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Testimonials

For well over a decade, Chef By Request has preceded itself as a high-end provider of culinary delights in the Chicago suburbs. Along the way, we have delighted and catered many unforgettable events.

Please read what our customers have to say about our service and dedication.

Catered Weddings by Upscale Caterer

Weddings

"Everything was truly amazing!!! Absolutely delicious, extremely creative and unique and beautifully displayed!!! The bride-to-be and the guests raved about every detail. Thank you for making this shower event spectacular! Everthing that I expected (from my past experiences from events held at church) and more! "
- Annette Z., Woodridge IL

"I wanted to send you a note to thank you for the amazing execution of the food at Megan and Stephen's wedding. I heard many guests commenting on the amazing food! As a vendor, I could not be happier to have worked with your professional staff. They were so helpful, friendly, and watching out for guests and the other vendors."
- Nicole from LK Events. Danada House, Wheaton, IL

"I speak for everyone when I say that we really appreciated the wonderful catering that Chef By Request provided for the Fulton events this weekend! The quality of food and beverage was superb and the staff could not have been more helpful and attentive on the wedding day. It was truly a memorable, once in a lifetime wedding for Anna and Tyler and you helped make that possible."
- Cathy K., Wheaton, IL

"I just had to tell you that Chef By Request outdid anything beyond our expectations Saturday night! We all said you were flawless!!!!! The perfection in which you handled this important (to us) event was just incredible! I am just amazed at how you did this and with such calmness, professionalism and caring...there are no words to thank you and Dave enough. The best way I can describe the reassurance I had knowing you were in charge is that you treated us like family...bravo, wow, excellent, perfect...you are the best!!!!!"
- Debbie L., Plainfield IL

"We had such a lovely time and got so many compliments from our guests that ours was the best wedding they have ever been to. Also, many compliments on the food being 'exceptional,' since it was :) The meat was cooked beautifully!!!! So many people said that they never have been to a wedding where the meat was cooked to perfection. Really, everything was perfect and beautiful. Your WHOLE staff was wonderful, personable, and attentive. VERY sweet people! A++ Please tell them that they really helped make our night special, and each and every staff member played an integral role in our night going off without a hitch and filling the room with warmth."
- Kelly and Adam from Wheaton IL

"We explained our expectations and budget, which they assured us they could accommodate. We felt confident in our decision to use Chef By Request as our caterer, but they far exceeded our high standards in every way! We will definitely do business with Chef By Request when future family weddings are planned and highly encourage anyone wanting a special dinner to utilize this service. Thanks for a special wedding reception!"
- Rich and Carol, Oswego IL

"I got married at Danada House in Wheaton, IL and had Chef By Request as my caterers. And let me tell you, they were AWESOME!!! Everyone at Chef By Request was very helpful and responsive. The food was delicious, best food I've ever had at a wedding. I had many compliments from guests on how great the food was. Highly recommended!"
- Happy Bride from Wheaton IL

"I wanted to thank you again for everything! Everyone loved the food, they couldn't say enough about it! Thank you for your patience with Lenny and I especially with the changes we made at the end. We will definitely recommend you to anyone that may need a caterer for any reason. Chef Dave, thanks so much for your enthusiasm! It definitely made Lenny and I even more excited about the food we were going have! And Danielle, I can't thank you enough for being my personal wedding planner (hahahaha). You went over and beyond what Lenny and I expected! Thank you very much Chef Dave and Danielle!"
- Itzia C., Romeoville, IL

"Our rehearsal dinner was wonderful. The food was delicious and your staff was fantastic. Everything, even the weather, was absolutely perfect! You were a pleasure to work with and I felt you went out of your way to insure that we would have a successful event. I would highly recommend Chef by Request to anyone planning a party. It was so nice to know that everything was all taken care of and to not have to worry about a thing."
- Donna T., Hinsdale, IL

