If you are from or have spent any length of time in the Fox Valley area, you’ve for sure seen Fernando’s Street Kitchen trailers set up at events serving up delicious Mexican street food. They’ve made their mark at weddings, block parties, corporate events, graduations, birthdays and so much more. You can be sure you’ll be greeted with a big smile and hello from Freddie and his amazing team.

But, what you might not know is that Fernando’s Street Kitchen was born out of a need to raise money to bring a child into Freddie’s family. He and his wife desired to adopt a child seven and a half years ago and started hosting block parties to raise funds to cover the cost of adoption. (Skip to the 3:50 minute mark to hear this heartwarming story from Freddie.) His passion for food service began in his childhood as his family used to own El Taco Grande, so he’s been in the business for over 20 years! He had a brief stint in the salon industry where he was a licensed hair stylist. Covid came along and shuttered those doors, but left open the option to entertain by opening Fernando’s Street Kitchen. What was just a way for him and his wife to bring their daughter home from her birthplace in South Carolina has grown into a bustling business.

Freddie now has four trailers and is making his way near and far to feed our great community. Stop by and see him at an upcoming event! If you would like to try Freddie’s food, find him on social media, his website or by calling 630-326-9105. And if you want to book an event, fill out the request form here.

If you would like to see him at his brick and mortar location, that address is 12 S Water St, Batavia, IL 60510. Did you know he also sublets his kitchen to other local entrepreneurs such as Q&A’s Beignets?

When you see Freddie, tell him Kristine says hi!


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