|I have always been a homemade kind of girl. I grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota, where the winters were cold, the workdays were long and the smell of good cooking filled our home from early morning to well after sundown. My hard working family gathered around a long plank table in the evenings to enjoy my Mom’s healthy and hearty food, and each other. From an early age, I have seen lovingly prepared food as a way to bring people together.
My Mom’s kitchen was one of my favorite places. As soon as I could reach the counters, I became her enthusiastic right hand. Over the years, we perfected her recipes by adding a pinch here and a twist there. And I became a master at making my most very favorite special treat – mouth-watering, delicious caramel apples.
When I was 30, I moved to Atlanta to be close to two of my sisters who had moved south to see what the big city had to offer. I brought my love of cooking and my Mom’s recipes with me. I started cooking for some of my busy friends, word began to spread, and soon I was catering business parties and events, too.
In 2000, my husband, John, and I decided to follow a dream of ours – living in the mountains. We searched high and low (well, mostly high), and found an adorable cabin in Blue Ridge, Georgia, complete with a bubbling brook, right in the middle of orchards that grow some of the best apples in the US.
I talked John into building me a commercial kitchen-what I call my creative culinary studio- and soon I was making a variety of scrumptious gourmet apples and sending them to my family and friends. Before long, people started calling, asking if they could buy my apples as treats for their families, friends and co-workers.
My business grew quickly by word of mouth. One warm early spring day, my husband and I ran into an old bright red trolley car that was for sale. We bought it, turned it into a travelling treat kitchen, and began selling gourmet apples at local fairs and events. Trolley Treats was born!
By sharing my passion for cooking with everyone I met, I soon began providing full menus of customized dishes and treats for all sorts of gatherings. My schedule began filling up with parties, weddings, business events, life celebrations and fundraisers. Soon, Catering by Cindy was in full swing.
I truly love what I do, and I am very grateful for my wonderful clients who allow me to be a part of their family and business events.
I’d be delighted to work with you to create the perfect customized menu that will make your special gathering, party or business function memorable … and delicious.
Give me a call and we can get right to work planning your upcoming event!
Here’s to great food and yummy treats!
Catering by Cindy Trolley Treats
Kitchen (706) 374-5898
Cell (770) 894-9256