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Food For Thought

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

PHONE

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 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, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
5000

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
Delicious food, friendly staff & great service. The only thing I was upset with, which was really upsetting & an unneeded stress, was that I was told they served a few minors alcohol...even after I specified which tables to be careful with!! The mistake was rectified, but I was told the server was unapologetic, which was infuriating. Minus that everything was perfect.
Delicious food, friendly staff & great service. The only thing I was upset with, which was really upsetting & an unneeded Read more...
Delicious food, friendly staff & great service. The only thing I was upset with, which was really upsetting & an unneeded stress, was that I was told they served a few minors alcohol...even after I specified which tables to be careful with!! The mistake was rectified, but I was told the server was unapologetic, which was infuriating. Minus that everything was perfect. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married on 9/14/13, but we settled on Food For Thought and Brian Kiefer and his team right away (I think a full year out). During the entire planning process Brian and his team were super responsive, flexible and worked within the budget we had set. They are super creative in providing options and ideas and all of the food was amazing - our guests are still talking about them. The staff on-site the day of our wedding were also amazing. Super accomodating. I would recommend FFT to anyone planning a wedding or other event. They're truly great to work with.
My husband and I got married on 9/14/13, but we settled on Food For Thought and Brian Kiefer and his team right away (I Read more...
My husband and I got married on 9/14/13, but we settled on Food For Thought and Brian Kiefer and his team right away (I think a full year out). During the entire planning process Brian and his team were super responsive, flexible and worked within the budget we had set. They are super creative in providing options and ideas and all of the food was amazing - our guests are still talking about them. The staff on-site the day of our wedding were also amazing. Super accomodating. I would recommend FFT to anyone planning a wedding or other event. They're truly great to work with. 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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Shani
Wedding:
6/30/2013
4.8/5.0
My experience with Food For Thought was wonderful, from first email to wedding day. During the planning process, I worked with Jennifer. She was kind, helpful, and always quick to respond. My husband is vegan and FFT worked with us to create a delicious vegan option for the wedding.

On the wedding day, Jennifer was on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly and that my husband and I were well taken care of. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We had people at the wedding in the restaurant business who were impressed!

I would recommend FFT to anyone!
My experience with Food For Thought was wonderful, from first email to wedding day. During the planning process, I worked Read more...
My experience with Food For Thought was wonderful, from first email to wedding day. During the planning process, I worked with Jennifer. She was kind, helpful, and always quick to respond. My husband is vegan and FFT worked with us to create a delicious vegan option for the wedding.

On the wedding day, Jennifer was on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly and that my husband and I were well taken care of. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We had people at the wedding in the restaurant business who were impressed!

I would recommend FFT to anyone! Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Ana and her team at the Adler were amazing. The best review of a wedding is the number of calls you receive after the event. The next day, my phone was ringing off the hook! We had an amazing wedding with great food, drink, and service. Ana's attention to our wedding was outstanding--we could not have asked for a better outcome. She always treated us as if we were her only wedding. You will be well served By FFT at your event.
Ana and her team at the Adler were amazing. The best review of a wedding is the number of calls you receive after the Read more...
Ana and her team at the Adler were amazing. The best review of a wedding is the number of calls you receive after the event. The next day, my phone was ringing off the hook! We had an amazing wedding with great food, drink, and service. Ana's attention to our wedding was outstanding--we could not have asked for a better outcome. She always treated us as if we were her only wedding. You will be well served By FFT at your event. Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
4/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We were absolutely thrilled with Food For Thought! We had the amazing tasting but wondered if the food could be that good when mass produced - it was! Our guests are still talking about how amazing their dinner was and impressed that it didn't taste like "wedding food." I have been to so many weddings where they clear your drink or cake while you're dancing and it frustrates me so much so I mentioned this to Michelle. Food For Thought did such a great job of listening to what we wanted and letting guests come back to their drinks and food. We were very impressed and will recommend them to our friends!
We were absolutely thrilled with Food For Thought! We had the amazing tasting but wondered if the food could be that good Read more...
We were absolutely thrilled with Food For Thought! We had the amazing tasting but wondered if the food could be that good when mass produced - it was! Our guests are still talking about how amazing their dinner was and impressed that it didn't taste like "wedding food." I have been to so many weddings where they clear your drink or cake while you're dancing and it frustrates me so much so I mentioned this to Michelle. Food For Thought did such a great job of listening to what we wanted and letting guests come back to their drinks and food. We were very impressed and will recommend them to our friends! Read less
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Kinzie
Wedding:
1/13/2013
5.0/5.0
FFT is great to work with. My wedding was at The Adler Planetarium in Chicago and they did such an amazing job. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Work with Michelle - she is the best.
FFT is great to work with. My wedding was at The Adler Planetarium in Chicago and they did such an amazing job. The Read more...
FFT is great to work with. My wedding was at The Adler Planetarium in Chicago and they did such an amazing job. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Work with Michelle - she is the best. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
9/29/2012
2.6/5.0
Our experience prior to our wedding had been wonderful; this would be a 5 star review if iit weren't for what I'm about to share. I'll start with the positives-Mary, our coordinator was responsive, helpful, and calm. She answered countless questions with ease, went through a very informative walk through a month before the wedding etc etc. Tasting was delicious-true to form at the wedding. Guests were happy etc. Our bartenders&waiters were amazing and attentive.The quality of their food really is wonderful.
Things took a turn after returning from my rehearsal dinner. I found a very informal email from Mary, our coordinator, who had promised us all along that she would be at our wedding (obviously), stating very bluntly that she would not be there the next day because she had to be at another wedding. She stated not to worry, that she talked it through with one of her staff members, Karen, who would be there in replace of her. Excuse me, what? I felt cheated, manipulated, and more stressed than I already was. I gave Mary the benefit of the doubt, even though a wedding had clearly not poped up out of nowhere.
So if that's not unprofessional enough-the lady taking over Mary's place, Karen, was a complete you know what. I understand that there are glitches in every wedding, but there were a few important things that were not done. Drinks/apps were not served to our bridal party during speeches, we never were handed drinks, never pulled away for our alone time,kids meals were not handed out promptly,she did not direct the bridal party into the ceremony as discussed with Mary, our sundae was not made for us prior to our "scooping" etc. honestly, she did more things wrong than she did right. I had to confront her myself about the lack of drinks for our bridal party and she was extremely defensive and RUDE! Why did I discuss all of these fine details with Mary if she wasn't going to fulfill them. And why was this Karen lady giving me additude? Extremely disappointed.
Our experience prior to our wedding had been wonderful; this would be a 5 star review if iit weren't for what I'm about to Read more...
Our experience prior to our wedding had been wonderful; this would be a 5 star review if iit weren't for what I'm about to share. I'll start with the positives-Mary, our coordinator was responsive, helpful, and calm. She answered countless questions with ease, went through a very informative walk through a month before the wedding etc etc. Tasting was delicious-true to form at the wedding. Guests were happy etc. Our bartenders&waiters were amazing and attentive.The quality of their food really is wonderful.
Things took a turn after returning from my rehearsal dinner. I found a very informal email from Mary, our coordinator, who had promised us all along that she would be at our wedding (obviously), stating very bluntly that she would not be there the next day because she had to be at another wedding. She stated not to worry, that she talked it through with one of her staff members, Karen, who would be there in replace of her. Excuse me, what? I felt cheated, manipulated, and more stressed than I already was. I gave Mary the benefit of the doubt, even though a wedding had clearly not poped up out of nowhere.
So if that's not unprofessional enough-the lady taking over Mary's place, Karen, was a complete you know what. I understand that there are glitches in every wedding, but there were a few important things that were not done. Drinks/apps were not served to our bridal party during speeches, we never were handed drinks, never pulled away for our alone time,kids meals were not handed out promptly,she did not direct the bridal party into the ceremony as discussed with Mary, our sundae was not made for us prior to our "scooping" etc. honestly, she did more things wrong than she did right. I had to confront her myself about the lack of drinks for our bridal party and she was extremely defensive and RUDE! Why did I discuss all of these fine details with Mary if she wasn't going to fulfill them. And why was this Karen lady giving me additude? Extremely disappointed. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/22/2012
4.6/5.0
We hired Food for Thought for our wedding dinner, a small affair in a nontraditional venue (an art gallery in the West Loop). John Wagner was great with all our changes and working with us to find a menu and price that would work for us. We didn't get to have a tasting since our event was so small, but boy were we impressed by the food when our big day arrived! The appetizers were terrific (we chose the ravioli, fava bean, smoked salmon, and beet crostini) and they even saved us a little plate since we were out doing photos... the food came, and we had the garlic chicken with beef tenderloin with a bean and veggie ragout, and everything was super great! Again, FFT accommodated our dietary restrictions (no dairy for the meal, kosher). Nicole helped us out the day of and was great, and everything went very smoothly and wonderful. I didn't have to worry about a think, and all the servers were super friendly. Everyone had a great time! I will definitely consider FFT for my next catered event, and I actually found them cheaper and with better sounding food than all of the other places I got quotes from. The fact that their food was great, they were super flexible, and they were reasonably priced make them at the top of my list! Thanks!
We hired Food for Thought for our wedding dinner, a small affair in a nontraditional venue (an art gallery in the West Read more...
We hired Food for Thought for our wedding dinner, a small affair in a nontraditional venue (an art gallery in the West Loop). John Wagner was great with all our changes and working with us to find a menu and price that would work for us. We didn't get to have a tasting since our event was so small, but boy were we impressed by the food when our big day arrived! The appetizers were terrific (we chose the ravioli, fava bean, smoked salmon, and beet crostini) and they even saved us a little plate since we were out doing photos... the food came, and we had the garlic chicken with beef tenderloin with a bean and veggie ragout, and everything was super great! Again, FFT accommodated our dietary restrictions (no dairy for the meal, kosher). Nicole helped us out the day of and was great, and everything went very smoothly and wonderful. I didn't have to worry about a think, and all the servers were super friendly. Everyone had a great time! I will definitely consider FFT for my next catered event, and I actually found them cheaper and with better sounding food than all of the other places I got quotes from. The fact that their food was great, they were super flexible, and they were reasonably priced make them at the top of my list! Thanks! Read less
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Mei
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
The food was delicious and Jennifer and her team were a dream to work with. I had more compliments on the food than I think anything else!
The food was delicious and Jennifer and her team were a dream to work with. I had more compliments on the food than I Read more...
The food was delicious and Jennifer and her team were a dream to work with. I had more compliments on the food than I think anything else! Read less
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Charlotte
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Jennifer Vahle is an absolute rockstar. She is very responsive and she was by far the most proactive catering representative I contacted. The proposal she developed was spot on, I could tell she paid attention to the types of food that I told her we liked. During the tasting she added a few extra things
she thought we might enjoy and they were fantastic. We actually liked some of her suggestions even better than some of things we were originally interested in. We did passed brunch hors dourves like mini waffle stacks, strawberry canapés, and mini English muffins with homemade raspberry jam. After an hour of passing hors dourves we had one of the best brunches I have ever had. We had French toast,
quiche, fruit, pastries an awesome chicken, bacon, wilted greens lunch item, and a parfait bar. The food was worth every penny, and I would not hesitate to use FFT or recommend them to any bride interested in GREAT food! You can pay just as much for less interesting and less well executed food and service, so do yourself a favor and use FFT.
Jennifer Vahle is an absolute rockstar. She is very responsive and she was by far the most proactive catering Read more...
Jennifer Vahle is an absolute rockstar. She is very responsive and she was by far the most proactive catering representative I contacted. The proposal she developed was spot on, I could tell she paid attention to the types of food that I told her we liked. During the tasting she added a few extra things
she thought we might enjoy and they were fantastic. We actually liked some of her suggestions even better than some of things we were originally interested in. We did passed brunch hors dourves like mini waffle stacks, strawberry canapés, and mini English muffins with homemade raspberry jam. After an hour of passing hors dourves we had one of the best brunches I have ever had. We had French toast,
quiche, fruit, pastries an awesome chicken, bacon, wilted greens lunch item, and a parfait bar. The food was worth every penny, and I would not hesitate to use FFT or recommend them to any bride interested in GREAT food! You can pay just as much for less interesting and less well executed food and service, so do yourself a favor and use FFT. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
I worked with Linda at Food for Thought for my July wedding at the Ivy Room and was absolutely thrilled with the food and service. My fiancé and I decided early on our top 3 priorities for the wedding, and food was at the top of the list. From my first meeting with Linda, I knew I was in good hands.

