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Elaina Vazquez

Born and raised in Chicago, Elaina's love of food and cooking came early on. By age five, she was captivated by reruns of Three’s Company and the character of Chef Jack Tripper. At family gatherings, Elaina would help her grandmother prepare traditional Puerto Rican meals. When she saw how food brought everyone together, Elaina knew that cooking would become an important part of her life.

Elaina’s first restaurant job was at age 17 where she worked at Emilio's Tapas in downtown Chicago. After high school, Elaina attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, where she graduated with high honors. Upon her graduation from the CIA, Elaina accepted a job at the Chicago restaurant TRU under Chef Rick Tramonto. At this four star restaurant, she was introduced to the intricacies and details of fine dining presentation and service. After a year at Tru, Elaina secured one of the four coveted positions at Avenues at The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago. Under Chef Graham Elliot Bowles, the Avenues team achieved all of the highest awards and accolades in Chicago. It was here that Elaina's creativity flourished as she was able to bring her ideas to the menu and to the restaurant.

After nearly two years at Avenues, Elaina accepted a job in Las Vegas at the world-renowned restaurant Joël Robuchon at the Mansion, MGM Grand. Here she assisted in the execution of Chef Robuchon’s signature tasting menus. During Elaina’s time at Joël Robuchon, the restaurant garnered the internationally prestigious award of Three Michelin Stars.

While working at Joël Robuchon, Elaina began catering for select clients on her days off. The response was so positive that she began catering full time. Elaina returned to Chicago and established Boutique Bites in 2008 as a gourmet catering company with emphasis on delectable cuisine and exquisite presentation and design. Boutique Bites offers catering for corporate and social events, as well as weddings and private functions.

Boutique Bites
5717 N. Elston Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646