Emily taught for 16 years, running her own preschool until COVID shut everything down. Reaching back to what she knew, she began working for a chef up in Hoodsport, falling in love with cooking and serving people all over again. “His style was very similar to mine, and that hospitality – wanting to make people feel at home, it’s just become second nature to me.” Wanting to dig deeper, she saw a post for the position of Chef and Innkeeper at the Marie and went for it. “I’m completely at home in the kitchen but I didn’t exactly have management skills,” she recalls, “but I did run my own preschool for 16 years which meant I knew I could pretty much handle anything that was thrown at me.”
After a heart-to-heart interview and a Chopped-style cooking demo, Alicia offered Emily the job, handing over the day-to-day operations of the Marie. With her insatiable love of cooking sustainably, highlighting ingredients from local co-ops, farms, dairies, and growers, The Marie quickly became a hot spot for gourmet breakfasts. Before you try to crash brunch, though, please know that only overnight guests have access to their amazing brekkie. But you need a get-away anyway, right?