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If you’re planning on running an event of any size, food and drinks can be one of the hardest components of the process. Not only will you need excellent meal and drink options, but you’ll also require staff to facilitate serving your clients or guests. Fortunately, at Events a la Carte, we take care of the legwork for you.

Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the services that we offer to our clients:

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Food is often the most critical component of any party or function. Whether you’re hosting a corporate event or a private birthday party, providing excellent food for your guests and clients is the best way to ensure that everyone leaves impressed. At Events a la Carte, we pride ourselves on supplying Chicago’s best catering options.

We’re able to offer a range of premium catering solutions for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. We can cater to a variety of different price points as well. We’ve successfully helped hundreds of clients provide excellent food options for their functions – call us today to discuss the various options we have available to our local clients.

Event Staffing

If you don’t have staff for your event, or you don’t want to go through the process of finding reliable people, we can handle it for you. We have a team of highly trained staff that can do anything from serving food to mixing cocktails.

Equipment Rental

If you need glasses, plates, tablecloths, or any other event-related equipment, we have affordable equipment hire provided directly through our business. Don’t waste time trying to find attractive cutlery and table arrangements; we’re experts in this line of work.

Planning Services

Last but not least, we also provide professional planning services to our clients in the metro area. We have extensive experience planning birthday parties, corporate events, class reunions, holiday parties, staff functions and more. If you don’t have experience hosting parties, or you need to focus on other components of your event, we’re happy to take care of the ancillary planning requirements.

We meet face-to-face with all our party planning clients to discuss precisely what you’re looking for in your next event. You can trust our team of specialists to go above and beyond your expectations.

Bar Catering and Liquor Licensing

Catering isn’t just about the food; you’ll also need excellent drink options if you want to leave a lasting impression on your guests. We can provide bar catering services that can also extend liquor licensing to your event or party. It’s the perfect way to gain approval for a party where alcohol is present.

About Stephen Lev

My food service career started at the University of Illinois where I was in charge of running the kitchen in my fraternity. I was responsible for feeding 100 hungry college guys three meals a day, seven days a week. While at the U of I, I started working for a hotel close to campus in their catering department. I quickly became someone they trusted to pull o All the china from storage for a specific event based on the menu for that particular event. Over my four years of school, I was promoted to their Fine Dining restaurant where I did table-side, flame cooking and other table side preparations.

Once back in Chicago, I improved my skills by waiting tables at Fine Dining restaurants in Chicago with a two-year stint as a fine dining restaurant manager. My Champagne knowledge came from a few years working at a Champagne Bar. Then back to being a catering waiter and supervisor.

Events a la Carte was born in 1991.

In the beginning, I was the staff person that went on these jobs. My clients started asking if I could supply more staff, maybe help with catering or rentals. The progression to a full-fledged business came quickly. I was hiring staff and using my connections from years of work in Chicago to plan events for my clients.

From large to small, we do as the name says; Events … a la Carte, from one part to the entire event, we are your, One STOP SHOPPING SOURCE.

My philosophy is pay someone well for their time. Treat them as you would want to be treated. Show that I stepped in and washed the dishes for an event while my staff tended to the front of the house. I took the worst of the tasks.

As a manager, I have been both the authority figure and the waiter\bartender.

I know what my staff goes through. I trace my success back to when I threw a 50th birthday dinner for my mother at Ravinia. Ravinia is a music venue where you sit on the grass picnic and listen to a concert. I planned a three course meal complete with real dishes, glasses, flatware and linen. I wheeled all the supplies, food and beverage into the park and set up on blankets and a folding table. While enjoying the meal, someone sitting next to our group marveled at how I “catered” the event like a pro. They said “Maybe you should be doing this for a living”. It was a few more years before Events a la Carte was opened, but that person sitting next to us at Ravinia was were the idea came from.

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Our Customers Have To Say:

“Thank you and your staff for making our event so wonderful. I will recommend you to anyone!”
“The event went beautifully! We will definitely be using your services for our next big party.”
“Your staff is always wonderful! The evening went very well.”
“Everything was perfect and your staff was very professional, prompt and extremely helpful. I will be using you for future events, thanks again for everything!”
“All of the events went great and the food was excellent. As always I appreciate the opportunity to work with you and am grateful for the outstanding job that you do.”
Alpert, Am Sholom
” The two servers we had were wonderful! They were very professional, easy to work with, and seemed to work very well together. All in all, a pleasure to have them in our home. I would have them back in a heart beat.”
“Your staff was wonderful! They did such a good job, they were very polite and professional, and we received many compliments on their service. We will definitely call you for our next party…the ice cream cart was a huge hit!”
“Everything was absolutely wonderful! The rentals worked out perfectly, and let me just say, your bartenders went above and beyond what we were expecting.”
Domani Studios
“The Brunch was just perfect. Thank you for doing such an excellent job! Everyone raved about the food and the beautiful way it was presented. It was a pleasure doing business with you.”
“More than one guest commented on how good the servers were and how much fun they were. Thanks again for helping make my annual event a big success.”
“Everything was a success… The food was great… It was so nice to have someone else doing the setup and cleanup. I was able to relax and enjoy the party.”

Choose a Local Chicago Catering Firm

If you want to choose a partner that understands what Chicago-based catering clients are looking for, you’ve come to the right place. Our range of services at Event a la Carte provides you with a single solution for all of your catering needs. Our primary goal is to take the stress out of your event’s catering process.

The sooner you begin planning your catering, the better. Get in touch with our team today to discuss your options.