A Holiday Host’s Guide: Local Catering & Gifts

The season of giving gifts and giving thanks is approaching and our sights are set on the festivities that will take place! Perhaps we’re biased, but excellent food and drinks can take your event from good to groundbreaking. High-quality, local catering will set the tone for your event and fuel your guests for a good time. So, let’s look at some celebration-worthy catering options from our restaurant partners as we head into the holiday season! 

Thanksgiving Pie Pre-Order (…and more!)

Spilt Milk Pastry, Oak Park

No Thanksgiving table is complete without at least one decadent pie. Our friends at Spilt Milk might advocate for two or more pies as the sweet spot for your celebration. That is why they’re offering pre-order for you to pick up Thanksgiving week! 

They have five delicious pies to choose from including the classic Heirloom Apple Pie and Traditional Pumpkin Pie. We’re looking forward to trying the Apple Cranberry Pie with Oat Crumble. They also have other goodies like quiche, biscuits, coffee, and pastries. Visit their website to view the full menu and pre-order process to secure your feast before they sell out!

Cookie Gift Boxes

Twisted Cookie, Forest Park

Cookies are the simple gift that makes everyone smile – the perfect way to say “thank you,” “I love you,” or “let’s get this party started.” The perfect Twisted Cookie gift box will say all three!

These arrangements are as adorable as they are delicious. They come in three sizes, depending on how much love you want to show! Swing by to pick it up and check out their store, have it delivered locally, OR have it shipped nationwide. Visit their website or call (708) 689-8029 to place your order!

Coffee & Donuts

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee, Oakbrook Terrace

Breakfast is one of the most underrated meals to cater, especially around the holiday season. What better way to get festive than to start bright and early? Stan’s Donuts and Coffee has the perfect post-Turkey Trot treat, midnight snack for your wedding guests, or a way to show thanks at the office. 
Their catering menu includes specialty donuts, bagel platters, celebration cakes, and more. To inquire about details and pricing, email or call (773) 938-9001! 

Meat for Every Occasion

Purely Meat Co., Chicago

Purely Meat is a wholesaler providing Chicago’s finest chefs with the highest quality, hand-cut steaks and chops. You can get them delivered to your home, too!

Their online ordering shop will make meat lovers feel like kids in a candy shop. You will find something in their meat collection for every occasion – whether it be a holiday breakfast, a casual cold-weather grilling session, or your finest family dinner. We recommend the Surf N Turf Assortment or the Dinner Party Assortment!

Sandwich & Charcuterie Platters

Gambino’s Italian Deli, Elmhurst

Gambino’s Italian deli opened its doors this summer and has made its way into the hearts of the neighborhood ever since. Their sandwiches are the kind you crave at least once a week, the kind you want to show the special people in your life. 

Catering their specialty sandwich platters is a great place to start, but the fun doesn’t end there. It’s a well-known rule that every party worth attending kicks off with a curated meat and cheese board. With six types of meat and cheeses to choose from, the Gambino’s cheese boards will knock the socks off of your party guests. 

Gambino’s is happy to accommodate any party and accepts special orders for other items on their menu. Call (630) 501-0018 for pricing and other questions!