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Enjoy the holiday festivities more when local caterers provide the food

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The holiday season has been going by quickly. It seems that the to-do lists get longer and longer, but the time to complete the list is shorter and shorter. One way to reduce the stress and check an item off the to-do list is to hire a caterer to prepare your holiday meals.

In the Chicagoland area, several caterers have tasty options for any holiday occasion. With a vast menus at affordable prices, these restaurants can make your holiday celebration enjoyable without the stress.

Hub’s Restaurant (3727 Dempster St. Skokie, IL) – Since 1976 this casual family-friendly eatery has been a destination for delicious, affordable food. Widely known throughout Chicagoland for their Gyros, Hub’s features an eclectic menu that has something for everyone. Highlights from the restaurant’s extensive (and inexpensive) catering menu include Greek/Caesar/Seasonal Salad Trays, Gyros Sandwiches with all the trimmings, Rotisserie Chickens and decadent desserts like Baklava, German Chocolate Cake and Tiramisu. Only looking to feed a few? Hub’s Holiday Season Family Packages are back! Serving between four-eight people these packages are perfect for a small get together or a mid-week family dinner (the “Winter Wonderland” consists of two full slabs or ribs, two large mashed potatoes or Greek style greens, one large garden salad with choice of dressing and two orders of fresh, hot garlic bread for only $41.25.) For details on all four limited edition packages, which are available through January 5th, contact the restaurant directly.

Max & Benny’s (461 Waukegan Rd. Northbrook, IL) – This Northbrook deli has long been a go-to spot for traditional Jewish fare like Matzo Ball Soup, Lox & Bagels and Noodle Kugel but their catering capabilities extend way past Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah and Passover options. Max & Benny’s offers everything from beautifully arranged cheese trays to full brisket dinners, but where they really shine is in the breakfast and brunch department. In addition to elaborate bagel trays (complete with cream cheeses, sliced tomato, onion and cucumbers and egg/chicken/whitefish salads) Max & Benny’s also creates beautiful coffee cake arrangements and elaborate tropical fruit trays.

Jerry’s & Corner Cooks (507 Chestnut St. Winnetka, IL) – This “beautiful place on a beautiful street” is more than just a dining destination for suburbanites. The restaurant / cooking school hybrid boasts a talented culinary team that can create almost anything you can envision. While the staff at Jerry’s & Corner Cooks can – and regularly do – cater multi-course meals and dinner buffets in the home, appetizers and cocktail parties are where they really shine. Sea Scallops/Asparagus Skewers, Mini Chicken Pot Pies, Roasted Pear/Blue Cheese/Honey Crostini and Fried Chicken Skewers with Gorgonzola Dip are just a sampling of the delicious delicacies Chef Bridget Burns and her kitchen offer.

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