About Tornino’s Banquets

The finest Fresno event venue and an event icon for the Central San Joaquin Valley

Tornino’s was founded 40 years ago when two close friends, Chester “Chet” Torcaso and Pete Vagnino, partnered on a vision to bring high-quality banquets to the Central San Joaquin Valley.

Tornino's founders

Tornino’s founders Pete Vagnino and Chester “Chet” Torcaso

Chet dreamed of opening a premier banquet facility, and Pete needed a new business interest following his retirement from American Beauty.

In 1981, the dream became a reality. Tornino’s opened its doors and from the beginning was built around family.

Since their passing, Chet’s son Michael Torcaso and Pete’s daughter Catherine “Kitty” Thompson grew Tornino’s into a Fresno icon and home to some of the most prominent events in the Central Valley.

Most recently, Tornino’s Banquets was proud to be recognized as one of the largest, most elegant banquet venues for wedding receptions, corporate events, holiday parties, Quinceañeras, and more across Fresno and the Central San Joaquin Valley.

The facility boasts three exquisite banquet rooms that flexibly accommodate sit-down events from 50 to 450+ people, and up to 800 for theater-style seating.

In January 2021, Kitty and Michael passed the torch to one of the top catering companies in the Central Valley, The Painted Table. The Painted Table showcases the combined culinary design efforts of chefs Rodney and Jeromie Hansen, who are known for creating wildly original menu presentations and wildly pleasing event coordination.

Read more about The Painted Table at paintedtablecatering.com.