"Man, where do I start? We had a last minute issue with servers and bartenders, and the event planner. We called Barbara a few weeks before the wedding, and she definitely saved our butts. Even though she was not involved in the planning process from the beginning, she did a great job of asking the right questions to understand exactly where we were at in the planning process.
As far as the event itself, and working with Barbara, she was spot on. She didn't seem to like wasting time. As far as the staff she provided, I kid you not... never in my life have I felt as special as I did that night. There was absolutely nothing they missed the entire night.I almost want to get married all over again, just so Barbara could run the event."
"I have used Barbara's Elegant Touch twice now, and even recommended her and her staff to a neighbor (who also hired B.E.T.). We recently hosted a business dinner at our home. Barbara helped choose the dinner menu, and arranged for two servers to help that evening. The food was delicious (all the guests commented) and the service was impeccable. I would highly recommend Barbara's Elegant Touch for any catering/staffing needs you may have. I will be hiring Barbara again!"
"Barbara, thank you for all your efforts, communication and organization from start to finish. Even though our backyard party was fairly small, you always made us feel our needs were top priority, efficiently communicated with us and trouble shot all of the details . Our "America" themed citizenship party was a success in part from all of your hard work during the party planning process.
The day-of execution went off without a hitch due to the experience and professionalism you and your staff brought to the party. Catering was delicious (guests are still talking about it!) and our server Claudia was phenomenal! She was very professional and went above and beyond during the event.
THANK YOU for making our backyard celebration so special! "
"I would like to thank Barbara's Elegant Touch for creating a beautiful event for our grand opening this past weekend! They went above and beyond with there flower arrangement's, desserts and appetizers. Her staffing of waiters was superb!"
Thank you! Stolen Moments Centre and Parisian Waxing
"I have used Barbara's Elegant Touch four times now, three Holiday parties, and the most recent was my daughter's wedding renewal ceremony in August. I have had only the best experiences. They are experienced, professional, reasonably priced, timely, kind and courteous, and they become a part of the event. I will not use anyone else! I am so pleased with the experience. I highly recommend Barbara's Elegant Touch."
"Barbara’s Elegant Touch provided superior service for our high level executive event. The servers were prompt and professional never missing a beat during this fast paced corporate function.
Not only were the servers professional, Barbara was also a pleasure to work with. From start to finish, she covered every detail and proved to be flexible when we needed additional help in the final hour. Our event was a huge success and we will definitely be using Barbara’s Elegant Touch for future occasions."
Thank You! Robin ( Sensient )
Thank you so much for your help with our wedding. Your input leading up to the day was invaluable and by all accounts Garrett was outstanding. He went above and beyond to make our guests feel comfortable,and more than one person expressed how much they liked him.We could have not asked for a more perfect ay all the way around. We would be happy to provide a reference for you in the furtue and will happily tell our friends about your services.
Thanks Again ! "
Kristee & Keith Billiot
Just wanted to let you know what a excellent job you did on my retirement party
last week. Everything was wonderful, and my guests raved about the food. One of my
guests remarked " This is like having a wedding." Doing this event with you made
it easy for me, you took care of everything so I didn't have to worry about any of the
details of the party. Thank you for making such a memorable day for my guests and
I can't thank you enough for your help with my change the world party.Everything was perfect- I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
One friend said " I knew the minute I entered and saw that flower arrangement that this was a very different and very elegant
gathering.I knew it would be unlike any other partyI had been to". Barbara I cannot say enough good things about Chris and
Garrett.Their presence absolutely made the party. Everyone commented on how wonderful they were. I can not imagine throwing
another party without all of you!"
Rita Sayre Downers Grove
"Thank you for such a fantastic service on such short notice .You really saved the day and went above and
beyond. Will definitely recommend you to our friends."
Thanks again,Sonja & Chris Broad
"Barbara, We wanted to express our gratitude to you and your staff for the outstanding job everyone did to make our party such a success,and for helping us enjoy it .
You and your team worked very hard and took all the burden of the grilling,bar tending,serving ,parking and tram operating and after party clean up, as good as if it was your own event.
My husband and I were able to enjoy it and felt like we were guests in our own home!"
Yelena and Al Klairmont
"Hello Barbara, I wanted to let you know that you were absolutely right! Kristina was AWESOME! Please keep her in mind for me for future parties. She was on top of things and so friendly to my guests. Please thank her again for me!"
Happy Holidays to you and your family! Rosa :)
"Your servers were professional and extremely helpful and flexible for what at times was a hectic event. Please pass along our praise and thanks. I want to thank you for your willingness to help us out at the last minute. I would recommend your services without hesitation to anyone."
