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: Green Eggs & Ham Pizza (With arugula, for extra greens!) at The Alibi Room
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: 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.
Tour Guide & Tour Guide Training Specialist
Cocktail Crush: Sagefight Craft Imperial IPA by Deschutes Brewery
Seattle Spot: Glo's Diner on Capitol Hill
#1 Nosh: Lumpia from Tita Leila at Oriental Mart, in Pike Place Market
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! Katya joined Savor Seattle as a Tour Guide in the Spring of 2016 and has thoroughly enjoyed eating her way through the rich, inspiring history of Pike Place. After three years with the company, she was promoted to Tour Guide Training Specialist and she is ecstatic about the new, challenging, and empowering and responsibilities on her plate!
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: Black currant tea from Marketspice
Seattle Spot: Culture spot is Lakeview Cemetery
#1 Nosh: Belltown Rolls at Ohana
Raised on a small farm in Arlington. I can't help but be the connsumate host. As a child I raised sheep, beef, made hay, had a pet guard goat, and was active in both my 4-H club and FFA chapter (I have an American FFA Degree). My family has been farming in Washington since my first relatives came to Washington in the 1870s, first in Almira wheat farming, which year after year was the town that I was coincidentally misidentified as being from when I won state level FFA awards. My great(cubed) uncle Wendell E. Stevens forged Stevens Pass, knowing Eastern Washington farmers needed better connection to the coast. It is this big family farm culture, with its love of big together family + dinners that taught me the love of a great story and the importance of breaking bread together.
Growing up so close to Seattle, I've been coming here since well before I can remember. My sister spent the first five years of her life receiving experimental treatment at Seattle Children's Hospital, so my family would take me to all the sites here to keep me busy while my parents were occupied at the hospital. This spurred my love of the city and sharing it with others which started as soon as I could talk enough to be the know it all cousin.
I came to live in Seattle in a bit of a Goldilocks way; loved in San Deigo for a year, but it was too hot. Denali for a Summer, but too far from a Nordstrom ( I joke, but really I mean all of my loved ones), so I moved in to Belltown and found myself a city girl. My adult love of The Market was spurred by 8am Saturday walks for fresh flowers, locally made crafts, loose leaf tea at Marketspice, and the vintage poster shop in the basement. It brings me great joy to share my love of this city and state with new friends every day.
Cocktail Crush: Passing whiskey around a campfire
Seattle Spot: Greenlake with a slackline rigged
#1 Nosh: Bananza ice cream on a red velvet waffle cone at Cupcake Royale
My family and oldest friends know me as Billy. The change of identity came when I had finally earned my freedom from Seattle suburban life and those dang desks they stick kids behind for seven hours a day. Attending university in California didn't turn out to be the freedom I sought, so the summer after my freshmen year I committed to going as far from what I knew as my imagination could send me. I ended up knee deep in compost on a German farm and surviving off of white rice and lentils twice a day in rural Nepal. I loved it, and from then on, when not in school, I was in search of new experiences.
A year later, I left for six months of work and study abroad in Sao Paulo. When I returned I interned for an entrepreneur in Napa Valley's wine industry to whom I owe my appreciation for food and beverage that would eventually bring me to Savor Seattle. First, however, I sought true freedom. After graduating university, I embarked on a thirteen-month adventure through Asia where I found family, ate food and drove a funky painted van over the second highest motor pass in the world. After all this I finally felt ready to come home, and there's no place I'd rather be.
