Fresh from the KitchenNoelle Salinas and Theresa Noble of Fresh from the Kitchen

How long have you been in business?
Four years, most of that time as a personal chef and private party caterer. The expansion of the company took place in Oct. of 2008 where a business partner was added and the business went Valleywide.

How did you get started as a chef/ caterer?
I freelanced as a teenager working side by side with other caterers; worked a couple years as a banquet server at a wedding reception venue; always looking/working toward the goal of having my own catering business.

Why do you love about your job?
The fact that I get to make people happy by satisfying their palette with delicious food!

What gets you excited about your to work?
The planning. That may sound weird, but I love to help plan the color combinations, floral and linen ideas, china, and mainly the menu.

What is your favorite dish?
I really love making Italian food, or ethnic foods. If I make American style foods, I like to make it with a twist. I am not a traditional chef. I like nouvelle cuisine, and feel that when you taste anything, it should make your mouth explode with nuances of flavors.

What makes your business unique in the Valley?
Most catering companies just offer menus and servers; ours is different in that we not only offer that, but we also do full coordination of every detail of the event (rentals, DJ, floral, officiant, and anything else you may need) complimentary to our brides.

How would you describe your style?
Fresh, natural, and innovative. We don’t serve up your run of the mill foods. We believe that each item we make (and we make all our food from scratch), should reflect love. When you love what you do, it is reflected in your work, and in our case in the food. Food made with love and with passion, is the best tasting food in the world.

What advise can you give to a bride and groom about choosing a caterer?
It is important for a bride and groom to feel comfortable with their caterer, and feel that they’re receiving value for cost. We insist that all our couples do a tasting, and have a custom menu that fits their budget and taste. It is also important to observe how the caterer treats you. Are they responsive in a timely and prompt matter? Do they remember your name and follow through with any and all requests you’ve made? Do they work with you, or try to make you work with them? Does the taste and quality of their food measure up to your standards? When aspects of your wedding change, do they update your contract and check to make sure everyone is on the same page? Do they ultimately make your event as perfect and as special as it can be? These are the questions a couple should ask and answer truthfully. If they’re caterer is falling short in any of these departments, they should wisely look into another catering company.

Questions answered by Executive Chef Noelle.

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