Our staff is friendly, trained, mature, professionally attired, and have many years of experience. Capriotti’s takes great pride in our amazing servers, bartenders, and chefs. We never require an outside temp agency or outsource staffing service. In fact, most of our staff has been with us for more than ten years!
Tom Trella grew up in Kelayres, PA and graduated from Hazleton High School in 1986. He served in the Army Reserves for six years and did a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm. Tom is married to the former Allyson Fisher. They have two daughters Erica and Emily.
Bobby Veet is the proud father of two daughters, Mallory & Mackenzie. He is married to his wife, the former Laurie Trella, since 1982. Bobby's first full-time employment was in 1979 at then called St. Regis Paper Co. in Valmont which is now know as Princeton Packaging.
Tom founded the Cigar Box in 1996. He also owned and operated a convenience store up until 2005 when he then opened Capriotti's Catering. Tom has been involved in the catering business for over 20 years.
Tom is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and has watched every game since 1992. He was lucky enough to have been in attendance at the game where Emmitt Smith broke the all time rushing record.
Tom is a member of the 'ICA' International Caterers association
He left St. Regis to open a family Restaurant/Pizzeria, Cappy's, in Kelayres because of his love for food. He worked at the C & P Grocery store while in high school and then in 1987, he and his wife bought the store and operated it until they sold it in 2001. To bring the cooking aspect into the business, he incorporated homemade soups and hot daily lunch specials into the C & P Grocery Store.
He is a partner of the Cigar Box Stores since 1996 and had the pleasure of visiting many different countries to experience the tobacco industry.
In his spare time, Bobby loves to travel and especially loves amusement parks. He and his family have experienced top thrill roller coasters throughout the United States
JEANNIE ZANDE / Senior Event Planner
Jeannie was born and raised in Hazleton and attended Hazleton High School. She still loves Hazleton and enjoys going to all infamous Hazleton Restaurants! Favorites are: Third Base, Senapes and Jimmy's ( But Capriotti's still has the best food!!) Jeannie has been with Capriotti’s since July 2011, but has been in the catering business for many years and truly enjoys working with clients; weddings are her favorite.
Jeannie and husband Dave met 28 years ago at a local bar. They have one daughter, Jordan. Some of Jeannie's favorite things are: Reading, watching reruns of Sex and the City, shopping, eating, and the beach.
LIZZIE QUINN / Banquet Manager
Lizzie is going to college at Luzerne County Community College, majoring in culinary. She previously worked in Walt Disney World as a college program intern. She has been working in the event catering business for many years. Lizzie works closely with the guests that hold events here at Capriotti's. She is present during events and is always taking pride in her work in customer service.
Lizzie has a brother, and a dog named Maggie. Some of Lizzie's favorite things are: the Phillies, the beach, Broadway musicals, and Big Brother (TV show) and Glee (TV show). Something interesting about her: she has a fear of snakes, and she has played softball for 11 years.
WALTER MESHKOFSKI / Chef
Walter was born and raised in Hazleton. Bobby Veet and Walter have been best friends since childhood. He went to Art School in Florida. Walter has been married for 27 years to his wonderful wife, Lorie. He has two kids, Brandon and Briana. Some of Walter's favorite things are: The Raiders, pizza, and summertime. He has a dog named "Chef".
Here at Capriotti's we take pride in each and every dish that we serve, and Walter is a staple in what we believe in.
TONY MHLEY / Assistant Chef
Tony has many culinary skills that are an asset to the Capriotti's kitchen! When Tony's not slicing and dicing, he likes to whitewater raft, hike, swim, and enjoys drinking wine. He has a dog named cocoa and likes to vacation any place with a beach. At Capriotti's we appreciate Tony's skills and all he does in our kitchen!
MALLORY VEET / Bartender and Server
Mallory was born in Hazleton, PA. She has a younger sister, Mackenzie. She feels very blessed to have her grandmom and pop-pop as such a huge part in her life. Mallory is currently attending Bloomsburg University, studying Special Education and Early Childhood Education.
Mallory loves to travel, and her favorite vacation was visiting her family in Italy. Some of Mallory's favorite things are: the beach, the movies, rollercoasters and The Bachelorette (TV show).
