"It’s tough to run a business dependent on tourism when there are no tourists, and when the places you would show off to the tourists are closed by a global health crisis. Neither of those facts stopped Angela Shen as the startup entrepreneur started all over again."
"Once the pandemic hit, we had to stop the food tours. We were struggling, and I had to put myself in the shoes of locals to figure out the next step. How could we create a product that would meet their needs and keep us afloat? Our answer to that was creating a box filled with local food products and delivering it to those who were homebound. We had access to so many local purveyors from our food tours, and this would just be taking our food curation to a different level."
"Hotels have sought to supply pre-packaged in-room food to give guests additional options during COVID, but the Four Seasons injected Seattle flavor into the idea with a new Pike Place Market Favorites Box. Curated by local food tour operator Savor Seattle, the snack pack features nine different vendor bites (such as Seabear Smokehouse’s wild Alaskan sockeye smoked salmon and buttery Beecher's Handmade Cheese crackers) and every box supports local small businesses. The box also makes a great Seattle souvenir, and the hotel can arrange to send it home for you."
Yelp Official Blog
"For the last 13 years, Savor Seattle Food Tours has been offering guided food and wine tasting tours that explore the city through a foodie lens. The tours showcase the best that Seattle has to offer with a focus on fresh, local, organic, and sustainable foods. Owner Angela Shen has created a well-known and extremely successful tour business with 18 part- and full-time employees. As her team was gearing up for the summer of 2020, they were planning on hiring 18 more tour guides, but that plan was halted in late February when COVID-19 hit the city."
"As founder and CEO of award-winning Savor Seattle Food Tours, Angela Shen is an innovative leader, hardworking entrepreneur, and dedicated working mother of two. In these uncertain times, she’s adapted her business to support its community in a different way."
Eat, Drink, Travel, Y'all!
"Savor Seattle has launched a Seattle Solidarity Box and it includes eight different food items from seven different local Black owned businesses and restaurants. Not only do sales benefit each of these Black small business, $5 from every box is donated to Black Lives Matter Seattle."
"Angela Shen, owner of Savor Seattle, a food and cultural tour company, is using that idea to help pivot her business away from the financial edge. Her company is stuck in a bit of tourism double jeopardy. Not only are there few feet on the ground to take tours, but the idea of resuming their small-group, carefully curated tours that focus on restaurants in and around Pike Place Market seems like a distant prospect.
But once she wiped away the tears, she made a bold decision. She ditched the idea of conducting any tours in 2020. Her tours are mostly based around Pike Place Market, and so she decided to begin marketing a box with items from Market vendors instead."
King 5 Evening
"Supporting nearly a dozen local black-owned businesses is just a click away. Savor Seattle, a food tour company that pivoted to curating food boxes from Pike Place Market, is now offering a box containing pantry and fresh food items made exclusively by black-owned vendors. Owner Angela Shen said she was inspired to help the Black Lives Matter movement."
"To help support those same vendors and give housebound folks something tasty to look forward to, Savor Seattle is bringing the market to the people — it has begun a delivery service of a box full of curated goods, like fresh flowers, produce, whole bean coffee, and snacks, with every week offering a new combination of items."
Good Things Series
Shelter in Place with Food Tours
"“Our story is about an entire Seattle cross-section of people and businesses who have come together to raise the tide,” says Angela Shen, the founder of the food tour company Savor Seattle, which until recently led groups on tasting tours through Pike Place. She has now launched the wildly popular Iconic Market Box delivery program, which directly helps vendors as well as the market’s Safety Net fund."
King 5 Evening
"If you're having trouble getting groceries delivered from traditional sources, here's a possible solution: a box of staples from Pike Place Market, dropped at your doorstep.
"Iconic Market Boxes" are being curated and delivered by Savor Seattle, a food tour company."
"While it may not be feasible or realistic for you to head to the Market, Savor Seattle has created a way to bring the market to you.
Their Iconic Market Box will feature rotating items from Pike Place Market, including fresh flower bouquets, whole bean coffee and fresh produce. Each box supports eight different vendors, as well as including a donation to the Pike Place Market Safety Net Fund, which supports those affected by the coronavirus pandemic."
"The normally bustling Pike Place Market is now sparse, as Washington’s stay at home order continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the vendors, restaurants, and shops who make up its vibrant spirit are still doing their best to get by, some banding together to share resources and others finding new ways to reach customers. There’s a local tour company called Savor Seattle that delivers boxes full of goods from various market vendors."
Pike Place Podcast
"This week on the PIKE PLACE PODCAST, Jerry and Bob find out how the MARKET is getting along and STAYING VITAL is the age of COVID-19. JOHN from PIKE'S PIT, HENRY from ROTARY GROCERY and ANGELA from SAVOR SEATTLE tell us how they are SURVIVING and DIFFERENT WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT THE MARKET and its VENDORS."
Business Saving Business Podcast
"Savor Seattle founder and CEO Angela Shen offers insights and inspirations on pivoting your business in the face of the coronavirus crisis, innovating despite the fear, forging new partnerships, looking to the future and raising kids while leading of Seattle's most innovative and acclaimed Seattle food experience's. Join host/producer Josh Kerns of Goal 17 Media and co-host Bob Bagga, CEO/BizX for another deep dive to help business save business."
"Like other tour operations, Angela Shen’s business — Savor Seattle Food Tours — is shut down.
To help Pike Place Market vendors, she pivoted her business to bring their products directly to people’s doorsteps via daily no-contact deliveries to the greater Seattle area."