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The Hearty Boys

Chicago , IL

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3819 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613 US

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773-244-9866
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.4/5.0
Very attentive and great thoruoghtout the whole process. The food is creative and approachable for all guests. Their staff was great to all of our guests. Dinner service was a little slow for our 200 guests and wasn't timed the best. But other than that I would definitely recommend!
Very attentive and great thoruoghtout the whole process. The food is creative and approachable for all guests. Their staff Read more...
Very attentive and great thoruoghtout the whole process. The food is creative and approachable for all guests. Their staff was great to all of our guests. Dinner service was a little slow for our 200 guests and wasn't timed the best. But other than that I would definitely recommend! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Going with Hearty Boys was one of the best decisions that we made during the wedding planning process. During our initial tasting, we met Charlie, our event planner, who was as on-the-ball and detail-oriented as he was warm and friendly. Everything we ate was phenomenally delicious, and we knew right away that we didn't need to meet with any other caterers. We also met the chef, Dan, who completely understood our desire for food that was special without being stuffy, and above all tasted great. We chose to serve pan-seared chicken, arctic char, and lemon risotto.

Over a year and a half of planning, Charlie was always responsive and helpful whenever questions came up. At our final walkthrough at the venue, we were amazed at how thorough and prepared Charlie was--he had answers to every question and had thought everything through down to the last detail. It was a huge relief to us--we had decided not to go with a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, and when we saw how well Charlie and the Hearty Boys team had everything under control, we knew we'd be in good hands.

On the day of the event, the HB staff was amazing. We had originally planned for an outdoor cocktail hour, but when it unexpectedly rained, Charlie and the team worked immediately to shift to Plan B and move everything indoors. They had also arranged for Brazilian Portuguese-speaking staff for our bilingual wedding; this hadn't even occurred to us as a request that we could make, but it was so helpful for the guests who didn't speak English. We received tons of compliments from our guests (English and Portuguese-speakers alike) on the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff.

The food, as expected, was the most delicious wedding food we've ever had (the guests agreed)--and the bartending staff even made excellent caipirinhas. Hearty Boys essentially did an amazing job on everything from start to finish, and we could not have been happier!
Going with Hearty Boys was one of the best decisions that we made during the wedding planning process. During our initial Read more...
Going with Hearty Boys was one of the best decisions that we made during the wedding planning process. During our initial tasting, we met Charlie, our event planner, who was as on-the-ball and detail-oriented as he was warm and friendly. Everything we ate was phenomenally delicious, and we knew right away that we didn't need to meet with any other caterers. We also met the chef, Dan, who completely understood our desire for food that was special without being stuffy, and above all tasted great. We chose to serve pan-seared chicken, arctic char, and lemon risotto.

Over a year and a half of planning, Charlie was always responsive and helpful whenever questions came up. At our final walkthrough at the venue, we were amazed at how thorough and prepared Charlie was--he had answers to every question and had thought everything through down to the last detail. It was a huge relief to us--we had decided not to go with a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, and when we saw how well Charlie and the Hearty Boys team had everything under control, we knew we'd be in good hands.

On the day of the event, the HB staff was amazing. We had originally planned for an outdoor cocktail hour, but when it unexpectedly rained, Charlie and the team worked immediately to shift to Plan B and move everything indoors. They had also arranged for Brazilian Portuguese-speaking staff for our bilingual wedding; this hadn't even occurred to us as a request that we could make, but it was so helpful for the guests who didn't speak English. We received tons of compliments from our guests (English and Portuguese-speakers alike) on the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff.

The food, as expected, was the most delicious wedding food we've ever had (the guests agreed)--and the bartending staff even made excellent caipirinhas. Hearty Boys essentially did an amazing job on everything from start to finish, and we could not have been happier! Read less
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Katy
Wedding:
9/3/2016
5.0/5.0
Charles and the Hearty Boys team did an absolutely phenomenal job helping us plan food and beverage for our September 2016 wedding. Early on in the planning process, we did some research on all of the generally well-known catering vendors, and then came across Hearty Boys. From our first conversation with Charles and the team, we knew this team would be it. HB was straightforward to work with, was flexible in helping us put together a menu that made sense for us, our budget, and our vision, and the tasting was amazing. We also relied on Charlie to help pull together hors d'ouvres and dessert table lay out - everything came together beautifully and looked amazing (and yummy!). We got so many compliments on the drinks (they served up a special cucumber cocktail!), the appetizers (everyone raved about the pork belly), and the entrees (mmm short rib)...and the homemade ice cream was so popular we ran out (that's a good thing, I promise)! The service was also impeccable and professional - the staff always went above and beyond to bring our guests what they needed.

