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How The Cook Serves You

Every meal, every occasion is unique. When we cater, it’s not a cut and dried affair. We collaborate with you and tailor our service to your needs. Our menu options have been carefully constructed to provide nourishing, satisfying meals, but they aren’t carved in stone. Most of our menus are flexible and customizable. We encourage you to consult with us to ensure the meals we deliver, deliver on all your wishes.

Our menus change with the seasons

Taking advantage of the foods that are currently in season and locally sourced affords us the opportunity to prepare menus featuring exceptionally fresh, flavorful ingredients. And because, in every season, one set of foods or another has reached its peak of flavor and nutrition, our seasonal menus assure a continually shifting variety of these super-fresh, delicious dishes.

Communication is delicious.

As with most processes in life, cooking and catering is all about managing expectations. We encourage you to talk to us, tell us what you really want, be specific and don’t be shy. In return, you should expect us to recognize and respect your requests, and get it right. Keep in mind, we’re more certain of getting it right when we’re clear about what “right” means for you.

By the way, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, just let us know and we’ll see what we can do to cook up the menu you have in mind.


Restricted Diet Considerations

Low salt? Gluten-free? Food Allergies? While we are not nutritionists, our knowledge of nutrition is extensive, and we’ll be happy to consult with any medical professional or other nutritional advisor you provide, to ensure that the menu you choose provides—or precludes—precisely the ingredients at issue, without diminishing the pleasure of the meal.

Do we do Kosher?

Yes and no. If a few of your guests keep kosher, we can accommodate that need by tapping one of our partner chefs who is equipped to provide kosher meals. However, if you’re holding an event that will be entirely Kosher, we can best serve you by referring you to one our Kosher partners.

Timing is everything.

We’d appreciate the courtesy of 48 hours notice, to provide you with the best possible experience. If you have a more urgent need, we will do our best to accommodate your situation. We hope you’ll understand that we reserve the right to decline if it’s clear we can’t meet both your needs and our standards.

We place a high priority on punctuality, but we ask you to understand that unexpected traffic events and other unforeseen circumstances can affect our delivery timing. If we’re running behind, we’ll let you know.

Just how far will we go to serve you?

While our focus is on Chicago and the Northern suburbs, we may be able to extend our services beyond these areas to accommodate you. Of course, delivery charges are based on distance.

Payin’ relief.

For your convenience, we accept cash, corporate checks and most major credit cards.            

Please Note: We cook meat medium rare unless you request otherwise.


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