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"Indulge Your Holiday Guests with Local Treats!"

November 22, 2021

by Caron Blitz

Are you hosting holiday events and want to know the best places to find delicious treats to serve your guests? Check out these local places offering a cornucopia of menus. Here’s a sampling from each:


Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Lake Forest

Party trays look good and taste even better.

Choose from:



Fruit and cheese



Beef tenderloin

Poached salmon

Roll sandwich


Lox and bagel


Signature pastry

Whole Foods

Evanston, Northbrook, Deerfield

Set the stage for an epic meal with crowd pleasing appetizers:

Shrimp trio platter

Goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms

Chicken cordon bleu poppers

Butternut mac and cheese croquettes

Spinach artichoke puffs

Honey chipotle turkey cocktail meatballs

Sunset Foods

Northbrook, Highland Park, Lake Forest

Let Sunset do the work with an array of tasty entrées:

Grilled beef tenderloin

Chicken breasts or salmon

Chicken parmigiana

Lemon chicken cutlets

Sunset Spa spinach stuffed salmon


Truffled macaroni and cheese



Enhance your event with an on-site sushi chef or order:

Teriyaki entrées or sushi trays including maki, sashimi and an assortment of rolls

Grill House


One-stop packages are easy and delicious:

Roasted chicken

Baby back ribs


Homemade gyros

Lou Malnati’s

Glenview, Northbrook, Highland Park, Lake Forest

Not only is Lou’s a favorite, their catering is known to be accurate and on-time:

Thick or thin pizza

Chicken wings

The famous Lou Malnati salad

Taco Vida


From a deconstructed taco bar at your home to simply takeout, choose from tantalizing tacos, soups, guacamole, and grilled Mexican street corn (elotes!).

Dairy Queen 

Northbrook, Highland Park

It’s never too cold for DQ. Treat guests to mini Blizzards or specially decorated cakes. 

Three Tarts Bakery


Mouth-watering desserts are a perfect finish to a perfect meal:

Cakes of all kinds, from carrot to chocolate mousse


Savory breads ranging from Portillo & Fontina stirato to Sicilian tomato flatbread 

Cora Lee


No special occasion meal is complete without Cora Lee’s world-famous English toffee. A close second are chocolate treats including Grumpies and Barque.

Long Grove Confectionery Outlet

Buffalo Grove

A best kept secret for decadent candies at incredible prices is this nearby outlet.

As a 60+ Savvy Shopper living in Riverwoods, Caron Blitz gets what folks our age looks for in products and is always on the look-out for “fun finds” and the best values. For future columns, she’d love to hear what you,The Shopper, would like us to feature. If you are a retailer, let us know what special products and services you offer for older adults. Email: SavvyShopperColumn@gmail.com