It feels so good to celebrate your company’s accomplishments and honor those who have helped your team succeed. People like to know their worth and feel appreciated. Plus – we’ve yet to meet the person who doesn’t enjoy great food (that someone else prepares for them!)

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering understands both the desire to thank and be thanked, especially when it’s done in good taste. And of course, good taste is what we’re all about.

To make pulling together a corporate breakfast, brunch or lunch, Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering team has done a lot of the prep for you.

“What should we serve that everyone will like?” We’ve already assembled a terrific line up of popular menu choices (https://www.jacquies.net/corporate-lunch-menu/) to make choosing items and ordering hassle-free. With 20+ guests at your corporate event, we can provide Farmhouse Breakfasts, Breakfast Burritos, Croissants, Coffee cake and fruit, or Individual Yogurt Parfaits with berries and honey or Hot Oatmeal with dried fruit. All served with orange juice, organic coffee and decaf. There are also Biscuits and Gravy, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Leige Belgium Waffles, and Sour Cream Coffee cake.

Lots of choices for lots of appetites. Choose from our Menu 1, 2, 3 or 4… or put together a special menu of your choice.

Rather offer lunch? Not surprisingly, we have you covered there, too. Choose among Jacquie’s Signature Chicken Salad, Caprese Salad, Smoked Turkey with Brie and Apple, Grilled Corned Beef and/or Roasted Vegetable Wraps.

With a minimum order of 10 and a minimum of 5 per sandwich selection, you can choose from hand cut artisan soft white, wheat bread, rye, focaccia, or tomato wrap, and Gluten Free. Our famous sides are included – soups, too -- even Brownies, Lemon bars, or Carmel Sea Salt cookies.

Leaning more toward Deli or Charcuterie assortments? We have pulled together several boards overflowing with high quality Smoking Goose meats and gourmet cheeses, plus salads, fresh fruits and slaws to accompany them.

Buffet-style lunches? Yes. Vegetarian and Gluten-free options? Absolutely. Beverages? Lots of them, served hot and/or cold, just as they should be.

We’ve done a lot of the work ahead of time – so you can swoop in and say ‘yes’ to guaranteed-to-please choices for your team. And – feel great knowing Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering will deliver delicious meals plus hassle-free delivery.

Tell us what you want. Name the time and place. We’ll take care of the rest!

 

 

You could say Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering has always been just a little ahead of the curve when it comes to catering.

We embrace food and drink trends, of course, but what we’re talking about here is what we don’t embrace, and never have (in the 25+ years we’ve been around).

We have always said NO to chemicals, hormones, additives, institutionally prepared foods, and anything artificial.

Here are 10 things you won’t find in our foods:

What you will find in what we serve:

Regardless of whether it's a party for 100 or 1,000, our team believes in high-quality food, locally sourced, and prepared with as much attention to taste as to your health and wellbeing.

At Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering, this is what we’re all about.

 

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering enjoys being a part of the Indy racing scene – from behind the scenes. Jacquie and her fast-paced ‘500 team’ is excited to cater the traditional ‘family and friends’ party for the Andrettis the night before this year’s running of the Indy 500.

The well-attended event will be held at the Andretti Autosports  headquarters on West 71st Street, and will most definitely include just as many famous racing personalities as well-known celebrities.

Set to begin in the early evening, the party kicks off with some amazing butler-served hors d’oeuvres for the “High Rollers Club,” including:

The Main Event, the Andretti’s focal point of the evening, begins at 7:00 with:

There will also be a Slider Station with guests’ choice of Grass fed Beef Sliders, Buffalo Chicken Sliders, or Portabello Mushroom Sliders.

Jacquie’s team has also assembled a Small Plate Station for those with “Mini-500” appetites, with: Shrimp and Grits, Pulled Pork Parfait, Pimento Macaroni and Cheese, or Barbeque Pullled Pork with Creamy Coleslaw

And, for those who prefer their veggies, this year we’ve added a Salad Station with:

At Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering, we love the month of May – and all the wonderful festivities that go with it.

