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Heartfelt Catering is a heart-centered business where fresh, simple and soulful are our key ingredients for creating memorable dining experiences. Our dishes are made from scratch with fresh and natural foods and prepared so that they are lower in fat and sodium. We are a full service catering company offering drop-off to sit down meal services including decor and bar service upon request. We look forward to creating a memorable food experience for your next event.

The Heartfelt Catering experience is fresh, simple and soulful

A true labor of love

Everything from our dishes to our signature sauces are made from scratch and with only the freshest, natural and quality ingredients — you’ll get a taste of our Southern-roots with every bite. We specialize in healthy cuisine and we offer a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. The Heartfelt Catering experience is uniquely different and we pride ourselves in outstanding service whether in your home, office or event venue.

 

Heartfelt Catering is a licensed and insured company, and our crew are certified in maintaining food quality, handling and sanitation standards.

Heartfelt Catering was founded by Chef Cecelia Hamilton who developed a passion for cooking as a child. While cooking alongside her mother, Cecelia learned the family’s long-standing Southern tradition of preparing delicious food made with love for family and friends. Today, Ceceliaᅠand her team carry on these traditions for milestone events, weddings, corporate functions across Chicagoland.

At Heartfelt Catering, our menus have been thoughtfully designed by our executive chef for the ultimate balance in flavors and textures. Our dishes are madeᅠ from scratch with fresh and natural foods and prepared so that they are lower in fat and sodium. We specialize in ᅠhealthy cuisine including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes.ᅠ And we will work with you to develop the perfect menu. Our goal is to enhance your event with a truly memorable food experience that is fresh, simple and soulful.

“[With Heartfelt Catering] I experienced efficiency, professionalism, and the most unique dishes I have ever tasted. Cecelia is very patient and covered every detail of my event which left me with nothing to do but relax and enjoy my brunch event.”

-Billie L.

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“The food was delicious, the spices were just right, the flavors mixed well. The presentation was a work of art!”

LuAnn D.

Fish & Seafood

 

Wild salmon (seasonal) croquettes lightly battered in cornmeal with your choice of caramelized onions

or roasted pepper coulis. Served with mixed greens salad, oven roasted potatoes, buttermilk biscuits

and seasonal fruit preserve

 

Pan fried farm raised or blackened catfish. Served with mixed greens salad, savory grits,

buttermilk-sweet potato biscuits and seasonal fruit preserve

 

Blackened shrimp and savory grits. Served with basket of bite sized buttermilk biscuits

and corn muffins

 

Pan seared wild salmon filet (seasonal) with honey-soy-ginger glaze. Served with sautéed julienne

vegetables and wasabi mashed potatoes

 

Chicken

 

Herb roasted organic chicken. Served with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and roasted

vegetable medley

 

Grilled organic lemon-garlic chicken breasts. Served with grilled marinated vegetables and

red skinned potato salad with curry dressing

 

Buttermilk battered pan fried organic chicken. Served with mixed greens salad, creamy

garlic mashed potatoes, buttermilk biscuits and seasonal fruit preserve

 

Chicken with onions and mushrooms roasted in white wine. Served with sautéed

spinach and wild rice pilaf

 

Beef

 

Filet with mushroom-sherry reduction. Served with mixed greens salad, green beans

and potatoes au gratin

 

Beef brisket with dry spicy rub and house made barbecue sauce. Served with grilled

marinated vegetables, house made vegetarian baked beans and Southern style potato salad

 

Pork

 

Stuffed pork tenderloin medallions with dry, spicy rub and sautéed collards and fruit compote stuffing.

Served with mildly spiced braised collards and cabbage and black-eyed peas

 

Pork roast medallions with roasted garlic & sage rub. Served with mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach

 

Vegetarian

 

Quinoa risotto with chopped collards, roasted sweet potato and corn. Served with honey glazed carrots

 

Create your own vegetarian package from our A la Carte Side Dishes

 

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Main Dishes

 

Pan fried farm raised catfish with roasted pepper coulis

Buttermilk battered pan fried organic chicken

Roasted organic chicken

Pork tenderloin medallions

Quinoa risotto with seasonal vegetables

 

 

Sides Dishes

 

Mixed greens salad with pear or other seasonal fruit, red onion, toasted walnuts, gorgonzola cheese,

and choice of house made salad dressing/vinaigrette

 

