Catering By Michaels
March 21, 2017

Meet Nisar Naimi from Events by Nisar

March 21, 2017

Meet Nisar Naimi from Events by Nisar

Catering By Michaels

We love working with event planners, and recently had the opportunity to chat with Nisar Naimi from Events by Nisar. If you’re about to plan an event, his insights may be especially timely!

How did your career in events begin?

​It started off as a part-time job to make extra cash on the weekends during my undergrad years at Loyola University. I used to work for a non-profit community organization, and my boss at the time introduced me to his friend who was an event planner. I worked with her throughout my college years, then went full-time with event planning once I graduated.​

Why do you love working in the events industry?

​I love that it’s a new experience every day! I get bored very easily, so I love the creative and personal interactions that allow me to have a new and exciting experience every day. More than anything, I love all of the relationships I am able to build and foster.​

Events by Nisar wedding

What are current trends you love?

​Simple is more.

  • I love the mixing of metals (golds, rose golds, silvers).
  • Lighter, softer tones in decor have also recently become very popular.
  • The rustic theme is very big at the moment.

Couples are now so much more open to being creative with their menu selections, especially in terms of live action stations, exotic ingredients, and presentation. It seems that recently, food has definitely taken precedent over decor and other event items. ​

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What better time than the week of St. Patrick’s Day to talk about a green event I love?

For some, this year’s Spring Columbia College Chicago (CCC) Open House is just another event on campus. But for Catering by Michaels, it represents a real sense of nostalgia for our company’s sustainability mission. 

Let’s back up a bit…

Columbia College Chicago hosts an open house for both undergraduate and graduate admissions twice a year. It’s the largest admissions event on campus, with anywhere between 5,000 and 7,000 guests on campus each semester. Our team has been honored to have a consistent role in these events, catering every Open House since 2011. Here’s a little known fact: It’s actually our partnership with Columbia College Chicago that kickstarted our commitment to sustainability. 

I had been working with them for some time, and they asked what we could do to make the event more sustainable. As one of our biggest clients, I was obliged to do anything in my power to fulfill their request. I brought the topic to our management, and the rest is history! It’s been really exciting to see how Catering by Michaels and Columbia College have grown in the direction of sustainability together.

For this particular event, we send all food in reusable baskets, and on platters and trays. Additionally, we provide compostable plate ware, flatware, and napkins. Our staff is trained up on recycling and composting best practices, and guides any confused guests through what goes where. 

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March 8, 2017

How to Find the Perfect Caterer for Your Event

March 8, 2017

How to Find the Perfect Caterer for Your Event

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Lamb Chops Plated Catering Dish

Who knows the catering process better than Catering By Michaels’ President, Stewart Glass? We managed to find some time in Stewart’s busy scheduling to get the inside scoop on how to find the perfect caterer for your event.

What are some tips for choosing the right caterer? What questions should people be asking?

Here are two ways to start learning how to find the perfect caterer for your event:

  1. Ask your friends/relatives first, and find out if they have recommendations
  2. If you or your circle hasn’t hired a caterer before, take to the internet – look at reviews to some extent on review sites like WeddingWire/EventWire, The Knot, Google, and Yelp.

It’s not just what questions you should be asking, but what questions a caterer is asking you.

As a caterer, they need to dig into your brain. It’s very important that they ask a ton of questions. You should never take this as an insult, or as getting too much into your business, because if they don’t ask you a lot of questions, you may not get the solution you’re imagining. Your caterer needs to know where you’re coming from, what you’re looking for, what your goals are. There needs to be a context. For example, if you don’t have a venue yet, that’s going to have an affect on your catering partnership.

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February 22, 2017

7 Elegant One-Bite Hors d’oeuvres

February 22, 2017

7 Elegant One-Bite Hors d’oeuvres

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Hors d’oeuvres are an important part of any special event, whether they’re the only food at your event, or just a warm up before the main course. Catering By Michaels offers plenty of great options that are both unique and delicious. One (or a few of!) these seven hors d’oeuvre choices are sure to please you and your guests. Just make sure to warn guests if there’s more food coming, so they don’t completely fill up on these tasty bites.

Pulled Brisket Barbacoa

PULLED BRISKET BARBACOA

Set atop a mini jalapeño corn muffin, and garnished with chopped parsley.
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February 14, 2017

Ellyn + Carlo at Independence Grove

February 14, 2017

Ellyn + Carlo at Independence Grove

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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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