. Katie is a true gem, I couldn't have pulled off my wedding without her. I got so many compliments on the food and they are very affordable. We had tastings with other caterers and these guys blew everyone away, even ones more expensive. They worked with us on the menu and didn't even flinch when we asked to do a 2nd tasting. Hire these guys and you won't be sorry!
The food and service were amazing. Katie is a true gem, I couldn't have pulled off my wedding without her. I got so many Read more...
The food and service were amazing. Katie is a true gem, I couldn't have pulled off my wedding without her. I got so many compliments on the food and they are very affordable. We had tastings with other caterers and these guys blew everyone away, even ones more expensive. They worked with us on the menu and didn't even flinch when we asked to do a 2nd tasting. Hire these guys and you won't be sorry! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Allie
Wedding:
8/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Chef by Request went above and beyond. Not only were the food and service exceptional but when it started to rain at our outdoor event the were right there there helping get all the decor and personal belongings out of the down poor.
Chef by Request went above and beyond. Not only were the food and service exceptional but when it started to rain at our Read more...
Chef by Request went above and beyond. Not only were the food and service exceptional but when it started to rain at our outdoor event the were right there there helping get all the decor and personal belongings out of the down poor. Read less
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Mary
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
We contacted Chef By Request at a very late date - approx. 3 months before our event. They were patient & thoroughly involved in helping us refine their catering for our garden wedding! The tasting was certainly helpful, and they continued to work with us to tweak every detail till we were 100% sure of our decisions.
We decided on 3 chef-stations & the final result was fabulous! The unique & high quality meal was applauded by all our guests! We had many guests who were known for their culinary skills & these people made a point of seeking us out to ask about the catering company & complimenting us about the all the food!
We contacted Chef By Request at a very late date - approx. 3 months before our event. They were patient & thoroughly Read more...
We contacted Chef By Request at a very late date - approx. 3 months before our event. They were patient & thoroughly involved in helping us refine their catering for our garden wedding! The tasting was certainly helpful, and they continued to work with us to tweak every detail till we were 100% sure of our decisions.
We decided on 3 chef-stations & the final result was fabulous! The unique & high quality meal was applauded by all our guests! We had many guests who were known for their culinary skills & these people made a point of seeking us out to ask about the catering company & complimenting us about the all the food! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
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Private User
Wedding:
4/7/2012
5.0/5.0
David was so easy to work with and he made our wedding fabulous! He went above and beyond the typical cater and made us feel like it was the most special day of our lives which it was. We had a really poor florist who did not create the centerpiece that we envisioned so he went and added other features to our tables so that it looked great. He also had a few surprises to our night and made sure that was organize and that we did not have to worry about anything. We always recommend him to people who are getting married in the area
David was so easy to work with and he made our wedding fabulous! He went above and beyond the typical cater and made us Read more...
David was so easy to work with and he made our wedding fabulous! He went above and beyond the typical cater and made us feel like it was the most special day of our lives which it was. We had a really poor florist who did not create the centerpiece that we envisioned so he went and added other features to our tables so that it looked great. He also had a few surprises to our night and made sure that was organize and that we did not have to worry about anything. We always recommend him to people who are getting married in the area Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Ashley
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
They did our rehearsal dinner, lunch the next day for the wedding party and our gift opening brunch. Every thing tasted amazing! Thank you so much for making my wedding weekend so special!
They did our rehearsal dinner, lunch the next day for the wedding party and our gift opening brunch. Every thing tasted Read more...
They did our rehearsal dinner, lunch the next day for the wedding party and our gift opening brunch. Every thing tasted amazing! Thank you so much for making my wedding weekend so special! Read less
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Brooke
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
I got married at the Danada House in Wheaton, IL and had Chef By Request as my caterers. And let me tell you, they were AWESOME!!! Everyone there was very helpful and responsive. Danielle (who I worked with for my wedding) went above and beyond the call of duty! She even went and stopped at Panera to get everyone bagels the morning of the wedding. The food was delicious, best food I've ever had at a wedding, I had many compliments from guests on how great the food was. Highly recommended!
I got married at the Danada House in Wheaton, IL and had Chef By Request as my caterers. And let me tell you, they were Read more...
I got married at the Danada House in Wheaton, IL and had Chef By Request as my caterers. And let me tell you, they were AWESOME!!! Everyone there was very helpful and responsive. Danielle (who I worked with for my wedding) went above and beyond the call of duty! She even went and stopped at Panera to get everyone bagels the morning of the wedding. The food was delicious, best food I've ever had at a wedding, I had many compliments from guests on how great the food was. Highly recommended! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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CAROL
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
Our wedding reception was June 12, 2010. We chose Chef By Request after meeting with Danielle, the Chef's coordinator. We explained our expectations and budget, which she assured us they could accomodate. We felt confident in our decision to use Chef by Request as our caterer, but they far exceeded our high standards in every way!

