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Darrin Clark

Founder & Operator

Cooking global, eclectic, and savory food is the result of a long journey and transformation for founder Darrin Clark. While he has always enjoyed food (don’t we all?), after a career in grocery management and then retail technology, he became more inspired about cooking when met his wife, Lisa, over 15 years ago. As they shared many incredible travel and culinary experiences, he started to understand the difference between good and great food. This ignited his passion for creating unique and eclectic dishes, leading him to seek out creative cooking education and experiences, dive into endless research of cuisines and spices of the world, hone his knife skills, and develop his wine palate. He studied culinary arts in Spain, and shared his talents with friends and family.

After years of experimenting at home, Darrin began donating elaborate 10-course meals for nonprofit auctions and providing savory, comfort food for homeless shelters. Requests started to come in from happy guests asking to hire Darrin.  He left corporate life and started Savory Kitchen Catering, fulfilling both his passion for creating global and eclectic food and his long-time desire to own a small business. 

After some time in catering, Darrin realized the need for more community food space in Seattle, and in late 2020, he launched Artisan Community Kitchen.  


Monica Colgan

Food Business & HR Consultant

I am a business planner and generalist with a wealth of direct experience in Operations, HR, Finance, Tech, and Marketing. I love engaging and partnering with small businesses to create systems that enable teams to perform and collaborate.

I am a Certified Senior Human Resources Manager (SHRM-SCP) with a Master’s in organization development and a passion for working with mission-based organizations.

I have experience working with business startups and established companies in many industries including food service and manufacturing, technology, marijuana retail, coffee, commercial commissary kitchens, food wholesaling, and more. I am especially passionate about developing business systems that make people's lives easier, help small businesses get organized, and enable growth.

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Bev Emerson

Food Manufacturing Specialist

With industry experience since 1990, both as a food scientist and an executive marketer, Bev has developed innovative food products and marketing strategies for both Fortune 50 and regional food, beverage, and dietary supplement companies. For the past ten years, she has focused exclusively on developing “clean-label” food products as well as developing successful go-to-market strategies for small businesses and start-ups in her hometown of Seattle and around the world. As a part of the Nutrition Capital Network Selection Committee, she mentors young companies as they prepare for investor pitches.


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