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: Sparkling Rose
Seattle Spot: The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island
#1 Nosh: Cheese pupusas with a side of black beans
One of my favorite things in the world is bringing people I love together - nothing says community to me like an amazing meal shared with friends and family. Living in Seattle with its vibrant food culture means there is never a shortage of new places to gather - through my favorite local spot is my dining room table!
I'm a bit of a traveling spirit. While I'm a Seattle native, I proudly claim my Minnesotan roots! After college and several years in Southern California I ended up back home and I couldn't be happier. Working in the food tourism industry is an exciting new change for me after many years spent in non-profit program management and fundraising.
I hope you'll spend some time with us on a tour and become part of our Savor - and Pike Place Market - family!
Cocktail Crush: K Vinters 'El Jefe' at Charles Smith 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.
Tour Guide Manager
Cocktail Crush: The Washington Apple
Seattle Spot: Carkeek Park
#1 Nosh: Saltoro in Broadview
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.
Cocktail Crush: Espolon Tequila Reposado, neat
Seattle Spot: Cougar Football Saturdays at Flatstick Pub
#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 halfway!
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 explore the city with me!
Guest Services Specialist
Cocktail Crush: A good whiskey on the rocks
Seattle Spot: Golden Gardens Park
#1 Nosh: Buffalo Chicken Tacos from Red Star Taco Bar
Growing up in the Northern part of Washington State, I've been drawn to the city of Seattle since I was a little girl, and just recently moved to make those dreams living in Seattle a reality. I'm really excited to get to help others uncover the magic and inspiration that I've found not only in the Market but in Seattle as a whole. In my spare time I enjoy wandering all over the city, enjoying art, food, pinball, playing at open mics, and enjoying the local music scene.