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J and L Catering

Chicago , IL
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1229 N. North Branch Street
Chicago, IL 60642 US (map)

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312-280-7900

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ABOUT US

J&L Catering was founded in Chicago's River North neighborhood in 1989. With more than 25 years of food service experience and a life-long passion for great food, owners Ted Grady and... Read more
J&L Catering was founded in Chicago's River North neighborhood in 1989. With more than 25 years of food service experience and a life-long passion for great food, owners Ted Grady and Kevin Kelly continue to bring freshness and creativity to Chicago's catering market.

We have become known for our original and exciting cuisine and for the ability to work in a variety of settings where both precision and flexibility are essential to meet a client's changing needs. J&L has experienced robust growth and is a financially sound company. J&L is owner-operated and has more than 40 managers, chefs, and event designers, and on-premise service personnel for the corporate accounts we manage. Our service staff for all private events is personally recruited and trained by J&L management. These individuals, many of whom have been associated with J&L for more than five years, currently number more than 60, including captains, waiters, bartenders and chefs.

Our professional staff is personable and stylish, providing experienced and efficient service to our clients. Typically, J&L will provide a full range of services for your event, including event management, tabletop design, a professionally trained staff, a complete bar package, entertainment, decor and floral arrangements. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
J&L Catering provided catering services for our engagement party in the summer. The catering staff was WONDERFUL and so attentive to our guests and my fiance and I. The food was incredible (barbecue-esque food) and they really did a wonderful job - we couldn't have asked for anything better.
J&L Catering provided catering services for our engagement party in the summer. The catering staff was WONDERFUL and so Read more...
J&L Catering provided catering services for our engagement party in the summer. The catering staff was WONDERFUL and so attentive to our guests and my fiance and I. The food was incredible (barbecue-esque food) and they really did a wonderful job - we couldn't have asked for anything better. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
Scott from J&L was incredible. He is such a genuinely nice person. I thoroughly enjoyed emailing, chatting and planning with him! He had our best interests in mind the whole time, and worked his butt off to make our dream wedding a reality. We are both food lovers and enthusiastic cooks, so this part of the process was a biggie for us. Not to mention, we wanted a Latin-inspired, farm to table menu - with a healthy vegan option. Which they NAILED and executed beautifully. My guests raved about the food, saying it was the most gourmet wedding food they'd ever had. The photographs of the plates still make my mouth water. I am forever grateful to the whole J&L team - Scott in particular. I would recommend him 100%!!!!
Scott from J&L was incredible. He is such a genuinely nice person. I thoroughly enjoyed emailing, chatting and planning Read more...
Scott from J&L was incredible. He is such a genuinely nice person. I thoroughly enjoyed emailing, chatting and planning with him! He had our best interests in mind the whole time, and worked his butt off to make our dream wedding a reality. We are both food lovers and enthusiastic cooks, so this part of the process was a biggie for us. Not to mention, we wanted a Latin-inspired, farm to table menu - with a healthy vegan option. Which they NAILED and executed beautifully. My guests raved about the food, saying it was the most gourmet wedding food they'd ever had. The photographs of the plates still make my mouth water. I am forever grateful to the whole J&L team - Scott in particular. I would recommend him 100%!!!! Read less
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kristen
Wedding:
6/29/2014
4.2/5.0
John was great, the food was good, and the service was ok.
John was great, the food was good, and the service was ok.
John was great, the food was good, and the service was ok. Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot recommend them enough!! Their food was spectacular!! Not only at the tasting but also at the wedding. They worked so nicely with us during our back and forth decision making issues. We had on our team Jim and Can. While Jim couldn't be at the actual event, Cam took the reigns and handled it amazingly! They also functioned as day of coordinators which made it so easy. This was such a key part to our day and I'm so happy they were recommended to me!
I cannot recommend them enough!! Their food was spectacular!! Not only at the tasting but also at the wedding. They worked Read more...
I cannot recommend them enough!! Their food was spectacular!! Not only at the tasting but also at the wedding. They worked so nicely with us during our back and forth decision making issues. We had on our team Jim and Can. While Jim couldn't be at the actual event, Cam took the reigns and handled it amazingly! They also functioned as day of coordinators which made it so easy. This was such a key part to our day and I'm so happy they were recommended to me! Read less
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Rachael
Wedding:
2/22/2014
4.8/5.0
I would not have had nearly an amazing wedding if I did not have Jim and J&L handling our wedding!