"Thank you a million times for making our day so special and stress free. You were so wonderful to work with and I fell so lucky we found you. Your staff and you were so wonderful I couldn't have expected anything more. Thank you again!"
- Katie and Dan M., LaGrange IL

"Just wanted to take a minute to thank you for helping to make our daughter's wedding perfect! Cindy did a wonderful job of organizing and making sure everything went smoothly. The food was absolutely delicious! We received so many compliments on our choice of caterer! Chef By Request is definitely a first class organization. Thanks again!"
- Sandi and Hugh F., Lake Forest IL

"Thank you for making our wedding reception such an enjoyable experience – from the planning stages to the reception at the Morton Arboretum, we appreciate the attention to detail and personal service. Our wedding guests are still raving about the food, specifically the taste and presentation."
- Annette and John H., Lisle IL

"I want to thank you again for all your invaluable help with this wedding. I don't know what we would have done without you. Everything was perfect and we have you to thank. We received so many complements on the food and the service. Everyone was wonderful."
- Sue L., Oakbrook IL

"My family, Mark and I can not thank you enough for everything you did to make our day beautiful and memorable! The energy you put into helping us arrange the reception, attend to stunning details, and to keeping the party going was truly amazing! We received so many compliments on the food and service. Several people noted that the food was the best they've had at a wedding (including my husband). You were truly an integral part of this magical day and I am so grateful for all that you did for us! Thank you again for everything!"
- Cathy and Mark P., Elmhurst IL

"We want to thank you for the wonderful job you and Chef By Request did catering our wedding in November. Everything was set up beautifully in the hall and we got numerous compliments on the delicious food! The staff was also great and so friendly. Thanks so much for all your time and work and I will definitely refer you and Chef By Request to anyone who needs a catering company."
- Kristopher and Monica S., Wheaton IL

"Just a note to let you know how much we appreciate the work that you put in to make our daughter's wedding reception a complete success. The guests were all impressed by the service the Chef By Request staff provided. The food was delicious from the appetizers to the main course to the dessert. We have never heard so many compliments. The chocolate fountain and the fruit palm tree were the talk of the evening besides the food. It was an awesome display. Our guests could not stop talking about the food and how everything was running smoothly. Thanks you again for a superb job. I will definitely recommend Chef By Request to all my friends and relatives. You and the Chef By Request staff are simply the best."
- Lynda Z., LaGrange IL

"Most people are quick to complain, but seldom take the time to compliment when they have had a good experience. Chef By Request deserves kudos. You worked with us and took a small affair and turned it into a memorable event. The food, the service, the presentation, the attention to detail was first class. I was even pleasantly surprised by the clean up. When I returned to the room after you had departed, I could not tell we had an event. The room looked pristine. If I am ever in need of your type of service, there is no one I would ever consider other than Chef By Request and the competent Danielle, my coordinator."
- Bob and Annette T., Chicago IL

"I am compelled to write you a letter about the preliminary service I have received from Cindy Shanholtz. I am getting married 8/13/2005 and have contacted five catering services to submit proposals for our event. From the time I contacted Cindy, she immediately was responsive to my needs and demonstrated sincere effort in her approach to my wedding plan. She asked focused questions to get an idea of my personality, likes and dislikes, and faxed me a list of your meal items quickly. I immediately noted a difference in the amount of effort Cindy had placed on my important wedding day versus other catering services in the area. As a consequence of her actions, I am selecting her to be in charge of our very special day. As you know a wedding day is sentinel event in one's life and I feel very confident that Cindy will handle my wedding with expertise and finesse. You have a very valuable employee who made my selection of a caterer a very easy choice. Please recognize her for the contribution she has made to your catering service."
- Patricia K., Huntley IL

"We are so happy that we chose Chef By Request as the caterers for our wedding. You definitely made our wedding a success. I actually am going to miss dealing with you. Your company made it so easy to plan our wedding. I cannot say enough about you and your staff. The meal created by Chef Dave will be talked about for years to come!"
- Rob and Colleen P., Glenview IL

