Partner Relations Manager & Tour Guide
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.
Cocktail Crush: Barbados Punch at Rumba
Seattle Spot: Lincoln Park
#1 Nosh: Brunch at Stateside
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.
Cocktail Crush: French 75 & all similar drinks
Seattle Spot: Alki point, preferably with picnic
#1 Nosh: Avocadoes
I’m a Seattle native, proud to call this city my hometown (although my heart’s hometown is that other green rainy burg, Dublin, Ireland; there might be a pattern here). I enjoy exploring my city, sharing new discoveries with others, and of course, feeding people! I love food of all kinds–seriously, I could eat food, like, everyday–and I’ll try anything put in front of me at least once. Except celery, no thank you. My favorites include goat cheese, fresh berries, anything from the grill, tacos, chocolate, and avocados for days – plus always a cuppa tea in the morning.
When I’m not telling stories about history and food on a tour, I am on stage or producing shows with several local theater companies, reading too many novels at the same time, and trying to make friends with every single dog I see.
Cocktail Crush: Do the Bambi at Gainsbourg
Seattle Spot: Pike Place Market in springtime
#1 Nosh: Truffle fries with Sriracha mayo at Naked City Brewery
If you wanna talk to someone from out of town who's still in her honeymoon phase with Seattle, look no further than this gal right here! I was born and raised in southern California, and have fully assimilated to Pacific Northwest culture; I get grumpy if I'm away from trees and water for too long. Believe it or not, I migrated up here in 2010 to be a professional actor -- the Seattle theatre scene is inclusive and thriving. However, in order to make rent, I spent a lot of time post-college doing the other thing I'm good at: working front-of-house in restaurants. Being in the food industry has enriched my life in a couple ways; first, it taught me to be present with, and appreciate, my food -- which is probably why I now work for a company called "Savor." Secondly, it further reinforced for me the idea of community-building through the sharing of quality food. Pike Place is one big jewel-colored, seafood-throwing, guitar-strumming, cinnamon-and-patchouli-smelling community, and it is still my absolute favorite place in the city to spend time in. When I'm not giving food and cultural tours at the Market, you'll find me onstage in various theatre productions all over the Seattle area, singing karaoke in one of the magnificent dive bars in Greenwood, or doing very important work research at local brunches and happy hours.
Marketing Specialist & Tour Guide
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!
Cocktail Crush: Corpse Reviver #2
Seattle Spot: A restaurant patio, on the water
#1 Nosh: Beecher’s Market Herb cheese curds
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!
Cocktail Crush: Rye Manhattan
Seattle Spot: The bluffs of Discovery Park
#1 Nosh: Amberjack Crudo at Stateside
Alaskan born and Washington raised, I count myself a Northwest expert! Raised on a geoduck farm by my fisheries father, I've been enjoying the strange a beautiful cuisine of this region since as long as I can remember. There's no method of cooking a salmon I haven't tried, and no local oyster I haven't slurped. With a decade of experience working as a cook in kitchens across Seattle I have a love of all things food, and find nothing better than an afternoon spent plotting and cooking the finest meals Seattle has to offer (well, maybe outside of Canlis). Talking food, eating food, and exploring new flavor profiles are all right up my alley, and I love bringing all of this to the Savor Seattle team! When not touring with Savor or cooking around Seattle, I work in the cities thriving artistic scene. A director and producer, I am the Artistic Director of The Seagull Project – an award winning, process-based Chekhov company – and Director of Creative Development for Umbrella Project – a new play accelerator. My love for the perfect bite can only be matched by hunger for artistic fulfillment, and the hunger is RAVENOUS! .
Tour Guide Manager & Tour Guide
Cocktail Crush: Absinthe at the Can Can
Seattle Spot: Pike Place Market at dusk
#1 Nosh: Al Pastor tacos at El Barracho
I have been changing lives with Savor Seattle for six years now. As self-professed history nerd trapped in a foodie’s body, I have made it my mission is to cultivate and plumb the depths of Seattle’s 150-year development. Naturally, I am always eager to share my culino-historic findings with anybody who dares show even the slightest interest. My time with Savor Seattle has afforded me the opportunity to take that latent passion for history and food to a whole new, civic-wide level. Be it the history and development of Seattle’s gourmet scene, or the global diaspora of chocolate in the 16th and 17th centuries, my insatiable appetite for history is rivaled only by a deep and undying love of sushi. And pizza. And roast lamb. And dark chocolate. And barbecue ribs. And tacos. And margaritas. And scotch. And absinthe.
For the last year, I have stepped into the role of Tour Guide Manager. My new challenge is turning my experience inwards, and pushing my team to ever greater heights. I take great pride in being an active participant in the social force that is Savor Seattle in particular, and culinary tourism in general. Come take a tour, and your life will never be the same!
Cocktail Crush: Margarita
Seattle Spot: Ferry ride on Elliot Bay
#1 Nosh: Slice of Sicilian at DeLaurentis
I never met a crab leg until I moved to Seattle, but I was very happy for the introduction. I also appreciate our local salmon, cilantro and scenery, all things I didn’t know existed when I was growing up in New York City. I love this job because eating good food and meeting new people are two of my favorite things. When I’m not extolling the wonders of truffle oil, a Josper oven or the tater tots at Steelhead Diner, you can find me teaching drama, directing plays or working on my latest screenplay.
So is there anything else you need to know about me? Well, I used to be a journalist. I recently made my first film. And I have never lost my appetite.
Cocktail Crush: Keep it simple -- tequila over ice, salt rim, and a lime wedge
Seattle Spot: Liberty Bar
#1 Nosh: Two Egg Breakfast with BACON at Glo's (:
Katya was born in raised in the delicious and diverse melting pot of Miami, FL. She ventured west to Seattle, WA to earn her BFA in Theatre & Original Works at Cornish College of the Arts. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2015 and has been working as a professional Actor, Director, and Dialect Coach ever since. However, the rumor is true -- artists do need day jobs! Working as a Food Tour Guide in Pike Place Market is by far her favorite. Katya was fortunate enough to have been raised by two culinary-inclined parents and food has been one of her many passions since she was toddler gobbling down mussels at Dim Sum. You can follow all of her theatre and foodie adventures @ stages_and_plates on Instagram.