The bacon-wrapped jalapeno appetizer ($12), known as the Best in Show at Nick’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill in Wilmette, is stuffed with taco meat and beer cheese and is served with a side of ranch dip. Emma Palatnik/22nd Century Media
Michael’s Italian beef sandwich ($55 per dozen) is loaded with roasted beef, sweet peppers and hot giardiniera on an Italian roll. Courtney Jacquin/22nd Century Media
The brisket ($16.95 per pound), one of JD’s Q & Brew’s signature catering items, serves approximately three people. Chris Pullam/22nd Century Media
The double chocolate chip ice cream at Graeter’s in Winnetka is a fan favorite for its huge, homemade chocolate chunks and unique French pot freezing process. Ice cream can be ordered in pints for graduation parties. BEN WEINSTEIN/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Sunset Foods’ colorful veggie bowl ($15.98) is sure to delight at any party. Dylan San Roman/22nd Century Media
A dozen roast beef mini slider sandwiches ($39.99) are one of the most popular food trays at Foodstuffs. Photo submitted.
The tilapia taco, part of the taco bar ($16.50 per person) at Glencoe’s An Apple A Day Catering, is a popular choice. Ben Weinstein/22nd Century Media