J&L Catering was founded in Chicago's River North neighborhood in 1989. With more than 25 years of food service experience and a life-long passion for great food, owners Ted Grady and Kevin Kelly continue to bring freshness and creativity to Chicago's catering market.
We have become known for our original and exciting cuisine and for the ability to work in a variety of settings where both precision and flexibility are essential to meet a client's changing needs. J&L has experienced robust growth and is a financially sound company. J&L is owner-operated and has more than 40 managers, chefs, and event designers, and on-premise service personnel for the corporate accounts we manage. Our service staff for all private events is personally recruited and trained by J&L management. These individuals, many of whom have been associated with J&L for more than five years, currently number more than 60, including captains, waiters, bartenders and chefs.
Our professional staff is personable and stylish, providing experienced and efficient service to our clients. Typically, J&L will provide a full range of services for your event, including event management, tabletop design, a professionally trained staff, a complete bar package, entertainment, decor and floral arrangements.
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33 Reviews for J and L Catering
Recommended by 98% of couples
Olivia Littlehale · Married on 09/15/2019
Look no further- j&l is THE best!!
Choosing Jim and j&l as our caterer was not one that we did lightly. We love good food, and good drinks, and wanted the food to be a large highlight of our wedding day. We did a first look specifically so that we could enjoy our cocktail hour with our friends and Jim’s delicious food! We had our eyes on another caterer but from the minute we did our tasting with Jim, we knew he was our match made in heaven. He personalized everything exactly how we wanted it, less spice? More spice? Add sauce? Make it gluten free for the celiac grandma? Done. He dealt with our last minute changes, our guests dietary restrictions, our ( well my) OCD with grace and enthusiasm. Every one of our guests raved about the food, and I couldn’t have been happier about it. The food was talked about for weeks, every detail was thought out. I still dream about the gyros late night bites and the homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches- they were to die for. You can’t go wrong with Jim, his food is delicious, his personality will make you want to become his best friend, and his professional manner will ensure your wedding goes smoothly!Sent on 11/23/2019
Erin · Married on 08/18/2018
We could not be happier with Jim and the J&L team! Jim's secret power is he includes day-of coordination in the catering package. Every detail is worked out with Jim in advance, and he's great to bounce ideas off of. His positive mannerisms and sense of humor helped make our day seamless.Sent on 09/11/2018
Jim's team is wonderful. They were able to flip our ceremony room into a reception room for 250 people FAST and able to serve a meal that was both delicious and not super slow. The bartenders kept the drinks flowing, and everything was packaged up (including a bride/groom doggie bag) at the end of the night to take home.
Colin · Married on 06/24/2017
We worked with Scott and J&L catering for our wedding at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and could not have been happier with the experience. From day one, Scott made us feel at ease and was extremely helpful, accommodating, and kind. The food, service, and overall experience was absolutely fantastic. Just disappointed I didn't get more hors d'oeuvres! Dinner was terrific and delicious, they even made special dishes to accommodate allergies in the wedding. The bar had a great selection and no shortage of supply! J&L was also the most reasonably priced vendor out of all the bids we received, but you certainly wouldn't know it by the quality and service (and they don't charge you for every little modification you want to make). If you are considering J&L for any catering needs, you will certainly not be disappointed. We had an absolutely wonderful experience with Scott and J&L.Sent on 08/11/2017
I have worked with J&L several times, however, I had the opportunity to hire them for a personal event this summer. Having been both on the planner side of things as well as the customer side, I can truly say that they hit it out of the park. The food (a brunch event) was absolutely delicious and their service paramount. I look forward to our next opportunity to collaborate!
Exceptionally professional and friendly staff, and of course cuisine and presentation is always outstanding. They instill a high level of confidence and reliability as experienced top quality caterers in the industry. Their consistently fantastic service is a great assurance to us that clients will always have 5-star quality event when in J&L's extremely capable hands. They are always wonderful folks to work with as well.
During the many years I have been in this industry, Ted and his crew at J and L Catering, have always been an absolute pleasure to work with. They are consummate professionals that are eager to please both the client and their fellow vendors. I am always thrilled to learn that they are going to be at Floating World Gallery. Allen Nichols Events manager Floating World Gallery