J&L catered my wedding on 2/22/2014 at Stan Mansion in Chicago, IL. I cannot tell you how amazed I was at the service and the food they provided! Not only would I highly recommend them I cannot tell you how many compliments I received the night of our wedding and afterwards on how delicious the food was but also how amazing and attentive the wait staff at the wedding was as well!

We worked with Jim Bailey, and as others have noted and I can attest to, he is AMAZING!!! Jim not only coordinated everything with our venue, he even did multiple run throughs of the venue with myself and our day of coordinator to make sure he had all the details for the decorations, flowers, other vendors, etc. in addition to all of his details. He was so on top of his game and I was blown away!
Jim did so much more than I would ever expect a caterer to do, and he was fun, funny, and extremely pleasant to work with. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Jim and loved every minute of working with him!

Also the rest of the team from J&L was also incredibly attentive and friendly, and our guests loved interacting with them! J&L truly made the event even more special than it already was.

For the food we went with a half beef/half chicken option and everything was perfectly cooked. I had multiple guests tell me how impressed they were on how the beef was cooked perfectly and not overcooked like you might expect at a large event. J&L will create a custom menu for your, which we did not end up needing, as their standard menu choices included a wide enough variety of options that we had no problem finding something perfect for us.

Based on the quotes we obtained from 4-5 other caterers, J&L was no more expensive than their competitors, and I honestly can't imagine how any other competitor could possibly provide better service and add a better experience to what is a fun but stressful plan
I would not have had nearly an amazing wedding if I did not have Jim and J&L handling our wedding!

J&L catered my Read more...
I would not have had nearly an amazing wedding if I did not have Jim and J&L handling our wedding!

J&L catered my wedding on 2/22/2014 at Stan Mansion in Chicago, IL. I cannot tell you how amazed I was at the service and the food they provided! Not only would I highly recommend them I cannot tell you how many compliments I received the night of our wedding and afterwards on how delicious the food was but also how amazing and attentive the wait staff at the wedding was as well!

We worked with Jim Bailey, and as others have noted and I can attest to, he is AMAZING!!! Jim not only coordinated everything with our venue, he even did multiple run throughs of the venue with myself and our day of coordinator to make sure he had all the details for the decorations, flowers, other vendors, etc. in addition to all of his details. He was so on top of his game and I was blown away!
Jim did so much more than I would ever expect a caterer to do, and he was fun, funny, and extremely pleasant to work with. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Jim and loved every minute of working with him!

Also the rest of the team from J&L was also incredibly attentive and friendly, and our guests loved interacting with them! J&L truly made the event even more special than it already was.

For the food we went with a half beef/half chicken option and everything was perfectly cooked. I had multiple guests tell me how impressed they were on how the beef was cooked perfectly and not overcooked like you might expect at a large event. J&L will create a custom menu for your, which we did not end up needing, as their standard menu choices included a wide enough variety of options that we had no problem finding something perfect for us.

Based on the quotes we obtained from 4-5 other caterers, J&L was no more expensive than their competitors, and I honestly can't imagine how any other competitor could possibly provide better service and add a better experience to what is a fun but stressful plan Read less
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lale
Wedding:
9/28/2012
5.0/5.0
WOW! we are still speechless at the reviews our guests have given us regarding the food and service they received at our wedding!