 

 

 

 

Whether you are a natural organizer or not, the earlier you get started planning out the basics of your wedding, the less stressful the event becomes.

Here’s a quick To-Do list to get you started:

Next order of business, figure out the basics:

Begin to quantify the specifics:

You’re ready to announce:

Reception - who, what and when you will serve:

The bar:

Figuring out the bar is another important decision, beginning with timing. The bar should always be the first thing to offer guests.

Weddings and receptions can be a lot of fun! To make sure yours is, anticipate and plan as much as possible in advance – and know that last minute changes do frequently pop up. Be prepared to go with the flow, and enjoy every minute!

Naturally, we’d love to help you with your wedding, reception, and planning. We have a great track record of success. Check us out!

Summer is here… and masks and restrictions are largely a thing of the past. So grateful!

Another sign that life is headed back to normal is that party bookings are up – way up! There seems to be quite a bit of pent up yearning for postponed family reunions, wedding receptions, corporate events, and the like.

Our advice if you are ready to party?

Book early to select the date and the facility you want. Especially if the party date you are considering will be on a Friday or Saturday evening while the weather is still nice.

Where to book that event?

We have agreements with many elegant indoor and outdoor facilities. Plus places to recommend for low-key and relaxed events. Great spaces are available downtown, in the suburbs, and at our own Finley Creek Vineyards (inside or outside, or both.)

How to get started

The best plans start with a phone call. Let us know what you are considering. We can give you some ideas and we can formulate a plan.

You can book your party through us, from time and place to what to serve and when. We’ll help you with everything from party themes to music and beverage ideas; appetizers through desserts.

Be smart and plan ahead. Beat the rush. Book the date you want right now. Then we can help you put the other pieces of the event puzzle in place.

We can’t wait to help you host the event you’ve been planning in your head for the past year or so. Working together, we’ll make it happen!

 

 

 

If you feel as many do, planning a Valentine’s Day outing this year is a downer. Not only do we need to concern ourselves with facemasks and social distancing, but there’s the usual grind of price-fixed meals and getting a reservation at the right place at the right time.

Generally, we leave a little disappointed with the service or the food, or both.

May we recommend a different approach this year?

A safe, candle-lit gourmet dinner at home, on the night of your choice? With no waiting, no up-charging, no limited menu, and no worries about safety. You'll find carry out from Jacquie's Gourmet Cafe is a great option.

Not only will your meal be amazing, but you will also be supporting Indiana farmers. Everything from the veggies to the entree is guaranteed fresh, locally-grown or sourced, with no chemical additives. So while candles and dinner attire are completely up to you, why not make the Jacquie’s Gourmet To-Go menu your Valentine Dinner for two?

Order the hors d’oeuvres you both like, then add some savory winter beef soup. And some lovely French bread. (It’s delicious.) Or order the chacuterie box for two. Very romantic. Just add wine.

She can have her favorite entrée and you can have yours. There are eleven individual entrees to chose from, so you can’t really miss. Plus you each have a choice of two favorite sides. (Yes, you can make one of them an exceptional salad).

What about dessert? Well how does bourbon pecan flan deep dish pie sound? Or our multi-layer home made chocolate cake? Heck, since you are ordering in, you can take your time with the dessert, enjoying it hours later if you want. No one will rush you from your table.

How do you get all this done? First, check out our website (https://order.ehungry.com/jacquies/order/home-style-cooked-meals) and decide what you want, and when.

Orders placed before noon will be ready for pick up by 4:30 pm. Or if you really prefer delivery, we can do that too, anytime from 7 am in the morning through 6PM.

We got you and your Valentine covered this year – in every way that counts.

 

 

Jacquie’s soups consistently get high marks from our customers. You’ll find at least 3 or 4 on her carry-out/delivery menu, readily available for your family.

