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Lee John's Catering

Waukesha, WI View map

About

Louis Danegelis was born and raised in a Greek family in Chicago. He started working at a young age in his Dad’s restaurant with his 2 brothers on Commission Row, which served home cooking and Greek specialties to the local truck drivers.He Left Chicago in the early 50’s for cooking school in Madison and then Milwaukee Area Tech School. Local relatives named him “Windy,” because he was from the windy city of Chicago. After formal training, jobs took Louie all over the Milwaukee Metro area, as far north as Elkhart Lake. He was employed at Brynwood and Merrill Hills Country Clubs, Fluer de les, Milwaukee Country Club, and Gimbels Catering among others. Fondest memories were working with such prestigious chefs as Ottomar Perisies at the Milwaukee Athletic Club and Adolph at the University Club. Louie always gets a laugh when telling how Ottomar used to hide his beers in the large stock pot in the refrigerator, and how as a young second cook, threw out all his vegetables because it was not fine enough of a dice, and made him start over again. Louie’s goal was to work with as many European trained chefs as possible. Many times he was the only apprentice in the kitchen with all journeyman arriving early and staying late. He had a thirst for knowledge that continues today. During this time, Louie joined the C.C.C.C. club and by the early 1970’s helped to start the Milwaukee ACF chapter, serving as Vice President.By 1972, Louie was a well rounded Chef and took a Chef Instructor position at WCTC, as well as worked as a Maitre’D and tableside Chef at the Red Circle Inn. The years at WCTC proved to be enriching for Louie as well as his students. Teaching came easy and the students were always challenged and inspired as they saw “Mr. D’s” passion.By 1986, Louie remarried and he and his new wife Lisa started a catering business, Lee Johns Catering. As the business and their family grew, he decided to retire from teaching after 20 years and cater full time. His thirst for knowledge continued as he developed a style infusing the standards of quality of old world cooking with today’s food trends and ethnic flair. Furthering education have included cooking schools and tours in Paris, cooking classes with Julia Child, Italian Chef Bugialli and Jacque Pepin as well as pastry and chocolate classes. Most recently he has taken Indian cooking classes. In 1991, Louie achieved one of his goals of becoming a certified Chef Educator and a certified Executive Chef. Currently, Lee Johns Catering is thriving, serving an elite clientele. Homemade stocks, sauces, salad dressings, chutneys, breads and pastries are common place in Louie’s kitchen, whether he is cooking for 10 or 1,000. It is not surprising to find Louie experimenting in his kitchen with the likes of homemade Nan, ginger ale, Vietnamese street food, spice blends and freshly made cheese. A little stint between 1995 and 1997 found Louie and Lisa checking out the restaurant business by opening “Louie’s” with the slogan “Its the spices man.” Though short lived, it was a great experience and a character builder for sure! Very often you will find one of Louie’s five children helping out at the party sites or in the prep kitchen. Louie said it is a “family affair” and a great way to spend time with the kids teaching them values, leadership and work ethics, not to mention just having fun. In addition to his five young children ages 8 to 16, Louie has three adult children and 8 grandchildren. Cooking and family are his passions, and who knows where that thirst for knowledge will take him next!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

$50

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

$50

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$50

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

$30

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

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$15

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

Limited Bar

What event services do you provide?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Breakfast / Brunch
Buffet
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Lunch
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tapas
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

African
American
Asian
BBQ
British
Cajun
Caribbean
Chinese
Ethiopian
French
German
Greek
Indian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Latin American
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Middle Eastern
Russian
Sandwiches
Seafood
Southern
Southwestern
Spanish
Thai
Vietnamese

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
No Pork
Kosher
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chairs
Tables

Which of the following items can you provide?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Rated
5.0
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Recommended by 100% of couples
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    Rating 5 out of 5
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  • Professionalism
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  • Value
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  • Claire
    Claire U. Married on 08/14/2021
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    Fantastic Food and Professional Service

    We used Lee John's Catering for my outdoor, tented 250 person wedding this past August. We cannot say enough good things about our experience. To start, we worked with Sarah as the coordinator. She was outstanding and provided great advice on any and all wedding questions we had (from recommending the tent company to the flow of the wedding day). I also loved that they were willing to customize the menu. For example, chicken piccatta was the first meal I cooked for my now husband and they were willing to go off of their traditional menu to include that as an option for our day. They were also willing to let us do a second tasting when we weren't totally sold on the options we tried at the first tasting.

    On the day of the wedding, Lee John's brought in all the equipment to cook the food for our 250 guests. 4 months later and people are still raving about the food!!! Everyone loved all the appetizers (especially the cheese curds/brat/spotted cow shot and the lamb chops), the dinner, and the late night selection. People were amazed that you could get that quality of food from a little outdoor catering kitchen.

    We cannot recommend Lee John's enough. They were responsive, professional, and prepared some darn good food!
  • Melissa
    Melissa Married on 09/06/2020
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    Amazing Food and Delicious Flavors

    We met with Sarah and she was extremely helpful with answering our questions we had during our tasting. The food was amazing and we are excited to partner with them for our wedding.
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    Hailey W. Married on 08/29/2020
    Rating 5 out of 5
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    Delicious, memorable, great service

    The food was exceptional and great service from the initial planning process to the final execution. Our guests still talk about and compliment the food - in particular the mushroom ravioli as a unique and delicious side. We went through with our 2020 wedding knowing it wouldn't look like we initially pictured, but Lee John's came through and helped make our day memorable and special. They were flexible to the times and let us do our tasting via takeout. We are so glad we went with Lee John's!

Awards

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821 Perkins Ave Waukesha, WI, 53186
2625490006
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Lee John's Catering frequently asked questions

At Lee John's Catering, what does the full wedding catering service cost include?

At Lee John's Catering, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At Lee John's Catering, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Lee John's Catering includes:
  • Limited Bar

What event services does Lee John's Catering offer for weddings?

Lee John's Catering offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up

What catering services does Lee John's Catering provide for weddings?

Lee John's Catering offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Dessert
  • Family Style
  • French Service
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Lunch
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tapas
  • Tastings

What types of cuisine can you find at Lee John's Catering?

At Lee John's Catering, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • African
  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • British
  • Cajun
  • Caribbean
  • Chinese
  • Ethiopian
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Russian
  • Sandwiches
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Southwestern
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

What dietary needs can be accomodated at Lee John's Catering?

At Lee John's Catering, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • No Pork
  • Kosher
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

What type of bar services does Lee John's Catering provide for wedding events?

Lee John's Catering provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)

What type of food and beverage items does Lee John's Catering provide for wedding services?

To cater to all tastes, Lee John's Catering offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens

What percentage of users recommend Lee John's Catering and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Lee John's Catering is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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