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  • What a year it’s been! From settling into our new digs, Larkin Hall, to joining the ranks of Chicago Tribune’s Top Places to Work, to servicing clients across 3,200 events and 3,900 delivery drops, it’s been another excellent year for our company’s history. Join us in celebrating some of our many accomplishments in 2017. First-Year […] The post Blue Plate Catering’s 2017 Year in Review appeared fi...

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  • Spiced Up Eggnog Recipe courtesy of Lov Carpenter 6 eggs, separated 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup milk 3/4 cup sugar 1.5 cup bourbon 1/2 cup aged rum 1/4 cup allspice dram 1 tablespoon vanilla Ground nutmeg and clove for garnish Separate egg whites from yolks and whisk yolks with half a cup of sugar […] The post Spiced Eggnog Recipe by Blue Plate Catering appeared first on Blue Plate.

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  • Outside of the popular apple, if any fruit could claim the holidays as its own, it would surely be the cranberry. A traditional accompaniment during holiday celebrations, this evergreen shrub indigenous to the northern region of North America makes its debut on grocery store shelves and tables every year when it’s harvested during the fall. […] The post In The Kitchen — Cranberries: A Tale of Swee...

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  • PrintHomemade Caramels from Blue Plate Catering IngredientsYield: About 100pc 1 pound granulated sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 2 ounces unsalted butter 1/2 teaspoon. salt 16 ounces heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extractInstructionsHeat the cream and add the vanilla paste. In a separate pot, cook the sugar and corn syrup to 305 degrees […] The post Homemade Caramels from Blue Plate Catering...

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  • Holiday gifts can be hard. You know what’s not? Food. That + holiday gifting = the best holiday gift idea ever. This holiday, take a tip from Blue Plate’s culinary and creative team for six food gift ideas to get you through the holiday season. 1). FOOD & DRINK PAIRINGS Food and drink pairings have […] The post 6 Food Gift Ideas for this Holiday Season appeared first on Blue Plate.

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  • The falling leaves and brisk outside air mean swapping summer’s plump strawberries, fresh sweet corn and juicy watermelon for fall’s bag of Brussel Sprouts, winter squashes and fresh apples to name a few. To inspire you, Executive Sous Chef Randal Jacobs gives his picks and tips for working with four of his favorite fall ingredients. […] The post 4 Fall Ingredients To Get Excited About appeared fi...

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  • photo credit: Tristan Zeier The 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is almost here, and as one of the city’s biggest events, it is also one of our most exciting. We’ve been proud to be on the frontline as the exclusive caterer for more than 25 years sharing our food with the runners, their families, […] The post Fuel Up for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon appeared first on Blue Plate.

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  • Giving back at After School Matter’s Summer Teen Cuisine Event Being part of the Chicago community means investing and giving back. When we’re not creating memorable culinary experiences for our clients, we dedicate time and resources to organizations that align with our company mission and values, as part of our corporate social responsibility program. This year, […] The post Giving back at After...

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  • With summer parties out the way and the official arrival of fall, for many, it’s holiday party planning time. Although it can be one of the most exciting times of the year, getting there can be a stressor. Myriad questions arise, such as, how do I throw a unique event? Where will it be? What […] The post How to Throw The Perfect Holiday Bash appeared first on Blue Plate.

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  • With summer slowing bidding its way out for fall, you’ll have to pry the rosé out of our hands. (Just kidding, rosé never goes away.) But, in good news that means bringing back darker spirits (Hi, whiskey!) and seasonal ingredients. Our in-house mixologist recently revealed her new fall/winter cocktails and the results are delicious. “For this […] The post At the Bar: New Fall & Winter Cocktails a...

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  • Weddings typically take the main stage when thinking about collaborating with a caterer, but the many ways to work with one span from the smallest, intimate gathering to large-scale, city-wide events; if there’s food involved, rest assured, a good caterer can do it. “Outside of food, our caterer can always direct you with budgetary concerns, […] The post 10 Ways to Use a Caterer (That’s Not for a ...

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  • When fashion and food intersect, the result is a harmonic celebration of aesthetic and design.   Last month, we had the honor of participating in such an event when we hosted celebrated fashion designer, Jason Wu and an intimate group of his friends in our venue space and new home, Larkin Hall for the fifth […] The post A Fashionable Evening with Jason Wu for the GREY Dinner Series appeared first ...

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  • Tea offers a fun canvas for getting creative with specialty cocktails. Learn a few tricks from our mixologist. The post At the Bar: Getting Creative with Iced Tea appeared first on Blue Plate.

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  • Giving back at After School Matter’s Summer Teen Cuisine Event Being part of the Chicago community means investing and giving back. When we’re not creating memorable culinary experiences for our clients, we dedicate time and resources to organizations that align with our company mission and values, as part of our corporate social responsibility program. This year, […] The post Giving Back at After...

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  • It all started with a bride’s quest for dahlias.   Which is how we found ourselves on a bus one day last fall with Brittanie Navarro and the team from Blue Plate’s longtime partner and collaborator, HMR Designs. Destination: Hudsonville Dahlia Farm in Michigan for a farm-to-table lunch and flower-picking getaway. Brittanie wanted to host […] The post Looking Back at a Creative Outdoor Event with H...

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  • Fresh off the vine or used throughout the menu, strawberries are one of our favorite summer ingredients. Our chef tips on how to use this versatile fruit. The post In the Kitchen With Blue Plate: Spotlight on Strawberries appeared first on Blue Plate.

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At the Bar: Rosé Wine

  • You know it's summer when the rosé comes out. The post At the Bar: Rosé Wine appeared first on Blue Plate.

