Jennifer G.
Chicago, IL

Author: Refined Dining |

I am at work today, and rather bored, so I decided to review the most loved and most hated places I can think of. :-) So glad I happened to think of Refined Dining, and so sad to see I am the one and only reviewer! We hired Refined Dining for our wedding, three years ago. We had it at The Redfield Estate at The Grove in Glenview. The Grove was amazing, our tiny wedding party was amazing, our ceremony was heaven, but it would not have been the perfect experience without Refined Dining. I am Italian, so food was a HUGE part of my wedding planning, and I spoke with so many caterers my head was spinning. I was so put off by the high prices and obvious low quality of most corporate-style caterers. Also, having to buy the preset 'packages' was not working for me. The staff at The Grove recommended Refined Dining as they have worked parties there for years, so I gave them a call. My husband and I were immediately impressed with their obvious desire to understand what was important to us, their ability to give us a custom menu, and the assurance that all of the food would be cooked ON-SITE at the event. I was shocked to hear that! And they did all of this at HALF the price of any other caterer I spoke to. This included all of the table settings, linens, clean-up, service, etc. All of the stuff that normally makes a catering bill 50% higher than you expected was included. And the MOST important thing - the food was AMAZING. We had a carving station, a pasta station, chicken marsala, salads, breads, etc. All manned by the chefs themselves and presented beautifully. The appetizers were also made fresh on-site and were unbelievably delicious. Our guests were already raving about them and couldn't wait for the meal. Three years later, we STILL get comments about how wonderful the food at our wedding was and how impressed they were with the service. Let's face it, what people tend to remember the most is the food, and it's usually remembered because it was god-awful pre-made and reheated hours before your dinner is served. Do yourself a favor and see if Refined Dining could suit your wedding/party needs - you will definitely have an event people will HAPPILY remember!

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