ASHLEY STRATCHKO / Bartender and Server
Ashley has lived in Tresckow, PA. her entire life. She is a 2013 graduate from Penn State University. Her career goal is to become an elementary school teacher. Ashley has one younger sister, Sami.
Her birthday is November 25th, which sometimes falls on Thanksgiving. Some of Ashley's favorite things are: cooking, eating, country music, the food network, reading, wine, and anything that is purple. Something interesting about Ashley: Her fingernails and toenails are ALWAYS painted.
CORTNEY KNADLER / - Director of Wedding Events
At Capriotti's, Cortney handles all the details of your wedding from start to finish and ensures a wonderful experience for the Bride and Groom! When she's not busy working with Bride's at Capriottis, Cortney enjoys cooking, dancing, craft beers, and spending time with her family. Not only has Cortney assisted countless brides with their reception planning, but Cortney also has experience as a Capriotti's Bride herself!
JILL GRECO / Banquet Manager
Jill also takes on many other roles as needed! With her outgoing personality, she is a team player and will do whatever it takes to ensure successful events at Capriotti's. When she's not working at Capriotti's, Jill also works as a Cosmetologist and enjoys hanging out with friends and family, shopping, traveling and going to concerts!
BRANDON DARRAUGH / Kitchen Prep and Delivery
Brandon spends his time at Capriotti's assisting in our kitchen, delivering our delicious food, or grilling for our offsite events. In his free time, Brandon enjoys spending time with family, swimming, going to the beach, playing rec basketball, and listening to music...everything but country! He has a golden retriever and 2 cats. Brandon's friendly personality makes him the perfect fit for our deliveries or offsite events.
ANNETTE BECHTEL / Set Up/Kitchen Prep
Annette is responsible for setting up the banquet rooms for events as well as assisting with kitchen prep. When Annette's not at Capriotti's, she enjoys spending time with her children, reading, watching movies, and drawing. She also teaches Biology at Marion Catholic High School. Her attention to detail and positive attitude are a plus to the Capriotti's Staff!
BRIANA MESHKOFSKI / Server
Briana is one of our excellent Servers at Capriotti's. Besides serving, Brianna uses her talents to assist in the kitchen prep work. When she's not at Capriotti's, she spends time cooking, writing, shopping, and being with her family, friends, and dog Chef! She loves all kinds of music and enjoys relaxing at the Hotel Hershey.
Briana is a 2015 Culinary Arts Graduate which makes her a great addition to the Capriotti's team.
Kyle is the son of Dorene and James Pongrazzi. He was born on March 27, 1991. He enjoys long walks on the beach, and his lifelong dream is to be on the bachelor. He is a student at LCCC, majoring in Graphic Design. Kyle has worked for Capriotti's from the age of 15.
Some interesting things about Kyle: Kyle loves to draw and getting tattoos. He currently has a sleeve of tattoos. His hobbies include: playing basketball, painting, and sleeping in as long as possible.
DONNA ASH / Server
Donna was born and raised in South Philly. She is an advid Phillies fan. She has an under graduate degree in Elementary and Special Education, along with a Masters Degree in Reading Specialist. She has been teaching for 9 years as a Special Education Teacher. Donna enjoys spending time with her two nieces and nephews. She also has two cats, Bella and Lucy. She spends her free time doing yoga, jogging and collecting antiques.
ALLISON WALCK / Server
Allison is currently a junior at Marian Catholic High School. She is also a cheerleader at Marian. She would like to go to college to become a pharmacist. Allison was born on October 21st. She has an older brother, Joe, who is 18.
Some of Allison's favorite things: the color purple, the season of fall, shopping, the pasta at Capriottis, and the Rugrats movie
RACHEL JONES / Server
Rachel is currently a junior at Hazleton Area High school. She wants to go to college and major in Early Childhood Education. She is a part of the Hazleton Area Marching band. Her favorite place in the whole world is Walt Disney World, but her dream is to visit Ireland. Her favorite season is Fall and her favorite color is blue.
THOMAS HOLODICK / Dish Washer
Thomas was born on November 18, 1997. He is currently a junior at Hazleton Area High School. Thomas wants to receive his PH.D. in Education and a realtors license. He has one sister, Alyssa. He loves the beach and wishes it was summer all year round. He also enjoys the food here at Capriotti's and truly enjoys working for Capriotti's.
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