Entertaining Innovations

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See How Entertaining Company Brought a Fine Mission to Life!

When a corporate client calls with a need for culinary planning, we often research the website to understand the mission and the “vibe” behind the organization. We learned that our recent client, St. Alexius Hospital, started back in pre-medieval times, as a small group of Catholic men who banded together to care for the “poor, the sick and the helpless.”

Fast forward to today, the multicultural hospital staff in the Northwest Suburbs cares for 18,000 inpatients and 7600 outpatients annually and has as a core value that “we are all in this together.” Interestingly, on their site, the Alexian Brothers prominently features a cultural sensitivity PDF which highlights the history and holidays of groups from Adventist to Sikhism, as well as lays out a lengthy list of cultural groups from African American to Vietnamese that the hospital feels should be understood as clients of the hospital.

Since cultural sensitivity is key to the mission of the organization, we wanted to incorporate as much of that sensitivity into the planning of the 250 guest dinner as possible. We planned for a global selection of passed hors d’oeuvres that ranged from All American Chicken and Bourbon Maple Syrup Waffle Bites to Tiny Chicken Tacos to Japanese Style Beef Sliders with vegetarian options in addition.

As an added feature, we created and styled spice market cocktail vignettes that spoke to the goal of diversity. We offered three cocktail spice market stations including Indian primarily vegetarian cuisine, Asian primarily seafood station, and Italian Station focusing on vegetarian pizzettas and a lavish make your own charcuterie selection.

A seated plated dinner followed and we were sure to consult our list of allergies and special meals to offer that extra special hospitality and sensitivity to our guests.

We love to support the mission of our clients~ especially when it’s a mission like diversity that we can really get behind!

Cheers!
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