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Our 40th Anniversary

Four Decades of Making People Happy

Blue Plate is celebrating a huge milestone as we mark our 40th Anniversary. Our Founder and CEO, Jim Horan, started the business in August 1983. We are reflecting back on how the business has evolved into who we are today and what the future of Blue Plate holds. It's been a wonderful adventure, and the best is yet to come!

Blue Plate celebrates 40 years with anniversary logo in navy.

Blue Plate Through the Decades

The company has been privileged to be a part of some of Chicago’s most important civic, social and corporate events. Here are some of the highlights of Blue Plate over the years.

Our History

Blue Plate Today and Tomorrow 

Food is Only the Beginning . . . onto our next 40 years!

Building It Together

Over the decades, thousands of clients and employees have helped create our story.

Larkin Hall

A carefully curated space built to focus on hospitality and innovation.

Venue Partnerships

Our role as Chicago’s Caterer has opened the door to our partnerships with more than 85 of the city’s iconic venues.


Conscious catering drives our path to sustainability and guides us in our business practices and event planning.

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