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D'ABSOLUTE EVENTS & CATERING

Chicago , IL
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5106 W. Irving Park
Chicago, IL US 60641 (map)

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773-282-6106

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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, Premium Liquor, Specialty Wine
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), French, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Spanish
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
5000

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Jamie
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
D'absolute catered our wedding at The Newberry Library on 5/24/14 and did an absolutely AMAZING job. We first met we Chris early on who took our food vision and created an absolutely delicious menu! We had many comments from our guests about how great our food was. The whole team was a breeze to work with - Chris, Natalie and Mena especially. Natalie specifically was present for the entire event and made sure everything went off without a hitch. I also really liked how she always made sure my husband and I were eating and drinking. The staff in general was fantastic and even loaded up our car with the things we needed to take home at the end of the night.

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day and D'absolute is in large part to thank for that! We recommend them to everyone!!
Services Used: Catering
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melissa
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Hands down my favorite of all my vendors! Chris and Nathalie are simply fantastic. First, not only was the food amazing at the tasting, it was just as amazing at the actual wedding (when they were cooking for 200 not 2). They made sure everything was just as we wanted it and their wait staff was just awesome. Our venue was 2 floors and they floated throughout the whole space with the apps and late night snacks. Plus, whenever we wanted to make a change or ask a question, Chris and Nathalie were so on top of things and always responded right away. On top of amazing food they really provide great service and make you feel like your wedding is the only one that matters to them. I've heard friends' horror stories over difficult caterers they've used and I can say that I never once had a stressful moment with these two- simply fantastic all around!
Services Used: Catering
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Noemi
Wedding:
11/30/2013
5.0/5.0
I went with Chris for our cater and couldn't have been more pleased with the whole experience! The food was delish! The serivce was above and beyond. So many compliments from the cocktail hour to the main course!
Services Used: Catering
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Pauline
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
It took only two minutes for us to fall in love with D'Absolute. My parents drove down on a Friday from out of state where Chris prepared an private tasting for us. Needless to say we wrote a check that night without doing any other tastings. He took care of us from that point on. In the months leading up Chris did tweaks to the menu and the head count. When the big day arrived the food and the services they provided were amazing! My favorite option on our menu was the seasonal pear salad but my guests have commented to me on how they loved the entire meal as well as the appetizers. I also had guests approach me on how the team went out of their way to service the children first and provide them with a special more kid friendly dinner options. I had no idea this was going to happen and was so grateful for the extra attention to detail that Chris and the D ’Absolute team paid towards my guests. Throughout the night their hard work, professionalism, and responsiveness was very evident to me and my guests. D'Absolute did a remarkable job from start to finish! We highly recommend them for any event!!
Services Used: Catering
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Aviva
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
There are no words that come to mind that I can use to accurately describe how fantastic Chris with D'Absolute is. The entire menu was delicious, the service was impeccable, the staff was friendly and attentive. And he helped assure that everything flowed seamlessly.
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Janna
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
D'Absolute was the exclusive preferred caterer for my venue. I was a little anxious when I felt I was somewhat forced to use them. But I am so happy I was pointed in their direction! The food they created for my wedding was incredible. Their staff was so sweet and really brought a positive energy to their job. (I myself am a server at a restaurant, so I know it's not always easy to be excited to serve people food on a Saturday night, but I have to send a shout out to them for being both professional and enthusiastic). We took a short bus ride away to take photos between the ceremony and reception, so they even set up some food and drinks for us on the bus before we left so we didn't miss any of our appetizers. The food was delicious and creative - I was at a wedding two weeks later and one of the guests, who was also at ours, was still talking about the bacon wrapped dates and the goat cheese grape lollipops (Now, I don't endorse discussing other wedding details at someone's wedding, but I secretly enjoyed the compliment).
Services Used: Catering
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Anne & Michelle
Wedding:
7/27/2013
4.7/5.0
D'Absolute hugely helped in giving us a magnificent wedding. All of our guests absolutely loved the food & atmosphere! D'Absolute did an amazing job setting up our ceremony & reception, with no snafu's. The food was to die for. They are a fantastic catering company!
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Anne
Wedding:
6/23/2013
5.0/5.0
During and after the wedding, everyone said how amazing the food was and that they wanted some more. Everything from the food to the setup was absolutely perfect! Chris, the most awesome event manager, was super nice and easy to work with. You can tell that he's done this so many times that he knows all the details. Yet he still manages to make you feel like you are the only event that matters. Thanks to D'Absolute, everything came together flawlessly.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Our reception was at Room 1520. Chris and D'Absolute made our planning easy. The meals and hor dourves were inline with our taste. I have many family members with allergies and he was accommodating for them as well. The tasting night was so much fun and we got to know Chris really well in that environment at his office. We left there with full stomachs and full of ideas. He had great suggestions for us to make it top notch and stay in our budget.