Danielle helped us with table and linen rental from another company, since we chose not hire a wedding coordinator and did all the planning ourselves. A delicious menu was planned that met our budget. It was beautifully presented, tasted amazing, and was talked about among wedding guests for weeks after the wedding. During the wedding the attendents made sure the bathrooms were kept tidy, which we did not expect, they kept us up to date with when dinner was going to be served, when the bar was going to close, when they were done cleaning up, etc. But not to the extent that we were bothered by them, just informed.

We will definately do business with Chef by Request when future family weddings are planned and highly encourage anyone wanting a special dinner to utilize this service. Thanks for a special wedding reception!

Rob and Carol
Our wedding reception was June 12, 2010. We chose Chef By Request after meeting with Danielle, the Chef's coordinator. We Read more...
Our wedding reception was June 12, 2010. We chose Chef By Request after meeting with Danielle, the Chef's coordinator. We explained our expectations and budget, which she assured us they could accomodate. We felt confident in our decision to use Chef by Request as our caterer, but they far exceeded our high standards in every way!

Danielle helped us with table and linen rental from another company, since we chose not hire a wedding coordinator and did all the planning ourselves. A delicious menu was planned that met our budget. It was beautifully presented, tasted amazing, and was talked about among wedding guests for weeks after the wedding. During the wedding the attendents made sure the bathrooms were kept tidy, which we did not expect, they kept us up to date with when dinner was going to be served, when the bar was going to close, when they were done cleaning up, etc. But not to the extent that we were bothered by them, just informed.

We will definately do business with Chef by Request when future family weddings are planned and highly encourage anyone wanting a special dinner to utilize this service. Thanks for a special wedding reception!

Rob and Carol Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Mab
Wedding:
12/13/2008
5.0/5.0
I really tried to think of something that would shave a point or two off a perfect 5.
I failed.
Everything went so well that we've used Chef By Request for a number of other functions/events. Still can't find any flaws.

The staff, the food, the attention to detail, the presentation, the flowers, the linens .... Chef David .... They did NOT fail. They surpassed every expectation.

Thanks and wishes for continued success!
Mab
I really tried to think of something that would shave a point or two off a perfect 5.
I failed.
Everything went Read more...
I really tried to think of something that would shave a point or two off a perfect 5.
I failed.
Everything went so well that we've used Chef By Request for a number of other functions/events. Still can't find any flaws.

The staff, the food, the attention to detail, the presentation, the flowers, the linens .... Chef David .... They did NOT fail. They surpassed every expectation.

Thanks and wishes for continued success!
Mab Read less
Services Used: Catering
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97katkit
Wedding:
8/30/2008
5.0/5.0
YUMMY! The food was delectible!!! Everyone raved about how beautiful and wonderful it was. We can thank them enough for their wonderful service. The were professional and accomodating. The food at our wedding was fresh and colorful. I don't think anyone left hungry that's for sure!
YUMMY! The food was delectible!!! Everyone raved about how beautiful and wonderful it was. We can thank them enough for Read more...
YUMMY! The food was delectible!!! Everyone raved about how beautiful and wonderful it was. We can thank them enough for their wonderful service. The were professional and accomodating. The food at our wedding was fresh and colorful. I don't think anyone left hungry that's for sure! Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
1/24/2004
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have asked for anything better! Chef By Request help create the perfect wedding day for us. We had our wedding at Maxim's De Paris in Chicago. It was important to us for the food to be not only delicious, but elegant and sophisticated without being too fancy. Chef By Request did not disappoint...our guests were simply amazed!

I loved working with the wedding coordinator at Chef By Request, who was so helpful and enthusiastic. She also helped with little things like hiring someone to carve an ice sculptor for the bar. I gave Chef By Request a picture of a wedding cake that I found in Martha Stewart Living and they had it made for me! They also had recommendations for photographers and bands. The guests are still raving about how delicious the food was and how unique our wedding was...thanks to Chef By Request and all the special little touches they provided. I literally didn't have to worry about anything!
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I couldn't have asked for anything better! Chef By Request help create the perfect wedding day for us. We had our wedding at Maxim's De Paris in Chicago. It was important to us for the food to be not only delicious, but elegant and sophisticated without being too fancy. Chef By Request did not disappoint...our guests were simply amazed!

