About Caprial and John
For the past seventeen years Caprial and John Pence have owned and operated Caprial's Bistro, a restaurant located in a small quaint neighborhood just southeast of downtown Portland Oregon. The Pences' share a passion for food that has been cultivated over the years.
The paths that they have traveled to reach the present have, however, been quite different. John and Caprial grew up on opposite coasts. Both gravitated toward cooking. Caprial's passion for cooking was sparked at an early age while John's was fueled by a post graduation restaurant job. Their paths crossed at the Culinary Institute of America where they attended school.
In the mid-eighties, following graduation, the Pences'
moved to Seattle, a city that they credit for launching
their culinary careers. Experiences combined, they have
worked in every size and style restaurant imaginable. Ten
years ago Caprial teamed up with the Learning Channel to
do a cooking show, Caprial's Cafe. Several years later the
cooking series moved to Public Television. In 2000, Caprial
and John began to do the show together, Cooking with Caprial
& John. In September of 2003, the Pences' co-produced the
most recent series with OPB, Caprial & John's Kitchen;
Cooking for Friends and Family. The series will air nationally
on public television stations. Caprial alone has written
eight cookbooks, the most recent was co-authored with John,
and assumes the role of the companion book to the Caprial
& John's Kitchen series, titled Caprial & John's
Kitchen; Recipes for Cooking Together.