meet the team
We are pretty much the coolest group of locavores, foodies and wine lovers you might ever meet.
ETHAN STOWELL | Restaurateur, CHEF
An integral and influential part of the Seattle dining scene, Ethan Stowell is a self-taught chef and restaurateur of Ethan Stowell Restaurants (ESR), who was born in Germany and raised in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Stowell is a people person and his dozen plus restaurants are the essence of friendly, comfortable service. In 2008, he was awarded one of Food & Wine's ‘Best New Chefs’ in America, and has also been nominated for several James Beard Awards. Goldfinch Tavern is a partnership between Ethan Stowell and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. The restaurant brings locals and travelers together in a modern and welcoming space in downtown Seattle and unifies the culinary expertise of ESR with the renowned service of Four Seasons.
JOE RITCHIE | CHEF
With an array of prominent restaurants under his knife, Joe Ritchie has led a colorful career in various kitchens: Mkt; Ray's Boathouse; Cyrus, Healdsburg, California; Poppy; Cave B Inn, Quincy, Washington; Grouse Mountain Grill, Beaver Creek, Colorado; and The Herbfarm, Woodinville, Washington. He joined Ethan Stowell Restaurants in 2013 and became head chef of Mkt., which collected three stars from The Seattle Times. Ritchie now thrives as restaurant chef at Goldfinch Tavern and is a steadfast leader in the kitchen. Ritchie finds culinary inspiration from the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. On the rare occasion he’s outside the kitchen, one might find him exploring Washington on his motorcycle or delving into Seattle’s ever-growing dining scene with his wife.
DAVID KIM | GENERAL MANAGER
David Kim has been around the block and then some. He has worked in the service industry for 26 years and is an inspiration to everyone at Goldfinch Tavern as the general manager. Prior to Goldfinch Tavern, he was director of service at Canlis, which was nominated for outstanding service several times and he was also part of the restaurant when it received the prestigious Relais & Châteaux recognition. Kim is enthusiastic about teamwork and loves organizing extra-curricular activities for the Goldfinch Tavern crew outside of the restaurant. When he is not working, Kim enjoys dining around Seattle, golfing and caring for his two cats, Uni and Oreo.
william mitchell | BAR MANAGER
William Mitchell is Goldfinch Tavern's bar manager. After graduating college, he began his Four Seasons career with Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis as a food and beverage manager-in-training. After completing the one-year program, he was promoted to Assistant Restaurant Manager of Cielo Restaurant. His cocktail inspiration comes from visiting various craft cocktail bars, spice shops and specialty grocery stores and is working on earning his Certified Specialist of Spirits certificate. Other than his love of hospitality, skiing has been a passion since his father first taught him at 3-years-old. Outside of the restaurant, Mitchell can be found exploring Seattle restaurants or running around Puget Sound with his Husky, Archer.
ANDREA IKATA | SALES MANAGER, PRIVATE DINING
A Portland-native, Andrea Ikata brings her style and class to Goldfinch Tavern as the private dining sales director. Before moving to Goldfinch Tavern in June 2015, she organized large events at Portland City Grill. She enjoys the variety of the job and loves the opportunity to help create experiences for people’s special events. Her favorite part of Seattle is the beautiful outdoors and hiking around the different bodies of water—Puget Sound, Lake Union, Lake Washington and Greenlake. Her cuisine of choice is desserts, but also loves the Japanese style of cooking and would love to travel there one day.