Lenore's Kitchen Catering

Universal Entertainment Center

11901 S. Loomis
Chicago, Illinois 60643

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that “little extra”!

For Catering & Venue Booking Call (773.925.6699)

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We have two beautiful rooms available.

Lenore’s Kitchen Catering is an off-premise catering company founded by Lillia Key 26 years ago. Ms. Key started Lenore’s Kitchen by providing food and catering service for friends and family. As a child growing up in the Englewood community, Ms. Key watched her mother, grandmother, and great-aunts throw fabulous family parties. After absorbing everything she could about cooking and entertaining from them, Ms. Key found she had a forte for party foods and planning. While attending college those cooking skills were fine-tuned by cooking for her neighborhood every night and planning parties for her social club in major downtown hotels.

This led Ms. Key to step out on faith with her mother to City Colleges of Chicago and obtain City and State licenses for Sanitation and Proper food handling. The business was on its way. In two years the home-based business reached so many milestones the business had to expand to their church’s commercial kitchen. This expansion also made a life-long desire come true by providing employment to residents of the Englewood Community. Ms. Key is the founder of the non-profit organization The Key Works Association, which offers culinary training and job placement services for underprivileged youth, ex-offenders and lower-income families.

Shortly after 2000, another dream became a reality, the company moved to its own facility. Lenore’s was open to the public serving not only soul food but also love and respect. The demand for catering services continued, thus the decision to close the restaurant was made in July 2004. In 2015 LKC moved to the Universal Entertainment Center. Today Lenore’s Kitchen proudly serves a wide variety of clientele from corporations, government offices, schools, churches and more across the Chicagoland-Northwest Indiana area. Ms. Key is a member in good standing with the International Caterers Association and is proud to do that “little extra” to make every event a success.

Venue/Vendor List

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  • The Dorchester 1515 E. 154th Street Dolton Illinois 708-712-2256 or  773-841-5560 Contact: Kathy
  • Gloria J. Taylor Banquet Hall 708-331-3857
  • Orland Park Civic Center 708-403-6200
  • Jacobs Well 3450 W. Maple Evergreen Park Illinois 708- 636-5653 Contact Diane
  • Power circle 773-721-7972
  • Heritage plaza 1500 W. 95th street Chicago 773-445-8500 Contact Ms. Kennedy
  • Fountain Hills Golf Club 12601 S. Kedzie Alsip Illinois 60803 708-388-4653
  • Calumet Township – 12633 Ashland    708-388-6606
  • T’Mari 2701 W. 87th Street Chicago, Illinois 708-634-2030
  • Salvation Army Blue Island 2900 W. 127th Street 708-232-0100
  • Chicago Heights Park District 1112 Scott Avenue Chicago Heights IL 708-754-1400
  • Club House at Dolphin Lake 2700 W. 183rd Homewood Il 708-957-0300
  • Sgt Means Barn Olympia Fields20712 Western Ave 708-841-7313
  • Room 43-1041 E. 43rd, 60653, 773.285.2222
  • Little Black Pearl-773.285.1211 Yvette Warren
  • Beverly Art Center-773.445.3838
  • Dusable Museum– 740 East 56th Place  Chicago, IL 60637-1495 (773) 947-0600 Tracey Williams
  • Michelle’s Ball room– 2800 W. Belmont 2800 w. Belmont 773-478-1828
  • Delta House 4525 S. King Drive 773-538 0836
  • American Legion – 422.9513
  • Postal Union Hall – 3850 S. Wabash 773-620-8004  Yolanda Gibson
  • Lake Katherine- 7402 Lake Katherine Dr. Palos Heights IL 708-361-1873
  • The Connection- 4321 S. Cottage Grove 773-952-4062
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  • Bellevue Ministry Center 10715 S. Halsted Chicago, IL 773-568-1300
  • South Holland Community Center 501 E. 170th Street 708-331-2940 Ms. Lorraine
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Contact Us

Chicago, Illinois 60643

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that “little extra”!

For Catering & Venue Booking Call (773.925.6699)

We have two beautiful rooms available.