I was at an industry event a few weeks ago and had a great conversation with a guy who shall remain nameless because this is Chicago after all. He does not need the grief and I am sure that he likes his job. Let's just say that he is high up at a major food service provider.
One of the things that we discussed at length was the preferred relationship status of caterers and other vendors at some of Chicago's main meeting and event spaces. My friend finally put words to what I had always known. They paid to get on the list and they paid a lot.