Coleslaw with red and green cabbage tossed with house Greek yogurt cream dressing

 

Black-eyed pea salad made with grilled asparagus, green onions and tomatoes lightly tossed with

orange-balsamic vinaigrette

 

Red skinned potato salad with curry dressing

 

Southern style potato salad with mayonnaise, mustard and sweet pickle relish dressing

 

Grilled seasonal vegetables with garlic-lemon marinade

 

Sautéed julienne vegetables with red pepper, pea pods and carrots cooked in sesame oil

 

Mildly spiced braised collards and cabbage with onions and jalapeño pepper

cooked in vegetable broth

 

Braised mixed collards, turnip and mustard greens cooked in smoked

turkey with chicken broth

 

Green beans with caramelized shallots and crumbled bacon.  Cooked in bacon drippings

 

Broccoli sautéed in olive oil and garlic

 

Spinach sautéed in fresh oregano and garlic infused olive oil

 

Black-eyed peas prepared with butter, green onions and vegetable broth

 

Grilled corn on the cob (seasonal)

 

Savory grits prepared with butter, green onions and heavy cream

 

Oven roasted potatoes with onions

 

Creamy garlic mashed potatoes

 

Roasted sweet potatoes with brown sugar-spice glaze

 

Baked macaroni and cheese

 

Potatoes au gratin with Gruyere and Manchego cheeses

 

House made dressing/vinaigrette choices: herb vinaigrette, balsamic vinaigrette,

honey-Dijon mustard dressing, citrus vinaigrette, buttermilk-herb dressing

 

Note: Many side dishes with meat can be prepared as vegetarian.

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Egg casserole selection

 

Country: Smoked bacon, smoked ham or sage sausage

Greek: Spinach, tomatoes, red bell pepper and crumbled feta cheese

Veggie: Broccoli, onions, red bell pepper and mushrooms

Three cheese

 

 

Individual box or buffet

 

Choice of buttermilk biscuit sandwich with fresh fruit or house made granola-Greek yogurt parfait cup

 

Biscuit sandwich selection

Smoked bacon and egg

Egg and cheese

Smoked ham

 

 

Continental selection

 

Assorted fruit with berries, grapes, pineapple, kiwi & seasonal selections

House made granola with old fashioned oats, plain Greek yogurt with honey, and fresh fruit

Assorted breakfast breads

 

 

Lunch

 

Salads

 

Individual box or buffet

 Mixed greens with grilled chicken breast, gorgonzola cheese, candied walnuts and dried cranberries

 

Mixed greens with poached wild salmon, red onions, cucumbers and tomatoes (seasonal)

 

Spinach salad with red pepper, mushrooms, red onion, crumbled bacon, gorgonzola cheese, dried cranberries and house made warm bacon dressing. Vegetarian spinach salad option available with house made balsamic vinaigrette

 

Chopped collards, quinoa and three bean salad. Tossed with house made vinaigrette

 

Soups

 

Tomato basil cooked in vegetable broth

 

Chicken vegetable with chicken breast, wild rice, carrots, celery and onion

 

Great northern bean with carrots, celery, onion and spinach. Cooked in ham or vegetarian

 

Sandwiches

 

Mini sandwich selection: grilled chicken breast, grilled beef sirloin and marinated grilled vegetables on whole wheat roll and bed of mixed greens. Served with rosemary-roasted garlic aioli and horseradish aioli on the side

 

House made dressing/vinaigrette choices: herb vinaigrette, balsamic vinaigrette, honey-Dijon mustard dressing, citrus vinaigrette, buttermilk-herb dressing

 

Note: If you want an entrée meal, our dinner packages are available in lunch size portions

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Blackened shrimp or blackened farm raised catfish and grits. Served with sweet potato french toast, fresh fruit syrup, smoked bacon and fresh fruit

 

Your choice of egg casserole from breakfast menu. Served with oven roasted potatoes or savory grits, buttermilk biscuits with seasonal preserves and fresh fruit and house made granola with Greek yogurt

 

Your choice of egg casserole from breakfast menu. Served with spinach salad, chicken salad with curry dressing, assorted fruit tray and assorted breakfast bread tray

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Buttermilk biscuits

Gingerbread with fresh ginger

Sweet potato-pecan bread

Sweet potato pie (seasonal)

