Our Story

Meet The Chef

Cassie is a personal/private chef who spent her youth in Orange County, California – strongly influenced by the diverse society and eclectic variety of food. In addition to the cultural influence and local cuisine of Southern California, Cassie owes her love of food to her grandmother, Claire. Driven by Claire’s outstanding cooking and passion in the kitchen, combined with Cassie’s own natural and creative culinary instincts, Cassie developed an interest in Gastronomy — the Art and History of Food. Now, 10 years later, Food is an Art to Chef Kruger…

If you can dream it, she can prepare it.

Cassie’s admiration of the culinary arts led her out of California to the Big Apple at the young age of 18 to attend one of the world’s finest culinary schools, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), in Hyde Park, New York. After a year of intensive training, Cassie ventured to Catalina, Arizona, for her first externship at the Miraval Life in Balance Resort and Spa. Chef Kruger attributes her knowledge of nutritious cooking to her Miraval experience, where she learned that leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have the foods you crave. Cassie then returned to the CIA where she continued her studies, apprenticing with several Master Chefs. Chef Cassie graduated from the Culinary Institute receiving the highest degree offered, Bachelor of Professional Studies.

Ready to fulfill her cooking dreams, Chef Cassie traveled west to awesome Aspen, Colorado, embarking on a new way of life as Private Chef to the famous Mr. Bourke (best known for “Dooney and Bourke” designer handbags.) Working for the Bourke family, Chef Cassie prepared custom meals for two that included appetizers, soup, salad, main course, and of course dessert! She also prepared meals for parties with as many as sixteen guests.

Eventually, craving the sun, beaches and her family, Chef Cassie journeyed back to Southern California where she founded Anything but Ordinary Catering.

Our Vision

Our personalized planning process starts with a visit with our event reception experts who will listen to your ideas and dreams. They will then provide you with a tempting proposal, guide you through the many choices and help you create a truly memorable celebration. When the exciting day arrives, we will impeccably prepare and serve your personal menu on site. You can relax with confidence and celebrate with your guests. Our quality and originality are the cornerstones of our business. Can you imagine what a relief it would be to have your rehearsal dinner, special events, bridal showers, bar/mitzvahs – all your celebration parties planned for you? In addition to your wedding reception and ceremony we can plan these special events too!

Our History

A special day – your special moment. Anything But Ordinary has the creative resources to bring your dream wedding or event to life. Because we have wedding and event professionals that realize most clients are not looking for an event that comes in a “package” but rather a personal experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. We believe that each client and their guests are unique, and demand the kind of thoughtfulness and creativity that express their own individual style.