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Entertaining Company

Chicago , IL
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1640 W. Walnut Street
Chicago, IL 60612 US (map)

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312-829-2800

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Entertaining Company is Chicago’s premier “idea caterer”, taking the art of gracious entertaining to a new level. Founder Wendy Pashman and her talented team pride themselves on their... Read more
Entertaining Company is Chicago’s premier “idea caterer”, taking the art of gracious entertaining to a new level. Founder Wendy Pashman and her talented team pride themselves on their artistic presentation, seamless execution and unwavering attention to detail. “We have an insatiable desire for unique food, so we search tirelessly for new cuisines, flavors and color combinations to enhance our events – every event is a stage and every occasion is an opportunity to present an unforgettable experience,” says Pashman Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American, Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Outside Alcohol OK, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
Which of the following items can you provide?
Chairs, Tables
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Christina
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
By far the best food we have ever had at a wedding. We worked with Regan.. who is amazing. I could write an entire review on how fabulous she was to work with and how she guided us to make the best choices for our budget and gave us honest feedback. EC has such a unique POV when it comes to wedding food - and our guests absolutely loved everything. They also have the capability to accommodate your unique asks - they made the most insane charcuterie boards for our tables. From cocktail hour through to end of the night bar service (and even late night snacks!) we had zero complaints.
By far the best food we have ever had at a wedding. We worked with Regan.. who is amazing. I could write an entire review Read more...
By far the best food we have ever had at a wedding. We worked with Regan.. who is amazing. I could write an entire review on how fabulous she was to work with and how she guided us to make the best choices for our budget and gave us honest feedback. EC has such a unique POV when it comes to wedding food - and our guests absolutely loved everything. They also have the capability to accommodate your unique asks - they made the most insane charcuterie boards for our tables. From cocktail hour through to end of the night bar service (and even late night snacks!) we had zero complaints. Read less
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Brooke
Wedding:
8/15/2015
4.3/5.0
After reviewing several Chicago catering companies for our wedding, we selected Entertaining Co for their creativity, flexibility and friendly vibe. We also chose them to cater our rehearsal dinner on a boat. My husband and I loved our tasting and really felt their offerings were several steps above typical "wedding food." They also worked with us to incorporate some personal touches, like serving a pork belly hors d'oeuvres with an Eastern NC BBQ recipe from my hometown and customizing our salad course down to every ingredient. Guests also raved about the sea bass entree. A few areas of frustration:
1. We served two late-night food options, but many of our guests never saw these being offered. The staff seemed to barely circulate and there didn't seem to be much effort made to get these served.
2. 75% of the wedding chose a steak entree, which was a bit overcooked. I understand when serving a large group it's difficult to cook on the rare side, but the meat generally seemed too well done.
3. The dessert table was relegated to a corner and many guests never saw where the sweets were being served. This was done to ensure the dessert table would be close to the kitchen, but I might have liked a better recommendation on this placement.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience working with Entertaining Co and would definitely recommend them to brides that want to offer a more elevated catering spread.
After reviewing several Chicago catering companies for our wedding, we selected Entertaining Co for their creativity, Read more...
After reviewing several Chicago catering companies for our wedding, we selected Entertaining Co for their creativity, flexibility and friendly vibe. We also chose them to cater our rehearsal dinner on a boat. My husband and I loved our tasting and really felt their offerings were several steps above typical "wedding food." They also worked with us to incorporate some personal touches, like serving a pork belly hors d'oeuvres with an Eastern NC BBQ recipe from my hometown and customizing our salad course down to every ingredient. Guests also raved about the sea bass entree. A few areas of frustration:
1. We served two late-night food options, but many of our guests never saw these being offered. The staff seemed to barely circulate and there didn't seem to be much effort made to get these served.
