About Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen

We are a Seattle-based restaurant group comprised of food based businesses dedicated to serving delicious food graciously.

​Did you know:

In February 1995, Douglas and his wife opened Etta's Seafood, named after their daughter, Loretta

Tom Douglas, Seattle-based chef, has been cooking up Pacific Northwest cuisine since 1984, opening his own restaurant, Dahlia Lounge, in 1989. For the last 30 years, he’s made a name for himself alongside business partner and wife Jackie Cross and business partner (since 2006) Eric Tanaka by opening 13 full-service restaurants; an event space, Palace Ballroom; a cooking school, Hot Stove Society; and a product line including rubs, sauces, mustards, and knives. The James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur, self-described as “middle-aged, tall, and round,” can be found at any of his restaurants on a given day putting in the work to create a successful restaurant group. As he reminds himself and his staff, “no one can out effort us.”

If you’re going to start a fire, why cook just one chicken?
- Tom Douglas

Executive Staff

Pamela Hinckley

CEO/CVO (Chief Vegetable Officer)
With Pamela Hinckley’s reputation as a visionary in the Seattle food and wine scene, it came as no surprise when her long-time friend and Seattle restaurateur, Tom Douglas, approached her to join his team in 2009. As CEO and CVO (Chief Vegetable Officer), Pamela’s expertise, collaborative personality and constant quest for positive employee and guest experiences have created an undeniable bond between the corporate office, culinary teams and customers in one of the nation’s leading privately owned restaurant groups.

Eric Tanaka

Partner and Executive Chef
Eric Tanaka has been an essential voice and partner in the growth and successes of this leading Seattle restaurant company. Affectionately known as “ET” within the company, Tanaka’s ability to transform Tom’s ideas and interests into iconic dishes and innovative restaurants is well known and led to the James Beard award for Best Chef Northwest in 2004. In his twenty-year journey with Tom Douglas, Eric has grown to be a mentor for all cooks and helped open twelve additional Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen restaurants, including TanakaSan, inspired by Eric’s Japanese-American heritage.

Some of the Crew

Jaime York - Etta's
Gretchen Geisness - Etta's
Eric Feller - Palace Kitchen
Lauren Musladin - Serious Pie
Herschell Taghap - Marketing
Scott Whited - Cuoco
Matt Fortner - Lola
Brittany Bardeleben - Dahlia Bakery
Dan Carlone - Home Remedy
Sean Hartley - Operations
Stacy Fortner - Dahlia Bakery Workshop
Brock Johnson - Dahlia Lounge
Dezi Bonow - The Carlile Room
Melissa Martz - TanakaSan
Regina Rieder - Dahlia Lounge
Mat Anderson - TanakaSan
Wendy Scherer - Dahlia Bakery Workshop
Sam Burkhart - Dahlia Lounge
 
About Hiring

We’re hiring!

Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchens are always looking for motivated individuals to work at all of our restaurants. There are many great opportunities and areas to grow and advance your career at Tom Douglas. If you’re interested, follow the link and apply today!

Employment Opportunities

Party with us!

Whether it's a visiting chef or winemaker, National Coconut Cream Day or Negroni Week, we love throwing parties in our restaurants and community! Make sure you check out our event page for all the deliciousness that is waiting to be on your social calendar!

Events