Rome’s Joy Catering is a full service catering company providing memorable dining experiences to a discerning clientele. The company’s services include catering, event planning, cooking classes, and private dining.
Chef Clifford Rome, President of Rome’s Joy, brings over 15 years of experience to the field of food service. Chef Rome began his career as an operations manager for food at Midway Concessionaries and mastered the art of event planning through his experience with the Marriot Corporation.
Chef Rome took a turn at fine dining with Wolfgang Puck and Francois Dongo of “Spago”, as a line chef and a member of their catering team—creating meals for photo shoots and Oscar parties. While working at Spago, he studied in Paris and worked with other chefs who trained under Puck. In 1999 Chef Rome became coowner of “Dejoie’s Bistro” located in the Randolph Street Market corridor. In 2002, with the closing of Dejoie’s, Chef Rome was free to pursue the development of Rome’s Joy.
Chef Rome has received recognition as a talented chef by local, national and international media. From 1998 through 2003, Chef Rome was one of five chefs working at the Cannes International Film Festival’s American Pavilion—alongside master chefs Roger Verge, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and Todd English. Chef Rome is currently the Food Editor for Brides Noir Magazine and has also made frequent appearances on Chicago morning news programs and been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times and The Washington Post.
Also part of the Rome’s Joy team are Chef Claude Ako, Executive Chef for Rome’s Joy and Patrice Koffi, sous chef. Both gentlemen have decades of experience in fine dining at Spago and other establishments.
Rome’s Joy provides catering for a variety of occasions and a diverse client base. Rome’s Joy is presently the exclusive caterer at the historic Parkway Ballroom (4455 S. King Drive Chicago, Illinois). Rome’s Joy is contributing culinary art and singularly sensational event planning to the redevelopment of Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood.
Through its off-site catering, Rome’s Joy serves such clients as The University of Chicago, N’Digo Magazine, The Richmond Group and other professional institutions and corporations. Clients working with Rome’s Joy experience unparalleled customer service and one of a kind good food.