Business is always better with delicious food. Whatever your occasion — a major conference, an office party, a summit meeting — we partner with you to create a menu and meal experience that will please even your toughest client. Food For Thought Catering understands that corporate events are an extension of your brand. Whether you're hosting a major conference, meeting with clients, or celebrating your team, we partner closely with you to make sure every aspect of your event — from the venue to the menu — reflects and reinforces your company culture. We take the stress out of the equation so you can focus on what matters most: connecting with people and building your business.
Over 30 years of experience has provided us the opportunity to partner with a cross section of the world’s premier corporations, well-known cultural institutions well-respected social clientele.
Whether you are planning a meeting, employee function, brand activation or client cultivation, we understand the nuances of every request and have the insight and skill to surpass your expectations. Our corporate relationships are long-lasting, based on professionalism, timeliness and collaboration.
Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration. That’s why we treat your special day as our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to craft an experience that uniquely reflects you and your partner — and exceeds all your expectations. Food For Thought’s expert consultants bring years of experience to the table and work with you to get every personalized detail just right. The only thing you have to do is bask in the joy of the moment.
With over 130 venue partners, Food For Thought Catering has the expertise and passion to curate your perfect wedding day. From an urban setting in the heart of downtown Chicago to a rustic retreat on championship golf courses, our team will ensure each and every detail is perfect to transform your vision into reality.
In addition, Food For Thought is proud to be the first caterer in Illinois to be certified by the Gay Wedding Institute and a certified South Asian Event vendor by Global Event Resource.
Big life moments should be acknowledged — and celebrated. Whether it’s a birthday, engagement, anniversary, or retirement, we take pride in getting every detail right so you can revel in the moment.
Our ability to provide the boutique experience of a smaller caterer combined with a sales team of 20, makes us a valuable partner dedicated to making your event a success and one to always remember.
Food For Thought’s veteran sales consultants assist at all phases of the planning process and can provide expert advice on vendors, entertaining and culinary trends. We pride ourselves on working with local farms to provide a high-quality, fresh and diverse range of foods to make your milestone an unforgettable moment for all to share.
A great cocktail hour is all about bite-sized delectables and tasty libations. Our team makes sure every food item is perfectly proportioned, every cocktail is expertly mixed, and every guest feels completely taken care of.
We strive to use organic products where applicable and practical. Our bar packages offer local, sustainable and organic offerings across all product lines.
Food For Thought loves to collaborate with local mixologists on beloved classics to the delightful surprises of modern mixology. We know our libations, and will be thrilled to suggest the best ones to accompany bites, big or small. Our culinary team is always pushing the envelope in our kitchens, inviting local talent to collaborate on the season’s hottest trends including shrubs, syrups and infusions.
There’s nothing small about a gala event. Our consultants and chefs work closely with you to bring your vision to life, execute every detail seamlessly, and make your big event a resounding success.
Despite in-house food service operations at institutions including the Museum of Science and Industry, the Brookfield Zoo, Ravinia and the Kohl’s Children’s Museum, our clients have asked us to partner with them on their annual fundraising galas. Food For Thought Catering understand that these entities are first and foremost cultural institutions. Our vast experience allows us to operate in these notable establishments with the respect and care needed to maximize special event revenues dedicated to the institution’s mission.
Some of our most notable galas include:
+Adler Celestial Ball, 1998-present, 600 guests
+By The Hand Club For Kids Gala, 2012 - 2014, 900 guests
+The Field Museum Women’s Board Gala, 2009, 2012, 800 guests
+Brookfield Zoo Women’s Board Gala, 2006-2009, 2011-2013, 800 guests
+Thresholds Gala, 2011-2015, 800 guests
+National Hellenic Museum Gala, 2015, 950 guests
+Chicago Shakespeare Theater Gala, 2010-2015, 500 guests
+Chicago Jesuit Academy Gala, 2009 - 2015, 550 guests
+Loyola Stritch School of Medicine Gala, 2011-2015, 800 guests
Bar and bat mitzvahs mark an important turning point in a young person’s life and should be celebrated with food that reflects family traditions. Our mitzvah menu features kosher and traditional dishes that can be customized to your taste.
Food For Thought has catered generations of both Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, accompanying young men and women into adulthood, each in their own personalized style. Today’s Bar and Bat Mitzvahs have tastes that range from elegant lobster to fresh sushi, and we seamlessly blend that range into beautiful menus that satisfy every guest with plenty of both traditional and modern food selections. Food For Thought will work with you and your family to create innovative menus, kosher-style fare, and every other type of menu that matches your event vision.