• Apps: We chose 5 passed hors d’oeuvres, including the lotus root chips with ahi tuna, beef on pappadam crisps, veggie spring rolls, truffled crisp ravioli, and shrimp spring rolls. They were all absolutely delicious, and Linda made sure that my new husband and I got to try every single one as we were taking a break after the ceremony in the bridal suite area of the Ivy Room.

• Entrees: We the beef tenderloin, sea scallops, short ribs, and striped bass. Although the beef was absolutely delicious, I was a little hesitant to choose it. I have been to countless weddings where beef tenderloin is served and it’s overcooked, under seasoned, and dry. However, we went with the beef as well as the scallops and could not have been happier! The beef was cooked perfectly and I had guests telling me all night that it was the best beef tenderloin they have eaten, let alone at a wedding.

• Desserts/Late Night: For dessert, we had a petite sweet station set up with mango-passion tarts, cranberry cheesecake parfait, cheesecake lollipops, and nutella tiramisu. They were all delicious, especially the nutella tiramisu! We also had Chicago-style hot dogs and deep dish pizza as a late night snack for guests. Most of them were from out of town so they were thrilled to sample some of true Chicago staples at the wedding.

By the time the reception came around I barely had an appetite and I only ate a bit of dinner and hadn’t tasted any dessert. On our way out the door Donna made sure she had packed us both entrees and each dessert to enjoy in our bridal suite! All in all, I could not have been happier with the service and food from Linda and Food for Thought!
I worked with Linda at Food for Thought for my July wedding at the Ivy Room and was absolutely thrilled with the food and Read more...
I worked with Linda at Food for Thought for my July wedding at the Ivy Room and was absolutely thrilled with the food and service. My fiancé and I decided early on our top 3 priorities for the wedding, and food was at the top of the list. From my first meeting with Linda, I knew I was in good hands.

• Apps: We chose 5 passed hors d’oeuvres, including the lotus root chips with ahi tuna, beef on pappadam crisps, veggie spring rolls, truffled crisp ravioli, and shrimp spring rolls. They were all absolutely delicious, and Linda made sure that my new husband and I got to try every single one as we were taking a break after the ceremony in the bridal suite area of the Ivy Room.

• Entrees: We the beef tenderloin, sea scallops, short ribs, and striped bass. Although the beef was absolutely delicious, I was a little hesitant to choose it. I have been to countless weddings where beef tenderloin is served and it’s overcooked, under seasoned, and dry. However, we went with the beef as well as the scallops and could not have been happier! The beef was cooked perfectly and I had guests telling me all night that it was the best beef tenderloin they have eaten, let alone at a wedding.

• Desserts/Late Night: For dessert, we had a petite sweet station set up with mango-passion tarts, cranberry cheesecake parfait, cheesecake lollipops, and nutella tiramisu. They were all delicious, especially the nutella tiramisu! We also had Chicago-style hot dogs and deep dish pizza as a late night snack for guests. Most of them were from out of town so they were thrilled to sample some of true Chicago staples at the wedding.

