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Catering By Katherine Serves Comfort Food and BBQ

By S. Mathur

Catering by Katherine is a family owned business based in Rochester, MI, serving delicious comfort food and BBQ menus to people in the Detroit area since 1983. Actually, it's a business that's been owned by not just one but two families, who have managed it with love and dedication. The original owners were Katherine and Gil, who founded the business and set it on a firm footing. When it came time for them to retire, they fortuitously crossed paths with current owners Lisa and Mark Bidinger.

For Mark Bidinger, this was a chance to return to the job he loved, after years in the corporate world. He learned cooking at home from his grandmother and then at a local bar in Ferndale, when he was just thirteen. His favorites are the true bar foods: burgers, fries, nachos, and sandwiches. He's also a BBQ expert.

What sets the catering company apart from the others is the personal commitment.

"We are family owned, Mark and I are the owners, and we care about our customers on a personal level," manager Lisa Bidinger said. "We take extra care to make each event a success. Each customer works directly with Mark, the chef, and I."

The food is described as traditional American fare. In Michigan, this means a melting pot of flavors and dishes from many different cultures, from Mexican to Polish. Customers can pick from the delicious menus posted online, or make special requests.

"Is there something special or specific you'd like at your party you don't see on our menu?" Bidinger said. "Just ask and we will work with you on creating, finding, or using your recipe to make sure we have it for you."

Deluxe features of the catering service include a carving station, A Hint of Italy Pasta station, the Stumbling into Warsaw station with pierogi, kielbasa and red cabbage, the Elite Nacho and Taco Bar, and A Taste of America Sliders. The Detroit Oink BBQ serves up hamburgers, pulled pork, smoked beef and chicken, as well as delicious sides. Clients can request onsite grilling as well for an additional charge. A Sundae Bar and Cobbler Station round out the meal for those with a sweet tooth.

The Bidingers are grateful to the community for supporting them over the years.

"First we want to thank all of our corporate and residential clients that have used us over the years and continue to use us," she said. "We may be a small outfit but we bring a lot to the (buffet) table. We love seeing people enjoy our food."

For more, visit cateringbykatherine.com.

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