Caterina’s Club’s mission is to provide warm meals, affordable housing assistance, and job training to homeless and low-income families throughout Southern California. It is supported by a vision where we are creating a modicum of consistency in these children’s lives through something as simple yet meaningful as a nightly dinner.
This overarching vision that started as preventing children in motels going to bed hungry has turned into 5,005 vulnerable children receiving a meal every night at 89 sites throughout LA and Orange Counties; 202 families have been placed in permanent housing in safe neighborhoods through our Welcome Home program, and 132 teens have been trained through the Hospitality Academy at four Anaheim High Schools. Our vision is to provide every child the resources, love, and encouragement they need to be healthy, safe, and educated.
It all started with Mamma Caterina. Bruno and his mother, Caterina, visited the Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim down the street from his restaurant (Anaheim White House), where his mother noticed that there was a 6-year old boy eating potato chips for dinner, because his family couldn’t afford a proper meal. Caterina insisted that Bruno make some pasta for the child. They soon realized that there were many more of these hungry ‘motel children’, so Bruno began making pasta for 72 children, 5 nights a week, giving birth to our program “Feeding the Kids in America”. Today, that event has expanded to feeding over 25,025 children a week. Frustrated that feeding the children was not enough, Bruno began a second program called “Welcome Home”, where we provide qualified families, living in the dark environment of a motel, with the necessary resources to move into the safety and stability of an apartment or condo.
It always seems impossible until it’s done
Number of meals Chef Bruno has served to date
Meals served each week
Number of families that have been moved out of a motel room
Meet Chef Bruno Serato
The man behind it all.
The only chef in the world serving 3,580 underprivileged children warm dinners, every night. Named one of CNN’s 10 Heroes of the Year and featured in magazines (People, Elle, Vogue, Riviera), television (CBS Evening News, CNN, Univision) and newspapers (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, OC Register) countless times. He was honored on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with a humanitarian award and perhaps his highest honor was being knighted by the Italian Government, earning him the title, Sir Bruno Serato. Today, he continues to run his highly successful Italian steakhouse and extends his generosity to many other nonprofits besides Caterina’s Club.