615.443.4007
1331 W. Main St. • Lebanon, TN 37087
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About Two Fat Men Catering

What started out as a hobby and outlet of passion for good food is now a run away success! From intimate weddings to 1,200 person events at Bridgestone/Firestone, Two Fat Men Catering has the expertise and experience to handle any event.

Our People

ed-rileyEd Riley
Owner of Two Fat Men Catering
 
Ed has always had a passion for cooking.  Raised on a farm in Byrdstown Tennessee Ed grew up working the farm and truly lived the term “Farm to Table”.  He loved spending time in the kitchen with his mom and grandmother and many of their recipes are still used in our kitchen today.   Ed is a self taught Chef; he sleeps eats and dreams of new and creative food ideas 24/7.  He likes to put a ”Fat Man” spin on southern favorites that he grew up with like our yummy Meatloaf and Mac & Cheese to name a few.

After Ed graduated high school he served 6 years in the US Coast Guard as a Boatswain’s Mate, worked as a police officer in Murfreesboro for 5 years and has been involved with several different businesses in and around the Lebanon area.  

Our catering business began with a cancer benefit over 13 years ago and is now an annual event raising money for Sherry’s Run and Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition.  What started with a few events here and there for friends and family has now turned into over 500 caterings a year.  With the success of our catering business it was a natural step for Ed to open a restaurant.  Mo’Cara Restaurant opened in 2012 and Ed pours his heart and soul into the operations daily.  

Ed continues to live and learn about food with constantly reading cookbooks, attending culinary classes and his latest accomplishment to graduate from Penn State Culinary Ice Cream School.  He refers to himself as an “Artist” with food as his canvas; his passion comes from his soul.  Ed is passionate, soulful, artistic, caring and humbled that our guests would let us cater their very special event.



karenKaren Freeze
Managing Partner
 
Karen
, who we’ve nicknamed “Catering Queen”, has been in the wedding event industry for 12+ years and has more gorgeous weddings and happy brides behind her than you can shake a bouquet at. Karen’s scope of work expanded to included weddings and events because of her passion for helping clients achieve “precious and beautiful moments to remember in their lives”. 

She attended Western Kentucky University, has a BS degree in Hospitality Management and Business Administration.  She started her career working for O’Charley’s Restaurants and opened over 30 of their locations overseeing all front of the house training. She worked for Bound’ry Restaurant as Director of Catering and was General Manager of South Street Restaurant for over 10 years.

Karen is married and has 2 precious boys and a family jewel named “Dooley” their Old English Bulldog.  During her spare time she enjoys scrapbooking, church, attending family sporting events, shopping and more shopping. Karen is involved in many different networking associations including Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, NACE, ICA and served as president of TWESA.

She builds lasting relationships and develops new business avenues through her connection with clients, vendors, and all event industry personal.



dianaDebbie Valentine 
Sales and Event Manager    

After moving to Nashville in 1990 and working as a manager in various restaurants, Debbie decided her love of catering and events was really where she wanted to be. Once her boys entered middle school the timing was right and she landed at Old Natchez Country Club as the Director of Catering and Special events.  After 5 years of buiding the wedding revenue, an opportunity to work with an old friend came to her attention and she was soon Director of Catering at Copper Kettle. She spent over 5 years with the company helping to  build revenues and client relations.

Debbie spent the next two and a half years working hard developing the catering division for Corner Pub Restaurants known as Corner Catering. 

Finally she has landed where she was meant to be! Two Fat Men Group is the perfect fit! As Sales and Event Manager Debbie has the opportunity to help build sales, take care of her clients and put smiles on faces and yummy food in bellies!! Who could ask for more! 

 

 

 

 


 




Mo'Cara South

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