"On Occasion’s innovative menus,
fantastic food,
and elegant presentation
impress my guests every time..."
"I want to commend you for your
professionalism and pleasant demeanor
as you managed the details of the
set-up, catering and staffing for this
fairly complex wedding..."
"...they know pies and what it takes to rule the pie world..."
"Thanks so much for ALL you do
for Lydia Home Association
and your great support of our kids..." 
"...You did a fantastic job and
we commend you and your staff..." 
"...Lunch was not only delicious
but not the typical 'catered lunch'..."


On Occasion Catering & Events Testimonials and Reviews

Michael Silvaggi
Vice President
Human Resources — Saks Fifth Avenue

On Occasion’s innovative menus, fantastic food, and elegant presentation impress my guests every time. I trust Kathy and her staff to take care of both my business and social catering needs.

Victoria Cook

On Occasion Catering and Events recently provided appetizers and desserts for a business event. Not only was the food fantastic, but Kathy and her team have a way of making everything look beautiful too. I highly recommend their catering services for any business or personal events you are hosting!

Victoria H.
Lake Zurich

Our company just tried On Occasion for the first time for our corporate lunch and it was delicious. We had the Chicken Penne with artichokes, spinach salad, and biscuits. Very tasty and everything was fresh. Served on time by friendly staff. They have my highest recommendation. I would recommend them to friends for parties and weddings too!

Lauri S.

Kathy and Lori helped us with an open house for our new office space.  From the beginning, Lori guided me through the selection process.  She worked within my budget and came up with very creative ideas and complimentary combinations of appetizers.  The set-up and service was organized and efficient.  They had lovely table linens and elegant serving dishes.  The food was WONDERFUL and we received my compliments from our guests.  At the end, they did a wonderful job of cleaning up and packaging the leftovers neatly in containers, which they provided.  They took care of all the work so I could be free to talk with guests.  I would certainly use them again for our next event.

Lindsey M.

I own Lili Marie Parties, a party planning business, and I have to say On Occasion Catering has been one of the best catering companies I've worked with. I hired them for a client's Christmas party and every part of the party was a success. The staff was professional and friendly, food was delicious and presentation was beautiful. Kathy and Leslie were beyond patient in helping me create and recreate my menu. I will 100% work with On Occasion for future parties!

Russ K.

I found this caterer thru Yelp and the five star rating is justified.  They treat the word "cater" like the verb is should be.  They were very helpful with me for two events back-to-back.  At home, I needed a few dishes to supplement a party I was throwing to take some work off my plate..They made me a wonderful fig marscapone appetizer with sliced baguettes...a huge veggie tray with a wonderful homemade dressing...a grilled pear mixed green salad that was a huge hit and cake pops that wowed my guests.  I changed my mind at least twice and they were supportive every time.  Then, the next day, they fully catered my all-company work event for 52 people.  Not a single complaint! (which is rare when trying to please 50 people)

I will use them again!

Holly W.

On Occasion Catered our family Christmas party of about 30 people this year.
Kathy offered several different menu's of seasonal gourmet food.
Everyone loved the grilled pear salad with fig nectar vinaigrette and rustic Italian vegetables were a delight. Sliced beef tenderloin was perfectly cooked and rivaled only by her chocolate torte with caramel and sea salt which had the entire room buzzing.
They provided high end chaffing dishes and Kathy stayed, helped slice the tenderloin and assured that everything went smoothly before she snuck off without intruding.
I highly recommend their food and service.

Rose D.
Vancouver, Washington

Oh my goodness, I cannot rave about this place enough!  They catered a friend's bridal shower and each dish was better than the next.

From the small bites served during mingling to the end...salad, chicken alfredo pasta, asparagus perfectly prepared, olive tapenade & breads to the dessert...I'm serious, it was all fantastic.

Bonnie C.
Lake Zurich

Avalon Salon hosts many themed events for our guests throughout the year, and On Occasion is our go-to catering company.  Kathy and her staff design custom menus that compliment our events and delight our guests.  Love their eye-catching displays and creative menus.  Highly recommend!

