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"Hickory River Smokehouse traveled 50 miles

to cater our company picnic for 660 people.

The food was to die for and the staff was more

than eager to please. The staff even stayed to

weather a storm that blew through the picnic.

I would definitely recommend Hickory River

for your next catering event-the food was


- Dick Blick Art, Galesburg, IL

"I want to compliment Mike and his staff at

Hickory River Smokehouse for the excellent

job they did while catering our recent hog roast

held on June 5th, 2010. From start to finish,

Hickory River answered the call and provided

an amazing experience for over 250 of our

guests that enjoyed the event. Mike and his team were spot on from the beginning. Planning and coordinating an event has never been easier and I commend Hickory River for the focused attention and sincere interest they invested in our event. If you are looking for a great partner to cater your next event, Hickory River Smokehouse delivers fabulous food, outstanding service, and an experience you won’t find anywhere else. Thank you Hickory River Smokehouse for making our event such a success!!"

-Central Illinois Riding Therapy

"Mike and his team were the caterers for our wedding and it was AMAZING! They did a great job at preparing food and serving it. They got there early and communicated with our day of planner. I cannot say how much we loved the food and how many compliments we got on our food. This team also adjusted to some of our friends being vegetarian and worked with us.

My wife and I first visited Hickory River Smokehouse (across from Grand Prairie mall in Peoria) more than 2 years ago, as we were planning our annual yard party. We weren't necessarily looking for a caterer, but after we tasted their food at our impromptu lunch, we inquired about their catering menu and prices, and decided to give them a try for our upcoming gathering of about 75 guests.

- Sam Wiegand 

We have now used Hickory River for the past 3 parties, with a pig roast in 2009 and this year, and turkey and beef brisket last year, all served with a variety of sides, sauces and picnic supplies. Feedback from party attendees has been consistently excellent. Each year, they arrived on time, with hot, succulent, very well presented food, including sides of potatoes, veggies and mac & cheese. The serving line each time was immaculately clean and the service staff was very courteous. This year, the somewhat rainy weather did not deter their spirits in the least. My wife and I aim to "outdo" last year's party every year, but as far as food, there is no outdoing Hickory River. We have already engaged them for next year's party. Thanks Mike & Hannah !!"

-Gary & Susan Decker

Brimfield, Illinois

"I was in a group that was put in charge of selecting catering for our school's holiday. In the past our caterers have not been the best. Mike was awesome, he came with his own tables, plates, utensils were all provided. The food was exquisite, and the service was with a smile. We will definitely be using Hickory River's catering service again."

- Terry Cole, Richwoods High School

"Coming from living in Texas for 13 years, we were very skeptical about whether we'd be tasting Bar-B-Q like we were used to getting back in Austin. However, after walking into Hickory River Bar-B-Q and tasting their product, my family and I were pleasantly surprised and amazed that we could find good flavored Bar-B-Q anywhere in the Midwest. We were so taken by the food at Hickory River Bar-B-Q that we used them to cater our Summer Bash Party with a whole hog pig roast. All of our guests were extremely happy with the food and the service. Mike, the manager at Hickory River was our cook, server and set up for the party and he did a fantastic job. Mike was both friendly, and very efficient at every aspect of the service. They arrived at the time they said they would, set up their cooker and tent right where we wanted them to, and had the hog ready at the time they said they'd have it ready without any problems. All in all the experience with Hickory River was a very pleasant one. Even after our party, Mike has been very courteous and friendly with us whenever we've been back in to the restaurant. Without a doubt we will be having Hickory River cater other parties including next years Summer Bash again. We would definitely recommend Mike and his crew for any catering needs you may have."

-Adrianne Miller

Mike Johnstone, Mike Madigan; Central IL Franchise Owners

This site is intended for estimating prices only.  Final total will be determined by catering manager only when an invoice has been emailed or received in person. Prices are subject to change based upon availability. Tax and gratuity not included.

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