14 Spots for Vegan Catering in Chicago

14 Spots for Vegan Catering in Chicago

Dec 19, 2019 BY: VegOut Team

Whether it’s a work event, graduation party, or workshop, these Chicago spots have you covered on the catering!

Vegan Street Food

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This all-vegan pop-up dishes out authentic Mexican tacos. You’ll find Soy Pastor (tacos al pastor with pineapple), Tinga (jackfruit tinga al chipotle) and Setas Encebolladas (grilled portabello) on the menu as well as their famous El Elote (Mexican-style corn) and Horchata. Vegan Street Food caters for private parties and offers pop-ups around town. Follow on Instagram at @vegan_streetfood for the latest info.

Ste Martaen

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For 100% vegan soul food, you’ll want to check out Ste Martaen, a pop-up offering droolworthy delights such as mac ‘n’ cheese, wings, cheesesteak, black-eyed peas, collards, and more! Specializing in pop-ups, events, and private catering, they also offer a brunch menu boasting a tofu scramble, skillet potatoes, grits and gravy, waffles, and biscuits. Gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free options on request. Follow them on Instagram at @stemartaen.

Sweet Evolution Bakery

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This all-vegan woman-owned bakery and catering service offers sweet options such as cheesecake, cinnamon rolls, mini tarts, mini muffins and more! An up-and-coming, growing business, they also offer limited lunch items as well. Their Deep Fried Mac & Cheese Balls are a must-try! Follow Sweet Evolution on Instagram at @sweetevolutionbakery

Chicago Diner

2333 N Milwaukee Ave. & 3411 N Halsted St.

“Meat-free since 83,’” Chicago’s iconic diner caters! Select from the separate vegan dessert menu. Try the Cocoa Mousse Cake, Donnie’s Peanut Butter Puck, or their Caramel Crunch Torte. Dining in? Order up the Radical Reuben or Spicy Crispy Chick’n sandwich with a side Caesar salad.

Kitchen 17

3132 N Broadway

Pizza? Nachos? Cheese Fries? Check, check, and double-check! This all-vegan spot caters everything from Chik’n Parm Sandwiches to BBQ Cheddar Burgers to Cauliflower Wings and Gyros! Kitchen 17 uses house-made meats to bring you that from-scratch taste of home cooking.

Upton’s Breakroom

2054 W Grand Ave. Famous for their seitan-based meat alternatives, this vegan-owned company has a Breakroom! They serve Bar-B-Que Jackfruit Sandwiches, Brussels sprouts, greens, cookies, and more. And don’t forget their amazing Fried Bacon Mac (a house-made mac ‘n’ cheese with their bacon seitan)! Add it as a side to the “Chicago Style” Italian Sandwich (crafted with herbed seiten) for a hearty meal. For catering orders, be sure to schedule at least 72 hours in advance.

Althea

700 N Michigan Ave.

Fine vegan dining located on the 7th floor of Saks Fifth Avenue on Michigan Avenue. World renowned plant-based chef Matthew Kenney brings you organic and globally-inspired vegan cuisine utilizing foods from local farms. For starters, try the Kimchi Dumplings, Smoked Hummus, or Barbacoa Taco. Follow by mains such as Spicy Udon, Coconut Curry Risotto, and Chickpea Frittata.

The Chicago House of ‘Za

1939 W Byron St.

Cater your next event with garlic knots and lasagna by the pan! Head to The Chicago House of ‘Za for Italian cuisine served hot with a not-so-secret twist … it’s all vegan! This spot is known for their deep-dish pizza topped with in-house cashew cheese! We’ll take a side order of Stuffed Mushroom Caps, please.

Native Foods Cafe

Multiple Locations

This all-vegan spot offers a hefty selection of gluten-free options as well. Some of our favorite menu items include the Orange Cauliflower Bowl, Bangkok Curry, and BBQ Chicken Salad. Be sure to add the Oatmeal Creme Pie—a soft-baked oatmeal cookie sandwich filled with vanilla crème—for dessert!

Veggie Grill

Multiple Locations

Veggie Grill, a fast-casual chain, serves up favorites such as the Sante Fe Crispy Chickin’ Sandwich, Steakhouse Burger, Super Taco Salad, and trays of Chill Out Wings served with creamy ranch, barbecue sauce, or roasted red pepper sauce. Their wings are perfect finger foods for any event!

Dimo’s Pizza

3463 N Clark St. & 1615 N Damen Ave.

You’ll find vegan options galore at Dimo’s Pizza. Try the mac pizza, move on to some cheesy bread, and finish off with brownies for dessert. Don’t forget to ask for the house-made vegan ranch to go with your ‘za. Dimo’s can make almost every pizza vegan on request and can substitute in-house vegan sausage and seitan as meat alternatives! Gluten-free and vegan? No problem! They have options for that as well.

Real Good Stuff Co.

701 N Wells St.

This juice bar offers a full menu with loads of vegan options! They cater delicious dishes such as the Spicy Korean Tofu, Broccoli Salad, and their famous vegan Noyo (an almond milk soft serve)! This spot is perfect for a health and wellness event or a light lunch.

Lyfe Kitchen

River North, Gold Coast, and Streeterville

Need catering for an office meeting, networking event, or post workout fuel? Lyfe Kitchen’s got you covered! Their menu boasts Vegan Burritos (with scrambled tofu and quinoa), Kale and Sweet Potato Pasta, Crispy Potatoes with Chipotle Aioli, and so much more. All vegan options are clearly labeled.

True Food Kitchen

1 W Erie St.

Grab our favorites—The Unbeetable Burger, Ancient Grains Bowl, and Butternut Squash Pizza—for your next event. True Food Kitchen offers many gluten-free options and uses seasonal, organic and locally-sourced produce whenever possible. Don’t leave without some of their Squash Pie with whipped coconut cream!

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