Ken T.
Lake Zurich

Let me start off by saying that I am kind of picky. Okay, I am very picky. Just a fact. I was concerned that I wouldn't find a catering company to appease my guests unfortunate food allergies and dislikes.
I hired Kathy and On Occasion for my best friend's 50th birthday party to be held in my home. As aforementioned, I had reservations because of the many requests that I had. Not only did Kathy go over a detailed menu with me, full of many options, but she also allowed four of us to come for a tasting to make sure that it was suitable. She really went well above and beyond was appropriate and I truly appreciated it.
The food that night was absolutely delicious. We had many different dishes and desserts and not one of them disappointed. Some of the really delicious dishes we had were pulled pork with whiskied onions, shaved tenderloin on parmesan crisps with carmelized onion and Dijon crème fresh, eggplant crisps with mozzarella and roasted tomatoes, a gorgeous bruschetta cascade with all kinds of grilled vegetables and crostinis and the list goes on. We also had some mouth watering desserts. Some stand outs were the selection of bars (lemon, raspberry, pecan with multiple cream cheese dips) and the chocolate dipped macaroons. But seriously, nothing was short of delicious.
The quality of all the food was so fresh and it really made a huge difference. Kathy made sure everything was served at the right temperatures and I swear my kitchen was cleaner when she left than when she got there. I will not hesitate to recommend her and her company to anyone interested in a party from 20-200 people. Thanks On Occasion for help making the party such a huge success!!!

Rose D.
‍Lake Zurich

It doesn't get any better than this!! If you are looking for anything from a wedding to a rehearsal to brunch, On Occasion can handle it all. Handle it they did...we hired Kathy for my daughters bridal shower and wedding dessert table and her wedding cake and morning after brunch. Kathy was able to create the best tasting desserts as well as the best brunch. It was the best I have ever had.
The desserts were to die for, the wedding cake was spectacular, the brunch was outstanding!! It was not only great tasting, but the presentation was terrific. Kathy was able to create a beautiful table that guests are still raving about.
Kathy is great to work with and will listen to your needs and help to ease any stress. she handles it all.... It not only tasted good but the presentation is fabulous.
Look no further

Andy M.

We recently hired On Occasion Catering for some parties we hosted at our home. All of our guests were raving about the delicious food they served. Not only was the food ridiculously good, the service staff they provided are professional, personable, and proficient. Hats off to On Occasion... I highly recommend them!

Kathy H.

The food was great! Our guests asked over and over where the food came from.  The produce was fresh, the cheese platter amazing.  Order an extra marcapone torte to enjoy yourself the day after your party!

We served hor'deauves and desserts during our wine tasting party for 25 people.  We will definitely use On Occasion for our next party!

Paula P.
Gig Harbor, WA

This was the first time I hired a new caterer since my other one left the company I used. I had reservations since my party was smaller and I could not do a tasting ahead of time. Both my husband and I were very impressed with not only the delicious food and many options, but the wonderful, professional, hardworking staff that managed our party. All our guests raved about the food from sushi, crabcakes, and meatballs to chicken quesadillas (the big hit) and mini pastries. Everything was served hot and replenished nicely throughout the evening. They cleaned up my kitchen nicely (and picked up throughout the evening too) and put away my yummy leftovers so we could enjoy them the next day. I was able to enjoy conversation with our guests which was so nice because they did such a superb job managing our party. Thank you Leslie, Kathy and staff! I highly recommend On Occasion for any event!

Laurie L.

Kathy and her team are amazing! Just picked up my valentine cake pops and they are amazing looking and taste delicious! Do yourself a favor, save time and effort and let On Occasion handle your catering- I have used them for business catering and personal, and have loved everything she has made.

First class all the way!!

Liz Martin Richards

We were absolutely thrilled with the service and food you catered for my husband's 60th birthday party. There was so much variety to choose from and Leslie helped me create the perfect menu. Everyone raved about the food, the taste, the amount, the quality and the presentation. You made it so easy and affordable. I highly recommend you and guarantee I will work with you again! You will likely get more business from our party attendees too! Thank you so much.

