About Us


The Restaurant

Hot Pans Comfort Food and Catering offers authentic Southern comfort food with a mix of satisfying fast food. Chicago native Chef Portia, is serving up a taste of the south and the windy city and bringing the comfort to Michigan City, Indiana. Adding a twist of culinary expertise to the menu, you'll be surprised what all this chef has to offer.


Menu items vary from crispy fried chicken served with creamy four cheese mac n cheese and flat stuffed corn bread, to firecracker shrimp with Cajun rice with French garlic bread. Hot Pans Comfort Food and Catering Offers daily specials four days a week, including seafood boils with a special homemade butter garlic sauce. If you're looking for great food with a comforting experience, come visit Hot Pans Comfort Food and Catering.


Our Pots stay Hot, when yours are not.


Our Owner/Chef

Chef Portia Gurley, a Chicago native was born and raised on the south side of Chicago in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Since elementary School in the third grade, she always knew she wanted to be a chef. She recalls pointing at two flashcards to her school teacher. One of a chef and one of a businesswoman. During her course, she has managed to achieve both.


Chef Portia began cooking at a very early age. She remembers at age 14 when she cooked her very first Thanksgiving dinner all by herself for her and her siblings. Her love and passion for food and her older sister, told her to pursue an education in culinary arts and business management.


Chef Portia received her degree in business management in 2006 from Robert Morris University in Chicago and shortly thereafter pursued her degree in culinary arts in 2010 from Robert Morris University in

Orland Park.


From then she has kept her dream alive of becoming an independently licensed Chef creating Hot Pans Catering. Her love and passion for food shows in her southern and freestyle cooking.