It may only be October, but it’s never too soon to embrace the holiday spirit—right? Now's the perfect time to start planning your holiday soirée and get your guests excited for (arguably) the most wonderful time of the year. Executive chef Devon Quinn of Chicago-based catering company Paramount Events has you covered with a unique and festive menu that’ll set the bar high for the rest of the season. 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: Holiday Fizz
Get the party started with this festive cocktail, boasting a gorgeous red hue thanks to Campari and sweet red vermouth. Shaken egg whites give it a light, frothy texture, while simple syrup and fresh lemon juice offer a balance of sweet and sour notes.
The Dish: Grilled Marinated Hanger Steak
‘Tis the season to skip overrated cuts of beef (we’re looking at you, filet) in favor of the underrated cuts, like the humble yet unrelentingly flavorful hanger steak. Chef Quinn’s rendition is grilled, marinated, and topped with chimichurri roja, and comes plated with potatoes, grilled broccolini, radishes, green onions, and a perfectly runny boiled egg that adds a wonderful richness to the dish when mixed in with the rest of the ingredients.
The Dessert: Chocolate Hazelnut Tart
Don’t let their petite size fool you—these artfully crafted chocolate hazelnut tarts pack a strong punch of sweetness into a tiny package, and are finished with a brush of edible gold for a fancy touch.
Once you pick a venue—may we suggest the elegant setting of The Smith on Lake, or the cozy ambience of your own living room—Paramount Events will take care of the entire menu, from the moment you place your order to the day it's delivered and professionally set up for your event. Now all you need are a few classy, seasonal accents...
Go wild with tiny LED light strands to make your space twinkle with holiday cheer. We love these lights from Restoration Hardware, which feature a bendable wire that can conform to any shape. Take another cue from Restoration Hardware and fill glass cloches with light strands for a modern yet spirited table centerpiece, or wrap them around branches or a seasonal floral arrangement. Avoid going overboard with themed decorations that lean toward a specific holiday (Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.), and opt for holiday-neutral accents like pine garlands and decorative snowflakes instead.
Finally, since nothing conjures up sweet holiday memories like seasonal aromas, burn a wintery candle like the Frasier Fir scented candle by Thymes.