He drew up the floor plan and had a great vision of how the room would work best for all our needs. And he worked great with the other vendors. Our guests have been raving about the food, bar service and dessert that D'Aboslute provided. On top of that we rented all our tables, linens and chairs through him. The room looked awesome and everything came together great.

Now I just need to plan another party so I can work with him again!
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering,
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Ario
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
I need to confess – at first I was indifferent with our food vendor and what type of food that was going to be served at our wedding because I wanted to save money with our caterer. What a fool I am! The food and alcohol can make or break your entire wedding experience. My wife and I started off tasting at various vendors in Chicago and the suburbs. And we were only partially satisfied with food, menu, and price options (at the beginning). That all changed when we had our food tasting at D’Ab. Chris’s food tasting was the highest quality food of any other food vendor we visited. I thought for sure pricing would be through the roof for such high quality and delicious food. I was mistaken when he gave me his estimate and it was significantly less than all the other vendors. AND we had more menu items and food options.
Chris and his wife have it down to a science. They have been in the industry for such a long period of time and know how to do it the right way. And they tailor their service to your needs. D’Ab is a full service caterer that provides food, plate ware, glasses, linens, staff, cooks, bartenders and bar service, and different dining options such as pass service, plated dinners, food stations, and buffets. That’s about 4 vendors wrapped up into one full service company. Chris was one of the only vendors who would NOT charge us for bringing our own deserts or cake cutting. Our guests were raving at how great the food was and the beef tenderloin is magic; you truly cannot go wrong with the food options as they are endless and all taste magnificent. I also went with a late night food option through Chris and it was a HUGE hit to sober up everyone at the end of the night. The custom signature drinks were a winner too! The last win/win relates to how dialed-in and involved Chris is in your wedding planning. He makes things so simple by taking the lead role to coordinate the timeline for the day and working closely with all the vendors. I highly recommend Chris.
Services Used: Catering
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Kaori
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
My wedding planner (Anthony with Liven It Up Events), recommended Chris and his D'Absolute team for my wedding last month. Chris is such a professional! He is very organized and knows catering so well! He had great suggestions on how we can make our reception go more smoothly as well as have great input on every aspect of our event. Everyone commented on the professionalism of his staff on the night as well. We did drop off catering (we wanted Chinese food from a specific restaurant) so I can't say much about the food, but he managed my reception so well and his staff was amazing! I highly recommend Chris for anyone planning an event, big or small.
Services Used: Catering
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/20/2011
4.9/5.0
Chris with D'Absolut was so passionate about his food that it was just contagious - we have now been married over a year and someone just told me last weekend that they still remember the food from our wedding and how amazing it was, which is a true testament to how great it was. We were also thrilled at the flexibility we were given for menu options and we hands down had the best vegetarian entree ever at a wedding - red pepper risotto! AND they made our cake!
Services Used: Catering
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Tarah
Wedding:
8/12/2011
4.4/5.0
It was a pleasure to work with Chris for our wedding. We had occasional delays in communication (on both ends), but ended up pleased with the results. Chris was exceptionally accommodating with the tastings and meetings around the wedding, and offered many helpful suggestions to us along the way. He even helped us in buying our own liquor, instead of going with one of his packages. He got us estimates, suggested quantities, and even recommended a signature drink that matched our wedding colors. The guests LOVED the drink and were blown away.

We just had two small snags on the day of that should be mentioned, though they weren't even a big enough issue for us to address with Chris. First was that the portions at dinner were far smaller than those in our tastings. It had never crossed our minds to confirm anything like this, but fortunately the food was good enough that our guests didn't mind. (And most had filled up on the delicious hors d'oeuvres anyway!)

The other issue was involving the cake. Chris took care of this through a subcontractor, and it was absolutely delicious. Heard from some older guests it was actually the best wedding cake they'd ever had. However, in our red and ivory wedding, our cake ended up with PINK ribbon on it. When we'd met with Chris and passed along cake pictures, one of the examples had pink ribbon- but we had all agreed, and written out that it would have dark red ribbon, of which I provided an sample. We had also asked that it included the flowers we were using. However, when we walked into the reception, the first thing I noticed was a cake with pink ribbon and no flowers. I'm not sure exactly what happened in the communication, but the cake design was very far down on the list of our priorities, so we didn't make a fuss or follow up as we probably should have.

