Tour Guides

Two parts food ambassador, one part local historian, and a dash of quirky humor.

TOUR GUIDE

Mark Boeker

Cocktail Crush: Barbados Punch at Rumba

Seattle Spot: Lincoln Park

#1 Nosh: Brunch at Stateside

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A Seattle native, I’ve performed in over 50 local productions, 3 original one man shows and several notable regional commercials. To supplement my joy of acting, I was a server and bartender for 15 years. It was this exposure to chefs, food, wine, beer, and craft cocktails that opened my palate and gave me an insatiable curiosity to explore “the finer things.” Being a food tour guide feels like the perfect marriage between my two backgrounds and I’m constantly “researching” by eating out, and regularly enjoy Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, French, Italian, Ethiopian and Indian cuisine, as well as a good burger and pizza.

I also enjoy travel, tennis, chess, constant book-reading and film-watching, having a cat on my lap, and dancing around my well-decorated living room with my cordless headphones to my substantial music collection.

MARKETING SPECIALIST & TOUR GUIDE

Justin Oba

Cocktail Crush:  Espolon Tequila Reposado, neat

Seattle Spot: Friday nights at Cantina de San Patricio

#1 Nosh: Sinigang Soup at Oriental Mart

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Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, the Emerald City has always been a place full of discovery and excitement. I find Seattle culture – the people, places, communities and traditions- authentic and unique. My day trips into the city are adventuresome; like the time I was in a food coma at the Bite of Seattle or when I attempted the 5 lb. Burrito challenge at Taco Del Mar for Cinco De Mayo in 2009…got thru only half way!

My grandmother is the reason why I love food. She hosted numerous potlucks and parties for her friends and community. She understood how food can bring people together, and I loved that. I follow my grandmother’s tradition as a tour guide and host for Savor Seattle. I invite you to come explore the city with me!

TOUR GUIDE TRAINING SPECIALIST & TOUR GUIDE

Heather Refvem

Cocktail Crush: Corpse Reviver #2

Seattle Spot: A restaurant patio, on the water

#1 Nosh: Beecher’s Market Herb cheese curds

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Born and raised in the eastside suburbs of Seattle, I have always been proud to be from the Pacific Northwest. The funny thing is, I had to move away from home for a while to really understand that. I studied musical theatre in college and with stars in my eyes moved to New York City after graduating. It is there that I became a professional foodie! For six years I led food tours of Greenwich Village. All along, my heart was home in the Northwest, so two years ago I made the move back to Seattle.

There are few things I miss about New York, but I do find myself missing my Greenwich Village community. I would walk down Bleecker Street in the morning before my tour and I felt like “Belle” in the opening of Beauty and the Beast, waving to the butcher and the baker. I know I am comparing my life to a Disney movie, but that really is the way it was. I have rediscovered that in Pike Place Market, where the motto is “Meet the Producer.” Today, I am thrilled to work as a food tour guide again, but this time in my favorite city!

TOUR GUIDE MANAGER & TOUR GUIDE

Matt Bentley

Cocktail Crush:  The Washington Apple

Seattle Spot: Carkeek Park

#1 Nosh: Saltoro in Broadview

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I moved to Seattle in 1988 at the age of six and immediately fell in love with the Emerald City. I love roaming around the area’s parks and beaches while finding tasty rub all over town. I’m a musician and avid member of the Seattle music scene, as well as a pastel artist, photographer, and writer. I enjoy all of the arts and adore a good book. On weekends, I try to spend as much time as I can hiking, camping, and backpacking my way through Washington State’s myriad forests and wilderness areas.