We had our wedding at Stan Mansion in Logan Square in late September, with both of us working in hospitality management we had both high expectations of our vendors but also we wanted a party!

After several tastings with companies that just did not fit us we ended up at J&L met by Jim Bailey and an amazing staff- we tasted food that was just beyond amazing- we left knowing J&L was for us!

We chose to have heavy passed hors'douvres throughout the night , as our wedding was later in the evening on a Friday and once again we wanted a big party!
J&L Provided everything we wanted and needed from the bartenders ( even though we provided our own alcohol), to servers- Jim Bailey acted as a wedding planner helping us throughout a majority of decisions and even helping with the rehearsal!

It was such a pleasure working with J&L and we would recommend them to anyone looking for amazing food and quality personalized service. Jim truly made us feel special.
We hope to work with them again in the future!
Andrew and Lale Ketcham
Established 2012
WOW! we are still speechless at the reviews our guests have given us regarding the food and service they received at our Read more...
WOW! we are still speechless at the reviews our guests have given us regarding the food and service they received at our wedding!

We had our wedding at Stan Mansion in Logan Square in late September, with both of us working in hospitality management we had both high expectations of our vendors but also we wanted a party!

After several tastings with companies that just did not fit us we ended up at J&L met by Jim Bailey and an amazing staff- we tasted food that was just beyond amazing- we left knowing J&L was for us!

We chose to have heavy passed hors'douvres throughout the night , as our wedding was later in the evening on a Friday and once again we wanted a big party!
J&L Provided everything we wanted and needed from the bartenders ( even though we provided our own alcohol), to servers- Jim Bailey acted as a wedding planner helping us throughout a majority of decisions and even helping with the rehearsal!

It was such a pleasure working with J&L and we would recommend them to anyone looking for amazing food and quality personalized service. Jim truly made us feel special.
We hope to work with them again in the future!
Andrew and Lale Ketcham
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Mai
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
J & L Catering went above and beyond for our Sept. 22, 2012 wedding at the Nature Museum in Chicago. Our coordinator Evelyn Hitchcock was courteous, helpful and so responsive throughout the entire process. The food and service were impeccable and Evelyn even helped with the processional lineup during the ceremony. Our wedding planner decorated the Nature Museum with amazing detail and J & L helped create memorable table settings. The cocktail hour and dinner service went smoothly and everything tasted fresh and delicious. We chose the hanger steak and halibut as our entree choices and both turned out wonderful.

I am Vietnamese American and my husband is Chinese American and Evelyn addressed our wishes to incorporate flavors from our cultures. Our passed hor'dourves had some Asian influences and we also served mini- banh mi sandwiches as a late-night snack. We were busy entertaining guests and didn't have a chance to pick up all the food, but the head waiter left one of each dessert and two banh mi sandwiches on our table. J & L were thoughtful throughout and provided excellent service from planning to the reception.
J & L Catering went above and beyond for our Sept. 22, 2012 wedding at the Nature Museum in Chicago. Our coordinator Read more...
J & L Catering went above and beyond for our Sept. 22, 2012 wedding at the Nature Museum in Chicago. Our coordinator Evelyn Hitchcock was courteous, helpful and so responsive throughout the entire process. The food and service were impeccable and Evelyn even helped with the processional lineup during the ceremony. Our wedding planner decorated the Nature Museum with amazing detail and J & L helped create memorable table settings. The cocktail hour and dinner service went smoothly and everything tasted fresh and delicious. We chose the hanger steak and halibut as our entree choices and both turned out wonderful.