Cocktail Crush: A thick and spicy breakfast salad (Bloody Mary)
Seattle Spot: Lincoln Park in West Seattle
#1 Nosh: Vegan Tofu Cheesecake at The Teaspot Vegetarian House
Born and raised in Idaho, I longed for more diversity, the ocean, and not having to drive everywhere. Moving to Seattle to go to Cornish College of the Arts was very exciting. Especially with water and lush greenery everywhere! After a good run in Seattle, I lived in LA for a time and also NYC for a short stint. I worked as a birthday clown in the Tri-State area, did a few regional and national commercials in Seattle, LA and Chicago, and was a massage therapist and a Reiki teacher in LA. No matter where I was, I longed to make my way back to Seattle, and it is so good to be back in a place I consider home. The thing that lights my fire the most is learning the various ways we can find homeostasis. Everyone is their own healer, and it’s beautiful to see the way people nourish themselves. The one thing we all have in common is we all eat food (unless you’re the type of yogi that lives in a cave and survives from the energy of the sun and the nectar of the third eye), and we all love DELICIOUS food. I’m so excited to be a tour guide and share the excitement of something we all have in common. When I’m not working or eating, I’m meditating, writing letters to my late cat, or trying to remember my Duolingo streak.
Cocktail Crush: Gimlet
Seattle Spot: The Seattle Waterfront
#1 Nosh: French Toast at Geraldine's
Growing up just south of Seattle in Renton, I always looked forward to day trips to Seattle. My family would often stroll through pike place market, making sure to stop at the dried flower booth for my moms favorite flowers. I especially loved these trips because it meant we would get to have dinner in the city!
You’ll often find me at various spots across the city vending with my scrunchie business, Bunch-A-Scrunch. I’m also model here in Seattle. I can’t wait to share my love for and continue to explore the magnificent city of Seattle
Cocktail Crush: Black Milk Tea Boba
Seattle Spot: Elliot Bay Bookstore
#1 Nosh: Pappardelle Bolongnese at Il Corvo
Betsy spent her formative years in Princeton, NJ. She has lived in PA, IL, NY, VA, Scotland, and Spain before landing in Seattle in search of coffee and other people who hide from the sun. She spent years working as a barista, an artisanal baker and ice cream maker, an actor, a costume designer, and a Registered Nurse.
She spends a lot of time conducting research on Seattle's tastiest food, which includes hunting down her current favorite food trucks. She is a fearless culinary adventurer, known to trek all over the city in search of the best boba tea!
Occasionally you can find her working in a family practice clinic, hanging out in Elliot Bay Book Company, watching films at SIFF, practicing yoga, or having affirmations shouted at her at SoulCycle. SHe loves cooking with local ingredients and planning her next meal. Her favorite things about Pike Place Market are finding out everything that's in season, meeting the amazing humans that work in the Market, and watching fish fly.
Cocktail Crush: Grape Kneehigh at Bug Picture
Seattle Spot: Westcrest Dog Park
#1 Nosh: Pesto Garlic Fries from Brass Knuckle Bistro in White Center
I'm "originally" from Montana, in the sense that I've been there since I was four. But after enough time in the woods and the wilds, I decided to tackle a somewhat more refined bit of nature - Seattle. The Emerald City has been my home now for a couple of years, and is so diverse in its brews, its eats, and its activities. Finally getting to eat something beyond burgers has been a delight in-and-of-itself, and I love getting to explore the variety of cuisines in the area. I also get to work in Pike Place Market as a barista, which lets me make friends with everyone there and learn the ins and outs of Seattle's iconic beating heart. When I'm not eating or hitting up food wagons at Seattle's various breweries, I love to drag my dog out for hikes or just lounge in the sun with the pup and my girlfriend.
Cocktail Crush: Shirley Temple
Seattle Spot: The Frye Art Museum
#1 Nosh: Anything at Annapurna Restaurant
Seattle is a stunning city that I have had the pleasure of living in for 5 years now. My love for the history comes from growing up in Philadelphia, a city of firsts. I love people; talking, connecting, and teaching them. My friends often joke I always know what's going on and where to go. Pike Place Market has been a perfect place for me to meet people and work closely with Seattle's History. When not in the Market I like to dance, admire art, and sift through vintage clothing.
I moved from Western New York to the Seattle area in 1990 to work for a small software company named Microsoft. On the job I had a chance to travel frequently in Europe and the Middle East with the added benefit of connecting with the various cultures and food. When I lived in Germany for four years, I enjoyed the flavor of the locals but also wanted to have a connection to my basics. So I learned to bake breads, with a specialty in bagels and bialys. Today I enjoy travel and meeting new friends. The community and oppourtunity for outside activities in the Pacific Northwest is a great joy and I hope to share that joy with new friends.
