Retirement Party Catering

One of the best ways to celebrate retirement is at a retirement party. When the time comes for a beloved co-worker to retire you want to send them out in style. Every office in Chicago has different traditions and guidelines for retirement parties, but the idea of showing gratitude is always at the top of the list. The two most popular approaches are to have either a formal retirement luncheon or a small and lighter gathering. In the end, it is probably best to ask the retiree what their favorite food is and to pitch a couple ideas to make sure they approve. There are many other key factors that go into planning a retirement party and Corky’s is here to provide you with not only the catering but a few tips and tricks to make your event successful.

Who to Invite

The guest list of a retirement party can sometimes vary depending on if a family is hosting or if it’s an office party. No matter who is planning, we say mix your list with family, friends & co-workers! If possible, even consider people the retiree may have worked with or been close with at other companies or departments.

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It could be vendors, salespeople, former managers, a competitor or more. This may take a little bit of work to track them down, but imagine the surprise on the guest of honor’s face if they attend.

Party Ideas

It’s time to celebrate a retiree’s past accomplishments as well as the future! Retiring is and always will be a significant milestone for most. If you’re planning a retirement party for a special person, it would be a great idea to share your stories with the retiree’s family, friends and co-workers. It’s easy to keep this simple.

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At Corky’s, we’ve seen several retirement parties feature a dinner in honor of the retiree, but it is okay to simply have a few co-workers and friends gather around a cake in the office, school or factory cafeteria. We can bring you that cake as well! If you decide upon a dinner, remember to include some of the retiree’s favorite foods from our menu options.


Most traditional retirement parties involve speeches that honor the contributions of the retiree. Usually the person throwing the party gives a speech, but you can also ask bosses, employees, friends or family to say something. Retirement speeches should highlight the accomplishments of the retiree.

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It is also nice to recount the history of the person’s career starting with their very first job if possible.

With a speech comes a toast & even a roast. A roast gives you and your co-workers an opportunity to gently poke fun at the retiree while keeping everything in good taste. Ideally a range of people from different aspects of the honoree’s life can each speak. The toast doesn’t have to be one and done. You can always include several co-workers or even managers to plan a toast of his or her own. If you want multiple people to offer a toast, it is always a good idea to meet with that person before the retirement party so that words can be prepared.

The Catering

Retirement parties in Chicago deserve a special celebration. As one of the more senior staff members says goodbye to co-workers, he/she will be honored for their dedication to the company. Corky’s Catering offers excellent retirement party catering for your office.

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Just like most other office parties, a buffet option would be ideal. Fried chicken, Italian beef, and mostaccioli has been our most popular option. Herb roasted chicken, fresh made pastas, steak and beef dishes are delicious options that will surely please everyone. Corky’s can also provide plated dinners or family style options if you prefer. Finally, if you are looking for service staff or bartenders, Corky’s handles that as well. If you’re retiring or know someone who is, give us a call today at (630) 396-3030 and let’s start planning that party.

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Corky’s makes parties memorable! Take a look at our amazing selection of menus to choose from. No matter if you’re planning a company picnic or a simple lunch, we have menus for any occasion.

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Douglas, Addison

... other than Thanksgiving dinners cooked by my mother and my wife, the food was the best.

– Douglas, Addison

Kim, Evergreen Park

We compared other companies and you offered the most for the best price. I love that the salads and tableware are included in the packages.

– Kim, Evergreen Park

Robby & Edith, Chicago

Best food in town!

– Robby & Edith, Chicago

Joy, Arlington Heights

(Our server), on a scale of 1 to 10 was a 12.

– Joy, Arlington Heights

Fred, Chicago

We find that catering is the only way to survive a party. I must say by far your food is the best...

– Fred, Chicago

Marcie, Hillside

I was thrilled with the food. The compliments are pouring in and I enjoyed myself!

– Marcie, Hillside

Nadine, Addison

Believe me when I say (our server), is a jewel!

– Nadine, Addison

Mary, Bensenville

Your staff did an excellent job with the food, bingo and children’s games!

– Mary, Bensenville

Bob, Chicago

It was an easy party, I had time to enjoy myself.

– Bob, Chicago

Maureen, Waukegan

Improve? ... you already do it all. Oh, maybe you can come clean our house before the party! Just kidding!

– Maureen, Waukegan

Lois, Oaklawn

You made it so easy! Your customer service is great and the food is yummy!

– Lois, Oaklawn

Peter, Chicago

The good food made the evening a success – thank you.

– Peter, Chicago

Jill, Wheeling

Why cook? Corky’s did it all!

– Jill, Wheeling

Connie, Addison

I heard nothing but raves and compliments on the food and our servers.

– Connie, Addison


The Driver Was On Time, Friendly And Helpful. It Was Great That He Explained All The Food, So We Wouldn’t Have Any Problems. Everything Was Hot And Delicious. We Had Enough To Serve The Additional Team Members That Attended. Corky’s Helped Make Our Team Meeting A Huge Success.

– Susan