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Why we love… Food For Thought

Why we love… Food For Thought

In our commitment to offer our couples an amazing wedding day, Greenhouse Loft has partnered with seven caterers who have proven to be the best in their trade. This list was created  as a benefit to our clients to ensure them an unforgettable experience on one of the most important days of their lives. We have worked with these caterers for many years at Greenhouse Loft and each one has something special to offer

Couples often ask who my favorite caterer is. That is such a difficult question to answer as they’re all so wonderful and unique. So, I got to thinking about our list of caterers and what we love about them! For the next seven weeks, I am going to feature each caterer so that you can get to know them and what makes them special to us.

Why we love… Food For Thought

Food For Thought has been in the catering business since 1983 and is one of Chicago’s top catering companies. I reached out to Nathan Printz, who is one of the Event Producers for some more details about what sets them apart. He said it’s their mission to create moments. “Our business has never been about just food, it’s about Chicago. It’s about people and it’s about the experience. With a team full of moment makers, we strive to make magical lasting moments for you and your guests.”

Each wedding is different so I asked Nathan what his most memorable wedding at Greenhouse Loft is. “Every wedding has something special that I walk away from thinking, ‘WOW how incredibly awesome was that…specifically for the newlyweds’. Whether it be that we were able to recreate their great grandma’s sugar cookie recipe or even getting a few shots on my phone that most guests will never see, and sending them to the couple after the wedding. Every wedding is special!”

His favorite type of dinner service? “I personally like events that use food stations, specifically ones that vary in flavor. It’s fun to create specific names for food items and add a little spice to the layout of the buffet. It helps create a fun atmosphere for each guest. It’s not a traditional type of service, but it definitely adds to the event’s uniqueness.” The center island at Greenhouse Loft creates a perfect station (or two), we can also use some of our tables to have stations around the dining room. I’ve seen Food for Thought do a donut station, which was pretty incredible!

Of course, I had to ask what Food for Thought loves about us at Greenhouse Loft! “I think what I love most about Greenhouse Loft is the design and architecture of the room. If you add a few tea lights and a little pop of color with the napkins, the room speaks for itself without having to use much décor. It’s such a unique space. Secondly, the practices that are in place to ensure events have as little impact on the planet as possible. Greenhouse Loft is a part of the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance, which is a group of vendors in the Chicagoland area that committed to protecting the planet with green recycling practices and earth friendly products.” Food for Thought is also a member of the GWA, which we truly appreciate. When they’re in our space, we know that their commitment to a low-waste event is just as strong as ours.

We love to see the special moments unfold during Greenhouse Loft weddings. Your wedding takes a lot of planning, many decisions and possibly some sweat and tears. Having a caterer like Food for Thought by your side will help ensure that the whole planning process was all worth it. When the big day rolls around, between the staff at GHL and Food for Thought, you can just show up, get married, and have a lot of fun!

All photos by Greenhouse Loft Photography

You can contact Food For Thought regarding your wedding or event via their website or by email, or phone - 847-786-0892

Susan & Patrick's Winter Wonderland Wedding

December 13th was anything but cold and chilly!  The theme of Susan and Patrick's wedding was, "Winter Wonderland" - the decor and even Susan's bouquet matched the theme perfectly, the weather was unusually warm for a December date, but it made taking photos outside so much fun!  We loved shooting the first look in Patrick's childhood home on the Northwest side of Chicago, then traveling to a friends house who had decorated it beautifully for the holidays.  A very sweet couple and a very fun party ensued into the night!  Congratulations again Susan and Patrick.  Read more below and see some of our favorite photos from the day.

"It was a great day - who knew a Winter Wonderland Wedding would have temps in the upper 40's? There were many fun surprises that day - from our first look to how the room was decorated at GHL. We had an idea of it, but to walk in and see it was so amazing. The day is almost hard to describe - we would love to go back in time and be a guest at our wedding to get to see and experience everything because we felt that it just flew by. We had some of the food and think that we saw everyone - but we just cannot remember everything."

“What we do remember is that the ceremony my uncle wrote was beautiful. The crowd was all looking at us and you could see in there faces that they were enjoying everything. I think that in every picture we were smiling ear to ear. The food that we got to eat was delicious and the drinks and signature cocktails were SWEET. From sushi to Penguin cookies, it was awesome.”

"We did our wedding our way. This was not a traditional experience by any means, and that suited us well, as we do not see ourselves as being all that traditional either. We wanted a night that we would have enjoyed and that is what we gave to everyone. So far, the feedback has been great, and we look forward to really going through all of the pictures and reliving that evening again and again."

"Thanks to the staff at GHL. You were all great to work with and we appreciate all of the efforts that you put in to take and make our pictures. From the candids to the photobooth, we will have a beautiful record of our wedding. Thank you."

Thanks to all the vendors!

Wedding Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Ultimate Photo Booth: Greenhouse Loft - Steve Ewert
Photography: Greenhouse Loft
Catering: Hearty Boys
Officiant: Tom McGrath 
DJ: Dennis Mann XL2 Entertainment
Transportation: Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Company
Invitations: Lucky Invitations
Make-up: Agnes Buda
Hair: Halocouture extensions
Nails: S e v v a Salon
Programs:  Events with Grace
Groomsmen Gifts: My Personal Memories
Bouquet: Ky Kampfeld
Dress: Tina's Dress Boutique - Rhapsody
Tuxedos: Men's WarehouseVera Wang
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung
Snowflake Girl Dresses: Engla-Charlotta Shop 
Snowflake Pails: Let's Make it Personal 4 U
Table Tent Cards: Barbara's Creative Expressions
Canvas: Apple's Bee
Cufflinks: Stampressions
Rings: Liori Diamonds
Bride & Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Haute Bride
Hotel: Embassy Suites Rosement
Bride's Veil: Marionat

 

Sarah and Brian's Cocktail-Style Winter Wedding

In January we were honored to host the wedding of two good friends, Sarah & Brian. The bride and groom got ready and had their first look at the Holiday Inn Merchandise Mart hotel, overlooking the Chicago river. Jamie and Eric from Greenhouse Loft Photography captured their first look and some family portraits at the hotel.

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Among other things, this couple really knew how to throw a cocktail-style party! Friends and family arrived at Greenhouse Loft at 7pm and were greeted with hot cups of glogg. This was a fun and festive winter touch that was sure to warm guests up upon arrival.

After an hour of cocktails and conversation, everyone gathered for a short standing ceremony on the glasshouse side of our loft, with a few seated rows for family. Sarah & Brian's wedding was officiated by their close friend Melanie, who had everyone laughing or shedding tears of joy at some point throughout the ceremony. 

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After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed a buffet of small bites provided by FIG Catering. Sarah is one of the talented DJs at Toast & Jam, and when a DJ gets married, you know a big dance party is bound to happen. Kristin from Toast & Jam kept everyone on their feet until the very last song. The bride's brother-in-law even did a surprise performance of Seal's 'Kiss From a Rose', serenading Sarah & Brian while wearing a Batman mask!

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Sarah & Brian's wedding guests hammed it up in Greenhouse Loft's Ultimate Photo Booth. We love getting to capture such animated and goofy individuals!

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Thank you to an all-star team of vendors!

Catering and desserts: FIG Catering
DJ: Toast & Jam (Kristin)
Flowers: friend of the bride & groom
Officiant: friend of the bride & groom
Alcohol: Binny's
Photography: Jamie Davis, Eric Davis and Steve Ewert for Greenhouse Loft Photography 

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