With beach season seeming like little more than a distant, sun-washed memory, now’s the time to show your neglected sweet tooth some love and throw a party that celebrates the sweet, comforting flavors of fall. Executive chef Devon Quinn of Chicago-based catering company Paramount Events has you covered with a unique menu fit for an autumn soirée. 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: Harvest Time Tea Cocktail
Present your guests with a cocktail that toes the line between rich and refreshing, like this soothing seasonal concoction. It gets its punch from a healthy splash of Irish whiskey, and is rounded out with fresh lemon juice, house-made spiced black tea syrup, and apple cider.
The Dish: Autumn Sweet Potato Soup
Nothing gives comfort like a soul-warming soup, and this thick sweet potato-based number is no exception. Saba, a grape-based Italian syrup, imparts it with the sweet, rich flavor of slowly cooked grapes, frisée, pickled carrots, and beets offering a textural component to the otherwise velvety soup, while a touch of coriander and lemon add depth and brightness, respectively.
The Dessert: Toasted Marshmallow Bacon Bites
Trigger a sugar rush with these marshmallow bacon bites, which evoke an inviting campfire scene. Each bite-sized dessert is topped with caramel and crushed bacon (trust us—the smoky/salty flavor is a near-perfect addition) and placed on top of a thin piece of white chocolate.
Whether you're entertaining at your own abode, gathering in the conference room for cocktail hour, or hosting a grand, fall-themed affair at a venue like The Smith on Lake, the Paramount Events team will deliver and professionally present your spread while providing the highest level of service. The only things left for you to do are decorate and prep your parting gifts. Here are some ideas:
Nothing sets the scene for a dinner party like a table aglow with warm candlelight. Take things a step further by hollowing out the centers of several apples and placing a votive candle inside each for an instant autumnal table makeover. Gussy up a floral arrangement with twigs for an earthy touch and cinnamon sticks for a subtle spicy aroma. Looking for an easy way to add visual interest and texture to the table without covering it in a proper tablecloth? Try fraying the edges of a long piece of burlap fabric and laying it across the table like you would a runner; for a more rustic look, fold and gather parts of it and top with candles, a vase, or other heavy objects to hold the gathered parts in place.
The Party Favors: DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice
Instead of passing out impractical party favors, make use of items that are likely already in your pantry and send guests off with do-it-yourself pumpkin pie spice, a quick, easy, and hassle-free gift. Purchase small jars from an arts and crafts store and follow this simple recipe for a pumpkin pie spice blend. If you or someone you love has a great pumpkin pie recipe, write the recipe on a cute fall-themed card and tie it around the spice jars with twine.