Founder & CEO
Cocktail Crush: Skinny B*tch at Von’s
Seattle Spot: Inn at the Market’s patio
#1 Nosh: Raw oysters
I am a self-proclaimed “food evangelist.” This translates into a huge love of eating, shopping for, and cooking, FOOD. I grew up working in my family’s restaurants and countless others. After graduating from the Wharton School, I moved to Chicago to work in Brand Management at Quaker Oats. Eleven years ago I was drawn to the city of Seattle, where I’ve never been happier to be so close to fresh seafood, local wine, and artisan cheese.
In my spare time, I enjoy giggling with my two kiddos, traveling, working out in HIIT classes, and being outside year-round. My favorite foods include: tacos, sushi, coffee, eggs, and raw oysters. Americans would be a whole lot healthier if vegetables tasted like bacon. There are few things I won’t eat…and durian is one of them.
I currently serve on the Visit Seattle Board and am a member of the Seattle chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier. Historic awards include: Puget Sound Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, Seattle Tourism Ambassador, and Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year Finalist. I am available for speaking and media engagements on topics such as: entrepreneurship, culinary tourism, scaling a business, economic benefits of small businesses, and female leadership.
Cocktail Crush: Old School Whiskey Sour
Seattle Spot: Biking the Burke-Gilman Trail
#1 Nosh: French fries at the Carlile Room
Born in the salmon capital of the world, Ketchikan, Alaska, some of my earliest memories are of our family on the docks watching the local fishermen haul in the world’s best seafood. The docks were a familiar spot for us because my dad ran our small island communities only grocery and my entrepreneurial mom had taken to offering city tours to cruise ship passengers using the family VW van. I suppose food and tourism were engrained in me from my earliest days, though it would take many more years before I married the two into a career. In my younger years I lived just outside of Seattle, Washington, and fell in love with local grown produce such as apples and strawberries. So much so that I relentlessly hassled my parents into buying me strawberry and tomato plants to grow in our backyard. This was before the appeal of growing food in suburban housing developments was as popular as it is today. When we moved to Portland, Maine I discovered lobster and steamers. And as a teen in Los Angeles, California I became a taco and street food enthusiast. Now back home in Seattle, I am always on the hunt for delicious new restaurants, or great recipes I can try at home.
Prior to joining Savor Seattle as the Senior Manager I spent my most recent years working in the Seattle startup scene using powerful data aggregation to make homeownership more joyful. Before that I was traveling the west coast, Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico as an Operations Manager for a boutique-adventure yachting company. Here at Savor Seattle, I work with our incredible team to make exploring Seattle a multi-sensorial and deliciously joyful experience for visitors and locals alike. When I am not at work you can find me dining around town, running along the waterfront, firing up a BBQ at my place in the foodie paradise neighborhood of Ballard, or most often, spoiling my Beagle puppy Patsy at a dog park nearby.
Cocktail Crush: A well-made Bobby Burns
Seattle Spot: Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island
#1 Nosh: El Diablo at Tango
I have been working tirelessly, visiting happy hours all around Seattle expanding my knowledge of the food and drinks that make this city great. As a reformed vegetarian, I now enjoy eating meat daily and will often order the strangest sounding body part on the menu, since I am making up for lost time. When not eating bone marrow, tongue, or sweetbreads, I can usually be found acting on a Seattle stage somewhere, or in a park playing with my daughter. I’m also a rabid sports fan, decent cook, and enjoy solving and creating crossword puzzles on those notorious rainy Seattle days.
Guest Services Manager
Cocktail Crush: Bloody Mary +spicy, pepperoncini, and bacon
Seattle Spot: Lowell Basketball Courts
#1 Nosh: Jensen's smoked salmon spread on a bagel
Among everything my late father taught me, there were three things that he instill a love for: theatre, food, and professional wrestling. These three things went on to serve as the anchors for all the insane paths that led me to this city (just a few short months ago) of which I am now proud to call home. Before I go on, I should say the following just for my Mom. You are my everything and continue to teach me every day. This next bit is for Dad. Sorry. I still love your chili and tacos! I digress...
I'm a recent transplant from Santa Cruz, CA with a degree in acting and years of experience working in the world of theatre, food, pro wrestling, and operations management. Life for me needs to have skateboarding, playing basketball, cooking, a bar that knows me by name, podcasts, lucha libre, and water. Tip well, know your server by name, bring back the Super Sonics, and never overcook an egg!
Digital Products Specialist
Cocktail Crush: K Vinters 'El Jefe' at Charles Smiith Wines Jet City
Seattle Spot: Walk, run, or bike along the Elliot Bay Trail
#1 Nosh: Fish Tacos
Two common threads throughout my life are the love of people and the love of a good experience. When the two are combined, it’s these moments that make me take a step back breathe in deep and remember just how good life is.
Originally from Arkansas, I moved to Seattle after graduating from the University of Houston. My career has been spent connecting people, visitors and locals alike, to the amazing area we live in. From working in a luxury hotel to being a small business owner to working at Savor Seattle all have been centered on people and experiences.
Side note: Please let me know if you ever need a recommendation on what to do or where to go.
Much to my husband’s delight my personal life revolves around food. What new recipe or ingredient can I play with? What new restaurant can we experience? Who can we have over for dinner? What hidden gems can I find in small local towns. Doing my best to stay forever curious and laughing as much as I can.
Cocktail Crush: Espolon Tequila Reposado, neat
Seattle Spot: Friday nights at Cantina de San Patricio
#1 Nosh: Sinigang Soup at Oriental Mart
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!
Guest Services Specialist
Cocktail Crush: Mango Drop form Noi
Seattle Spot: Waterfront Park
#1 Nosh: Chicken Teriyaki from Yoshino Teriyaki
Moving to Seattle was a massive leap of faith considering that my husband and I had no friends, no family, and no contacts in the area. It was a leap that I;m very grateful we took; immediately after landing our life just slid into place. We were welcomed into this foodie heaven with open arms and we haven't looked back. I love the excitement and creativity that Seattle has given to me and look forward to new experiences everyday.