Since opening in 1994, Big Delicious Planet has proven that high-quality food, eye-catching presentations, and personalized service can be consistently delivered when you and the people you work with share a passion for creating one-of-a-kind meals and events. Our menus reflect our name, delicious food from all over the globe. One constant has been a core staff of great men and women who work very hard and some very long days. Without their strong work ethic and commitment to sustainabilituy, this company wouldn't be what it is today.

 
 

Heidi began dabbling in food with a copy of her mom's Officers' Wives Club Cookbook. Born in Munich, Germany while the Moorman family was living abroad, Heidi lived your typical military kid lifestyle, moving often and to a crazy menu of places: Germany, California, Greece, Alabama, Oklahoma, South Georgia, etc. Wherever they moved, so went a copy of the latest OWC cookbook and new recipes. Her favorite summers were spent traveling and camping around Europe in a red VW van with her mom, three siblings, art books and a Michelin Guide.

After college, and a semester in India, Heidi moved to Chicago and began working in film production as a production coordinator and producer, and later worked with a rock & roll caterer. There was a market for catering to film sets and backstage at concerts, so Big Delicious Planet was founded in 1994 on a whim with her sister, Ellen, who has since moved to the UK.

In 2010 Heidi moved BDP's headquarters to West Town, opened a cafe, the Canteen, and built their incredible urban farm on two adjacent undeveloped city lots. In 2013 BDP became the nation's first caterer to earn 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant status, and was named "The Greenest Caterer in America." Heidi finds inspiration in her travels around the world, and the diverse ethnic culture and cuisine of Chicago. She and her husband, Jim, are the proud parents of three awesome teenagers (Isabelle, Grace and Spencer).

Come on by for lunch, and say hello to Heidi!

Heidi Coudal                                         Owner + Culinary Director

Christen began working at BDP in 2007 as the first official office employee, and in 2014 was named Director of Weddings + Events. She works with clients through all stages of events, from booking to planning menus to onsite coordination of staff as well as event flow and guest experience. She loves to utilize her graphic design and floral arranging skills, and can help with event design as well as managing catering. She took some time off from BDP in 2011 and moved to Bordeaux, where she taught English, travelled around Europe, and most importantly, ate amazing food. Outside of work, she's likely hanging out with family, including toddler Delphine and new-born twins Remy + Yann, taking a calligraphy class, or trying new restaurants around the city.

Christen Whitehouse                               Vice President of Event Production

Grace joined BDP in 2015 after working with Catalyst Ranch, one of BDP's top clients. Grace works closely with Christen, assisting in all stages of wedding planning. With a background in natural + organic food, and venue management, Grace’s goal is to make your gathering fun and stress-free. Coordinating with local vendors, styling tablescapes, and incorporating natural ingredients and in-season produce are all aspects that drew her to BDP. Grace loves to travel, and while on her adventures find other farm-to-table businesses around the world. Outside of work you’ll likely find her at local live shows, hosting dinner parties for her friends, biking around the city, practicing yoga, and working at a local farmers market.

Grace joined BDP in 2015 after working with Catalyst Ranch, one of BDP's top clients. Grace works closely with Christen, assisting in all stages of wedding planning. With a background in natural + organic food, and venue management, Grace’s goal is to make your gathering fun and stress-free. Coordinating with local vendors, styling tablescapes, and incorporating natural ingredients and in-season produce are all aspects that drew her to BDP. Grace loves to travel, and while on her adventures find other farm-to-table businesses around the world. Outside of work you’ll likely find her at local live shows, hosting dinner parties for her friends, biking around the city, practicing yoga, and working at a local farmers market.

Grace Hamilton                                 Director of Weddings + Events

Sarah's background may be marketing, but she's no stranger to hospitality and food. Throughout college, she worked many service jobs, from wedding catering at a fancy hotel, to a taqueria, where she stood on the side of the road in a taco suit to generate business. She's interned at a hospitality marketing firm, worked in agencies, and was last a project manager for a design + print shop. At BDP, she manages our digital and marketing departments, coordinates the farm dinner series, and helps out with client services, stepping in wherever she's needed. When not in the office, she's usually either going out for an omelet with her boyfriend Jeff, reviewing the next sub shop on her submarine sandwich blog, or taking pictures of anything that grows out of the earth.

Sarah's background may be marketing, but she's no stranger to hospitality and food. Throughout college, she worked many service jobs, from wedding catering at a fancy hotel, to a taqueria, where she stood on the side of the road in a taco suit to generate business. She's interned at a hospitality marketing firm, worked in agencies, and was last a project manager for a design + print shop. At BDP, she manages our digital and marketing departments, coordinates the farm dinner series, and helps out with client services, stepping in wherever she's needed. When not in the office, she's usually either going out for an omelet with her boyfriend Jeff, reviewing the next sub shop on her submarine sandwich blog, or taking pictures of anything that grows out of the earth.

Sarah Crowley                                     Digital Marketing Manager

Carrie Rubinas                                               Pastry Chef

Chelsea Lange | Event Producer

Chelsey joined BDP in the Spring of 2017, as a recent Hospitality graduate from the University of Illinois. Before graduating, she'd already spent many years in the food and beverage industry. From working in country clubs where she managed a small staff, to serving in Chicago restaurants like Presidio, she gained an appreciation for attention to detail and service that makes every experience unique. In her most recent role, she spent time in the Event Industry, absorbing everything she could about event planning and floral design. When she’s not working, you can find her taste (and sip!) testing all over Chicago or jet setting to the West Coast. Entertaining friends in her home and all things plants are where her passions lie.

Lucas Chamberlain                                      Farmer

After moving to Chicago from Northern Michigan, Michael was drawn to BDP because of the company’s commitment to sustainability and vision of growing wholesome, organic foods in BDP’s urban farm. Michael is responsible for coordinating daily catering operations with clients, managing back of house staff and assisting the events team. From working in the Canteen, to delivery driving, to prepping food in the kitchen and working events — Michael has served many roles at BDP. He lives in Wicker Park with his fiancé, Jeremy, and two cats, Higgs and Hubble. Outside of work he enjoys exploring museums, interior design, planning meals at local farmer’s markets and 90’s horror movies.

After moving to Chicago from Northern Michigan, Michael was drawn to BDP because of the company’s commitment to sustainability and vision of growing wholesome, organic foods in BDP’s urban farm. Michael is responsible for coordinating daily catering operations with clients, managing back of house staff and assisting the events team. From working in the Canteen, to delivery driving, to prepping food in the kitchen and working events — Michael has served many roles at BDP. He lives in Wicker Park with his fiancé, Jeremy, and two cats, Higgs and Hubble. Outside of work he enjoys exploring museums, interior design, planning meals at local farmer’s markets and 90’s horror movies.

Michael Jarvis                                      Client Services Coordinator

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