By the time the reception came around I barely had an appetite and I only ate a bit of dinner and hadn’t tasted any dessert. On our way out the door Donna made sure she had packed us both entrees and each dessert to enjoy in our bridal suite! All in all, I could not have been happier with the service and food from Linda and Food for Thought! Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
7/1/2012
4.6/5.0
FFT has the best wedding food, hands down. They were far and above all of their competitors and everyone loved the food. There were some minor glitches on the day of the wedding, like not serving our wedding cake to the tables but leaving it on the sweets tables. But all in all we would not have chosen anyone else for the food.
FFT has the best wedding food, hands down. They were far and above all of their competitors and everyone loved the food. Read more...
FFT has the best wedding food, hands down. They were far and above all of their competitors and everyone loved the food. There were some minor glitches on the day of the wedding, like not serving our wedding cake to the tables but leaving it on the sweets tables. But all in all we would not have chosen anyone else for the food. Read less
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Shianne
Wedding:
5/27/2012
4.5/5.0
Food for Thought catered our wedding reception at the Chicago History Museum. Our catering manager was Jennifer Vahle, who did a great job putting together a menu that was within our budget. As an out-of-town couple (from Los Angeles), we were limited in our times to meet FFT, but Jennifer was really flexible in getting us in last minute for a tasting. During the tasting, she worked with us to mix and match hors d'oeuvres, entrees, and sides so that we got exactly what we wanted. Even though we only had one entree option (chicken), other than vegetarian, we got lots of compliments that the food was really good. There was a little hiccup, though, in the number of vegetarian dishes available - we had 2 friends listed specifically as vegetarian, and FFT had promised they would have extras on hand in case, but our 2 friends ended up eating the sides for dinner because there were no vegetarian plates left by the time service got to their table. Other than that, everything went well, and they even supported plating/restocking of our homemade cookie table after dinnertime.
Food for Thought catered our wedding reception at the Chicago History Museum. Our catering manager was Jennifer Vahle, who Read more...
Food for Thought catered our wedding reception at the Chicago History Museum. Our catering manager was Jennifer Vahle, who did a great job putting together a menu that was within our budget. As an out-of-town couple (from Los Angeles), we were limited in our times to meet FFT, but Jennifer was really flexible in getting us in last minute for a tasting. During the tasting, she worked with us to mix and match hors d'oeuvres, entrees, and sides so that we got exactly what we wanted. Even though we only had one entree option (chicken), other than vegetarian, we got lots of compliments that the food was really good. There was a little hiccup, though, in the number of vegetarian dishes available - we had 2 friends listed specifically as vegetarian, and FFT had promised they would have extras on hand in case, but our 2 friends ended up eating the sides for dinner because there were no vegetarian plates left by the time service got to their table. Other than that, everything went well, and they even supported plating/restocking of our homemade cookie table after dinnertime. Read less
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Alex
Wedding:
10/29/2011
4.9/5.0
Food for Thought isn't cheap, but boy are they worth it. Jennifer Vahle is exactly who you hope will be running the show at your wedding: she's cheerful, professional, incredibly unflappable and definitely knows her stuff. I have to say, for the most part, the food at the wedding was just as delicious as it was in the tasting (people have specifically mentioned the soup and appetizers to me multiple times now) -- and that was the result of much back-and-forth about food, wine, bread, etc. etc. from the whole family. Jennifer never blinked at any of our requests - just said "Absolutely!" and got to work executing them. They were excellent with dietary restrictions, the servers were solicitous and professional and really added to the evening. Couldn't have been happier!
Food for Thought isn't cheap, but boy are they worth it. Jennifer Vahle is exactly who you hope will be running the show Read more...
Food for Thought isn't cheap, but boy are they worth it. Jennifer Vahle is exactly who you hope will be running the show at your wedding: she's cheerful, professional, incredibly unflappable and definitely knows her stuff. I have to say, for the most part, the food at the wedding was just as delicious as it was in the tasting (people have specifically mentioned the soup and appetizers to me multiple times now) -- and that was the result of much back-and-forth about food, wine, bread, etc. etc. from the whole family. Jennifer never blinked at any of our requests - just said "Absolutely!" and got to work executing them. They were excellent with dietary restrictions, the servers were solicitous and professional and really added to the evening. Couldn't have been happier! Read less
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szar
Wedding:
9/24/2011
4.7/5.0
FFT catered my wedding as well as my sister's. I cannot express how happy we were with the quality of the food. My sister's wedding was in 2009 and friends/family were still talking about the wonderful quality of her food come my wedding in Fall 2011. I also had a large event, with 225 people, and the food, considering the amount of people, was amazing- all plates were presented beautifully and with the exception of one thing, all came out at the temperature they should be. I had to give FFT many stars because of the happiness of our guests and overall wonderful quality of service, the food truly made both of our weddings that much more enjoyable and obviously still talked about by many that we know! That being said, I didn't give it the 5 stars I would have wanted to because of attention to detail and at times, difficulty getting communication from our consultant. I got married during a very busy wedding season, and I will admit I had my own ideas and paid much more attention to detail than the average person might (my mom and dad have worked in the catering/events business for years), but there were just a few details that were not executed accurately. This would have gone unnoticed to anyone that was a guest (hence their happiness and therefore my overall happiness), but I would have given it 5 stars had all of our requests been honored and communication was more timely towards the end of our event. Regardless of these small details, I would 100% recommend Food For Thought. My sister and I had several other tastings with caterers for our weddings and they stood out from the beginning for their service, quality of food, and presentation. Overall, this was an extremely positive experience and I trust anyone who uses FFT will have a positive experience as well!
FFT catered my wedding as well as my sister's. I cannot express how happy we were with the quality of the food. My Read more...
FFT catered my wedding as well as my sister's. I cannot express how happy we were with the quality of the food. My sister's wedding was in 2009 and friends/family were still talking about the wonderful quality of her food come my wedding in Fall 2011. I also had a large event, with 225 people, and the food, considering the amount of people, was amazing- all plates were presented beautifully and with the exception of one thing, all came out at the temperature they should be. I had to give FFT many stars because of the happiness of our guests and overall wonderful quality of service, the food truly made both of our weddings that much more enjoyable and obviously still talked about by many that we know! That being said, I didn't give it the 5 stars I would have wanted to because of attention to detail and at times, difficulty getting communication from our consultant. I got married during a very busy wedding season, and I will admit I had my own ideas and paid much more attention to detail than the average person might (my mom and dad have worked in the catering/events business for years), but there were just a few details that were not executed accurately. This would have gone unnoticed to anyone that was a guest (hence their happiness and therefore my overall happiness), but I would have given it 5 stars had all of our requests been honored and communication was more timely towards the end of our event. Regardless of these small details, I would 100% recommend Food For Thought. My sister and I had several other tastings with caterers for our weddings and they stood out from the beginning for their service, quality of food, and presentation. Overall, this was an extremely positive experience and I trust anyone who uses FFT will have a positive experience as well! Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Food for Thought was recommended to us by our venue, Architectural Artifacts. We had a tricky schedule, a large guest list, and special requests for the menu all of which they worked with perfectly. We wanted not only artfully presented meals, but also a cocktail hour with plentiful appetizers & h'orderves that appealed to a diverse crowd. They nailed everything on the wedding day, in part because they were so good at communicating with us before the wedding. They do a LOT of weddings from what it seems, but we did not feel like a number in the queue. We felt like we were their only client which was great. Hats off to Food For Thought for making our wedding a dream come true.
Food for Thought was recommended to us by our venue, Architectural Artifacts. We had a tricky schedule, a large guest Read more...
Food for Thought was recommended to us by our venue, Architectural Artifacts. We had a tricky schedule, a large guest list, and special requests for the menu all of which they worked with perfectly. We wanted not only artfully presented meals, but also a cocktail hour with plentiful appetizers & h'orderves that appealed to a diverse crowd. They nailed everything on the wedding day, in part because they were so good at communicating with us before the wedding. They do a LOT of weddings from what it seems, but we did not feel like a number in the queue. We felt like we were their only client which was great. Hats off to Food For Thought for making our wedding a dream come true. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Margaret
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Jennifer Vahle at Food for Thought Catering has been an angle. When we told her we wanted a Chicago themed wedding she ran with the idea and created a menu that is quintessentially Chicago. Every food station is a culinary peek into different Chicago neighborhoods, from Devan Street to Lincoln Park to Greek Town. We just hope our guests came hungry!! Highly recommend.
Jennifer Vahle at Food for Thought Catering has been an angle. When we told her we wanted a Chicago themed wedding she ran Read more...
Jennifer Vahle at Food for Thought Catering has been an angle. When we told her we wanted a Chicago themed wedding she ran with the idea and created a menu that is quintessentially Chicago. Every food station is a culinary peek into different Chicago neighborhoods, from Devan Street to Lincoln Park to Greek Town. We just hope our guests came hungry!! Highly recommend. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Bridget
Wedding:
7/23/2011
4.6/5.0
Jennifer and the Food For Thought team pulled off our wedding reception exactly as I had envisioned it. Our friends and family keep telling us how great the food was, and Food For Thought helped us create the vibe that we were looking for: relaxed and festive, allowing our guests to mingle with each other, enjoy great food and delicious cocktails. The linens Jennifer helped us select were perfect and really suited the colors of our wedding. The set-up of the furniture was well-suited for lots of interaction among our guests.

