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Guest Relations Manager/Host: Kate Johnson. Kate has been orchestrating the flow of the Poppy dining room since 2008.  Her welcoming presence is well-known among guests, and her gracious manner makes everyone feel like old friends.  Guests who have come to rely on Kate’s assured air at the host stand are often surprised to find her missing a few nights a week.  But everyone needs a day, or two, off and Kate’s outside pursuits keep her well-occupied.

Wine Director: Bennett Slothower. Bennett has been a key member of the Poppy staff since its 2008 opening.  Now his love of wine and education have lead him to his Level 3 advanced certification with the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust (WSET).  As the wine director at Poppy, he is able to utilize talents from his previous profession—high school English teacher—to share his knowledge of great wines with guests and staff.

Chef/Owner: Jerry Traunfeld.  Jerry is well known for his innovative use of herbs and spices. Before opening Poppy, Jerry was Executive Chef at The Herbfarm Restaurant for 17 years, where he garnered national acclaim for orchestrating local seasonal Northwest menus. Jerry’s many recognitions include winning the James Beard Award for Best American Chef/Northwest, semifinalist for the James Beard Award Outstanding Chef nationally, and Seattle Met Magazine’s Chef of the Year for 2015. He is the author of two award winning cookbooks, The Herbfarm Cookbook and The Herbal Kitchen. He has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Sunset and many other publications and his television appearances have included Top Chef Masters and Martha Stewart Living.