If you’ve every been to Paramount Events for a meeting or a tasting for an upcoming event, you just may have spotted Demetrius working away in our ever growing greenhouse & urban garden. Our Executive Chef Devon Quinn, with his background in botany and gardening, created this space to better incorporate fresh greens, herbs and even edible flowers into our dishes.

 

And that’s where Demetrius comes in. As an integral part of the Paramount Events team and he does amazing work in our growhouse under Chef Devon’s guidance. Demetrius is always positive, enthusiastic, and hardworking. We love having him!

 

When we stopped by the garden this week, we found Demetrius watering some hanging plants, right in the middle of his morning routine. Luckily, he spared a few moments to answer some questions for a Spotlight Interview to show you how things work behind the scenes!

 

 

Q: How long have you been gardening?
A: Previously I was gardening on the side and that is how I was able to earn some extra money. People saw my work and then asked me to come back. Gardening has always been a hobby of mine and I didn’t realize I had the passion for it until I started doing it more frequently. Then, I found that I love it! One day, I ran into a buddy of mine and he was telling me about an organization called Growing Home, and that is when I called and I applied. They gave me an interview and I went to the program and here I am now!

 

Q: What is your favorite part about gardening?
A: When you put the seed in the ground, and take care of it and actually see it blossom and grow, that is exciting to me. You start with this seed in your hand, and then you put it in the dirt, and then you get to reap the benefits and see it bloom. That is the best part about working with plants.

 

Q: Is there a favorite plant you like to garden?
A: Well actually, no. I like them all. All of them have a unique feature, some blossom quicker than others, so I like to start from the ground up and take care of all our plants.

 

Q: What is your favorite part about working here at Paramount?
A: My favorite part is working in this garden, and also to work around positive people. That excites me. It is rare that you can be at a company and be around so many positive people and bosses. Jodi is the best. I love her and seeing her be the top boss and a great leader!

 

Q: What is your favorite food that Paramount makes?
A: I love the fish! I am a seafood lover and the fish at Paramount is the best. It is perfect for summer. I could eat it seven days a week!

 

Q: What has your experience with Growing Home been like?
A: Growing Home has opened my eyes to let me know that you can make it in this world, and that people care. There a lot of people at that place that really go out of their way to help you, and it never stops. They go far and beyond. They help you with your legal aspects, housing, and anything it may be that you need. They always have open arms. That is the most exciting part about Growing Home.

 

Q: What is your vision for the future of the greenhouse here?
A: I see it expanding. I’ll continue to work with both Jodi and Growing Home and some point soon we would love to add more and more plants. I am so excited for that!

 

Thanks Demetrius! We are lucky to have you!

To watch Demetrius in action and learn more about Growing Home, click here.

 

Paramount Serves: Earth Day

April 20, 2018 | Garden, Health and Wellness

If you couldn’t tell by our onsite greenhouse and passion for fresh ingredients, we are pretty serious about the Earth here at The Paramount Group. So serious in fact, that we kicked off Earth Day a week early this past weekend. In addition to being passionate about our environment, we’re also very focused on giving back to our community though our Paramount Serves initiative, and we saw Earth Day as the perfect opportunity to combine the two.

Sustainable Catering in Chicago

April 12, 2018 | Garden, Paramount Events

Earth Day is the most important day of the year when it comes to the well-being of the environment because it inspires people to take action and live sustainably. Businesses and organizations can have a huge impact by going green and participating in Earth Day. Find out why we pride ourselves on being a sustainable caterer.

2018 Spring Trends and Event Inspiration

February 28, 2018 | Décor, Garden, Paramount Events, Paramount Events Inspiration, Party Planning, Seasonality, Venue Category, Weddings

After a long winter here in Chicago, Spring is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Our team of trend forecasters and event experts have gathered upcoming motifs from near and far to take things like the Pantone Color of the Year, New York Fashion Week, and the upcoming royal wedding to show you how they influence our menus, and can inspire your upcoming Spring wedding or event.