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December 21, 2020

Merry Christmas, and How Was the Play, Mrs. Lincoln? 

December 21, 2020

Merry Christmas, and How Was the Play, Mrs. Lincoln? 

I mean – it’s been a long year, no?

But Christmas is here, and it is officially time for reflection and celebration.  Here goes.

Christmas at Catering by Michaels

I have been with Catering by Michaels for around ten years, and I’ve seen some changes.  One thing that remains the same:  we do Christmas right!  Each year our culinary team creates new and innovative items for our special holiday menu; our pastry chef practically moves into his pastry kitchen and spends every waking hour making assorted Christmas cookies, cakes, pies – oh my!

Catering by Michaels Christmas

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November 30, 2020

Giving is Good. Giving Together is Better.

November 30, 2020

Giving is Good. Giving Together is Better.

We always do an annual Thanksgiving meal donation to Northwestern Settlement for 400 people so those in need can enjoy all the delicious traditions of a Thanksgiving meal. COVID-19 has destroyed our industry and continues to have a profound impact on our company. The events industry has been hit the hardest and so many of our favorite companies have already closed their doors. We have been hit hard, really hard, but there are so many people that are in need more than us. We really weren’t sure how we were going to make any donation work this year because of COVID-19. That is until we got a little help from our friends!

Northwestern Settlement and Catering by Michaels

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October 15, 2020

Thanksgiving Traditions

October 15, 2020

Thanksgiving Traditions

It is so hard to believe that we are halfway through October and already thinking of Thanksgiving. One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is all the traditions and memories associated with the holiday. My job as a kid was to set the Thanksgiving table. I took this job very seriously. When I was about 7, I made salt dough turkey cut-outs and then hand-painted them with my sister and cousin. My mom still uses them at every place setting to this day. As I got older, I was in the kitchen with my mom all week leading up to the big day and those are some of my favorite memories cooking all day with my mom.

Salt Dough Turkey

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September 14, 2020

We Are All Together For Yom Kippur

September 14, 2020

We Are All Together For Yom Kippur

One of our favorite things about Catering by Michaels is the different cultures and religions on our team. Many members of our team are not familiar with the Jewish holidays when they join our company. Since these holidays are a big part of our business, we always take the time every year to teach the traditions and cuisine of each holiday.

On Yom Kippur, people will come together for fasting and prayer from before sundown on the previous night until after sundown on the day of the fast. This means no food or drink is consumed for 24 hours. Foods that are comforting, filling, and requiring minimal preparation are the perfect foods to eat after a day of fasting.

Food and Tradition

Bagel and Kugel

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September 8, 2020

Rosh Hashanah: A New Year for Us All

September 8, 2020

Rosh Hashanah: A New Year for Us All

This year, Rosh Hashanah is particularly meaningful. The holiday marks the beginning of a new year in the Jewish calendar. And beginnings are an opportunity to look toward the future while acknowledging the past which brought us here.

Rosh Hashanah is a time to reflect on family, happiness, and humility. During these times of the COVID-19 pandemic and political/social uncertainty, all of us at Catering by Michaels believe family, happiness, and humility are the perfect antidotes to the extraordinary circumstances of 2020.

We read an amazing article in The Jerusalem Post about celebrating Rosh Hashanah during COVID-19. Andy Slavitt, a former Obama administration official who ran Medicare and Medicaid, says, “This is a year for maximum creativity! When I say use creativity, don’t lose the spirit of what makes the holiday special!” We couldn’t agree more and can help be your creative partner.

Rosh Hashanah

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