It's hard to know how everything will come together to serve 100+ people on a big day, and Hearty Boys did not disappoint - they did an amazing job.
Charles and the Hearty Boys team did an absolutely phenomenal job helping us plan food and beverage for our September 2016 Read more...
Charles and the Hearty Boys team did an absolutely phenomenal job helping us plan food and beverage for our September 2016 wedding. Early on in the planning process, we did some research on all of the generally well-known catering vendors, and then came across Hearty Boys. From our first conversation with Charles and the team, we knew this team would be it. HB was straightforward to work with, was flexible in helping us put together a menu that made sense for us, our budget, and our vision, and the tasting was amazing. We also relied on Charlie to help pull together hors d'ouvres and dessert table lay out - everything came together beautifully and looked amazing (and yummy!). We got so many compliments on the drinks (they served up a special cucumber cocktail!), the appetizers (everyone raved about the pork belly), and the entrees (mmm short rib)...and the homemade ice cream was so popular we ran out (that's a good thing, I promise)! The service was also impeccable and professional - the staff always went above and beyond to bring our guests what they needed.

It's hard to know how everything will come together to serve 100+ people on a big day, and Hearty Boys did not disappoint - they did an amazing job. Read less
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Grace Kim
Wedding:
4/18/2015
5.0/5.0
We used Hearty Boys for our April 18, 2015 wedding and we LOVED working with them! Their staff is professional and the food is amazing!! We chose the slow braised short rib, lavendar fried chicken and the toasted farro for our wedding reception. People were RAVING about the slow braised short rib. It was cooked to perfection and the meat just melted right on the fork - no knife necessary!

Margaret was our point person for our wedding catering needs and she was phenomenal to work with. My mother-in-law baked our wedding cupcakes and Hearty Boys generously agreed to store all of our cupcakes a couple days before our wedding and frost all of our cupcakes on the day of the wedding at no extra charge!! They were so amazing to work with. Margaret is an angel and so unbelievably accommodating.

We loved having Hearty Boys cater our wedding! Unbelievable work guys!! Thank you!!
We used Hearty Boys for our April 18, 2015 wedding and we LOVED working with them! Their staff is professional and the Read more...
We used Hearty Boys for our April 18, 2015 wedding and we LOVED working with them! Their staff is professional and the food is amazing!! We chose the slow braised short rib, lavendar fried chicken and the toasted farro for our wedding reception. People were RAVING about the slow braised short rib. It was cooked to perfection and the meat just melted right on the fork - no knife necessary!

Margaret was our point person for our wedding catering needs and she was phenomenal to work with. My mother-in-law baked our wedding cupcakes and Hearty Boys generously agreed to store all of our cupcakes a couple days before our wedding and frost all of our cupcakes on the day of the wedding at no extra charge!! They were so amazing to work with. Margaret is an angel and so unbelievably accommodating.

