The Perfect Backdrop

Blue Plate caters at more than 85 of Chicago’s most sought-after venues. From great halls and glittering ballrooms to sleek downtown galleries, we’ll help you set the perfect style and ambiance for your event.

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Proud Moments

Blue Plate has earned national recognition for our standards of service and creativity.

  • 2015 Couples’ Choice Award - WeddingWire
  • 2015, 2012, 2008, 2007 and 2006 Best Catering Company (on- or off- site) - Illinois Meetings + Events Magazine
  • 2015 Achievement in Catering Excellence (ACE) Award for Best Caterer, East Region - Catersource
  • 2015 CATIE Award for Best Dessert - International Caterers Association
  • 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2008 "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For”
  • 2015, 2014 “Chicago’s Best Caterer” – Make It Better Magazine
  • 2015, 2014 “25 Top National Caterers” – Special Events Magazine
  • 2014 CATIE Award for Innovative Mixology - International Caterers Association
  • 2014 CATIE Award for Chef of the Year - Executive Chef Paul Larson - International Caterers Association
  • 2012 Best Up & Coming Supplier - Illinois Meetings + Events Magazine
  • 2012 GRA Certified - Chicago’s FIRST Green Certified Caterer
  • 2012, 2008, 2007 Best of Weddings - The Knot
  • 2011 Editor’s Choice Award - Brides Chicago
  • 2010 Best Caterer – Mindful Metropolis Magazine
  • 2009 Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence
  • 2006 Caterer of the Year – Catering Magazine

Our History

In 1983, Jim Horan left his career in social work and began catering small jobs in the film industry. With just himself, a van and a growing reputation for delicious fare, Jim turned his passion into a business and Blue Plate began. Did you spend time in Wrigleyville in the early 90’s? You just may have tried one of Jim’s original sandwiches at Blue Plate’s deli. These were the building blocks that made us who we are today.

We’re in this Together

Blue Plate is not just a food company. Cultivating relationships is what we do – it’s the core of who we are, our source of inspiration and an ever present reminder of why we love our jobs. Whether a client or internal employee, a vendor or local farmer, these connections are key to our innovation, creativity, culinary insight, and most importantly, to satisfying the hungry people of Chicago.

As for the future of Blue Plate? There’s more to come and it’s happening now.

Seasonal is our middle name

With the help of our innovative chefs, we’ll work with you to create an epicurean experience that captures the unique flavor of your event. We always find that clients enjoy a menu that reflects the time of year. Our offerings are regularly refreshed with the most up to date flavor highlights available.

Welcome to Our Home

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Blue Plate! Our clients mean the world to us, and we hosted this Open House as a way to celebrate creative, delicious food as well as introduce them to the people that make all of our events an amazing success.