Caterer caterers in Fresno Trendy Catering Fresno

5 things to know before you hire a caterer in Fresno

You want your local event catered, what should you decide before you begin to hire a caterer in Fresno?

Catering in Fresno
Dinner is served by a Fresno Caterer

There are numerous types or styles of catering that one can choose from.  But before we discuss the styles, we need to decide whether your event is catered on-premise or off-premise.

What’s  the difference? The on-premise caterer is one who is attached to the venue in which you are holding your event.  The kitchen facilities are part of the venue and everything is prepped and cooked on site. It isn’t unusual that an event venue will have an in-house caterer, baker, bar service and so on. One of the first questions you should ask while booking a venue is if they have their own vendors.  If that works well for you, continue on with setting budgets, securing your date, arrange a tasting and so on. If your heart is set on using a particular caterer that this venue doesn’t use, you’ll have to continue your search.

With off-site catering you choose whomever you’d like and they prepare their food in a commercial kitchen not connected to the venue. Food is then safely transported using insulated coolers, refrigerated vehicles and portable warming units.  This equipment ensures safe food handling that any reputable caterer will use. 

Caterers who specialize in barbecue usually bring their own barbecue equipment along with any other items needed for safe handling of the food. 

With on-premise or off-premise caterers the decision between a sit down meal served by staff or a buffet style dinner should be made at the very start of your planning. If you choose a sit down dinner it’s important that you are shown how food is arranged on the plate and what garnish is used. This is usually accomplished when you schedule a tasting.

For a buffet dinner, ask to see a plan of the room arrangement. This will help with room set up and decorating when you see the buffet table placements and the design for orderly traffic flow around the buffet.  

As always, budget is of utmost consideration.  Be sure in the contract you sign with your caterer all details of what they provide are clear.  Make sure it’s a caterer that you trust and rely on their expertise to ensure a beautiful, delicious event.

Trendy Catering Fresno

Trendy Catering Loves What They Do

Trendy Catering partners Matthew McComas and Mike Cook have over 40 years combined restaurant, cooking, catering and all around food business experience. This experience not only makes them amazing chefs but knowledgeable in all aspects of the food industry. From catering large events to helping launch food business start ups, they have done and continue to do it all. Catering however remains at the core of who they are. Creating an event that brings people around a table to share life while enjoying delicious food, is what it’s all about.

Pork Loin with garlic potatoes and mixed vegetables
Catering to the Fresno area, our delicious Pork Loin with garlic potatoes and mixed vegetables

They decided to take all that they learned from various restaurant endeavors and pour that into their catering. Ask Matthew what their specialty is at Trendy Catering and he is quick to answer, good food!

Matthew considers himself very fortunate to have such a rich heritage of food and cooking. His grandfather as well as his father taught and showed him what preparing great food is all about. He grew up surrounded in a food centric environment and was trained under many, many master chefs. Matthew’s first apprenticeship was when he was twelve years old which led to his first formal apprenticeship when he was fourteen. The love of creating great food and bringing people together to share a great meal around a table is the passion that drives Trendy Catering.

Trendy Catering has served delicious food at countless events in the Fresno area and of course throughout the Central Valley for many years. One goal of Trendy Catering is to keep costs at a very affordable rate while not compromising the quality of the food. Keeping costs low allows for people from all economic backgrounds to sit down at an event that Trendy caters and enjoy a delicious meal together.

Chicken with country gravy
Enjoy our Chicken with country gravy

The most requested dish from Trendy Catering is hands down, Rosemary Chicken. Matthew and Mike have perfected this dish by preparing what they call “Trendy style” chicken. Due to their many years of experience in cooking and catering they have perfected their Rosemary Chicken to a delicious, flavorful dish that is never dry. As Matthew describes it, “it’s such a good time in your belly”.

Matthew and Mike love what they do. Catering allows them to be a part of people’s lives and share in some of life’s biggest events. People gathered around a table celebrating, mourning, sharing, all while enjoying delicious food feeds the soul as well as the belly. Trendy catering is all about bringing great food that is prepared with care and whole lot of love all at an affordable price. Everybody should be able to sit down at a table and enjoy a meal together. Around the table is where the best times should be. No one should be excluded. Trendy Catering love what they do and love that they get to share what they do!