Catering By Michaels
October 24, 2019

Treat Your Family or Office this Halloween

October 24, 2019

Treat Your Family or Office this Halloween

Catering By Michaels

Work, travel, and busy schedules have probably made it harder for you and your family and friends to stay in touch. Everyone is biding their time, waiting for the holiday season when they can all get together.

Unless it’s a costume, you don’t want your apron hanging from your neck this Halloween. It’s been a busy year and with the holiday season just around the corner, it will only get busier.

Spooky Halloween parties are great reconnecting opportunities. Set up your family and friends for this experience by choosing Catering by Michaels as your holiday event planner. We have fun and creative ideas that will keep up the creepy theme, usher in the holiday spirit, and make the experience uniquely yours.

Let’s see how many of your co-workers can stomach treats designed like snakes, eyeballs, spiders, mummies, and all sorts of monsters!

Cake Pops Hand Decorated for HalloweenMummy Halloween CookiesDelicious Halloween Treats

Freshly prepared food for your guests

Your party planning starts with setting the menu. The food items you serve your guests will have a great impact on how the whole experience turns out. Are you going to serve hot or cold foods? Is the food adult-oriented or focused on the children?

Our event and culinary team can help you put together a great menu attending to all tastes at the party. We have various options, such as hot and cold foods, sweet and savory treats, and we can theme your menu according to your guests: adults, children or a mix of both.

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Catering By Michaels
October 2, 2019

Why Food & Celebration Are Inexorably Tied Together

October 2, 2019

Why Food & Celebration Are Inexorably Tied Together

Catering By Michaels

Everyone loves a celebration!

And there’s no celebration without food, it seems. Regardless of their culture or religion, people love to eat when they are celebrating.

Food enhances the experience, promotes interactions between people, and provides a platform for bonding. If you love food as much as we do here at Catering by Michaels, you don’t even need a reason to eat.

But why is food so inexorably tied to celebration?

The Role Food Plays in Celebration

During many celebrations, the host offers food both as a gesture and reflex action.

It’s a gesture of love shown to people we care about whether on a sunny Sunday afternoon, at a wedding, or really during any sort of event. It’s also a physiological response to the mood. Naturally, certain mental states just make you want to eat something, both happy and sad.

Food is also an expression of who we are. We associate certain types of food with certain cultures and religions.

Apart from marking the event, the food served reminds the guests that the host has certain beliefs. That there’s something the owner of the event stands for. Without food, this would be difficult to convey.

Then again, who wants to attend a celebration without food?

The Celebration Dictates the Menu

Simply put, the host uses food to send a message to the guests.

That message is something to the effect of “you’re welcome,” “you’re cared for,” “this is who I am,” and “let’s celebrate.”

As the host, you put a lot of thought into setting a menu. So it’s not just that the food is tasty, it also sends the right message for the event.

At Catering by Michaels, we’re always ready with event-specific menus and offer various menu options tailored for different celebrations. We realize that you are looking for great menu options that fit your celebration to help you accomplish your goals, and our staff is eager to attend to your every need.

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Catering By Michaels
September 26, 2019

How Do Non-Food Elements Affect the Look and Cost of An Event?

September 26, 2019

How Do Non-Food Elements Affect the Look and Cost of An Event?

Catering By Michaels

Here at CBM, we spend a great deal of time talking about food.

However, when planning an event, we know that food is but a part (a great part, but a part nevertheless) of the whole experience.

With this in mind, let’s talk about the non-food elements of an event and how they affect the final look and cost.

Major Event Spending Categories to Keep in Mind

Besides the food itself, there are a few other major spending categories that you should consider when planning your catered event.

Budget

We like to remind our customers to always begin with the budget. Plan within your budget; don’t budget within your plan. Successful low-cost events featuring only the basics are possible.

Vendors

For larger-scale events, you will inevitably deal with many vendors. You may decide to be your own event planner or hire someone else to act as your middleman.

To help understand which route to take, ask yourself:

  • Are you confident you can get the best deals?
  • Do you have the time?
  • Would you rather order your own rentals or let the catering company do it?

