Fay’s Pork Chop Bar-B-Que, founded by Wilder and Martha Fay, began as small business in the summer of 1962 to serve meals featuring bar-b-qued pork chops to various groups. It was well received, so they expanded the enterprise to include the DeKalb County Fair at Sandwich, Illinois. The fair is generally known as “The Sandwich Fair’.
As time went on, improvements were made on equipment and menus and more groups and organizations were requesting our catering service. The Northern Illinois Steam Power Club annual show at Sycamore, Illinois (commonly known as the “Sycamore Steam Show”) had become a yearly event for us by 1967. The same original spice is still used to season the pork chops, as well the chicken, steak, lamb, fish, and hamburgers that have now become a part of the menu.
The BBQ continues to be a family affair with sons Bob, Tom and Jim and daughters Jackie, Jane, Marcia, Linda and Joanna helping at the Fair and other events. Soon in-laws and then grand-children became a part of the family operation. Through the years neighbors, friends, relatives, and teens have been employed as our service expanded. They have been a big part in contributing to our continued success.
In 1976, Bob Dempsey, Marcia’s husband, became manager of the business upon the sudden death of Wilder. Thus the family continues the tradition of serving tasty meals throughout northern Illinois and into neighboring states.