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.

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

Saturday, 8/19/17, I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, Technology Room
Hors D’oeuvres: Ahi Tuna on Rice Crackers with Wasabi, Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Medallions with Spiced Cheese, Mini Falafel Bites with Cucumber-Yogurt Dip, Goat Cheese with Pesto Crostini.
Meal: Caesar Salad with Parmesan & Croutons, Chicken Marsala, Pork Tenderloin with Port Demi-Glace, Boursin Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables.

Make your reservation for August 19

Saturday, 9/16/17, I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, Humanities Room
Hors D’oeuvres: Chicken Salad Profiteroles, Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Tarts with Tomato, Mini Maryland Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli, Spanakopita.
Meal: Mixed Greens Salad with Ranch & Seasonal Vinaigrette, Oven-Roasted Pork Loin with Caramelized Cipollini Onions & Dried Cherries, Eggplant Involtini with Couscous & Light Tomato Sauce, Haricots Verts, Herb-Crusted Yukon Gold Potatoes.

Make your reservation for September 16

Saturday, 9/30/17, I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, Humanities Room

Hors D’oeuvres: Domestic & Imported Cheese Display, Seafood & White Cheddar Stuffed Mushroom Caps, Veggie Empanadas, Fresh Cut Seasonal Fruit.
Meal: Mixed Greens Salad with Ranch & Seasonal Vinaigrette, Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast, Beef Tri-Tip with Rosemary & Garlic, Braised Greens, Wild Rice Blend.

Make your reservation for September 30

Saturday, 12/2/17, I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, Technology Room
Hors D’oeuvres: Trio of Savory Tartlets, Blackened Ancho Beef with Tomato Crème Fraiche on Crispy Wonton, Sicilian Meatballs, Cajun Shrimp Skewers with Remoulade.
Meal: Mixed Greens Salad with Ranch & Seasonal Vinaigrette, Grilled Flank Steak with Peppercorn Sauce, Pasta Puttanesca with Tomatoes, Olives, & Capers, Basil Pesto Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Vegetables with Herbed Olive Oil.

Make your reservation for December 12

Saturday, 12/16/17, I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, Technology Room
Hors D’oeuvres: Parmesan & Rosemary Shortbread with Tomatoes & Feta, Antipasto Skewers, Beef & Manchego Empanadas, Maple & Tamari Glazed Salmon Skewers.
Meal: Mixed Greens Salad with Ranch & Seasonal Vinaigrette, Spinach & Ricotta Lasagna, Chicken Breast with Lemon, Artichoke, and White Wine Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetable Mélange.

Make your reservation for December 16

Saturday, 1/6/18, I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, Technology Room
Special All Hors D’oeuvres Menu: Bulgogi Beef on Cucumber Rounds, Ahi Tuna Poke Cones, Smoked Duck Canapés with Chevre & Orchard Chutney, Chili-Ginger Prawn Skewers, Mini Veggie Arancini with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Smoked Chicken & Sundried Tomato Purses, Honey, Tamari, & Sesame Glazed Tofu Picks, Brie Tartlets with Apple & Fig Preserves

Make your reservation for January 6