Nike Town is a retail space most famous for its popular athletic products and fascinating downtown location.
This season, the company has something new to celebrate. Tasty Catering was invited into the city to plan and execute an all-out Nike Town client appreciation event.
The event was held inside Nike Town’s retail space, so guests were able to browse all of Nike’s fine apparel and shoes as they dined on Tasty Catering food.
The menu was quite extensive, including passed hors d’oeuvres, stationary buffets, action stations, a fun station, bars and dessert tables exquisitely designed and spread throughout the entire space.
We provided butler-style passed chilled and hot hors d’oeuvres, including:
- Cherry Tomatoes with Bacon and Aioli
- Chicken Mojo
- Thai Shrimp Salad
- Crab Cakes
- Coconut Crusted Shrimp
- Crispy Olive Manchego Bites
- Mushroom Vol Au Vent
- BBQ Bites
The stationary buffet table featured easy-to-eat appetizers set on a tall display of floral arrangements. This table served:
- Chicken Satay Skewers
- Beef Satay Skewers
- Sushi and Maki Rolls
- Shrimp Cocktails
- American Charcuterie Assortment
- Cheese Maker’s Selection Display
Our first carving station, the Windy City Carving Station, featured one of our chefs carving hot slices of turkey for mini sandwiches. Also on the table were cranberry aioli, Dijonnaise and mini rolls.
The second carving station at Nike Town was also designed for making mini sandwiches. At this table, our chef carved slices of Herb-Crusted Tenderloin of Beef, complemented by bowls of horseradish cream, caramelized onion demi-glace and mini rolls.
Our third on-site chef served at the fun Mac and Cheese action station. Guests were able to include any combination of the following in their personalized macaroni and cheese dishes:
- Elbow Pasta
- Penne Pasta
- White Italian Cheese
- Aged Yellow Four Cheddar Cheese Sauce
- Chopped Smoked Brisket
- Honey Ham
- Bacon Persillade
- Roasted Mushrooms
Each tall highboy table, strategically placed where guests could most conveniently socialize and dine, also had Root Vegetable Chips and Popcorn munchies displayed in vases.
The side buffet of the evening was one of our signature Taste of Chicago buffets. The Wentworth Asian-style buffet included our take on classic Asian dishes like Egg Rolls, Chicken Pot Stickers, Sweet Chili and Soy Sauce Cabbage Salad, and Crispy Wontons served in mini white Asian take-out boxes with chopsticks. Guests were able to take the boxes home or eat from them while exploring the store.
Once guests were finished enjoying the hors d’oeuvres and buffets, they approached the sweets table to select from:
- Mini Red Velvet, Carrot Cake, Apple Pie and Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes
- Petite Sweets, including Key Lime Tarts, Brownie Bites, Lemon Raspberry Bars and Petite Éclairs
- Chocolate, Margarita and Mai Tai Truffle Lollipops
- Chocolate, Strawberry and Passion Fruit Mousse Cups
- Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
- Cookie Sandwiches
- Hawaiian Kona Coffee and Tea Service
The entire event was complemented by a full Premium Liquor Package. Our bartenders shook up refreshing cocktails, poured glasses of fine wines and handed out ice-cold beers to guests looking for delicious beverages.
While there were plenty of highboy tables dispersed throughout the buffet areas for easy dining experiences, guests also enjoyed elegant lounge furniture to take a seat, enjoy a beverage and catch up with friends and co-workers. We helped the people of Nike Town collaborate on sleek white lounge furniture selections set up in two different areas of the event space and accompanied by throw cushions and short table illuminations.
Overall, this event is a great example of some of the newer things to come out of Tasty Catering. While the company still excels in handling all corporate catering and special event needs, we have grown into finer dining and higher-end special events and celebrations, much to our excitement.
We take great pride in making all of our events seamless and stress-free. Our carefully trained staff and professional planners are experienced in producing truly high level events, and we look forward to being able to bring more happiness to our Chicago clients in the future.