• Burrito Beach Party Platters Put a New Twist on Box Lunches

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

Although they’ve been around for the past 20 years, Chicago’s Tex Mex emporium Burrito Beach is charting new waters with a foray into affordable catering for meetings and events. While its taco and nacho bars bank on the popularity of “build-your-own” stations, “beach boxes” update the old lunch staple with a choice of burrito, salad or quesadilla. Even breakfast gets a wakeup call with genius breakfast burritos and a breakfast taco bar. All ingredients, from the tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole to meats and seafood, are freshly prepared in-house. “Our wide array of combinations are a much-needed break from traditional business lunches and catering options [for] private parties,” says CEO/founder Gregory Schulson.

Orders can be placed within 24 hours and delivered free within a five-block radius of six locations in downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport. 

An empowering approach to leadership makes Jill Torke, director of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, a superwoman in the city’s hotel scene.

 

Think creative F&B always has to be expensive? Think Again. We asked a hotel, a restaurant and a conference center to create three menus at three different price points - and they delivered. 

 

Lucky Strike served as the host venue for the third-annual Hospitality Fest, which gathered more than 750 meeting and event planning professionals for a four-hour evening event. With the goal of spotlighting options across Chicagoland for holiday parties, 74 table sponsors showcased ideas for F&B, event spaces and corporate activities. The teams and volunteers wore bowling shirts with presenting title sponsors’ names on the front to create a fun, laidback atmosphere.