Barrack’s Hospitality Group

Like so many others in a ‘family’ business Jim has been at it ---- really --- his whole life. 

Barrack’s Catering began in 1933, at the corner of Knoxville and Ravine, at a small commercial kitchen. All catering was done offsite at that time. With Jim’s help and guidance they bought the property that is now the corporate office at 1224 Pioneer Parkway in Peoria and added their banquet facility to offer a...

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Rizzi’s on State/ Rizzi’s on Sheridan

by Bill More

I had a great time meeting Bekim Rizvani and re-connecting with Jesse Kidd, 29. 

Bekim is the owner of the Rizzi’s restaurants along with his wife Sindis.

Even at his young age of 37, Bekim has been in the restaurant business for 25 years.
Yes, you read that right, he started with his family’s restaurant business on the East Coast at the tender age of 12. (Don’t worry, I don’t think they broke any labor laws.)

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Beer Me

by Job Abraria

In the summer of 2012  Todd Hayes approached his good friend and former neighbor, Christian Payne, about getting fit using the “Ease into 5K” app. Reluctantly, Christian agreed not realizing what creative ideas would result from the post run flow of endorphins and home brews. By December of 2012, Hayes and Payne were running in 9 degree weather through the area surrounding Bradley University praying that...

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Cheers to Apple Season

by Nicole Watts (with a little help from her friends)

In honor of apple season, we sampled a variety of apple ciders and ales at our Labor Day BBQ. Our findings were interesting. Angry Orchard’s Crisp Apple Hard Cider and Smith & Forge Cider were the favorites. Mike’s Hard Smashed...

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One World Catering and Café

by Bill More

What a delight to sit down once again with Sam Eid, age 49,  owner of One World Catering and Café at Main and University in Peoria. Sam and his brother are full owners and they have been providing unique, varied, and different dishes at this spot since 1993 --- and they have location, location, location. They bought out the previous owner for about... READ MORE

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Stephanie Bernardi Brott

by Bill More

I had the great good pleasure to speak with Stephanie Bernardi Brott to interview her regarding food trends in Central Illinois. Stephanie is now 42 and has been in the food business nearly all her life. She and her family own Mona’s and Capponi’s restaurants in Toluca, Illinois, for decades, and the Bernardi’s restaurants in... READ MORE

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Baking with Booze

by Nicole Watts

Father’s Day is just around the corner and I’m fairly certain there aren’t any dads in need of a new tie or another golf themed gift.  Chocolate Caramel Bourbon Cupcakes with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting and Sweet Spicy Bacon made my favorite guy smile.   READ ME

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