Crisp, cool air, falling leaves, and the necessity for extra layers all mean one thing: It’s time to start planning a fall fling that people will be talking about for years to come. But no need to stress; executive chef Devon Quinn of Chicago-based catering company Paramount Events has crafted an inventive menu sure to impress your guests. To book the menu you see here or inquire about an upcoming occasion, contact Paramount Events at 773-880-8044 or click here.
The Drink: "The Great Pumpkin"
Don’t let its sweet-as-pumpkin-pie flavor profile fool you: This frothy, egg white-based cocktail will get your guests buzzing thanks to bourbon, amaretto, and pumpkin ale. Spiced syrup, pumpkin puree, and grated nutmeg round out the list of ingredients, and keep the drink fun, fall-themed, and approachable.
The Dish: Duck Confit
Wow guests with Chef Quinn’s beautifully complex duck confit, a colorful entrée comprised of duck confit brushed in a ponzu glaze, puffed beef tenderloin, yuzu kosho, togarashi, nasturtium, blood orange segments, Thai basil, shiso, Napa cabbage, red Russian kale, and borage.
The Dessert: Apple Strudel
Punctuate a seasonally inspired meal with this apple strudel dessert, which is light and flaky on the outside, sweet and fruity on the inside, and paired with just enough crème Anglaise to impart a bit of creamy decadence.
No matter the size or location of your shindig—whether you're gathering for lunch at the office or the party's at your place, or you've invited a sizable guest list to your favorite Chicago venue, like The Smith on Lake—the Paramount Events team will provide stellar service while they deliver and professionally set up your order, or take care of all the details of a larger affair.
Now all that's left is adding little personal touches to the event, including a fall-themed playlist, party favors, and decorations. Here are a few ideas:
Keep the décor on theme, but also practical. Stay away from items like hay bales and loose, decorative leaves; while a fun idea, they’re messy and will likely make your event space look cluttered. Fall-inspired candles, such as D.L. & Co.’s Halloween-like skull candle (shown above) and Henri Bendel’s Autumn Noir candle, create ambiance with little effort. Dried ears of corn add an autumnal element to tablescapes and floral centerpieces.
The Party Favors
Try incorporating party favors into your décor, such as placing a small, hand-made pumpkin (we love the Hot Skwash brand, which is sold at retailers like Neiman Marcus) at every table setting. This tactic adds an instant pop of color to your table, makes cleanup easier, and ensures that guests won’t go home empty-handed.