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  • Blue Plate Catering, under the newly formed Round The Table Hospitality Group, along with partner restaurant, tesori trattoria & bar, is excited to announce it has received for the sixth year in a row the recognition of “101 Best and Brightest” award. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors companies […] The post Round The Table Hospitality Awarded 101 Best ...

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  • When you’re dining at a restaurant or enjoying a meal at a special event, do you often find yourself torn between choosing to indulge in a cocktail, after-dinner beverage, or dessert? We can relate. And that’s why we’re excited that drinkable desserts are growing in popularity, with an increasing number of restaurants adding their unique […] The post Trend Alert: Drinkable Desserts appeared first ...

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  •   It’s the refrigerator staple reminiscent of childhood lunches, the token condiment of late-night diners, and the tasty culmination of summertime berry harvests. Whatever you call it — jam, jelly, fruit preserves — the reduction of whole fruit into a spreadable delicacy is the ingredient you didn’t know your life needed until it’s dolloped atop […] The post In the Kitchen with Blue Plate Catering...

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  • As we shift into the warmer months, a new crop of fruits and vegetables become available for us to enjoy. And as we change what’s on our plates, we also change what’s in our glasses. At Blue Plate, fresh and seasonal are at the core of not just our innovative dishes, but in our mixology […] The post At the Bar: New Spring & Summer Cocktails appeared first on Blue Plate.

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  •   With Cinco de Mayo approaching, we’ve got margaritas on our mind. Tart, bright and slightly sweet, this classic cocktail is the quintessential patio drink and the perfect pairing to Mexican cuisine. Outside of its traditional recipe: tequila, Cointreau, and fresh-squeezed lime or lemon juice served up on on the rocks, margaritas can come in […] The post At the Bar: Creative Margaritas appeared f...

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  • Catersource celebrated its 25th anniversary this year by returning to its roots of New Orleans, Louisiana, a city widely known for its stamp on American gastronomy and culinary influence. As THE industry conference to attend, Catersource is an event we at Blue Plate look forward to every year. Outside of inspiration, it allows us to reconnect […] The post 10 Things We Learned at Catersource 2017 a...

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  • Rack of Lamb and Pepper-Crusted Tuna, Blue Plate Catering Chocolate-covered bunnies and brightly dyed eggs come to mind once talk of Easter rolls around. Depending on what side of the American tradition you land, so do rack of lamb and spiraled ham. For many, the holidays offer a special time to gather friends and family […] The post Creating a Caterer-Inspired Easter Celebration appeared first on...

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In the Kitchen: Ramps

  • Photo credit: Bobbi Bowers/Fresh and Foodie If there’s one ingredient that can make chefs and food lovers salivate every spring, it’s ramps—the wild onion that’s hard to come by, seasonally brief and the first sign that spring has officially kicked off, ushering in for Chicago the coming of nicer weather and sunny days. Sometimes referred […] The post In the Kitchen: Ramps appeared first on Blue P...

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  • Whether you love going on winter picnics, or will be traveling a long distance to a potluck in cold weather, it’s important to know how to keep food warm when it’s cold outside. Here are some great tips for when you’ll be eating outside or traveling with food in the winter months. How to Keep […] The post Keep Your Dishes Warm During the Winter appeared first on Blue Plate.

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  • Pair Your Favorite Winter Foods with the Right Beer

    Some of you may be well aware that wine isn’t the only beverage that pairs wonderfully with food. And some of you may be surprised to discover that beer also serves to greatly enhance a meal. Whether you’re a veteran or novice when it comes to beer and food pairings, you’re sure to appreciate the […] The post Pair Your Favorite Winter Foods with the Right Beer appeared first on Blue Plate.

  • Impress Your Employees with These Employee Appreciation Day Event Themes

    Employee Appreciation Day on March 3 will be here before you know it! Do you already have an employee recognition event planned, or are you still deciding how to show your employees that you appreciate them? Either way, below you’ll find some inspiration and fun ideas for Employee Appreciation Day. Organize an Office Olympics Create […] The post Impress Your Employees with These Employee Appreciat...

  • What’s on Your Plate for 2017?

    Chicago is known for its superb culinary scene, boasting top-notch restaurants, caterers, and chefs. This city is comprised of many innovative and creative leaders in the food industry who set new culinary trends. Let’s take a look at some of the exciting culinary trends that we can expect to see in Chicago this year. Restaurant […] The post What’s on Your Plate for 2017? appeared first on Blue Pl...

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  • Make One of Your Favorite President’s Go-To Dishes

    With President’s Day coming up, many of us will have a nice, long weekend to spend with family and friends. Why not have some fun and celebrate by making a go-to dish of one of your favorite presidents? To inspire you, we’ve gathered some interesting information about the favorite foods of some of our past […] The post Make One of Your Favorite President’s Go-To Dishes appeared first on Blue Plate...

  • Inside Our New Home, Larkin Hall

    More than 30 years ago, we opened up shop on the second floor of a coach house in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood. Today, we are happy to call Larkin Hall our home. Our newly constructed, 80,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in the West Loop features expanded production, logistics and administrative spaces, as well as various onsite […] The post Inside Our New Home, Larkin Hall appear...

  • Should You Get Married on the Most Romantic Day of the Year?

    If you’re recently engaged, first of all, congratulations! Secondly, you’re most likely trying to nail down the date for this extremely special day in your life. As a wedding caterer, we’ve seen how popular the 14th of February is for both proposals and weddings. And we’re curious – is Valentine’s Day an option for your […] The post Should You Get Married on the Most Romantic Day of the Year? appe...

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