The first party I remember catering was in 1965 ,I believe, Fermi Labs ground breaking party.
In 1976 I became a partner and took the business in a safer direction---Corporate as the primary customer---(safer? Not sure that part worked out)
I became sole owner soon enough and ran the business for the next 20 years.finally sell it to a long time competitor---
I'd like to share some of my successes and methods with you if anyone is interested---
While most of the day to day work was routine we did have some 'feather in the cap' jobs--Our largest single event was a company picnic for 7200 people--all cooked on location--tents,bands,the whole shebang---
We served a lot of famous people and set up in most of Chicagos museums---The Od Town School of Fok music was a favorite----
We had 4 kitchens over the years. The last one was 3800 sq.foot including the office.
That facility worked well--could have been bigger, but you have to make do with what you have.
If you would like to hear a story or two et me know----Mike------