I loved working with the wedding coordinator at Chef By Request, who was so helpful and enthusiastic. She also helped with little things like hiring someone to carve an ice sculptor for the bar. I gave Chef By Request a picture of a wedding cake that I found in Martha Stewart Living and they had it made for me! They also had recommendations for photographers and bands. The guests are still raving about how delicious the food was and how unique our wedding was...thanks to Chef By Request and all the special little touches they provided. I literally didn't have to worry about anything! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Favors & Gifts, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Unique Services
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
Everything was wonderful, professional, great tasting, but the only thing I did not like was the plastic glasses the bar used.
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Everything was wonderful, professional, great tasting, but the only thing I did not like was the plastic glasses the bar used. Read less
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Debra
Wedding:
6/15/2013
4.9/5.0
Our facilitator, Katie, was exceptionally helpful. She made several modifications to our proposed menu base to suit our needs and worked with us on prices. The tasting was fun and efficient. Katie even came out to see our backyard--which was still under construction and rather muddy and hazardous!--a few weeks before the wedding to help us with an appropriate setup scheme. She was able to find us a nice portapotty vendor as well.

Our chef, Ella, cooked delectable foods in our own kitchen on the day of the wedding; the guests were so happy with everything. It was hot in the kitchen despite maxing out the air conditioner and extra fans, but Ella was very gracious about it. She even packaged up our leftovers in my own Tupperwares and casseroles (not that there were many leftovers, mind you) and placed them in the refrigerators.

The serving staff were so professional and smart. They dealt with the indoor/outdoor setting well, navigating many obstacles such as pallets of brick pavers and piles of sand (yes, we were still kind of under construction during the wedding, such is life), and setting up the buffet with little fuss after the ceremony. We miscalculated the hunger of our guests between our ceremony and our reception and the staff, who probably thought they were showing up to set up for the reception only, were able to jump into gear and help us set out our own emergency snacks (hopefully no one ever found out that my brother-in-law dropped that pizza on the kitchen floor) as soon as they showed up. Yes, how silly of us to think that people would sit and visit for us for 2 hours without being fed and watered, right?

We were very happy with everything and received tons of compliments on our food and the catering. We had a do-it-yourself thing going on, and the catering was the highlight of the whole affair, aside from the spectacle of our two 40-something selves finally tying the knot.
Our facilitator, Katie, was exceptionally helpful. She made several modifications to our proposed menu base to suit our Read more...
Our facilitator, Katie, was exceptionally helpful. She made several modifications to our proposed menu base to suit our needs and worked with us on prices. The tasting was fun and efficient. Katie even came out to see our backyard--which was still under construction and rather muddy and hazardous!--a few weeks before the wedding to help us with an appropriate setup scheme. She was able to find us a nice portapotty vendor as well.

Our chef, Ella, cooked delectable foods in our own kitchen on the day of the wedding; the guests were so happy with everything. It was hot in the kitchen despite maxing out the air conditioner and extra fans, but Ella was very gracious about it. She even packaged up our leftovers in my own Tupperwares and casseroles (not that there were many leftovers, mind you) and placed them in the refrigerators.

The serving staff were so professional and smart. They dealt with the indoor/outdoor setting well, navigating many obstacles such as pallets of brick pavers and piles of sand (yes, we were still kind of under construction during the wedding, such is life), and setting up the buffet with little fuss after the ceremony. We miscalculated the hunger of our guests between our ceremony and our reception and the staff, who probably thought they were showing up to set up for the reception only, were able to jump into gear and help us set out our own emergency snacks (hopefully no one ever found out that my brother-in-law dropped that pizza on the kitchen floor) as soon as they showed up. Yes, how silly of us to think that people would sit and visit for us for 2 hours without being fed and watered, right?

