Chicago Wedding Catering
March 17, 2012 1:18 PM Subscribe
Does anyone know any good caterers for a wedding in Chicago?
posted by notswedish to Food & Drink (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Fiance and I are getting married next summer in Chicago, and we have a question about catering: namely that it seems way more expensive than we would have imagined.
The biggest thing we want to know first of all is what is a reasonable price for catering. We are hoping to have a reasonably nice sit-down dinner for 100-130 guests, plus an open bar and a 'cocktail hour' (though this is less necessary). We want it to be nice and tasteful without being extravagant on one end or obviously cheap on the other. Our parents are all in shock because they did this 35 years ago and they recall it (seated dinner + open bar) costing $10-15/person, but everything we have found so far is in the triple digits per person, so we're wondering if we're missing something or if prices really just are that high.
If you have recommendations for good caterers in Chicago who aren't too expensive (or good caterers who are; if it comes down to it we can afford $100/person, but we'd really rather not) or alternative ideas that would work, that would be great too.
We know we can just call caterers and get prices, but maybe there's something we're missing--or calling the wrong caterers, or not negotiating when and how we should? This is where your experience would be helpful.