2. 75% of the wedding chose a steak entree, which was a bit overcooked. I understand when serving a large group it's difficult to cook on the rare side, but the meat generally seemed too well done.
3. The dessert table was relegated to a corner and many guests never saw where the sweets were being served. This was done to ensure the dessert table would be close to the kitchen, but I might have liked a better recommendation on this placement.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience working with Entertaining Co and would definitely recommend them to brides that want to offer a more elevated catering spread. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Rocio
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Wow!!!!!! The best of the best!!!!! Everything was so amazing!!!! I have recieved so many compliments on the food and service!!!!! Everyone was so amazing!!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!
Wow!!!!!! The best of the best!!!!! Everything was so amazing!!!! I have recieved so many compliments on the food and Read more...
Wow!!!!!! The best of the best!!!!! Everything was so amazing!!!! I have recieved so many compliments on the food and service!!!!! Everyone was so amazing!!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
1/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Entertaining Company provided the most delicious wedding food we have ever had--and I'm not just saying that because it was our wedding! After almost two months, I still have people calling me to tell me how much they loved the delectable appetizers, the decadent gnocchi, and the beautifully presented chicken. Even better, the staff was completely professional and on top of everything all night--not one person said that the bar line took line or that their food was cold. The staff, especially Molly, one of the event coordinators, is a joy to work with and the food is creative and amazing--you can't go wrong!
Entertaining Company provided the most delicious wedding food we have ever had--and I'm not just saying that because it Read more...
Entertaining Company provided the most delicious wedding food we have ever had--and I'm not just saying that because it was our wedding! After almost two months, I still have people calling me to tell me how much they loved the delectable appetizers, the decadent gnocchi, and the beautifully presented chicken. Even better, the staff was completely professional and on top of everything all night--not one person said that the bar line took line or that their food was cold. The staff, especially Molly, one of the event coordinators, is a joy to work with and the food is creative and amazing--you can't go wrong! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Wedding:
7/7/2012
4.8/5.0
I didn't go into my trial expecting a lot out of EC, but man, was the food great. We paid a pretty penny (about $38K total for 210 guests - but we had a long cocktail hour, midnight bites, a water / snacks bar during our ceremony...), but people raved about the food. To me, it was worth it. They were great to work with and I would definitely recommend them to my friends.
I didn't go into my trial expecting a lot out of EC, but man, was the food great. We paid a pretty penny (about $38K total Read more...
I didn't go into my trial expecting a lot out of EC, but man, was the food great. We paid a pretty penny (about $38K total for 210 guests - but we had a long cocktail hour, midnight bites, a water / snacks bar during our ceremony...), but people raved about the food. To me, it was worth it. They were great to work with and I would definitely recommend them to my friends. Read less
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Ryan
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Awesome food. We cannot say enough about how great Rachel and the Entertaining Company staff was. Everyone complimented us on how good the food was at the wedding. Rachel put together a unique and fun menu that fit our taste. The price was a little more than what we had wanted to spend, but we are glad we did. It was completely worth it.
Awesome food. We cannot say enough about how great Rachel and the Entertaining Company staff was. Everyone complimented us Read more...
Awesome food. We cannot say enough about how great Rachel and the Entertaining Company staff was. Everyone complimented us on how good the food was at the wedding. Rachel put together a unique and fun menu that fit our taste. The price was a little more than what we had wanted to spend, but we are glad we did. It was completely worth it. Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/23/2010
4.3/5.0
We worked with Denise and Entertaining Co. for our recent wedding reception at the Murphy Auditorium. We were thrilled with the service, presentation and taste! We were going for an Italian, very family style, classic, but fun vibe and Denise provided us with lots of really beautiful, but incredibly good, options for a family-style/ and buffet menu. Most importantly, we wanted our guests to be well fed, but were working on a budget. Denise helped us to balance all these requests and we were over the moon elated with the outcome at our wedding.

