Fun, Non-Traditional Catering Your Team Will Rave About

On-Site Wood-Fired Cooking, Artsy Drinks, + A Shareable Dining Experience At Your Corporate Event


Picking the right caterer for your corporate event is stressful.

And you shouldn’t have to settle for:

Boring, dry sandwiches

Late deliveries by drivers that just don’t care

Having to clean up all by yourself

A meal no one really likes or remembers

Here’s what to expect when Wooden Paddle caters your event:

A Fun, Non-Traditional Experience

Boring, boxed lunches? Lackluster buffets? Hard pass. Your corporate event should reflect your company, and how much you care for and appreciate your team and your clients – not what every other company does. Run-of-the-mill catering be damned!

Food + Drinks Your Guests Will Rave About

Everyone was mentally preparing for a dry turkey sandwich, stale chips, and a limp pickle. But we make everything on-site, mere minutes before it’s served. So get ready to hear “Ermergherd, this is all so delicious!” alongside weepy, heartfelt thank you’s all. day. long.

A Team That Takes Care Of It All

Book us and chill. From the day you book us to the day-of, our experienced, in-house team will handle all the nitty-gritty details – from coordination to cooking to cleanup – so you don’t have to. Hakuna matata, babe – it means no worries.

We’re happy to cater any type of corporate event

Our team can provide food and drinks for a wide range of corporate events – these and more!



Employee Appreciation Luncheons


Trade Shows




Company Picnics




Product Launches




Team-building Retreats


Award Ceremonies




Work Anniversaries


Customer Appreciation Dinners


Holiday Parties


Happy Hours




Retirement Parties

We know how hard it is to find the right caterer for your event.

And it’s a big deal! The right caterer can make your event. And the wrong one? They really can break it. Oye! That’s a lot of pressure! And disappointing the people you work with everyday is not the vibe. We get it! So we’re here to help you scrap the same old, same old catering and serve a meal that’s fun, unconventional, and loved by everyone. And the best part? Day-of, you’ll get to sit back, relax, and watch as it all *magically* happens, without so much as lifting a finger. That’s the vibe.


These companies LOVED having us cater their event

Wooden Paddle’s Easy, Peasy, 3-Step Booking Process

(For realzy)

Get A Quote

Our pricing is transparent, and our menu is fully ala carte. So get an easy-to-adjust quote, and then add, take away, upgrade, or swap out as you please.

Pick Your Menu

You’ll be invited to a private, one-on-one tasting so you can try absolutely anything and everything, and hand pick your entire event menu. Come hungry! (And thirsty, as it were.)

Enjoy Your Event!

Day-of, we’ll handle every dang thing, and give your team the-best-corporate-catering-they’ve-ever-had. So sit back, relax, and prepare yourself for a lot of grateful, heartfelt thank you’s.


Have questions? We’ve got answers.

And if you’ve got a question you don’t see here, be sure to send us a message.

How far do you travel?
We generally travel up to 50 miles from our Wooden Paddle kitchen in Lemont, IL. Is your event a little bit, or a lot a bit, further away? Let’s talk anyway! We do make exceptions.
Do you work with my venue?
We’ve catered at or are preferred vendors for many different venues in the Chicagoland area, including Warehouse:109, Firehouse Chicago, Imago Events, The BRIX On The Fox, Ovation, Greenhouse Loft, Blumen Gardens, Danada House, The Bridge, Storybook Gardens, Silver Fox, and more.

Even if we are not on your venue’s preferred vendors list (yet!), there’s still a pretty good chance we’ll be able to cater your event. We’ve done it before, and gosh dang it! We’ll do it again. In addition, should you choose to forgo a venue and have your event at a private residence, we are happy to cater there as well.

Do you offer tastings?
Absolutely! We love having guests come in, get to know us, and taste what we have to offer. Just be sure you come hungry!
How early do I need to book my date?
At the very least, events need to be booked one month in advance, but the earlier, the better! We book on a first-come, first-served basis. For weekends, we generally book about one year out.
What about guests with dietary restrictions?
No problem! We’re glad to accommodate them. We have gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian options!
Are event staff included?
All event staff — chefs, servers, bartenders, and event captains — are charged separately. How many chefs, servers, and bartenders we’ll bring depends on details like your guest count, menu, service style, and what your venue requires caterers to take care of on the big day! An event captain is needed for any wedding, any size event with food and bar, or any event with seventy-five (75) or more guests.
Where will you put your oven?
The oven is maneuvered by a tow vehicle, and one of our highly skilled, trailer-backer-uppers. (Mmm yes, ’tis their formal title.) So, wherever you’d like us to put the oven must be accessible by vehicle, and have a flat, dry area that’s at least 12′ long, and 8′ wide. We’ll also need another 12′ x 12′ space in front of the oven, for our pop-up kitchen.
How many people can you serve?
We’re able to comfortably serve up to 250 people with the use of just one of our ovens. Far too popular to limit your guest list to only 250? Not a problem. In that case, we’d just bring a second oven.
Do I get to pick my menu?
You bet! First, come try the goods! At your tasting, you’ll get to sample most of what we serve and get a better idea of what you’d like your menu to be. You’ll select four different signature pizzas, and then you can round out the rest of your menu with appetizers, salads, desserts, and drinks.
Do you have an event minimum?
Yes! Your event minimum is dependent on the day and time of your event. It is the total for all food and beverages.
What's your service charge?
A twenty percent (20%) service charge covers on-site kitchen, bar, and rental set up and breakdown, wood for the oven, serving ware, disposable dinnerware, trash disposal, liquor licensing, and general liability insurance.
Alright, I'm in! How do I get started?

We're so excited to chat with you about your event! Simply book your event here, and we'll get this ball (and dough) rolling.

Sample Menus & Pricing

Happy Hour

Starting at $46 pp


  • 4 heavy appetizers
  • 1 dessert
  • Culinary + Service Staff

Appreciation Lunch

Starting at $49 pp


  • 1 appetizer
  • 3 pizzas
  • 1 salad
  • 1 dessert
  • Culinary + Service Staff

Retirement Party

Starting at: $58 pp


  • 2 Appetizers
  • 2 Pizzas
  • 1 Pasta
  • 1 Salad
  • 1 Dessert
  • Culinary + Service Staff


Pricing does not include sales tax or event fees, and may change. Get your custom quote for the most accurate and up-to-date pricing!

Check out how we do a real event!

Wooden Paddle “Happiness Guarantee”

We are so sure you’re going to absolutely love having us cater your event. But, on the off-chance that we happen to disappoint in some way, we will make it right – no holds barred, no ifs, no ands, no buts –  no matter what.  Whether that’s a refund or a redo, we’ll do whatever it takes to make it right. Just reach out to us at Your happiness is guaranteed here.

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