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Food For Thought

Lincolnwood , IL
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LOCATION

7001 N. Ridgeway Ave.
Lincolnwood, IL 60712 US (map)

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847-982-2608

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ABOUT US

On your special day, the focus should be entirely on you! That’s why our expert catering staff handles all the details so that you enjoy every happy moment of your celebration. Our... Read more
On your special day, the focus should be entirely on you! That’s why our expert catering staff handles all the details so that you enjoy every happy moment of your celebration. Our consultants and chefs partner with you to customize a unique menu that reflects the two of you.

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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, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, 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, 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, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Kevin
Wedding:
4/22/2016
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough good things about FFT and Anna Ditton to make our wedding night absolutely stunning! We had our ceremony/reception at Adler Planetarium and everything was incredible. The actual wedding day went flawless and flowed so smoothly thanks to everyone at FFT. The food was exquisite, we have had so many people rave to us about how delicious the food was! The food was served so quickly is was incredible, everything worked like clockwork. Cocktail our was a great success with amazing how d'oeuvres; everything was customized to our tastes!

Anna was such a joy to work with! She really took so much stress out of the entire time planning the wedding! She is incredibly attentive to detail and ensured that all of our requests were satisfied. If there is anything you need she will make sure it's done to make your special day perfect! We were planning our wedding from out of state and Anna was so prompt with our calls/email. The food tasting she had planned for us was just amazing. Everything was perfect and would do it all over again!!

- Kevin and Jen
We cannot say enough good things about FFT and Anna Ditton to make our wedding night absolutely stunning! We had our Read more...
We cannot say enough good things about FFT and Anna Ditton to make our wedding night absolutely stunning! We had our ceremony/reception at Adler Planetarium and everything was incredible. The actual wedding day went flawless and flowed so smoothly thanks to everyone at FFT. The food was exquisite, we have had so many people rave to us about how delicious the food was! The food was served so quickly is was incredible, everything worked like clockwork. Cocktail our was a great success with amazing how d'oeuvres; everything was customized to our tastes!

Anna was such a joy to work with! She really took so much stress out of the entire time planning the wedding! She is incredibly attentive to detail and ensured that all of our requests were satisfied. If there is anything you need she will make sure it's done to make your special day perfect! We were planning our wedding from out of state and Anna was so prompt with our calls/email. The food tasting she had planned for us was just amazing. Everything was perfect and would do it all over again!!

- Kevin and Jen Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Paul & Kate
Wedding:
9/27/2015
5.0/5.0
We worked with Food for Thought in September 201 for our wedding reception at the Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden. They were referred to us by the venue.

From the beginning, Food for Thought made us feel #1. From the attention to detail with personal touches and generous take-homes at the tasting, we were impressed with not only how the food looked, tasted, and the variety/options but we really liked every person with whom we came into contact.

Food for Thought remained completely transparent throughout the entire process. From personnel changes, to a detailed walk-through of the venue, seating, and helping us with last minute details.

On the evening on our wedding, we sat in the green room (bridal suite) for about half an hour before taking the big walk down the aisle. Just right outside our door, we could hear their staff meticulously going over the who, what, where, when, and how’s of the evening. We could hear how detailed the evening would be run and how many times the team went through the schedule. Once again, the attention to detail at the tasting was not lost on our big night.

On top of being super organized, Food for Thought's staff always had a smile for and never missed an opportunity to congratulate us, wish us well and ask if we needed anything at all. We didn’t need anything because you took care of it and anticipated our needs throughout the entire night.

It takes a really strong team of really good people to prepare this event for a large group of people. I can only imagine how much coordination of people, time, food…everything to make it come out right. The food was amazing and perfect! I can’t tell you how many people said it was one of the best dinners they have ever had at any event…the pho on a spoon was a huge hit!

We are so happy to have worked with the FFT team and very appreciative of how special they made our night.

Thank you so much and hope to work with FFT or attend an FFT event in the future!
We worked with Food for Thought in September 201 for our wedding reception at the Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden. Read more...
We worked with Food for Thought in September 201 for our wedding reception at the Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden. They were referred to us by the venue.

