Catering By Michaels
February 14, 2017

Ellyn + Carlo at Independence Grove

February 14, 2017

Ellyn + Carlo at Independence Grove

Catering By Michaels

Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to honor and show appreciation for all loving relationships — whether they’re romantic partnerships, friendships, or family bonds. As a full service caterer, we have the amazing opportunity to be a part of so many special moments and celebrations in our client’s lives. 

On this very romantic day, we wanted to share the union of a very special couple, Ellyn + Carlo, and their gorgeous wedding at Independence Grove that was featured on David Lai Weddings blog.  

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Catering By Michaels
February 7, 2017

Top 10 Things to Know Before Your Wedding Tasting

February 7, 2017

Top 10 Things to Know Before Your Wedding Tasting

Catering By Michaels

Food tastings are probably the most fun and delicious part of wedding planning. However, there’s more work involved than you may initially think. We want to make sure that you walk away from the wedding tasting not only full, but feeling confident and excited about your custom menu.

Here are the top 10 things to know before your wedding tasting.

Be open-minded.

Be willing to think outside the box. There’s a good chance that almost everyone has had a Caesar salad at a wedding before, so guests will be more excited by something unexpected. Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you like what you taste, then it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser on your big day.

Consider the timeline.

Though your designer will guide you with timeline items, it’s helpful to have a general idea of flow during your big day. For example, consider where you will be during cocktail hour. If you’re not there, be sure to have some hors d’oeuvres set aside so you don’t get hungry.

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Catering By Michaels
January 24, 2017

Chicago Venues We Love: The Geraghty

January 24, 2017

Chicago Venues We Love: The Geraghty

Catering By Michaels

We’re lucky to have so many amazing venues in our network, giving you direct access to a variety of stunning backdrops to complement any type of event. This week we sat down with Cyndi Roppolo Rosenberg, in charge of New Business Development at The Geraghty, to give you the inside scoop on this spectacular event space!

The Geraghty event venue in Chicago

What kinds of events typically take place in this venue?

The Geraghty was intentionally designed to easily accommodate a wide range of events from social to corporate, from weddings and mitzvahs to galas.
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Michele Grossman
January 17, 2017

Venue Spotlight: Morgan Manufacturing

January 17, 2017

Venue Spotlight: Morgan Manufacturing

Michele Grossman

If you’re always on the lookout for unique and non-traditional event spaces, you will definitely want to check out Morgan Manufacturing. The venue is like no other in Chicago, designed around a concept of modularity and industrial elegance — offering many creative capabilities to bring your wildest concepts to reality.

With 32,000 square feet of space, Morgan Manufacturing is Chicago’s leading production location for film, television and all sorts of private events. The venue is located in the hip Fulton Market neighborhood and gives guests an opportunity to create unique experiences in a historic factory setting. 

The event space is comprised of multiple rooms that can be rented separately or together depending on the size of your guest list — from an intimate gathering of 200 to an astounding 1,000 guests for cocktails! Guests will be impressed and intrigued by the stunning eight foot tall custom “bike chain chandeliers,” skylights, and three story performance area. Refurbished and reclaimed materials are what give this venue its unique vintage charm. 

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Jessica Cerven
January 11, 2017

You’re Engaged! Now what?

January 11, 2017

You’re Engaged! Now what?

Jessica Cerven

Are you newly engaged and don’t know how or where to start planning your wedding? We understand that the process can certainly be overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to start small and remember that you have plenty of time to get all the details just right. Though it can be tempting to get stressed just remember, this should be a joyful time.

Here are 10 things to do after you’ve said “Yes” (and called your mom and took a deep breath!):

1. Ladies – make sure to get your nails done.

Everyone (yes, everyone) will want to see your new bling! But also, a manicure is simply a great excuse to relax and enjoy some me-time before wedding planning takes over. Go treat yourself!

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