Reviews for The Catering Gourmets

From "The Knot" wedding planning website.

Knottie52389714: "Outstanding" ★★★★★

Janet is totally awesome. The food was outstanding and her servers were very professional. I would not hesitate to use her again.

szwjkwsk: "Farm Wedding" ★★★★★

We used Janet and the Catering Gourmets for our October outdoor wedding. I cannot say enough good things about her. She was a joy to work with and was very patient with last minute changes. She worked with us to plan the meal, and was honest in what she felt would work for our theme. We paid a little extra for onsite grilling and it was totally worth it. Our wedding guests came from a variety of backgrounds, but Janet's food pleased them all. People went on and on about how great it was and at least a dozen guests wanted her contact information. If you want great food prepared by great people - look no further.

Knottie28664973: "Comfort Food" ★★★★★

The Catering Gourmets did a wonderful job catering my wedding. My friends and family love southern food and so we went to a tasting where Janet had allowed us to try a wide variety she had to offer. We decided to go with the strawberry spinach salad, the moist chicken cutlets, buttermilk biscuits, grilled pork tenderloin, and the au gratin potatoes. We had 3 staff members who served everything including pouring water and they also cleaned up after everyone and wrapped up the leftovers. Janet went over a timeline with us and gave us suggestions. Overall, they were genuine and friendly and a really great company. They also provide on site grilling, which we chose not to do. I would recommend The Catering Gourmets to anybody for any event looking to cater. I would definitely hire them again.

sarlee109: "Amazing"★★★★★

The food was wonderful! They were great at serving food at the buffet. The food was wonderful and everyone loved it!

Knottie76358631: "Amazing!"★★★★★

Janet, Jerry and the staff at The Catering Gourmets is absolutely amazing! Our experience with them was better than we could have ever hoped for. Their schedule was very flexible and we were able to meet with them well in advance for a tasting, and Janet made a little bit of everything for my party of 5 to taste (and leave stuffed!). They were very professional at our wedding while controlling the buffet line, clearing everyone's plates, packaging all the leftovers and cutting the cake. We received SO many compliments on how fresh and delicious the food was, and our families were able to enjoy the leftovers for quite some time! They were also the most affordable caterer I found in the area, and Janet was very thorough when going through the details the week of the wedding so my mind was always at ease. Including all the taxes and fees, the meal cost very reasonable per person for a salad, 2 kinds of meats, 2 sides, a dinner roll, and sheet cakes for all the guests. You can't beat that price for that quality of food! I highly recommend The Catering Gourmets if you want your guests to be impressed! Thanks again Janet and Jerry! :)

anneeasley: "'Best wedding food I've had,' said nearly every single guest"★★★★★

Not much more needs to be said along with the title, but I'll say more anyway. From the planning process to the wedding day, Janet was supportive, creative, flexible, and downright friendly. We felt like we were planning our menu with a friend. They navigated around an outdoor ceremony without so much as a peep, set up smokers and grills,cooked ribs, smoked chicken, and three sides during a torrential downpour, all of this, mind you, was done exactly to our expected time table for 180 guests. On to the food: my husband is a rib enthusiast and confidently said they were some of the best ribs he has ever had; our guests felt the same way. Cooked on site and in batches, buffet-style made sure each guest got the juiciest and tastiest ribs. The BBQ Chicken was tender and properly rounded out their "Texas Two-Step" option. The side options(au gratin potatoes, orzo salad, and carrots) were all hits. We have some pretty honest friends and family, especially after a few beers, and every single word about the food was positive. We can honestly say that from the twelve weddings we have been to this year at country clubs, banquet halls, yachts, and Chicago-area restaurants, the Catering Gourmets tasted the best. After going through the wedding process and seeing where money and time go to, the food is hands down one of the most important aspects of the day. Our band rocked, the venue was perfect, and we had the best food. Without the food, it would not have been close to the same. And for the price, you're nuts not to give them a call. Thank you Janet and the Catering Gourmets for helping to make our wedding day perfect!

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When my mother had a bunch of family coming for a few days, she felt that she would enjoy the visit better if she didn't have to spend so much time in the kitchen, so she called Janet with The Catering Gourmets. Everyone raved about the orzo salad. Being a meat and potatoes man, I loved the smoked beef brisket sandwiches. The meat was done to perfection, and was absolutely delicious! With her dressed up cheese and crackers, and a fruit and cookies tray for dessert, it was a very enjoyable meal for everyone. Thank you, Janet, for helping my Mom by creating such a memorable meal for our family.

Warmest Regards,
Steve Dodd

Your food was excellent! We were very happy and very impressed. Several guests asked for your contact information. Thanks so much for helping us make our day so great!

