There are essentially two pizzas in America: New York and Chicago deep dish. Though the pizza war will continue to rage as long as these two great cities remain, there’s never a doubt who’s king of the deep dish in the Windy City — Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria.

According to the Food Network, the buttery, crisp dough and rich tomato sauce are what gave Lou’s son Marc Malnati the edge over Bobby Flay on Throwdown in a deep-dish pizza competition. This fact alone, not to mention that family-owned and run pizzeria is the oldest name in Chicago pan pizza, justifies them selling more than a million deep-dish pies a year. The pizzeria has also been featured on The Steve Harvey Show, Food Wars, and Pizza Wars.

Lou Malnati's Famous Deep Dish

This is, in fact, the pizzeria that defended Chicago against the verbose and misguided attacks of renowned New Yorker and comedian Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Unfortunately, Stewart appears incapable of understanding the magnificence of good deep-dish pizza.

On March 17th, 1971, Lou Malnati and his wife Jean, opened their first namesake Italian pizzeria in a Jewish neighborhood in Lincolnwood, IL. The opening party was crashed when a car came flying into the dining room during the Irish holiday. Of course, when you’re producing pies as good as the Malnati’s, a little car crash isn’t going to stop business from booming.

Lou Malnati's Deep Dish Pizza Chicago

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Catering By Michaels
November 8, 2017

Thanksgiving Dinner Favorites

November 8, 2017

Thanksgiving Dinner Favorites

Catering By Michaels

The tell-tale gobbles, pumpkins, and harvest season delights are all signs that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This is the time of year when you can strengthen family bonds and reflect on the bounty brought to your doorstep. Though many families have secret recipes for turkey stuffing or cranberry sauce, the reality of the situation in the kitchen is that there is often not enough time to prepare a Thanksgiving feast without the stress. This year, instead of injecting stressors into your holiday festivities, focus on quality family time with family and let Catering by Michaels take care of your sumptuous Thanksgiving feast.

Annually, Catering by Michaels delivers decadent meals with all your favorites, from a whole roasted free-range turkey and turkey gravy to our cranberry, pecan and feta salad, allowing you to craft your traditional homemade dinner without slaving away for hours in the kitchen. With more than 60 traditional and not-so-traditional options, there will be no problem designing your ideal holiday feast.

Cranberry pecan and feta salad

A hefty, whole roasted free-range turkey, might be the most traditional centerpiece to your Thanksgiving table, but those wanting something a little different can try honey mustard glazed salmon or mom’s sliced brisket. If you’re catering to vegetarian family members and friends, you can also try the butternut squash lasagna, which comprises sautéed butternut squash, sage, shallots, Parmesan cheese, and nutmeg, layered with béchamel and spinach pasta. Yum!

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Catering By Michaels
October 25, 2017

Delicious + Spooky Halloween Party Catering

October 25, 2017

Delicious + Spooky Halloween Party Catering

Catering By Michaels

Holy Pumpkins Batman, it’s that time of year again, Halloween! The stunning red and orange foliage, apple picking, and chilly weather that require increasingly more cups of your seasonal favorite pumpkin spice lattes, all signal that fall is officially here and so is a favorite holiday for so many.

If Halloween is your favorite holiday, it’s probably safe to assume that you’ll be playing host to your favorite ghosts and ghouls on October 31, or the weekend proceeding it.

If so, here a few Halloween food and drink ideas:

Themed Food Options

Although several Halloween party tables will include dishes made with pumpkin or candied apples, the most fun and creative Halloween dishes adhere to a creepy crawly theme, decorated in the spirit of the holiday.

Think treats designed like mummies, snakes, spiders, eyeballs, monsters, pumpkins or even just a theme of orange and black.

Spooktacular Witches’ Brew Cocktails

We all know the best Halloween party options are festive, stiff, and just a bit creepy.

Halloween party cocktails and potions

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Catering By Michaels
October 12, 2017

Next Level Desserts

October 12, 2017

Next Level Desserts

Catering By Michaels

At Catering by Michaels, we have to admit that one of our most favorite meals is one that many wouldn’t consider “necessary”. Of course, we’d beg to differ—dessert is the most important meal of the day (ok, after breakfast that is).

Our obsession with sweets is apparent when taking the time to look through our current menus. We pride ourselves on a dessert menu that is as innovative as it is delicious. Check it out. Who knows? You may find a new favorite.

A LA CARTE

MINT RICE KRISPY SQUARES

Garnished with peppermint patties.

OREO® RICE KRISPY SQUARES

Garnished with an itty bitty Oreo®.

MINIATURE TIRAMISU PUSH-POPS

Layers of cookies and mascarpone mousse garnished with a chocolate covered coffee bean.

CANDY BAR PIE 

Layers of salty caramel and peanut butter nougat baked in a chocolate crust, and garnished with chocolate covered pretzels. A staff favorite!

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Jeff Ware
October 3, 2017

2017 Picnic Season Wrap-Up

October 3, 2017

2017 Picnic Season Wrap-Up

Jeff Ware

Another successful picnic season has come to a close and we thought it would be fun to share some of the stats, including the astonishing 22,924 guests we served throughout the season and the team of 794 staff members it took to make it all happen.

Here are a few of the interesting numbers:

2017 Picnic Season Wrap-Up Infographic

Thanks to all the amazing companies (big and small) that trust us each year with their annual company-wide picnics. Picnics are always exciting for us since we can really push the creative limits!

It’s never too early to start planning your 2018 picnic. Give us a call at (847) 966-6555 or contact us online to get started. Our experienced team of event coordinators are ready when you are!