Wedding Reception Showcases

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. 

Please make your reservation for the showcase you would like to attend. You are welcome to attend as many of our wedding reception showcases as you would like. 

2018–2019 showcase dates and details

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

Saturday, August 25, 2018
I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, Technology Conference Room

Meal: Mixed Greens Salad with House Vinaigrette & Buttermilk Ranch Dressings, Seared Beef Tips with Wild Mushrooms & Marsala, Pineapple & Dark Rum Glazed Chicken Breast with Scallions & Toasted Almonds, Garlic Red Mashed Potatoes, and Braised Greens.

Late Night Snack: Nacho Bar with Beef Barbacoa, Tortilla Chips, Pico de Gallo, White Queso Sauce, Black Beans, Sliced Jalapeno, Sour Cream, and Green Onions

Make your reservation for August 25

Saturday, September 22, 2018
I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, Technology Conference Room

Hors D’oeuvres: Tropical Shrimp Cocktail with Fruit Salsa, Domestic & Imported Cheese Display, Seafood & White Cheddar Stuffed Mushroom Caps, and Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Medallions with Spiced Cheese

Meal: Mixed Greens Salad with House Vinaigrette & Buttermilk Ranch Dressings, Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast, Beef Tenderloin with Whole Grain Mustard & Tarragon Demi-Glace, Haricots Verts, and Wild Rice Blend

Make your reservation for September 22

Saturday, December 1, 2018
I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, Technology Conference Room

Hors D’oeuvres: Trio of Savory Tartlets, Blackened Ancho Beef with Tomato Crème Fraiche on Crispy Wonton, Spanakopita, and Cajun Shrimp Skewers with Remoulade

Meal: Caesar Salad with Parmesan, Croutons, & Creamy Caesar Dressing, Grilled Flank Steak with Peppercorn Sauce, Chicken Breast Chasseur, Boursin Mashed Potatoes, and Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables with Herbed Olive Oil

Make your reservation for December 1

Saturday, December 15, 2018
I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, Technology Conference Room

Hors D’oeuvres: Antipasto Skewers, Parmesan & Rosemary Shortbread with Roasted Tomatoes & Feta, Southwest Chicken Empanadas, and Sicilian Meatballs

Meal: Mixed Greens Salad with House Vinaigrette & Buttermilk Ranch Dressings, Spinach & Ricotta Lasagna, Sautéed Chicken Breast with Artichoke, Lemon, Basil, & White Wine, Pesto Mashed Potatoes, and Rainbow Carrots

Make your reservation for December 15

Saturday, January 12, 2019
I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, Technology Conference Room

Hors D’oeuvres: Grilled Shrimp with Whipped Avocado & Fruit Salsa on Wonton Crisp, Crostini Misti, Mini Maryland Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli, and Thai Beef Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Meal: House Italian Salad, Chicken Breast Stuffed with Caramelized Onion, Spinach, & Smoked Gouda with a Cherry Gastrique, Eggplant Involtini with Cous Cous & Light Tomato Sauce, Steamed Broccolini with Roasted Red Pepper, and Herb-Crusted Yukon Gold Potatoes

Make your reservation for January 12

Saturday, January 26, 2019
I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, Technology Conference Room

Meal: Seasonal Mixed Greens Salad with House Vinaigrette & Buttermilk Ranch Dressings, BBQ Pulled Pork, Hickory Smoked Beef Brisket, Vinaigrette Cole Slaw, Chipotle & Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese, and Cornbread

Late Night Snack: Slider Bar with Cheeseburger Sliders, Fried Chicken Sliders, and Housemade Kettle Chips with French Onion Dip

Make your reservation for January 26