Your staff is your army. With full-service catering, Catering by Michaels takes care of many event details for you.

Aesthetics

Decorations can dramatically improve the look of your event. Depending on whether you DIY or hire a decor company, they can also have a big impact on budget. Be realistic about your available time and ability to handle the decor for your event — it may turn out to be more cost-effective to hire out this part of the process.

Chicago full-service event decor and flowers

Entertainment

Entertainment is another important consideration for your event’s budget. Depending on the type of event, you’ll have different options for entertaining your guests — a DJ, full band, or even individuals hired to do things like read tarot cards, draw caricatures, and so on. It’s important to know where to draw the line, especially as it relates back to your budget for the rest of the event.

music and event entertainment

Identify the Necessities & Nice-to-Haves

You don’t want to give everybody a great memory and leave yourself with a painful one. Know what non-food elements are a must and those that aren’t. This will help you to be realistic about your budget for the event.

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Megan Perigo
September 10, 2019

Yom Kippur Menu: How We Prepare You to Break the Fast

September 10, 2019

Yom Kippur Menu: How We Prepare You to Break the Fast

Megan Perigo

At the end of the 25-hour Yom Kippur fast, our bodies demand a proper meal.

Traditionally, many go for light foods like bagels and lox, cakes, and assorted cookies. These dishes are comforting and easy on the stomach. And after such a long time without digesting anything, you don’t want to “shock” the system.

Even more importantly (and this is where Catering by Michaels shines) most Yom Kippur meals can be made ahead of time. This means there’s no waiting around for food to cook when you’re at your hungriest.

Placing Your Yom Kippur Order

We’ve made it easy and stress-free! You can curate the perfect holiday spread from our menu of traditional Yom Kippur favorites and have your order delivered right to your doorstep (pickup also available).

You can download the Yom Kippur menu right now (pdf) or go to our website to start planning an event around the holiday. If you have employees that celebrate this holiday, you can place an order personally or through a corporate account.

The Yom Kippur Menu

Our Yom Kippur menu consists of dishes that can be served cold or at room temperature. These include deli platters and salads, bagels, tenderloin displays, smoked fish, and desserts.

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Katie Free
September 3, 2019

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah with Catering by Michaels

September 3, 2019

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah with Catering by Michaels

Katie Free

This year, Rosh Hashanah, which translates to “head [of] the year,” starts on the evening of September 29th and ends on the evening of October 1st.

It is a two-day Jewish holiday that commemorates the creation of the world and the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that ends in the Yom Kippur holiday. These two holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) are the highest holidays in the Jewish religion.

Aside from ushering in the Days of Awe, Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of a new year in the Jewish calendar. Because Jewish texts vary, some celebrate the holiday in a single day, while others celebrate for two days. Work is prohibited, and people spend much of the holiday attending synagogue.

However, unlike the raucous New Year’s celebrations celebrated at the end of the calendar year, Rosh Hashanah is more subdued as it is a contemplative holiday.

Rosh Hashanah Traditions

The Rosh Hashanah holiday reflects both happiness and humility.

After the temple services are over, many people celebrate by opting to wear new or special clothing, and by having a festive meal rich in symbolism and tradition. The meal typically begins with the ceremonial lighting of two candles and features food which represents positive wishes for the new year.

Typical Food in a Rosh Hashanah Spread

Some of the items you can expect to see on a typical Rosh Hashanah spread include:

  • Apple and honey. One of the most popular Rosh Hashanah customs involves eating apples dipped in honey, usually after saying a special prayer. It is believed that apples have healing properties, while honey signifies the hope that the new year will be sweet.
  • Round challah. During Jewish holidays, there is always challah (traditional braided bread) present. On Rosh Hashanah, challah is baked in a circular shape to symbolize the crown of God or the cyclical nature of life.

Rosh Hashana honey and apples

If you’re planning to attend temple all day, you don’t want to be concerned meal preparations for your own Rosh Hashanah spread. So, why not opt to have a delicious holiday spread delivered straight to your door?

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