Northwest Washington Chefs Collective







Facilitated by Sustainable Connections Food & Farming program, the Chefs Collective is a group of chefs, retailers, and food artisans who are dedicated to providing our community with local seasonal cuisine, are inspired by the bounty our region produces and feels that educating our community about the importance of local food is key to creating a vibrant local food scene.

From line cooks to sommeliers, anyone dedicated to serving and promoting local food, is invited to be a member of the NW WA Chefs Collective. Members are invited to attend all events for free and are also eligible to serve on the Steering Committee. Contact if you wish to join.


1) Be the forum for chefs & food artisans to connect, share ideas & promote local food

2) Support local farms, fishers, and food producers

3) Educate customers and the public about the importance of seasonal eating




A membership to the NW WA Chefs Collective comes with many benefits! Pro-rated annual memberships are $50 for current Sustainable Connections members and $55 for non-members. Purchase your membership here. 

  • FREE entry to ALL the Chefs Collective events
  • Use of the NW Chefs Listserv to promote events and announcements
  • Promotion through Sustainable Connections Eat Local First Social Media
  • A Chefs Collective decal for your store window
  • Space to display business materials at events
  • Opportunity to host a Chefs Networking Breakfast





The 2017 events calendar is packed with fantastic opportunities for you to network, connect with local producers, and get out into our community!

Events are open to all food & farming businesses, food organizations, and culinary students. Members of the Chefs Collective get FREE entry to all events, if you aren’t a Chefs Collective member costs are as follows:

  • $25 for Network Breakfasts
  • $20 Farm Tour
  • Free for all Networking Mixers


Upcoming Events

March 22nd: Chefs Breakfast: Ocean Acidification Impacts to Shellfish
Ciao Thyme: 207 Unity St, Bellingham

June 20th: Chefs Breakfast: Making a Plan for the New Minimum Wage
Maikham Thai: 1311 N. State St, Bellingham

July 24th: Chef Farm Tour
Includes transportation and bites at each stop

September 18th: Chefs Breakfast: What’s Happening with School Lunches
Rifugio’s Country Italian Cuisine: 5415 Mt. Baker Hwy, Deming

November 8th: Farmer Chef Mixer
Drizzle: 420 Front St, Lynden

December 12th: Chefs Breakfast: 2018 Food Trends
Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave, Bellingham

NW WA Chefs Collective Members

NW WA Chefs Collective Member Drizzle

Andy Nguyen
Executive Chef

Justin Hawkinson
Executive Chef

Will Annett
Owner & Executive Chef

Caprice Teske
Market Manager

Kristen Six

Renee Bourgault
Owner & Baker

Andrew Clarke
Executive Chef

Helen Solem
Owner & Farmer

Eric Truglas
Owner & Head Chef

James Stanton

Brian McDonald
Chef Instructor

Richard Balogh
Owner & Executive Chef

Gabriel Claycamp
Owner & Executive Chef

Christy Fox
Executive Chef

Mataio Gillis
Owner & Executive Chef

Patrick Durgan
Executive Chef & Director of Food Services

Cheryl Thornton
Business Development & Finance Director

Ilana Knudsen
Head Chef