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: 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.
Digital Products Manager
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: Bubbles!
Seattle Spot: Bohemian Studios in Phinney Ridge & Volunteer Park Conservatory
#1 Nosh: "The Cookie" from Metropolitan Market
Food has always been a prominent focal point in my life. Growing up in Seattle, I lived for sukiyaki dinners at my grandparents' home and my mom's chicken and broccoli casserole. Whether it was evening gelato runs (coincidentally at Procopio Gelato, the former next-door neighbor to Savor Seattle's offices), mini egg custard tarts at the end of a dim sum feast, or decorating holiday cookies with my cousins, I have countless sweet - and savory - food memories.
My post-college years found me in Japan (Ramen! Matcha! Mochi!) and Washington, D.C. I worked in international education for many years, before finally venturing into the world of food professionally. I did the food tour guide thing, managed a couple of bakeries and a local Asian market, and am now a line cook at a James Beard (design) Award-nominated restaurant! I couldn't have imagined a more perfect combination than this, where I have the opportunity to learn and grow in a kitchen while also help Savor Seattle share Seattle's amazing food scene with everyone!
Some of my favorite things include yoga, photography, browsing Mercer Street Books, noshing at my fave neighborhood pizzeria, Coltiva, cuddling my tuxedo kitty, and desperately trying not to kill my newly adopted plant babies.