From the beginning, Food for Thought made us feel #1. From the attention to detail with personal touches and generous take-homes at the tasting, we were impressed with not only how the food looked, tasted, and the variety/options but we really liked every person with whom we came into contact.

Food for Thought remained completely transparent throughout the entire process. From personnel changes, to a detailed walk-through of the venue, seating, and helping us with last minute details.

On the evening on our wedding, we sat in the green room (bridal suite) for about half an hour before taking the big walk down the aisle. Just right outside our door, we could hear their staff meticulously going over the who, what, where, when, and how’s of the evening. We could hear how detailed the evening would be run and how many times the team went through the schedule. Once again, the attention to detail at the tasting was not lost on our big night.

On top of being super organized, Food for Thought's staff always had a smile for and never missed an opportunity to congratulate us, wish us well and ask if we needed anything at all. We didn’t need anything because you took care of it and anticipated our needs throughout the entire night.

It takes a really strong team of really good people to prepare this event for a large group of people. I can only imagine how much coordination of people, time, food…everything to make it come out right. The food was amazing and perfect! I can’t tell you how many people said it was one of the best dinners they have ever had at any event…the pho on a spoon was a huge hit!

We are so happy to have worked with the FFT team and very appreciative of how special they made our night.

Thank you so much and hope to work with FFT or attend an FFT event in the future! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Julia
Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
Food for Thought provided excellent service and delicious food, you definitely get what you pay for! We pretty much knew right away we had found our caterer at our tasting. Everything was so delicious, and Lisa, our coordinator was great! FFT also had personal touches no other place did, such as our favorite cocktail waiting for us when we arrived. Lisa was always very responsive as we figured out what we wanted. During the wedding, we had incredible service. Our restaurant family in attendance even commented on how great it was. The food did not disappoint, and multiple guests told us how much they enjoyed their meals and late night snacks. There was one snafu where not all of the wine we had purchased was served, but that was probably because of the rain that came through causing a last minute moving of the outdoor bar to inside. Otherwise, we had a perfect experience. I highly recommend Food for Thought for your wedding catering needs!
Food for Thought provided excellent service and delicious food, you definitely get what you pay for! We pretty much knew Read more...
Food for Thought provided excellent service and delicious food, you definitely get what you pay for! We pretty much knew right away we had found our caterer at our tasting. Everything was so delicious, and Lisa, our coordinator was great! FFT also had personal touches no other place did, such as our favorite cocktail waiting for us when we arrived. Lisa was always very responsive as we figured out what we wanted. During the wedding, we had incredible service. Our restaurant family in attendance even commented on how great it was. The food did not disappoint, and multiple guests told us how much they enjoyed their meals and late night snacks. There was one snafu where not all of the wine we had purchased was served, but that was probably because of the rain that came through causing a last minute moving of the outdoor bar to inside. Otherwise, we had a perfect experience. I highly recommend Food for Thought for your wedding catering needs! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Meg
Wedding:
6/7/2015
5.0/5.0
Working with Linda Barder from Food For Thought was an absolute pleasure. She was professional, efficient, detail oriented, courteous, responsive, and kind. We came to her with a vision and she delivered. Linda was extrememly attentive to what the bride and groom wanted. Linda went above and beyond our expectations. She even made sure the bride and groom had a special moment to themselves between the ceremony and the cocktail hour to sip their favorite cocktail and sample the hors d'oeuvres. If you contact FFT, I highly recommend that you request Linda as your consultant. She will make the entire process fun and stress free. I can honestly say that as the mother of the bride I felt like a pampered guest at our own gala, thanks in part to Linda and her staff.
The tables were set with style and elegance; everything fell into place from the sparkling glassware, place settings, cutlery, linens, votive candles, and flowers. The food was delicious and creatively and beautiful presented. The passed hors d'oeuvres were sumptious and elegantly displayed and the main courses (3 different options) for the sit down dinner were not only tasty, but served at the appropriate temperature and in a timely fashion. The service was like being at a restaurant, the bartenders and wait staff were friendly and courteous. A nice touch, at each table everyone was served simultaneously.
I would highly recommend Food For Thought, and specifically Linda, for your special event. They will not disappoint you!
Working with Linda Barder from Food For Thought was an absolute pleasure. She was professional, efficient, detail Read more...
Working with Linda Barder from Food For Thought was an absolute pleasure. She was professional, efficient, detail oriented, courteous, responsive, and kind. We came to her with a vision and she delivered. Linda was extrememly attentive to what the bride and groom wanted. Linda went above and beyond our expectations. She even made sure the bride and groom had a special moment to themselves between the ceremony and the cocktail hour to sip their favorite cocktail and sample the hors d'oeuvres. If you contact FFT, I highly recommend that you request Linda as your consultant. She will make the entire process fun and stress free. I can honestly say that as the mother of the bride I felt like a pampered guest at our own gala, thanks in part to Linda and her staff.
The tables were set with style and elegance; everything fell into place from the sparkling glassware, place settings, cutlery, linens, votive candles, and flowers. The food was delicious and creatively and beautiful presented. The passed hors d'oeuvres were sumptious and elegantly displayed and the main courses (3 different options) for the sit down dinner were not only tasty, but served at the appropriate temperature and in a timely fashion. The service was like being at a restaurant, the bartenders and wait staff were friendly and courteous. A nice touch, at each table everyone was served simultaneously.
I would highly recommend Food For Thought, and specifically Linda, for your special event. They will not disappoint you! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
5/23/2015
5.0/5.0
Food for Thought was by far one of the best vendors we worked with for our wedding! They made everything about our reception truly spectacular! The food, the staff, the details - each and every aspect of working with FFT made our day not only seamless, but truly memorable!

