The Wandering Cafe
The Wandering Cafe was first established in Buffalo, New York in 1993.
The owner, Kristine Pottle, moved to Seattle, Washington in 2001. After learning about the city and its need for a fresh approach to catering, she re-opened The Wandering Cafe “West” in 2004. By January the following year, the demand for The Wandering Cafe’s creative, stylish and delicious services outgrew the small rental kitchen and in July 2005 The Wandering Cafe Workshop opened at 7533 Lake City Way NE in North Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood.
The Wandering Cafe is committed to sourcing from local, sustainable vendors and farmers whenever possible, and in our kitchen to minimizing our carbon footprint.
Kristine Pottle – Owner
Kristine has twenty years of experience as a chef and caterer. She began in Buffalo, NY catering for friends and family as a part time job while in school. Her creative style allowed her catering to grow into a viable business in great demand before finishing college. She has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from University of NY at Buffalo.
Kristine officially opened The Wandering Cafe in 1993. She provided clients with such superb service in Buffalo that they would bring her to their additional residences in Manhattan, Palm Beach, Vero Beach & Miami, Forida. Hence, “wandering”! Among her many private clients, Kristine catered regularly for several departments at State University of NY Buffalo, including the President’s Office; as well as NY Senator Alfonse DeMato, NY City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and NYS Governors Cuomo & Pataki.
After the September 11th tragedy The Wandering Cafe closed, and Kristine relocated to Seattle. While working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as caterer and event planner, Kristine realized the need for specialized catering in Seattle and in 2004 opened The Wandering Cafe “West”. The word about Kristine and her excellent food traveled fast around Seattle, and the business grew rapidly. In July 2005, she finally realized her life-long dream and The Wandering Cafe production kitchen & venue opened in North Seattle.
The Wandering Cafe works with many local businesses, non-profits and private clients around the Puget Sound area, some of which include the University of Washington and the UW President’s Private Home, Seattle’s own Ann Wilson, Microsoft, Arts Corps, The Henry Art Gallery, Northwest Film Forum, Nordstrom, Expedia and many more.
Kristine is an excellent self-taught chef. With her years of cooking experience, event coordination, extensive travel and overall curiosity, she has developed a unique flair for catering, with an emphasis on taste and aesthetics that has proven she is one of the best.
Heather Immoor – Chef
Heather recently relocated to the pacific northwest from the sweaty, fast-paced basement kitchens of the New York City restaurant world. With over thirteen years’ experience in the food industry she’s thrilled to be living and working in such a green place, and one that offers such an astounding array of local produce and animals.
Heather is a true artist as an innovative chef, lady butcher, photographer (many of our photos in this site are hers) and a wedding cake baker. Don’t underestimate this lady!
Heather has transformed our food at The Wandering Café for a year now and has made a significant impression on our clients, which keeps them returning for more regularly.
Her passion shines in every dish.