"Thank you for making our special day extraordinary. Your professionalism, kindness, and organization was first rate. Each and every one of your staff did their jobs extremely well – the party was outstanding."
- Wendy and Joey S., Vernon Hills IL

"Thank you so much for making our rehearsal dinner excellent! The food was a huge hit."
- Joanne R., Naperville IL

"I can't say thank you enough for the wonderful food and service you and yours delivered at our wedding. I heard nothing but compliments and the service was impeccable."
- Robin J., Naperville IL

"Thank you so much for the wonderful job Chef By Request did for my wedding. I was extremely pleased with everything from your service, professionalism, and especially the food."
- Lee Ann C., Huntley IL

Corporate and Company Caterer in Chicago

Corporate Events

"Everything was wonderful!!! Everyone raved about the food! The staff was great, and I really appreciate everything that you did to make our night a huge success. Thanks so much!"
-World Relief Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

"I must take the time to thank you and your entire team for a fantastic job. The food was incredible compliments to the chef(s) and their teams. Darian, of course, was the best! His presentation of the entire meal makes it all the more enjoyable and delicious. Thank you and I look forward to working with you on our next event/meeting."
- Fuel Tec in Naperville

"The Oktoberfest event last Thursday was a success. Thank you very much for your assistance in putting this all together. The food was fabulous! I especially loved that the brats were nice and moist and not greasy and the red cabbage was delicious also. Darian our server was excellent! He was so on top of everything and really made it easy for the hosts to relax and have a good time. Thank you again!"
- Capitas Financial of Illinois, LLC in Downers Grove, IL

"Thank you so much for the wonderfully catered event! From your server, bartender to the food it couldn't have worked out any better! My only regret is that I didn't ask for some of those delicious kabobs to go. They were awesome!!"
- DTI of Illinois, Inc.

"I had a choice of many different caterers, and to be honest, the presentation and service that you provided from our first meeting, simply outshone anyone I spoke with! ... The day of the event, the entire staff was prompt, unbelievably courteous and an absolute pleasure to work with. Every detail of the set up was impeccable, and I am truly very particular! The attention to detail was just beautiful and our venue looked fantastic! ... And the food....it was absolutely fantastic!! I heard nothing but rave reviews the entire evening, and even today, our staff continues to be amazed at the quality, quantity and presentation. It was everything that I hoped it would be and beyond."
- Chicago Advertising Federation

"I just have to say that your team did an AMAZING job last night. Once the event got started, I didn't even have to think about the food or beverages again! There was someone from the team available at all times and I don't think any of our guests had to wait or ask for anything. AWESOME JOB! I also appreciate all of the assistance you provided me directly prior to the event. You did a great job of answering my questions and helping me make effective choices with regard to food, beverages and guests. Oh, and you were absolutely right about the almond-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates. They were a huge hit!"
- Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

"Thank you for a fabulous event. Your food and presentation were top notch! The staff was incredible!"
- American Cancer Society, Taste of Hope 2008 Silent Auction, Hinsdale IL

"Thanks so much for helping to make our event successful Tuesday night with such wonderful food and a great presentation! I heard one of our Board Members remark about how good the food is. Please extend my thanks to your excellent staff. Also here are some additional passes for you and them."
- DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville IL

"Your dinner was as artistic as the finest paintings in this museum. Wow!"
- The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL

"Thank you for your beautiful display. It has been the talk of The Arboretum!"
- The Morton Arboretum, Lisle IL

"We know that we can always count on you to turn our events into really something special!"
- Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Naperville IL

"The dinner was superb!"
- North Central College, Naperville IL

"Thank you for making our reception at the HDS office in Itasca on October 9 a great success! I received nothing but positive feedback from our attendees on how great the food and service was. Convey my thanks most especially to Mr. Cindy Shanholtz for her professionalism, creativity, diligence and patience to our account. She is definitely an asset, a jewel, perhaps, to your incredible team. She is truly remarkable. Kudos to the rest of your staff on site that evening. We hope to work with you on our future events. Again, my heartfelt thanks."
- Hitachi, Itasca IL

