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Big Delicious Planet Catering Has Farm To Table Cuisine And A Sustainability Mission

By S. Mathur

Past clients include President Obama and Elton John. But Big Delicious Planet treats all clients as if they were rock stars or future presidents. The catering service was started by Heidi Moorman Coudal in 1994 in Chicago, IL. Aerosmith were the first clients.

"Just as the business began on a whim more than two decades ago, Heidi enjoys taking an idea and seeing what happens, whether it's planting a vegetable garden, creating a new menu, or implementing a new sustainability program," Sarah Crowley, Digital Marketing Manager, said. "From the very start, the inspiration behind Big Delicious Planet has been about creating dishes that are delicious and beautifully presented."

The catering service specializes in farm-to-table cuisine, with many of the ingredients coming from their own farm. The addition of an urban farm just about 15 feet away from the kitchen at the West Town location gives cooks access to 146 varieties of organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers. There are also two beehives.

"Much of our produce is at its peak from June through October although we just installed our first hoop house for winter harvesting," Crowley said. "In 2016 we harvested close to 3,000 pounds of produce from our farm! We do try to source from local and sustainable purveyors whenever possible to supplement during or outside of the growing season."

Delicious food and attention to detail are the hallmarks of the service. Menus are matched to clients for style, taste and budget. Catered events can be small or big, and include weddings, corporate events, and more. For weddings, the catering service even provides complimentary calligraphy for all signs. As the in-house caterer at Facebook's Chicago office, Big Delicious Planet provides breakfast and lunch daily for 150 employees.

A special annual event is the Farm Dinner Series each summer.

"Each dinner has a unique theme, menu and we work with a different group of local collaborators such as photographers, florists and musicians" Crowley said. "Some events are inspired by a single crop such as the variety of beautiful heirloom tomatoes in August, combined with pasture-raised meat and sustainably sourced cedar plank grilled Ivory Char from Wisconsin. Our in house Pastry Chef also does an amazing job utilizing locally sourced fruit from Klug Farms in Michigan, sweetened with honey from our beehives."

There's a small canteen at the front of the kitchen, which serves breakfast and lunch on weekdays. The canteen can also host private events. Living up to its sustainability mission, the canteen became a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant in 2013, and has been named the Greenest Caterer in America for maintaining the strictest environmental standards.

Photos by Geneveive Lauren.
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