elevated catering with approachable cuisine

Small house parties, thousand-guest galas, wedding celebrations, corporate holidays and everything in between—we do it all! Our custom catering team is an inspired group of culinary designers with endless ideas and creativity. Since 1989, we’ve catered countless events throughout the Chicagoland and North Shore areas. We’ve perfected global fusion food, with a keen eye for Indian weddings, South Asian events and Jewish celebrations. Now known for our one-of-a-kind event styling, seasoned service staff, and innovative menus inclusive of all dietary needs, Entertaining Company does more than catering. We bring your vision to life, creating lifelong memories through unique culinary experiences. Find your event type below to learn more about what we can do for you!

Want to bounce some food and event design ideas around with us? Reach out! Our talented and creative EC team would be happy to create just the event you envision!

WEDDING FOOD AND DRINK

Inspired, innovative and inclusive. Our wedding catering is more than just food and drink. We create experiences for couples of all kinds. From traditional Indian wedding ceremonies to LGBTQ+ unions to vegan or gluten free celebrations, our events are as global and diverse as our menus. And it’s not all cocktail hours and reception dinners—we also cater bridal party luncheons, welcome parties, rehearsal dinners and more.

GALA + BLACK TIE CATERING

Black ties and ball gowns. Fundraisers and fêtes. Philanthropic events and fancy celebrations of all kinds. Our gala catering options cover it all. No matter the event type, size or budget, we work with clients to design customized menus with on-theme dishes. Our chefs plate on-site so dinner comes out hot, and appropriately timed per your event’s flow. No on-site kitchen? No problem! We work with venues all over the city, and can cater to nearly any dietary or cultural need.

CORPORATE EVENT CATERING

Elevate early morning meetings. Boost morale at business lunches. Throw spectacular all-company holiday parties. Our corporate event catering options have you covered all day! From our breakfast egg bar to our boxed lunch options to our formal client dinners, we provide the perfect networking fuel. Don’t miss out on our over-the-top cheese and charcuterie boards and dazzling party designs for crowds of any size.

DROP-OFF CATERING

We believe simplicity can be stunning. Our “simple style” drop-off catering is affordable and convenient, without sacrificing our signature standards. Our menu options are made to travel! Food can be delivered directly to your home or office, and we can set it up for you on-site. EC is also green-minded—we have both disposable and totally compostable dinnerware and flatware options for drop-off orders.

HEALTHY OFFICE LUNCH CATERING

Energize your employees, coworkers and office visitors with healthy office lunch catering options. Our “One World Bowls” are simple, flavorful and totally on-trend. Capitalizing on the “buddha bowl” trend, each nutritious meal is contained in one single bowl—easy drop-off! Each has a filling base of rice, quinoa or noodles, and is topped with roasted and raw veggies, seeds, herbs and your choice of protein. Choose from poke, tofu, chicken and steak.

INDIAN WEDDING CATERING

With a deep cultural understanding of and respect for South Asian customs and tradition, we’ve catered countless Indian events. Our Indian wedding food is a fusion of traditional flavors and modern Western flair. We welcome the addition of family recipes to our menus,  and we accommodate all dietary needs and cuisine specifics including Jain, Halal and vegetarian dishes.

JEWISH CATERING

Cultural, classic, modern and multigenerational—our Jewish catering covers it all. We honor and respect Jewish traditions from around the world, and our dishes reflect a global coziness. Our menus feature sephardic and ashkenazi classics, as well as dishes with modern vegetarian and vegan twists. Celebrate Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, Passover, Hanukkah, Jewish weddings and more with our Kosher-style kitchen.

AT-HOME CATERING

Imagine: greeting dinner party guests with a cocktail-waiter-lined drive, greeting them at the door with waiter-passed hors-d’oeuvres and hosting a seamless, effortless event right in your own home. With superior service staff, flexible food prep and a unique menu tailored to your needs, hosting has never been easier. We can also incorporate our signature eye for design and style tabletops and entryways throughout the house and yard. Invite family, friends, and neighbors for barbeques, birthdays, backyard wedding receptions, holidays and more.

BOAT AND YACHT CATERING

We float! All along the Chicago skyline, actually. Our boat catering partnership with First Lady Cruises allows us to bring our signature style to yachts on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Our inspired boat menu makes for a marvelous day or evening out on the water. Our summer barbeque buffet and taco stand are seasonal classics. Our global cocktail hour and Indian reception options are even more magical aboard a boat.