"Thank you so much for the outstanding dinner Saturday night! The service, presentation, and food (of course!) were impeccable. It is truly a pleasure to work with you and Chef By Request."
- Heritage YMCA Group, Lisle IL

"On behalf of the entire University, we want to thank you for an outstanding job last night. Everything was absolutely perfect, everyone said it was the best food ever...not your typical fare of mini hot dogs and chicken wings. Your staff was wonderful, everyone complimented them. They were very professional! Absolute rave reviews."
- National-Louis University, Lisle IL

"The boxed lunches were lovely! Very, very nicely prepared and the young gentleman that delivered was right on time."
- United Recycling, West Chicago IL

"We have never heard so many great compliments on the food. Even the guys commented on how lovely the presentation was! We feel that because of your hard work and great food, this was our best company picnic ever."
- Midas Auto Systems, Aurora IL

"Chef By Request has made me look good in all situations regarding promptness, presentation, and above all quality of food."
- Acxiom, Downers Grove IL

"Just a note of appreciation for a wonderful job well done in catering our corporate breakfast at our facility in Naperville last month. Not only was your staff professional, but the food was wonderful and the set up and display was beautiful."
- The Butterfield Health Care Group, Inc., Oakbrook IL

"The event was a great success. There was plenty of food – and it was delicious. The set-up by David was beautiful and the sauces and dips were wonderful."
- Sheila McCann & Associates, Naperville IL

"I just wanted to thank you for the great job you and your staff did for our picnic Luncheon on the Riverwalk. I've heard nothing but good things about the event and how delicious the food was. You are to be complemented for maintaining the quality level you did for serving so many people."
- Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Naperville IL

Social Gatherings Catered with Fun and Spirit

Social Events

"I wanted to drop you a note to let you know how perfect the catering was for my ordination day. The food was delicious to us & we received many, many compliments from others. Everything was in place and on time and the service was excellent! Thank you so much. Chef By Request does not disappoint. We will recommend you to anyone for their special occasion. Take care and keep up the good work!"
-Robin C.

"The event was fantastic!!!!!! Everything we hoped for and more, mostly thanks to Chef by Request! Food was excellent...quite honestly (and unfortunately!) I did not personally get to taste everything, but many people commented on how wonderful everything was. The presentation of the food was excellent, also. Katie, Jackie and Jim were absolutely great!!!! As I had told you, we never did anything like this before and so I really had no idea of what to expect, but they were certainly above and beyond anything I could have imagined! When it comes to many things around the house, we had always done it ourselves, for the most part, and many times have been disappointed when we actually hired people, but this was definitely NOT the case in this situation!

I was amazed at how, with little direction, the ladies handled everything in an effortless-looking way...in other words, they knew exactly what needed to be done and how to do it! In the beginning, I had reminded them of how the main thing to me was that food (and champagne!) be passed throughout the night, more so than any clean up or whatever and they did a fantastic job with that. I paid attention to their attention to our guests and even though people were not always interested in taking what they presented, they were very good about getting around. We ended up being both inside and out in the backyard, which we were prepared for, and they handled that, too. I cannot really say enough good things about your company and have absolutely no complaints or regrets! Thanks so much for putting it together for us."
- Barb W., Aurora, IL

"I don't have the words for how amazing everything was for the Lady in Red party! The food selections were scrumptious, the staff was attentive and detail oriented. The party guests were raving about every bite! Thank you for putting together the details for a memorable evening for the guests and more importantly, the birthday girl."
- Autumn, Naperville, IL

