Catering By Michaels
April 22, 2019

Celebrating Earth Day + Our Commitment to Sustainability

April 22, 2019

Celebrating Earth Day + Our Commitment to Sustainability

Catering By Michaels

Happy Earth Day!

When we’re preparing—or eating—delicious food, it can be easy to get lost in the moment and focus on the meal at hand. But on this Earth Day, we want to give a thought to minimizing our impact on the environment.

Catering by Michaels is proud to be the only caterer in North America which is both Green Restaurant certified and Green Seal certified. Why do we care about sustainability? Because let’s face it, it’s the right thing to do — not just for us, but also for our clients and humanity as a whole.

 

We are very conscious of the fact that our industry can be one of excess and waste. This is why the entire Catering by Michaels family feels a great responsibility to impact change and do our part to forge a greener future. Not only is it the right thing to do from a social and ecological standpoint, but it’s also a sound business decision.

Earth Day and Sustainability

Since the environment directly impacts the quality of the ingredients we have available to us, it’s quite evident that the more we take care of the earth, the more it will take care of us. We pride ourselves on using quality ingredients and sourcing them as locally as possible. Being conscious of our green footprint only helps to sustain those ingredients.

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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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Jeff Ware
July 26, 2016

Lollapalooza VIP Catering

July 26, 2016

Lollapalooza VIP Catering

Jeff Ware

It’s festival season in Chicago and our favorite music festival, Lollapalooza, is right around the corner! We’ve been privileged to take part in catering Lollapalooza for the VIP & Platinum Lounges for the past 6 years. In the spirit of this upcoming event, we’d love to share the positive impact we’ve had in our previous involvements with the festival.

For those of you not familiar with this popular festival, here are some impressive Lollapalooza facts by the numbers:

• Over 160,000 fans in attendance over 3 days (this year it will be 4 days!)
• 130+ performing musical artists (both emerging and world famous)
• 115 acres within Grant Park and multiple stages spread out to take advantage of the space
• 25+ years of continued excellence

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