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CORK Catering & Special Events

Chicago , IL
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LOCATION

1421 Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60101 US (map)

PHONE

630-396-3048

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ABOUT US

CORK Catering & Special Events is a leading provider of food service offerings, including fine catering and event planning in the Chicago-land area. We are the sister company to Corky's... Read more
CORK Catering & Special Events is a leading provider of food service offerings, including fine catering and event planning in the Chicago-land area. We are the sister company to Corky's Catering, which has been in business for 30 years. Our recipe for success is simple: we combine food mastery, client focus and operational excellence to consistently deliver the unexpected. Our company has been designed to surpass client expectations from beyond the ordinary. With innovative fresh menus and a focus on expedient service, we are constituted with one thing in mind - the complete and total satisfaction of our customers. 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?
Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pan-Asian, Polynesian, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1000

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The folks here are wonderful. We actually ordered from the "Corky's" menu which is more family style foods at a much cheaper price-point. We thought the food was outstanding, and we had compliments from everyone about how great it was.

The staff was attentive and kind. We couldn't have asked for better caterers!

They also provided tables, chairs and flushing portable toilets (our wedding was outdoors and we had too many people for the bathrooms on site). Everything was handled with care and was overall excellent.
The folks here are wonderful. We actually ordered from the "Corky's" menu which is more family style foods at a much Read more...
The folks here are wonderful. We actually ordered from the "Corky's" menu which is more family style foods at a much cheaper price-point. We thought the food was outstanding, and we had compliments from everyone about how great it was.

The staff was attentive and kind. We couldn't have asked for better caterers!

They also provided tables, chairs and flushing portable toilets (our wedding was outdoors and we had too many people for the bathrooms on site). Everything was handled with care and was overall excellent. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Katherine
Wedding:
7/28/2013
4.9/5.0
From our first experience with CORK at our tasting there was no doubt this was the caterer for us! Judi M was extremely friendly, helpful, and creative. She was very open and willing to work with us to accommodate the DIY ideas we wanted to incorporate. After we signed the contract my mom had some difficulty getting detailed answers regarding the breakdown of very specific items in the contract, but that is partly because we had a complicated contract involving us providing both the cake and the alcohol instead of just buying a dessert and bar package - and CORK was totally willing to work with us on that!! The wedding itself was flawless - Judi went above and beyond to ensure everything looked beautiful and the staff was so professional and helpful. They set up all our homemade decorations perfectly. Our captain for the night was brilliant - it's like he was everywhere at once refilling glasses and offering to get us things, absolutely amazing. I would absolutely recommend CORK to a friend!
From our first experience with CORK at our tasting there was no doubt this was the caterer for us! Judi M was extremely Read more...
From our first experience with CORK at our tasting there was no doubt this was the caterer for us! Judi M was extremely friendly, helpful, and creative. She was very open and willing to work with us to accommodate the DIY ideas we wanted to incorporate. After we signed the contract my mom had some difficulty getting detailed answers regarding the breakdown of very specific items in the contract, but that is partly because we had a complicated contract involving us providing both the cake and the alcohol instead of just buying a dessert and bar package - and CORK was totally willing to work with us on that!! The wedding itself was flawless - Judi went above and beyond to ensure everything looked beautiful and the staff was so professional and helpful. They set up all our homemade decorations perfectly. Our captain for the night was brilliant - it's like he was everywhere at once refilling glasses and offering to get us things, absolutely amazing. I would absolutely recommend CORK to a friend! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Our venue did several open house/tastings with their various preferred caterers. Which is how we were totally sold on Cork catering. They really wowed us at their event, and we were not disappointed in our choice. The food was outstanding, the staff was excellent. Extremely professional, friendly, appropriately upset when I got cherries smooshed on my dress. (Don't worry, it came out!) Jennifer Rain was our coordinator, and she was the best. She gave us good recommendations, helped us save money, rolled with our quirky ideas, and responded quickly to our emails and phone calls. They even agreed to heat the tamales we made for "late-night snacks", and they plated the desserts our pastry chef friend made for us.
Everything was executed exactly how we wanted it. Two years later, people still tell me how much they liked the food!
Our venue did several open house/tastings with their various preferred caterers. Which is how we were totally sold on Cork Read more...
Our venue did several open house/tastings with their various preferred caterers. Which is how we were totally sold on Cork catering. They really wowed us at their event, and we were not disappointed in our choice. The food was outstanding, the staff was excellent. Extremely professional, friendly, appropriately upset when I got cherries smooshed on my dress. (Don't worry, it came out!) Jennifer Rain was our coordinator, and she was the best. She gave us good recommendations, helped us save money, rolled with our quirky ideas, and responded quickly to our emails and phone calls. They even agreed to heat the tamales we made for "late-night snacks", and they plated the desserts our pastry chef friend made for us.
Everything was executed exactly how we wanted it. Two years later, people still tell me how much they liked the food! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Katharine
Wedding:
4/24/2010
4.8/5.0
My husband and I recently Corky's catering company for our wedding reception. I just wanted to let you know that we absolutely loved Jennifer! She was amazing. She went above and beyond on every aspect to make our day great.
Now going through the process of deciding upon a caterer was a bit difficult. When comparing prices of other caterers to another it was hard to decide upon which caterer to go with. Honestly though, we went with Corky's because of Jennifer. Planning a wedding is a very stressful thing to do. But everytime we spoke with Jennifer she calmed us down, probably without even knowing she was doing it. Her demeanor and presense is just calming and confident. I had complete confidence in Jennifer and knew that the day of my wedding I would not have to worry about anything going wrong. And that was a secure feeling that we had with Jennifer and none of the other catering companies we met with.
Everything the day of the wedding was set up exactly like we pictured and it was amazing. The day of the wedding Jennifer did so much to make our day great. As well as the days and months leading up to our day. Now I know Jennifer is extrememly busy with other events but she always made our event feel special and singular. She took time out of her day just to meet us at the Stan Mansion on a Saturday to go through linens rather than have us decide on a color over the phone/email and be disappointed if it wasn't the color we envisioned.