GUEST SERVICES SPECIALIST & TOUR GUIDE

Stephanie Park

Cocktail Crush: A thick and spicy breakfast salad (aka Bloody Mary)

Seattle Spot: Lincoln Park in West Seattle

#1 Nosh: Vegan tofu cheesecake at The Teaspot Vegetarian House

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Born and raised in Idaho, I longed for more diversity, the ocean, and not having to drive everywhere. Moving to Seattle to go to Cornish College of the Arts was very exciting. Especially with water and lush greenery everywhere! After a good run in Seattle, I lived in LA for a time and also NYC for a short stint. I worked as a birthday clown in the Tri-State area, did a few regional and national commercials in Seattle, LA and Chicago, and was a massage therapist and a Reiki teacher in LA. No matter where I was, I longed to make my way back to Seattle, and it is so good to be back in a place I consider home. The thing that lights my fire the most is learning the various ways we can find homeostasis. Everyone is their own healer, and it’s beautiful to see the way people nourish themselves. The one thing we all have in common is we all eat food (unless you’re the type of yogi that lives in a cave and survives from the energy of the sun and the nectar of the third eye), and we all love DELICIOUS food. I’m so excited to be a tour guide and share the excitement of something we all have in common. When I’m not working or eating, I’m meditating, writing letters to my late cat, or trying to remember my Duolingo streak.

GUEST SERVICES LEAD & TOUR GUIDE

Miriam Krainacker

Cocktail Crush:  Grape Kneehigh at Bug Picture

Seattle Spot: Westcrest Dog Park

#1 Nosh: Pesto garlic fries from Brass Knuckle Bistro in White Center

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I moved to Seattle in 1988 at the age of six and immediately fell in love with the Emerald City. I love roaming around the area’s parks and beaches while finding tasty rub all over town. I’m a musician and avid member of the Seattle music scene, as well as a pastel artist, photographer, and writer. I enjoy all of the arts and adore a good book. On weekends, I try to spend as much time as I can hiking, camping, and backpacking my way through Washington State’s myriad forests and wilderness areas.

TOUR GUIDE

Betsy Grossman

Cocktail Crush: Black Milk Tea Boba

Seattle Spot: Elliot Bay Bookstore

#1 Nosh: Pappardelle Bolongnese at Il Corvo

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Born and raised in Idaho, I longed for more diversity, the ocean, and not having to drive everywhere. Moving to Seattle to go to Cornish College of the Arts was very exciting. Especially with water and lush greenery everywhere! After a good run in Seattle, I lived in LA for a time and also NYC for a short stint. I worked as a birthday clown in the Tri-State area, did a few regional and national commercials in Seattle, LA and Chicago, and was a massage therapist and a Reiki teacher in LA. No matter where I was, I longed to make my way back to Seattle, and it is so good to be back in a place I consider home. The thing that lights my fire the most is learning the various ways we can find homeostasis. Everyone is their own healer, and it’s beautiful to see the way people nourish themselves. The one thing we all have in common is we all eat food (unless you’re the type of yogi that lives in a cave and survives from the energy of the sun and the nectar of the third eye), and we all love DELICIOUS food. I’m so excited to be a tour guide and share the excitement of something we all have in common. When I’m not working or eating, I’m meditating, writing letters to my late cat, or trying to remember my Duolingo streak.

TOUR GUIDE

John Lefor

Cocktail Crush:  Glass of home-made sangria with fresh fruit and local red wine.

Seattle Spot: San Juan Island; Take the ferry across then sit at a coffee shop along the San Juan Island Ferry Terminal is a beautiful way to to spend time in a real jewel of the Pacific Northwest

#1 Nosh: Spicy Buffalo hot wings and a glass of Malbec from 3rd Place Books in Seward Park neighborhood.

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I moved to Seattle in 1988 at the age of six and immediately fell in love with the Emerald City. I love roaming around the area’s parks and beaches while finding tasty rub all over town. I’m a musician and avid member of the Seattle music scene, as well as a pastel artist, photographer, and writer. I enjoy all of the arts and adore a good book. On weekends, I try to spend as much time as I can hiking, camping, and backpacking my way through Washington State’s myriad forests and wilderness areas.

