Our Family

Doing our best to make you feel at home.

The Guest House team is an extended family – our unique backgrounds and personalities work together to create something special for our guests. Here are some faces you may see when you visit...

The Kearneys

Kevin, Amanda, and daughter Maeve have lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2011. Transplants from the East Coast, they wanted to live among the tall trees, mountains, and cool waters of this beautiful area. Kevin, a professionally trained chef, has always dreamed of having a neighborhood restaurant where friends and community could come together to share a good meal and a great beer that was locally sourced. Amanda manages commercial real estate and works full time outside of the restaurant but supports administrative requirements. Maeve is a happy and healthy 3rd grader enjoying all of the things being 8 yrs old has to offer.

Joe Denton

General Manager

Joe gained recognition for creating one of New York’s most loved wine bars, ‘inoteca. He is a natural host and brings a genuine understanding of people to the front-of-house, as well as his expertise and passion for cuisine and libations. His interest in the food business began in his hometown of Twin Falls, Idaho, where he helped out at his parents’ grocery distribution company. Joe was also encouraged by his uncle, Harry Denton, an accomplished restaurant and nightclub owner in San Francisco. In 1990, Joe began his career in restaurants as a busboy at Stamos Café in Bellevue, Washington. He fondly remembers being thrilled when he received $8 tips. In 1998, after spending several years snowboarding and building his interest in wine working at Plumpjack Restaurant in Lake Tahoe, Joe moved to New York City to help his brother, Jason, open ‘ino. The West Village wine, panini and bruschetta bar, the first of its kind, was an instant hit. While managing ‘ino, Joe developed a loyal fan base and primed himself for his future at ‘inoteca, which he opened with Jason in 2003. ‘inoteca’s success was due to the fun, authentic Italian dining experience Joe helped create, as well as his smart, offbeat, 600-bottle wine list. The list, along with 30 wine-by-the-glass selections and exclusively imported ‘inoteca wines, was regarded as one of the top all-Italian wine programs in the country. Having moved back to the Pacific Northwest, Joe is delighted to reconnect with his family and share his knowledge and passion for food and wine to patrons of The Guest House.

Samantha Sesnon

Pastry Chef

Samantha is a Washington state native who has grown up in kitchens. When she was young, her parents owned a custom cake company, launching her into the world of baking. She earned her B.A. from Seattle University, and then followed her passion earning her Specialty Desserts and Breads degree from the Seattle Culinary Academy. Previously working for Lisa Dupar Catering, she is now looking forward to working on a smaller scale with many of the local farms we are surrounded by in the Pacific Northwest.

Aubriana Travis Hawley

Sous Chef

Aubri developed a love of farm-fresh local produce early in her childhood from her grandparents. Her culinary career started on the east coast but she has truly found her passion surrounded by the food bounty in the Pacific NW.Aubri is a graduate of Seattle Culinary Academy where she was formally trained in food sustainability. She draws inspiration from her travels around the world but strives to make every day feel as though she is home cooking for her beloved friends and family. She even wears her grandfather's apron to work most days.

Tyler Tremor


Being raised in a family of scientists, Tyler grew up with the love of curiosity and experimenting. He was a natural at creating and perfecting different crafts. In his older years that craft became creating cocktails. His interest in bartending and building cocktails began in San Diego at an Italian/Spanish fusion, chef-owned restaurant that had an extensive menu of spirits and wine. From there he moved up in the service industry from busser, to bar-back, then bartender. His last gig in San Diego was as lead bartender at The Tavern beach bar. Tyler and fiancé, Jessica, visited the Seattle area last year and fell in love with its ambiance and charm. It is now their home.