Meet Our Team

The People Behind The Magic

Kaspar Donier

Kaspar Donier

Chef and Owner

A Swiss native, Kaspar Donier began his formal training as a 16-year-old chef apprentice at Zurich’s Hilton Hotel. His culinary intuition and creative genius were rewarded with successive appointments at the Suvretta House in St. Moritz, the five-star Beau Rivage in Lausanne, and a position with Hilton Worldwide as Chef Gardemanger of The Hotel Vancouver where he met his future wife, Nancy.

Kaspar became chef saucier at The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, where he quickly moved up the ranks to sous chef and then executive sous chef. Eventually, he was offered the position of executive chef of the Four Seasons’ Inn on the Park in Houston.

In Houston, Kaspar supervised the menu planning and food preparation for the Four Seasons Hotel. That's when he and Nancy began fine-tuning a business model for their dream restaurant.

Kaspar and Nancy returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1989 to open a restaurant of their own, featuring Kaspar’s unique culinary signature. In 2005 Kaspar’s Restaurant became Kaspars Catering & Events, offering the same innovative and celebrated food and service that Seattle had come to love.

Nancy Donier

Nancy Donier

Owner and Everything Else!

Nancy began working in The Hotel Vancouver’s accounting office managing the planning and budgeting of banquets and events when she met Kaspar. She later joined the respected accounting firm KPMG to work with catering businesses and upscale restaurateurs.

After getting married, Nancy embraced adventure and moved to Texas after Kaspar was offered the position of executive chef of the Four Seasons Houston. While there, she earned her accreditation as a certified public accountant. Soon thereafter, she and Kaspar began fine-tuning a business model for their dream restaurant. They returned to the Pacific Northwest to open their restaurant, utilizing Nancy’s organizational expertise.

When not producing memorable events, Nancy loves to spend time with her friends and daughters, Wendy and Liza. She enjoys traveling and staying up-to-date on catering trends for your next special event.

Anthony Paden

Anthony Paden

General Manager

Anthony is melding the historic Kaspars' name with new and exciting trends in catering. He grew up in the hospitality business, from scraping plates at his uncle’s restaurant to growing his knowledge by graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. After many years managing restaurants in Washington, D.C., Anthony and his wife Emily moved to Seattle. He joined the Kaspars' team in 2015 and hasn’t looked back. The smaller, family-team atmosphere has driven Anthony to work harder and showcase his passion for extraordinary service and perfectly prepared local cuisine and beverages.

Shannon McCormick

Director of Events

Shannon McCormick has been inspired by food before she even received her first EZ-Bake Oven. Before moving to Seattle, Shannon served as the General Manager and Senior Event Planner for a catering company in Brooklyn for 7 years where she specialized in customizing menus and events for a wide variety of clientele. Shannon is thrilled to be a part of the Kaspars team, creating memorable events that reflect each client’s vision and personality. Shannon enjoys working in new and unconventional venues and is excited to delve into the exciting new array of event spaces here in the Puget Sound region. Away from work, you will find her out exploring the beautiful parks and playgrounds of the Pacific Northwest with her daughter.

Lynne Jaicomo Deal

Lynne Jaicomo Deal

Events Manager

Lynne has years of experience in catering and special events for a wide variety of clientele. She has built a reputation for outstanding customer service and meticulously executed events. As a founder and former owner of one of Chicago’s leading high-end catering companies, one of her most notable clients includes a former president of the United States! Whether she is designing an intimate donor dinner for 20, a gala fundraising auction for 500, or breakfast for 6,000 corporate employees, Lynne is passionate about working closely with clients to turn their ideas into fabulously successful events. When she's not at work, Lynne loves growing tomatoes and dahlias, cooking for family and friends and trying new restaurants.

Bridget Smith

Bridget Smith

Events Coordinator

Kaspars’ team of event planners wouldn’t be complete without Bridget. She has mastered the multi-tasking skills needed to help make every event a success. Her attention to detail and her passion for events ensure that every event she takes on runs smoothly from start to finish. Bridget brings with her an effortless ease of communication with clients from her previous experience in the beauty industry. She loves all things creative, which translates through her professional as well as personal life. When not in the office, Bridget can be found on adventures with her daughter and thrifting in the never-ending search of the perfect vintage dress.

Rachael Browning

Rachael Browning

Sales & Marketing Manager

Rachael joined Kaspars with nearly a decade of experience planning events for a wide array of clientele. From large-scale music festivals and galas to intimate weddings and luncheons, Rachael understands that every detail matters. The joy of turning a client’s dreams into a reality keeps her passionate about every event. New to the Pacific Northwest, Rachael loves exploring everything Seattle has to offer with her husband—especially the food and wine culture!

Briana Briggs

Sales Coordinator

Briana began her career working with pastry but soon realized she wanted to experience events from outside of the kitchen. She received her bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from South Seattle College in 2018. During that time, she gained experience in the front of the house as a server at two US Open Championships and as an intern for the Sunriver Resort in Oregon. Briana is an enthusiastic member of the Kaspars family. She genuinely cares for her clients and making sure their events match their dreams. In her personal life, Briana loves to read inspirational books and being the mom of a wonderful doggo.

Sarah Wildsmith

Marketing Coordinator

Sarah is simply thrilled that she didn’t waste those years in art school. At Kaspars, she revels in fonts, formatting and verbiage. Sarah is the person who keeps the website running smoothly, the marketing looking pretty and the printers working hard. She especially loves preparing for galas and all the unique details that go into “grand” events. Outside of her work with Kaspars, Sarah is a self-described nerd who writes children’s books and admittedly watches more TV than she probably should.

Chimene Lautenslager

Warehouse Manager

A native Washingtonian, Chimene has been dazzling Seattle’s catering scene for over 20 years. She began her career at Kaspars over five years ago as an Event Lead before becoming an Operations Manager. “Not to be cheesy, but people invite us into these intimate and special moments. We get to be a part of the most important days of their lives. It’s a privilege.” An avid sports lover and mother of three, Chimene coaches high school softball, is an amateur sports-photographer, and catches every Seahawks and Mariners game she can.

Kara Kosak

Operations Manager

Kara has always had a wandering soul. She’s lived everywhere from California to Alaska to Hawaii, before settling in Seattle. Of course, travelling has always been a big part of her life. Kara lived out of a backpack for two years while visiting 11 different countries. One of her favorite memories spending the summer solstice camping by a river in Alaska, while watching the sun never set. Right now, she’s busy planning her next big trip to Germany for Oktoberfest.

In Kara’s Seattle-life, she’s a proud-dog mom to a puppy named Bella. She loves taking Bella on her own adventures while hiking in the mountains and taking trips to the Oregon coast.

derek johnson

Derek Johnson

Sous Chef

Derek Johnson was born and raised around the corner from Kaspars, in Ballard. A graduate of Seattle Culinary Academy, he has been working with Kaspars since 2012. Starting out as a part-time Prep Cook, Derek worked his way up to Sous Chef quickly. There’s no doubt his culinary talents will take him even further. He loves cooking for his girlfriend and friends. A true Seattleite, Derek also enjoys being outdoors in the Pacific Northwest- hiking, swimming and playing disc golf.

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