Ann Duffy, Family Farmed.org
"Barbara, we had such a beautiful party Saturday evening; the weather was perfect for our backyard sunset dinner party. Chris and Irena were more than helpful. They never had to be told what to do, took charge immediately and were so professional and courteous. I was able to enjoy the party without once looking over my shoulder to insure all was going well. My house and yard were very clean after the event thanks to them. I will keep you in mind if we should ever have such an event again. You never know, our 25th wedding anniversary is in a few short years….Thank you again Chris and Irena!"
"Barbara, just wanted to tell you how wonderful your servers were.They were phenominal ! They worked so hard and so good. We were just so pleased about everything. We will definitely spread the word about your services. I know we will be calling you again."
"Barbara, just wanted to thank you for your wonderful staffing. All three of your staff did a spectacular job, with little or no direction.It made my job so much easier it was such a pleasure. I am very grateful for your help thank you !"
"Barb, Thank u for doing such a great job! Well worth it! Russ and everyone else were super! Food was great . Pass it on to all that made such a wonderful event even that much more special!"
Michelle and Jimmy
"Dear Barb, Thank you so much for sending Rasa to our home last night. She did a GREAT job! She was very pleasant and a very, hard, diligent worker! I have your cards and I will refer you anytime."
"Barbara Just wanted to let you know what a great experince we had last weekend. Rasa and Ingrid were phenomenal ! They were so kind and gracious and helpful to everyone especially me.I will be more than happy to spread the good word to all my friends.I don't think I'll have another party without you. Look forward to working with you again.."
"Hi Barbara! I just wanted to let you know how wonderful the two ladies were that helped at my daughter's graduation party. I actually got to talk to people and enjoy myself! They were life savers, and I won't have another party without your service!! :)"
Thanks again, Trudy Andsager
"Barbara, Thank you again for sending Irene to help with our son's graduation party. Irene was fantastic, personable and professional. It made the party very fun for me!"
Thanks again, Rachel Buzzell
"Just wanted you know how fabulous Ingrid was today.She came in and took over.. We had great chemistry together.She knew how to create a flow for the party ,and everything was done in a timely manner.. Can't say enough she was Fabulous, Fabulous! She certainly is an asset to your company.We will be calling you for our next event."
Thank you, Mary Kristner
"Hi Barbara! I just wanted to let you know how wonderful the two ladies were that helped at my daughter's graduation party. I actually got to talk to people and enjoy myself! They were life savers, and I won't have another party without your service!! :)Thanks again. "
Party was a hit and I couldn't be happier with how well it turned out!"
"Barbara, Irena was amazing last night. She took over the whole kitchen & made the evening warm & elegant. With 40 people here & a newborn, I was calm & at ease. Looking forward to tonight!"
Brooke Nanberg Foley CEO/ECD Jayne Agency
"Barbara,We had a fantastic New Year's Eve party which was largely due to your help. I wanted to follow up and give David Gonzalez as positive a review as possible. He was professional, helpful, and thorough and was the perfect steward for an organization. I was shocked and impressed to see him help clean up discarded cups in between making drinks and everyone commented on what fine job he did.
Thanks for your help"
"Barbara, Just a note to tell you how much I enjoyed having Irena on the 31st. She was so efficient and sweet! She adapted to my kitchen immediately and helped keep me on schedule...which I needed. My guests thought she was wonderful and so attentive. Before she left, she said good-bye to everyone and wished my mother a happy 100th birthday. How nice. Thank you for sending me the best!"
"Barbara planned and coordinated a birthday party for my husband. I was impressed with her creative ideas and the guidance she provided throughout the planning process. The party was a great success and it was the result of her work and expert execution of all the details as well as the professionalism of her staff. I highly recommend Barbara's company."
"Barbara ,Thank you for;providing fabulous bartenders for our wedding last week. Cindy was helpful and took charge of everything.We were so pleased and will be calling you for any future parties we may have. We also will be recommending you to everyone we know."
"Barb: David was by far one of the best bartenders we ever had. Even our guests complimented his attention to detail, and as the guests were seated, he walked a mong the tables asking if anyone wanted something to drink, and remembered what they were drinking. He's a keeper, and we want him again next time. Thank you."
"Barbara, Your services were great and professional. Kristen was Fabulous. She was on time and on top of everything until the end. My friends were impressed with the service. Thank you for all of your help. I will recommend your services to everyone !"
"I just wanted to let you know that Kristen did a great job on the 4th.I got a lot of compliments on how efficient she was.Thank you again for sending her!"
Classic Party Rentals Kathy Menzione
"Robert truly is the best!!! My client and their guests thought the world of him!"
Christina.. Party Partner, Inc.
"Thanks for the great bartenders ! The event went off exceptionally well. Our guests appeared to be very happy."
Steve Manuel( Northwestern University )
"Barb, Party was awesome, thanks for everything. Everybody was really impressed! Today there are still talking about the party."
