Tastings

To assist with the planning of your wedding celebration, University Catering cordially invites you to our upcoming wedding reception showcases.  At each showcase, our culinary professionals will prepare an array of hors d’oeuvres and delectable dishes for you to savor. In addition to tasting menu items, view a selection of sample floral arrangements prepared by University Catering’s in-house floral designers and browse decorative displays by other local vendors. 

Showcase dates and details are listed below.

You are welcome to attend as many of our wedding reception showcases as you would like.

Please RSVP by taking our survey

*All tastings are Noon to 1:30 p.m. with a brief presentation at 12:30 p.m.*

Saturday, 11/12/16, iHotel & Illinois Conference Center, Quad Room:
Mixed Greens Salad with Seasonal Vinaigrette and Buttermilk Ranch Dressings, Trio of Tartlets, Sicilian-Style Meatballs, Grilled Asparagus with Pancetta Vinaigrette, Pasta Puttanesca with Zesty Tomatoes, Olives & Capers, Blackened Ancho Beef with Smoky Tomato Crème Fraiche on Crispy Won Ton, Cajun Shrimp Skewers with Remoulade, Boursin Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Flanksteak with Peppercorn Demi-Glace

Saturday, 12/10/16, iHotel & Illinois Conference Center, Alma Mater Room:
Mixed Greens Salad with Seasonal Vinaigrette and Buttermilk Ranch Dressings, Caprese Skewers, Beef & Manchego Empanadas, Sautéed Seasonal Mixed Vegetables, Beef Lasagna, Parmesan & Rosemary Shortbread with Roasted Tomato & Feta, Maple & Tamari Glazed Salmon Skewer, Farro Pilaf, Roast Pork Tenderloin with Wild Mushrooms & Cognac Cream Sauce

Saturday, 1/28/17, iHotel & Illinois Conference Center, Humanities Room:
Assorted Cocktail Sandwiches, California Roll with Soy Sauce, Wasabi & Pickled Ginger, Maryland Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli, Chorizo-Stuffed Yukon Gold Potatoes, Wild Mushroom & Garlic Crostini, Pork & Ginger Pot Stickers with Honey Mustard & Sweet Chili Sauce, Sicilian-Style Meatballs, Baked Brie en Croute with Fruit Chutney

Saturday, 2/11/17, iHotel & Illinois Conference Center, Technology Room:
Trio of Tartlets, Pistachio Crusted Chicken Skewers, Naan & Parathas, Vegetable Samosa with Mint Chutney, Aloo Gobi, Palak Paneer, Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Rogan Josh

Saturday, 2/25/17, iHotel & Illinois Conference Center, Lincoln Room:
Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onion & Tomato Tart, Smoked Duck with Chevrè & Orchard Chutney Canape, Jerk Chicken Skewer, Goat-Cheese Stuffed Artichoke Hearts, Baked Cavatappi with Smoked Cheddar, Green Beans with Shallots & Whole Button Mushrooms, Yankee Pot Roast, Chicken Breast with Tangerine, Honey & Chipotle Glaze

Saturday, 3/11/17, iHotel & Illinois Conference Center, Lincoln Room:
Crostini Misti, Wonton Crisps with Whipped Avocado, Grilled Shrimp & Fruit Salsa, Beef & Manchego Empanadas, Coconut Chicken with Sweet Chili Sauce, Asparagus with Roasted Red Peppers, Saffron Rice, Herb-Roasted Sliced Pork Loin, Tricolor Cheese Ravioli with Chianti Marinara

Saturday, 4/8/17, iHotel & Illinois Conference Center, Technology Room:
Artichoke Ceviche on Belgian Endive, Sushi-Style Tuna with Toasted Sesame Glaze, Mini Chicken Coronet, Barbecue Meatballs, Petite Vegetable Medley, Potato Gnocchi with Herbs & Olive Oil, Chicken Chasseur, Herb Crusted Salmon with Pommery Sauce

Saturday, 5/27/17, iHotel & Illinois Conference Center, Technology Room:
Caprese Skewer, Polenta with Crab Salad and Avocado, Thai Beef Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Bacon-Wrapped Chicken and Spiced Cheese, Sautéed Seasonal Mixed Vegetables, Roasted Red Pepper Mashed Potatoes, Airline Cut Chicken Breasts with Garlic & Rosemary, Seared Filet of Beef Tips with Petite Mushrooms & Red Wine Reduction over Rice