In addition to just really good food, we were also really impressed with the staff at our event. The catering team was always checking in with my husband and I to see if we needed another drink (finding us in the middle of the dance floor) or more to eat. We polled our guests who were sitting at other tables and all noted the great service and that the catering team really were so generous and really made it like an enjoyable family meal. Both our cakes/desserts and late night snack were provided by another vendor/baker, but the team was still more than happy to help with passing out all the food – even preparing little to-go bags on the spot. The over the top attention to detail on this made all the difference to our guests and meant a lot to us the day after when we heard all this great feedback!

We also could not have asked for a better onsite coordinator than Denise. We did not have a wedding planner, but Denise certainly took care of every detail – food and otherwise – at the reception. In the few weeks leading up to the wedding, we met on two occasions to ensure we were all on the same page and she really executed exactly to our will. She reminded us she was first and foremost there for us.

I must admit that when we first were in touch with Entertaining Company ten months before our wedding I was really frustrated by the lack of response / delay in getting back to us with pricing, details, etc. However, I must say the end product was totally worth every bit of frustration. I know now that Denise was probably giving another bride/client the impeccable service she would give to us. Just be patient and it will all be worth it.

Overall, we really think our reception was the most fun we’ve ever had in our lives and owe much of the thanks to Denise and the awesome team at Entertaining Company!
We worked with Denise and Entertaining Co. for our recent wedding reception at the Murphy Auditorium. We were thrilled Read more...
We worked with Denise and Entertaining Co. for our recent wedding reception at the Murphy Auditorium. We were thrilled with the service, presentation and taste! We were going for an Italian, very family style, classic, but fun vibe and Denise provided us with lots of really beautiful, but incredibly good, options for a family-style/ and buffet menu. Most importantly, we wanted our guests to be well fed, but were working on a budget. Denise helped us to balance all these requests and we were over the moon elated with the outcome at our wedding.

In addition to just really good food, we were also really impressed with the staff at our event. The catering team was always checking in with my husband and I to see if we needed another drink (finding us in the middle of the dance floor) or more to eat. We polled our guests who were sitting at other tables and all noted the great service and that the catering team really were so generous and really made it like an enjoyable family meal. Both our cakes/desserts and late night snack were provided by another vendor/baker, but the team was still more than happy to help with passing out all the food – even preparing little to-go bags on the spot. The over the top attention to detail on this made all the difference to our guests and meant a lot to us the day after when we heard all this great feedback!

We also could not have asked for a better onsite coordinator than Denise. We did not have a wedding planner, but Denise certainly took care of every detail – food and otherwise – at the reception. In the few weeks leading up to the wedding, we met on two occasions to ensure we were all on the same page and she really executed exactly to our will. She reminded us she was first and foremost there for us.

I must admit that when we first were in touch with Entertaining Company ten months before our wedding I was really frustrated by the lack of response / delay in getting back to us with pricing, details, etc. However, I must say the end product was totally worth every bit of frustration. I know now that Denise was probably giving another bride/client the impeccable service she would give to us. Just be patient and it will all be worth it.

Overall, we really think our reception was the most fun we’ve ever had in our lives and owe much of the thanks to Denise and the awesome team at Entertaining Company! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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tennisbride
Wedding:
9/26/2010
4.6/5.0
Entertaining Company was a pleasure to work with. Wendy and Julie were responsive and helpful throughout the process. They have terrific menu options and a staff that was professional and reliable. Food is absolutely YUMMY! I would highly recommend EC for any occasion!
Entertaining Company was a pleasure to work with. Wendy and Julie were responsive and helpful throughout the process. They Read more...
Entertaining Company was a pleasure to work with. Wendy and Julie were responsive and helpful throughout the process. They have terrific menu options and a staff that was professional and reliable. Food is absolutely YUMMY! I would highly recommend EC for any occasion! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
5/15/2010
4.8/5.0
I used Wedding Wire quite a bit in planning my wedding (particularly not having a wedding planner) and so I felt like I should share my experiences with the vendors that we ended up choosing.The Entertaining Co catered our May 15, 2010 wedding, and I couldn't have been more thrilled with them. Molly M. was our coordinator and she was absolutely fabulous to work with. When planning our wedding, I considered proposals from about 6 caterers. After my first two meetings with caterers, I started to think I was going to have to settle for a menu that I was not too excited about- neither seemed to have heard anything I said when I described what I was looking for for my wedding (casual, elegant, unique). In fact one caterer actually came to our meeting with a menu listing meatloaf as our maincourse (not my idea of elegant), which was even worse because I had informed him during our 45 minute conversation the prior week, that my fiance was a vegetarian!

Needless to say, meeting Molly was a breath of fresh air, she had clearly taken detailed notes during our phone conversation, and had created exactly the type of menu what we were looking for. We went through a couple of revisions, and Molly was always prompt, professional and thoughtful in her response. Throughout the entire process I could tell she really processed everything we were telling her, and made every effort to create exactly the type of event we wanted- basically just a big fun party for our friends and family with lots of booze, good music and great food. That's exactly what we got.

