Chef’s Corner

  • Do You Know? (4/1/2014) - When preparing and storing food, what is considered the temperature range “danger zone” that allows bacteria to grow? Between 40-140 degrees Between 80-120 degrees Between 100-150 degrees   The correct answer is a. Food left in the “danger zone,” grows
  • Gluten Free Food Choices (3/1/2014) - Gluten is a naturally occurring protein found in wheat, rye and barley. To be gluten free, it means that anything that has flour in it cannot be eaten. Oats, crackers, bread, cereal, thickening in gravy, breading and salad dressings are
  • Food Movement (2/1/2014) - It is important to keep in mind certain diets when planning a food menu for an event. It is very difficult to cater to all of them while staying within a budget. People are taking an interest in certain aspects
  • Elegant Ice (1/1/2014) - Add a classy flair to your cocktail hour setup with DIT edible flower and herbal ice cubes. Use mint, rosemary, lavender or basil with lemonade drinks, or nasturtiums with a sweet cocktail for a delicate finish. Whatever you choose to
  • Family-Style Feasts (12/17/2013) - One way to get people to interact and connect is to consider communal dining tables. It encourages people to share stories and network with a community aspect at events. Family-style dining, where large prepared dishes are passed around the table,
  • Think Almonds! (12/1/2013) - A healthy and tasty snack to munch on is almonds. The source of food and its nutritional content is important knowledge when planning an event or party. People want to eat nutritious foods, but tend to associate the term “healthy”
  • Thanksgiving Buffet (11/13/2013) - November 28th – Delicious Thanksgiving Buffet All the traditional trimmings for a Thanksgiving meal! Served from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM $23.95 Adults and $11.95 Children (4-12 years) Call (217)422-8800 for reservations!
  • Ice Sculpture Trends (10/1/2013) - In the zest of making the parties and events more elegant, people look for the wow factor that adds a unique element to their event. Ice sculptures are becoming a new buzzword in parties and wedding decorations. They grace the
  • Ice Carvings are great attention getters (9/1/2013) - Ice Carving is truly unique and can be utilized for many purposes other than decoration. It was born from the culinary arts and the current trends utilize this culinary background to create elegant interactive food displays and ice bars. Ice
  • What Are the 2013 Restaurant Food Trends? (8/1/2013) - Bacon in all types of recipes and food dishes. Ethnic inspired breakfast food items. Vegetarian appetizers. Bite Size hors d’oeuvres. Whole-wheat noodles and pasta such as buckwheat. Homemade ice cream. Locally grown meats and seafood. Gourmet lemonade, organic coffee, special
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I just want to say THANK YOU for everything. I thought the meetings went really well, the guests seemed to enjoy their rooms and stay, the food was fabulous, and we were well taken care of if we needed something. We didn’t have to want or wait on anything!! I have to admit I was very impressed!
Becky Garrett
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay and for taking such good care of the team, coaches, and support staff this past weekend. The trip went very smooth and the team had their first victory over Millikin in 40+ years! We really appreciate your hard work and wanted to extend our sincere appreciation to you and your staff that made everything possible. Thank you again for your hospitality.
Lauren Cavallaro
My stay at the Decatur Conference Center was one of the best stays I have had in my many travels throughout the Midwest.  Thank You!
Irene Paliomentro
Your hotel is one of the best I have ever visited! Thanks for making my stay super awesome. I would surely recommend you guys.
Mark Anthony
“I hosted an event for work at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel and was very impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the quality of the food provided by catering. I hope to host future events at your facility.” – Kim Mangan
Kim Mangan
I enjoyed working with you last December on our Christmas Party for the BLET. You are very professional and your staff did a wonderful job.Everyone at the party said the food and JR’s was great!We are looking forward to having the party again there this year.
Toni Cusanelli
My stay was delightful and very relaxing and staff were very welcoming. Thanks for everything.
Marry Ribben