So I could go on and on but I'll stop here. I just wanted to let you know how great Jennifer is (although I'm sure you are aware ). Also, I am the first of my friends to get married. Because of Jennifer's help and consideration during our wedding (and the process leading up to it) I will be recommending Corky's and Cork's catering to all that I know.
My husband and I recently Corky's catering company for our wedding reception. I just wanted to let you know that we Read more...
My husband and I recently Corky's catering company for our wedding reception. I just wanted to let you know that we absolutely loved Jennifer! She was amazing. She went above and beyond on every aspect to make our day great.
Now going through the process of deciding upon a caterer was a bit difficult. When comparing prices of other caterers to another it was hard to decide upon which caterer to go with. Honestly though, we went with Corky's because of Jennifer. Planning a wedding is a very stressful thing to do. But everytime we spoke with Jennifer she calmed us down, probably without even knowing she was doing it. Her demeanor and presense is just calming and confident. I had complete confidence in Jennifer and knew that the day of my wedding I would not have to worry about anything going wrong. And that was a secure feeling that we had with Jennifer and none of the other catering companies we met with.
Everything the day of the wedding was set up exactly like we pictured and it was amazing. The day of the wedding Jennifer did so much to make our day great. As well as the days and months leading up to our day. Now I know Jennifer is extrememly busy with other events but she always made our event feel special and singular. She took time out of her day just to meet us at the Stan Mansion on a Saturday to go through linens rather than have us decide on a color over the phone/email and be disappointed if it wasn't the color we envisioned.

