Caterina’s Club was founded by Bruno Serato. In 2005, Bruno and his mother, Caterina, visited the Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim, 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 begun making pasta for 72 children, 5 nights a week.
To date, we are now feeding 3,880 kids daily and are in 68 different sites.
We have moved out 171 families and over 130 teens have graduated from our Hospitality Academy.
Caterina’s Club is blessed with a wonderful history and home base, the Anaheim White House Restaurant. The Anaheim White House Restaurant is a landmark jewel that was once nestled quietly among an enormous orange grove in the early 20th century. The Anaheim White House is Anaheim, California’s most famous hidden treasure. This beautiful historical landmark was skillfully crafted by a gentleman named Dosithe Gervais in 1909. After many owners, the home was retrofitted into a restaurant. The restoration was copied from original existing pieces, whenever possible. The interior of the home was restored with most rooms retaining their original size and shape. The brick fireplace in the library (now the main dining room) and many of the windows are original. In 1987, Italian immigrant Bruno Serato took over the ownership of the restaurant.
The Orange County Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute encourages and “passes the hat” for donations to Caterina’s Club!