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Calihan Catering

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833 W Haines St
Chicago, IL 60622
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(312) 587-3553
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Went to an event here with work. The food was spectacular, as was the staff. I was very impressed. Then about a month later, I was at a wedding of a good friend up at the Chica...

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Calihan Catering is perhaps the most unprofessional and incompetent catering business in all of Chicago when it comes to customer service. My husband and I had planned on getting ...

Wedding Nightmare made a Reality thanks to Calihan Catering 5/20/2009

Calihan Catering is perhaps the most unprofessional and incompetent catering business in all of Chicago when it comes to customer service. My husband and I had planned on getting married at the Chicago Botanic Garden and were told before we could go to contract with them we had to go to contract with Calihan Catering. After over a month, Nitin finally contacted me while I was on the train returning home from work. I repeatedly asked if I could call him back after I got off the train which he ignored. Aside from ignoring my requests, he started throwing prices at me right off the bat. He suggested I should spend $150 per plate for a "kitsch hamburger wedding." I informed him I'm a vegetarian and am not interested in a hamburger wedding. He didn't provide any other alternatives over the phone but said he would send me an email with an extensive list of what he could offer. I spent the next several months waiting for this email. I frequently spent my lunch hour on the phone leaving messages for Nitin and the event coordinator at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Between the two of them, I had provided over a dozen contact numbers and emails for myself, my now husband and my mother. I NEVER received a call back from Nitin but was always given apologies by the poor woman who answers the phone. For the record, he also never tried to contact my husband or my mother. During one of my routine calls, I called the Chicago Botanic Garden and was informed by another event coordinator that they went to contract with someone else for our date. This is how I was notified that we were no longer going to be having our dream wedding at the English wall garden in the Chicago Botanic Garden. At this point, I still had not received the email from Nitin. I finally received an email from Nitin just before Christmas (after we already lost the venue). The menu essentially had no vegetarian friendly options and was ridiculously overpriced. Apparently the problem was he didn't know the difference between a dash and an underscore. Despite being provided with numerous contact emails, he was only able to send the much awaited email to one that didn't belong to me. Thanks to Calihan's hurry up and wait policy and Nitin's failure to return any phone calls or emails, months had passed and we were left scrambling to find a venue. We weren't able to get married on the date we initially wanted but ended up having a beautiful wedding at Lake Forest Academy for a fraction of the price. The food was both delicious and ample. Event planning is exhausting on its own. Save yourself the time and trouble and look for another company to cater your affair. P.S. No hamburgers were served at our wedding. That's not kitsch, that's tacky for a formal affair. Pros: None presented themselves Cons: My entire experience with Calihan Catering more

Best Catering Company in the City 10/17/2007

Went to an event here with work. The food was spectacular, as was the staff. I was very impressed. Then about a month later, I was at a wedding of a good friend up at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It was such a beautiful evening, and during cocktails, while sipping an absolutely killer martini, I kept feeling like I had seen the bartender before... turns out, it was the same bartender from my work event! (I knew the martini tasted familiar!) The wedding was so different, but incredible. If you can get yourself invited to an event by the, by all means go, and go hungry! more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    From its 7,000-square-foot home on Goose Island, this caterer offers one-stop shopping for wedding receptions and private parties. From cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to elegant multicourse dinners, Calihan aims to please even the most discerning palates. Expect specialties like baby rack of lamb with fresh mint and tomato salsa, skewers of fall vegetables in cheddar and port-wine fondue and cherry wood-smoked venison loin with lingonberry compote and red-mustard cress on pumpernickel crostini.

  • 9/7/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Diner's Club, Master Card, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central, Near North Side

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