So I could go on and on but I'll stop here. I just wanted to let you know how great Jennifer is (although I'm sure you are aware ). Also, I am the first of my friends to get married. Because of Jennifer's help and consideration during our wedding (and the process leading up to it) I will be recommending Corky's and Cork's catering to all that I know. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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pamawatts
Wedding:
4/10/2010
3.5/5.0
I actually used Corky's.
I actually used Corky's.
I actually used Corky's. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Chicago Bride
Wedding:
8/1/2009
3.6/5.0
Our biggest concern when looking for a caterer was budget, then we wanted real food that will fill our guest up not fru-fru pretty food, & then we wanted it to look like we didn't cheap out on our guests. We also rented linens, coffee urns, dishes etc through them. Corky's food is great, from the taste test to the meal to the left overs, I enjoyed all of it. Jennifer really seemed to know her stuff & was very helpful in guiding us novices. I don't know if its because we cut some corners after our initial meeting but I had thought she was going to be there too?? So when the two caterers turn to me for direction I felt completely lost. They were hard workers, followed directions well & they did a good job but they were not leaders. If I had had a wedding coordinator (either hired or nominated) it might not have been such an added stress. I would use them again because the quality of food was great and they have great deals but for a fancier/slightly more formal affair I'd recommend make sure you have someone on your team calling the shots (& not the bride or groom).
Our biggest concern when looking for a caterer was budget, then we wanted real food that will fill our guest up not Read more...
Our biggest concern when looking for a caterer was budget, then we wanted real food that will fill our guest up not fru-fru pretty food, & then we wanted it to look like we didn't cheap out on our guests. We also rented linens, coffee urns, dishes etc through them. Corky's food is great, from the taste test to the meal to the left overs, I enjoyed all of it. Jennifer really seemed to know her stuff & was very helpful in guiding us novices. I don't know if its because we cut some corners after our initial meeting but I had thought she was going to be there too?? So when the two caterers turn to me for direction I felt completely lost. They were hard workers, followed directions well & they did a good job but they were not leaders. If I had had a wedding coordinator (either hired or nominated) it might not have been such an added stress. I would use them again because the quality of food was great and they have great deals but for a fancier/slightly more formal affair I'd recommend make sure you have someone on your team calling the shots (& not the bride or groom). Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Kristy
Wedding:
8/23/2008
4.2/5.0
Corky's had a variety of options for my backyard wedding and provided the more casual feel i was looking for, although they did seem able to cater at formal weddings as well. the orders were accurate and there weren't any problems. the little bit of food i got to sample after the reception tasted good, but i was also starving.
Corky's had a variety of options for my backyard wedding and provided the more casual feel i was looking for, although Read more...
Corky's had a variety of options for my backyard wedding and provided the more casual feel i was looking for, although they did seem able to cater at formal weddings as well. the orders were accurate and there weren't any problems. the little bit of food i got to sample after the reception tasted good, but i was also starving. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jessica
Wedding:
5/24/2008
4.5/5.0
I worked with Corky's for all of my catering needs and all of the rentals for my backyard wedding. They were amazing, everything was perfect and what was not they fixed immediately. Our table cloths were supposed to be two different colors (some red, some white) but we got all red ones. We called Corky's and they promised that they would bring the correct tableclothes when they brought the food...they had everything fixed and set up when everyone got there after the ceremony. They also set up and cut my cake although that was not in their contract. The only thing I can think of that would turn some people off is that the staff was drinking once their boss left (the boss was there for set and to get things started, then went to another event). It did not bother me, they did not get drunk and they did their jobs very well but I could see how some people would not want the help helping themselves to the alcohol!
I worked with Corky's for all of my catering needs and all of the rentals for my backyard wedding. They were amazing, Read more...
I worked with Corky's for all of my catering needs and all of the rentals for my backyard wedding. They were amazing, everything was perfect and what was not they fixed immediately. Our table cloths were supposed to be two different colors (some red, some white) but we got all red ones. We called Corky's and they promised that they would bring the correct tableclothes when they brought the food...they had everything fixed and set up when everyone got there after the ceremony. They also set up and cut my cake although that was not in their contract. The only thing I can think of that would turn some people off is that the staff was drinking once their boss left (the boss was there for set and to get things started, then went to another event). It did not bother me, they did not get drunk and they did their jobs very well but I could see how some people would not want the help helping themselves to the alcohol! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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ekf061507
Wedding:
6/15/2007
4.6/5.0
Excellent food, very cheap price!
Excellent food, very cheap price!
Excellent food, very cheap price! Read less
Services Used: Catering

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