We were very happy with everything and received tons of compliments on our food and the catering. We had a do-it-yourself thing going on, and the catering was the highlight of the whole affair, aside from the spectacle of our two 40-something selves finally tying the knot. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
Chef by Request catered our wedding this summer and it was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! The Chef custom wrote a menu for our tastes and our budget - I cannot say enough good things about their company. Keep up the good work Chef By Request! I will definitely refer you to my friends and family! Thanks so much for making our reception truly a night to remember!!!!
Chef by Request catered our wedding this summer and it was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! The Chef custom wrote a menu for our Read more...
Chef by Request catered our wedding this summer and it was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! The Chef custom wrote a menu for our tastes and our budget - I cannot say enough good things about their company. Keep up the good work Chef By Request! I will definitely refer you to my friends and family! Thanks so much for making our reception truly a night to remember!!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths
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Joseph
Wedding:
5/16/2009
4.9/5.0
Chef By Request is absolutely amazing at making wedding cakes!!! I gave her a picture and described what I wanted and she made it exactly how I had invisioned it. I highly recommend her to everyone.
Chef By Request is absolutely amazing at making wedding cakes!!! I gave her a picture and described what I wanted and she Read more...
Chef By Request is absolutely amazing at making wedding cakes!!! I gave her a picture and described what I wanted and she made it exactly how I had invisioned it. I highly recommend her to everyone. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
11/22/2013
4.8/5.0
We had been trying to find a caterer that could provide a quality product with our limited budget, and Chef by Request was the perfect solution! They were so flexible and helpful as we planned out each part of the package. We ended up using their "Sweet Home Chicago" menu, with a buffet of stuffed pizza, Italian beef, cheesecake and more. Most of our guests said it was the best wedding food they had had in a long time. The bartenders and servers went above and beyond to make everyone feel welcome and relaxed. I would use Chef by Request again in a heartbeat!
We had been trying to find a caterer that could provide a quality product with our limited budget, and Chef by Request was Read more...
We had been trying to find a caterer that could provide a quality product with our limited budget, and Chef by Request was the perfect solution! They were so flexible and helpful as we planned out each part of the package. We ended up using their "Sweet Home Chicago" menu, with a buffet of stuffed pizza, Italian beef, cheesecake and more. Most of our guests said it was the best wedding food they had had in a long time. The bartenders and servers went above and beyond to make everyone feel welcome and relaxed. I would use Chef by Request again in a heartbeat! Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
10/6/2013
4.8/5.0
We did not want a typical cookie cutter wedding. We were paying the most for food and we wanted it to be amazing. We actually had a few dietary restrictions and Chef by Request were champs about working with them. They were patient with us as we had to go back and forth a few times about the menu due to the restrictions. But most importantly, they were willing to be creative! They actually talked to us about what kind of food we liked, what our vision was for the day. They came up with such an amazing menu and one that no one noticed encompassed all the dietary restrictions we needed to work with. The food was delicious and everyone loved it. I also cannot thank the staff that worked that night. They were amazing! They made our day beautiful, delicious and most importantly, stress free!
We did not want a typical cookie cutter wedding. We were paying the most for food and we wanted it to be amazing. We Read more...
We did not want a typical cookie cutter wedding. We were paying the most for food and we wanted it to be amazing. We actually had a few dietary restrictions and Chef by Request were champs about working with them. They were patient with us as we had to go back and forth a few times about the menu due to the restrictions. But most importantly, they were willing to be creative! They actually talked to us about what kind of food we liked, what our vision was for the day. They came up with such an amazing menu and one that no one noticed encompassed all the dietary restrictions we needed to work with. The food was delicious and everyone loved it. I also cannot thank the staff that worked that night. They were amazing! They made our day beautiful, delicious and most importantly, stress free! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
10/5/2013
4.8/5.0
We used Chef by Request for our outdoor vineyard wedding. We had a unique situation where the grounds for our event had no running water or electricity, and Chef by Request accommodated us with everything we needed. Danielle, our coordinator provided by Chef by Request, was great at making sure the day was perfect and worked with our budget. All of our guests raved about the food and many said it was the best steak they have had, so hat's off to the chef. We are truly grateful to have found them and would definitely recommend them highly.
We used Chef by Request for our outdoor vineyard wedding. We had a unique situation where the grounds for our event had no Read more...
We used Chef by Request for our outdoor vineyard wedding. We had a unique situation where the grounds for our event had no running water or electricity, and Chef by Request accommodated us with everything we needed. Danielle, our coordinator provided by Chef by Request, was great at making sure the day was perfect and worked with our budget. All of our guests raved about the food and many said it was the best steak they have had, so hat's off to the chef. We are truly grateful to have found them and would definitely recommend them highly. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Rachel
Wedding:
6/16/2013
4.8/5.0
Chef by Request was professional, available, and helpful. Everything went so smoothly. I was able to relax and enjoy my wedding day! Thank you very much!
Chef by Request was professional, available, and helpful. Everything went so smoothly. I was able to relax and enjoy my Read more...
Chef by Request was professional, available, and helpful. Everything went so smoothly. I was able to relax and enjoy my wedding day! Thank you very much! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
I had a great experience working with Chef by Request. They were accommodating, flexible, and professional from the beginning. The food was excellent and the quality superb. I would recommend them for any event.
I had a great experience working with Chef by Request. They were accommodating, flexible, and professional from the Read more...
I had a great experience working with Chef by Request. They were accommodating, flexible, and professional from the beginning. The food was excellent and the quality superb. I would recommend them for any event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
They allowed us to provide our own drinks & specialty desserts; were very flexible and willing to let it be our event. Food was wonderful & service was very professional & they always anticipated our needs.
They allowed us to provide our own drinks & specialty desserts; were very flexible and willing to let it be our event. Read more...
They allowed us to provide our own drinks & specialty desserts; were very flexible and willing to let it be our event. Food was wonderful & service was very professional & they always anticipated our needs. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
10/24/2010
4.8/5.0
With my wedding, food was the highest priority. We're both foodies, and wanted to make sure that our guests were treated to a well cooked meal. It didn't have to be especially fancy or artistic, but it had to taste amazing and not break our budget. Enter Chef By Request.

