A Fresh Spring Menu with Blue Plate Catering

Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu Ask anyone in the know (like my Chicago event planner sister, Emily) and they’ll tell you the BEST caterers in Chicago are Blue Plate Catering.

They cater the fanciest, chicest, and most innovative events in the city, harmonizing their clients vision with the really cool, really good food they’ve become known for.

So when one of my favorite Chicago foodies, Soo, invited me to her Spring Menu Preview with Blue Plate a few weeks ago I couldn’t WAIT to go!

I mean, the first Blue Plate event I attended literally had a fresh burrata-making demonstration (and some of the best gnocchi I’ve had in Chicago) so I knew their newest spring dishes would be, at the very least, WOW-worthy! Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu Held right inside the Blue Plate Catering kitchen, the beautifully decorated table was so lush and spring-y it almost felt like being outside BUT with far more gourmet smells!Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu Our evening began with a cocktail making demonstration of the marigold-themed egg white cocktail developed just FOR US.Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuIn go the egg whites!
Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuWhich make the cocktail frothy and creamy!
Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuThen we added bitters and aromatics.Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuAnd finished it off with a…Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu Marigold flower garnish — how cute is that?Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu While we sipped our cocktails Blue Plate wheeled out their delicate and fresh display of mini toast appetizers.
Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu First there was a Leek, La Quercia and Pickled Morel Toast,Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuBlue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuThen my favorite Pea, Almond and Lemon Verbena Yogurt Toast (such a bright, crisp bite for spring!),Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuAnd finally the Peach, Elderflower-Glazed Duck, and Dippin’ Dots (yes, you read that right!) Toast.

What I’ve always been most impressed by with Blue Plate is their ability to incorporate so many familiar and fun ingredients into such forward-thinking dishes. I’m always wildly impressed with their morsels but I have to say the Dippin’ Dots garnish really won me over with its creativity!Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuAlmost too cute to eat!Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu After finishing our appetizers we headed into the kitchen to start our meal.Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu I absolutely loved all the hanging spring lanterns mingling with the kitchen pans above our table. Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu And the flowers from Flower Firm were positively stunning!
Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuBlue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuBlue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuBlue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu For our first course, Blue Plate actually asked for volunteers to come help make the dish for us! Alexandra and Nicole volunteered to help, and they couldn’t have been more ready and pumped up to make us some delicious ceviche!Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu We made two kinds of quick ceviches.
Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuA Raw Hawaiian Ahi Tuna with Key Lime Ceviche Flavors,
Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menucured on a beautiful pink salt block,Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menuand a Shaved Diver Scallop with Asian Pear Salsa,Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menualso cured on a salt block.Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu For plating Blue Plate placed a tree trunk slice at the bottom of the dishes and sprinkled them with flowers.Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu Then came the Ahi and the Scallops!Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuAll garnished with plenty of fresh spring blooms for color and contrast.Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu Doesn’t it make for a magnificent plate?
Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu For our main course, Blue Plate served Lamb Loin with pickled tongue, green chickpeas, carrots, “lilies” (i.e. onion flowers) and jus. Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu And beautiful cod fillets for the non-lamb eaters.

Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu The best part about going to one of Soo’s events is that she ALWAYS sets up a lightbox for photos. Blue Plate even prepared extra plates of our meals for us to shoot so we could eat while our entrées were hot! Foodie grammers everywhere will appreciate what a thoughtful gesture that was (shooting food always feels like a race otherwise).Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu After gorging ourselves on our main courses, we finally came to the BEST course… dessert!Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuDubbed “May Flowers”, this stunning dessert FLOORED us all!

Strawberry Rhubarb Frozen Yogurt, Pistachio Sponge Cake, Champagne Foam (!!!), Pink Peppercorn Streusel, Balsalmic Meringue, Dark Chocolate Sauce, Fresh Strawberries, Fresh Flowers, AND Rose Crystals.

A mouthful of a description for one of the most truly indescribable desserts I’ve even had the honor of trying.
Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuAnd one of the most magnificent dishes I’ve ever gotten to shoot (dim kitchen lighting and all!). Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuBlue Plate Chicago Catering Spring Menu Blue Plate Chicago Catering Spring MenuEvery event I’ve ever been to catered by Blue Plate has sincerely WOWed me with it’s innovative dishes and playful approach to cuisine. But this year’s Spring Preview has me positively ecstatic for their new dishes — I can’t wait to attend my next Blue Plate event (food baby guaranteed!).

Thanks for the invitation Soo — be sure to follow her on Instagram if you LOVE food porn (and read her far more thorough review of this Blue Plate event here)!

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