Katherine A. Cappas has lived in Barrington for 28 years, raising her children here and opening Epicure Bistro & Bar in the Foundry Mall with the support of brother-in-law and business partner John Busse. She cherishes the open space, nature, horses grazing, and District 220 schools. Before opening Epicure Bistro (which started in Woodstock with La Petite Creperie and Bistro) Cappas worked at Shriner’s Hospital, specializing in spinal cord injury. She is a business professional and mother, but devotes as much time as possible to supporting such local organizations as Kaleidoscope School of Art, Walk On Farm, Barrington High School Theater, and local Scouting groups. Here are some of her favorites in country and in town.
Mantra? Read to your children
Best grooming tip? Bronzing powder
Guilty pleasure? Salty treat is Fritos. For sweet, banana with a peanut butter smear dipped in Grapenuts with every bite.
Favorite foods? Sushi
Music you love? John Mellencamp, Steve Miller, James Taylor, Elton John, and Doobie Brothers.
Best advice ever given to you? “You can’t always get want you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.” (Thanks Mick!)
Best advice you’ve given? “Yellow means slow down, get ready to stop; not speed up.”
Earliest memory? My swim teacher throwing me into the deep end of the swimming pool, proving to me I could swim. I was 5 years old. It made a lasting impression. You will never get anywhere by sticking your toe in the water. You must take the leap—sink or swim and survive.
When you wake up, you …? Drink the OJ my husband sets on my bedside table every morning and drink coffee in bed together while watching the morning news.
Before bed, you …? Kiss my husband, say my prayers, and thank God for my family and our good health.
What’s on your bookshelf? Self-improvement books that only work on me for about a week before I revert to all my quirky ways. Plus, cookbooks.
You can’t live without? A pet
Love to escape to? My home
Advice you would give to your younger self? Rock that bikini with attitude.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Jeans, untucked shirt, and low heeled boots
Can’t leave the house without? A to-do list
Transportation? Gary Fisher (Sugar) mountain bike or walking home
Driving music? Nora Jones
Place to eat? Bread Basket
Best thing about country? The peaceful feeling that I experience every time I return to Barrington. Our community of family and friends, Barrington’s 4th of July Parade, Uncorked Barrington, just to mention a few. Everywhere I go there’s always someone I know, and I love that!
Worst thing about country? Traffic congestion on 59 south of Heinen’s
The perfect day is …? Sunshine, coffee, and outdoor exercise, followed by making dinner for the family while enjoying one of my husband’s handcrafted cocktails. It would also include a lively dinner conversation with our grown kids and ending the day in bed watching old episodes of Fixer Upper.
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Jeans (no holes), sleeves top, and high-heeled boots
Can’t leave the house without? Google maps
Transportation? Lincoln MKX
Driving music? News radio
Place to eat? Smak Tak
Shop? Anything vintage, from home furnishings to jewelry and clothing
Best thing about town? Ethnic and cultural diversity
Worst thing about town? Homeless population
The perfect day is …? Checking into a hotel to see live theater or musical, moving about town for cocktails, appetizers, dinner and dessert, then waking up to room service of coffee and pastries.