All in all, the best prices we could find in Chicago (and we did our research), great food, and great service. Just a couple of snags that future brides will definitely be able to avoid!
Services Used: Catering
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FrenchRomance
Wedding:
3/20/2011
4.7/5.0
Chris was an absolute pleasure to work with! He catered and provided linens and some decorations for our wedding in March at the Newberry Library. He really took the time to really get to know us and our needs - including budget, environmental and dietary concerns, etc. He impressed us initially with his amazing value and continued to impress us throughout the tastings, walk-throughs, and consistent follow up at every stage of the wedding planning process. We had very positive feedback on the food - from the hors d'œuvres to the entrees. He also helped us coordinate the alcohol order and made sure that every detail - down to the star fruit on the cocktails - was in line with our vision for our day. His staff is very professional and respectful in every way. We did not work with a wedding planner, but knew we had nothing to worry about with Chris - he proved us right. :)
Services Used: Catering
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Courtney
Wedding:
9/11/2010
5.0/5.0
I loved my caterer!!! D'Absolute did an amazing job for my wedding! Chris was so helpful throughout the wedding planning process. He went above and beyond what I thought a caterer should do but I am so thankful for all that he did!
The things that made my experience so great are that Chris worked with my budget, he designed the menu all the way to the table linens, and was on top of everything going on for my wedding that wasn't always his job to take care of.
I gave Chris my budget and he created a masterpiece out of it, as I was a little worried that my budget was going to be hard to work with. While I will not disclose my budget or pricing, I have to say that Chris gave us the best service and food for a great price. His pricing along with services was the best rate when compared to over 10 other highly referred caterers. When my family, fiance, and I went to the tasting we were so impressed we decided not to even go to the other tastings/caterers. Other caterers were a bit pushy but Chris was very confident about his services and so that made us feel very reassured that D'Absolute would be the best choice for my wedding.
Chris is so organized and on top of his business that he made me feel very comfortable and reassured that my wedding would be perfect. He is sort of like a event planner and caterer in one! He even took care of setting up my candy table (which was over 26 glass jars of different kinds of candy) which was not something he provided. He made sure to coordinate with my venue designer, florist, and DJ. He was on top of every detail of my reception and also helped to make it extra special without it causing me to break the bank.
Chris was so confident that I trusted him completely to take care of anything that might come up at my reception. I did not, nor did my parents or guests, experience or know about anything that went wrong (any maybe nothing did since Chris is so on top of things). He is beyond professional and was so flexible with his time to meet with me. While he is a busy busy man as he should be with such a great catering business, he still was able to make me feel like my wedding day was the most important thing to him.
It is also very important that I tell you how good his food is! The appetizers, salad, dinner, and also wedding cake were amazing. Everyone at my wedding made a point to tell me how great the food was, how much food there was (nobody went home hungry and several people got second helpings), and how great the bar service was. Chris helped us design our bar menu/liquor choices and his staff was incredible too! Everyone left our wedding full and happy with the service!
My wedding really was perfect and it is all thanks to a really great caterer! I would use D'Absolute for other functions in the future and wouldn't even think to go with anyone else!
Services Used: Catering
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cocob2000
Wedding:
3/27/2010
5.0/5.0
I worked with Chris at my wedding a few weeks ago at the NewBerry Library. He was great and his staff was excellent... everything went perfectly. The food was amazing, people were very happy with food... Excellent choice!
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ETwedding
Wedding:
12/12/2009
5.0/5.0
D�absolute catered my wedding at the Newberry Library on December 12, 2009. We were very happy with all aspects of their service. Chris is friendly, professional and responsive. We contacted him on the recommendation of the Newberry event planners. We actually had two (free) tastings. The first was just my husband and me. We liked him and the food so much that we signed him on the spot. A few months later, my mother in law was in town and wanted to try the food, so Chris arranged for another tasting.

We had 4 passed appetizers and then a plated dinner, which included salad, chicken stuffed w/ asparagus and topped w/ a red pepper sauce, potatoes and green veggies. Chris also did all of the linens, plates/glasses etc, and service (wait staff and bartenders). Everyone at the reception loved the food (especially the roasted red pepper sauce) and thought that all of the staff was very friendly. There was barely a wait at the bar � which is saying something about how fast the bartenders made drinks b/c our group is full of crazy partiers. (We bought the alcohol directly from Binnys for a huge savings). The whole event went so smoothly and everything was on time.

They even did more than I expected � serving wine during dinner even though we didn�t discuss and setting up the centerpieces. I made the centerpieces myself and had hired a friend of a friend to act as DOC, setting everything up. But Chris and the staff made her job so easy � they set everything out.

I did comparative pricing before booking Chris. I don�t think Chris would want us to disclose our pricing, but it was a great deal. D�absolute is really the best deal in town � fabulous food and service for a great price. I would definitely recommend using D�absolute catering for your wedding.
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LaraSuzanne
Wedding:
9/6/2009
4.9/5.0
We worked with Chris at D'Absolute for our wedding at the Newberry Library a few weeks ago (Sept 6, 2009). Chris is GREAT to work with and you cannot beat their prices. He is very professional, responsive and we were very pleased! Good food too! They did everything we asked them to do and we had a long list of requests! It might not be as "fancy" as some caterers but it was just what we were looking for.
Services Used: Catering
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acfederi
Wedding:
9/1/2007
5.0/5.0
We were very pleased with D'Absolute catering. Chris was extremely accommodating as we kept changing our minds on everything, and the value was great! He was very professional, the food was great, and the service impeccable. This is a very reasonably-priced catering business, and I would not hesitate to hire them again for other events.
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