We loved having Hearty Boys cater our wedding! Unbelievable work guys!! Thank you!! Read less
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Joan
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Hearty Boys (Steve McDonagh) catered our recent event and we were delighted with the food, the service, and the overall management of our event. Guests are still raving about the delicious meal of lavender buttermilk chicken and braised short ribs, with tasty salad and sides. It was a non-traditional venue, so they took care of everything from tables to plates and linens. The wait staff was experienced and very pleasant to all guests. Steve handled the time line of the evening as well so that it flowed seamlessly. They took care of the bride and groom also, making sure they were well fed and worry free.
Hearty Boys (Steve McDonagh) catered our recent event and we were delighted with the food, the service, and the overall Read more...
Hearty Boys (Steve McDonagh) catered our recent event and we were delighted with the food, the service, and the overall management of our event. Guests are still raving about the delicious meal of lavender buttermilk chicken and braised short ribs, with tasty salad and sides. It was a non-traditional venue, so they took care of everything from tables to plates and linens. The wait staff was experienced and very pleasant to all guests. Steve handled the time line of the evening as well so that it flowed seamlessly. They took care of the bride and groom also, making sure they were well fed and worry free. Read less
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Khalilah
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Where do I begin with Hearty Boys, they were amazing, especially Kitty Koster. The tasting was wonderful, well organized and great food. They work with you and are willing to alter dishes to make it work for your wedding. Kitty is a pro and made this part of the process a breeze. The staff at the reception was wonderful and everyone raved about the service and the food. Thanks to Hearty Boys and especially Kitty, our day was absolutely beautiful, all that we wanted and more. The deserts were fabulous as well.
Where do I begin with Hearty Boys, they were amazing, especially Kitty Koster. The tasting was wonderful, well organized Read more...
Where do I begin with Hearty Boys, they were amazing, especially Kitty Koster. The tasting was wonderful, well organized and great food. They work with you and are willing to alter dishes to make it work for your wedding. Kitty is a pro and made this part of the process a breeze. The staff at the reception was wonderful and everyone raved about the service and the food. Thanks to Hearty Boys and especially Kitty, our day was absolutely beautiful, all that we wanted and more. The deserts were fabulous as well. Read less
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sarah
Wedding:
12/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Easy review, here is what we ate:

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Bacon Wrapped Scallops (not on the menu but my husband REALLY wanted them)
Chicago Pigs in a Blanket (like a tiny chicago style hotdog with all the fixins!)
Seared Saku Tuna on a Wonton Crisp
Spiced Beef Skewers (made with spices we brought in from texas - our flavor spirit animal!)
Kimchi Spring Roll
Forest Mushroom Cannoli

Deconstructed Grilled Caesar with Anchovy Caesar Dressing (like, even the salad was remarkable!)

Buttermilk Lavender Fried Chicken Breast with horseradish chive mashed potatoes and collard greens with pickled red onions
Pumpkin Risotto with goat cheese, crispy kale chips and toasted pepitas

Mini Mason Jar Peach Ginger Pies
Mini Mason Jar Pumpkin Pies
Mini Mason Jar Lemon Meringue Pies

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Steve was a delight to work with. He worked within our budget, had great ideas, and whipped up some out of this world signature cocktails for us. He made sure that my mother-in-law had a special meal that worked with her many food allergies.

people raved about the food and cocktails all night long.

We were so proud to serve everything at our wedding! I would work with Hearty Boys a million times over.
Easy review, here is what we ate:

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Bacon Wrapped Scallops (not on the menu but my husband REALLY Read more...
Easy review, here is what we ate:

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Bacon Wrapped Scallops (not on the menu but my husband REALLY wanted them)
Chicago Pigs in a Blanket (like a tiny chicago style hotdog with all the fixins!)
Seared Saku Tuna on a Wonton Crisp
Spiced Beef Skewers (made with spices we brought in from texas - our flavor spirit animal!)
Kimchi Spring Roll
Forest Mushroom Cannoli

Deconstructed Grilled Caesar with Anchovy Caesar Dressing (like, even the salad was remarkable!)

Buttermilk Lavender Fried Chicken Breast with horseradish chive mashed potatoes and collard greens with pickled red onions
Pumpkin Risotto with goat cheese, crispy kale chips and toasted pepitas

Mini Mason Jar Peach Ginger Pies
Mini Mason Jar Pumpkin Pies
Mini Mason Jar Lemon Meringue Pies

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Steve was a delight to work with. He worked within our budget, had great ideas, and whipped up some out of this world signature cocktails for us. He made sure that my mother-in-law had a special meal that worked with her many food allergies.

people raved about the food and cocktails all night long.

We were so proud to serve everything at our wedding! I would work with Hearty Boys a million times over. Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with Kitty and the Hearty Boys was the best decision we made in the entire wedding planning process! They catered our wedding at Salvage One on July 20 and our guests are still talking about how good the food was!

Let's start with the initial proposal. I spoke with Kitty over the phone to give her an idea of what we were looking for. I wanted heavy appetizers, but we also wanted our guests to feel they were getting a full dinner. The proposal we received was for three stations (slider bar, Chicago station and a meat carving station with roasted vegetables and salads).

