Capriccio caters to success in South Kitsap

Desiree’ Steffens purchased Capriccio Catering last November at Towne Square Mall from the Kruger Family.  - Chris Chancellor/Staff Photo
Desiree’ Steffens purchased Capriccio Catering last November at Towne Square Mall from the Kruger Family.
— image credit: Chris Chancellor/Staff Photo

It was another day in a long list of hotel rooms.

They no longer were new cities — just dots on the map Desiree’ Steffens headed toward in her position as a regional director for a medical imaging company.

Several years ago, friends began advising her to simply find a career that made her happy.

“I love to organize parties,” Steffens said. “That’s where the wedding and event planning started.”

Steffens, 55, expanded beyond that when she purchased Capriccio Catering in November.

The business, which was opened in 2007 by the Kruger family, remains at Towne Square Mall, but has undergone several changes in recent years. In addition to being a catering company, Capriccio initially was open as a café that offered gluten-free menu options and an assortment of teas.

But the Krugers eventually focused on catering and closed the café. Steffens has reopened that area, but with a different focus. It serves as a visual to customers with various items, including floral arrangements, that can be used if they hire Steffens to cater a wedding.

“We can offer full or partial wedding services,” said Steffens, adding that encompasses wedding coordination, officiants, a disc jockey and flowers. “We can pretty much do anything for the wedding that needs to be done. Our brides are really happy because they only have to deal with one vendor.”

Steffens offers a pair of wedding packages for $150 or $300. The former includes bouquets for the bride and maid of honor and boutonnière for the groom and best man. The more expensive package provides those to several others in the wedding party.

She said she also can customize wedding packages.

That works for the food, as well. Steffens said she generally charges $15-$25 per person for foods at events, but those rates can be adjusted depending on the meal. For those looking to spend less, she might provide one salad instead of two or three.

But Capriccio is not limited to weddings. Steffens said a soroptimist group meets weekly in the event room on the second level of Towne Square Mall and she caters their meals.

While Steffens is not a gourmet chef — she noted that she uses them for larger parties — Capriccio can provide an array of meal options for events. Those range from vegetarian to chicken paella — a recipe Steffens inherited from former owner Daniell Kruger. Steffens said other popular plates include barbecue and lasagna. She said of the options are home-style dishes.

“If we have notice, we’ll cater pretty much anything,” she said, adding that travel to Seattle and Tacoma is not an issue.

In addition, Capriccio will offer floral classes taught by Diana Arbuckle beginning at 6 p.m. April 20 in the store.

“You have to learn how to wire, tape and make bows,” Steffens said. “Those are the essential things you need to be able to do to make your floral arrangements.”

Steffens also plans to host cooking classes at the restaurant. She has not set a date for the first one, but it will be hosted by the owner of the former Eileen’s Filipino Food on Harrison Avenue.

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