One minor issue was that Hall's Rentals went to my house to drop off the catering equipment and rentals the morning of my wedding day, BUT our reception was being held at another location. (Also annoying was that they came to my house again the next morning to pick up the rentals.) So that was stressful, but Jennifer responded to me quickly on my wedding day to assure me that wouldn't happen later in the afternoon with the FFT team. I also want to commend the staff that supported our reception -- everyone was very courteous throughout the entire night.

FFT may be a little more expensive than other caterers, but if tasty food is important and you want to work with someone who will actually listen to what you want for your event, then I HIGHLY recommend Food For Thought!
Jennifer and the Food For Thought team pulled off our wedding reception exactly as I had envisioned it. Our friends and Read more...
Jennifer and the Food For Thought team pulled off our wedding reception exactly as I had envisioned it. Our friends and family keep telling us how great the food was, and Food For Thought helped us create the vibe that we were looking for: relaxed and festive, allowing our guests to mingle with each other, enjoy great food and delicious cocktails. The linens Jennifer helped us select were perfect and really suited the colors of our wedding. The set-up of the furniture was well-suited for lots of interaction among our guests.

One minor issue was that Hall's Rentals went to my house to drop off the catering equipment and rentals the morning of my wedding day, BUT our reception was being held at another location. (Also annoying was that they came to my house again the next morning to pick up the rentals.) So that was stressful, but Jennifer responded to me quickly on my wedding day to assure me that wouldn't happen later in the afternoon with the FFT team. I also want to commend the staff that supported our reception -- everyone was very courteous throughout the entire night.

FFT may be a little more expensive than other caterers, but if tasty food is important and you want to work with someone who will actually listen to what you want for your event, then I HIGHLY recommend Food For Thought! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
7/16/2011
4.7/5.0
Choosing Food for Thought as our caterer was easy yet difficult. They were on the approved list but not favored because they are not popular - not sure why since their food was delicious! What I mean is my venue told me most people chose another caterer but I wanted someone out of the norm since my food selection was not going to be meat and potatoes. It came down to price and scope of work during the tasting and selection process. I needed not just someone to provide great food but chairs and exciting linen.
I asked for a buffet menu that was spanish & asian fusion with mostly dairy free and gluten free items. They delivered!! We had a great time at the tasting with Jennifer, she really listened to us and took us seriously yet kept a friendly and approachable attitude and was honest in providing information. Later in the planning as I freaked out over linens, Jennifer came over to my residence and wowed me with some wonderful linen completely wiping away my stress in the matter of 5 minutes.
Our guests enjoyed the food and was grateful for not having the standard "wedding food". I was concerned over flavor and keeping food warm, especailly since our parents are foodies, I needed to make sure some people were happy. I knew I had done good in selecting Food for Thought when my mom raved about the food and the kids were over joyed by the parfait station. Thank goodness for the tasting because we barely remember eating the food at the event.
My only gripe was the lack of communication twice. Once when I needed to make some changes to the menu and I could not get a hold of Jennifer. My planner eventually worked it out for me. And second when the staff got confused and did not serve the guests champange as they were supposed to. But in hindsight these were minor gafaws and I won't cry over it since the FOOD was the star. I would recommend Food for Thougth many times over. They were wonderful and I wish I could taste that food again!
Choosing Food for Thought as our caterer was easy yet difficult. They were on the approved list but not favored because Read more...
Choosing Food for Thought as our caterer was easy yet difficult. They were on the approved list but not favored because they are not popular - not sure why since their food was delicious! What I mean is my venue told me most people chose another caterer but I wanted someone out of the norm since my food selection was not going to be meat and potatoes. It came down to price and scope of work during the tasting and selection process. I needed not just someone to provide great food but chairs and exciting linen.
I asked for a buffet menu that was spanish & asian fusion with mostly dairy free and gluten free items. They delivered!! We had a great time at the tasting with Jennifer, she really listened to us and took us seriously yet kept a friendly and approachable attitude and was honest in providing information. Later in the planning as I freaked out over linens, Jennifer came over to my residence and wowed me with some wonderful linen completely wiping away my stress in the matter of 5 minutes.
Our guests enjoyed the food and was grateful for not having the standard "wedding food". I was concerned over flavor and keeping food warm, especailly since our parents are foodies, I needed to make sure some people were happy. I knew I had done good in selecting Food for Thought when my mom raved about the food and the kids were over joyed by the parfait station. Thank goodness for the tasting because we barely remember eating the food at the event.
My only gripe was the lack of communication twice. Once when I needed to make some changes to the menu and I could not get a hold of Jennifer. My planner eventually worked it out for me. And second when the staff got confused and did not serve the guests champange as they were supposed to. But in hindsight these were minor gafaws and I won't cry over it since the FOOD was the star. I would recommend Food for Thougth many times over. They were wonderful and I wish I could taste that food again! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Meredith112084
Wedding:
7/10/2011
4.7/5.0
FFT catered our wedding and did an absolutely terrific job! Our guests kept commenting on the delicious food (unusually delicious for such a large event - 225 guests), the responsive service, the presentation and the fact that there were actually enough hors deorves to serve the hungry masses at cocktail hour (a point we really drove home during our consultations and which was very well executed at the event).

Our consultant, Jennifer, was absolutely superb. She is a true expert in her field and was terrific to work with. She did not flinch when we gave her a litany of special requests and dietary restrictions of various guests. She was extremely knowledgable about rentals, service, preparation and everything in between. On the day of the wedding, she oversaw the whole complex operation flawlessly - the food & drink service was perfect and the room & tables looked magnificent under Jennifer & FFT's oversight.

Many many thanks to Jennifer and all the folks at FFT!

*Highly recommended*
FFT catered our wedding and did an absolutely terrific job! Our guests kept commenting on the delicious food (unusually Read more...
FFT catered our wedding and did an absolutely terrific job! Our guests kept commenting on the delicious food (unusually delicious for such a large event - 225 guests), the responsive service, the presentation and the fact that there were actually enough hors deorves to serve the hungry masses at cocktail hour (a point we really drove home during our consultations and which was very well executed at the event).

Our consultant, Jennifer, was absolutely superb. She is a true expert in her field and was terrific to work with. She did not flinch when we gave her a litany of special requests and dietary restrictions of various guests. She was extremely knowledgable about rentals, service, preparation and everything in between. On the day of the wedding, she oversaw the whole complex operation flawlessly - the food & drink service was perfect and the room & tables looked magnificent under Jennifer & FFT's oversight.

Many many thanks to Jennifer and all the folks at FFT!

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Services Used: Catering
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Mignon
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
Food for Thought catered my wedding on May 21st. I worked with Megan Wienstroer and from the tasting to the reception she was attentive, helpful, and a joy! Megan helped us get what we wanted within our budget and worked well with all the other vendors. She asked about our food preferences and came up with the perfect menu. I dreamed about the quesadillas from the tasting until I popped one in my mouth during cocktail hour - delicious! Many guests complimented the food, including the vegetarian meal. The signature cocktail they created was a huge hit! Grace was the catering manager the day of and she was wonderful as well. So was the entire staff. Everyone was friendly, professional and accommodating. I would definitely recommend Megan and FFT.
Food for Thought catered my wedding on May 21st. I worked with Megan Wienstroer and from the tasting to the reception she Read more...
Food for Thought catered my wedding on May 21st. I worked with Megan Wienstroer and from the tasting to the reception she was attentive, helpful, and a joy! Megan helped us get what we wanted within our budget and worked well with all the other vendors. She asked about our food preferences and came up with the perfect menu. I dreamed about the quesadillas from the tasting until I popped one in my mouth during cocktail hour - delicious! Many guests complimented the food, including the vegetarian meal. The signature cocktail they created was a huge hit! Grace was the catering manager the day of and she was wonderful as well. So was the entire staff. Everyone was friendly, professional and accommodating. I would definitely recommend Megan and FFT. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Corinne
Wedding:
1/15/2011
4.7/5.0
We were thrilled with the passion and dedication that Brian and his team brought to the meal planning process and our wedding day. The food was the hit of the party and everything surpassed our expectations. Our guests had nothing but good things to say about each and every course. I appreciated the attention that FFT took during the tasting to make sure that every flavor profile and texture met our needs. I only wish we could enjoy the meal again!

