Posts by Chef du Jour

The Best of: Portland's Best Event Vendors

Portland's best event vendors

Planning an event is an involved process, especially the larger the event. Our years of experience catering events in Portland have taught us that the success or failure of an event often depends heavily on the strength of the vendors chosen to serve at that event. Based on that, here is a list of incredible…

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How to Plan an Unforgettable Intimate Gathering

plan an intimate gathering

Intimate gatherings are often some of the best. A close-knit group of people gathers to celebrate a specific occasion: a graduation, anniversary, birthday, reunion, or simply celebration of friendship. The way you plan an intimate gathering, however, is very different form planning a large party. For your next event, here are some considerations to take…

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A Simplified Approach to Small Office Events

catering for small office events

Do you want to know a secret? You don’t have to have a huge event to justify catering! We love working with our professional and corporate clients to meet their catering needs on a variety of levels, including small office events. From meetings to “open house” style events to employee appreciation, catering is a reliable…

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Summer Food Trends You'll Swoon Over

2017 summer food trends

Summer is a fun time of year to find any excuse to celebrate. As you begin to plan gatherings both large and small, formal and informal, don’t forget to think about the food! Here are some of the hottest summer food trends you’ll want to consider as you plan your menu: Grilled Pizza: You could…

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Resource Roundup: Party Theme Inspiration

party theme inspiration

Choosing an event theme is one of the most important decisions you make as an event planner. Once you’ve made that decision, you can start planning all the other details of your event. Every aspect of a party revolves around the theme you choose, so it’s important to choose a good one! In this resource…

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6 Ways to Stand Out By Catering Client Meetings

catering client meetings

Business meetings are important. Meetings with clients are even more important, especially when the attendees are considering hiring or working with your company. It becomes all about putting your best foot forward to make a good impression and maintain positive relationships. While there are many ways you can work to accomplish those goals, catering client…

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The Basics of Choosing a Menu For Your Event

basic of menu planning

Food is one of those things we all have strong opinions about: what we like, what we don’t like. So we get that when you’re planning an event, choosing the menu can be a daunting task! Which is why we want to share our perspective on the basics of choosing a menu. Consider this your…

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Tips For Planning a Family Reunion Stress-Free

planning a family reunion

Many families have their family reunion during the summer months. It’s always a time to look forward to – seeing relatives from near and far, making memories, and enjoying time with those you love most. But, let’s face it, family reunions can also be a lot of work! Coordinating that many people can be a…

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Raising the Bar: Serving Alcohol At Your Event

Serving alcohol at your event

In many cases, serving alcohol at an event is a way to help people relax, have fun, and enjoy their time. However, there are legalities surrounding serving alcohol at your event. Since many people want to have alcohol at their event, we thought it was time to help you understand serving alcohol at your event…

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4 Tips for Planning the Best Corporate Event

planning the best corporate event

We love being part of an excellent corporate event! It isn’t something that just “happens” overnight – planning the best corporate event takes dedication to be sure. As Chef du Jour has attended and assisted many events of varying sizes and purposes, we’ve noticed a few themes that make these events truly outstanding. Guests know…

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