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Interested in holding your wedding reception or event at Loyola's Cuneo Mansion and Gardens? ....Find out what our clients have to say.

Dear Mary,
Philip and I want to say thank you to you and your team for helping to make 12/21/13 a day to remember for Paula and Rob and the Needham and Lobo families.  We so appreciated all your effort, and help in so many ways., and our guests thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Mansion, its beautiful lighted grounds, and the tours they took through the building.  Thank you too for making it possible for us to have the Ceremony in the Great Hall, as this was a late change, and then for transforming the Great Hall into a Reception Room with the speed of light!  That was so appreciated by all of us.
All the recommendations worked out so well, from VIP Valet and Coat check,which all the guests appreciated, to Yanni Design Studio, Oakmill Bakery and your catering , all of which added up to making a perfect evening.
We knew that once our venue of choice, Cuneo, was in place, the rest would follow, and it did, because of the many experts behind the scenes who work their magic.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year, may every weekend be booked!

Comments from Claudette Lobo, Mother-of-the-bride
Married at Cuneo December 21, 2013

Hi Zuzi! Thank you, thank you, thank you!  The room was just beautiful and the food, service, and staff were AMAZING! Our family and friends were praising everything. Matt and I would relive that night in a heartbeat!:-) Send our love and gratitude to Eddie, Mary, and all the staff!Thank you again!

Lisa and Matt

Comments from Lisa Mackowski & Matthew Palmisano
Married at Cuneo October 19, 2013

Hey Zuzi!
I just wanted to thank you for everything you did to help make Dan and I's wedding so perfect!  I know I must have been annoying sometimes with all the emails and the questions, but you were always so nice, helpful and just so great to work with.  I swear, you must be a mind reader. I dropped off all my stuff the night of the rehearsal and was in such a hurry I didn't even tell you exactly what to do with everything.  Yet on the day of the wedding, everything was in the exact place I wanted it.  Also, a HUGE thank you to everyone else at Bauer Catering.  We got so many compliments on everything! The staff was so accomodating.  Everyone was so great and helpful. The food was SO delicious.  So many people praised the food and said they didn't think that it was "wedding food" and that it had to have been from a fine dining restaurant!  :)    I hope you got to have some fun also!  We were going through the pics from the photobooth and I love the ones of the staff. I'm so glad you all go to get in there!  And I do believe I saw you on the dance floor for a little bit! ;)
Well, I could go on and on about how perfect everything was.  Thank you again for EVERYTHING!!!!  Take care and I really hope to see you again soon.  I know we will be back for some Cuneo events!  

Comments from Kerrie Sullivan
Married at Cuneo September 7, 2013

Zuzi,
I wanted to thank you again for everything on Friday!!  It was wonderful! We have received so many wonderful notes about how great the venue and the food was.

Thanks!
Julie

Comments from Julie Fischer, Director of Special Events, Loyola Academy
October 2013

Hi Zuzi,
Just wanted to thank you and the  Bauer’s staff for an amazing night.  People had nothing short of amazing things to say about the venue and the smoothness of the entire night.  I know this could not have been done without you and it really means a lot that you were so accommodating. Even with the rain it was perfect. Thanks again and we'll definitely recommend you to anyone and everyone.

Comments from Kristen & Tyler Carroll
Married at Cuneo October 5, 2013

Mary & Ed,
It's amazing how fast time flies by! It seemed like yesterday when we last spoke at the tasting in April. I can't say enough about our wedding last Sunday. The food was exceptional, the service even better. The staff was accommodating in every sense of the word from the minute we arrived, to the second we left. Our guests throughout the night consistently commented on everything from the appetizers to the sweet table! It was a long journey, and we would have never completed it without the unbelievable assistance from Zuzi. She was truly the glue that held us together with all of the planning and decision making that was necessary to pull this off in seven months. Her quick responses to our questions and her commitment to our understanding and happiness, truly makes her a great asset to your company. She was available the entire night, making multiple stops at our table to make sure everything was exactly how we had planned. She should be commended on a job exceptionally done! Many of our guests are planning weddings in the next year or so, and they were blown away by what they saw. Thanks again for making our night so special and unforgettable.

Comments from Tony & Amy Masini
Married at Cuneo September 1, 2013

Hey Zuzi and Bauer's Catering,
We're finally back and have had some time to relax! Thank you for everything!! We really enjoyed our whole wedding experience and I loved working with you!! I got the pictures so I will definitely send some your way as soon as they're printed!

Comments from Lindsay Benacka
Married at Cuneo August 3, 2013

Cuneo Mansion Staff,
I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks for the wonderful memories that your staff helped to create on my daughters wedding day. I have lived in Vernon Hills my entire adult life andy only five years ago discovered the beautiful historic place that you have the pleasure of calling your work place. When Melissa informed me that she was getting married I insisted that she check out your venue and of course she fell in love with it as I knew she would.
Your people were so helpful and knowledgeable in the planning and execution of the big say that I can honestly say they were instrumental in the success of the event. I will continue to support the Cuneo gardens and mansion and I hope you will call on me for anything you think I can help you with.
 
Comments from Ted Sindermann, Father-of-the-Bride
Married at Cuneo July 27, 2013

Zuzi,
I am pinching myself this morning!You could not have made our day more special. The joy on my daughter and new sons face could not have been brighter. It simply said it all. The complements keep flooding in last night and this morning. From that moment you embraced Lisa and I on that Mother's Day Brunch. With such kindness, to the last minute on the dance floor, you didn't miss a beatto make this evening all Lisa and Hunter could have dreamed. We will be eternally grateful, for the precious memories they , our familiesand our dear friends will always hold dear. We know you do this every week, but you still pulled off, as I am sure you always do, to make each bride and groom feel special and make their day, uniquely theirs.
Blessings,Blessings, Blessings,

Comments from Laura Landoe, Mother-of-the-Bride
Married at Cuneo August 31, 2013

Everything was wonderful on Saturday.  Venue, food, presentation, wait staff.  Thank you for a perfect day.

Comments from Nanette Heaphy, Mother-of-the-bride
Married at Cuneo July 13, 2013

Dear Zuzi & Mary,
We are just finally getting settled after returning back to our honeymoon and of course can't stop thinking about our magical day. we just wanted to sincerely thank you for your help over the last year leading up to the day of and of course making our wedding day perfect. everything turned out spectacular and flawless. your staff was helpful and accommodating and very professional. The food was honestly the best and we received so many compliments on the portion size and how tasty everything was... many of the vegetarians told me it was the best meal they ever had!
zuzi- you are incredible at your job and made my life so much easier! thank you for all your help and guidance through countless emails. Thanks again and best of luck through this years wedding season! Have a wonderful summer!

Comments from Monica & Ryan Levy
Married at Cuneo June 29, 2013

Just want to let everyone involved at the Cuneo know that we got rave reviews from our guests about our daughter’s wedding last Saturday!  It was like a fairy tale wedding in every way. Many said that it was the best wedding that they had ever attended, which is the supreme compliment that we all strive for … the food was  fantastic , the grounds were beautiful, Chris Colton (DJ) got everyone involved and having fun, and Zuzi took care of all the details behind the scenes so we could enjoy the event. Zuzi is easy to work with,…. from when we booked the event one year ago till the day of the wedding , she does everything possible to ensure that it was the best event that it can be!  Thanks to Mary and Eddie Bauer for being flexible and reachable.  Highly recommend the Cuneo Mansion for any event!!!!    

Comments from Jenine Mehr, Mother-of-the-bride
Married at Cuneo June 15, 2013

Zuzi,
I just wanted to send you an email to thank you, the Bauers, and your staff for a lovely day.  For an off-site meeting, you made things so easy.  I do this often, and everyone involved was incredibly patient, kind, helpful and professional in meeting our every need. The mansion is incredible and your service ran parallel.  If there is ever a chance to book with you again, I will be sure to do it, and will definitely attempt to send business your way!
Thanks!
Julie

Comments from Julie Mangum
Office of Anne Pramaggiore, President & CEO; ComEd- February 20, 2013

Hi Zuzi,
I first just wanted to say thank you so much for all of the hard work you did to make my day perfect. Everyone was talking about how beautiful the Gardens and Mansion was and how perfect everything looked. I couldn’t have asked for a better day, location, vendors, etc.

I have attached three pictures of the mansion from our photographer. I will also forward you the link to the rest of the pictures next week when he sends them. The mansion is gorgeous in these shots!

Comments from Jessica Moreno
Married at Cuneo September 29, 2012

We hosted my daughters wedding at The Cuneo Mansion in September of this year (2012) and it was simply a spectacular event. The setting was terrific for this piece of the event and again, the views over-looking the gardens for everyone was stunning. The bartenders and servers on the terrace could not have been nicer and the appetizers were mouth-watering. This terrace and its views lent a very special quality to the reception’s proceedings.
The event then adjourned indoors for the dinner reception and the new main dining room at Cuneo is extremely nice. It easily handled our 220 guests and looked wonderful for the dinner and dancing that followed. Again, the wait staff and bartenders did a phenomenal job, with several people commenting about how the servers were almost unnoticeable which is the ultimate compliment. And the food- what can I say about the sensational job that Bauer Catering did with the food. Eddie and Mary Bauer were on top of their game with every piece of the menu, drawing rave reviews. So many people came up to me and said this food was some of the best they have ever had at a wedding and felt the food was a major part of what turned out to be a truly wonderful evening. The weather was so nice that we were able to have a Cigar & Scotch Bar out on the terrace following dinner that was the perfect way, coupled with some high energy dancing on the dance floor, to top off this very special evening at Cuneo.

The event was so well coordinated by the Cuneo staff, under the watchful eye of Zuzi Williams from Bauer’s Catering, that there was not one issue that arose during the evening and I had a large number of guests come up and personally tell me that this was the best wedding they had ever been to. Zuzi takes a personal interest in making sure a wedding happens according to plan! While having wonderful guests in attendance helped make the evening memorable, the ambiance created by every aspect of the Cuneo facility is what made this a night to remember for all of us, especially the Bride & Groom.

I would recommend hosting a wedding at The Cuneo Mansion and having Bauer’s Catering handle all of the reception related items to anyone that is looking to make their big day truly memorable!

Comments from Jack McArthur, Father-of-the-bride
Married at Cuneo September 14, 2012

Hi Zuzi,
I just had to write and let you know how fabulous the Cuneo Venue was for Jessica’s wedding. The grounds, flowering gardens, mansion and dining hall were absolutely beautiful. Everything was outstanding and guests are sill raving abut the site and Bauer’s food! The wedding cake from Oak Mill Bakery was awesome too! Your knowledge about every detail made planning a breeze.
Mary Bauer was a pleasure to work with and the food presentation was lovely. I can’t wait to use Cuneo again!

Thank YOU for everything.

Comments from Patti Levin, Mother-of-the-Bride
Married at Cuneo September 29, 2012

Zuzi………and had to write you with the most SINCERE thanks for being so fantastic. From start to finish, you madeeverything easy and fun  Our wedding was perfect, and I owe much of that to you. I’ll tell everyone I know to get married at Cuneo  You’re the best.

Comments from Kelly and Luke
Married at Cuneo September 14, 2012
 
Hi Zuzi– Please  share this with Mary too— we were so thrilled with Melissa’s wedding on Friday!!!!  Everything was beautiful and flowed together so seamlessly–  I  was really able to enjoy myself throughout the whole evening knowing all was well!!!  Our guests commented on how  lovely   the grounds and facility were and how delicious the food was.  We were very satisfied with all the “preferred  providers” we used from your list  and appreciate your keeping the list to the few  who consistently do a good job for you– it made our  six-month engagement decisions very easy with great results.   I know security had to chase a few “lingerers” off the patio at the end of the evening– hope they went quietly and politely– at that point I just wanted my bed!  Although  for monetary reasons we have forbidden our younger daughter to get married for five years (JK)  we will enthusiastically recommend Cuneo and  Bauers Catering  to all our friends.   Thank you for making Melissa and Kyle’s day so special.
 
Comments from Kay Handcock, Mother of the Bride
Married at Cuneo June 22, 2012
 
I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for all of your assistance with Sara and Chad’s wedding on June 16th. It was a pleasure working with you and your team. The new ballroom at Cuneo is gorgeous and that was just a fantastic wedding. We hopefully will have a blog about it up soon and will be sure to give you guys a nice shout out.
If there is ever anything we can do for you in the future please do not hesitate to ask.
Please let me know if any items were left behind. Especially the one and only photo Anthony and I took in the photo booth. P.s. I LOVED the staff photo!! Thanks again!

Comments from Stephanie Weiss 
Married at Cuneo June 30, 2012

Hey Zuzi!
 No wondering what time that wedding photo was shot! Late in the evening when my feet gave out. Did you happen to get a picture of the room? Also you should go to her photographer’s website, click on her facebook and if you go to july and it will say “for more pictures” click on there and there are some really nice shots of Caitlin & Kyle but the Mansion is in it’s full glory! The grounds and the lights on the  posts and oh gosh, I could go on and on. What an unbelievable evening. Got rave reviews on the room and the food as well. When I get more photos I will let you know but she really did Cuneo proud. Although I must say, that isn’t hard to do. Thank you and Mary again & again for all you did to make this a freakin’ fairytale wedding. I gotta believe it’s going to be talked about for a long time. I promise to be in touch soon to “dish” with you both! Your husband is adorable “btw”.

Mary Claire Johnson, Mother of the Bride 
Married at Cuneo July 7, 2012

Zuzi,
Thank you again for a wonderful event at Cuneo, we were so pleased with everything!  It was incredible!

Nora Orrick, Mother of the Bride
Married at Cuneo July 14, 2012

Hi Zuzi! 
Thanks so much for all your help with our wedding. You were such a calming presence and it was a relief to know you were at the helm of our special day. Here is the link to our pictures in case you wanted to take a look…there’s one of the two of us (I think it’s the last picture)!
Everything was gorgeous at the wedding and we had a great time. Thank you for helping make our wedding day so memorable and special!
Enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope you are able to relax at some point!!!
 
Comments from Colleen, Bride
Married at Cuneo August 4, 2012
Hi Zuzi,
I hope you are doing well!!! :)   We are still hearing compliments
about how wonderful everything looked/tasted/etc. from the wedding.
Thank you!!!  I will be writing a more formal review shortly.

Comments from Stephanie, Bride
Married at Cuneo  July 21, 2012

Mary,
Thank you so much for everything last night. What a beautiful and fun wedding! The grounds were gorgeous,  everything looked great, and the food was fabulous.. From the appetizers to sweet table , everything was the right temperature and delicious. My guests thought I had hired a wedding planner…. But I didn’t need one, because I had Zuzi.   She is beyond fabulous… Not just efficient, she is kind, fun, and warm…  WE LOVE ZUZI… 
Thanks for everything. We couldn’t be more pleased….

Laurie Kaplan, Mother of the Bride
Married at Cuneo September 2, 2012

Mary and Zuzi,
We just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU for such a magical night!!! We loved every single minute of it and we are so so so happy with how things turned out!! We have gotten so many compliments on the food and venue- all of this wouldn’t have been possible without you!
Our night was picture perfect and we have you to thank. Thank you once again for such a beautiful wedding- you ladies did a GREAT job!
Lots of love-
 
The Stone and Viergutz FamiliesComments from family members
Married at Cuneo June 9th, 2012
 
Hi Zuzi,
I wanted to let you know that you and everyone else that was working the day/night of our wedding did a fantastic job! Thank you for all your help and cooperation.
Thank you,
 
Comments from Stephanie, Bride
Married at Cuneo June 2nd, 2012.

Mary,
Just a note to let you know that all went well on Saturday evening. The Cuneo looked great, the staff was attentive and the food was very good. We really appreciate Eddie’s efforts, especially with the Chicken. It was a hit. Zuzi dod a great job in orchestrating the event. We want to thank you, Eddie and your team for making the night special for Danielle and Rob.

Comments from family members
Married at Cuneo May 26th, 2012.

Mary and Zuzi,
Just wanted to thank you both for making our day absolutely amazing!!! We loved every moment and cannot thank you enough!”

Comments from Alli and Tom, Bride & Groom
Married at Cuneo April 21st, 2012

“A heartfelt thank you to you, the staff, and volunteers who coordinated such a wonderful event yesterday at the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens. Every detail showed careful planning and attention to making the Open House a memorable experience. Learning about the facilities, services, and accommodations was particularly informative. Knowing that there are professional resources available and readily accessible in the community is most reassuring for planning future events.
Although I breezed through the mansion very quickly, I had a wonderful conversation with one of the docents, Ginger, in the Mansion. She was delightful and communicated an impressive depth of knowledge about the history of the Cuneo family and objects d’ art that were on display. Also, I met a few representatives from the Visitor’s Center, including Teresa Lewis who advised me that her team assists corporate groups with their event planning.
From my perspective, the performance of the entire team was exemplary. Everyone was friendly, helpful, and professional. Thank you for inviting me and I will share the information from the Open House with my colleagues in consideration of future events.

Comments from Sheila

Mary,
A huge Thank you to you and your staff for making our event a success.  You really understood our needs and made every arrangement with your staff to accommodate us.  The food and service were excellent and I would not hesitate to highly recommend Bauer’s Catering and the Cuneo Mansion.  I hope to work with you again for another Illinois Bone and Joint seminar.

Comments from Cindy

Greetings Mary,

I just wanted to reach out to you to tell you what a wonderful experience we had meeting with Eddie Bauer to discuss details of the 2012 GLMV Gala at Cuneo. We love working with long standing businesses that truly care about their community and clients, and Bauer’s Catering is clearly that and more. We look forward to reviewing your proposal and working with you for many years to come. Have a wonderful day!

Comments from Randi Moxi, President

Good morning Zuzi,
First of all we wanted to compliment you, Erin Thomson and Mary Bauer for a wonderful experience for Matt and Melissa’s wedding on Saturday. The weather was perfect, the food was fantastic and the assistance we were given during the event has top notch. From running the movie to helping my 96 year old father to getting him a cab ride back to the motel. I am still receiving compliments from folks that attended. Give everyone a pat on the back! We feel like we’re all old friends now.

Thank you again!
Matt and Melissa, Janet and Ken Griffard, Dennis and Adele Odom

Comments from Matt and Melissa
Married at Cuneo October 22, 2011.

Hi Zuzi,
Can’t believe the special day is over and behind us.  I want to send this message to you personally to let you know how very much I appreciate all you and the staff did for my daughter.  You truly made her day enjoyable.  Everything went smooth and Bauer’s and Cuneo was there for anything we needed.  It was a true pleasure working with you and a big hug to your
husband for filling in on short notice :) .  My daughter is my world and I am so happy she got the dream wedding she deserves. Please extend this thank you to all who deserve it. My best to you!  Have a great year!!

Sincerely, Janet Griffard

Comments from Janet Grifford, Mother of the Bride
Married at Cuneo on  October 22, 2011.

Hello Mary,
Please accept my sincere thanks for a great box lunch for the Group Tour on Friday, Oct. l4.  I’ve heard wonderful comments about the DELICIOUS lunch!!
If and when we are in your area again, you’ll get a call from us, for sure!!
Thank you,

Comments from Susan Anderson
Harry’s Motorcoach Tours, Group Tour at Cuneo October 14th, 2011

Mary/Zuzi,
Thank you for all of your help and hard work, and most of all your personal touch, in making Eleanor and Kevin’s wedding  as wonderful as we had hoped. The mansion, pavilion, food, and staff were fantastic.
Please offer us as a reference for anyone considering Cuneo and Bauer Catering.  We will gush.
Thank you again.
The Burke Family.”

Comments from The Burke Family
Married at Cuneo October 8th, 2011

Good morning Mary,
I have been itching at the bit to write to you to let you know how very much we THANK YOU for making Val & Ryan’s wedding day so special! I have so much to say and even ask about the behind the scenes details that you may have observed, but I know you are busy. I promise to write more and share some photos with you! Until then please thank Eddie and all of those who helped make the day perfect!
You are a classy, beautiful woman and representative to Eddie Bauer catering! Cuneo Mansion and Gardens were very wise to select Eddie Bauer Catering! I promise…I will write more later. Thank you so much! Take care and enjoy this beautiful weather!

Fondly,
Cheryl Miller

Comments from Cheryl Miller
Married at Cuneo September 17th, 2011.

Mary,
We just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for putting together such a great wedding. Your staff was polite, on time and at our service with any requests. The food was AMAZING, there was not one plate left with food on it. Our wedding was magical and was everything that we could of hoped for, and Sarah and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you did, and made possible for our special day :)
Thanks again, the Cuneo will forever be in our dreams.

Comments from Jeremy and Sarah Prendergast
Married at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens on August 27th, 2011

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