"Thanks you all so much for making our 90th birthday celebration so wonderful. The food was delicious, especially the beef tenderloin on ciabatta, the mini reubens and the potato cups. Edwin our server was a delight to have working here. He arrived on time, did a beautiful job displaying the food. He picked up the dirty dishes and washed them without being invasive. He kept the chaffing dishes filled with fresh hot food – I never had to ask him to do anything (something I've had to do in the past with other caterers). It made it so easy for me and I was able to enjoy my party! I received many compliments – due to your efforts."
- Jody, Wheaton, IL

"I want to let you know that Chef by Request did an EXCELLENT job catering the event in honor of our retiring CEO – hosted by our new CEO and his wife at their home in Burr Ridge. Everyone on your staff was great to work with, and the food was fabulous!! I heard nothing but compliments the entire evening. The bartenders and waitstaff were professional, helpful and thorough from set-up through clean-up."
- Regina S., Knowles Electronics, Itasca IL

"Everything was amazing! The food was out of this world, the servers were wonderful, so professional. Everything went perfect. When they left, the kitchen was cleaner than when they arrived! Everyone was raving about the food, it was wonderful. My step-mother always works so hard at these parties and never gets to enjoy herself. It was wonderful to see her just visiting and relaxed all night long...it was perfect!"
- Yvonne S., St. Charles IL

"Our anniversary celebration dinner was a huge success. A great many people have told me how much they enjoyed the dinner on Sunday, it was not only delicious, but they were impressed that it arrived hot as there were so many people to be served. Our compliments to Chef Dave. In addition, I received several comments on the friendliness of the servers and their willingness to be helpful when anyone needed more water, coffee, etc. A huge thank you to you and Chef Dave for your helpfulness to me in answering my many questions and your willingness to make changes to our many calls at the last minute. Last but not least thank you for coming Monday to help finish washing the dishes. We enjoyed your company as well as your help."
- Arlene, Immanual Lutheran Church, Downers Grove, 100 yr. celebration

"I just want to let you know that everything you said about the food, the presentation, the efficiency of Chef by Request and Mike is true. Everyone was raving about the food, and I will definitely get some cards to pass out. I can't say enough good about Mike. He jumped in, even a little earlier than 7:00, worked the whole time doing everything including the set up, the bar, the dishes, taking plates away... All the women wanted to take him home with them. He has a wonderful manner. I'm very excited about your company and can't wait to have another party. Oh yes, the cake was amazing too. You'll have to see the pictures. Anyway, I can't thank you enough for all your help and encouragement. It was a a wonderful success, thanks to you, Mike and Chef By Request. Ella was also very efficient and Katie couldn't have been nicer and more helpful."
- Sherry H., Hinsdale IL

"Thank you again for the incredible job that you did for us. Everything was wonderful. No detail was overlooked, right down to the clean-up. Please extend our sincerest appreciation to Lisa and Camille."
- Mariette S., Hinsdale IL

"It's been such a pleasure working with you. I have been able to completely relax and let you and your staff do all the work! I can't tell you what that means to me. Thanks Dave."
- Megan and Chris E., Glenview IL

"The food was fabulous and the presentation was impressive. Every one I worked with from booking to delivery was great. You definitely helped make the baby shower a success".
- Jill J., Wheaton IL

"We've tried others, but there is no comparison to the quality that is always first and foremost with Chef By Request."
- JoAnn K., Schaumburg IL

"All our guests raved about the food. Your catering is the best in the Chicago area!"
- Mary Alice S. and Milt L.

"The food and service were outstanding."
- Kim D.

"Everything was beautiful. Thanks to your planning and talents the party was a great success and all I had to do was show up!"
- Victoria A., Brookfield IL

"Danny and I had the best time enjoying our own party thanks to Chef By Request. Our guests raved about their 'made-to-order' omelettes."
- Maggie E., Warrenville IL

"Thank you for making our party such a success!"
- Dan and Karen B.

"Thank you very much for a great job! The party was a huge success, everyone enjoyed the pasta bar!"
- Kathy J., Glen Ellyn IL

"The food was amazing and the presentation of it was gorgeous!"
- Laura and Rich K., Homer Glen IL

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