The Herbeque name may be a clever play on words, but Herbert Prince, owner of the family-oriented barbecue catering company, is totally serious about the quality and taste of the hickory smoked Chicago-style barbecue foods he sells at his Marco Island Farmers Market booth.
Like many Florida transplants that flee Northern climes, Chicago-born Herbert Prince also moved here because he tired of the weather but also because he wanted more than a well-paid 20 year career in corporate human resource management:
“I wanted to work for myself and expand the barbecue catering business I started as an income-producing hobby in Chicago, after enjoying the popularity and repeated requests for cooking barbecue at family gatherings and friendly get-togethers. We — my wife and partner Danielle and myself — wanted a small town environment to raise our young sons, Alexander and Jonathan, and moved to Port St. Lucie six years ago,” stated Prince, noting that prior research confirmed there were many transplanted northerners living in the area so it would be a good place to introduce hickory smoked Chicago-style barbecue to Florida’s Treasure Coast.
Introduce doesn’t quite describe the rapid way luscious secret sauces and smoky goodness emanating from Herbeque Catering Company spread out from Port St. Lucie and generated positive feedback on herbeque.com . The fledgling company gathered hundreds of unsolicited testimonials, peppered with superlatives like “delicious, fabulous and excellent presentation,” describing the food. Logistically, the catering company received praise for, “impressive, efficient service, and exceeded expectations,” from satisfied organizations, businesses and private customers and it just kept spreading like Prince’s sweet and tangy barbecue sauce on a rack of baby back ribs.
“Our catering business now extends up to Melbourne and down to Miami,” stated Prince, noting that participation in Taste of St. Lucie People’ Choice Awards garnered first place for taste and presentation in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
“I started this business in 2001 with the motto of professional service, quality and freshness every time, and we’ve only been doing business in Port St. Lucie just over 5 years so you know we’re doing something right,” declared Prince.
Herbeque’s People’s Choice Award food items pulled from the catering menu and sold at the Farmers Market booth include pulled pork by the pound and sandwiches; full slabs of baby back ribs and rib dinners; and pulled chicken sandwiches and dinners. All dinners consist of homemade baked beans, mac and cheese made with four cheeses, and coleslaw. In addition, other savory delicacies include smoked sausages with peppers and onions, all beef hot dogs and hamburgers. The mac and cheese made fresh with four different cheeses is amazing — not goopy, not overwhelmingly cheesy — just right balance of sauce to macaroni. To gild the lily further, everything Herbeque sells is made fresh daily from scratch.