Chicago catering connoisseurs talk about the versatility and creativity your caterer can bring to the table.
No need to rely on standard banquet and buffet options for your next meeting or event: these days, a new crop of chefs are slicing and skewering the very notion of the word “catering.” From playful passed hors d’oeuvres to interactive chef stations and even seasonal craft cocktails, Chicago’s top caterers can help you custom-create a culinary experience your attendees will be talking about ’til the next event.
Executive Chef: Devon Quinn
Team: 550 full- and part-time staffers (all rigorously trained at “Paramount University,” with no employee outsourcing)
Venues served: Around 150 including two sleek, loft-like spaces of their own — HighGround and the newly opened The Lakewood, both in Chicago’s trendy West Loop.
Known for: Restaurant-quality food using seasonal, hyper-local ingredients.
What sets them apart: Paramount has an onsite greenhouse where Chef Devon grows as many ingredients as possible, including vegetables, herbs and edible flowers that get turned into whimsical lollipops.
Notable gig: World premiere of Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq at the Chicago Theatre.
Dish worth showing off: A hot chocolate bar with toppings like house-made marshmallows.