TOUR GUIDE

Sarah Wilbanks

Cocktail Crush: Sparkling passion-fruit sour at Stateside

Seattle Spot: The counter at Le Pichet

#1 Nosh: The generous GF lemon bars at Nuflours Bakery

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Born and raised in Idaho, I longed for more diversity, the ocean, and not having to drive everywhere. Moving to Seattle to go to Cornish College of the Arts was very exciting. Especially with water and lush greenery everywhere! After a good run in Seattle, I lived in LA for a time and also NYC for a short stint. I worked as a birthday clown in the Tri-State area, did a few regional and national commercials in Seattle, LA and Chicago, and was a massage therapist and a Reiki teacher in LA. No matter where I was, I longed to make my way back to Seattle, and it is so good to be back in a place I consider home. The thing that lights my fire the most is learning the various ways we can find homeostasis. Everyone is their own healer, and it’s beautiful to see the way people nourish themselves. The one thing we all have in common is we all eat food (unless you’re the type of yogi that lives in a cave and survives from the energy of the sun and the nectar of the third eye), and we all love DELICIOUS food. I’m so excited to be a tour guide and share the excitement of something we all have in common. When I’m not working or eating, I’m meditating, writing letters to my late cat, or trying to remember my Duolingo streak.

TOUR GUIDE

Yoseph Amare

Cocktail Crush:  Tacos Chukis

Seattle Spot: Sugar Hill in the Capitol Hill neighborhood

#1 Nosh: Whisky Soda

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I moved to Seattle in 1988 at the age of six and immediately fell in love with the Emerald City. I love roaming around the area’s parks and beaches while finding tasty rub all over town. I’m a musician and avid member of the Seattle music scene, as well as a pastel artist, photographer, and writer. I enjoy all of the arts and adore a good book. On weekends, I try to spend as much time as I can hiking, camping, and backpacking my way through Washington State’s myriad forests and wilderness areas.

TOUR GUIDE

Elizabeth Bullard

Cocktail Crush: Topo Chico with fresh lime and crushed mint

Seattle Spot: Early mornings in Lincoln Park

#1 Nosh: Uli’s sausage and pan-roasted brussel sprouts

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Born and raised in Idaho, I longed for more diversity, the ocean, and not having to drive everywhere. Moving to Seattle to go to Cornish College of the Arts was very exciting. Especially with water and lush greenery everywhere! After a good run in Seattle, I lived in LA for a time and also NYC for a short stint. I worked as a birthday clown in the Tri-State area, did a few regional and national commercials in Seattle, LA and Chicago, and was a massage therapist and a Reiki teacher in LA. No matter where I was, I longed to make my way back to Seattle, and it is so good to be back in a place I consider home. The thing that lights my fire the most is learning the various ways we can find homeostasis. Everyone is their own healer, and it’s beautiful to see the way people nourish themselves. The one thing we all have in common is we all eat food (unless you’re the type of yogi that lives in a cave and survives from the energy of the sun and the nectar of the third eye), and we all love DELICIOUS food. I’m so excited to be a tour guide and share the excitement of something we all have in common. When I’m not working or eating, I’m meditating, writing letters to my late cat, or trying to remember my Duolingo streak.

TOUR GUIDE

Keala Milles, Jr.

Cocktail Crush:  Aviation

Seattle Spot: Shorty’s in the Belltown neighborhood

#1 Nosh: Curry beef bao at Mee Sum Pastry in Pike Place Market

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I moved to Seattle in 1988 at the age of six and immediately fell in love with the Emerald City. I love roaming around the area’s parks and beaches while finding tasty rub all over town. I’m a musician and avid member of the Seattle music scene, as well as a pastel artist, photographer, and writer. I enjoy all of the arts and adore a good book. On weekends, I try to spend as much time as I can hiking, camping, and backpacking my way through Washington State’s myriad forests and wilderness areas.