Catering By Michaels
June 20, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Stacey Combrzynski

June 20, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Stacey Combrzynski

Catering By Michaels

We love our team and can’t help but dish about how amazing they are during our employee spotlights. In the past, we’ve introduced you to: Dave Sandler and Alexander Rufus.

This week, we’d like to introduce you to Stacey Combrzynski, our Special Events Coordinator.

What does a Special Events Coordinator do?

I get to spend my day helping people take their vision and make it a reality. Whether it be just a simple delivery for a corporate lunch, a 600 person corporate meeting or a large scale social event such as a wedding or mitzvah, everyone has a vision—we just have to help them bring it to the surface.

What’s the best part of your job?

I get to be with people on some of the most important days of their lives – their weddings, their child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and their showers to welcome new members of the family. Each one is an amazing snapshot into a set of memories these people will have for the rest of their lives, and we get to be a part of that!

What’s the hardest part of your job?

The hardest part, in my opinion, is getting someone who has big dreams to understand that those dreams also have big price tags. 

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Catering By Michaels
June 14, 2017

6 Push Pops to Help You Stay Cool This Summer

June 14, 2017

6 Push Pops to Help You Stay Cool This Summer

Catering By Michaels

What could possibly be more fun this summer than a push pop? Nothing really. That’s why we’ve recreated our favorite childhood treat with a variety of fun, colorful, and refreshing fillings that make for a perfect addition to your summer entertaining.

First up is our frozen margarita push pops (adults only) cause no summer gathering is complete without a little boozy treat. And for the kiddos, we have our frozen watermelon push pops that will give your event (and their tongues) a real POP of color.

 Our “fruishi” push pops are a fun fishless and kid-friendly alternative to our traditional sushi push pops, using seasonal ingredients such as kiwi, strawberry, and mango. Or for those that prefer to include a fish option, our ceviche push pops are always a winner.

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Catering By Michaels
June 5, 2017

A Special Father’s Day Menu

June 5, 2017

A Special Father’s Day Menu

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Now that Mother’s Day is over, it’s time to give Dad’s day the attention it deserves. Last year, we shared a Father’s Day menu that we catered for the holiday. This year, we’re serving up another special menu we created just for Father’s Day, along with a shrimp pico de gallo recipe that Dad is sure to love — and you can make anytime!

BOURBON MAPLE SMASH

Bourbon, maple syrup, fresh orange juice,
angostura bitters, sparkling water, orange garnish.

SOUTHWESTERN SHRIMP PICO DE GALLO 

Baby shrimp, avocado, onion, tomato and cilantro,
served with homemade 
lime yellow corn tortilla chips.

MINIATURE SIRLOIN & SLAW SANDWICHES

Marinated sirloin, wasabi mayonnaise, sesame slaw
and red cabbage on a miniature pretzel round.

SMOKED GOUDA MACARONI & CHEESE

Cavatappi noodles tossed with smoked Gouda cheese sauce,
topped with panko bread
crumbs and Parmesan cheese,
and baked until golden brown.

ROCKY ROAD COOKIES 

Topped with mini marshmallows, pecans and chocolate drizzle.

Our Bourbon Maple Smash drink is perfect for the Dad that enjoys the finer things in life, but appreciates a new take on an old classic. We’re willing to bet that even the most Bourbon-averse person at the party won’t be able to resist a sip.


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Catering By Michaels
June 1, 2017

Industry Spotlight: Who Are Certified Catering Consultants?

June 1, 2017

Industry Spotlight: Who Are Certified Catering Consultants?

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Certified Catering Consultants is a team of experts that represent the leading authorities on catering, both nationally and internationally. Catering by Michaels is proud to employ a member of this elite group, our very own Director of Operations, Jeff Ware.

We connected with the Managing Director of Certified Catering Consultants, Carl Sacks, to learn more about what it means to be a Certified Catering Consultant, and why they’re valuable to catering businesses.

To you, what does it mean to be a Certified Catering Consultant?

We call the entity Certified Catering Consultants to emphasize that we are catering industry specialists. There are many generic hospitality consultants, but we are experts in this specific hospitality niche. We also evaluate any consultant before they join our team — that’s what certification refers to.

The criteria we use for certification include experience as a senior executive in the industry, years consulting for the industry, presentations at industry conferences, publication in industry journals, and education.

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Welcome summer by enjoying a fun-filled day at Independence Grove, a 1,100-acre nature preserve and recreation area located in Lake County. The pristine and secluded forest preserve is situated on a 115-acre lake and features hiking trails, an outdoor amphitheater, a sand beach, marina, and cafe.

The Cafe at Independence Grove

The Cafe at Independence Grove reopens this Friday, May 26th, and is a delicious attraction that you may not have known about. The cafe is run by Catering by Michaels, so the menu is all freshly prepared, made-to-order food. It’s unlike what most people would expect at a park or forest preserve.

Menu items include thin crust pizzas, gourmet salads, and classic Chicago Style Hot Dogs and Italian Beef Sandwiches. Snack on Asian Sesame Chicken Wings or Spicy Onion Straws, topped with parmesan-garlic buffalo sauce. Cool down with an afternoon sweet treat of soft serve ice cream or relax with a glass of wine.

A special ‘Kids Corner’ menu includes a Turkey “Korn-Dog” and PB&J “Uncrustables.” The cafe is open 7 days a week to the public: Mon-Thurs 10:30am to 4pm, Fri-Sun10:30am to 6pm, and until 9pm on concert evenings. 

Free Summer Concerts 

The lake and cafe alone makes your trip worthwhile, but you might as well stay for the whole day. The summer concert series is a guest favorite and begins on June 13th with a live performance by the New Invaders (60’s Rock & Roll). Concerts take place in the preserves outdoor amphitheater, Millenia Plaza, and continue through August 8th. See the full concert schedule.

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