Sour cream pound cake

Chocolate espresso tarts

Key lime pie or bars (seasonal)

Bourbon pecan tarts

Fresh baked cookies

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Fresh watermelon limeade (seasonal)

Fresh strawberry lemonade (seasonal)

Fresh lemonade (seasonal)

Unsweetened spiced iced tea

Spiced sweet iced tea

Peach iced tea (seasonal)

Crudités with roasted sweet potato dip

 

Black-eyed pea dip made with tomatoes, red onions, avocado, garlic, jalapeño pepper, cilantro and lime juice. Served with fresh cut sweet potato chips

 

Assorted spiced nuts

 

Black-eyed pea cake with roasted pepper coulis and cilantro garnish

 

Pesto, sun dried tomato and grilled zucchini flatbread

 

Spinach, fig, gorgonzola & walnut lightly drizzled with honey flatbread

 

Artisan cheese, fruit & and house-made lavash

 

Mini spinach pie (Spanakopita)

 

Herb goat cheese wontons with sweet-spicy dipping sauce

 

Caramelized onion & gorgonzola cheese puffs

 

Three cheese flatbread with fontina, goat and parmesan cheeses

 

Shrimp with red curry dipping sauce

 

Blackened shrimp skewers with pineapple, red pepper and red onion salsa

 

Seared tuna with honey-soy ginger glaze served on wonton crisp

 

Asian spiced wild salmon in wonton cup

 

Buttermilk battered fried wing dings

 

Chicken breast skewers with teriyaki-chili pepper marinade

 

Beef tenderloin on crostini with caramelized onions and fresh horseradish

 

Grilled pork tenderloin skewers with spicy pear dipping sauce

 

Rosemary-cracked pepper crusted grilled sirloin beef skewers with horseradish dipping sauce

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Our clients have given us great feedback about their food and service experience using Heartfelt Catering.

We are pleased to share their feedback with you and think you will find them valuable when deciding

on Heartfelt as a good, quality caterer.

“Everything we had at our holiday event was lovely...greatly enjoyed everything your services had to offer."  "They create unique flavors with their dishes."

 

 

“I had the pleasure of hosting and event catered by Cecelia and her staff. I experienced efficiency, professionalism, and the most unique dishes I have every tasted. Cecelia is very patient and covered every detail of my event which left me with nothing to do but relax and enjoy the brunch. Heartfelt Catering has earned a 5 star rating from my entire group!”

Billie L.

“Heartfelt Catering has catered events for me over the past year and a half and are without question my “go to” caterer. I always choose them because the food is always a hit with my guests, there are creative menu options and everything I have chosen has been delicious. I should also note the service is impeccable. I have engaged Heartfelt when I had three weeks to plan and in some cases a few days to plan, but they have always delivered. A true test of how good they are is several of my guests have engaged Heartfelt Catering after enjoying the food and observing the service. They always deliver great food and great service. The most reliable caterer I have ever used. When I work with Heartfelt, I can worry about planning and hosting my event and not the catering or food.”

Cedric T.

“The food was delicious, the spices were just right, the flavors mix well. The presentation was a work of art! I was able to relax and enjoy the party (first time I think I have ever enjoyed a party that I’ve hosted) because of Heartfelt Catering’s delicious food and excellent service. I can not tell you how many people commented on the food and especially Heartfelt’s service. I will recommend Heartfelt Catering to all of our friends.”

LuAnn D.

“I recently attended a reception that offered an experience I had not expected. It was a reception given by Heartfelt Catering. Heartfelt set the flow and atmosphere of the event that was warm and inviting. The quality of the food, service, execution and attention to detail was great. I thoroughly enjoyed this reception but the catering experience was the real deal. Heartfelt catering is a customer oriented company. They provided an experience you do not want to miss.”

Joe M.

“I never realized how wonderful it can be to have someone else help with the food for a party. My guests were happily surprised by the deviation from my usual menu choices. New tastes, new textures, an exotic experience for many of my friends. The sweet potato chips are addictive and a perfect pairing with the black-eyed pea dip. The pork tenderloin skewers with spicy pear dipping sauce smelled so good I was tempted to hide it away for myself, but I did share it with grateful diners. I love to entertain and Heartfelt Catering made me look like a champion hostess.”

Sheila C.

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