Erica Burgland Gunther

Fine Dining Catering! We had On Occasion Catering cater to our Ladies Night Out Financial workshop with Edward Jones Investments(Erica Gunther) at Avalon Salon and Spa!! Our guests not only got pampered but indulged in some fabulous Hors d’oueuvres! Our favorites were the Fig and Mascarpone tart, Asian lettuce cups, Caprese skewers, Vegetarian sandwiches, and the mini desserts (lemon curd tarts, chocolate tart with caramel and sea salt) Highly Recommended!!!!

Yelena Slobodnik

They did amazing job! Wonderful presentation, attentive service, delicious appetizers ( cold and hot), sumptuous and delicious different wraps, stuffed mushrooms just flew of the table. Desert was amazing and exquisite! Thank you so much!

Susan McConnell

Best caterer I have ever used. They were very nice to work with and their food was beautiful and creative. They created a stunning look with their own dishes and serving pieces. A+Creative cuisine

Julie Siefers

During a New Year's Eve party I enjoyed an array of wonderful dishes and horsdoevres. The roasted vegetables were scrumptous, fiesta chicken with mango salsa was a perfect mixture of flavors, the parmesan crusted cauliflower was crunchy and savory, and the variety of meats and cheeses were paired to perfection! Thank you for taking pride in what you do and knowing food!

Kimberly Miniea

Kathy helped with my daughter's birthday party I had no clue what I was doing as it was for 40 people and her first birthday. Kathy did everything!!!I highly recommend

Laurie Lis Wilhoit

Catering our Chamber of Commerce events- makes our breakfast and lunches a masterpiece! Her food is unique, beautiful, and a great value!

David Curotto
Executive Chef Hawthorn Woods Country Club

Chef Kathy & Team knocks it outta the park every time we need Specality desserts for up scale events at Hawthorn Woods Country Club.

Jan Heidelmeier

Kathy —
Thanks again for everything! Lunch was not only delicious but not the typical "catered lunch". I appreciate that you offered to use OUR OWN Market Day Gourmet products in the preparation. It was a very special surprise for our consultants as well as our staff! Way to think outside the box!

We look forward to using On Occasion & Events for our next event!

Ben Johnston
Director of Marketing — Don Johnston Incorporated

Our company holds dozens of company events with customers each year and On Occasion is our favorite spot for team building. Cooking in a professional kitchen with Kathy and her team builds camaraderie more than any other options we’ve explored.

Laura and Jim S.

We want to thank you for creating the most beautiful wedding at our home for the Memina reception. The food was delicious and the table set ups were wonderful. We were very impressed with the professionalism of you and your delightful staff. They were courteous and worked very hard as they had a tough task traveling all the way downhill to the dinner tables and buffet. The cleanup was amazing. We will definitely call you on any future parties in our home, if you'd be willing.

Thank you for the leftovers in our refrigerator that we are enjoying daily. The party rental pickup went smoothly on Monday. You did a fantastic job and we commend you and your staff. Our son will be graduating college next summer (hopefully) and we'd love to throw a casual yard party for him.
We'll be in touch.

Nancy Good

Thanks so much for ALL you do for Lydia Home Association and your great support of our kids. I appreciate your partnership. It means so much in the lives of so many children. Thanks too, for sharing your recipe. This will be a great dish for weekend company, which I occasionally have! Hope to see you soon. God bless.

Bill Barth
Levy Restaurants — Stadium Club, U.S. Cellular Field

Fat Bottomed Girls — they know pies and what it takes to rule the pie world.

Spruce Event Consulting

Dear Kathy,
I wanted to follow up to thank you for providing such a wonderful experience for the wedding this weekend at Cafe Brauer.
It was such a pleasure to work with you and your staff this weekend. I want to commend you for your professionalism and pleasant demeanor as you managed the details of the set-up, catering and staffing for this fairly complex wedding. You are one of the most efficient, pleasant and flexible managers we have worked with. You made our job and that of the other vendors very easy.
I also wanted to recognize the staff that worked the event. Everyone we came in contact with was equally helpful and friendly. Thank you again for making the wedding such a great success. I hope we will work together in the future.

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