When my grandparents, Kurt and Gertrude Trudle, immigrated to Chicago from Germany, my grandfather decided to explore his love and talents for baking. Kurt Trudle had the opportunity to apprentice as a pastry chef at the historic Palmer House Hotel, ‘the Chicago hotel the world knows best’. After many years of service, my grandfather opened his very own, full-service bakery in the southeast suburbs of Chicago, which he named Maiers Bakery. I remember it was in a prime location, right next to the Homewood Flossmoor train station.
Growing up, I loved spending time at Maiers with my grandparents. I remember that every customer was greeted warmly, by their first name, and children were always invited to pick out ‘penny candy’ while their parents ordered freshly made baked goods. All my weekends at Maiers sparked my own interest and passion for quality baking, and I longed to open a place of my own one day.
After my husband Lou graduated from seminary in Dallas, we moved our family (with 4 kids!) to Evansville, Indiana, a place my family and I call home. I catered my first cocktail party for a dear friend and shortly after that, Trudles Catering was born.
Our family moved to Chicago for a few years and during that time, Trudles Catering grew and I had the opportunity to bake desserts and cater countless weddings, birthday celebrations, baby showers, corporate events, cocktail hours, and holiday parties. I will always remember our time in Chicago, but I could not wait until we could return home to Evansville.
The warm welcome back to Evansville has rekindled a fresh new look for Trudles Catering. My hope is to provide you with desserts and dishes to help make your events become your own cherished memory.