Our Approach

We use fresh ingredients to create delicious food to enhance your special event. One party at a time, we will craft a menu that offers delicious food priced within your budget. People feel cared for when they are served food that is prepared with heart. At the end of an event, your guests won't remember the decorations or venue necessarily, but they will recall their experience with the food. Let's make it special together!

Our Story

My husband and I love to explore other countries and cuisines. This might look like a trip to France or Peru or India; or it could be a visit to a new restaurant in Milwaukee or Chicago; or it could be simply a rainy morning at home with Parts Unknown or a favorite chef show on the screen! When we recreate a special dish from a trip or a local ethnic restaurant in our own kitchen, memories of those special meals come alive again.

The idea of Fresh Kitchen Catering had been in my heart and on my mind for many years. As retirement from my corporate career seemed within reach and our kids became young adults, I enrolled in culinary school. I took weekend and night classes at the College of Lake County (CLC). It took about 4 years, but I attained my Professional Chef Certification in 2018.

People often ask about my best dish, favorite cuisine, etc. I don't have just one! I learned kitchen basics and how to cook with love from my mom; culinary school expanded and refined my skills; travel and the global variety of food and food preparation techniques motivates me to always try new things.

I am excited to share my passion for food and people with you!

Meet Chef Gail

I am the chef-owner of Fresh Kitchen Catering. Any day I get to spend in the kitchen is a good day! My passion for food comes from my love for gatherings - large and small - of family and friends. Fantastic food is key to any special event.


Chef Gail Padmanabhan


Let's Talk!

I would love to help you brainstorm, create the perfect menu for your budget and taste, and then deliver great food that will enhance your event. Peruse the gallery for some ideas and then let's work together to decide on the food, preparation, and presentation that best meets your need.