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The Hearty Boys

Chicago , IL

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3819 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613 US

PHONE

773-244-9866

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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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Lindsay
Wedding:
9/4/2010
4.7/5.0
The Hearty Boys were absolutely AMAZING! The food and service were more than we could have ever anticipated. Our guests are still telling us what awesome food we had and my family couldn't get enough of their super-friendly waitstaff. Aurieann was our coordinator, and she had just the right amount of guidance almost to the last minute. For us a lot was planned right at the last minute, which stressed me out a little, but all went well on the big day. Pricewise we were a little nervous given the sample menu we were initially given, but after meeting with Aurieann and testing out some food we were blow away. At the tasting we were again treated with impeccable service and they were very flexible with our menu choices. Although we wound up a little over our food budget, the Hearty Boys are still one of our favorite vendors!
The Hearty Boys were absolutely AMAZING! The food and service were more than we could have ever anticipated. Our guests Read more...
The Hearty Boys were absolutely AMAZING! The food and service were more than we could have ever anticipated. Our guests are still telling us what awesome food we had and my family couldn't get enough of their super-friendly waitstaff. Aurieann was our coordinator, and she had just the right amount of guidance almost to the last minute. For us a lot was planned right at the last minute, which stressed me out a little, but all went well on the big day. Pricewise we were a little nervous given the sample menu we were initially given, but after meeting with Aurieann and testing out some food we were blow away. At the tasting we were again treated with impeccable service and they were very flexible with our menu choices. Although we wound up a little over our food budget, the Hearty Boys are still one of our favorite vendors! Read less
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teamlauren
Wedding:
8/16/2009
5.0/5.0
let's discuss hearty boys.

i am vegan, and so is my husband, which made our selection difficult, because we needed to find a caterer that was willing to make our little vegan dreams come true.

not only were they willing, but they were EXCITED to create a menu for us. edgar, our planner, was constantly writing or calling me to bounce ideas off of me, and it was greatly appreciated. he was so great to work with, and completely took the stress out of planning a menu. i gave him a lot of suggestions, and he ran with them.

while the service was amazing, a catering company is nothing without the actual food, eh? all of the guests from our wedding are STILL raving about the food and the service that they received at our wedding. it's amazing, i always thought weddings had to have terrible food, but hearty boys proved me wrong.

i would highly recommend hearty boys to anyone and everyone planning their wedding.
let's discuss hearty boys.

i am vegan, and so is my husband, which made our selection difficult, because we Read more...
let's discuss hearty boys.

i am vegan, and so is my husband, which made our selection difficult, because we needed to find a caterer that was willing to make our little vegan dreams come true.

not only were they willing, but they were EXCITED to create a menu for us. edgar, our planner, was constantly writing or calling me to bounce ideas off of me, and it was greatly appreciated. he was so great to work with, and completely took the stress out of planning a menu. i gave him a lot of suggestions, and he ran with them.

while the service was amazing, a catering company is nothing without the actual food, eh? all of the guests from our wedding are STILL raving about the food and the service that they received at our wedding. it's amazing, i always thought weddings had to have terrible food, but hearty boys proved me wrong.

i would highly recommend hearty boys to anyone and everyone planning their wedding. Read less
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Alicia
Wedding:
5/16/2009
5.0/5.0
This is an amazing company. People are still talking about the service and the food at our wedding. It was top notch, and I was very impressed. We worked with Aurieann, and she was wonderful. She was very attentive, and really listened to us. Little details made our wedding so special, and we really owe it to The Hearty Boys. My husband worked mostly with the caterer, but he really enjoyed Aurieann's responses to his questions. She was very helpful when we didn't really know what we wanted or what we needed. She took the time to explain every part of the contract, and really made sure she took care of us. On the day of our wedding, we were more than impressed. We were in an art gallery and they had the room set up for the ceremony, and it was perfect! During the cocktail hour that was in the lower gallery, they turned the room over and set up for a formal sit down dinner. It looked completely different! They were on top of everything and the entire event went very smoothly because of the servers and Aurieann. The best part was the server for the sweetheart table. He was perfect! I don't think my champagne glass was ever empty. He was really funny, and a great addition to the event. Everyone at the reception had nothing but great things to say about the food! The food was so amazing. They even did a dessert buffet that was to die for. It was perfect. If anything went wrong, I had no idea. They took care of everything, and made the event feel completely romantic and fun for everyone. I would recommend Hearty Boys for any event. They were wonderful to work with, and we can't get enough of their cookbook.
This is an amazing company. People are still talking about the service and the food at our wedding. It was top notch, and Read more...
This is an amazing company. People are still talking about the service and the food at our wedding. It was top notch, and I was very impressed. We worked with Aurieann, and she was wonderful. She was very attentive, and really listened to us. Little details made our wedding so special, and we really owe it to The Hearty Boys. My husband worked mostly with the caterer, but he really enjoyed Aurieann's responses to his questions. She was very helpful when we didn't really know what we wanted or what we needed. She took the time to explain every part of the contract, and really made sure she took care of us. On the day of our wedding, we were more than impressed. We were in an art gallery and they had the room set up for the ceremony, and it was perfect! During the cocktail hour that was in the lower gallery, they turned the room over and set up for a formal sit down dinner. It looked completely different! They were on top of everything and the entire event went very smoothly because of the servers and Aurieann. The best part was the server for the sweetheart table. He was perfect! I don't think my champagne glass was ever empty. He was really funny, and a great addition to the event. Everyone at the reception had nothing but great things to say about the food! The food was so amazing. They even did a dessert buffet that was to die for. It was perfect. If anything went wrong, I had no idea. They took care of everything, and made the event feel completely romantic and fun for everyone. I would recommend Hearty Boys for any event. They were wonderful to work with, and we can't get enough of their cookbook. Read less
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