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Based in Chicago, Illinois, Cocina Fusion offers catering services to clients planning weddings and special events. This catering company has worked with high-end venues and exclusive kitchens throughout its tenure. Cocina Fusion's chefs specialize in Latin fusion and traditional Mexican cuisine, however, they also offer a selection of Italian dishes.

Experience

For over 20 years, the team at Cocina Fusion has been tasked with delivering delicious, mouth-watering recipes. Answering this call, Chef Anaxi Ayala has drawn inspiration from his Latino heritage to craft scrumptious meals. Combining this base with various American styles, Cocina Fusion presents new and innovative flavors.

Cuisine

Couples can choose from three styles of menus, including Latin & American fusion, traditional Mexican, or Italian. Latin & American fusion provides vegetarian options in addition to reinvented classics, like a vegetable tostada, pasilla steak, and chimichurri chicken. The traditional Mexican menu offers classic favorites as well as a customizable taco bar. Finally, the Italian menu provides a variety of pasta-based dishes, like lasagna and shrimp scampi. Couples can complete their meal offerings by adding on sweets, such as a satisfying crepe or charming churro bar.

  • Hispanic or Latinx-owned
  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$110

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$100

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$110

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeuvres?

$50

Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Server(s)
Tastings
China
Linens
Flatware
Glassware

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$30

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Open Bar
House Beer
House Wine
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
Signature Drink

What event services do you provide?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Breakfast / Brunch
Buffet
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

American
Caribbean
Italian
Latin American
Local
Mexican
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Halal
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Open Bar
Champagne Toast
Signature Drink

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chairs
Tables

Which of the following items can you provide?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
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Reviews of Cocina Fusion

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4.9 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
4.9 out of 5 rating
192 Reviews
99% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.9 out of 5 rating
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Cocina Fusion receives exceptional praise for their food, service, and professionalism from multiple reviewers. Juliana and her team are described as friendly, responsive, and accommodating. The food is consistently praised, with guests raving about the variety of options, flavors, and quality. The staff is highly attentive, ensuring that the couple is well taken care of throughout the day. Overall, reviewers highly recommend Cocina Fusion as a top choice for wedding catering.

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Cocina Fusion receives exceptional praise for their food, service, and professionalism from multiple reviewers. Juliana and her team are described as friendly, responsive, and accommodating. The food is consistently praised, with guests raving about the variety of options, flavors, and quality. The staff is highly attentive, ensuring that the couple is well taken care of throughout the day. Overall, reviewers highly recommend Cocina Fusion as a top choice for wedding catering.

Matthew
Matthew G. Sent on 06/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Dream Caterer

You can’t get a better caterer for your wedding than Cocina Fusion. Not only does Cocina serve the kind of food you would find at a highly recommended restaurant, but Juliana is a superstar organizer that will make your wedding a breeze.

THE FOOD
Cocina Fusion’s food produces that “wow factor.” Our guests couldn’t stop raving about it, with some even requesting recipes. Several guests gushed over both our appetizers (burrata, mini chicken arepa, mini shrimp cocktail, beef empanadas) and our dinner (chef salad with strawberries, chimichurri steak, blackened chicken with mango salsa, Cajun potato wedges). My now-wife and I were not surprised. We were extremely diligent (and borderline OCD) in our search for and research of potential caterers: We read through the websites, wedding-website profiles, and reviews of at least 300 caterers in the Chicagoland areas; we spoke with dozens of recently wedded couples; we had in-depth interviews with over a dozen caterers on our short list; and we went to half a dozen taste tests. Some of the food that we tasted was equivalent to sub-part elementary cafeteria food. And most of the food we tried and heard about can best be described as “ok.” However, Cocina Fusion’s food was a revelation. It was just that much better than all the other caterers.

THE SERVICE
Cocina Fusion was incredibly flexible and gracious with all our appetizer and dinner requests, essentially making from scratch appetizers and dishes that we really wanted but that were not on its ordinary menu. Juliana was also extremely accommodating in allowing us to change our minds multiple times regarding some of the appetizer selections and entrees, as well as the table design. And perhaps most helpful, Juliana is one of those people that just has it all together. Her attention to detail and diligence gives you the invaluable comfort of knowing you are in the best of hands and simply don’t have to worry about the food service at all. She knows all the right questions to ask you, the venue, and all your other vendors. With Juliana at the helm, you know your appetizer and dinner service will run smoothly. And for the cherry on top, Juliana will go out of her way to make sure that you get to try each and every appetizer, and that you have the opportunity to eat dinner.

Exceptional food, exceptional service, and an overall first-rate experience. Unless you can hire Bobby Flay as your caterer, you would be crazy not to hire Cocina Fusion for your wedding.
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Donna J. Sent on 05/08/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Beyond Grateful!

We truly couldn't be more thankful and happy with our decision to use Juliana and Cocina Fusion as our catering partner for our daughter's wedding! They were absolutely exceptional! We loved their food and vibe at our tasting...and knew they were going to be a great choice. And yet, they even exceeded our expectations in every way! Our guests are still raving about the phenomenal appetizers, exciting dinner options, Churro dessert cart and late-night tacos...along with handmade signature cocktails! Adding to that was their spot-on service and friendly staff. We couldn't be more grateful to Cocina Fusion for providing an exceptional and memorable catering experience on our daughter's wedding day! A top-notch company!
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Diane Sent on 04/20/2024
5 out of 5 rating

12/10 experience with Cocina Fusion!

Working with Juliana and the Cocina Fusion team is one of the best wedding planning decisions we made. They were flexible and so easy to work with. I felt like Juliana really cared about making sure we had the best day possible - in planning the menu she gave us great recommendations in making our selections and offering ideas to balance our priorities. Everything we served was truly phenomenal - our guests are still raving about the feed 2 weeks after the wedding.
Juliana was very responsive to any questions we had throughout the process and her team was on top of everything day of. Highly recommend!
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner

Real Weddings

Angela & Justin
25 photos · 02/23/2020
TIFFANY & ALEX
20 photos · 10/14/2017

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
Urban Allure Events Urban Allure Events Wedding Planners

Cocina Fusion is so amazing to work with! They have everything you want in a caterer in Chicago - amazing food, and even better service. I love that the owners are the ones who actually create your menu AND cook your food. It really gives them something special compared to everyone else. They have a fun flair and unique menu items but they will also CUSTOMIZE a menu to anything you want. I have seen them make blackened catfish and a biscuit bar (which was totally off menu for them!) for one of my clients and it was still incredible. I highly recommend them!

Room 1520 Room 1520 Rooftop Weddings

Excellent food and service! And wonderful people:)

Stan Mansion Stan Mansion Mansion Weddings

Juliana and her team are incredible to work with! Always a seem less perfect event when Cocina Fusion is catering! Stan Mansion loves having you here and your food is awesome! Hats off to the Chef!

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Cocina Fusion frequently asked questions

At Cocina Fusion, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
  • China
  • Linens
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
The bar service starting price at Cocina Fusion includes:
  • Open Bar
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Liquor
  • Signature Drink
Cocina Fusion offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
Cocina Fusion offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Custom Menu
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings
At Cocina Fusion, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • American
  • Caribbean
  • Italian
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mexican
  • Spanish
At Cocina Fusion, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Halal
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Cocina Fusion provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Open Bar
  • Champagne Toast
  • Signature Drink
To cater to all tastes, Cocina Fusion offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
Cocina Fusion is recommended by 99% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in average response time, 5 in professionalism, 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in flexibility and 4.9 in value.

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