Some of our favorite details included the signature drinks that FFT created, the fact that everyone's meal was hot when served (and there were almost 300 people in attendance), and the professionalism of each staff member. We were married just over a year ago and our family and friends still rave about our reception, which is largely due to FFT's excellence!
Food for Thought was by far one of the best vendors we worked with for our wedding! They made everything about our Read more...
Food for Thought was by far one of the best vendors we worked with for our wedding! They made everything about our reception truly spectacular! The food, the staff, the details - each and every aspect of working with FFT made our day not only seamless, but truly memorable!

Some of our favorite details included the signature drinks that FFT created, the fact that everyone's meal was hot when served (and there were almost 300 people in attendance), and the professionalism of each staff member. We were married just over a year ago and our family and friends still rave about our reception, which is largely due to FFT's excellence! Read less
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JuneElise
Wedding:
2/27/2015
5.0/5.0
Food For Thought is by far amazing!! Working in the wedding industry and having worked side by side with Food for Thought and their staff, I knew when my big day came I would want them to be our caterer. With my childhood dream of having the Chicago city skyline somehow incorporated into my wedding it was evident that having my reception at the Adler Planetarium, which is catered by Food For Thought, would be the best decision ever.

Although I've worked numerous weddings as a vendor, being a bride/customer was a completely different experience. Already knowing how reliable and professional the team at Food For Thought is and having already tasted their amazing food I was never worried about my reception. However, working with Michelle throughout the entire process completely exceeded any expectation I had for FFT! Michelle was so easy to work with and so responsive with any questions I may have had. The ease of working with her made everything fall into place. Being Filipino and my husband being Polish we wanted to somehow incorporate our cultures into our food; Michelle and their Chef were able to offer me a list of options for our cocktail hour within the same day I inquired! Our guests were able to enjoy a culinary experience from the minute they walked in to the minute left our reception: from several cultural passed apps to red velvet hot chocolate on their way out!! (our wedding was in the winter :) )

Until this day, we still get rave reviews & comments from every single one of our guests on how amazing the food was and impressive the service was. A year and half later and they have not forgotten their culinary experience with FFT and knowing that makes me the happiest bride & colleague ever! I 100% wholeheartedly recommend FFT for all occasions. They're amazing!! Custom Menu, unbeatable guidance, impeccable service - the list goes on and on.

