Catering By Michaels
April 2, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Alex Rufus

April 2, 2019

Employee Spotlight: Alex Rufus

Catering By Michaels

We love showing off all the wonderful people who work at Catering by Michaels. When we all work as a team, we are all Michaels!

This week, we’re talking to Alex Rufus, our Delivery Manager, who shares some of the details of his role with us… as well as some things he enjoys outside of work.

Alex Rufus, Delivery Manager, Catering by Michaels

Q: How long have you been with Catering by Michaels?

A: It’s been 4 years now! I’ve worked for multiple different companies prior to this job but this is the first company I’ve dedicated this much time to. The management here is different than what I’ve been used to — they truly care about employees, even outside of the workplace.

Q: What do you do for Catering by Michaels?

A: I’m one half of the delivery management team. Along with another delivery manager, we run the delivery department.

Q: What brought you to Catering by Michaels?

I’ve worked with food in the past, which is what made me look into Catering by Michaels in the first place. I started here, liked it, and stuck around.

Q: What part of your job makes you proud?

A: The ability (and choice) to provide excellent customer service — I like seeing people in a good mood. It brightens my day! I like being part of making sure everything goes well.

Q: What company values best align with your own?

A: I think the Catering by Michaels value that best speaks to me is that of Pride. In every aspect of my life, I like to be the best I can. I believe that at this company, everyone tries to give their best and I strive to do the same.

Q: For your birthday, what would you have Catering by Michaels deliver to your home?

A: The white cheddar mac and cheese is my favorite thing. But I also love the Chicken Vesuvio. So, I’d pair that with the mac and a salad for the perfect birthday treat!

But my favorite food ever is pizza, hands down.

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Catering By Michaels
March 29, 2019

Picnic Season is Just Around the Corner

March 29, 2019

Picnic Season is Just Around the Corner

Catering By Michaels

As we bid goodbye to winter, it’s time to welcome spring and summer… and get excited about warm weather outings. This means company picnics are right around the corner!

To ensure the most enjoyable event, preparation is always key. To help you plan ahead for your company outings, we present a few timely tips:

#1: Book Your Venue Ahead Of Time

Chances are good you’re not the only company looking to lock down a lawn for a company picnic. Getting a head start on booking a venue for your corporate picnic will ensure you have first dibs on a space that suits your company’s needs.

If possible, try and plan at least 5-6 months before your planned picnic date to give you enough time to secure the venue of your choice, hire a rock star caterer, and give employees enough notice to clear their schedules to enjoy the outing.

#2: Hire A Caterer For Your Picnic

Unless you’ve all agreed to a potluck-style event, when people attend a company picnic, they are expecting the food to already be prepared. The trick to pulling off a killer company picnic is finding a caterer who has the experience needed to properly cater this type event with high-quality offerings.

If possible, it is a real bonus to have a caterer who already has a partnership with the picnic venue. By working with a venue/caterer team, you’ll be able to tick off two important to-dos on your list, right off the bat.

Outdoor picnic bbq

company picnic catering in chicago

#3: Planning The Perfect Menu

Prior to picking out a menu, it’s a good idea to check in with your employees (and their families) regarding any allergies, food preferences, and dietary restrictions. Having a menu that accommodates everyone is important. Once you have surveyed the office, work with your caterer to prepare a personalized menu that fits your company’s needs.

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Catering By Michaels
February 27, 2019

2019 CATIE Award Winner!

February 27, 2019

2019 CATIE Award Winner!

Catering By Michaels

On a daily basis, our team works tirelessly to prepare and produce events. We focus on ensuring our clients are thrilled with the result. Whether it’s an intimate family gathering or a multiple day event serving over 9,000 people, we aim to provide the highest quality food and the most professional service. For us, success is measured by the satisfaction of our clients and their guests.

So when we receive recognition and accolades from our peers, it’s an entirely different type of excitement. This is exactly what happened at this year’s Catered Arts Through Innovative Excellence (CATIE) Awards at the International Caterers Association’s Catersource conference in New Orleans. The spirit of the CATIE Awards is to recognize achievements of exemplary production at an event. The CATIE Awards have been called the Academy Awards of the Catering Industry… and this year (drum roll please), we received three!

Catering by Michaels 2019 CATIE Awards

We were honored to be named Best Action Station, Best Buffet Presentation & Menu, and Best Multiple Day Event. Receiving this recognition out of a field of exemplary, international catering companies fills us with pride. It is a confirmation of the hard work and dedication each and every member of the Catering by Michaels team puts into every event!

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Stacy Robertson
February 12, 2019

A Taste Of Love This Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2019

A Taste Of Love This Valentine’s Day

Stacy Robertson

Is food the one true language of love?

Like most holidays, Valentine’s Day can mean something different for everyone. While flowers and chocolates might have taken center stage in the past, that certainly isn’t the case for everyone.

Though we might be slightly biased, our belief is that food is a love language. Even if it’s just about showing yourself love by treating yourself to something you normally wouldn’t eat. As such, whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, we have a recipe (or two…) that will sweeten up your night.

Valentine's Day Love Heart Shaped Cookies

There’s a reason that some people claim that the way to their heart is through their stomachs. A satisfying meal will leave you feeling like your best self, and isn’t that what love is all about?

So what if you aren’t a master chef?

Catering by Michaels would be honored to play the role of Cupid this Valentine’s Day.

There are enough stresses and worries that goes into preparing for this day (including the refusal to acknowledge it altogether, for some!), so outsourcing your time in the kitchen will help you to concentrate on the ones you love most.

Regardless of if you’re spending an intimate night with your beau, or throwing “anti-Valentine” party, we can craft and deliver a perfect meal for either occasion.

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Stacey Combrzynski
February 7, 2019

Salvage One: An Eclectic Space For An Unforgettable Experience

February 7, 2019

Salvage One: An Eclectic Space For An Unforgettable Experience

Stacey Combrzynski

Set inside an old brick warehouse building, Salvage One is a one-of-a-kind space boasting an eclectic mix of antiques, furnishings, and decor.

When first setting eyes on the exterior of the building, you would never assume the dreamy world that lies within the walls.

Step inside and the mix of brick, steel, and wood breathe new life into the aged building.

The 60,000 square foot warehouse is decked out with salvaged indoor and outdoor furnishings. The interior boasts exposed brick, low hanging chandeliers, long tables, and pews — complementing an assortment of antiques and furnishings.

Savage One is dedicated to preserving history through architecture and design. Their mission is to keep these timeless pieces relevant and in circulation.

Salvage One is a dual space, set up for both events and antique shopping.

If you are looking for an event that is sure to awe and inspire guests, look no further. Multiple floors allow for parties to hold cocktail hours in one space, then move up to the second floor for music, dancing, and socializing.

Photo Credits: Michael Novo Photography & Victoria Sprung Photography

If the weather permits, the storybook courtyard is the perfect location for a ceremony or cocktail hour. This space is sheltered by the building’s brick walls and is well-hidden from the urban bustle of Chicago’s city life. There is even a long stretch of grass leading up toward an arch of living greenery, making it a stunning natural aisle runner.

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