Cocktail Crush: Tacos Chukis
Seattle Spot: Sugar Hill on Capitol Hill
#1 Nosh: Whisky Soda
I'm a born & raised Seattlelite who decided to take a 6-month break from school to develop the necessary life skills needed to build connections with people. During this time, I'm going to be doing the exact opposite of what I was formerly doing as an academic. Instead of staring at textbooks and worrying about midterms, I'm going to be working as a tour guide and interacting with the world around me. If you're reading this, I hope to have the opportunity of being your tour guide!
Cocktail Crush: Sparkling Passionfruit Sour at Stateside
Seattle Spot: The counter at Le Pichet
#1 Nosh: The generous GF lemon bars at Nuflours Bakery
I have happily resided in Seattle since 1987 but, like many others here, am a transplant. My family moved a lot growing up so I have lived in every state on the West Coast including Alaska and Hawaii and have learned to appreciate many different cuisines and cultures. One of the things I love about Seattle is that I'm able to enjoy the same variety today. I enjoy walking this lovely city of ours, finding new gems, and sampling Happy Hours along the way. I love sharing my new finds with friends and family and now with guests through Savor Seattle.
You can also find me exploring the world of fine art jewelry in my cozy and colorful studio apartment at one of my three workstations. I work with polymer in my kitchen, have a metalsmithing bench in my hallway, and solder n my hall closet. Much of my jewelry is inspired by forms found in mature and you can find it at Seattle Art Museum's gift shop, local galleries, and on etsy.com. Get a sneak peek of what's on my benches, my creative process, and fresh food and cocktail discoveries on Instagram: @sarahwilbanks
Cocktail Crush: Helbent IPA
Seattle Spot: Blue Star Cafe
#1 Nosh: Crispy Polenta Fritters from Orfeo in Belltown
Adam moved to Seattle after working for an airline, because he fell in love with all of the unique cultures, flavors and community that it had to offer. You can find him on his off time trying as many new restaurants - and there are a lot - as possible. He has traveled to over 60 countries and lived in 5 continents. He is so excited to be part of Savor Seattle and their mission to help others discover this magical city!
Cocktail Crush: Lemon Drop
Seattle Spot: Noble Barton
#1 Nosh: Steak & Potatoes
Hello, My name is Mirin! I was born and raised in Des Moines, Washington. Growing up I always adored coming to Pike Place Market and now I'm lucky enough to work in it! In my free time, I love to model and sew. I am an entrepreneur and run a scrunchie business which is my pride and joy! I love to eat and I'm always looking to try new things! :)
Keala Milles, Jr.
Cocktail Crush: Aviation
Seattle Spot: Shorty's in Belltown
#1 Nosh: Curry Beef Bao at Mee Sum Pastry in Pike Place Market
Amateur chef and mixologist, semi-professional actor/musician/writer with a theatre degree from the University of Washington, if you care about that sort of thing. www.mkealamillesjr.net
Cocktail Crush: Topo Chico with fresh lime and crushed mint
Seattle Spot: Early mornings in Lincoln Park
#1 Nosh: Uli's sausage and pan-roasted Brussel sprouts
I have spent the majority of my life living in three amazing places: my hometown of Chicago, and my adopted hometowns of New York City and Seattle. In these cities, I have had the opportunity to work in top-notch bars and restaurants, participate in community sustained agriculture and gardens, and volunteer at after-school culinary arts programs for children; exploring along the way the particular alchemy that occurs when food and drink bring us all together and opens our hearts.
Once again, I find myself back in the Emerald City, rekindling my passion for the fresh flavors of the Pacific Northwest, the landscape and even the weather. When I am not boasting about the fruits of the region, you can find me painting, cooking, hiking, and discovering just how I can be of service to others.