Michael Pagana

Michael Pagana

Vice President of Development

Michael has an Associate of Science degree in culinary arts from Seattle Culinary Academy as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality from Johnston & Whales University. He is a Court of Master Certified Sommelier and currently is the ESR Vice President of Development.

Homeland

New Jersey

First Restaurant Job

Dishwasher at the Melting Pot in Longwood, Florida

Last Restaurant Job

Director of Foodservice Operations at Airbnb global headquarters in San Francisco, California

Best Meal Ever

Everything is better when shared with friends, family, and loved ones. I have been blessed with the opportunity to have many of these experiences. Catching crabs on the docks in Maryland with my father as a young boy, my mother teaching me to roast a leg of lamb as her french grandmother taught her, large family dinners every Christmas eve compliments of Aunt Marian, and now any chance I get to cook with my wife who is one of the best chefs I know.

After Work Hangout

Bar Sue…go see Curtis

Food Philosophy

Like many of the Italian chefs I have worked with over the years I believe the key to food is "getting the best ingredients available and trying not to F*** them up".

Restaurant Pet Peeve

When staff is too cool to bother with giving great service to everyone.

What do you love about Seattle?

Everything!! I have lived all over the country and Seattle is by far the best city in the country to live. Great food, restaurants, arts, nature, friendly accepting people, very walkable, and when the sun does come out we appreciate it so much more.

Favorite Place In The World

San Sebastian, the jewel of northern Spain. Some of the best food in the world with an amazing beach and gorgeous old town. There are plenty of amazing high end restaurants there, but for me jumping from bar-to-bar eating pintxos and drinking txakoli sounds like a dream retirement.

Can't Live Without

My loving and supportive wife Irene.

What Have You Learned?

I have learned that learning is never finished. Also I subscribe to the idea that we learn the most when we are uncomfortable…so get out there and do something that makes you uncomfortable!

Meet The Crew

  1. Ethan Stowell

    Ethan Stowell

    CEO & Founder

  2. Steve Hooper

    Steve Hooper

    President

  1. Sennen David

    Sennen David

    VP Marketing & Culture, Beverage Director

  2. Branden Karow

    Branden Karow

    VP Restaurant Operations

  3. Michael Pagana

    Michael Pagana

    VP Development

  4. Val Dixon

    Val Dixon

    VP Finance / CFO

  5. Sandy Smith

    Sandy Smith

    VP Administration

  6. Addam Buzzalini

    Addam Buzzalini

    Executive Chef

  7. Heather Poncet

    Heather Poncet

    Service Director

  8. Gary Silver

    Gary Silver

    Operations Director

  9. Mitch Wittenberg

    Mitch Wittenberg

    Systems Director

  10. Scarlet Keiser

    Scarlet Keiser

    Executive Assistant

  11. Phia McDonnell

    Phia McDonnell

    Events & Catering Manager

  12. Rachel Farley

    Rachel Farley

    Corporate Catering Director

  13. Alcena Plum

    Alcena Plum

    Manager

  14. Ally Reardon

    Ally Reardon

    Manager

  15. Alvin Go

    Alvin Go

    Manager

  16. Ashley Kim

    Ashley Kim

    Manager

  17. Bernadette Biela

    Bernadette Biela

    Operations Chef

  18. Caleb Floyd

    Caleb Floyd

    Manager

  19. Canara Rim

    Canara Rim

    Manager

  20. Christian Padilla

    Christian Padilla

    Sous Chef

  21. Cody Bellflower

    Cody Bellflower

    Chef

  22. Colt Lippincott

    Colt Lippincott

    Sous Chef

  23. Dionne Himmelfarb

    Dionne Himmelfarb

    Pastry Chef

  24. David Kim

    David Kim

    General Manager

  25. Donald Adams

    Donald Adams

    Chef

  26. Evan DeCarufel

    Evan DeCarufel

    Sous Chef

  27. Gabriel Hodges

    Gabriel Hodges

    Manager

  28. Jace Jorgensen

    Jace Jorgensen

    Chef

  29. Jeff DeWitt

    Jeff DeWitt

    Sous Chef

  30. Jessica Rudell

    Jessica Rudell

    Chef

  31. Joe Bee

    Joe Bee

    Manager

  32. John Lundahl

    John Lundahl

    Chef

  33. John Stone

    John Stone

    Sous Chef

  34. Jordan Moore

    Jordan Moore

    Sous Chef

  35. Kelsey Cline

    Kelsey Cline

    Sous Chef

  36. Kris Kalinczok

    Kris Kalinczok

    Chef

  37. Lacey Glatz

    Lacey Glatz

    Cafe Supervisor

  38. Marshall Nall

    Marshall Nall

    Pasta Wrangler

  39. Matthew Boudousquie

    Matthew Boudousquie

    Bar Manager

  40. Meg Posey

    Meg Posey

    Manager/Wine Director

  41. Michael Genardini

    Michael Genardini

    Chef

  42. Michael Gifford

    Michael Gifford

    Chef

  43. Nathan Witt

    Nathan Witt

    Sous Chef

  44. Nicole Matson

    Nicole Matson

    Chef

  45. Noah Zavatsky

    Noah Zavatsky

    Sous Chef

  46. Ricky Wyman

    Ricky Wyman

    General Manager

  47. Sara Peterson

    Sara Peterson

    Manager

  48. Ross Crifasi

    Ross Crifasi

    Manager

  49. Roger Harper

    Roger Harper

    Chef

  50. Sadie White

    Sadie White

    Chef

  51. Scott Siff

    Scott Siff

    Chef

  52. Steve Norkevicus

    Steve Norkevicus

    Sous Chef

  53. Taylor Johnson

    Taylor Johnson

    Chef

  54. Taylor Pagano

    Taylor Pagano

    Chef

  55. Thomas O'Donnell

    Thomas O'Donnell

    Sous Chef

  56. Travis Holder

    Travis Holder

    Sous Chef

  57. Tosh Warnack

    Tosh Warnack

    Sous Chef

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