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!


Stacey Combrzynski
September 20, 2017

Tips for Planning an Atypical Company Holiday Party

September 20, 2017

Tips for Planning an Atypical Company Holiday Party

Stacey Combrzynski

Corporate holiday parties are a special type of event unlike any others that happen during the year. They offer companies the chance to reward their employees for their hard work throughout the past 12 months, and an opportunity to let the personality of the company shine through.

Seafood Spectacular Corporate Holiday Party

Here are some of the elements associated with the best corporate holiday parties.

Branded Event Customization

More so than any other time of year, a hot topic for us when it comes to catering during the holidays is customization. Consider the implications for a corporate holiday party, taking a food item and customizing it with a vessel (think shot glass or guitar pick) branded with the company’s logo. It really takes an event to the next level and guests always take notice. We love customizing parties and are always willing to go the extra mile to help clients create a unique experience at their events.

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Catering By Michaels
September 14, 2017

Yom Kippur: The Ultimate Post-Fast Feast

September 14, 2017

Yom Kippur: The Ultimate Post-Fast Feast

Catering By Michaels

Yom Kippur, marking the day of God’s forgiveness, is one of the most important holidays on the Hebcal Jewish Calendar. It closes the “Ten Days of Repentance”, which started with Rosh Hashanah.

The holiday literally translates as “Day of Atonement”, as the faithful ask forgiveness for their sins in the past year and blessing as they begin the New Year.

Yom Kippur, part of the High Holidays, is characterized by fasting and feasting as the members of the community strengthen their bonds. Because the months of the Jewish Calendar follow the lunar cycle, Yom Kippur is not held on the same day of the civic calendar every year, though it usually occurs between September and October.

This year (2017) it will begin Friday, September 29 and ends the evening of September 30.

The feasting starts the day before Yom Kippur, with everyone eating and drinking in abundance. On this day, two celebratory meals are consumed: one early in the day and another moments before the onset of Yom Kippur, as the holiday’s central component is in fact fasting.

White cheddar macaroni and cheese

Because the fasting period lasts for a little more than 25 hours, after the Erev Yom Kippur meal until the following evening, those who are too feeble, sick, or young to safely fast are not required to do so. However, healthy females from the age of 12 and males from the age of 13 must fast as part of the tradition. Those well enough to do so often add a few minutes to the beginning and end of the day of fasting, which is known as tosefet Yom Kippur.

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Catering By Michaels
September 5, 2017

Rosh Hashanah: Jewish New Year Traditions

September 5, 2017

Rosh Hashanah: Jewish New Year Traditions

Catering By Michaels

The Jewish New Year traditionally kicks off in Fall with Rosh Hashanah, which translates from Hebrew to “Head of the New Year.” Marking the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, Rosh Hashanah comprises the first two days of a 10 day period of prayer, repentance, and charity in Judaism.

The holiday takes place at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. Because the Hebrew calendar measures months based on the lunar cycle and years in correspondence to the solar cycle, the celebrations slide around on the secular calendar, but usually occur between September and October.

This year (2017) it will start on Wednesday, September 20 and end on Friday, September 22.

Rosh Hashanah serves as the first of the “Ten Days of Repentance”, which marks man’s first sin and his repentance. The Ten Days of Repentance begin with Rosh Hashanah and end in celebration with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Some of the customs that take place during Rosh Hashanah include:

  • Sounding the shofar, which is to alert listeners of the coming judgment
  • Eating a round challah, which symbolizes the circle of life
  • Eating apples dipped in honey to usher in a sweet New Year
  • Eating of pomegranate to bring a year full of mitzvot and good deeds

Rosh Hashanah apples dipped in honey

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