We had two tastings with Chef Dave who is passionate and creative about food. No detail was too small, no request too picky. We appreciated knowing that the chicken was never frozen or that the bread is baked fresh daily. They even let us bring in sushi which they plated and displayed during the cocktail hour.

Danielle was excellent to work with--we had a new venue that required a catering visit, and they worked out all the details without my presence. It was a relief on my wedding day to have an experienced head server running the show. My mother-in-law does large conferences each year and has had TONS of experience with caterers, and she raved about the service.

The food at the wedding wasn't perfect as our tasting. One of the main courses we had requested a chicken with spinach, brie and red pepper and on wedding day, there was no red pepper! Also, we ran out of our vegetarian option (pasta) which was sad when the last table went up (and had vegetarians) and they didn't have any food to eat. Despite these two major flaws, the food was still very tasty.

The best part about Chef By Request was that they really tried hard to work within our budget, allowing us to buy our own beer and wine but helping us purchase the license we needed for the day and servers as well. They helped pair down the menu so we didn't compromise taste, and it was well worth the extra few dollars to go with them.

Recommended and worth the investment for us. Thanks, Chef By Request!
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With my wedding, food was the highest priority. We're both foodies, and wanted to make sure that our guests were treated to a well cooked meal. It didn't have to be especially fancy or artistic, but it had to taste amazing and not break our budget. Enter Chef By Request.

We had two tastings with Chef Dave who is passionate and creative about food. No detail was too small, no request too picky. We appreciated knowing that the chicken was never frozen or that the bread is baked fresh daily. They even let us bring in sushi which they plated and displayed during the cocktail hour.

Danielle was excellent to work with--we had a new venue that required a catering visit, and they worked out all the details without my presence. It was a relief on my wedding day to have an experienced head server running the show. My mother-in-law does large conferences each year and has had TONS of experience with caterers, and she raved about the service.

The food at the wedding wasn't perfect as our tasting. One of the main courses we had requested a chicken with spinach, brie and red pepper and on wedding day, there was no red pepper! Also, we ran out of our vegetarian option (pasta) which was sad when the last table went up (and had vegetarians) and they didn't have any food to eat. Despite these two major flaws, the food was still very tasty.

The best part about Chef By Request was that they really tried hard to work within our budget, allowing us to buy our own beer and wine but helping us purchase the license we needed for the day and servers as well. They helped pair down the menu so we didn't compromise taste, and it was well worth the extra few dollars to go with them.

