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Michigan Avenue - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Anna Chlumsky

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photography by paper antler (Fried green tomatoes); nimble Well (big delicious planet) The tried-and-true combo of milk and cookies gets an upgrade from Paramount Events. bottom: Big Delicious Planet organically grows over 85 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and edible flowers for produce-rich dishes like fried green tomatoes and Burgundy long beans ( left). Menu Must-Haves No fête is complete without aN uNforgettable feast—aNd couples are gettiNg more aNd more creative with all thiNgs culiNary. Wedding guests can expect personalized twists on traditional favorites on their plates this spring. "Brides and grooms are so focused on what they like and sharing their uniqueness with people," says Jodi Fyfe of Paramount Events (773-880-8044; paramount, "so it's always great to think outside of the box and think of things that you like that can make it more personal." Among those individual details, Fyfe says, her team is seeing a spike in brunch weddings, bar carts, and retro treats like milk and cookies. Although doughnuts are on their way out, she adds, gourmet beignets are big, while craft-beer fans in particular are embracing pretzel bars that pair brews with Bavarian bites and toppings. Menus can also be sourced to honor personal tastes, as Heidi Coudal of Big Delicious Planet (312-455- 1019; sees more couples incorporat- ing the kind of urban farming and green practices her company is known for, especially as the spring growing season gets under way. "We know exactly what we'll be harvesting the day that they're getting married, so we tailor menus to the day of their wedding," Coudal says. "We even tell people, 'If there's something we're not growing and you want it on your menu, we can grow it.'" . BRIDAL PL A YING WITH FOOD 172

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