Nationally recognized for our signature style of blending contemporary urban sophistication with casual charm, The Hearty Boys Caterers is one of Chicago’s best known and most sought after catering companies. Chefs Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh bring their prowess to Chicago events in the same way that they brought to Food Network and their two cookbooks.

Along with the team, Dan and Steve have been delighting Chicagoans with a full range of services for nearly twenty years. Our secret is no secret…we just love a party. We love it all, intimate dinner parties, noisy crowded cocktail parties, big splashy galas with draping and lighting effects, office parties that manage to bring everyone together, hip weddings that seem uniquely Chicago. You should hire a caterer that feels the same way about your party as you do, someone who is really involved with their food, someone who is able to listen to your vision and talented enough to make that vision a reality, someone who always remembers that above all else, a party is about food and fun. And that’s The Hearty Boys focus…we’ve assembled some of Chicago’s finest talent to offer you vibrant cuisine and fresh ideas…all prepared by and served by people you’ll like.


The Hearty Boys’ reputation stems from the work we do as a cohesive team. From our sales team to our kitchen team, from the management team to the delivery team, we couldn’t be successful without the hard work and commitment these talented people have. Everyone brings something different “to the table” with a stunning combined number of years in event execution. This is a group of people who enjoy what they do…we know you’ll enjoy what they do too! To learn more about who’s running your show, click on the tabs at left.

This is the heart of The Hearty Boys…we’ve assembled some of Chicago’s finest talent to offer you vibrant cuisine and fresh ideas…all prepared by and served by people you’ll like.

Learn more about who’s running your show here.

Hearty Boys Catering Andrew


Andrew has worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade. He started his career at the renowned Oxo Tower Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie in London, England working in Sales and Guest Services. Upon moving to Chicago in 2012 he joined the Hearty Boys, and has worked in almost every aspect of their catering business and restaurants, from Event Supervisor, Staffing Manager, Corporate Event Planning, and now Wedding and Large Event Planning. With his combined field and planning experience, you are assured every detail of your event will be executed flawlessly! Andrew is proud dad to Elsie and executive director of The Runcible Theatre Company.

Hearty Boys Catering Alyson


Alyson Green is the planner who is as enthusiastic about your event as you are! Warm and genuine, Alyson strives to make clients feel comfortable & worry-free from the first phone call to the last hug she gives you on your wedding day.  Alyson credits her keen eye for detail & organization to her daily yoga practice and her upbeat personality to the time she spends with her actor husband and active kiddo.  Give her a call, if you forget her name, just ask for “the girl with the funky glasses’.

Hearty Boys Catering Nicole


Nicole Mitchell has been with The Hearty Boys since 2012. She started internally as an onsite events supervisor where she managed and ran corporate daily events and galas. Her unflappable demeanor, organizational skills and outgoing personality made her a natural pick for Corporate and Social Events Planner! For corporate events, there’s no one you can trust more to remember the small important details. For social events, she manages everything from the first contact with Hearty Boys to the event staffing, food selection, and decor –  to hugging the clients at the end of the party.  She is a lifelong resident of Chicago and mother to a son studying at Vanderbilt.