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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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Christina
Wedding:
6/6/2015
5.0/5.0
I have never heard so many guests talk about how delicious the food was at a wedding until ours! We were very fortunate to work with Scott because he made the experience so wonderful from the first time we met him. At out first tasting, we tried all different types of dishes for each course with Scott, who explained what the dish was and how it was prepared in great detail. It was very hard to narrow down our choices but Scott helped us by choosing dishes that would compliment and balance one another. We had a few changes and additions along the way and had J&L cater our reception dinner, reception desserts, and even some Chicago style late night snacks! The guests loved the food as much as we did and we can't thank J&L enough for all their hard work for our wedding! We are now craving another plate of all our delicious choices!
I have never heard so many guests talk about how delicious the food was at a wedding until ours! We were very fortunate to Read more...
I have never heard so many guests talk about how delicious the food was at a wedding until ours! We were very fortunate to work with Scott because he made the experience so wonderful from the first time we met him. At out first tasting, we tried all different types of dishes for each course with Scott, who explained what the dish was and how it was prepared in great detail. It was very hard to narrow down our choices but Scott helped us by choosing dishes that would compliment and balance one another. We had a few changes and additions along the way and had J&L cater our reception dinner, reception desserts, and even some Chicago style late night snacks! The guests loved the food as much as we did and we can't thank J&L enough for all their hard work for our wedding! We are now craving another plate of all our delicious choices! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
I really enjoyed working with Jim Bailey from J&L. He’s a good listener and is also diligent in his work. He always replied emails within 24 hours and answered my questions with patience and care. He acted as my day-of wedding coordinator, and did a great job coordinating the other vendors and setting up the decorations together with the florist team. I’m usually a pretty anxious person, but on the day of the wedding I didn’t have to worry about anything because I knew that Jim had everything under control.

J&L is a great company too. Their food is priced reasonably and tastes good. They’re very flexible and can pretty much make anything you want them to – just give them a picture and they can duplicate it. Their staff is also professional and well organized. They did the clean up very quickly and didn’t leave any problems for us at the venue. Working with them was one of the best decisions I made at my wedding.
I really enjoyed working with Jim Bailey from J&L. He’s a good listener and is also diligent in his work. He always Read more...
I really enjoyed working with Jim Bailey from J&L. He’s a good listener and is also diligent in his work. He always replied emails within 24 hours and answered my questions with patience and care. He acted as my day-of wedding coordinator, and did a great job coordinating the other vendors and setting up the decorations together with the florist team. I’m usually a pretty anxious person, but on the day of the wedding I didn’t have to worry about anything because I knew that Jim had everything under control.

J&L is a great company too. Their food is priced reasonably and tastes good. They’re very flexible and can pretty much make anything you want them to – just give them a picture and they can duplicate it. Their staff is also professional and well organized. They did the clean up very quickly and didn’t leave any problems for us at the venue. Working with them was one of the best decisions I made at my wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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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Kristine
Wedding:
4/25/2015
5.0/5.0
I've never been to a wedding before where someone is constantly complimenting the food....it just rarely happens. Well guess what....I can't even begin to tell you how many incredible compliments I got about J&L's food at our wedding. It was crazy!!! From the delicious apps, to the incredible service to the hot dinner...everyone was obsessed and LOVED it!! They are still talking about it in fact.

Ted and his team were just amazing. They are so professional and were beyond attentive to the guests. I really adored working with Ted and his team and he just made the whole catering process a dream.

The food is incredible....your guests will LOVE it! Seriously consider them for your next catering event...you definitely won't regret it!
I've never been to a wedding before where someone is constantly complimenting the food....it just rarely happens. Well Read more...
I've never been to a wedding before where someone is constantly complimenting the food....it just rarely happens. Well guess what....I can't even begin to tell you how many incredible compliments I got about J&L's food at our wedding. It was crazy!!! From the delicious apps, to the incredible service to the hot dinner...everyone was obsessed and LOVED it!! They are still talking about it in fact.

Ted and his team were just amazing. They are so professional and were beyond attentive to the guests. I really adored working with Ted and his team and he just made the whole catering process a dream.

The food is incredible....your guests will LOVE it! Seriously consider them for your next catering event...you definitely won't regret it! 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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Katherine
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend J & L catering. I worked with Jim Bailey on my wedding this May 4, 2013 at the Woman's Club of Evanston, and he was brilliant. He was the most reliable, most effective, and most helpful of all the vendors I worked with during the wedding-planning process. I honestly can't think of a single complaint. I didn't attend the first tasting with J&L because I'm an out-of-town bride. My parents and grandmothers all attended, and everyone agreed that it was much better than the other, first tasting they had gone to. Later, I was uncertain about which chicken dish to select, and so Jim Bailey arranged a second tasting JUST FOR CHICKEN DISHES! We had already hired them at this point, so this was purely out of professionalism, integrity, and the desire to make things perfect. Jim was also helpful in making linen selections and offered honest and useful feedback. He interfaced with my other vendors and gave advice along the way on topics ranging from candy dishes to champagne. Jim can also serve as your dual wedding planner (while remaining your catering point person), and while I did not go this route, in retrospect I wish I had!!

On the big day, everything was perfect. We had a traditional selection of chicken, beef, or vegetarian risotto entrees, and each of the entrees was absolutely delicious, even better than at the tasting! The wait staff was friendly and I hardly even noticed they were there, they were so good at gliding effortlessly through the room! I worked with Jim Bailey so I don't know anything about the other lead event staff at J&L, but during my chicken tasting I got a really good vibe from the general atmosphere at the J&L offices---laid-back yet professional. J&L is a relatively expensive company, but they are definitely not overpriced, and I get the feeling from other reviews here that they're very happy to work with smaller budgets. 5 out of 5 for sure!
I highly recommend J & L catering. I worked with Jim Bailey on my wedding this May 4, 2013 at the Woman's Club of Read more...
I highly recommend J & L catering. I worked with Jim Bailey on my wedding this May 4, 2013 at the Woman's Club of Evanston, and he was brilliant. He was the most reliable, most effective, and most helpful of all the vendors I worked with during the wedding-planning process. I honestly can't think of a single complaint. I didn't attend the first tasting with J&L because I'm an out-of-town bride. My parents and grandmothers all attended, and everyone agreed that it was much better than the other, first tasting they had gone to. Later, I was uncertain about which chicken dish to select, and so Jim Bailey arranged a second tasting JUST FOR CHICKEN DISHES! We had already hired them at this point, so this was purely out of professionalism, integrity, and the desire to make things perfect. Jim was also helpful in making linen selections and offered honest and useful feedback. He interfaced with my other vendors and gave advice along the way on topics ranging from candy dishes to champagne. Jim can also serve as your dual wedding planner (while remaining your catering point person), and while I did not go this route, in retrospect I wish I had!!

On the big day, everything was perfect. We had a traditional selection of chicken, beef, or vegetarian risotto entrees, and each of the entrees was absolutely delicious, even better than at the tasting! The wait staff was friendly and I hardly even noticed they were there, they were so good at gliding effortlessly through the room! I worked with Jim Bailey so I don't know anything about the other lead event staff at J&L, but during my chicken tasting I got a really good vibe from the general atmosphere at the J&L offices---laid-back yet professional. J&L is a relatively expensive company, but they are definitely not overpriced, and I get the feeling from other reviews here that they're very happy to work with smaller budgets. 5 out of 5 for sure! 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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