Custom catering for all your foodie needs and rock and roll desires...

gotc catering

Special Events

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GOTC Catering is born out of rock-n-roll. We started backstage in the green rooms of musicians and on the buffet tables of crew meals. The simple principal was to pamper stars as they were accustomed while also taking pride in what is being fed to the support staff, the crew that makes the show possible. GOTC means to Get Off The Couch. Commit to the level of excellence that your guests deserve. That your staff deserve. That you deserve. 



GOTC Catering had really been making food for the stars for years before officially laying stakes in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood in 2012. The name sprouts from the popular singer-songwriter showcase created and managed by the founders: Sam Wahl, Jeni Wahl, & Keith Carlson. The Nashville style in-the-round showcase was a great way to experience musicians working in Chicago, and if you were the lucky group that was in the know get to the after party and eat the amazing food coming out of the kitchen. 

Suddenly the creative food coming out of the kitchen for parties after the show was appearing at baby showers, graduation parties, and backstage at concerts. The insanity had to end, shared kitchen spaces were no longer cutting the cake. GOTC Catering was going to need it's own kitchen. One was found, in a great up and coming blue collar neighborhood: Pilsen. The location we found had an amazing walk-up shop location where we opened up   Dia De Los Tamales, revolutionary tamales we created from recipes we experimented with for catering events.

With over 60 years of combined catering and special events experience, we managed to find ourselves with knowledge of a plethora of areas encompassing the special events arena. Jeni Wahl brings over a decade of cooking experience to the equation along with vast experience with the entertainment industry managing events on small and grand stages alike. 

Sam Wahl has experience in banquets from vast corporate catering experience and grand weddings, to simpler casual events. Sam managed the tours of some of today's most popular artists, managing national and international tour locations. 

Keith Carlson possesses classical culinary training along with over two decades of catering experience in the social and corporate markets. Keith is adept at event design and creating wonderful experiences for guests.


"My office catered in Thanksgiving lunch from these guys and we couldn't have been more pleased!  Keith, the owner, was FANTASTIC!  He brought everything in hot and fresh and laid it out beautifully in our small office kitchen.  We will definitely be using these guys again for office catering!

/  Rachel  /



Social GOTC Catering is adept at everything from 1st Birthday Parties in the back yard to 100th Birthday Party Celebrations in ballrooms. Our custom events help make your party exactly what you want and more! We are experienced with working in your budget to provide you everything you crave and beyond. From simple catering delivery of food to complete event services for a multi course meal and program, we can help you manage all of the pieces of your event planning with which you desire assistance. From food to rentals to custom pieces for your event, we are here to support you as much as you require. 

Corporate GOTC Catering is professional catering at it's best. We can provide everything from simple office lunches to complete event planning for your tradeshow gala or fundraising events. We have a chain of vendors ready for everything from the simple needs of linen and tableware, to the necessities like audio/visual and lighting, to the extravagant like champagne dresses and fireworks. Whatever you desire for your event, we can make possible. Tell us what your dreams are today!

Crazy GOTC Catering is crazy, when it's needed. Do you need catering on your yacht? No problem! You really like this bar for your event but they don't have food? No problem! You're doing a project outdoors and need food? No problem! You're going river rafting through class 5 rapids and want to eat lunch halfway through the trip? No problem! No matter how crazy you think your request is, we've probably seen crazier or we'll be real excited to tackle your crazy idea. Wherever and whenever you need great food, we'll help you get it. 


Who we've worked with
K.D. lang
crate & barrel
first ascent
fox studios
amazon studios
aperture group
cinespace studios
ounce of prevention
NBC universal
babes with blades
center on halsted
stroger hospital
everleigh social club
chicago medical society
instituto del progresso latino
music box films
associated colleges of the midwest
harris theater
voodoo music festival
high concept labs

chicago illuminating company
salvage one
lagunitas brewing
ignite glass studio
SAIC Ballroom
humboldt park
lacuna lofts
UIC pavilion
grant park
four40 south lasalle
stephen m bailey auditorium
bridgeport art center
merchandise mart
toyota park
block 37
harris theater
hideout inn
chicago yacht club
union park
goodman theatre
thalia hall
daley plaza
mccormick place
soldier field
forum 55
old st patrick's church
chicago recording company
cobra lounge
Watkins Glen
cinespace studios
empire polo club
city park NOLA


OMG; they were devoured!
Literally, we have like no leftovers.
Please let them know that it was a huge hit! Many huge smiles and requests of where we delivered from.

/  dan  /