Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of providing delicious food and attending the Closing Ceremony of the PCMA Convening Leaders Conference at Navy Pier. The PCMA, or the Professional Convention Management Association’s mission is to provide educational tools, and networking opportunities to professionals all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This year, Chicago had the honor of hosting the conference and showcasing what we, the City of Chicago, has to offer. We were thrilled to be featured as a restaurant and catering company at an event exhibiting the best places to eat and cater from people all over the city. This event was perfect for us because we were excited to meet fellow restaurants and caterers to see what new trends are out and what they are serving, and to also connect with event planners. We arrived at Navy Pier to a red carpet (with everyone else of course), but it was just the beginning of an event to remember.

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Event Creative was responsible for the beautiful decorations – from tea lights at every table, tables with the Chicago flag, a mini- creation of the infamous face waterfall in Millennium Park, and a huge Chicago sign that put you in the musical, Chicago. In addition to centerpieces, they did not spare on the food stations. Our station came complete with a black and white back drop, a clean modern white counter top, and a huge lamp that featured our logo. Together our Executive Chef, Matt Reichel and Catering Sous Chef, Liz Tokarczyk provided two different options for our guests to try. On one side Chef Matt served a Pot Roast Stack that represented our historic German food and Berghoff Restaurant, and on the other Chef Liz served a Seared Scallop Dish, depicting Berghoff Catering. The decorations made the ballroom appear as a modern lounge with curtains, candles, and dim lighting, for a relaxing end to the conference. And rest assure, no guest left hungry or thirsty! The entire balcony and ballroom floor had caters and bars lining the walls. We were one of twenty one restaurants/caterers, featuring The Signature Room at The 95th, Gibson’s, and Goose Island to name a few. From candy buffets (pictured below – one of my favorite stations there, of course) and lobster to wine tasting, and espresso bars, there was something for everyone. The attendees definitely did not have to walk far to experience some of the best food in the city.

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From food and drinks, to dessert and decorations this event was a blast! The party also featured a live band that had everyone dancing the night away. It was incredible to be a part of such an amazing networking event, while being surrounded with fellow event planners and restaurateurs. Our team had such a wonderful time! What better way to close a conference than to “Pier into Chicago,” dance to a live band, enjoy Chicago gems in a warm ballroom, and eat the best food in the country, Chicago food.

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