A boutique catering and events company.
Brix Catering & Events is a dynamic team combining the skills of a classically trained Chef, Sommelier, and Event Planner to ensure your next event is spectacular from start to finish. Plain and simple, there is not a better company to hire to run your event in all of Chicago. We have the experience, the passion and the keen attention to detail that a wonderful event requires.
Hire Brix for traditional catering, an elegantly-coursed meal, wine pairings, chef demonstrations, or full scale event coordination.
Zachary Greatting, Owner and Sommelier
Zachary Greatting started Brix Catering & Events in 2012 as a passion project, to bring food and wine pairing to people’s homes. After completing culinary school at Kendall College, and the Wine Intensive at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone, Zachary worked as Assistant Sommelier at the two Michelin starred restaurant Ria. It was during this time that the original idea for Brix came to fruition. After Ria closed, Zach took a position in wine sales, which allowed him the time on nights and weekends to start catering. One wine dinner led to another, and referrals grew the business from a hobby to the full service catering and events company that Brix is today.
Joe Gancarz, Executive Chef and Partner
Executive Chef Joe Gancarz began his culinary career out of necessity during college. These humble beginnings in a series of fast casual restaurants were just the start of an already impressive career. Joe left the traditional safe route and pursued culinary school at Chicago’s Kendall College. The many accolades Joe received at school including deans list and being selected as teaching assistant, point to his never fail attitude that have carried him through his culinary career. After school Joe worked in a series of Michelin starred restaurants including a position as Chef de Cuisine responsible for a large portion of the menu that earned the star as well as a 2015 Zagat 30 under 30 Best Young Innovative Chefs. Today Joe has taken the position of Executive Chef and partner at Brix, forming a new partnership with his friend from the first day of culinary school. He is poised to bring the Michelin Star experience to the world of catering and eventually to a series of restaurant projects the new partnership will create.
Julia Greatting, Catering & Events Director and Partner
Julia knew from a very early age that she wanted to plan events. From arranging flowers, to pulling all of the details together Julia has always excelled when it comes to the perfect party. A degree in International Business led to her first job in political fundraising, specifically setting up events. From there Julia moved to the corporate setting, spending several years with Marriott planning large scale corporate events in Chicago. Julia was then offered a position running the catering division for Pastoral, all the while helping her now husband start Brix. Julia is pleased to be on board full time making sure our events are not only executed perfectly, but also have a special touch that only a family business can bring. .
Times have changed and so have we! Now offering Brix Takeout, our favorited Brix bites as fully-prepared, ready-to-eat mains and sides such as our Lobster Rolls, Nashville Hot, Brix Burgers & more, available at our contact-free window in Roscoe Village. Mix up your quarantine routine with our canned cocktails to go, the ultimate summer pool kit, and Quarantine Cocktail Kits. Pre-orders recommended, window walkups welcome. Learn more here:
About Brix (traditionally):
Brix Catering & Events is a dynamic team combining the skills of a classically trained Chef, Sommelier, and Event Planner to ensure your next event is spectacular from start to finish. We have the experience, the passion and the keen attention to detail that a memorable event requires. Hire Brix for traditional catering, an elegantly-coursed meal, wine pairings, chef demonstrations, or full-scale event coordination.
Brix’s primary offerings as of today:
Brix Takeout – fully-prepared, ready-to-eat options available for pickup at the walkup window Wednesdays, Thurdsays, and Fridays from 5-8pm, and Saturdays from 11-3pm. While there is a weekly special offered in limited quantities, the most popular items include the Lobster Rolls, Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches, and the Slagel Farm Beef Brix Burger. Pre-orders encouraged, window walkups welcome.
Canned Cocktails To Go – now that they’re legal (shoutout to Lori Lightfoot!), Brix is bringing home the fun with canned cocktails to go! Brix offers a rotating list under the weekly Brix Takeout menu but popular options include Margaritas, the Don’t Worry Be Happy bourbon pineapple cocktails, and Palomas. Each canned cocktail serves 2 drinks when poured over ice.
Quarantine Cocktail Kits – everything you need to mix up your quarantine routine! These cocktail kits come complete with everything you need to take your virtual happy hour to the next level including the booze, mixes, spices/seasonings, and instructions. There’s something for everyone to enjoy from Palomas, to Kentucky devils, to Rum Punch that will take you away to the islands! Cocktail kits can be picked up from our walk up window in Roscoe Village; pre-orders encouraged via the Brix Takeout link: https://www.brixtakeout.com/. Quarantine cocktail kits typically make 10-12 drinks.
When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip ultimate summer party kit – who says kids get to have all the fun? With the When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip Kit, expect summer in a bag: hamburger blowup pool, 8 16-oz Brix Golden Pilsners, 2 bottles of Rosé, 12-pack White Claw to make our signature Clawsé™, chips & 3 dips (taco dip, buffalo chicken dip, and roasted garlic hummus) and some serious bragging rights! Pre-orders recommended, limited quantities left in stock for the summer. Order through Brix Takeout link: https://www.brixtakeout.com/
Summer Wines To Go – Zach is Sommelier so naturally, we’re going to throw down with some summer wines to go! Whether looking to pair something with your Brix Takeout order, or picking up snacks and wine for the park we’ve got you covered. Check out the latest and order through the Brix Takeout link: https://www.brixtakeout.com/
Summer Small Group Events – when you’re ready to party like it’s Phase 4 in Chicago, we’ve got you covered! Check out these small group catering menus purposely intended for groups sized 10-15 – perfect for that summer soiree, backyard birthday bash, or pool party. More info here: https://www.brixcatering.com/summer-party