Catering By Michaels
April 18, 2017

10 Standout Gluten-Free Menu Options

April 18, 2017

10 Standout Gluten-Free Menu Options

Catering By Michaels

Catering By Michaels understands the importance of common food allergies and intolerances, including gluten sensitivity. For our guests who are gluten-free, we are happy to offer a large selection of gluten-free menu options that are thoughtfully crafted to ensure that they still taste delicious. All of our full-service and delivery menus include appetizers, entrees, and desserts that your gluten-free guests (and gluten guests!) are sure to love.

Here are some of our customer favorites:

Caprese Bites Gluten-Free

CAPRESE BITES 

Cherry tomatoes stuffed with mozzarella marinated in balsamico and pesto, garnished with a Parmesan frico chip.

CHIPOTLE SHRIMP ELOTE CUPS

Grilled & marinated chipotle BBQ shrimp on a bed of Mexican corn salad set in a tortilla cup, garnished with crumbled feta cheese, Mexican crema and cilantro.

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Stewart Glass
April 11, 2017

Chicago Venues We Love: Independence Grove

April 11, 2017

Chicago Venues We Love: Independence Grove

Stewart Glass

If we could pick a favorite event venue, it would have to be Independence Grove. Ok, we’ll admit it – we’re a bit biased!

Events at Independence Grove: Quick Facts
Events at Independence Grove is the exclusive caterer and event management partner of Independence Grove Forest Preserve, and is a Catering by Michaels company. The venue opened in March of 2001, and was specifically designed with a premium visitor experience in mind. It is open year-round to host various events and celebrations.

Independence Grove is located in Libertyville, Illinois in a 1,100-acre nature preserve and recreation area. People know it for its pristine beauty and secluded setting. It’s been described as a Midwestern one-of-a-kind treasure because of its natural calmness, beautiful grassland and stunning lake views. Because of this, hosting an event at Independence Grove will provide a truly unique and memorable backdrop for any type of wedding, social or corporate event.

Independence Grove
There are three main event categories we normally get bookings for at Independence Grove.

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Catering By Michaels
April 4, 2017

Bite-Size Desserts

April 4, 2017

Bite-Size Desserts

Catering By Michaels

That old saying ‘there’s always room for dessert’ is even more true when it comes to bite-size desserts. Our mini dessert options are equally delicious and cute. Who could resist anything mini and so decadent? These tiny treats are perfect for gatherings of all varieties and sizes. 

Your guests will be excited to indulge in our Homemade Peanut Butter Cups or Key Lime Miniature Tarts. And, you could serve more than one dessert to please everyone’s taste. Our Wicked Petite Red Velvet Whoopie Pies are always a favorite, and a welcome change from traditional cupcakes. Or, choose our Three Amigos Candy Bars for an unexpected sweet treat.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cup

Homemade Miniature Salted Peanut Butter Cups

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Catering By Michaels
March 28, 2017

Celebrating Passover

March 28, 2017

Celebrating Passover

Catering By Michaels

We love catering Jewish holidays and celebrations, like Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur.

This year, Passover begins on Tuesday, April 11th. The eight-day festival is a commemoration of the Jewish people’s freedom from slavery in Egypt. Food is especially important in the observance of this holiday. When the Jewish people left Egypt, they didn’t have time to wait for their bread to rise, so they ate unleavened bread. That is why matzo is eaten during Passover.

Catering by Michaels’ Passover menu includes unique takes on traditional matzah such as Apple Matzo Kugel, Matzo Crusted Mozzarella Sticks, and Honey Pecan Matzo-crusted Chicken. Of course, everyone’s favorite Matzo Ball Soup is also available.

Passover Matzo ball soup

Matzo Farfel Stuffed Apricot Chicken

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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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