I had to be realistic about the value. If you want the best, memorable meal at your wedding FFT is for you - but you definitly pay for the quality and service.

FFT also took care of all of our space planning rentals and linens - it was a great all-in-one service. We didn't have to worry about scheduling and planning for 3 different companies coming in to set up on the day of the wedding. Saves some stress and time. Fantastic quality to the linens and the colors were spot on!

Thanks for all your hard work. Corinne & Brian
We were thrilled with the passion and dedication that Brian and his team brought to the meal planning process and our Read more...
We were thrilled with the passion and dedication that Brian and his team brought to the meal planning process and our wedding day. The food was the hit of the party and everything surpassed our expectations. Our guests had nothing but good things to say about each and every course. I appreciated the attention that FFT took during the tasting to make sure that every flavor profile and texture met our needs. I only wish we could enjoy the meal again!

I had to be realistic about the value. If you want the best, memorable meal at your wedding FFT is for you - but you definitly pay for the quality and service.

FFT also took care of all of our space planning rentals and linens - it was a great all-in-one service. We didn't have to worry about scheduling and planning for 3 different companies coming in to set up on the day of the wedding. Saves some stress and time. Fantastic quality to the linens and the colors were spot on!

Thanks for all your hard work. Corinne & Brian Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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CNUptain
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Food for Thought did my wedding at the Thunderhawk Golf Course in Beach Park, IL. The venue was gorgeous and food was AMAZING (people raved!). Our coordinator, Ingrid, was a nightmare to deal with though. 3 days before our wedding her boss, Steve (the GM/head chef) had to step in and handle everything. She would ignore entire emails or just select questions she was too lazy to respond to, didnt follow any of Food For Thoughts' rules and would shock us with last minute requests that she never told us about. When we first met her, she was great but quickly turned into an unresponsive, incompetent sore spot. Steve, however, was fantastic and saved the day! This review was for him...not Ingrid.

Ingrid has never apologized.
Food for Thought did my wedding at the Thunderhawk Golf Course in Beach Park, IL. The venue was gorgeous and food was Read more...
Food for Thought did my wedding at the Thunderhawk Golf Course in Beach Park, IL. The venue was gorgeous and food was AMAZING (people raved!). Our coordinator, Ingrid, was a nightmare to deal with though. 3 days before our wedding her boss, Steve (the GM/head chef) had to step in and handle everything. She would ignore entire emails or just select questions she was too lazy to respond to, didnt follow any of Food For Thoughts' rules and would shock us with last minute requests that she never told us about. When we first met her, she was great but quickly turned into an unresponsive, incompetent sore spot. Steve, however, was fantastic and saved the day! This review was for him...not Ingrid.

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Services Used: Catering
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LawBride
Wedding:
6/19/2010
4.8/5.0
We worked with Jennifer at Food For Thought and they were amazing!! We had a couple of tastings before and their food was above and beyond any other place. Plus, she was willing to work within our budget. We got married in downtown Chicago so it wasn't cheap, but they were will to work with us to come up with a number that we were comfortable with and was below many of the other caterers in the area. The day of, the food was delicious and we got lots of compliments. It was a little less traditional than typical wedding fare, but had wide appeal. They arranged all of our equipment rentals too. I would definitely go with them again - everything worked out beautifully. I still dream about their truffle parmesan fries that we had as late night bities - YUM
We worked with Jennifer at Food For Thought and they were amazing!! We had a couple of tastings before and their food was Read more...
We worked with Jennifer at Food For Thought and they were amazing!! We had a couple of tastings before and their food was above and beyond any other place. Plus, she was willing to work within our budget. We got married in downtown Chicago so it wasn't cheap, but they were will to work with us to come up with a number that we were comfortable with and was below many of the other caterers in the area. The day of, the food was delicious and we got lots of compliments. It was a little less traditional than typical wedding fare, but had wide appeal. They arranged all of our equipment rentals too. I would definitely go with them again - everything worked out beautifully. I still dream about their truffle parmesan fries that we had as late night bities - YUM Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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goldstsb
Wedding:
6/19/2010
4.8/5.0
We worked with Jennifer at Food For Thought and they were amazing!! We had a couple of tastings before and their food was above and beyond any other place. Plus, she was willing to work within our budget. We got married in downtown Chicago so it wasn't cheap, but they were will to work with us to come up with a number that we were comfortable with and was below many of the other caterers in the area. The day of, the food was delicious and we got lots of compliments. It was a little less traditional than typical wedding fare, but had wide appeal. They arranged all of our equipment rentals too. I would definitely go with them again - everything worked out beautifully. I still dream about their truffle parmesan fries that we had as late night bites - YUM
We worked with Jennifer at Food For Thought and they were amazing!! We had a couple of tastings before and their food was Read more...
We worked with Jennifer at Food For Thought and they were amazing!! We had a couple of tastings before and their food was above and beyond any other place. Plus, she was willing to work within our budget. We got married in downtown Chicago so it wasn't cheap, but they were will to work with us to come up with a number that we were comfortable with and was below many of the other caterers in the area. The day of, the food was delicious and we got lots of compliments. It was a little less traditional than typical wedding fare, but had wide appeal. They arranged all of our equipment rentals too. I would definitely go with them again - everything worked out beautifully. I still dream about their truffle parmesan fries that we had as late night bites - YUM Read less
Services Used: Catering
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maggs
Wedding:
5/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Food for Thought was amazing. The food was fantastic! Every single appetizer, salad, entree and desert was incredible. My guests were raving about it.
The service was also unmatched. From the beginning of the planning, Michelle listened to every idea I had and came up with an incredible menu and some decor ideas as well for my rentals. Everyone was extremely professional and truly a pleasure to work with.
Food for Thought was amazing. The food was fantastic! Every single appetizer, salad, entree and desert was incredible. My Read more...
Food for Thought was amazing. The food was fantastic! Every single appetizer, salad, entree and desert was incredible. My guests were raving about it.
The service was also unmatched. From the beginning of the planning, Michelle listened to every idea I had and came up with an incredible menu and some decor ideas as well for my rentals. Everyone was extremely professional and truly a pleasure to work with. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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William
Wedding:
3/7/2010
4.8/5.0
I have been to many events with great catering, and for my wedding I want the best. After lots of research, I decided to go with them and I don't regret it.
I have been to many events with great catering, and for my wedding I want the best. After lots of research, I decided to Read more...
I have been to many events with great catering, and for my wedding I want the best. After lots of research, I decided to go with them and I don't regret it. Read less
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Tracy
Wedding:
2/14/2010
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough nice things about Rosemary Reed and Food for Thought as a whole! From my first introductory email, to our food tasting, to the days leading up to the event, and most importantly, the execution on the big day...our wedding reception at the Adler Planetarium was handled with professionalism, perfection, and elegance.

Guests raved about the food, the service, and the little touches throughout the evening, that Rosemary played a huge part in coordinating. She effectively communicated with all of our vendors, even in Spanish when she needed to with the delivery of our Tres Leches Cake!

I highly recommend Rosemary and Food for Thought Catering for any of your party needs - first-class treatment all the way!

Tracy Galindo
I cannot say enough nice things about Rosemary Reed and Food for Thought as a whole! From my first introductory email, to Read more...
I cannot say enough nice things about Rosemary Reed and Food for Thought as a whole! From my first introductory email, to our food tasting, to the days leading up to the event, and most importantly, the execution on the big day...our wedding reception at the Adler Planetarium was handled with professionalism, perfection, and elegance.

Guests raved about the food, the service, and the little touches throughout the evening, that Rosemary played a huge part in coordinating. She effectively communicated with all of our vendors, even in Spanish when she needed to with the delivery of our Tres Leches Cake!