Recommended and worth the investment for us. Thanks, Chef By Request! Read less
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Tripta
Wedding:
12/15/2012
4.7/5.0
Great food and service! When we were delayed on the way to our tasting Danielle kindly stayed late so we could still taste everything. Although we used a different bakery for the cake, the Chef by Request staff still helped us cut and serve it during the reception.
Great food and service! When we were delayed on the way to our tasting Danielle kindly stayed late so we could still taste Read more...
Great food and service! When we were delayed on the way to our tasting Danielle kindly stayed late so we could still taste everything. Although we used a different bakery for the cake, the Chef by Request staff still helped us cut and serve it during the reception. Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
9/15/2012
4.7/5.0
Wonderful food for comparative value in Chicagoland. Service staff were outstanding and dealt with surprises at venue flawlessly. Would use again in a heartbeat! Only improvement could be in pre-event communication that would've better prepared myself and the venue as well as the day of service staff.
Wonderful food for comparative value in Chicagoland. Service staff were outstanding and dealt with surprises at venue Read more...
Wonderful food for comparative value in Chicagoland. Service staff were outstanding and dealt with surprises at venue flawlessly. Would use again in a heartbeat! Only improvement could be in pre-event communication that would've better prepared myself and the venue as well as the day of service staff. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Eric
Wedding:
8/17/2012
4.7/5.0
Chef by Request rocked our wedding! We had some unique and special request and they worked with us to make it the best day of our lives! They were fun and easy to work with. Even when we had to make some last minute adjustments(more people RSVP'd then we planned for) it didn't phase them. They had the food and decorations looking great! They also collected our handmade custom center pieces at the end of the night and held them in their facility until we were able to come get them. We were lazy and didn't pick them up until 2 months after, but they saved them and didn't fuss. Chef by Request is the only catering company in the Naperville/Lisle/Aurora area I would work with. These guys rock!
Chef by Request rocked our wedding! We had some unique and special request and they worked with us to make it the best day Read more...
Chef by Request rocked our wedding! We had some unique and special request and they worked with us to make it the best day of our lives! They were fun and easy to work with. Even when we had to make some last minute adjustments(more people RSVP'd then we planned for) it didn't phase them. They had the food and decorations looking great! They also collected our handmade custom center pieces at the end of the night and held them in their facility until we were able to come get them. We were lazy and didn't pick them up until 2 months after, but they saved them and didn't fuss. Chef by Request is the only catering company in the Naperville/Lisle/Aurora area I would work with. These guys rock! Read less
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Kathleen
Wedding:
6/1/2012
4.6/5.0
Chef By Request catered my daughter's wedding and they did an absolutely wonderful job! They worked with our budget and provided professional and courteous, staff, quality food and rentals, and superb customer service! Katie was a joy to work with and we would highly recommend CBR! Thank you CBR for helping to make Jessica's wedding a success.
Chef By Request catered my daughter's wedding and they did an absolutely wonderful job! They worked with our budget and Read more...
Chef By Request catered my daughter's wedding and they did an absolutely wonderful job! They worked with our budget and provided professional and courteous, staff, quality food and rentals, and superb customer service! Katie was a joy to work with and we would highly recommend CBR! Thank you CBR for helping to make Jessica's wedding a success. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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kumquat.2004
Wedding:
12/16/2005
4.5/5.0
AMAZING!! everyone loved the meal prepared for them!!
AMAZING!! everyone loved the meal prepared for them!!
AMAZING!! everyone loved the meal prepared for them!! Read less
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Belen
Wedding:
6/15/2014
4.4/5.0
My wife and I were very pleased with the help and service of Katie at Chef by Request in the whole planning process. She made it easy to agree on a delicious menu and take care of a lot of logistical details with other vendors. On the day of our wedding, all of the CBR staff was friendly and super helpful in a lot of extra ways making sure that our guests were satisfied and that the event went smoothly.
My wife and I were very pleased with the help and service of Katie at Chef by Request in the whole planning process. She Read more...
My wife and I were very pleased with the help and service of Katie at Chef by Request in the whole planning process. She made it easy to agree on a delicious menu and take care of a lot of logistical details with other vendors. On the day of our wedding, all of the CBR staff was friendly and super helpful in a lot of extra ways making sure that our guests were satisfied and that the event went smoothly. Read less
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sarahus1982
Wedding:
1/15/2008
4.3/5.0
food was absolutely amazing and price was not too much.
food was absolutely amazing and price was not too much.
