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: 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!
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: 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: 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.
Cocktail Crush: Whiskey Sour, the classic way, with lemon juice and egg whites
Seattle Spot: Taking a boat ride on Lake Union
#1 Nosh: Beecher's mac & cheese
I'm a born-and-raised Seattleite and love sharing the sights, sounds and flavors of my hometown with people. Prior to working for Savor Seattle, I spent 13 years at the Museum of History & Industry where I developed a passion for informal education (the fun kind of learning!) and amassed a wealth of local history and knowledge. I'm excited to bring that background to the wonderful world of food tours, and to help visitors get a sense of context for our city's amazing food scene. When not leading tours, I'm also the Youth Programs Manager for the historic steamship SS VIRGINIA V and a freelance actor and stage combatant. I love gardening, baking, reading, and getting out to the woods or on the water whenever possible.
Anne Doss Hardy
Cocktail Crush: Ice Cold Prosecco
Seattle Spot: Bicycling through Discovery Park to Golden Gardens
#1 Nosh: Eggplant! Borani Bademjan at Farvahar's Persian Cafe
Originally a Midwest girl, Seattle’s been home most of my life. My hunger for travel and adventure started early. Always curious about what’s different and what’s the same with food, language and lifestyle--- I love connecting with people from all over the world. I studied in Turkey for 6 months in college – and ventured on to live and teach in England, Japan and most recently Luxembourg. And I always return to Seattle. With a passion for sharing great food and building relationships,
I co-founded a seafood marketing business, co-owned a restaurant group and represented city magazines. And, once upon a time, I was hired by a little coffee company called Starbucks when there were just 6 stores. Then Howard Schultz bought the company and we were off on a wild, caffeine-fueled ride! By some miracle, I soon headed up the national roll-out of the restaurant division. Such an amazing experience working with many of the best restaurants and top chefs in the country-- including our very own hometown farm-to-table trailblazer, Tom Douglas.
Being part of Pike Place Market’s richly diverse community brings it all together- -- it’s joy on toast! When I’m not serving up scrumptious tastings and juicy stories, you’ll most likely find me bicycling along the Burke-Gilman trail, getting my "Namaste" on by teaching and practicing yoga or cooking up something yummy with my family and friends. Come Savor Seattle with us!
Cocktail Crush: Is Beer a cocktail? Hly Mountain Three Fates Pilsner
Seattle Spot: Around a fire pit at Golden Gardens
#1 Nosh: Veggie Butter Masala at Cedars
I'm originally from Ormond Beach, Florida and moved to Seattle in May of 2015. I started working in food in 2008 while in high school. In 2012, I graduated from Daytona State College with a degree in Culinary Management and a certificate in Baking and Pastry Specialization. I've worked in kitchens and bakeries, and loved the daily challenges and fast-paced atmosphere, but decided that I missed being a great host and talking to people! I moved to the front of the house and worked my way up to management. While in management, I realized that it was a fun challenge, but I missed learning about food and being in a more creative role. After I left my management position I took some time off and set out to find a position to do just that, which is how I landed at Savor Seattle! I'm able to learn about food and restaurants in Seattle, and am able talk to people all day long!
When I'm not at work, you can find me attending local art events like First Thursdays in Pioneer Square and Second Thursdays in Capitol Hill, attending music events around the city, or at home working either on a variety of art projects or making food!
Cocktail Crush: Lucky Envelope's Raspberry Sour
Seattle Spot: Westcrest Dog Park - White Center
#1 Nosh: Fried Salmon Tips from Oriental Mart Grocery & kitchenette
I was born and raised in rural Missouri, but I've been a resident of the Emerald City for the majority of my adult life. I moved here to pursue a career as a network and systems engineer. After nearly 20 years I've decided to take a step back and enjoy the finer things life has to offer. My old company's offices were just down Western Avenue from Pike Place Market and I loved exploring the market, enjoying everything it had to offer, and learning about its history. I now get the same joy from sharing the market and downtown with others! One of my many interests is promoting local and sustainable agricultural practices in which the producers receive their fair share of the profits!
Cocktail Crush: Shirley Temple
Seattle Spot: Discovery Park
#1 Nosh: Beecher's Mac & Cheese with White Truffle oil from The Truffle Queen
Kat Hjelte is a rare gem in this city, in that she is a local who was both born and raised here! Kat has a unique perspective of the Pike Place Market because she is one of the buskers here! She dazzles and delights the streets of Pike Place Market with both music and magic, and considers the Market to be her home away from home. If you ask (or even if you don't) she will show you a magic trick with sleight of hand on the tour and you're welcome in advance. When she's not confusing you with her illusions, you can find Kat busking with her greatest passion: Playing the ukulele and singing on the streets, fundraising for her next travel adventure. Last year she made her dreams come true when she used her busking funds to go on her first solo backpacking trip through Europe. This year she is thinking Thailand or Peru! When she is not in the Market, you can find her cooking delicious dinners, hiking, bouldering, and swing dancing across town.
You can follow Kat's music, magic and travel shenanigans on Instagram! @Kat_Hjelte