Steve McDonagh

Did you know?

Steve and his partner Dan Smith learned their craft when they earned their living as caterers while pursuing acting careers in New York. When they moved to Chicago, their catering company took off!

steve-mcdonagh
Photo by: Laurie Proffitt; Steve on left

Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith, aka The Hearty Boys, have thrown parties in and around Chicago, with clients ranging from  from Hillary Clinton to Northwestern University.

 

The duo started out in New York as actors trying to pay their bills by working for a series of catering companies. They learned how to set up outdoor bars and buffets at the U.S. Open, trained how to set a formal table at the French embassy, and worked luncheons for royalty at the United Nations, soaking up all sorts of knowledge along the way.

Steve and Dan moved to Chicago in the 1990s and became full-time caterers with a comapny called The Hearty Boys. They quickly became known for their very smart, hip, urban parties. Reporters, writing articles on entertaining, often call them for tips.


The Hearty Boys opened a gourmet shop in the Boystown neighborhood on Chicago's north side and continued to grow happily and steadily…and then came the summer of 2005. They sent a tape into the Food Network to beat out 10,000 entrants to become The Next Food Network Stars. They launched their own show, called, Party Line with The Hearty Boys. They also opened a  restaurant, HB: A Hearty Boys Spot. And then they topped it off with the adoption of their son, Nate.

In 2007 Steve and Dan published The Hearty Boys Cookbook, Talk with Your Mouth Full. They have appeared on CBS’ The Early Show, and in Life, The New Yorker, the New York Times, and other publications.

 

They live in Chicago. Their website is www.heartyboys.com

.

See Steve 's Recipes

Latest Recipes

kix-mix
Kix Mix Added on Jan 11, 2013
savory-pop-tart
Savory Pop-Tart Added on Jan 11, 2013
cracked-black-pepper-parmesan-crisps
Cracked Black Pepper Parmesan Crisps Added on Jan 11, 2013
logan-square
Logan Square Added on Jan 11, 2013

Restaurants


HB: A Hearty Boys Spot

3404 North Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois

Already a member? Sign in here
Close_overlay

Sign up to Cookstr!

  • Receive a free, handpicked selection of recipes in your inbox weekly
  • Save, share and comment on your favorite recipes in My Cookstr
  • Get updates on new cookbooks, Cookstr features, and other exclusives we know you'll love
Spinner
By signing up you accept the
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
New to Cookstr? Sign up here
Close_overlay

Sign in to Cookstr

Keep me logged in
close
Thanks for commenting!
Would you like to share your comment on Facebook or Twitter?