food was absolutely amazing and price was not too much. Read less
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Nick
Wedding:
6/29/2013
4.2/5.0
Everything was fine. the only issue that we had was that no wine was served during speeches/toasts additionally we requested that the bottom rhinestone portion of the cake holder be saved for sentimental reasons and that was thrown out. My wife was really upset about that.
Everything was fine. the only issue that we had was that no wine was served during speeches/toasts additionally we Read more...
Everything was fine. the only issue that we had was that no wine was served during speeches/toasts additionally we requested that the bottom rhinestone portion of the cake holder be saved for sentimental reasons and that was thrown out. My wife was really upset about that. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.2/5.0
I absolutely loved chef by request and I greatly enjoyed working with David. He is an awesome chef, the food was amazing and the best server I ever had was Ruben. Unfortunately I wish I could give all five stars but the wedding planner I worked with, Danielle, was not on top of her job. As nice of a person that she was, she really dropped the ball on a lot of things with my wedding. I would how ever use this caterer again.
I absolutely loved chef by request and I greatly enjoyed working with David. He is an awesome chef, the food was amazing Read more...
I absolutely loved chef by request and I greatly enjoyed working with David. He is an awesome chef, the food was amazing and the best server I ever had was Ruben. Unfortunately I wish I could give all five stars but the wedding planner I worked with, Danielle, was not on top of her job. As nice of a person that she was, she really dropped the ball on a lot of things with my wedding. I would how ever use this caterer again. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.2/5.0
The food was fantastic! I had many guests who are in the food business state that it was the best food at a wedding they ever had. The presentation was also excellent. Everything the day of the wedding could not have been more perfect. However, the wedding planner Danielle, who is extremely nice, is next to IMPOSSIBLE to get a hold of and when you do she often gets your order incorrect. It is a bit pricey but you get what you pay for and it was well worth it.
The food was fantastic! I had many guests who are in the food business state that it was the best food at a wedding they Read more...
The food was fantastic! I had many guests who are in the food business state that it was the best food at a wedding they ever had. The presentation was also excellent. Everything the day of the wedding could not have been more perfect. However, the wedding planner Danielle, who is extremely nice, is next to IMPOSSIBLE to get a hold of and when you do she often gets your order incorrect. It is a bit pricey but you get what you pay for and it was well worth it. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering
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Barb
Wedding:
10/6/2012
4.0/5.0
This was actually a gathering at our home between the church and reception for our son's wedding. We have used Chef by Request. before, in May, 2012 for a very special celebration of our daughter becoming a doctor. We highly recommend them for delicious food and very good service. We actually can't wait to have another event we can use them for!
This was actually a gathering at our home between the church and reception for our son's wedding. We have used Chef by Read more...
This was actually a gathering at our home between the church and reception for our son's wedding. We have used Chef by Request. before, in May, 2012 for a very special celebration of our daughter becoming a doctor. We highly recommend them for delicious food and very good service. We actually can't wait to have another event we can use them for! Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
7/18/2011
4.0/5.0
A friend recommended Chef By Request after we were unable to find a suitable caterer for our wedding reception. We couldn't have been happier! They were easy to work with, had a flexible menu, beautiful presentation, and of course the food was delicious! Our wedding was an intimate (75 people) garden affair and Chef by Request was the perfect choice!
A friend recommended Chef By Request after we were unable to find a suitable caterer for our wedding reception. We Read more...
A friend recommended Chef By Request after we were unable to find a suitable caterer for our wedding reception. We couldn't have been happier! They were easy to work with, had a flexible menu, beautiful presentation, and of course the food was delicious! Our wedding was an intimate (75 people) garden affair and Chef by Request was the perfect choice! Read less
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vamc
Wedding:
4/18/2008
4.0/5.0
very good.
very good.
very good. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
6/4/2011
3.6/5.0
We recently used Chef By Request for our wedding. We chose them because we had wanted to do a informal "Chicago Style" meal, be able to provide our own alcohol, and bring a home-brew that my husband brewed. They let us do all three! The food was outstanding. We received so many compliments on the beef sandwiches and polish sausages. Guests told us they were the best they'd ever tasted (and both of our families are life long residents of Chicago)! They ended up putting out our "late night snacks" (mini Chicago Style pizza's) with the main course, but they did rectify the situation by ordering Lou Malnati's later in the evening for us...so they do get bonus points for that! The staff was very nice and professional.

