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Oh Baby, Baby

Sometimes RR4 clients come from the most unassuming places. Like playgrounds. That's right, playgrounds. When fellow grade school parents Ben and Tanya asked RR4 to cater a baby shower for two employees/soon-to-be moms, we could not resist. With one boy and one girl on the way, we put together a menu that was fun, hearty, healthy and even offered some goodies for late-night cravings (did someone say, house-made pickles?). Here's the menu: Mini Beef Kabobs: Soy-glazed beef tenderloin, skewered with sweet pineapple, grilled and topped with green onions and sesame seeds... one bite bliss.   Smoked Salmon Pizettes: Bite-size pizza crusts with crème fraîche, smoked salmon, red onions and fresh dill. Dainty, beautiful and delicious.  Cheese Board: Salty Parmesan and creamy brie...

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Brunch. Brunch. Brunch.

I love the stories behind our clients' events. Last spring, RR4 was asked to cater a birthday brunch for a late, Chicago pioneer.  It was such an honor to create a menu for guests who took the time that day to share stories, honor a life well-lived, and come together with nothing but love and support for one another.  Every party has a story. We were honored to be a part of this one. Here's the menu... MENU: Smoked Salmon and Frisee Salad Crispy frisee lettuce, tossed in a tangy Granny Smith and maple syrup vinaigrette. Greens are dressed with fresh avocado slices and toasted walnuts, then overlaid with smoked salmon. Sweet, salty, savory and healthy in one salad platter. ...

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Law. Women. Food.

There's no doubt this has been the year of "Her." And I love it. So when the women of Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C. contacted RR4 to cater an open house for their new law offices last spring, we could not resist. The event included 125 clients and associates. It was incredibly inspiring to see these female partners so excited, working together and energized to do great things. With a request to provide up-scale, small bites for guests, RR4 created the following menu for the open house of their new offices: PASSED ITEMS: Blue Cheese, Date and Walnut Bites in Philo Cups Siracha, Sharp Cheddar Olives Mini Smoked Salmon Pizzette BUFFET MENU: Mini, Handheld Steak Sandwiches Marinated Shrimp With Snow peas Prosciutto...

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The Perfect Kid Bash For New Year's Eve

When it comes to planning kid parties, I use the same common sense rules I use with parenting: Keep it fun Keep them busy Keep them fed Get them to bed There's nothing worse than a bored, over-tired kid that's high on sugar at the end of the night. So we've got a few ideas for a kid-friendly New Year's Eve. A Time To Celebrate The Year For adults, New Years is about looking back and remembering some of the big moments from the year. It should be no different for kids. It's important to have them reflect and celebrate their accomplishments or big moments. Have kids send two or three pictures in advance of the party. Matt them on card stock or...

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Give the Hostess the Mostest

Holiday party invites are coming. Between figuring out your schedule, what to wear and booking sitters, it might be easy to forget a hostess gift. Don’t be caught empty-handed. While hostess gifts are not required, it is a lovely gesture... particularly during such a busy time of year. Typical gifts include wine, flowers or chocolates. While these are always appreciated, doing a little something extra special goes a long way. And something homemade, goes a very long way. Win with Wine: Wine is always appreciated, but sometimes the host may not know if you prefer to serve the wine at the party, or if it should be enjoyed later. I say, why not offer both! An easy way to do a little...

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