Tom Douglas has been cooking up Pacific Northwest cuisine in Seattle 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.”
As our name suggests, Seattle Kitchen, we foster the sense of community that you feel around the table: a feeling that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. We depend on those around us and they depend on us. We actively build community within our businesses, neighborhoods, and philanthropic intentions at our tables and beyond. We believe that there is always room for another chair at the table.
Tom has long maintained that, as food people, we need to feed people whether they can afford to eat in our restaurants or not. This principle has inspired his long-term leadership with organizations such as Share Our Strength and Food Lifeline, where Tom has dedicated over 30 years and millions of dollars towards ending hunger. Along with Tom, our family of coworkers also share in the priority towards giving back. They do this by volunteering time and skillset to organizations such as Teen Feed, FareStart, Midsound Fisheries Enhancement Group, Mary’s Place, and more.
We believe that a community is made richer by supporting the arts; we work closely with the Seattle Theater Group to help fund the programming at the Paramount and Moore theaters as well as music epicenters like KEXP and Seattle Opera. Our environmental work is focused on local wild salmon habitat preservation and raising awareness around the threat of Pebble Mine in Alaska. The PCC Farmland Trust is another important beneficiary since without farmland, there is no food. Lastly, education and nutrition programs for K-12 public schools receive support from our teams. We continue to work closely with the Seattle Public School’s culinary programs and Career and Technical Education classes to inspire potential job paths within the restaurant industry.
Giving back to the community is both a commitment and a priority for all of us here at Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen. We receive many requests for donations and do our best to assist programs operating in our local community - this allows us to share in the efforts and partner, where possible, with the organizations that most need our help.
At this time, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on business within downtown Seattle, we very sorry that we are unable to process any donation requests at this time.