Jenny Hager
Sugar Grove, IL

Janet did a wonderful job catering a Holiday Party for my family.? Not only did she fit us into her already busy schedule, but the food was excellent.? I had so many great reviews from the everyone, especially the Au Gratin Potatoes--not a leftover in sight!

This was the third time my family has used the Catering Gourmets for events, the other two were outdoor weddings and we've never been disappointed.

Kudos to you Janet!

Pam Hannigan

It was amazing, now I understand what a "gourmet" pig roast is all about. I must say the scalloped potatoes were out of this world. I'll send you my scalloped potato with leeks recipe if you will share your recipe! :)

I am also still savoring the chocolate macaroons.....need a large glass of milk when you eat more than one of those babies.

I think my 12 year old son wants to come and work for you. He must have asked Jerry and Barney a couple hundred questions and invited them to stay and join the party. He was really sorry to see them go.

Mikey, my son, has already planned his birthday party in my back yard, with you guessed it, a pig roast.

Charlie Kingery
Kildeer, IL

I wanted to let you know that our family pig roast was a great success. I kept hearing comments like "this is the best pig roast ever" and "can I have some more?" Your grillers did a wonderful job and put the dinner on the table at 2 minutes to 6!

The only problem was we had very little use for the zip lock bags you suggested. When the last guest left we had only enough leftovers for Ronnie and I to have for lunch. I think the family was sneaking food out to their cars all
night long. Great time, great food, great party! Thanks for your help. I'll let people know where to order their next pig.

John and Ronnie Rubino

It was absolutely fabulous!! Everyone just raved about all of the food. The pork tenderloin was perfect, spaetzle was incredible and the buttermilk biscuits with honey butter was delicious. I think that the biggest hit was the Chicken Pot Pie.

The event was my sister and brother-in-law's 25th Wedding Anniversary. We have such a big family that we normally do pot luck dinners where everyone brings a dish to pass. We wanted to make the anniversary party very special, and the dinner did just that! We definitely will have family events catered in the future. Thank you so much!!

Laurie Graefen,

Thank you so VERY much for the amazing food at our wedding. So many people commented on the wonderful food and the compliments still keep rolling in! The meal was fresh and delicious and perfectly executed. I couldn't have asked for anything better - I really mean that.

Thank you also for tolerating the heat and taking care of all of the extra things that got away from us in the planning. My favorite part of the entire reception was looking across the tables and seeing all of the happy faces, obviously enjoying their meal. And you were so sweet when you came over to our table - you really put my mind at ease and I was just overcome with happiness.

I cannot say enough good things about you and your staff and I will definitely spread the word. Please feel free to use me as a testimonial and as a reference - I am more than happy to do anything to let others know about your excellent catering company.

The very best to you and your staff!
Veronica Shaefer

Thank you again for everything Saturday night. My guests were very impressed with the food, and I know many of them will be using your services in the future.

Scott Weber
Sugar Grove

I cannot say enough about the food you provided for my daughter's bridal shower. The chicken salad croissants are so fresh tasting and delicious. The spinach salad is the best I have ever had. The orzo with roasted vegetables is colorful and tasted wonderful.

My guests raved about the food. They said this was the best shower food they'd ever had. Even the leftovers went over big at home. My daughter took food back to Seattle with her on the airplane and my husband was determined that nothing would go to waste.

I am very, very pleased with the quality of your food and the service you provided. Thank you so much for making my event a success. I will certainly order from you again and recommend you to everyone I know!

Pam Melvin
Sugar Grove

Thank you so much for handling our special brunch. The Finnish Pancake was scrumptious. We've ordered your German Potato Salad, Chicken Salad and Pork Tenderloins before, and they were a big hit again. Our guests all wanted to take the extra food home.

It's so reassuring when when we hire The Catering Gourmets that not only does it relieve us of a lot of work - but we know we'll be serving food that is special and delicious!

Phill and Sue Wolfe

The dishes you provided for my party received rave reviews. The chicken in tarragon cream and spinach salad were particular favorites. I appreciate the job you did for us and the attention and professionalism given to me from the time we started working on this.

I would not hesitate to call you again and would recommend you enthusiastically to anyone. Thanks again for helping me making an occasion very special.

Rich Seehafer
Saint Charles, IL

I want to THANK YOU for our WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS DINNER!! Everyone loved the meal. The boys ate everything and we have been dining on the leftovers as well. We took the Caesar Salad to my Aunt's festivities on Christmas Day. She had a large crowd and it complimented her meal quite nicely. It was the hit of the party. I was told from now on, no matter what I cook, I must have that caesar salad. Everyone kept raving about it.

