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A Fashionable Evening with Jason Wu for the GREY Dinner Series


When fashion and food intersect, the result is a harmonic celebration of aesthetic and design.


Last month, we had the honor of participating in such an event when we hosted celebrated fashion designer, Jason Wu and an intimate group of his friends in our venue space and new home, Larkin Hall for the fifth installment of his GREY Dinner Series celebrating the fall launch of his GREY collection at Nordstrom.

The GREY Jason Wu Dinner Series is an extension of Jason’s passion for home entertaining and cooking, so it was important to his team that the evening feel intimate and interactive. To capture the essence of a summer evening spent with friends and speak to the celebration of life that is the inspiration behind the GREY collection, we proposed “A Midsummer’s Night Dream with Jason Wu,” playing to both the designed yet whimsical.


Looking Back at a Creative Outdoor Event with HMR Designs at Hudsonville Dahlia Farm



It all started with a bride’s quest for dahlias.


Which is how we found ourselves on a bus one day last fall with Brittanie Navarro and the team from Blue Plate’s longtime partner and collaborator, HMR Designs. Destination: Hudsonville Dahlia Farm in Michigan for a farm-to-table lunch and flower-picking getaway. Brittanie wanted to host an informal lunch with the wedding planner using the farm as the backdrop, so she reached out to our team for inspiration. A simple menu request soon turned into a fully produced event; when people who cater events co-host events themselves, no opportunity is lost on the chance to create a memorable experience.


Inside Our New Home, Larkin Hall


Larkin Hall

More than 30 years ago, we opened up shop on the second floor of a coach house in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood. Today, we are happy to call Larkin Hall our home. Our newly constructed, 80,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in the West Loop features expanded production, logistics and administrative spaces, as well as various onsite venues for meetings, events and celebrations.


Over the years, we’ve catered some of Chicago’s most special occasions, and now we’re honored to host you in our new home. The urban decor with warm wood finishes provide an easily transformable backdrop for any event, whether understated or glamorous. We invite you to come explore these new venue spaces.

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Tasting Kitchen + 3 Tasting Rooms

Our fully equipped tasting kitchen is the perfect place to gather for a chef demonstration, intimate celebration, or corporate team-building experience. One, two or all three of the adjacent tasting rooms can be converted into breakout rooms, bars, specialty buffets or seated dinner areas. It’s a flexible space that our Culinary, Sales and Operations staff can convert to meet your needs.

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Bar + Event Space with Open-Air Patio

The built-in bar and event space can accommodate up to 60 guests for a seated dinner and as many as 100 for cocktails. Choose your favorite microbrew to serve on tap or treat guests to a creative, handcrafted cocktail. Combine all of the above event spaces for a unique mix-and-mingle experience where guests can explore different rooms and spaces to uncover a variety of featured bites, dishes, sweets and spirits.

Conference + Training Center

We’re ready to host your next meeting in our conference and training center. From AV to catered meals, we’ll help ensure your team has all the right tools to take planning and strategizing to the next level. The nearby tasting rooms double as breakout spaces. When your discussions have concluded, why not host a cocktail hour at the bar to celebrate the day’s work or an important milestone?



The northwest side of Larkin Hall features a commissary with full picture windows and retractable glass doors. The bright room is the perfect spot to inspire productive meetings and brainstorming sessions. The space is flexible and can be arranged to accommodate the group’s needs, from 100 seated to 200 standing.


Future Venue: Wine Cellar

While still in the planning and design stage, ideas for the cellar include a large, built-in bar and a series of private dining rooms, each holding 20-30 guests. Collapsible walls accommodate larger groups in the private dining area. The space features a temperature-controlled wine collection with more than 6,000 bottles, viewable behind a glass wall.


Future Venue: Rooftop

Also in the planning and design stage, the rooftop venue on the third floor of Larkin Hall will be enclosed in glass on the south and east sides to preserve views of the city skyline. The outdoor space will include a landscaped patio area and green space perfect for any corporate or wedding event.
Situated at the western entrance to the Fulton Market corridor, Larkin Hall is located in one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Chicago and close to corporate offices, schools, airports, highways, stadiums and is minutes from downtown. Contact us to schedule a visit and start planning your next meeting or celebration!

Chicago Venue Spotlight: tesori



Blue Plate is fortunate to continuously partner with numerous fabulous venues that call Chicago home. Chicago has so many varied offerings and, if you’re planning a wedding or other type of celebration, you have a truly marvelous selection to choose from.

The first of our Spotlight Posts highlights the restaurant and private event space, tesori.
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Perfect Location and Classy Style
tesori is a modern, Italian-inspired restaurant where the focus is on creating guest experiences with an emphasis on sharing and interacting. Located in the heart of downtown, tesori is walking distance from The Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, and The Chicago Theatre. Its prime location, combined with a chic, friendly ambience and wonderfully delicious food, make tesori a perfect place to book an intimate dinner, cocktail reception, or other festive gathering.

Diverse Event Accommodations
tesori hosts various types of private events, for which pre-set menu options are available. However, the culinary team is always happy to design custom menus for any event.

There are several different options for accommodations, depending on your specific needs:

  • A charming glass-walled private dining room seats up to 45 and can hold 75 for a reception. The glass provides an airy, open feel, while wood tables make the space warm and welcoming. If more privacy is desired, there are curtains that can be closed.
  • The main dining room seats up to 180 and can hold 400 for a reception.
  • The lounge seats 60, as well as an additional 12 at the bar, while being able to hold 100 for a reception.
  • In season, there is also a lovely patio area for those who prefer to dine alfresco.

tesori chicagoAdditionally, tesori partners with the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Center to offer special events in the facility’s two distinct private spaces.

Be sure to check tesori out when looking for a place to dine or a fabulous venue for your next event. We’re confident you’ll love it just as much as we do!