THE LATEST: Big Delicious Planet is proud to be the first caterer in the country to receive 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant status! We're very excited about this accomplishment, and the steps we've taken toward becoming a sustainable business. We'll continue to make improvements, and do what is necessary to remain at the top.
Big Delicious Planet has been catering to some of the most discerning clients and palates since 1994 - rock stars, movie stars, politicians, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and cool people like you. We opened on a whim to cater backstage at The United Center for Aerosmith, and we've been rocking ever since. Our menus reflect our name - delicious food from all over the globe, plus vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. We do it all.
What do our clients have in common? They want to hire a highly creative and trustworthy caterer who takes pride in the quality of their food and presents it beautifully, in a friendly, low-key manner. We have the years and clients to prove it.
BDP is owned and operated by Heidi Moorman Coudal, with much help from her great staff.
In 2010 we moved into a former 6800 square foot metal shop in West Town. Completely rehabbed with an energy-efficient geothermal system, we built out a gorgeous, light-filled kitchen with great work spaces, and plenty of room to grow. Our new cafe, called the Canteen, is located in a bright and airy room in the front of our kitchen. The Canteen is a casual breakfast and lunch spot frequented by the many creative entrepreneurs in West Town. Stop by and see us. Eat inside, outside or take away.
Yes, we have own urban farm right next to our kitchen! We have raised beds on more than two city lots, and we're getting a beehive!
In March of 2012 we hired a gardener, Katie Wiegman, who helped plan, build and plant a magnificent urban vegetable & herb garden in a vacant corner of our parking lot. We started with 8 raised beds and vertical planters, and then quickly leased another vacant adjacent lot. In April of 2013, we leased another vacant adjacent lot. We'll have 50 raised beds of organic soil.
In our first year, we organically grew 70 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers. We harvested more than 1,000 pounds, with our last harvest in the first week of December 2012! Tuscan Kale, Swiss Chard, Green Zebra Tomatoes, Rosa Bianca Eggplant, Japanese Edamame, Pattypan Squash, Mixed Greens, Sylvetta Arugula, Purple Haze Carrots, Chioggia Beets, Fingerling Potatoes, Lemon Cucumbers, Sweet Basil, Poblano Peppers, Nasturtium... just a sampling of what we grew and harvested in eight months. The majority of what we're growing is being used in our Canteen and reserved for our rock star clients... but in our eyes, all clients are rock stars.
We're aware of the amount of waste that a catering company can create, and are committed to creating a very low-waste kitchen and sustainable business. We've taken a detailed look at the way we do business, and have made significant changes to become a much more sustainable operation.
● We only use compostable disposable ware (unless requested otherwise).
● We compost all food scraps and biodegradable paper goods in our kitchen and Canteen, which is put into our garden and also picked up by a composting service.
● We donate all our used vegetable oil to a biodiesel service, which turns it into fuel for vehicles.
● We have a recycling system in place.
● A local shelter picks up our leftovers twice a week.
● Our cleaning chemicals meet the highest green standards.
We are always looking to improve, and will continue to make changes in order to become the highest rated "green" caterer.
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For catering inquiries and other menus please drop us an email or call Heidi or Caitlin at 312-455-1019.
Big Delicious Planet
412 North Wolcott Avenue
Chicago IL 60622