Maria Caceres-Bjorklund is Chef and Owner of A
Taste of Elegance, along with her husband, Francisco Caceres-Hernandez.
Maria cut her culinary teeth early on in her childhood growing up in her
parent's homeland of Finland. All of her family are seasoned cooks who
taught their families the values of local, seasonal ingredients and the
love of holidays and family events surrounding food. Food is the glue
that binds us all together, no matter what our cultural backgrounds.
Spending so much time in Finland was such a rich culinary heritage for
Maria as her grandfather would take her and her siblings to islands on
the coast to pick wild mushrooms and berries. They would return to
grandmothers house to help salt and preserve the mushrooms, make juices
and sauces from all the berries, and they would also fish almost
everyday to smoke the catch and prepare dishes from the variety of fish
in the Baltic Sea.
Maria has taken her love of food and entertaining and turned it into a
full-service catering company, that has served all of Whatcom and Skagit
County. Recently expanding the business to provide catering services for
A Taste of Elegance is a full-service catering company, specializing in
weddings, but also corporate and private parties. The philosophy is
simple in that food is to look and taste wonderful and guests and
clients are given the organization and elegance of Martha Stewart, and
yet treated with the warmth and hospitality of Paula Dean.
We pride ourselves on the personal service we give to each of our
brides. Maria, the owner, meets with them and goes over their menu, and
also offers tips on decorations, vendors she enjoys working with, and
stream-lining the day so that everything goes smoothly. She says it's so
important to meet with the brides and get to know them and their likes
and personalities. She enjoys having a face in mind when cooking and
preparing for the reception. Each one is special and deserves personal
treatment being as it is the most important day in their lives.
Every detail is taken seriously and addressed, so that the bride can
feel confident that all of their needs are being handled efficiently and
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined
well." Virginia Woolf