Since its founding in 1994, Big Delicious Planet has evolved from two sisters catering backstage for rock bands to a highly successful full-service urban farm-to-table operation with a talented team of event producers, chefs, baristas, servers and bartenders. Throughout BDP's history the mission of the company has stayed constant: to provide high-quality, globally-inspired food, eye-catching presentations, and personalized service. These qualities are consistently delivered because of the dedicated women and men of BDP who share a passion for creating one-of-a-kind meals and events.
Just as BDP began on a whim more than two decades ago, Owner & Culinary Director Heidi Moorman Coudal enjoys the challenge of taking dreams and seeing what happens when they're put into action. The idea of planting a little vegetable garden in what was a junkyard turned into a lush urban farm with 64 raised garden beds and 3 beehives. A dream of opening a little cafe in the front of the kitchen turned into a popular neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot. And the goal of becoming a "greener" caterer became a progressive sustainability program which garnered BDP 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant status! We're doing our own thing and we're happy with the results!
Through the years, BDP has been trusted to cater to thousands of the most distinguished clients and discriminating palates: Senator Barack Obama, Sting, Elton John, Donatella Versace, Chef Rick Bayless, Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Buffet, Metallica, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Sheryl Sandburg, etc. Our client partnerships have been built because of a team of culinary and event professionals who create custom menus and execute events flawlessly. We know from experience that success is in the details, and we work hard to get every one right.
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Weddings, Events + Drop-Off Catering
Hiring a caterer is meant to make your life easier, and we're here to help! Whether you're entertaining twenty-five or a thousand guests, Big Delicious Planet can create the event you envision. From something as simple as a lunch delivery to a client's office, to helping you choose a venue and plan the details of your special event. Our goal is for you to focus on the big picture without worrying about the catering. Impress your clients, entertain your guests, and, of course, enjoy yourself!
A Hidden Gem.
Tucked away between unmarked warehouses and cool loft buildings, Big Delicious Planet's Canteen has become a hotspot for the creative entrepreneurs of West Town's industrial area. Pop in for a quick breakfast burrito and freshly brewed local Intelligentsia Coffee (they're 2 blocks away) or come by and enjoy one of our fabulous daily specials outside at our garden's farm table. You can check out our daily Canteen Specials on Instagram, or click the link below.
Canteen Hours are Monday-Friday from 7:00am-3:00pm.
In 2013, the Green Restaurant Association awarded Big Delicious Planet the highest green rating they had ever given a catering company. Along with the 4 Star Certified Green rating (the only one in Illinois!), we were named "Greenest Caterer in America" - a title we still hold in 2019! We're proud of our commitment to the environment in all aspects of our catering and cafe operation, and continue to improve our conservation efforts and our purchasing practices.
Green Community Partners
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