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D2 Story

Just two kids, a dream,
and the same first name.

In 1986, two young restaurant-industry vets named David started a business based on a simple question: Could a catering company deliver consistently fantastic service and food as good as a fine restaurant?

The answer turned out to be an emphatic yes. Now, nearly three decades, thousands of events, and hundreds of loyal clients later, David Haggerty and David Meckstroth have grown that upstart catering business into DSquared, one of Seattle’s most respected culinary companies.

Catering is still at the heart of DSquared via Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes, the Davids’ original company. DSquared’s portfolio also includes the popular West Seattle event space, The Hall at Fauntleroy, and two restaurants: Davids & Co., a “nouveau barbecue” café in downtown Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, and the fine-dining venue Muse, the official restaurant of the Seattle Symphony.

Though the Davids have grown and diversified, one thing hasn’t changed since 1986. Today as much as ever, they are passionate about combining fresh, delicious, creatively prepared food with exceptional attention to every guest.

D2 TEAM

DAVID HAGGERTY / owner

DAVID HAGGERTY

owner

The first person to shake your hand and welcome you to a DSquared production may be David, who, with “co-David” David Meckstroth, founded Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering in 1986 and built on that success to create the other holdings in the DSquared family. From his start in the trenches of Seattle’s 1980s restaurant scene (he still dreams about working at Jonah & The Whale at the Bellevue Holiday Inn), David has honed his entrepreneurial and managerial expertise through decades of hands-on experience in the culinary industry. Whether he’s launching a new venture or pitching in on an event, David bases everything he does on the same simple principle: guests first. Away from work, David enjoys spending time with his family, water skiing and coming up with creative ways to help DSquared staff maintain their signature enthusiasm. He and his wife, Meg, live in Seattle, where David serves on the board of Seattle Shakespeare Company.

DAVID MECKSTROTH / owner

DAVID MECKSTROTH

owner

David co-founded Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering with “co-David” David Haggerty in 1986. Since then, he and David have built on their success to create all the holdings in the DSquared family—including The Hall at Fauntleroy, Davids & Co., and Muse. David has worked in the restaurant industry since high school, drawn to it by his love of hospitality and teamwork. Today, he’s the collaborative creative force behind our menu and event design, with a multicultural aesthetic shaped by his extensive traveling as a child in an Air Force family. His early appreciation for great food, shared meals and celebratory rituals still inform his work, and our whole company. When he’s not working, David enjoys cooking (really!) with his partner Hal and friends; playing with Etta and Champ, their French Bulldogs; and dancing—though, ideally, in the center of the floor, obscured by others.

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CHRIS JOHNSTON

culinary director
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If Chris seems unflappable, chalk it up to his experience as chef garde-manager at the Ritz Carlton in Miami’s South Beach during a hurricane season that set records not only for the number of storms, but for their ferocity as well. The experience taught Chris to develop contingency plans, stay poised, and always prepare for the unknown; in other words, it made him the perfect culinary director for your event. Just tell Chris what kind of foods rock your taste buds like a hurricane, and he and his team will bring it to life. “Food creates memories,” says Chris, explaining why he likes his work, “and it brings pleasure to others.” What brings Chris pleasure when he’s not creating extraordinary event menus? Digging clams, harvesting oysters, foraging for mushrooms, gardening, and watching college football.

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MICHAEL CHASE

production chef
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A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Michael has worked in the hospitality industry since 1990 and has been the production master in the Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes kitchen since 1997. His previous experience includes Oceana in New York City and the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida—not to mention an eye-opening job with an oil company, which took him all over Africa. “I love the camaraderie of the kitchen,” says Michael. “I also believe in the DSquared ‘guest-first’ philosophy,’ and I instill that in our team. I love working on the floor of an event and interacting with guests.” When he’s not imagining the next delicious creation for our menus, Michael enjoys working out at the gym and exploring new restaurants both at home and in his travels.

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KRISTIN BEMAN

director of sales
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“Planning events should be fun,” declares Kristin, and she makes sure that spirit translates to our clients via our events managers—detail-oriented, festivity-loving pros who Kristin describes as “super-smart, thoughtful, and passionate about throwing a good party.” An industry veteran who has worked with us since 2004, Kristin got her start as a restaurant manager, a job she says delivered a “crash course” in the tough-but-rewarding culinary business. (When you learn that Kristin is a former rower who didn’t pick up the oars until college and managed to score a scholarship anyway, you understand something about her work ethic.) When she’s not overseeing the creation of memorable events, Kristin loves hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She’s fond of cozy nights at home, photography, paper crafts, and knitting.