I highly recommend Rosemary and Food for Thought Catering for any of your party needs - first-class treatment all the way!

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Services Used: Catering
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Riley
Wedding:
1/4/2010
5.0/5.0
Food For Thought did an excellent job of catering, everything was taken cared of appropriately and everyone was served on time. The food options they had were lots, so it wasn't hard finding something we both liked. Overall one of the more easier things to take care of for the wedding, in part to FFT.
Food For Thought did an excellent job of catering, everything was taken cared of appropriately and everyone was served on Read more...
Food For Thought did an excellent job of catering, everything was taken cared of appropriately and everyone was served on time. The food options they had were lots, so it wasn't hard finding something we both liked. Overall one of the more easier things to take care of for the wedding, in part to FFT. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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ebschneider
Wedding:
11/7/2009
5.0/5.0
We chose Food for Thought as our caterer and could not have been happier! We worked with Abby England and Christine Grant and they were wonderful! My husand and I are big foodies and it is by far the best food I have ever had at a wedding (and I am not just saying that because it is my own wedding)! We not only received a ton of compliments on the food from our guests, but we also received a lot of compliments on the service.

If you are looking for a caterer that will provide exceptional service, wonderful food, at very reasonable prices, then I recommend Food for Thought. They treated us wonderfully throughout our whole wedding process!
We chose Food for Thought as our caterer and could not have been happier! We worked with Abby England and Christine Grant Read more...
We chose Food for Thought as our caterer and could not have been happier! We worked with Abby England and Christine Grant and they were wonderful! My husand and I are big foodies and it is by far the best food I have ever had at a wedding (and I am not just saying that because it is my own wedding)! We not only received a ton of compliments on the food from our guests, but we also received a lot of compliments on the service.

If you are looking for a caterer that will provide exceptional service, wonderful food, at very reasonable prices, then I recommend Food for Thought. They treated us wonderfully throughout our whole wedding process! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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nexxusstar
Wedding:
11/7/2009
4.4/5.0
Brian keifer and the staff at FFT are the best! We can't say enought great things about their food, service, personalism and the fact that they went over and above for us! We had a plate of hors d'oevres aside for us after the service, so we would be sure to eat, and the room at the back of the museum had a wine buket and ice waiting for us as well as the apps. We would use them again in a heartbeat for any event we needed a caterere for!!!
Brian keifer and the staff at FFT are the best! We can't say enought great things about their food, service, personalism Read more...
Brian keifer and the staff at FFT are the best! We can't say enought great things about their food, service, personalism and the fact that they went over and above for us! We had a plate of hors d'oevres aside for us after the service, so we would be sure to eat, and the room at the back of the museum had a wine buket and ice waiting for us as well as the apps. We would use them again in a heartbeat for any event we needed a caterere for!!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
Food For Thought responded with the following comments:

It was a pleasure to work with you and I wish you both the best!

-Brian
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Breanne
Wedding:
10/23/2009
5.0/5.0
A food for thought is a awesome vendor to have....food and service was amazing. Rosemary Reed is the BEST. She made our wedding an event no one will forget! Thank you so much for everything!
A food for thought is a awesome vendor to have....food and service was amazing. Rosemary Reed is the BEST. She made our Read more...
A food for thought is a awesome vendor to have....food and service was amazing. Rosemary Reed is the BEST. She made our wedding an event no one will forget! Thank you so much for everything! Read less
Services Used: Catering
Food For Thought responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Breanne! Your on-site ceremony was beautiful and I'm glad all your guests had such fun!

-Rosemary
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Cheryl
Wedding:
10/23/2009
5.0/5.0
The wedding was at the Adler and we worked with Rosie Reed. She was so helpful and organized and professional. Things ran smoothly and guest after guest commented on the setting and how great the food was. I would highly recommend having an event there.
Cheryl Makris
The wedding was at the Adler and we worked with Rosie Reed. She was so helpful and organized and professional. Things ran Read more...
The wedding was at the Adler and we worked with Rosie Reed. She was so helpful and organized and professional. Things ran smoothly and guest after guest commented on the setting and how great the food was. I would highly recommend having an event there.
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Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning
Food For Thought responded with the following comments:

Thanks for the great review, Cheryl! This was a FUN group!

-Rosemary
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Bob Loro
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
Rosemarie Reed and Food for Thought are the best! Rosemarie was patient and thorough with all details of my daughters wedding at the Adler Planetarium. I am a very particular person and a nut about details and I was 100% satisfied with everything they did. Every guest I spoke to, commented about how great the food was and how well the staff handled everything. I would not hestitate one nano scond to use them for my next event.
Rosemarie Reed and Food for Thought are the best! Rosemarie was patient and thorough with all details of my daughters Read more...
Rosemarie Reed and Food for Thought are the best! Rosemarie was patient and thorough with all details of my daughters wedding at the Adler Planetarium. I am a very particular person and a nut about details and I was 100% satisfied with everything they did. Every guest I spoke to, commented about how great the food was and how well the staff handled everything. I would not hestitate one nano scond to use them for my next event. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Food For Thought responded with the following comments:

I'm so happy you were pleased with everything. It was wonderful to work with such a nice family!

Best Wishes!
Rosemary
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Lisa
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
I can't say enought good things about Food For Thought. At first, I was very worried because they were the exclusive cateror for the Adler -- so I was actually forced to use them....but it turned out to be the best part of our wedding.

They are SO organized and professional -- Barbara is a saint and she did an absolutely amazing job. From the initial meeting, through the tasting, the subsequent meetings, and the night of the event - she was always incredibly responsive and helpful.

The tables were set up exactly how I envisioned with the centerpieces, candles, table numbers, etc..and there was a lot of set up involved with that.

The food was amazing and we have had so many compliments. The vegetarian dish was probably the most raved about.

The dessert was the absolute topper though. They didn't just cut up my cake and serve it. They drizzled it with fruit compote, served it with a small piece of chocolate, and dusted the plate with cocoa. It was absolutely fantastic.
I can't say enought good things about Food For Thought. At first, I was very worried because they were the exclusive Read more...
I can't say enought good things about Food For Thought. At first, I was very worried because they were the exclusive cateror for the Adler -- so I was actually forced to use them....but it turned out to be the best part of our wedding.

They are SO organized and professional -- Barbara is a saint and she did an absolutely amazing job. From the initial meeting, through the tasting, the subsequent meetings, and the night of the event - she was always incredibly responsive and helpful.

The tables were set up exactly how I envisioned with the centerpieces, candles, table numbers, etc..and there was a lot of set up involved with that.

The food was amazing and we have had so many compliments. The vegetarian dish was probably the most raved about.

The dessert was the absolute topper though. They didn't just cut up my cake and serve it. They drizzled it with fruit compote, served it with a small piece of chocolate, and dusted the plate with cocoa. It was absolutely fantastic. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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nielle
Wedding:
9/12/2009
4.7/5.0
they were great the food was wonderful. everyone is still commenting to us how good the food was as our wedding. rosemary was a joy to work with anyone who gets her to help them is lucky she is a sweatheart.
they were great the food was wonderful. everyone is still commenting to us how good the food was as our wedding. rosemary Read more...
they were great the food was wonderful. everyone is still commenting to us how good the food was as our wedding. rosemary was a joy to work with anyone who gets her to help them is lucky she is a sweatheart. Read less
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Food For Thought responded with the following comments:

You and your mom were so sweet to work with! We especially loved doing the made-to-order cannolis for your guests.

Best Wishes!

-Rosemary
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Lauren
Wedding:
7/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Food for Thought is simply amazing. Rosemary is such a delight to work with. She makes the tasting fun and enjoyable and does not miss any details. Her staff is wonderful and respectful. Without Food for Thought and Rosemary, I do not think our wedding would have been what it was. Everything looked so beautiful at the reception. To see everything come together was amazing and I was at ease knowing Rosemary was there to make sure everything went as planned. Words can not thank Food for Thought enough for all they did to make our day so memorable. We are still getting compliments on how nice and elegant everything was. Thank You Food for Thought, we will always remember our special day.
Food for Thought is simply amazing. Rosemary is such a delight to work with. She makes the tasting fun and enjoyable and Read more...
Food for Thought is simply amazing. Rosemary is such a delight to work with. She makes the tasting fun and enjoyable and does not miss any details. Her staff is wonderful and respectful. Without Food for Thought and Rosemary, I do not think our wedding would have been what it was. Everything looked so beautiful at the reception. To see everything come together was amazing and I was at ease knowing Rosemary was there to make sure everything went as planned. Words can not thank Food for Thought enough for all they did to make our day so memorable. We are still getting compliments on how nice and elegant everything was. Thank You Food for Thought, we will always remember our special day. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Food For Thought responded with the following comments:

What a fun wedding to plan! It was truly such a pleasure to work with such a kind family. Thank you!