The night of the wedding, the venue looked beautiful, and the staff was great, Molly was there the whole time making sure everything ran smoothly (and putting up with my 87 year old grandpa's stories!) There were a few very minor mistakes, but nothing significant (wrong chicken on skewers, lines formed because guests thought we had a buffet, instead of 3 separate food stations). Two comments we heard throughout the night were "This is the best food I've ever had at a wedding" and "This is like a 5 star restaurant".

As impressed as we were with the food, service, venue set up, etc, the most significant thing for me was to be able to work with someone who was really dedicated to making our wedding beautiful and special. In the end, Molly listened to all of the different thoughts we had about what we wanted our wedding to be, and created an evening which was beyond what we'd hoped for. The Entertaining Co. is truly lucky to have her on staff!
I used Wedding Wire quite a bit in planning my wedding (particularly not having a wedding planner) and so I felt like I Read more...
I used Wedding Wire quite a bit in planning my wedding (particularly not having a wedding planner) and so I felt like I should share my experiences with the vendors that we ended up choosing.The Entertaining Co catered our May 15, 2010 wedding, and I couldn't have been more thrilled with them. Molly M. was our coordinator and she was absolutely fabulous to work with. When planning our wedding, I considered proposals from about 6 caterers. After my first two meetings with caterers, I started to think I was going to have to settle for a menu that I was not too excited about- neither seemed to have heard anything I said when I described what I was looking for for my wedding (casual, elegant, unique). In fact one caterer actually came to our meeting with a menu listing meatloaf as our maincourse (not my idea of elegant), which was even worse because I had informed him during our 45 minute conversation the prior week, that my fiance was a vegetarian!

Needless to say, meeting Molly was a breath of fresh air, she had clearly taken detailed notes during our phone conversation, and had created exactly the type of menu what we were looking for. We went through a couple of revisions, and Molly was always prompt, professional and thoughtful in her response. Throughout the entire process I could tell she really processed everything we were telling her, and made every effort to create exactly the type of event we wanted- basically just a big fun party for our friends and family with lots of booze, good music and great food. That's exactly what we got.

The night of the wedding, the venue looked beautiful, and the staff was great, Molly was there the whole time making sure everything ran smoothly (and putting up with my 87 year old grandpa's stories!) There were a few very minor mistakes, but nothing significant (wrong chicken on skewers, lines formed because guests thought we had a buffet, instead of 3 separate food stations). Two comments we heard throughout the night were "This is the best food I've ever had at a wedding" and "This is like a 5 star restaurant".

As impressed as we were with the food, service, venue set up, etc, the most significant thing for me was to be able to work with someone who was really dedicated to making our wedding beautiful and special. In the end, Molly listened to all of the different thoughts we had about what we wanted our wedding to be, and created an evening which was beyond what we'd hoped for. The Entertaining Co. is truly lucky to have her on staff! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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madamick
Wedding:
10/31/2009
1.9/5.0
Well I must have gotten an off night. I've only ever heard great reviews of Entertaining Company and I had nothing but disappointments. We chose two stations and one of them was a Savory Bakery, the other was a Pasta Station. Our guests didn't understand that the Savory Bakery was not more appetizers so we had a 2 hour wait for the pasta station when we specified we did NOT want any lines for food. A small wait would have been alright but 2 hours!? Then they ran out of food and since dinner went over an hour later than expected, our "late night snack" came out about 15 minutes after the last people got pasta. So... I dunno. This was the one disappointing part of my wedding, I'm sorry to say. Wrote a letter and got a lackluster response back. Maybe my experience is rare but I'd still be careful.
Well I must have gotten an off night. I've only ever heard great reviews of Entertaining Company and I had nothing but Read more...
Well I must have gotten an off night. I've only ever heard great reviews of Entertaining Company and I had nothing but disappointments. We chose two stations and one of them was a Savory Bakery, the other was a Pasta Station. Our guests didn't understand that the Savory Bakery was not more appetizers so we had a 2 hour wait for the pasta station when we specified we did NOT want any lines for food. A small wait would have been alright but 2 hours!? Then they ran out of food and since dinner went over an hour later than expected, our "late night snack" came out about 15 minutes after the last people got pasta. So... I dunno. This was the one disappointing part of my wedding, I'm sorry to say. Wrote a letter and got a lackluster response back. Maybe my experience is rare but I'd still be careful. Read less
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