Thank you Michelle and the entire FFT Team for Everything!!!!!
Food For Thought is by far amazing!! Working in the wedding industry and having worked side by side with Food for Thought Read more...
Food For Thought is by far amazing!! Working in the wedding industry and having worked side by side with Food for Thought and their staff, I knew when my big day came I would want them to be our caterer. With my childhood dream of having the Chicago city skyline somehow incorporated into my wedding it was evident that having my reception at the Adler Planetarium, which is catered by Food For Thought, would be the best decision ever.

Although I've worked numerous weddings as a vendor, being a bride/customer was a completely different experience. Already knowing how reliable and professional the team at Food For Thought is and having already tasted their amazing food I was never worried about my reception. However, working with Michelle throughout the entire process completely exceeded any expectation I had for FFT! Michelle was so easy to work with and so responsive with any questions I may have had. The ease of working with her made everything fall into place. Being Filipino and my husband being Polish we wanted to somehow incorporate our cultures into our food; Michelle and their Chef were able to offer me a list of options for our cocktail hour within the same day I inquired! Our guests were able to enjoy a culinary experience from the minute they walked in to the minute left our reception: from several cultural passed apps to red velvet hot chocolate on their way out!! (our wedding was in the winter :) )

Until this day, we still get rave reviews & comments from every single one of our guests on how amazing the food was and impressive the service was. A year and half later and they have not forgotten their culinary experience with FFT and knowing that makes me the happiest bride & colleague ever! I 100% wholeheartedly recommend FFT for all occasions. They're amazing!! Custom Menu, unbeatable guidance, impeccable service - the list goes on and on.

Thank you Michelle and the entire FFT Team for Everything!!!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Lindsay
Wedding:
10/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Food for Thought was so on top of everything at our wedding. The food was fantastic and the signature drink they had for us was so unforgettable (it had dry ice in it). Every single person in their group, from the coordinators and the bar staff, to the wait staff, were professional, kind, and fantastic at what they do. They were so much fun to have at our wedding and I am so happy that we went with them. They were so attentive to me, my husband, and our families. I always had someone at my side asking me if they could get me anything.
Food for Thought was so on top of everything at our wedding. The food was fantastic and the signature drink they had for Read more...
Food for Thought was so on top of everything at our wedding. The food was fantastic and the signature drink they had for us was so unforgettable (it had dry ice in it). Every single person in their group, from the coordinators and the bar staff, to the wait staff, were professional, kind, and fantastic at what they do. They were so much fun to have at our wedding and I am so happy that we went with them. They were so attentive to me, my husband, and our families. I always had someone at my side asking me if they could get me anything. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Food For Thought did an amazing job catering our wedding! We received so many compliments from our guests and really enjoyed working with Jennifer. The food was delicious and the staff members at the event were extremely kind and professional.
Food For Thought did an amazing job catering our wedding! We received so many compliments from our guests and really Read more...
Food For Thought did an amazing job catering our wedding! We received so many compliments from our guests and really enjoyed working with Jennifer. The food was delicious and the staff members at the event were extremely kind and professional. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Keri Miller was fantastic from Food for Thought. She was so patient and helpful during the entire planning process with making recommendations and making changes based on our wants and needs. I also received many compliments on the food and the beverages for the night!! I would highly recommend Food for Thought and especially Keri for her help and hard work for our wedding. :)
Keri Miller was fantastic from Food for Thought. She was so patient and helpful during the entire planning process with Read more...
Keri Miller was fantastic from Food for Thought. She was so patient and helpful during the entire planning process with making recommendations and making changes based on our wants and needs. I also received many compliments on the food and the beverages for the night!! I would highly recommend Food for Thought and especially Keri for her help and hard work for our wedding. :) Read less
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denise
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with Food for Thoughts was amazing. Michelle was well organized, her team were professional and the food was great, my client was well pleased. I will recommend Food for Thought again.
Working with Food for Thoughts was amazing. Michelle was well organized, her team were professional and the food was Read more...
Working with Food for Thoughts was amazing. Michelle was well organized, her team were professional and the food was great, my client was well pleased. I will recommend Food for Thought again. Read less
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