My husband and I were a little worried about the price as it was on the higher end of the proposals we had received, but we decided to try a tasting anyway. The tasting absolutely blew us away. Between the delicious food and the level of professionalism at the tasting we knew that we wouldn't have a thing to worry about if we moved forward with HB. Also, we had told Kitty that we weren't interested in doing dessert for the wedding, but their chef baked an array of cake pops and other goodies for us anyway and we were able to take home the leftovers.

After we signed the contract and further reviewed our menu choices, we decided we wanted a few changes to our appetizer list. We were able to email Kitty with a couple options we would like to try and stop by and pick up a little to go box. That level of service only made us more excited for the big day.

Kitty also helped us plan our alcohol order based on what we chose as our signature cocktails. When we hadn't received confirmation from our alcohol vendor the week before the wedding she went ahead and called them just to make sure we were all set. On the actual day of the wedding everything with the food and drink ran beautifully. The Hearty Boys team boxed up all of our leftover food and our cake. We had so much we were able to enjoy the food for a few days after our honeymoon.

We have nothing but great memories of our wed
Working with Kitty and the Hearty Boys was the best decision we made in the entire wedding planning process! They catered Read more...
Working with Kitty and the Hearty Boys was the best decision we made in the entire wedding planning process! They catered our wedding at Salvage One on July 20 and our guests are still talking about how good the food was!

Let's start with the initial proposal. I spoke with Kitty over the phone to give her an idea of what we were looking for. I wanted heavy appetizers, but we also wanted our guests to feel they were getting a full dinner. The proposal we received was for three stations (slider bar, Chicago station and a meat carving station with roasted vegetables and salads).

My husband and I were a little worried about the price as it was on the higher end of the proposals we had received, but we decided to try a tasting anyway. The tasting absolutely blew us away. Between the delicious food and the level of professionalism at the tasting we knew that we wouldn't have a thing to worry about if we moved forward with HB. Also, we had told Kitty that we weren't interested in doing dessert for the wedding, but their chef baked an array of cake pops and other goodies for us anyway and we were able to take home the leftovers.

After we signed the contract and further reviewed our menu choices, we decided we wanted a few changes to our appetizer list. We were able to email Kitty with a couple options we would like to try and stop by and pick up a little to go box. That level of service only made us more excited for the big day.

Kitty also helped us plan our alcohol order based on what we chose as our signature cocktails. When we hadn't received confirmation from our alcohol vendor the week before the wedding she went ahead and called them just to make sure we were all set. On the actual day of the wedding everything with the food and drink ran beautifully. The Hearty Boys team boxed up all of our leftover food and our cake. We had so much we were able to enjoy the food for a few days after our honeymoon.

We have nothing but great memories of our wed Read less
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Heidi
Wedding:
3/9/2013
4.9/5.0
Hearty Boys provided the food for our wedding and coordinated the table and linen rentals. The food was tasty, especially the appetizers, and we appreciated having a server who was dedicated to us, otherwise we may not have eaten. Kitty who coordinated everything was amazing and responded quickly to all of my questions. She was quick to accommodate our suggestions or provide a suitable alternative when necessary. We had special instructions regarding our cake and she took care of the details easily.
Hearty Boys provided the food for our wedding and coordinated the table and linen rentals. The food was tasty, especially Read more...
Hearty Boys provided the food for our wedding and coordinated the table and linen rentals. The food was tasty, especially the appetizers, and we appreciated having a server who was dedicated to us, otherwise we may not have eaten. Kitty who coordinated everything was amazing and responded quickly to all of my questions. She was quick to accommodate our suggestions or provide a suitable alternative when necessary. We had special instructions regarding our cake and she took care of the details easily. Read less
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Sarah-Jayne
Wedding:
9/7/2012
5.0/5.0
We had the absolute pleasure of working with Hearty Boys for our wedding, and we could not be happier. Kitty, our catering manager, was a delight from start to finish. We've been married over 2 years now and are still hearing how wonderful, unexpected, and delicious the food at our wedding was. We always recommend them to our engaged friends!
We had the absolute pleasure of working with Hearty Boys for our wedding, and we could not be happier. Kitty, our catering Read more...
We had the absolute pleasure of working with Hearty Boys for our wedding, and we could not be happier. Kitty, our catering manager, was a delight from start to finish. We've been married over 2 years now and are still hearing how wonderful, unexpected, and delicious the food at our wedding was. We always recommend them to our engaged friends! Read less
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