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AMANDA AUSTIN

event manager
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When you meet with Amanda, the first things you might notice are that she’s really funny and has an uncanny memory for dates. Then you might notice how intently she listens. And listens. And keeps listening, until the perfect concept for your event emerges. “I love a good theme,” she says. “I love taking it and running with it and leaving my client no doubt that I am as excited about their event as they are.” Most comfortable on the planning side of events (“I once trained as a server and dropped a lot of champagne flutes”), Amanda likes her work because it connects her with people and marries her interest in food with her considerable creative ability. Off the clock, she’s a fan of craft projects, long weekends and happy hours. She collects champagne corks—each with its own story of celebration—and is a world-class giver of gifts.

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KAIT MCDOUGAL

event manager
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It takes a certain kind of person to be a great event manager. Detail-oriented? Check. Passion for great food? Yep. Ability to be charming and helpful at all times? Yes and yes. Kait brings all this to the table and more, coordinating menus, flowers, rentals, and the thousand other details that are essential for a fabulous event. The extra care Kait takes with clients comes in part from her past work in the nonprofit sector, where she developed a unique understanding of fundraising events (and nonprofit budgets). After hours, you can find Kait in the newest local restaurants, in the audience of a play, knitting, or cooking for friends. Ask for her homemade salsa recipe.

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ANAISE BROWN

catering & events manager, benaroya hall

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There’s no events venue in town like majestic Benaroya Hall, and it’s Anaise’s job to make sure events held there are equally singular. She applies her creativity, her serious passion for food, and her personable disposition to assemble all the elements required to capture each client’s vision. A culinary industry veteran who first worked in a restaurant at 18, Anaise has also worked on cruise ships and in a shop selling wedding dresses, which she says prepared her nicely for her current job: “Being part of the most important day of someone’s life truly teachers you how to support them in high-emotion situations.” When she’s not supporting clients, Anaise enjoys shopping for shoes…very, very tall shoes.

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LISA PARSONS

operations manager, benaroya hall

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Running our day-to-day operations at Benaroya Hall is like conducting an orchestra, and Lisa is our maestro. Don’t be surprised if she introduces herself while you’re dining at Muse, enjoying a cocktail before the symphony, or attending one of our catered events; she loves hearing about guest experiences firsthand. Her culinary bona fides include assistant general manager positions at The Oceanaire Seafood Room and at Cactus, both in Seattle. Lisa is also a Level 1 sommelier. What keeps her in the business after three decades? The people. “I really like hearing people’s stories. I’m often amazed by how similar interests bring different people into the same space.” “In her off hours, Lisa spends time with her family, hikes in and out of the city, and enjoys a good road trip.

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CAROL MADAIO

office manager

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Back in 1996, DSquared founder David Haggerty was helping a group of parents produce a school auction at the Hall at Fauntleroy. He noticed that one parent was particularly on top of things, and it struck him that she’d make a great office manager for his growing business. The parent was Carol. Two decades later, she’s still the glue that holds our office together, overseeing everything from IT to supplies to payroll and benefits. For Carol, it’s all about helping her colleagues excel at their jobs: “I love creating systems that make everyone’s job easier.” Outside of work, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family in Seattle and her extended family on the East Coast. If you’re ever looking for her house, just follow the neighborhood cats that Carol says are mysteriously drawn to her home but kept at bay by her beloved alpha-cat, Mitzi.

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DESIREE JONES

event and administrative assistant

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Every team has a utility player, somebody who shines no matter what you throw at them. On our team, that’s Desiree. Among many other tasks, she corresponds with clients, organizes our offices, and continually injects humor and upbeat energy into the proceedings to keep everyone’s morale high.

Chances are, you’ll get to experience Desiree’s signature sparkle yourself. “If you call the office, there’s about a 77 percent chance you’ll speak with me first,” she explains. “If you visit the office in person, the odds are even higher!”

A communications and drama major who in 2014 was nominated for a costume design award by Seattle Theater Writers, Desiree also fills her downtime with postcards, old movies, themed parties and buying more books than she can read. Not long ago, she took a road trip with friends to Zion National Park in a mini school bus painted like an American flag.

