Our Catering & Events Team

Kevin Siegrist Director of Catering Sales

A true food, beverage and event aficionado, Kevin Siegrist leads our Catering Sales team with over 17 years' experience and countless weddings, galas and special events under his belt. An Icon Award Winner and Sommelier, Kevin's breadth of knowledge spans North America. He attributes the success of all his events to his love of food and beverage and making each event unique, fun and tailored to his clients.

 

Nina Valles Catering Sales Manager

Nina is our resident wedding expert. She can answer questions about our two stunning venues or our full-service catering. Nina's amazing attention to detail, thoughtfulness and great sense of style make her an excellent person on your team. She also appreciates the priceless value that good food & good conversation can bring to the celebration; they really make an evening special.

 

Ayisha Hendrix Catering Sales Manager

Ayisha is our in-house expert on celebrations. From birthdays, anniversaries to holiday parties & weddings she is FareStart’s social maven. Using her 10 plus years’ experience in the food & beverage industry, Ayisha brings her dynamic personality, love of people and attention to detail to ensure your event goes off without a hitch. 

 

 

Melissa Maxwell Catering Sales Administrative Assistant

Melissa has worked in catering for several years both as a trained private chef and catering event designer. As a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Melissa contributes her culinary design and catering event expertise to the Farestart Catering sales team after managing Le Cordon Bleu Admissions and Marketing. She also served as a member of the Le Cordon Bleu Student Advisory Board and is currently a member of the Fran Nordstrom Guild, benefiting Children’s Hospital families and the Laurelhurst Community Center Advisory Board.

Jeremy Bromberg Catering Operations Manager

A veteran of the Seattle food and beverage industry, Jeremy has over 15 years of experience in restaurants and high-end catering operations. With his commitment to high standards in ingenuity in all areas, Jeremy will make sure your event is executed successfully from beginning to end as he oversees our Catering Operations.

Wayne Johnson FareStart Corporate Executive Chef

Chef Wayne Johnson officially joined FareStart in 2016 after a long history as a volunteer with the organization. He oversees the food philosophies, concepts and menus across all of our restaurants, catering and foodservice businesses. Prior to FareStart, he was executive chef at Ray’s Boathouse, Andaluca and the prestigious Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco. During his 30+ years in the restaurant industry, Chef Wayne has earned many accolades. He was selected as an Iron Chef Season 9 challenger and had the honor of cooking for the James Beard House in New York in 2002. He also serves as vice president of Culinary Wonders USA and is proud to have coordinated their first Minority Chefs Summit.

Meg Viera Catering Sales Manager

Meg is a dedicated hospitality professional who excels at managing logistics and tailoring guest experiences. She has over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry and has worked in top restaurants in Seattle. Her constant commitment to organization, communication and client satisfaction keeps all her clients' events running smoothly.

 

 

Chef Paige Bloskey FareStart Head Chef

Chef Paige has honed her culinary skills in kitchens across the U.S. After starting at FareStart as Catering Sous Chef, her dedication and talent quickly catapulted her into the position of FareStart Head Chef. Most recently, Chef Paige is a recipient of a Les Dames d’Escoffier International 2017 Legacy Award.

 

 

Jacob Cafferty General Manager, Catering and 700 Virginia

Jacob oversees all our catering operations: the transportation, the staffing, the wares and the service (to name just a few). He has a long history in hospitality and we are so fortunate to have him leading our service team. Jacob's priority is making sure that everything goes as flawlessly as planned.