Blue Plate Catering: Your Trusted Partner for Food and Innovation

Living in the food epicenter that is Chicago, aspiring restaurateurs and caterers come and go. Unless, that is, you’re Blue Plate.

With $500 in his pocket, Jim Horan founded the company on the mantra “care more”. A mantra that continues to live at the heart of the team’s state-of-the-art, 20,000 square foot food service operating facility 35 years later.


When you work with Blue Plate, you’re not only getting expertise across events of all shapes and sizes, you’re getting nationally recognized service and creativity. From Readers’ Choice awards to recognition from the International Caterers Association, the team holds a high bar for standards.

It’s one of the reasons they’ve been trusted to cater the Chicago Marathon for over 20 years. Serving more than 5,000 sponsors, VIPs, and media in Grant Park each year requires next-level product and coordination.

And beyond the Marathon, their ties run deep. When working with Blue Plate for your next event, you have the opportunity to work with more than 80 of Chicago’s most spectacular venues. Their team takes a holistic view to planning — one that imagines food as only a part of the larger experience. Whether in need of event and wedding catering or business dining, you truly have a partner throughout the process in bringing visions to life.


When Blue Plate says “food is only the beginning,” they mean it. For breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, expect nothing but the highest quality and care for your event’s specific needs. With an event minimum of 10 people, the team’s experienced chefs can create menus for all types of preferences, allergens, and ethnic cuisines.

They can accommodate plated dinners, carving and buffet stations, passed appetizers, boxed lunches, delivery and drop-off, and on-site execution and staffing. You’ll have a dedicated member of their staff to help guide you through food selection and keep things running smoothly in the event of last-minute requests and changes.

New Event Experiences

High-quality food and service aside, what has truly cemented Blue Plate as one of the city’s best caterers is its ability to innovate. Amidst industry shifts, their team has adapted to provide delivery solutions and a streamlined, online ordering process for daily dining needs.

As micro weddings and virtual events also remain a mainstay of event planning needs, Blue Plate is there with specialized solutions. From charcuterie boards to more elaborate dinners, their team has made it possible to provide house-to-house distribution for up to 100 individual homes on the day of your event.

Most importantly, this organization remains committed to sustainable practices. Their forward-thinking work to divert both food and non-organic waste from landfills is why they became Chicago’s first Green Certified Caterer back in 2011.
To put this renowned culinary crew to work on your next event, contact their events team today.

Written by: Katie Cooper