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KARNA LEINBACH

staffing coordinator
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Servers master our warm, attentive “guest first” approach under the nurturing tutelage of Karna, who hires, trains and schedules the members of our service team. “I enjoy mentoring and developing teams,” says Karna. “I love to give people opportunities and see them grow.” Karna earned a hospitality degree from Washington State University, but says her 25 years-plus in the industry—including 15 at San Francisco’s Marriott Marquis—have provided the best education. During her off hours, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, entertaining family and friends, and getting physical through yoga, swimming, running and skiing—which may explain how she stays so energetic.

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JACK HILTON

beverage logistics coordinator

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If you believe a party without libations is just a bunch of people stuck in a room together, Jack’s your man. From craft beer to spirits to the perfect wine, Jack ensures everyone at your gathering has the right beverage to slake their thirst. A Seattle University grad who is fluent in French, Jack came to DSquared from West Seattle’s beloved Husky Deli, where he got an on-the-job education in all aspects of running a food-based family business. He credits his co-workers at DSquared with teaching him a thing or two as well: “This is the hardest-working group of people I’ve ever worked with. I learn something every day here.” When he’s not coordinating beverages, Jack indulges his “addictions” to fly fishing, soccer and beer. Ask him about his collection of shot glasses from drinking establishments around the world (all gathered in the name of research, we’re sure.)

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REED HAGGERTY

operations manager
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Clients entrust us with their dream events. Reed makes sure their expectations are not merely met, but exceeded. He orchestrates our sales, staffing and culinary teams, ensuring extraordinary experiences for our clients and a great working environment for our employees. In an industry where many start young, Reed may have started the youngest, scraping plates and folding napkins for his parents, David and Meg Haggerty, at the age of 7. Though Reed was born into the hospitality industry, it’s his passion for pleasing clients and working with teams of remarkable people that keep him engaged. When he’s not dropping by one of our events, Reed is probably rooting on a Seattle sports franchise or checking on one of his fantasy league teams. You might also find him looking for his next car. He has owned seven in the past seven years. Favorite? A Ford Ranger pickup he snagged for a thousand bucks.

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MEG HAGGERTY

co-owner

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She may not get billing in our company name, but Meg—wife of “co-David” David Haggerty—has been essential to DSquared’s success from the beginning.

“We started by cooking in our house,” Meg remembers. “David came home one day and said he landed our first job; we were going to serve Fettucine Alfredo to 40 people. I said, ‘Wow, I didn’t know you knew how to do that.’ And he said, ‘I don’t, but you do, right?’ And we did it.”

More than two decades later, Meg says she is still drawn to DSquared’s work because it celebrates all of life through rituals of gathering.

When she’s not working, Meg likes spending time with her family, practicing yoga with good friends, writing, reading and gardening.

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MAUREEN “MO” SHAW

chief operating officer

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It’s Mo’s capable hand that’s on the rudder of the good ship DSquared day-to-day, mapping our course and ensuring that our many moving parts are running smoothly. Before joining DSquared, Mo was the General Manager of Ray’s Boathouse, Café and Catering in Seattle for 16 years; prior to that, she spent 15 years as General Manager of West Coast restaurant company, Restaurants Unlimited. She has received the Washington Restaurant Association’s Full Service Operator of the Year Award as well as the Washington Wine Commission’s Walter Clore Honorarium for her work advancing the Evergreen State’s wine industry. In light of that award, it’s perhaps not surprising to learn that, in her down time, Mo enjoys making wine with her husband and friends. She’s also an avid walker, and grows her own organic vegetables.

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COMMUNITY

The essential act of bringing people together to connect and commune is at the heart of everything we do at DSquared. It’s at the center of our community service work as well.

Every Thanksgiving, founder Meg Haggerty’s grandfather, Big Gordon, used to drive around in his huge car with a trunk full of frozen turkeys, dropping off the birds at local churches for distribution to the needy. In 1997, DSquared realized we could carry on Big Gordon’s tradition. Since then, our Team looks forward to preparing and serving a full, sit-down Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hall at Faunleroy—entirely free and open to anyone—to more than 300 people each year.

In addition, we’re one of the founding producers of the Fauntleroy Fall Festival, an annual community celebration featuring food, music, family activities and more.

Among the other ways we’re involved in our community:

  • Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes is the catering sponsor of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Obliteride and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.
  • David Haggerty, one of our co-founders, serves on the Board of Directors of Seattle Shakespeare Company.
  • We partner with Enterprise Car Rental to provide scholarships enabling low-income parents to take part in the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS).