"Cocina Fusion did our wedding a few weeks ago. Even now, we continue to get compliments about how good the food was" - Daniel

"Our guests were a mix of Americans and Mexicans, vegetarians and meat lovers, and everyone liked the food."  Alexis M.

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 About Us...

Cocina Fusion offers a unique and different approach to the catering business in Chicago, Il. Behind us stands over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage scene; from high end hotels and traditional catering companies, to some of the most exclusive restaurants and kitchens in Chicago.

Chef Anaxi Ayala, Owner and Co-founder; following his culinary passion decided to rely on his own Latino roots and committed to bringing Hispanic flavors out of the shadows to Chicago's competitive catering business. Our Chef developed a new spectrum of flavors by twisting our all time favorite meals with traditional spices and cooking techniques from the Americas.

Our “Culinary Fusion” is an amazing profile of flavors, colors, fragrances and textures that blend together creating delightful menus for our clients. A wide diversity of clients have enjoyed our dishes as our recipe for success resides in our commitment to following a consistent recipe: personalized attention to quality and detail, combined with the finest fresh ingredients and presentation skills. Also, lots of sizzle and some personal flair from the chef and his team .

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf


There’s a reason why Cocina Fusion continues to get 5 star ratings. They are phenomenal!! My wife and I primarily worked with Marcela and we can’t express enough how amazing Marcela and her team were throughout the entire process. When we went initially reached out to check their availability and pricing, we received a response right away. Their online program for quotes/invoicing is user friendly and allows for plenty of editing, which is inevitable. During our initial tasting, Marcela and Juliana were so welcoming and provided us with great information. At no point did we feel like they were trying to sell us something, it was just a natural conversation that felt like we had been friends forever. To us, this was so important because the food and service are quite possibly the most crucial part of your event. We wanted to feel like we could trust the people we hired to bring great energy and create a wonderful experience for our guests. After we had officially contracted them, Marcela and her team were always available through email, phone, etc. and put any of our worries/thoughts at ease. Additionally, because they had worked prior events at our venue, Marcela was able to give us a good idea of table arrangements and what would work best in that space. On the day of our actual wedding, Marcela and the Cocina Fusion servers/bartenders were OUTSTANDING!! They were professional, while maintaining a fun and welcoming vibe for all of our guests


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Stuffed Chicken
Perdue Chicken breast stuffed with fresh Spinach, Parmesan cheese, chihuahua cheese, sautéed onions and feta cheese. Served in a creamy sauce or Optional chipotle sauce

Stuffed Mushroom Chicken
Perdue chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese served with creamy mushroom- thyme sauce

Chicken Florentine
Chicken breast or thighs served with Spinach and Mushroom Cream Sauce topped with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Chicken au Romarin
Skin on pan seared  Chicken breasts served with fresh rosemary jus

Chimichurri Chicken
Grilled chicken breast topped with a traditional Argentinean chimichurri sauce.

Greek Chicken
Grilled chicken thighs and legs, skin-on, seasoned and served with lemon, potato wedges and oregano.

Chicken Estofado
Mix of white and dark seared perdue chicken, slowly baked with fresh rosemary, baby carrots and potato wedges.

Chipotle Chicken
Chicken breast or tights, Slowly baked and then tossed in a mild hot chipotle cream sauce.

Poblano Chicken
Pan seared chicken breast or thighs served with roasted poblano pepper cream sauce.

Caribbean Chicken
Oven Roasted Perdue chicken breast and thighs marinated with jerk Caribbean spices 

Chicken Au Jus
Pan seared airline-cut chicken breast with herbs au jus and garlic


steaks & chops

Chimichurri Steak
Tender grilled steak fillets served with our house special chimichurri sauce.

Mushroom Steak
Tender grilled steak fillets served with a creamy mushroom and red wine sauce.

Pepper Steak
Tender grilled steak seasoned with house special pepper-garlic mix

Pasilla Steak
Tender grilled steak served with Honey-pasilla chili sauce, topped with melted Chihuahua cheese

Herb Butter Steak
Tender grilled Steak served with fresh herb and butter sauce

Short Rib Barbacoa
Traditional Mexican braised beef cooked in a guajillo broth sauce and traditional aromatic spices

Lechon Boricua
Oven roasted tender pork shoulder, marinated in a traditional garlic Boricua sauce

Hawaiian Pork
Roasted pork shoulder served with a pineapple and tomato sauce


Stuffed Poblano Pepper
Baked poblano pepper stuffed with green onions, corn, zucchini and poblano pepper. Topped with creamy roasted red pepper sauce

Twisted pasta
Rotelle pasta served with Alfredo sauce, sliced Portobellos and broccoli pieces

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs
Herb marinated vegetable skewers with zucchini, summer squash, button mushroom, red onions & bell peppers grilled


Cod au Lemon
Tender cod fillets served with a garlic butter lemon sauce

Herb & Butter Salmon
Salmon fillet served with fresh herbs butter, white wine and butter sauce

Poblano Salmon 
Salmon fillet served with creamy poblano sauce

Salmon au Fennel 
Salmon fillet served with a savory fennel sauce

Latin & American Fusion Menu

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Taco Bar

Choose from the following all time favorite Taco choices: Al pastor (pork), Asada (beef),Short-Rib barbacoa, Chicken tinga, , Chicken poblano • Beef fajitas • Chicken Fajitas Poblano veggie mix • Mexican rice or Cilantro Rice • Refried Mexican Beans or whole black beans • Taco toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, chopped onions, chopped cilantro, mexican sour cream, chihuahua cheese, lime wedges, salsa verde, salsa molcajete, guacamole, chips • Corn and flour tortillas

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Traditional Mexican Menu


Fajitas de pollo
Sautéed chicken breast strips with red & green bell peppers, tomato and onions.

Pollo en Mole
Whole marinated oven roasted Perdue chicken tossed in a Traditional Mole sauce. Includes breast, thigh, leg and wing.

Pollo a la crema
Grilled chicken breast Tossed in our signature cream sauce.

Pollo en salsa de Chipotle
Pan seared chicken breast tossed in a mild hot chipotle tomato sauce.

Pollo Barbacoa
House style Barbacoa seasoned boneless chicken tights 

Pollo en Salsa Verde
Choice of chiken breast or tights served with our medium salsa verde made with and assorted of chiles

steaks & chops

Bistec ranchero
Small pieces of beef seasoned with spicy medium spice chili salsa

Lomo en chile de árbol
Small pieces of beef strips seasoned with chili de arbol sauce. (spicy*)

Cecina fresca de albañil
Special thinly sliced cured beef seasoned with Molcajete sauce.

Cochinita pibil
Seasoned Pork meat stew in served with our house made dry chili sauce

Bistec a la Mexicana
Sautéed pieces of beef with caramelized onion, tomato, and spicy jalapeños

Fajitas de bistec 
Sautéed Julienne beef strips served with tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers

Italian Menu


Lemon Chicken
Sautéed pan seared chicken breast tossed in our signature rosemary lemon sauce

Grilled Pesto Chicken
Pesto marinated chicken breast or tights topped with our savory spinach and walnut Pesto

Chicken Marsala
Sautéed chicken breast topped with domestic mushrooms & traditional Marsala wine sauce.

Chicken Vesuvio
Roasted whole Perdue chicken marinated in a Garlic sauce, green peas, bell Peppers & onions.


Fettuccine Alfredo
Al Dente fettuccine noodles tossed in our creamy signature Alfredo sauce. Accompanied with assorted vegetables or tender chicken strips

Linguini Scampi
Linguine noodles tossed in a garlic, extra virgin olive oil, lemon & scallions sauce. Accompanied with assorted vegetables or tender chicken strips

Traditional lasagna filled with your choice of ground beef, vegetables or chicken. And, your choice of marinara or alfredo sauce.


Roasted Veggie linguini
Linguini with Roasted Red Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes and Asparagus tossed in olive oil with Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes.

Eggplant Parmesan
Fresh battered Eggplant with Marinara Sauce and baked with Mozzarella Cheese.

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Appetizer Menu

*Mini Argentinean Empanadas with Chimichurri your choice of:
Ground Beef - Short Rib - Shredded Chicken- Spinach and cheese (V) - Mix Onions and cheese (V)- Corn and cheese (V)
* Colombian Beef empanadas with Aji (Corn dough)
*Caribbean Chicken Skewer
*Rosemary Chicken Skewer
*Pepper Beef Skewer
*Mini Crispy Chicken Taquitos
*Chicken Taco in Malanga Tortilla
*Mini Short Rib Sopesitos
*Mini Plantain Tostones with Lechon (pork) 
*Meatballs with Chipotle Sauce
*Round Brioche with Steak, Spinach and Potato Butter Foam
*Mini Crab cakes with spicy-sriracha Mayo
*Colombian Style shrimp Ceviche over tortilla chip
*Plantain Chips with Grilled Shrimp and Avocado Salsa
*Smoked Salmon with cream Cheese Roulade
*Bacon wrapped dates with side of roasted red pepper tomato sauce
*Mini chicken and waffles with Maple syrup
*Colombian Arepas filled with your choice of: Shredded beef - Shredded pork - Shredded Chicken - Pork rinds - cheese (V)
*Italian skewer : Olives, cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella(V)*Grilled vegetable skewers
*Tomato, basil and cilantro bruschetta (V)
*Mexican style fruit skewer with lime juice and Tajin (V)
*Mexican Veggie Sopesitos (V)
*Guava and cheese Skewers (V)
*Goat Cheese Lollipops (V)
*Mini Baked Mushroom cups with Goat Cheese (V)
*Cheese Puffs with Mango Chutney (V)
*Azteca Corn Shots (V)
*Mushroom Risotto Bites (V)

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Salad Menu

Chef Salad
Spring mix, dried cranberries, toasted almonds served with honey balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Optional addition of seasonal fruit or cheese

Fusion Salad
Baby arugula mix, Manchego cheese, sautéed mushrooms and pine nuts served with white balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Grilled Pear Salad
Spring green mix, sliced grilled pears, toasted pecans and goat cheese; served with champagne vinaigrette

Traditional Caesar Salad
Romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese,  and Caesar dressing.

Caprese Salad
Cherry tomatoes, Baby Mozzarella, fresh basil, salt & pepper, drizzle olive oil and few drops of balsamic vinegar
Greek Salad
Finely selected and chopped cucumber, tomatoes, green pepper, red onions, black olives and feta cheese tossed with honey balsamic vinaigrette

House Salad
Head of lettuce, shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber and choice of dressing. (Ranch, Thousand Island, Italian)

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Dinner Sides Menu

*Cilantro rice
*Mexican rice served with carrots and peas
*Puerto Rican rice served with gandules beans
*Mushroom Risotto Cakes
*Poblano Risotto Cakes

rice dishes

potato dishes

*Traditional mashed potatoes
*Marbled mashed sweet potatoes 
*Cajun potato wedges
*Rosemary potato wedges
*Lemon potato wedges
*Roasted sweet potatoes with walnuts
*Roasted  baby potatoes
*Double Baked potato cups

vegetable dishes

*Seasoned grilled asparagus
*Grilled vegetable tower (yellow squash, eggplant, zucchini) topped with balsamic glaze 
*Italian vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)
*Roasted seasonal root vegetables
*Seasoned french green beans
*String green beans and carrots
*Mexican style refried beans
*Mexican whole Black Beans
*Baked plantains
*Orzo pasta salad with spinach and feta cheese

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churro cart

crepe bar

We offer freshly made churros with an assortment of toppings to delight your guests with a fun and interactive sweet station

We offer on-site freshly made crepes with sweet and savory options. Your guests can enjoy them as late night sweet station or as a dinner station.

Other Services

custom brunch menus

interactive dinner stations

bar services

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Bridgeport Sculpture Garden
Leticia & Alberto
September 1st, 2018
Credits: Christy Tyler Photography

Room 1520
Ali & Julia 
July 7th, 2018
Credits: Kara Evans Photographer

Room 1520 Wedding
Credits: Stacy Able Photography


While pricing varies depending on your event special requirements, menu and serving style; we encourage you to request a quote for your event. We have found a range to be able to give you a better idea of our costs: most of our catering jobs range between $75.00 and $95.00 per guest. This pricing may include: linens, dinnerware and staff costs and excludes liquor packages.