"Barbara.. My husband and I want to thank you for the wonderful service/server you provided. Kristen was amazing ! It felt like we were at a private restaurant everything went so smooth.. Thanks again"
Liezel Markus Meyer
"Dear Barbara, Thank you so , so much for all your help with our wedding reception.It has been a PLEASURE to work with you. We feel that we are in great hands with your leadership and expertise. Thanks again !"
"Barbara Chef Russ , We all loved the food , the chicken salad and green salad were so delicious I was wanting more yesterday. Everyone Loved the Food !!!!!! People who normally don't over indulge were going back for seconds.. the salad was gone early but what the heck when food is that good if you snooze you lose. You were both very easy to work with . I would highly recommend your service and have."
"Just wanted to drop a line and say thank you for providing Robert for my event. He was a valuable asset to my event !!!!"
"We really enjoyed your service the other evening. Everything went very well, and Judy was terrific ! Not only at bartending but just over all assistance.. Thank you"
"Kristina was Fabulous ! Fabulous ! Fabulous! She was on top of everything the day of our party. She certainly is an asset to your business! She serves you well.. Thank you"
"I just wanted to let you know how really pleased we were with your bartenders for our engagement party on this past June 14th. Not only did they do a wonderful job of bartending but they were also so welcoming to our guests and so helpful overall. We just really enjoyed them and wanted you to know! Thank you so much again! We were so pleased with the service and will definitely remember you for future events J Thanks again."
"Just wanted to let you what a wonderful job Kristen did on Friday. People at my party were actually talking about how pleasant she was. I was very pleased with what she did. It was such a good time being able to sit down and enjoy all that was going on. I don't think I'll ever go back. You've got a new loyal customer !"
First Impressions Marketing (Marica Dean)
"Dear Barb, I continue to recieve rave notices about the reception which you planned, and carried off. Even people who weren't there Back yard parties are over now, but there's another summer coming. Thank you, again, for making this year so special."
"Just wanted to let you know what an exceptional job Kristin did at our party. She was hard working, courteous and helpful. We recieved many compliments from our guests in regards to her job well done. Thanks again for the fabulous server."
Jennifer & Micheal Dicosola
"Dear Barbara , Your presence will forever be intertwined with the Beggs first Family Reunion.Your efforts and quite efficiency, not to mention the excellent food and presentation are to be admired by all.The staffs patience and ability to care for everyone with effortless service was most noticeable.Thank you for making it such special day for Greg and the family. We look forward to seeing you next August.. Warmest Regards."
"Barb, Just a quick note to thank you for your services today.You and Lagita did a wonderful job and I will absolutely keep you in mind for future parties.Definitely made a big difference, allowing me to enjoy myself much more than usual. Thanks again."
Thank you so much for your nice job you did and the way you left everything so clean..Cordially"
"Barbara,thank you for helping us make our party extra special and for making our guests feel so pampered. It was a pleasure to be able to enjoy our dinner party. Your attitudes and presentation are first rate."
"Barbara, I can't tell you what a help it was for me.Your efficiency,your beautiful presentation, and your friendly demeanor added so very much.We will call you again."
"Again we were so pleased with the excellence of your service.Our guests were very impressed with your staff.They were so professional and pleasant. A tribute to your service."
"Thanks Barbara your right.. I'm spoiled now..Really like doing the party this way .. Rita was very good."
"Thank you for helping us at our Hospitality Showcase on May 15th. As always, your staff performed with the utmost professionalism. Don and Elena were both friendly and efficient throughout the event. Thanks again."
Sally Winkleman (Dupage Convention & Visitors Bureau)
"Thank you so much for making my husbands 50th surprise party a hit!!! The best part was that I got to enjoy the party, too. They just came in and took over-it was great.. Sincerely."
Dr. Kristina Sargent
"All you have to do is smile and Barbara's staff will take care of the rest."
"Just wanted to send a note of thanks for finding the Perfect Personal Chef.Your chef complimented our small party of 3.The food was divine and so was her personality.I would absolultey refer your services to others."
Mary Lou Johnston
"We found Barbara's to be truly professional,efficient, and a overall quality experince. Her staff has what it takes to help make your party a sucess.We will be calling her again for our next party."
"My wedding is a day I will never forget. Barbara's staff was prompt, professional, and very courteous to all my guests.Her staff is top notch. Thank you Barbara!"
Danielle Zomparelli.. May 2002..
"Barbara's Elegant Touch is a lifesaver. Barbara and her staff are expertly trained, proffesional and have always anticipated my every need while entertaining.They do a fabulous job at following my directions for preparation of my meal ,and leave my kitchen spotless before they leave.When my guests leave I shut off the light, and go to bed.I am a guest at my own party, the only way to entertain."
