Events: Special Occasions

L.A. Gourmet’s extensive catering experience coupled with the client’s vision allows guests an unmatched experience to anywhere in Central Illinois. L.A. Gourmet specializes in unique experiences. Fresh food with a modern upscale twist—served in your home or venue of your choice. The staff specializes in event planning and execution. Let L.A. do the entertaining, so you can do the impressing.

Sample Menus to Whet Your Appetite

We specialize in custom menu and event design, from intricate passed hors d’ oeuvres and customized stations to fun outdoor barbecues; however, your imagination is the only limitation. After all, we live by our motto... Eat Well. Entertain Often. Impress Always.

taco station

create your own tacos. old favorite hard taco shells and all the fixings.
fillings include pulled chicken and ground spiced beef.
toppings include shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, avocado, cojita cheese, onions, cilantro, sour cream, refried beans, salsa and hot sauce

hot dog cart

create your own dogs. mini all beef hot dogs in fresh warm buns.
garnishes include chili, cheddar cheese and balsamic onions.

montreal deli

concoct your own classic sliced pastrami and corned beef
rye bread, dill pickles, cole slaw, mustards, peppers, sauerkraut and olives


chef’s selection of local and imported cheese at the perfect stage of ripeness. fresh and dried fruits, nuts, honey, crisps, breads and preserves


classic cheeseburgers, fried chicken, pork burger
caramelized onions, habanero pickles, balsamic tomatoes, joe’s mustard, red wine ketchup


housemade waffles, fresh fruit, maple syrup, butter, bacon bits, blueberry compote, powdered sugar, brown sugar bananas, whipped cream, (fried chicken, gravy, american fried potatoes +$7)

it’s breakfast time somewhere

biscuits and gravy, fried potatoes, crispy bacon or sausage, fried eggs, hot sauce, ketchup

midwest barbecue

choice of one of l.a.’s signature smoked meats- pulled pork or smoked bbq beef
skillet corn bread, midwest “caviar”, trio of house made barbecue sauces


classic, sautéed onions, raw onions, tomatoes, tzatziki sauce, swiss cheese, lettuce, warm pitas

vegetable antipasto

grilled and roasted mediterranean vegetables, pickled carrots and beets, tender artichokes, marinated mushrooms, assorted olives, grilled and pickled onions, asparagus spears

beef tenderloin

peppercorn crusted beef tenderloin. seared to medium. carved at station.
served with artisan bread and housemade horseradish

cheese and crudite

a selection of domestic and imported cheese. served with fresh fruit, wafers and breads.
surrounded by an abundance of seasonal crudite, served with housemade herbed dip.

macaroni and cheese

housemade macaroni and cheese. served with guests’ choice of crisp bacon, spicy sausage, shredded parmesan, green onions, asparagus, sweet peas, pico de gallo


fresh roasted corn cut table side. mix ins to include barbacoa, roasted tomatillo salsa, sour cream, pico de gallo, cheddar, black beans, lime, hot sauce, guacamole, house fried corn chips


housemade risotto slowly simmered with white wine and parmesan. guests’ choice of freshly shaved parmesan, sweet corn, prosciutto, cracked black pepper, sauteed seasonal vegetables, scallions, olives and pinenuts

mashed potato

red skinned potatoes whipped in house with cream and butter. served with steamed broccoli, pico de gallo, goat cheese, roasted garlic, caramelized onions, crisp bacon, herbs.

smashed sweet potato

sweet potatoes whipped in house with brown sugar, butter and cream. accompaniments to include brown sugar, cinnamon, honey butter, whipped butter, caramel sauce, marshmallows, crushed pineapple, candied bananas, walnuts


chef’s choice of local and imported cured and aged meats, pate, marmalades, pickles, chutneys and crisps


cumin chicken quesadillas. roasted vegetable quesadillas. served crisp atop a skillet at station. toppers to include cilantro sour cream, housemade guacamole, pico de gallo, fresh tomatillo salsa, house fried chips, corn tomalito.

soft pretzel

housemade soft pretzels, hung on L.A.’s signature display.
accompanied by joe’s mustard sauce, wisconsin beer cheese, cinnamon cream cheese and spinach artichoke dip.

cobbler and cream

choice of three seasonal cobblers, hand scooped vanilla ice cream, accompaniment sauces

ice cream

choice of three of our signature homemade ice creams -
chocolate peanut butter, salty caramel, seasonal sorbet, pistachio, red velvet cake
sprinkles, housemade fudge, warm peanut butter, berries, oreos, caramel brownie chunks
add $5-assorted cookies, mini vanilla brioche and profiteroles for DIY sandwiches,
whipped cream, caramel, waffle cone


choose two - vanilla pound cake, crepes and made to order waffles
choose two - cherries jubilee (kirsch), bananas foster (rum), strawberry romanoff
(grand marnier) peaches (amaretto). make ala mode, vanilla ice cream


choose your favorite chocolate - custom bark, bon bon, cupcake, truffle, whoopie pie,

coffee and donuts

assortment of freshly made doughnuts including plain, glazed and filled
fresh coffee with accompaniments (dairy, sugars, syrups)


grahams, shortbread cookies, chocolate chip cookies, housemade marshmallows,
assorted hershey bars, reeses
the classic (graham cracker, marshmallow, hershey bar) bagged as a favor


nostalgic and classic candy including mini chocolate bars, licorice, jelly beans,
smarties, gummies, reeses and more
includes: apothecary jars, scoops and paper cones

bake sale

cookie jars treats including cupcakes, rice krispie squares, brownies, whoopee pies,
cookies, cookie bars

bread pudding

choice of two seasonal or two of our classics (mocha chocolate. bananas foster,
white chocolate berry), sauces