Three Potato Soup is not on the menu – but it’s very much a crowd pleaser – and happens to be very easy to make from home. It’s made from three flavorful potatoes; Sweet potato, small red potato and Yukon gold. The combination is sweet and savory as well as inexpensive, naturally vegetarian, and filling enough to be a stand-alone meal.

For this recipe, Jacquie has lightened up the calorie count by swapping a few ingredients that won’t affect the flavor.

Jacquie’s recommendations:

“I generally peel the potatoes, especially the sweet potatoes. However, you could also give them a good scrub instead and leave the skins on. I look for locally sourced, organic potatoes, garlic and onions.

Use a high quality vegetable (or chicken for non-vegetarian soup) stock. It will make a difference in the flavor of the finished soup. You could also top with bacon pieces to the final soup if that’s your preference.”

INGREDIENTS

At Jacquie’s Café, we serve this soup with thinly-sliced chives, sour cream, and extra shredded cheese. Meat-lovers may also like bacon pieces.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot  over medium-high heat.  Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft.  Stir in the garlic and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.
  2. Sprinkle flour on top of the onion, and stir until combined.  Sauté for an additional minute to cook the flour, stirring intermittently. Gradually pour in the stock, and stir until combined.
  3. Add in the milk and potatoes, and stir until blended. Continue cooking over medium heat until the mixture reaches a simmer (but do not boil).
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep potatoes at the bottom of the pot from sticking and burning.
  5. When potatoes are soft and tender, stir in the cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), Old Bay seasoning, salt, and black pepper to taste.

You can serve warm this dish up right away, or let cool and store in a sealed refrigerated container for up to three days.

If you are a potato soup fan, this is a lovely one. Jacquie thinks it’s best served right away with some crusty French or chunky multi-grain bread – served together with mixed green salad or side of green beans with almonds -- a lovely touch.

Enjoy! Try any of Jacquie’s lovely homemade from scratch soups. They are all family-pleasers. Simply order ahead here at Jacquie’s Café.

Many of you may already know there’s a special anniversary, wedding, celebration luncheon, or big corporate event earmarked for the coming year sometime... and 2018 is right around the corner!

So how far in advance should you book the date? With which caterer? At what event center or facility?

Each of those decisions will play a very important role in how your event is received by your guests.

Or… will your event be one that folks talk about for years to come?!

Naturally, at Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering, we think you should talk to us about what you are considering, and the earlier the better. We have great suggestions about food and décor you may not have even thought about.

We also have terrific connections for event spaces, from lavish and high-end to relaxed and country chic.

Of course, as you probably already know, everything Jacquie's prepares is pretty amazing.  Our produce and meats are locally grown, and always, high quality, impeccably braised, roasted, baked, prepared, spiced, and served.

We have a reputation for that. We consistently get the highest ratings for catering companies across the state.

We also respect your preferences. Prefer vegetarian fare? We can accommodate that deliciously. Ditto for vegans, religious requirements, dietary restrictions, or any other preference you or your guests may have.

Here’s what Jacquie says about planning your next event:

“What seems to matter most in planning, is knowing your group. If your guests expect a top-notch venue, make sure you exceed their expectations. If you are dealing with a creative, artsy crowd, surprise them with the unexpected.

 That goes two-fold for what you serve them to eat and drink. One thing I never think you should skimp on is the food. Guests will forgive an event that could have had another restroom or two, but they will always remember how good the food was. Or wasn’t. I hear from people years and years after an event who remember how delicious specific entrees or desserts were. Food and presentation matter a lot.”  

When planning, consider who your guests are, why they are there, and what their expectations are. Then build your event around a theme, adding a few unexpected touches to keep everything interesting and talked about.”

Give us a call and let’s get the conversation started!

 

 

An evening at Reis Nichols in conjunction with one of my favorites jewelry designers..... David Yerman
Reis Nichols had a large selection of David Yerman jewelry. Jacquie's Gourmet Catering is proud to be part of this beautiful event.

