Catering By Michaels
December 6, 2017

Plan an Impressive Office Holiday Lunch

December 6, 2017

Plan an Impressive Office Holiday Lunch

Catering By Michaels

December is a time for celebrating—but not everyone has the time, energy, or budget to throw an all-out bash. Furthermore, December tends to be a busy time (at least at the beginning of the month) where people try to get as much done as possible before the end of the year.

Even if you’re not planning a company holiday party, it’s still nice to acknowledge the holiday with your hard-working employees. Even something as small a nice catered lunch in the month of December can help you to show your appreciation and give employees an hour (or maybe a few if you’re feeling generous) away from their desks.

Think of holiday catering as an opportunity to bring everyone in the office together in a relaxed setting before holiday craziness sets in. The closer you get to Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year, the harder it will be for everyone to focus on work. It’s much better to accept the fact that as the holidays loom nearer, the office will be a little less productive. Instead of forcing employees to make it look like they’re working, take the opportunity to do something fun.

Catering by Michael’s corporate holiday menu includes options for everyone in the office—even the biggest Grinch about food. Furthermore, most of our food items can be prepared in terms of many different types of dietary restrictions and preference so nobody feels left out of the celebration.

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Jessica Cerven
December 1, 2017

Getting Engaged During the Holidays

December 1, 2017

Getting Engaged During the Holidays

Jessica Cerven

Love is in the air from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day! Did you know that December is the most popular month to get engaged? It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise: the glamour of the holidays and coziness of the impending cold weather inevitably bring people together. Getting engaged in December means that you can start your new year off in engagement bliss and focus your New Year’s resolutions on wedding planning!

According to WeddingWire, 6 of the 10 most popular dates to get engaged occur in December. This has a lot to do with extensive time off for the holidays. The most popular engagement dates include: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years’ Day, and Valentine’s Day.

During the holidays, you want to make full use of your holiday time off to enjoy. Most couples that get engaged in December use the time to celebrate the big news with their families. Those that can’t wait might use these extra days off as an opportunity to get ahead of the planning process and all it entails: finding a wedding planner, scouting out venues, and starting to think about the all-important food that will be served on the big day.

The average couple hires about a dozen different vendors to help with their wedding day: the cake, photographer, flowers, and so on. With so many options and limited time to kick it all off without a hitch, many default to vendors who are upfront with need-to-know information and who are great with communication.

Here are the top 5 biggest planning challenges:

  • Determining budget and guest size
  • Making decisions
  • Keeping track of expenses
  • Knowing you’re on the right track
  • Finding vendors

At Catering by Michaels, we pride ourselves on our ability to bring together many different aspects of the wedding planning process. Working as your caterer, we connect with many other wedding vendors to create a beautiful event: your photographer, the venue, designers, and so on.

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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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