RED BUTTER, FOOD CATERING BRILLIANCE
Nothing is better then a wonderful meal made personally for you! Especially, enjoying a meal with friends or family and just eating until you can't take another bite. Let's just say I love food! That's why I wanted to bring some attention to Red Butter Catering! I made business cards for Red Butter a few months ago and I just adore what the owner is doing! She is a wonderful woman that opened up a Chicago based catering company that sets her menu personally to your vision and requests.
Red Butter specializes in creating unique, memorable dining experiences for their clients and their guests. Their food is deliciously unique! Here is some insight into the catering business from the owner herself, Monica Sharma:
++ What inspired you to join the food industry?
- Honestly, Red Butter was created one night, in a bar, with a napkin, a pen & and $2 PBR cans. I had always wanted to be in the food industry on the business/management side, but that night I realized that if I started my own company, not only could I run it the way I want, but I get to be the one in the kitchen too. I already had friends as private clients, figured it was time to share the love to everyone else out there.
++ How long have you been working in this business?
- Red Butter was founded in November 2010. I was still working in corporate America until January 2011, and then I quit and focused only on Red Butter since then.
++ Can you tell me about one of your favorite events that you were a part of?
- Baconfest 2012 was the best event I had ever done. It was my first year as a pro and everything from prep to the day of the event was the best experience I could have asked for. On top of all that, I was able to get as creative as I wanted with bacon! It was also the hardest event I had done up until that point, making 1200 portions of food in my kitchen was a task! The event was amazing meeting so many other chefs and people, and winning it wasn’t so bad either ;)
++ What are some of the most unusual requests that you’ve had from clients?
- Single color dinners might be the weirdest and hardest requests I get. It’s not easy coming up with 5 course dinners or 8-10 passed apps that are all a certain color or color family. They are definitely challenging and make me think outside of the box on every level.
++ What sets you apart from other private chefs/caterers?
- I am truly a customized private chef. I don’t have a set menu or a list of things for my clients to choose from or even a set cost. The client dictates their vision and it’s my job to make it happen, no matter what it takes. I am 100% customized to my clients and never repeat the same menu twice as I think that each menu is almost a copyright that I give that specific client. It’s their dinner, not anyone else’s.
++ What is the most full filling part about the catering process?
- I love being able to take the most outrageous request and turn it into reality. I love seeing my client’s faces light up when they get a first look at the tablescape. There’s something about that moment for me that sets the tone for the entire dinner. Knowing that you got the tablescape right makes me 100% more sure that the food and experience will be nothing less than perfect.
++ Who are some of your favorite vendors and venues that you work with?
- I love working with all my local food vendors. Being able to source my produce, meat & seafood locally is really what drives my cost and seasonal approach to my events. Isaacson’s for seafood, N&G for produce and Olympia for meat are some of my faves and everyone is named John, so it’s easy to remember.
- Venues, I love working at Sono Wood Fired, as that’s my kitchen away from home. I use that space to do pop up dinners 6 times a year. I also loved working at Huertley House in Oak Park. It’s a 1902 Frank Lloyd Wright home that is just stunning and inspiring. They have the original kitchen with the original stove which just makes it so much fun to cook there!
++ Thanks so much to Red Butter++