"Since I started hosting an annual Kentucky Derby party a few years ago, Barbara's Elegant Touch has been my go to for all of my party planning. Not only has she provided me with excellent staff for my parties (my friends all rave about the bartender!) but she has also given me wonderful suggestions about obtaining party supplies and decorating Plus, her staff are so attentive, my house generally looks better at the end of the party than it did at the beginning. I've been very pleased with the service Barbara gives me."
"I've seen servers on soap operas all the time so I thought I would go all out and hire one for my party. This was the best thing I have ever done.For once I had an opportunity to enjoy my party.The service was friendly,atttentive and knowledgeable!"
"Just wanted to let you know what a pleasure it was to work with your staff.I must say that I was thoroughly impressed by all of them. They were not only professional but extremely helpful beyond there duites and very social, friendly people. I would love to work with any of them again. Thank you for your outstanding services."
Pina's Culinary Experince, Inc
"I would like to thank you and your staff for all of their help.I couldn't have done it without them.Everyone thought that everything was wonderful.It was the first time I was able to enjoy the party and not worry about things..Thanks again."
"Thanks so much for your help with the big 40 party.We all felt that the night went so well.You and your staff were great!"
"Your servers worked non-stop the evening of my husbands retirement party.We really appecitated their efforts in making our dinner party enjoyable for all our guests and us.Please thank them again for me."
"You sent Chris to us this Saturday and WE LOVED HER! This was the first time we threw a party where we were guests at out own party. Instead of working like dogs so that things ran smoothly.You can bet we will never ever have another party without help from your great staff of professionals. Heres hoping Chris is available everytime we entertain."
Kim & Jim... Downers Grove
"The girls were AMAZING! Thank you so much. Please let them know how pleased we were with their help. We will keep you in mind for future events. Thanks."
"I wanted to thank you for the great help and support Kristina and Kristen provided us during our daughter's graduation party. What a great team they are! I was particularly pleased with Kristina's initiative, and both of them, for their ability to keep things running smoothly. I will keep you in mind for any future events. It was a pleasure meeting you, Thanks again"
"Robert our bartender showed up on time. Robert came prepared with things most hosts overlook when stocking. Robert served with a smile. Robert was AWESOME !"
Ari L Garber
"Dear Barb, I just wanted to say THANK YOU! You were truly instrumental in making the Cancer Treatment of Americas , Board Dinner Gala a true success. You and your staff were so kind, helpful, knowledgeable, flexible, timely, and well groomed. I have been in this business for 20 years and my only regret is that I didn't hear of you sooner. Please thank everyone for me and I certainly look forward to working with you in the near future. All the best to you, Warmest Regards'"
"Thanks Barb, it was terrific! Ligita was simply phenomenal!! I was spoiled rotten and will absolutely hire your team again!! Merry Christmas!"
"Barbara, just wanted to let you know that Kristen and Marge were just terrific ! I can't say enough. I didn't have to think about a thing. They just took over. There were pleasant and worked hard. It was great.. Look forward to using you again in the future".
"Barbara, Now I know how you got the name for your business. You are a very Elegant lady! Thank you so much for all your professional input. I feel so relaxed and confident about our special day."
"Barbara, Just wanted to send you a note and say thank you for once again providing our event with such wonderful staffing. Ligita was extemely professional, polite , courteous , and did not let us lift a finger.Overall she was excellent."
"Hi Barb, Just wanted to say that my party would not have been a success without the tremedous help of your 2 servers. They were GREAT! Please extend my gratitude and thanks again to the ladies for a job very well done. Look forward to them for future parties.Thanks."
"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! My party was a huge sucess and Irena was wonderful ."
"We really enjoyed your service the other evening. Everything went very well, and Judy was terrific ! Not only at bartending but just over all assistance.. Thank you."
"Kristina was Fabulous ! Fabulous ! Fabulous! She was on top of everything the day of our party. She certainly is an asset to your business! She serves you well.. Thank you."
"Barbara, Thank you again for the wonderful appetizers you provided for the chambers Holiday Showcase at Charles Place . Everything was delicious and much appeciated. Hope you found the event to be valuable to your business. We look forward to the opportunity to send some business your way in the future."
"Barbara I just wanted to thank you for Fabulous service Judy gave me at my birthday party ! I couldn't have asked for anything more."
"Barbara I can't tell you enough how great Robert and Rhonda worked out for our event this past Saturday. Although the crowd became larger than anticipated, both of them still served everyone with class and style. They were true professsionals ! We had many compliments about them from the members of our organizaton about how nice they were. It was nice meeting you as well and I appreciated you checking on things before the event. On behalf of the Moravian Culture Society thank you very much !"
"Barbara Thank you so much for your services. Chef Russ was the perfect addition to our event. We are so happy that you were able to be a part of our grand opening event."
From all the staff at MY MENU