-Rosemary
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sho92708
Wedding:
7/4/2009
5.0/5.0
I could not have been more pleased with FFT's food and service for our wedding. Of all the vendors that we had tastings with, their food simply tasted the best and they worked with us the most on our food choices and budget.
we had the braised beef for our entree and it was even better than at the tasting. All the linens and decor was set up beautifully - I have to thank my consultant Jennifer Vahle for her cheerful manner and attention to detail for the day of my wedding. I wished I could have been more organized towards the end, but I could not have gotten through the wedding without her. They did a great job.
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I could not have been more pleased with FFT's food and service for our wedding. Of all the vendors that we had tastings with, their food simply tasted the best and they worked with us the most on our food choices and budget.
we had the braised beef for our entree and it was even better than at the tasting. All the linens and decor was set up beautifully - I have to thank my consultant Jennifer Vahle for her cheerful manner and attention to detail for the day of my wedding. I wished I could have been more organized towards the end, but I could not have gotten through the wedding without her. They did a great job. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Food For Thought responded with the following comments:

Thank you! Best wishes to you!

-Jennifer
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edester
Wedding:
6/28/2009
4.9/5.0
What a great caterer! Our sales rep, Ashley, was particularly phenomenal - very responsive, thoughtful, easy going and supportive. She (and I hear many others at FFT) are actually more like wedding planners. She even directed the procession and sent us photos after the event. She worked very well with A New Leaf where we had the ceremony, met with us several times and prevented any Bridezilla attacks on my part by being so flexible to our changes and on top of the multitude of minute details.

Guests loved the food. I loved the eggplant steak personally. The petite sweets went fast. Service was on time, on target and unobtrusive. A flawless day (except for the "adult" who wanted the tater tots in the kids meal - he had to share!).
What a great caterer! Our sales rep, Ashley, was particularly phenomenal - very responsive, thoughtful, easy going and Read more...
What a great caterer! Our sales rep, Ashley, was particularly phenomenal - very responsive, thoughtful, easy going and supportive. She (and I hear many others at FFT) are actually more like wedding planners. She even directed the procession and sent us photos after the event. She worked very well with A New Leaf where we had the ceremony, met with us several times and prevented any Bridezilla attacks on my part by being so flexible to our changes and on top of the multitude of minute details.

Guests loved the food. I loved the eggplant steak personally. The petite sweets went fast. Service was on time, on target and unobtrusive. A flawless day (except for the "adult" who wanted the tater tots in the kids meal - he had to share!). Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Unique Services
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mrsshaykin
Wedding:
6/26/2009
5.0/5.0
Steve and I were married at The Adler Planetarium on June 26th. They recommended Food for Thought as their preferred caterer. We were referred to Rosemary Reed. She was the best. She was incredibly attentive down to every detail. We needed special meals for the moms (sensitive tummies) and she delivered their meals herself. She went over and above the call on everything. She made the process easy and a total joy. Planning a wedding can be stressful but with her help it was stress free and a pleasure. We just got back from our honeymoon and every one of our guests have contacted us to tell us how great the food and service was...yes all of them, it was a small wedding. I would recommend Food For Thought to anyone who was in need of a caterer. The food and service were superb. We were treated very well.
Steve and I were married at The Adler Planetarium on June 26th. They recommended Food for Thought as their preferred Read more...
Steve and I were married at The Adler Planetarium on June 26th. They recommended Food for Thought as their preferred caterer. We were referred to Rosemary Reed. She was the best. She was incredibly attentive down to every detail. We needed special meals for the moms (sensitive tummies) and she delivered their meals herself. She went over and above the call on everything. She made the process easy and a total joy. Planning a wedding can be stressful but with her help it was stress free and a pleasure. We just got back from our honeymoon and every one of our guests have contacted us to tell us how great the food and service was...yes all of them, it was a small wedding. I would recommend Food For Thought to anyone who was in need of a caterer. The food and service were superb. We were treated very well. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Food For Thought responded with the following comments:

Awwwwww! I'm so happy you loved everything! -Rosemary
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rslinn
Wedding:
6/21/2009
4.8/5.0
I would definitely recommend Food for Thought. The staff (Brian) was really helpful and the food was the best I've ever had at an event this size. My guests agreed.
I would definitely recommend Food for Thought. The staff (Brian) was really helpful and the food was the best I've ever Read more...
I would definitely recommend Food for Thought. The staff (Brian) was really helpful and the food was the best I've ever had at an event this size. My guests agreed. Read less
Services Used: Catering
Food For Thought responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much! You were great to work with! - Brian
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Allison
Wedding:
6/20/2009
5.0/5.0
We were very impressed with the presentation and quality of the food and service. Setting up appointments was easy. On the day of our wedding the staff was incredible. They catered to our guests and paid attention to even the smallest details. Our families and guests commented on how attentive the staff was throughout the evening. Food for Thought truly made the evening memorable. We will be recommending them to all of our friends on their upcoming weddings!
We were very impressed with the presentation and quality of the food and service. Setting up appointments was easy. On the Read more...
We were very impressed with the presentation and quality of the food and service. Setting up appointments was easy. On the day of our wedding the staff was incredible. They catered to our guests and paid attention to even the smallest details. Our families and guests commented on how attentive the staff was throughout the evening. Food for Thought truly made the evening memorable. We will be recommending them to all of our friends on their upcoming weddings! Read less
Services Used: Catering
Food For Thought responded with the following comments:

Thank you! It was our pleasure to work with such a lovely family!

-Rosemary
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nicolesisson
Wedding:
5/30/2009
5.0/5.0
We weren't looking forward to the catering process AT ALL. We put it off for a month or so because of it. We were surprised at how well Food for Thought fit us. They made the process so simple for us, as we asked, but the end result was so spectacular, as we wanted.

We couldn't believe the process went so smoothly from day one. We started the process on the night of December 29, knowing we wouldn't get very far before the NY's holiday. We were wrong, we got a call on the 30th (as everyone else was already shut down for the holiday), we had a quick conversatoin about what we were looking for, and then had an outline to us by January 2 (end of day). We fell in love instanlty.

They were straight forward about working through the process together, openly and honestly. The other vendors we had started to talk to all seemed just a touch more "salesy".

Our team was relaxed. They were extremely attentive when we had things to take care and let us go when we didn't need them. They knew their audience WELL.

Everything from our first meeting at a local Starbuck's (which they offered so we didn't have to drive to meet them), to our tasting, to the day off, service was outstanding. Of course, we paid more for the best service in town, but lived up to it. Never once did we have to ask a question more than once, nothing was missed, not a beat skipped, the staff was so extremely friendly. I can't say enough.

One last note - we were so pleased with how well the Food for Thought team knew our venue space and their team at the Ivy Room. They worked directly with each other on so much. It made the overall experience so seemless!
We weren't looking forward to the catering process AT ALL. We put it off for a month or so because of it. We were Read more...
We weren't looking forward to the catering process AT ALL. We put it off for a month or so because of it. We were surprised at how well Food for Thought fit us. They made the process so simple for us, as we asked, but the end result was so spectacular, as we wanted.

We couldn't believe the process went so smoothly from day one. We started the process on the night of December 29, knowing we wouldn't get very far before the NY's holiday. We were wrong, we got a call on the 30th (as everyone else was already shut down for the holiday), we had a quick conversatoin about what we were looking for, and then had an outline to us by January 2 (end of day). We fell in love instanlty.

They were straight forward about working through the process together, openly and honestly. The other vendors we had started to talk to all seemed just a touch more "salesy".

Our team was relaxed. They were extremely attentive when we had things to take care and let us go when we didn't need them. They knew their audience WELL.

