by MICHELLE TREMBLAY
photos by Tyler McElhaney

A Unique Mobile
Coffee Catering Service

Karen Barmakian’s professional life has been comprised in one of many facets of the food and beverage industry: she has worked in catering, bartending, managing and consulting since graduating college. “I enjoy being with people and the hectic pace of the business,” said Karen of her career choice. After eighteen years at a popular fine dining restaurant in Encinitas, it was in 2006 that Karen opened her distinct mobile coffee cart company – one that
has been thriving ever since.

“Cappuccino in the Park was created to fill a void in the catering industry for a mobile coffee service in the North County area and was established in 1992 before the start of the Food Truck craze,” explained Karen. Today, her mobile Coffee Truck or Coffee Cart for indoor set-up makes her service possible for all types of events. “From weddings to parties, we’ve done it all!”
Karen’s favorite events are when she is able to support local schools. Cappuccino In the Park has made appearances at Torrey Pines High School, Santa Fe Christian School, and many more. “We especially love being there for the kids,” said Karen, “We are sought after for school and sport league fundraising because we have something for everyone to enjoy.”

[pullquote]Cappuccino in the Park was recommended to me by a friend, and now I know why – the quality of service was outstanding!” – DD [/pullquote]On that note, Karen takes great pride in using local roasters and suppliers for products. “It is important that we all support local and small businesses,” stated Karen. The favorites include, hot cocoa, lattes, mocha’s, fruit smoothies, acai bowls, fresh pastries, and donuts.” The business also provides healthy options for a light breakfast or lunch.

You can find Cappuccino in the Park at their local spot at the weekend Seaside Bazaar in Encinitas, when they are not contracted out. In addition, Cappuccino in the Park has catered corporate events, school fundraisers, sporting events, broker open houses and popular warehouse sales. “We have served clients at a variety of venues in San Diego, including Legoland, Taylormade, Prana, SPY Optics, La Costa Resort, Coldwell Banker and The Del Mar Country Club.” And while its mobility allows the business to stand out, Cappuccino in the Park remains focused on client satisfaction.

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PROFILE

Name of Business: Cappuccino In The Park
Owner/Manager: Karen Barmakian
Position/ Title: Owner/Barista
Years in Position: 8
Year of Establishment: 2006
Website: www.cappuccinointhepark.com
Email Contact: cappuccinointhepark@gmail.com
Phone: 760-579-2614
Description of Business: Cappuccino In The Park is a one-of-a-kind mobile catering service, offering two types of set-up, our Cappuccino Truck or Mobile Banquet Coffee Cart both featuring Specialty Beverages. We personalize menus to compliment your event! Also offer healthy options, delicious pastries, light breakfasts and lunches.