The only complaint I have is that it was almost impossible to get a hold of the catering planner Danielle. For two weeks, my husband and I called her every day because we had some questions on some things. The majority of the time we got a message indicating that her inbox was full. If we were able to leave a voicemail, we didn't get any response. She eventually got in touch with us and we were able to go over things. They also charged us $150 for glassware that was gone in one hour. They then ran out of plastic cups and ended up using the cups I had brought for our lemonade stand before the wedding.

All in all, they did provide a delicious, quality meal, at a relatively affordable price.
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We recently used Chef By Request for our wedding. We chose them because we had wanted to do a informal "Chicago Style" meal, be able to provide our own alcohol, and bring a home-brew that my husband brewed. They let us do all three! The food was outstanding. We received so many compliments on the beef sandwiches and polish sausages. Guests told us they were the best they'd ever tasted (and both of our families are life long residents of Chicago)! They ended up putting out our "late night snacks" (mini Chicago Style pizza's) with the main course, but they did rectify the situation by ordering Lou Malnati's later in the evening for us...so they do get bonus points for that! The staff was very nice and professional.

The only complaint I have is that it was almost impossible to get a hold of the catering planner Danielle. For two weeks, my husband and I called her every day because we had some questions on some things. The majority of the time we got a message indicating that her inbox was full. If we were able to leave a voicemail, we didn't get any response. She eventually got in touch with us and we were able to go over things. They also charged us $150 for glassware that was gone in one hour. They then ran out of plastic cups and ended up using the cups I had brought for our lemonade stand before the wedding.

All in all, they did provide a delicious, quality meal, at a relatively affordable price. Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
10/19/2012
3.0/5.0
Food was great, planning and communication was poor. As the bride, I had to break from photos to help set up the tables correctly. Other spaces in venue not utilized as planned.
Food was great, planning and communication was poor. As the bride, I had to break from photos to help set up the tables Read more...
Food was great, planning and communication was poor. As the bride, I had to break from photos to help set up the tables correctly. Other spaces in venue not utilized as planned. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
2.8/5.0
Chef by request would not offer me a selection of entrees, they wanted me to serve the same meat to 130 people. I finally got them to offer fish, chicken or steak but I had to pay extra. We agreed on a teriyaki sauce on the salmon and they served the original, dill. When we got to the reception, they only had one coffee station. I insisted and they got a second one. The servers were very nice. The contact person I was given was often hard to contact.
Chef by request would not offer me a selection of entrees, they wanted me to serve the same meat to 130 people. I finally Read more...
Chef by request would not offer me a selection of entrees, they wanted me to serve the same meat to 130 people. I finally got them to offer fish, chicken or steak but I had to pay extra. We agreed on a teriyaki sauce on the salmon and they served the original, dill. When we got to the reception, they only had one coffee station. I insisted and they got a second one. The servers were very nice. The contact person I was given was often hard to contact. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Wedding:
12/15/2012
0.4/5.0
Chef By Request served raw chicken to my guests not once but twice during my wedding reception. They reimbursed us minimally for the food cost but will never forget my special day where my 82 year old grandmother was given raw chicken along with my entire guests at my event.To make a long story short they were very difficult to deal with after the event to try and get some of our money back.No one ate and the chef cooking was even caught taking the leftover food home. In closing a few guest went to the Emergency room for food poisoning and I am still completely embarrassed when talking about my special day with family and friends . I would not recommend this company to anyone for any event they are very unprofessional and do not follow food and safety regulations.
Chef By Request served raw chicken to my guests not once but twice during my wedding reception. They reimbursed us Read more...
Chef By Request served raw chicken to my guests not once but twice during my wedding reception. They reimbursed us minimally for the food cost but will never forget my special day where my 82 year old grandmother was given raw chicken along with my entire guests at my event.To make a long story short they were very difficult to deal with after the event to try and get some of our money back.No one ate and the chef cooking was even caught taking the leftover food home. In closing a few guest went to the Emergency room for food poisoning and I am still completely embarrassed when talking about my special day with family and friends . I would not recommend this company to anyone for any event they are very unprofessional and do not follow food and safety regulations. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Recently Married
0.2/5.0
Hello Everyone! Sorry to say I am less then impressed with this service.
I have been contacting this service for a month now, because they were originally my #1 choice for a caterer.

I first received an email saying I would have a phone call, which never happened (1 month ago). Since then I have been calling once a week, leaving voice-mails to get questions answered and to start the meeting process. Finally one the 4th week, an answer! I was told 70 dollars a plate, but when I did the math they gave me I came up with 40 a plate... For a breakfast wedding brunch... with us going to Costco to get alcohol.

I am sad to say that I am pursuing another caterer and I will not be using this service. They have 1 week to answer my email about more questions I have. If they do not answer my questions, I will be calling their customer service.

Sorry everyone for the harsh review, but I expected more from a company that I expected to pay thousands of dollars to.
Hello Everyone! Sorry to say I am less then impressed with this service.
I have been contacting this service for a Read more...
Hello Everyone! Sorry to say I am less then impressed with this service.
I have been contacting this service for a month now, because they were originally my #1 choice for a caterer.

I first received an email saying I would have a phone call, which never happened (1 month ago). Since then I have been calling once a week, leaving voice-mails to get questions answered and to start the meeting process. Finally one the 4th week, an answer! I was told 70 dollars a plate, but when I did the math they gave me I came up with 40 a plate... For a breakfast wedding brunch... with us going to Costco to get alcohol.

I am sad to say that I am pursuing another caterer and I will not be using this service. They have 1 week to answer my email about more questions I have. If they do not answer my questions, I will be calling their customer service.

Sorry everyone for the harsh review, but I expected more from a company that I expected to pay thousands of dollars to. Read less
Services Used: Catering

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