No matter what winter holiday you celebrate, there’s no denying the infectious spirit of the season. So why not capitalize on those feel-good vibes with a festive bash? Executive chef Devon Quinn of Chicago-based catering company Paramount Events is here to help with a wintry menu flush with the season’s bounty. 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: Blood Orange Cranberry Mule
Ignite your holiday party with a cheerful twist on a classic ginger beer-soaked cocktail, which is just boozy enough to fend off the chill in the air. Blood orange and cranberry do double-duty as both flavorful ingredients and bold, beautiful garnishes, while ginger beer and a cinnamon stick infuse the copper mug-clad drink with spicy undertones that linger on the tongue after each sip.
The Dish: Angus Strip Loin
Invite guests to sink their teeth into juicy, perfectly cooked angus strip loin, which is accompanied by baby red cabbage, hen of the woods mushrooms, sweet potatoes, kalettes, and plenty of beef jus. Never heard of kalettes? They’re a new hybrid veggie sporting the fresh, nutty flavors of kale and Brussels sprouts, and they complement this dish perfectly.
The Dessert: Almond Panna Cotta
Christmas-y colors come to life with these delicate bites of velvety almond panna cotta topped with sweet raspberries and crunchy pistachio crumble. Your guests won’t be able to resist going in for seconds (and probably even thirds), so plan your catering order accordingly.
The Décor: Winter Whites
We know the holidays are a hectic time of year, which is why you should keep your party décor simple and fuss-free. Try sticking with a winter white theme—everything from dishware to tablecloths will be easy to source in white, and silver votive candleholders and vases filled with white flowers will add a touch of sparkle and interest. Looking for an easy way to keep white from looking flat and boring? Play with textures and muted patterns. Punctuate the ambiance you’ve created with your favorite holiday-themed playlist and let the music do the rest.
The Party Favor: Hot Chocolate
There’s no better way to thank your guests for joining your wintry celebration than with a hot cocoa takeaway gift, and here in Chicago, no one does hot cocoa and homemade marshmallows better than chef Mindy Segal of Mindy’s Hot Chocolate. Stop by the restaurant to pick up enough hot chocolate packs for each guest, or place your order online at hotchocolatechicago.com.