Management & Staff Bios
The Trapasso family has resided in the Pocono Mountains since 1989. Vincent and Charlie Trapasso were married in Sorrento, Italy in 1992, and take great pride in their three children, Cara, Vincent, and Dante.
Mr. and Mrs. Trapasso strive to show their children how to give back to the community in which they live by example. Through giving to 37 active local charities, along with over 150 charitable contributions, Mr. Trapasso hopes to leave behind a legacy of giving to his children.
The Trapassos are very proud of desaki and the all-star staff that keeps it flourishing.
Jody has been a part of Trap Enterprises for over 16 years. She has grown with all associated companies and is now the Controller Associate General Manager for the company that runs desaki.
Jody was present through the development and construction of desaki. Her commitment to the company has truly made her a vital asset to the every day functions and success of the restaurant.
Jody is most proud of the accomplishments of her son Zack and enjoys spending her time outside of desaki with him.
Cara is the daughter of the Trapasso family and proudly serves as desaki’s Restaurants General Manager. Cara graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Penn State University, Main Campus.
Her responsibilities include restaurant operations, advertising, social networking, staff scheduling, procedures, customer service within the restaurant, and oversees the performance of all employees.
Cara’s dynamic personality helps create a welcoming, fun and energizing experience for our guests. The Trapasso family is very proud of their daughter’s accomplishments.
Matt started his employment with the Trapassos in 1989/90 when he managed Hoola Hoops on Main Street in Stroudsburg. Matt assisted with the opening of desaki five years ago and is an extremely loyal, faithful, and dedicated asset to the company.
Matt is in charge of bar inventory, scheduling of the bartenders, and designing unique and creative cocktails. By keeping up with the latest trends in the alcohol industry, Matt creates beautifully presented & delectable tasting cocktails. Matt also assembles the unique music assortment that desaki is known for.
Mickey has been at desaki since its inception and is the Master Hibachi Chef. He is in charge of recruiting, scheduling, and training our Hibachi chefs. Mickey’s hands-on training focuses on a unique fire show, guest interactions, and all forms of customer communication.
Mickey has been married to his wife Linda for five years and together they treasure their two children, Bryan (4) and Brenda (3). When not at desaki, Mickey enjoys spending as much time with his family as possible.
Featured on billboards located around the Pocono Mountains, Mickey is dedicated to ensuring that all guests have an entertaining and unsurpassable dining experience at desaki. Mickey’s commitment, strong virtues, and honesty make him an asset to the restaurant.
Leo, the Master Sushi Chef at desaki, is passionate about his work and has been in the restaurant industry since 2000. The creativity and the beauty of his sushi are second to none. Constantly monitoring to ensure the highest quality fish, Leo is an extremely dedicated, loyal and respectful employee.
Leo is married with two children, aged 10 and 12. He came to the United States from Indonesia in 1999 and lives locally, where he enjoys playing soccer, tennis, badminton and spending time with his wife and children. He is an extremely virtuous and family-oriented individual. One of his hobbies is exploring the cuisine of different types of restaurants.
Donny has been a Hibachi Chef since 2003. Growing up in the restaurant industry, cooking has been Donny’s passion his whole life. Before coming to desaki, Donny previously lived in New York and went to culinary school in his birthplace of Indonesia. At desaki, Donny also is in charge of recruiting, scheduling, and training Hibachi Chefs. Additionally, he is in charge of the ordering and quality control of meats, seafood, produce, noodles, and creating desaki’s unique sauces. His photo is featured on the desaki shuttle and on many billboards in the Pocono Mountains.
Donny is happily married with a wife and two children, ages two and four years old. When not at desaki, Donny enjoys spending time with his family in his hometown of New York.
Ryan is the Executive Chef at both desaki Restaurant and the Garden at desaki. Graduating first in his class at Northampton Community College in 1998 with a Culinary Arts Degree, Ryan illustrates his passion for his culinary craft by creating spectacular dishes for a wide range of palate and functions. With impeccable credentials, Ryan’s duties include overseeing and performing daily kitchen operations and interaction and implementation of spectacular event cuisine.
Prior to his employment at desaki, he was the Executive Chef at the Country Club of Scranton, Fauchere, Pocono Manor, and the Westmorleland Club. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys golfing, skydiving, rock climbing, and spending time with his wife of seven years, Melanie. He is the proud parent of their dog, Meatloaf.
Damon has been desaki’s proud Facility’s Engineer since its inception. His duties include all maintenance and daily up-keep at desaki. Damon’s top priority is ensuring that desaki maintains its high standards for cleanliness and impeccable presentation.
Damon cares for his two children, who attend high school locally. He loves to spend time with his children and his dog, Ruppy. His favorite holiday is Halloween.