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How to cater a gluten free event
Do some of your guests require gluten or nut free meals at your wedding or event?

This month's blog gives you some tasty and exciting menu ideas and advice...

How to cater for gluten free with Jacquie's Gourmet Catering

These days it is extremely common place to cater for your guest’s dietary requirements at events. In the past this meant having a vegetarian option but now it is important to give guests the chance to flag up any allergies they may have beforehand as part of their RSVP. Typically we are asked to provide vegetarian (sometimes vegan), nut free and gluten free options.

'Always give guests the option to inform you of a dietary request with their RSVP.'

Recently, Mary was asked to cater for a wedding that was to be entirely gluten and nut free. It was also requested that the meat be halal. It was a hot sit down dinner and evening buffet.

This comes as no surprise when you hear that in the USA 1 in 100 people are on a strict gluten free diet with more and more people unofficially trying it out to see if they can benefit from it. Sales of gluten free food, have doubled in the past year in supermarkets.

Recent studies also show that nut allergies have doubled over the last 5 years and 1 in 3 people in the UK suffer from allergies with nut allergies sufferers inexplicably tripling in the last decade.

Here are some important things to bear in mind when providing gluten free meals in particular:

Even the wine used in cooking needs to be carefully selected to avoid contamination. (Old world wine typically uses wooden barrels lined with wheat paste and therefore new world wines must be chosen).

It is vital that no oil used in the fryer has had gluten in it.

Make sure that all sauces are gluten free.

Cornflour and eggs are good thickener.

It is possible to buy a large range of gluten free products such as bread sticks, crackers etc from most supermarkets.

Following a gluten free recipe is advised as the flour gives a different result to normal flour.

Great things that are naturally gluten free:

Chocolate is gluten free so you can provide plain chocolates with the coffee or After Eight Mints are also gluten free. Meringue and fruit are also fine so this makes for a good selection of desserts.

Don’t forget that meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, rice, potatoes and lentils are all naturally gluten free which gives you a lot of scope!

Here is the menu we came up with…and I’m sure you’ll agree that it is extensive and doesn’t in any way feel limited by those restrictions.

CANAPÉS

SMOKED SALMON TARTARE

with shallots, dill and soured cream in cucumber cups

GOAT'S CHEESE AND RED ONION JAM

on a gluten free crostini (V)

CHICKEN TIKKA

on mini poppadum’s

THAI FISH CAKES

with a sweet chilli dip

MAIN DISHES

BRAISED BEEF IN RED WINE

slow-cooked with onions, tomatoes and herbs producing a rich gravy

CHICKEN BASQUE

with slow cooked chicken pieces, chorizo sausage, rice, sundried tomatoes and black Lingurian olives

GREEN THAI VEGETABLE CURRY

Vegetables cooked with lemongrass, green chillies, garlic, spring onions and coconut (V)

ACCOMPANIMENTS

Creamy mashed potato

Basmati rice

Mixed greens

TRIO OF DESSERTS

ETON MESS

with strawberries, raspberries, crushed meringue and whipped cream

LEMON POSSET

with raspberries and popping candy

CHOCOLATE BROWNIE

(Gluten and Nut Free)

COFFEE AND GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATES

CHILDRENS MENU

ROAST CHICKEN

with potatoes and vegetables

Ice cream and chocolate

THE WEDDING CAKE
(made of cheese)

accompanied by gluten free biscuits with chutney, figs, grapes and celery ..................................

The evening buffet was carved beef, fresh salmon, smoked salmon and prawns garnished with cucumber and dill 
coleslaw with shredded carrots, red cabbage, onion and bound together with mayonnaise.

Chickpea, mushroom and spinach leaves in a yoghurt and mint dressing,

 horseradish and mayonnaise.Thai Fish Cakes

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Gluten free Rustic breads in a large basket

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