CHICAGO, Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Plate Catering (Blue Plate), Chicago's premier event catering company, is proud to announce the unveiling of Round The Table Hospitality (RTTH), which will house a family of independent brands with a common culture and vision.
RTTH stems directly from CEO Jim Horan's evolved vision of growth for Blue Plate Catering; a company started over 30 years ago with a single employee, a van and a reputation for delicious fare; to one with over 1,000 employees and multiple brands. The recipe for Blue Plate's success has been growing the company from the inside out, focusing on a collaborative corporate culture, delivering exceptional customer service, building strong community relationships, and supporting those who have contributed to their success.
Round The Table Hospitality represents how we've conducted our business over time – a collaborative and collective partnership with valued clients, employees and the community – all gathered together around a table, focused on delivering hospitality. With multiple touch points beyond catering, the launch of RTTH will include the opening of a new and improved headquarters, the introduction of an intrapreneurial incubator program and bringing Blue Plate Catering and our restaurants (tesori trattoria & bar and Park Grill) together.
Larkin Hall, a state-of-the art facility, will open this fall in Chicago's West Loop, a neighborhood that Blue Plate has called home for over 25 years. While "Larkin" is Horan's middle name, it truly represents Chicago's hardworking labor force that built this city. It commemorates James Larkin, the Irish trade union leader that fought for employee rights. The three story, 80,000 square foot building, located on Fulton Market, will house all business operations for RTTH and diversify Blue Plate Catering's capabilities and services. The open floor plan will house a production and training facility, test kitchens, tasting rooms and private event spaces as well as plans for a retail space. RTTH remains committed to investing in the Fulton Market neighborhood, and envisions Larkin Hall as a gathering place for clients, local businesses, non-profits and the West Loop community as a whole.
Wild Blue is RTTH's intrapreneurial program. It was designed to further empower employees to continue to innovate and reimagine the future of RTTH. Employees across all of RTTH's brands are encouraged to bring their ideas to life by pitching hospitality-based business plans to RTTH leadership. Wild Blue's unique process will offer employees funding and ownership opportunities of new business ventures. As an award-winning company, Horan encourages continued innovation from his team and imagines a future for RTTH shared by all who have helped build it.
Jim Horan states, "We are excited about this next step in our growth which will translate into new business opportunities, deepening our relationship with Chicago, and an improved facility benefiting our West Loop community, our clients and our employees who all have been critical to our past and future success."
ABOUT ROUND THE TABLE HOSPITALITY
Round The Table Hospitality (RTTH) is a family of companies based in Chicago's West Loop, founded by Blue Plate Catering CEO Jim Horan in 2016. The RTTH roster includes the state-of-the-art facility Larkin Hall, an intrapreneurial incubator program Wild Blue, Blue Plate Catering, and restaurants tesori trattoria & bar and Park Grill.
ABOUT BLUE PLATE CATERING
Blue Plate Catering is Chicago's premier event catering company. Founded more than 30 years ago by CEO Jim Horan. The company reflects Jim's pride in personal relationships, belief in hard work and, most importantly, a dedication to and appreciation for the craft of food.
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