I am Vietnamese American and my husband is Chinese American and Evelyn addressed our wishes to incorporate flavors from our cultures. Our passed hor'dourves had some Asian influences and we also served mini- banh mi sandwiches as a late-night snack. We were busy entertaining guests and didn't have a chance to pick up all the food, but the head waiter left one of each dessert and two banh mi sandwiches on our table. J & L were thoughtful throughout and provided excellent service from planning to the reception. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
J&L far exceeded our expectations. We asked for global style tapas with signature cocktails and they more than delivered. They took our ideas and ran with them, it was hands down the best food we've ever had at any wedding. Rachel at J&L went above and beyond, coordinating not only the meal and setup, but the ceremony, the main events of the evening - she was just as much wedding coordinator as caterer and worth her weight in gold! Everything was perfect, not a single thing went wrong. Their service was unbelievable, courteous, impeccable, and above the standard I've seen anywhere else. They live to serve. They do it incredibly well.
J&L far exceeded our expectations. We asked for global style tapas with signature cocktails and they more than delivered. Read more...
J&L far exceeded our expectations. We asked for global style tapas with signature cocktails and they more than delivered. They took our ideas and ran with them, it was hands down the best food we've ever had at any wedding. Rachel at J&L went above and beyond, coordinating not only the meal and setup, but the ceremony, the main events of the evening - she was just as much wedding coordinator as caterer and worth her weight in gold! Everything was perfect, not a single thing went wrong. Their service was unbelievable, courteous, impeccable, and above the standard I've seen anywhere else. They live to serve. They do it incredibly well. Read less
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chris
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
We could not have been more pleased with the quality of the food (amazing) as well as the high level of service and professionalism of the staff. Having really great food and a dependable level of service were extremely important to us, and J&L exceeded our expectations on all fronts. To this day our friends and family still rave about the food at our wedding!

During the wedding planning process we met with a handful of reputable catering companies but J&L stood out to us immediately. Our coordinator at J&L, Scott Reichelsdorf, was extremely insightful and flexible when it came to designing our menu. In addition to his insights on food, Scott had done numerous weddings at the Chicago Cultural Center so his experience and understanding of how to effectively cater big events immediately put us at ease. Everything came together perfectly on our wedding day—the food was perfect, the timing of the dishes was on point (no delays), and the staff was attentive and courteous. Scott and his staff definitely went above & beyond - and we couldn’t have been happier with our decision to use J&L. We would highly recommend them to anybody in need of a top notch caterer!
We could not have been more pleased with the quality of the food (amazing) as well as the high level of service and Read more...
We could not have been more pleased with the quality of the food (amazing) as well as the high level of service and professionalism of the staff. Having really great food and a dependable level of service were extremely important to us, and J&L exceeded our expectations on all fronts. To this day our friends and family still rave about the food at our wedding!

During the wedding planning process we met with a handful of reputable catering companies but J&L stood out to us immediately. Our coordinator at J&L, Scott Reichelsdorf, was extremely insightful and flexible when it came to designing our menu. In addition to his insights on food, Scott had done numerous weddings at the Chicago Cultural Center so his experience and understanding of how to effectively cater big events immediately put us at ease. Everything came together perfectly on our wedding day—the food was perfect, the timing of the dishes was on point (no delays), and the staff was attentive and courteous. Scott and his staff definitely went above & beyond - and we couldn’t have been happier with our decision to use J&L. We would highly recommend them to anybody in need of a top notch caterer! Read less
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Marie
Wedding:
4/14/2012
4.4/5.0
J and L is fantastic! Jim is a great person--friendly, easy to work with, super helpful and he seems genuinely interested in providing a fantastic experience for the bride, groom and their families and guests. He helps with every little detail and thought of everything that we didn't. We commented many times that planning the wedding would have been much more stressful if it weren't for Jim's help. We highly recommend J and L catering!
J and L is fantastic! Jim is a great person--friendly, easy to work with, super helpful and he seems genuinely interested Read more...
J and L is fantastic! Jim is a great person--friendly, easy to work with, super helpful and he seems genuinely interested in providing a fantastic experience for the bride, groom and their families and guests. He helps with every little detail and thought of everything that we didn't. We commented many times that planning the wedding would have been much more stressful if it weren't for Jim's help. We highly recommend J and L catering! Read less
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