Voting season is upon us and while weighing the pros and cons of this election’s candidates, we’re gonna help make voting for Illinois Meetings + Events Magazine 8th Annual Readers Choice Awards easier for you! No, this ballot sheet is in no way as confusing as election ballots, but there are quite a few categories to nominate folks for. And while “Best Conference Center” might be a no-brainer (::cough:: :: cough::Catalyst Ranch::cough:: ::cough::) we know it might be harder to narrow down nominees for the other categories. So over the coming weeks, we will blog our list of nominees for each category. First up – Best Caterer:


Big Delicious Planet
Anyone  who’s had a meeting here has had the distinct pleasure of dining on the delectable meals of our in-house caterer Big Delicious Planet. Their global cuisine has not only pleased the palettes of our clients, they are the caterer of choice for many visiting celebrities and rock concerts. The general public can also enjoy their scrumptious food at their Canteen, a storefront cafe added to their kitchen. In their commitment to sustainability, they added a gardener to their staff and built a garden in which we’re organically growing over 40 varieties of vegetables and herbs (the majority of which is used in their Canteen and special catering clients.)


Tri-Star Catering
One of our preferred special events caterers, the team at Tri-Star provides menus that range from simple snacks to elegant themed meals.


Entertaining Company
Another of our preferred special events caterers, Entertaining Company was recently featured as this year’s Crain’s Chicago Business – Entrepreneur in Action! For 20 years, Entertaining Company boldly designs every event – from vibrant wedding catering, tasteful corporate catering, lively bar/bat mitzvah catering and sparkling social event catering including backyard barbeques and black tie galas. Entertaining Company catering transports guests to a bold world of celebration inspired by a palate of artisan ingredients, global traditions and colorful settings.



Harry Caray’s
Another of our preferred special events caterers is Harry Caray’s. Named for the late, renowned baseball announcer, Harry Caray’s has become one of the most nationally recognized restaurant groups in the Midwest. The Catering & Events division offers unparalleled services for a wide range of events including corporate functions, social events, weddings and in-home parties. Promising the same award-winning cuisine and attentive service that characterizes our legendary flagship restaurant, Harry Caray’s Catering & Events is the perfect match for any off-premise event.

Pure Kitchen Catering
Another of our preferred special events caterers, Pure Kitchen focuses on sustainability by only organic ingredients sourced from local farmers. As an added focus on community, a portion of their monthly profits is donated to a community based charity.


True Cuisine
Another of our preferred special events caterers, True Cuisine is a fully custom catering company servicing all of Downtown and Suburban Chicago. Originally a cooking school 30 years ago, True Cuisine is now among Chicagoland’s premier caterers boasting scrumptious food, attention to detail and professional accommodating service, guaranteed to create the most memorable event. From office catering to fundraising galas, True Cuisine has the experience, knowledge, and creative enthusiasm to satisfy every client, every meeting, and every occasion.



Voting closes November 16th!  To be considered complete, ballots must include at least 10 completed categories. Limit one ballot per e-mail address. If you need help finding more nominees, follow our blog as we roll out our Category Nominees over the next couple of weeks!