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Holiday Headphones, Please!

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens, Bright Copper Kettles and Warm Woolen Mittens … happy music for a happy holiday season! We are happy for the holidays! For those of us who work in the catering world, our relationship to the oncoming holidays is a bit more nuanced. We’re feeling both light and happy […]

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Late Summer Drinks, OUTDOORS

After being indoors all week, and anticipating the cold Chicago months ahead, savoring summer and  loving to create a weekend outdoor bartender garden for my guests. What could be easier? Perfect for creating a tiered bar on my small urban deck, my French wire planter holds glasses, cutting boards, muddlers, knives, garnish, carafes, napkins, bar […]

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Dinner for 1000? Done.

What takes 80 front-of-house staff, 70 Chafers, 7 Double Door Refrigerated Coolers, and 48,000 plates and forks?  The Green Tie Ball — scheduled for dinner time on September 15, 2012 at Finkl Forgings, of course! This year 1000+ of Chicago’s most active environmentalists, young professionals, and media figures will be treated to one of the […]

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Flights..One Two Three

Flights of Fancy feature in CS Brides magazine. Taking the expected, (i.e. such as butter) and upping the ante makes us smile! Pesto, Sundried Tomato, Whipped…all butter but even better when crafted into a triangle! European butters, seasonal specialty butters…..We’re always interested in taking the barely noticed element on a table and raising the level~BAN […]

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