Don’t take our word for it…see what others have to say:

Take a look at our review from Phil Luciano of the PJ Star!

Thank you so much for the amazing food!!! Everything tasted delicious!!!!!!!!!! especially the mac n cheese!! so good!! Everyone loved it as well especially when they were going for seconds!! I also want to thank you for making our vegan friends very happy as well!!! I truly appreciate that!!! Please make sure to tell that wonderful chef of yours that he did an amazing job!!!
Thank you so much!!!
Anna Filson ūüôā
Galesburg American Legion Fall 2013

Mandy & Ryan,

Thank you for the wonderful job you did catering our wedding! ¬†Everyone is still talking about how great the food was and wondering who provided it. ¬†We appreciate everything you did to make dinner go so smoothly and your wait staff was very courteous and professional! ¬†We couldn’t have asked for a ¬†more perfect wedding day! ¬†Best of luck to you and yours!


Travis & Sam Norville, May 2013 wedding at Walnut Grove Farms, Knoxville, IL


Hello Mandy/Hick’ry Stick Staff,


Just a quick note to let you know how very pleased we were on the professional catering job that your team did for our recent Holiday dinner at the Maple Lane Country Club in Elmwood, IL.

I serve on the board and was your point person for all the coordination/communication during the 2 months prior to the event.  Thus; you did not let me down as you came through on every commitment.  All 45 of our guests commented on how wonderful the food was and how everything was presented!

I highly recommend to anyone the smoked Prime Rib which is now a favorite of many since we’d never had that taste of Prime Rib before!¬† All the sides and desserts were right on as promised too!

Way to go Hick’ry Stick and we will certainly be contacting you for more catering events throughout the year at our club.

You are a great asset to our community as well…


Kenny Blum
Maple Lane Country Club
Elmwood, IL


The Hickry Stick in Elmwood, IL is a great restaurant with homemade tastes for everyone.  Situated in a very unique and beautiful building just off the downtown square is some of the best bbq and smoked meats around.  You have to try the mac and cheese and plan on staying for their desserts.  It is run by great people who take great pride in their food quality.  You have to try it out!

-Eric Elmwood, IL

I just wanted to let you and Ryan know that the open house event at your¬†Elmwood restaurant for my daughter and son in-law exceeded my expectations. The food was outstanding and the staff very attentive. Many of our out of town guests told me that they didn’t expect the venue to be so beautiful and the food so good.
Thanks again – Larry Hayes

_____________________________________________________________________________________________On January 18th, I booked The Hick’ry Stick to cater an appreciation dinner for my co-workers upon the occasion of my retirement.¬† WHAT A SUCCESS!!!¬† The pulled pork was devoured instantly, with several commenting they had never tasted better.¬† The mac ‘n cheese disappeared quickly as well.¬† Considering fried corn is one of the dishes my grandmother made so many years ago, I requested that for the menu as well.¬† It, too, was greeted with positive comments, and almost everyone taking second helpings.¬† However, the highlight of the entire dinner was the blackberry cobbler we had for dessert.¬† What a delicious change from the normal cake and ice cream you normally find at such occasions.¬† I honestly think we could have eaten double the amount of cobbbler!

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Hick’ry Stick and look forward to stopping¬†by their Atlantic Street facility¬†for lunches and early dinners.¬† Peoria is fortunate to have such a high-quality restaurant and caterer.¬† Five ***** to them from me!!

Vick Steward

Peoria, Illinois


Thank you so much for the outstanding lunch buffet! As usual it was above and beyond! The service you provide is outstanding, the food quality is truly amazing! We had guests from all over the country today and they were all very impressed! Again, thank you so much for going above and beyond!


Pekin, IL


‚ÄúHick‚Äôry Stick Catering provided great food and great catering service for our agencies event‚ÄĚ Central Illinois Agency on Aging highly recommends Hick‚Äôry Stick for your catering needs whether for business or personal‚ÄĚ ‚Äď CIAA Events Committee


I was very pleased with your rehearsal dinner. ¬†You and your husband were wonderful to work with. ¬†The room was beautiful and the food very good. ¬†I was so pleased that all of our guests enjoyed the evening so much. ¬†We got a lot of compliments from them about your restaurant. ¬† ¬†If I had this event to plan over — the only change I’d like is to have a plated dinner.


Elmwood, IL


Thanks again for all your hard work for Tom and Laura’s reception! ¬†It was beautiful and so much fun.. Lots of compliments on the location and food.


Peoria, IL


Mandy and Ryan,

Thanks for all the hard work you put into our wedding.  You went above and beyond our expectations!

-Kristen and Collin Mason

Peoria Heights, IL