Thank you for making our Christmas a little more stress-free. It was a pleasure working with you. The food was fabulous. I wish you had been around for our 1st Communions the last few years. Not to worry, I know we will have many more family functions.

Thank you again!! It is wonderful to know that we have such a wonderful establishment right here in Sugar Grove.

Sugar Grove

Thankyou so much for the lovely job you and your staff did for Dad's funeral luncheon. Everything went so perfect. Thank you for the effort and care that you put into making his final gathering so memorable. You are sincerely appreciated.

Kindest Regards
Ellen Kukuk
Big Rock

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful food and excellent service. Our guests could not stop raving about the delicious meal. Ken and I would be more than happy to recommend your service to anyone. Thanks again.

Ken and Phyllis Gilliam
Sugar Grove

Dear Janet, De De, and the entire Catering Gourmets Team:

Thank you so much for helping create a seamless wedding day. The pulled pork was delicious, the orzo flavorful, the green beans crisp, the salad and dressings divine. We were so glad not to run out of anything, and that no one left hungry. And your service, of course, was top notch.

Many thanks,
Kim and Andrew Tibbetts

Thank you for catering a wonderful, unique, impressive pig roast for our annual family reunion. Everyone raved about the food and presentation. Your side dishes were all a huge hit. Your efforts in creating the right menu was enormously helpful. We were very lucky to put it all in your hands!

Many thanks,
Doug and Cheryl Roth

The Catering Gourmets did a fabulous job preparing food for our recent school luncheon. I was working with a budget and Janet assisted me in creating a unique menu within my dollar amount. Our meal of Chicken Pot Pie, Spinach Salad, and Chocolate and Vanilla cake arrived on time and was presented in a lovely way. Everyone raved about the food and asked where I had gotten such a delicious meal. I'm happy to spread the word about how wonderful The Catering Gourmets is.

Sarah Linden
John Shields Elementary

Dear Janet,

My wife and I enjoy entertaining. We have had our parties catered before, but you have really created a problem. We normally have plenty of leftovers. Not with your food! Our guests ate and ate and ate. We had nothing but compliments the entire evening (and for the next two weeks) on how delicious and unique everything was. I am so happy a mutual friend shared your information with us. We no longer have to fret about catering a party again. And, your presentation was fabulous - For the few extra dollars you charged to arrange our menu on your fine serving pieces was worth it - we would never have been able to present as well.

People are often reluctant to believe testimonials on a website, so if anyone needs a more personal reference, please feel free to email me at Believe me, The Catering Gourmets are the best catering service we have ever used.

Ray and Sonja Godbout
Sugar Grove

The Catering Gourmets were the perfect caterer for our recent lakeside wedding. We wanted the food to be the "entertainment" for the reception, and it certainly was! They cooked wontons, and crab cakes onsite and tossed a beautiful spinach salad. They served many other appetizers, including three types of meatballs and stuffed mushrooms, and our guests loved them all. Their staff was friendly and extremely courteous to our guests. We will use their services again!

Stephanie and Jim Brennan
Barrington, Illinois

On behalf of all the members of the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District, I would like to let you know that the food and service that you provided to us last Saturday for our annual Appreciation Dinner was absolutely wonderful!

As a newcomer to the Village of Sugar Grove, The Catering Gourmets have certainly hit the mark for quality with their fresh recipes. We look forward to working with them again next year.

Marty Kunkel
Fire Chief

I ordered The Catering Gourmets Elegant Vegetable Crudite for my daughter's wedding shower. Their presentation of blanched asparagus, sugar snap peas, carrots with their frilly green tops, and green beans was unique and eye catching, along with sweet grape tomatoes and rose cut radishes. Their creamy green olive dip was fabulous.
My daughter's shower was a very important family event, and The Catering Gourmets made sure their part in it was perfect.

Judy Motzenbecker
Sugar Grove

The Catering Gourmets catered our Easter Dinner on March 23 for a group of 25 people. They prepared fried chicken, Italian Beef with roasted sweet peppers, baked mastic and a large romaine salad. They did a wonderful job setting up the buffet, and the food was delicious. Our guests raved about it, went back for seconds, and took home leftovers. We are glad we have such a fine caterer in Sugar Grove. We will definitely hire The Catering Gourmets to cater all of our parties.

Martin and Dorothy LaScola
Sugar Grove

We have had the pleasure of working with Janet and The Catering Gourmets for the last three years for on-site grilling events at our home. Our guests consistently rave about the service, quality of food, and attention to detail. It is wonderful to have such a talented professional who is able to assist in the planning and preparation of important events of all sizes at such a great value. We plan on and look forward to working with Janet and The Catering Gourmets in the future.

Elizabeth and Steve Ruh
Sugar Grove