Back in the mid 1980s, I was delighted to discover "a Matter of Taste" and its gourmet chef, Connie Randall. I owned Junction Gallery and hired her to prepare food for the large numbers of people who attended art opening events over many years. Not only were her suggestions for savory foods varied, interesting, and always fresh from the farmer's markets, but colorful and exquisitely presented with creative flair. She understands food fashion, for sure!
The results of her labors have always been greeted with pleasure and healthy appetites - I know, because she has done many dinners for smaller groups in my home. She has developed a trove of delicious recipes, literally, for all seasons and every occasion. Always with an eye to "fresh", Connie has the experience to choose the best from the organic edible garden for fresh vegetables and delicious, crisp salads. Sauteed, baked, grilled, braised - her entrees are always purchased from quality markets, flavorfully seasoned to tease the palate.
Two weeks ago, I had a party for 25. Because I fancy myself a "cook in training", I wanted to prepare the entrees. Connie gladly filled in the rest - appetizers, creamy Lyonnaise potatoes, and several salads - my favorite was a black bean, wheat berry, edamame salad with a lemon vinaigrette. I was elated that she would work with me, enhancing my effort with her tasty specialties.
Talking about "specialities" - Shall I carry on about Connie's "desserts"? No, you'll just have to engage her for a party, large or small, and find out for yourselves just how "sweet" her "sweets' are. - Marilyn Copp
Connie Randall, A Matter of Taste Catering has catered events for us over the past 10 years. Connie is extremely helpful in planning the event menu. Her suggestions incorporate seasonal availability with attention to complimentary flavors, nutrition and presentation. The food and service are always a big hit with our guests. - Bill and Kathy Rohner
Connie and her staff have catered for my husband & I on several occasions for large holiday parties & special events. We really appreciate Connie's personalized approach when she assists us with planning a menu for our parties. Her menu is quite variable & offers something for everyone. The day of the party Connie arrives with ample staff to assist with prep, serving and clean up. The food is excellent, the staff very courteous and attentive to our guests and we always receive accolades about the food and service for many weeks after our parties. It is so nice to relax & enjoy your own party, knowing that our guests are being well cared for! - Joe & Tammy Sarmiento
We used A Matter of Taste to cater our wedding in July and we could not have been happier with the food and service. We actually chose a venue around A Matter of Taste because we wanted a choice in our wedding food. Many venues have their own caterers and the food is always sub par. Not our wedding food! Everything was elegantly presented, the food was fresh and fabulous, and we received rave reviews from all of our guests. Connie took the time to sit down with us and made sure we would have everything we wanted while making sure to stay within our budget. A Matter of Taste is a small business that delivers in a big way! - Erin & Jon Lontai
Thank you A Matter Of Taste for catering the Central Illinois Youth Symphony / CIYS's fundraiser Vino in Vienna! The food was absolutely delicious, I can't wait to work with you again! - Amy Zordan
Connie is a culinary virtuoso! A true original and, many would insist, totally genius. If you want a beautifully customized and uniquely "you" catering presence at your wedding or upcoming event, then there is absolutely no one else in town that can deliver like A Matter of Taste. They are the quintessential boutique (read: "rustic, fresh, stylish, personalized, edgy, home-made-with-love, expressive and memorable") catering service in Peoria (and probably in the region!) I will never forget Connie's role in my wedding weekend. The food was beautiful and delicious and the service was above-and-beyond. It truly felt like our wedding dinner represented us as a couple, not to mention gave that extra-special sparkle of Connie's aura. She will make your event dinner Pinterest worthy! She is a joy and her food is pure joy. It's about the experience too, so let her help you create something new, flavorful & expressive! Thank you, Connie. You are an incredible woman and we were so honored to have you and the Matter of Taste family with us for our big day! - Shannon Moore Shepherd
The best world cuisine food artist with the BIGGEST heart ever! Connie is so great to work with! She's professional, quick, thoughtful and provides a personal touch with each and every client she caters for. Her passion comes alive with her colorful and delicious presentations. - Jeremie Draper
The best (hands down) catering in Peoria and surrounding counties! - Perry Ehlen
Awesome, fresh, exceptional caterer! If you want something special, delicious, and miles above other caterers, this is the place to go. Connie is so helpful in customizing your menu especially for your event. Highly recommend! – Kim Walden Snarr
Connie catered our wedding and we haven’t stopped working with her since. Whether we ask her to prepare wholesome meals for us when we’re swamped with work or to create delicious desserts for a party, Connie’s food is beyond compare. – Doug and Eileen Leunig