Everything from our first meeting at a local Starbuck's (which they offered so we didn't have to drive to meet them), to our tasting, to the day off, service was outstanding. Of course, we paid more for the best service in town, but lived up to it. Never once did we have to ask a question more than once, nothing was missed, not a beat skipped, the staff was so extremely friendly. I can't say enough.

One last note - we were so pleased with how well the Food for Thought team knew our venue space and their team at the Ivy Room. They worked directly with each other on so much. It made the overall experience so seemless! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Segall2B
Wedding:
4/4/2009
4.8/5.0
Food For Thought covered everything! We had planned a destination Chicago wedding, which meant that we relied on our event manager Linda for most everything the day of! The servers were fantastic and attentive to our guests needs. Our glasses were never empty! FFT helped us make the most of our budget, giving us great advice when it came time for menu selection. I would highly recommend them!
Food For Thought covered everything! We had planned a destination Chicago wedding, which meant that we relied on our event Read more...
Food For Thought covered everything! We had planned a destination Chicago wedding, which meant that we relied on our event manager Linda for most everything the day of! The servers were fantastic and attentive to our guests needs. Our glasses were never empty! FFT helped us make the most of our budget, giving us great advice when it came time for menu selection. I would highly recommend them! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
Food For Thought responded with the following comments:

We're glad you were so pleased. Thank you! -Linda
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Jennifer
Wedding:
4/12/2008
5.0/5.0
Our catering was superb! We had amazing individualized attention and received exactly the setup, food, linens, and service that we had hoped for. The company went out of their way to accommodate us. In fact, most of our guests remember how good the dessert was still.
Our catering was superb! We had amazing individualized attention and received exactly the setup, food, linens, and service Read more...
Our catering was superb! We had amazing individualized attention and received exactly the setup, food, linens, and service that we had hoped for. The company went out of their way to accommodate us. In fact, most of our guests remember how good the dessert was still. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jinny
Wedding:
3/8/2008
4.7/5.0
This caterer was one picked for me due to our choice in reception site. But I was completely surprised at how wonderful things went though them. They are impeccable about not only providing food but SERVICE! The staff was so friendly and had a flare for presenting the dishes at the tables. My main point of contact was through Rosemary, and she was such a sweetheart! After everything was over, the bakery kept hounding me about returning a silver tray they said they put the cake on. Rosemary went above and beyond trying to locate this tray, going through their stuff and even asking the table rental people if they had it. In the end, we found out the bakery didn't lend us any tray after all!
This caterer was one picked for me due to our choice in reception site. But I was completely surprised at how wonderful Read more...
This caterer was one picked for me due to our choice in reception site. But I was completely surprised at how wonderful things went though them. They are impeccable about not only providing food but SERVICE! The staff was so friendly and had a flare for presenting the dishes at the tables. My main point of contact was through Rosemary, and she was such a sweetheart! After everything was over, the bakery kept hounding me about returning a silver tray they said they put the cake on. Rosemary went above and beyond trying to locate this tray, going through their stuff and even asking the table rental people if they had it. In the end, we found out the bakery didn't lend us any tray after all! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Emilie
Wedding:
9/24/2006
4.8/5.0
This is one of the most elegant caterers in the Chicago area, and I was pleasently shocked at what a great value they offered us. We did a buffet luncheon for 50 guests, and everything was personalized and customized. They even developed an entire menu around our favorite French-Vietnamese cuisine from two excellent restaurants in the area. The tastings were really hands-on, and they even delivered the revised dishes to our home so we could taste them be sure all the changes were just right. They use Bittersweet bakery for the wedding cake, which was quite honestly the best I've ever had. All in all, I can't recommend them enough.
This is one of the most elegant caterers in the Chicago area, and I was pleasently shocked at what a great value they Read more...
This is one of the most elegant caterers in the Chicago area, and I was pleasently shocked at what a great value they offered us. We did a buffet luncheon for 50 guests, and everything was personalized and customized. They even developed an entire menu around our favorite French-Vietnamese cuisine from two excellent restaurants in the area. The tastings were really hands-on, and they even delivered the revised dishes to our home so we could taste them be sure all the changes were just right. They use Bittersweet bakery for the wedding cake, which was quite honestly the best I've ever had. All in all, I can't recommend them enough. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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AuntLola
Wedding:
8/11/2006
4.6/5.0
Our guests raved about the food -- the beef tenderloin and blue cheese mashed potatoes were most often mentioned. My bulky uncles came away from the reception "fat and happy." Food for Thought was willing to work with our suggestions and within our budget. My father said he had his best Brandy Old Fashioned ever at our reception. A great feat, considering the bartender had learned the "recipe" per our request. The service was extremely friendly and accommodating.
Our guests raved about the food -- the beef tenderloin and blue cheese mashed potatoes were most often mentioned. My bulky Read more...
Our guests raved about the food -- the beef tenderloin and blue cheese mashed potatoes were most often mentioned. My bulky uncles came away from the reception "fat and happy." Food for Thought was willing to work with our suggestions and within our budget. My father said he had his best Brandy Old Fashioned ever at our reception. A great feat, considering the bartender had learned the "recipe" per our request. The service was extremely friendly and accommodating. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Great Service , great value very easy to work with. We worked with Linda Barder. She was easy to work with but got a little stressful when final numbers kept changing. I guess it is part of planning a wedding. I am still getting people raving about how good the food was. I really felt that the quality of food was great. I would definitely recommend them.
Great Service , great value very easy to work with. We worked with Linda Barder. She was easy to work with but got a Read more...
Great Service , great value very easy to work with. We worked with Linda Barder. She was easy to work with but got a little stressful when final numbers kept changing. I guess it is part of planning a wedding. I am still getting people raving about how good the food was. I really felt that the quality of food was great. I would definitely recommend them. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.1/5.0
Great food and great people
Great food and great people
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Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.0/5.0
I was really happy to have gone with FFT. The food was amazing and so was their staff. Our person Linda Barder, who I was in contact with to plan everything, was MORE than helpful! She is so knowledgeable and just a very nice person and made everything really easy for me. FFT provided the staff, including bartenders, and they were not quite awful, but not good. Our venue provided the liquor and the bartenders told my dad that they didnt have some of the liquor that was in our contract, it turns out that the venue did provide the liquor, and the bartenders just didn't serve it. In addition, one of the bartenders told my sister that she did not have any bottled water, when we knew there were cases available, so she had to have me ask the bartender for water, who them gave a bottle to my sister. All in all, great company, but bartenders sucked.

When we went for the tasting, they made us personalized menus to take with us, which was a nice touch and the food was really just amazing! Much better than any of the other tastings we attended! I would recommend them! And try to get Linda B to work with you, she’s wonderful!
I was really happy to have gone with FFT. The food was amazing and so was their staff. Our person Linda Barder, who I was Read more...
I was really happy to have gone with FFT. The food was amazing and so was their staff. Our person Linda Barder, who I was in contact with to plan everything, was MORE than helpful! She is so knowledgeable and just a very nice person and made everything really easy for me. FFT provided the staff, including bartenders, and they were not quite awful, but not good. Our venue provided the liquor and the bartenders told my dad that they didnt have some of the liquor that was in our contract, it turns out that the venue did provide the liquor, and the bartenders just didn't serve it. In addition, one of the bartenders told my sister that she did not have any bottled water, when we knew there were cases available, so she had to have me ask the bartender for water, who them gave a bottle to my sister. All in all, great company, but bartenders sucked.

When we went for the tasting, they made us personalized menus to take with us, which was a nice touch and the food was really just amazing! Much better than any of the other tastings we attended! I would recommend them! And try to get Linda B to work with you, she’s wonderful! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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rowando
Wedding:
6/15/1985
4.6/5.0
Food For Thought did an excellent job of catering, everything was taken cared of appropriately and everyone was served on time. The food options they had were lots, so it wasn't hard finding something we both liked.
Food For Thought did an excellent job of catering, everything was taken cared of appropriately and everyone was served on Read more...
Food For Thought did an excellent job of catering, everything was taken cared of appropriately and everyone was served on time. The food options they had were lots, so it wasn't hard finding something we both liked. Read less
Services Used: Catering

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