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J and L Catering

Chicago , IL
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LOCATION

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

PHONE

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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INFO FOR CATERING

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

REVIEWS

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Cassandra
Wedding:
10/15/2016
5.0/5.0
We had the pleasure of working with Morgan and Ted for our wedding and I cannot say enough about how amazing their team is! From the moment we knew they were going to be our caterer, we had a stellar experience. They were extremely responsive with any questions, concerns and suggestions and their food and menu options are so incredible. All of our guests are still raving about the dinner and appetizers--it was magnificent. We had a blast during our tasting and knew they would exceed our expectations at the wedding, and they did.

Everyone always says that you never get a change to eat at your own wedding. Well, not with J&L! My husband and I as well as our parents felt so well taken care of by their team. The servers ensured our drinks were full and appetizers were making it to us throughout the cocktail hour and they made sure we got to sit and eat our full meal during dinner. It was a dream!

Their bartenders and servers were very professional, polite and polished and really added another level of class to an already elegant affair. Morgan and Ted made sure everything was executed perfectly and we cannot thank them enough for making our wedding so special. It would not have been the same without J&L Catering.
We had the pleasure of working with Morgan and Ted for our wedding and I cannot say enough about how amazing their team Read more...
We had the pleasure of working with Morgan and Ted for our wedding and I cannot say enough about how amazing their team is! From the moment we knew they were going to be our caterer, we had a stellar experience. They were extremely responsive with any questions, concerns and suggestions and their food and menu options are so incredible. All of our guests are still raving about the dinner and appetizers--it was magnificent. We had a blast during our tasting and knew they would exceed our expectations at the wedding, and they did.

Everyone always says that you never get a change to eat at your own wedding. Well, not with J&L! My husband and I as well as our parents felt so well taken care of by their team. The servers ensured our drinks were full and appetizers were making it to us throughout the cocktail hour and they made sure we got to sit and eat our full meal during dinner. It was a dream!

Their bartenders and servers were very professional, polite and polished and really added another level of class to an already elegant affair. Morgan and Ted made sure everything was executed perfectly and we cannot thank them enough for making our wedding so special. It would not have been the same without J&L Catering. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
This is just based on our tasting. We're probably going with them.
This is just based on our tasting. We're probably going with them.
This is just based on our tasting. We're probably going with them. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Christine
Wedding:
4/2/2016
5.0/5.0
Jim Bailey was the head caterer for our wedding at the Women's Club of Evanston. And by head caterer, we mean, he was the head caterer, master organizer, lead contact for all other vendors, and master of easing the mind. We can't really say enough for what he meant for the wedding. He managed almost all aspects and made us feel at ease before and during the event...we didn't need to focus on anything outside of our family and friends because he had the rest covered.

The service for the rest of the catering team was equally as impressive. All staff members were professional, polite and added to the excitement of the celebration. J&L flipped the room during cocktail hour flawlessly and then cleared 5 tables to make room for the dance floor after dinner. It was done to perfection.

Lastly, the food was incredible. We have received so many compliments from so many different people raving about the food. We knew it was good when we went for a tasting, but did not think they were going to replicate it for a huge group...but THEY DID. The next day our family could not get over the tastes they had the night before...hanger steak was amazing and the salmon "made people's mouth water thinking about it".

Overall, we would recommend J&L for any event and all events. Thank you soooooo much Jim and the rest of the J&L crew!
Jim Bailey was the head caterer for our wedding at the Women's Club of Evanston. And by head caterer, we mean, he was the Read more...
Jim Bailey was the head caterer for our wedding at the Women's Club of Evanston. And by head caterer, we mean, he was the head caterer, master organizer, lead contact for all other vendors, and master of easing the mind. We can't really say enough for what he meant for the wedding. He managed almost all aspects and made us feel at ease before and during the event...we didn't need to focus on anything outside of our family and friends because he had the rest covered.

The service for the rest of the catering team was equally as impressive. All staff members were professional, polite and added to the excitement of the celebration. J&L flipped the room during cocktail hour flawlessly and then cleared 5 tables to make room for the dance floor after dinner. It was done to perfection.

Lastly, the food was incredible. We have received so many compliments from so many different people raving about the food. We knew it was good when we went for a tasting, but did not think they were going to replicate it for a huge group...but THEY DID. The next day our family could not get over the tastes they had the night before...hanger steak was amazing and the salmon "made people's mouth water thinking about it".

Overall, we would recommend J&L for any event and all events. Thank you soooooo much Jim and the rest of the J&L crew! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning
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Lizzy
Wedding:
10/3/2015
5.0/5.0
Jim from J&L was the MVP for our wedding planning and wedding day. Not only does he serve as the head of the catering on the day of, but he will work with you in lock-step during your entire planning process on the menu, the venue, the decorations, the schedule, etc. He is basically a wedding planner and caterer all in one!

I was planning my wedding from out-of-town and Jim was so easy to get in touch with. We spoke every few months with updates, ideas, changes, etc. and his responsiveness was so appreciated. The menu he helped us select was perfect and the whole look and feel of the event was exactly our taste (no pun intended). His attention to detail in arranging the room and decorations was incredible.

I can not recommend him and his team highly enough. They were delightful to work for. And, to cap it off, the food was delicious!!
Jim from J&L was the MVP for our wedding planning and wedding day. Not only does he serve as the head of the catering on Read more...
Jim from J&L was the MVP for our wedding planning and wedding day. Not only does he serve as the head of the catering on the day of, but he will work with you in lock-step during your entire planning process on the menu, the venue, the decorations, the schedule, etc. He is basically a wedding planner and caterer all in one!

I was planning my wedding from out-of-town and Jim was so easy to get in touch with. We spoke every few months with updates, ideas, changes, etc. and his responsiveness was so appreciated. The menu he helped us select was perfect and the whole look and feel of the event was exactly our taste (no pun intended). His attention to detail in arranging the room and decorations was incredible.

I can not recommend him and his team highly enough. They were delightful to work for. And, to cap it off, the food was delicious!! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Jim at J&L Catering went above and beyond to make our wedding day as seamless as possible!
Jim at J&L Catering went above and beyond to make our wedding day as seamless as possible!
Jim at J&L Catering went above and beyond to make our wedding day as seamless as possible! 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
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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
Services Used: Catering
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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
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
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
Services Used: Catering

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