Picnic dreams are filled with fun, laughter and unforgettable memories. And it’s not only mouthwatering food and tasty drinks that make these possible—it’s the people who back your event and the high standards they uphold. For decades, our friendly team has augmented guests’ joy by bringing flawless service and unparalleled expertise to our clients’ picnic plans.
To ensure your picnic is one of the best, expect your catering company to provide exceptional value in countless ways.
Contributors to Incredible Picnic Experiences
The Highest-Quality Food
Once you’ve designed a menu filled with delicious food, you should be confident that your guests will savor every bite. Make sure that your catering company prepares them in ways that retain the full flavor of each ingredient. This is possible by sourcing the highest-quality ingredients and handling them with the utmost care until they are on guests’ plates.
To ensure guests enjoy the mouthwatering food you imagine, we take the following measures:
- Cook on-site at the appropriate time
- Promptly remove cooked food from the grill and place directly on guests’ plates
- Store cold food on ice beds and hot food in heated chafers
- Ensure all food is stored under tents that protect it from the sun
- Check the temperature of food every 30 minutes
- Replenish condiment tables in a timely manner
Tip: Confirm your caterer’s high standards by attending a tasting on-site. This will give you a sample of their menu and an inside look at their kitchen.
Polished Service Practices
For more than three decades, we have refined our best practices to deliver seamless picnic experiences. Your guests’ safety and comfort are of the utmost importance to us, and bringing them great happiness is our source of pride. That’s why we arrive well in advance of your picnic’s start time to get everything set up and start prepping for your event. With the right groundwork in place, we can focus on each guest’s needs from the moment they arrive.
Just like our setup and breakdown services, many of our safety practices go unnoticed. But they are equally important to guests’ pleasurable experiences. To ensure guests’ safety when navigating the outdoor area and collecting delicious food, our protocol includes making sure that:
- Food is placed on plates by our friendly picnic members who always wear gloves when serving guests
- Staff promptly closes chafers after everyone is served
- Crew and tables are situated between the grill and clients
- Tents are securely tied down
- Service areas are kept clear of garbage and extra materials
Tip: Your caterer should be transparent about their offerings. From awards won to health department scores and insurances maintained, we are happy to expose all our assets.
Professional and Passionate Staff
There is no mistaking our talented team of picnic servers and chefs—they are the ones that welcome each person with warm smiles, friendly greetings and an unrelenting desire to please. Hand-picked for their phenomenal personality and drive, all our staff are trained in-house to equip them with the skills and knowledge required to give your guests the best picnic experience.
Our Bassett-certified bartenders and certified sanitarians who make up our culinary staff have become a trusted part of the Elk Grove community. At celebrations across Chicago, you’ll find them in prominent and professional uniforms, proudly working in the hats, gloves and tucked-in shirts and aprons required to uphold our high service standards.
Tip: If you have custom shirts that you would like your picnic staff to wear, be sure to ask them to do so. This can be a fun way to showcase your picnic theme or reason you’re celebrating, especially if it is an anniversary.
We are excited to learn about your picnic vision. If you would like our friendly Chicago catering team to bring the finest food and service to your next event, contact us online or give us a call at 847.593.2000.
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