Cafe 186 Chef- Steve Sleasman

Steve Sleasman was born January 5, 1970 in Aberdeen, WA to William Susan Sleasman. He grew up in Westport, WA and attended school in the Ocosta School District from kindergarten through high school.

Steve has been in and around the kitchen since 1981. At age 11, he started washing dishes, bussing tables, and prep cooking Kings LeDomaine Restaurant and Bar in Westport.

At age 14, he became prep cook and line cook under Chef David Zaichkin of the Dee’s Restaurant, Dave’s Ocean Galley and Dave’s Diner which is still open in Milton, WA today.

In 1986, Steve started waiting tables in the waterfront dining room of The Islander Resort under the tutelage of Chef Neddie Rose Farrington. That summer, he was incredibly busy and learned a lot about the industry. He cooked breakfast for the salmon fisherman as well as bar backed 3 nights a week.

In 1992, at the age of 22, Steve became General Manager at Sidney’s Sports Bar and Restaurant in Aberdeen, WA. This was a sports bar that offered para-mutual wagering and became the premier nightclub of the area. Every night there was either live music or a DJ playing the latest Hip Hop music.

Steve also has a solid background in sales. His first sales job began in 1994 for Simonson’s Supply Company which was a sub-distributor for Sysco Seattle. In 1996 Sysco Seattle swallowed Simonson’s Supply, so Steve went to work for Sysco. In 1997, he was awarded the Rookie Salesman of the year award for Sysco Seattle and earned his way into the Million Dollars Sales Club. In the winter of 1998, he was selected by Sysco Corporate to go to Western Sales Career Development Training for 2 weeks in Denver, CO.

By his 30th birthday, Steve was ready for a new challenge, so he opened S.J. Coleman’s Restaurant on the Oaksridge Golf Course in Elma, WA. Coleman’s was a steak and seafood restaurant with 3 large banquet rooms. Here, Steve and his staff hosted and planned everything from wedding receptions and toga parties to Hawaiian Luau’s corporate events.

In late 2001, wanting a break from foodservice, he became the Business Development Manager at the News Tribune in Tacoma, WA.

After a short term there, Steve was recruited back into foodservice sales by V.P. of Sales, Greg Graham to work at U.S. Foodservice Northwest. This move took place during the summer of 2002. Steve won many more sales awards and contests, even placing in the top 5 sales volume in the region every week during that tenure.

In the summer of 2005, he bought a failing restaurant in Tacoma, WA called Big Nick’s Pizza and Pasta. Before Steve took over, the restaurant was doing $145,000 in sales annually. Within the first year, they grew to $289,000 at a 17% food cost and 11% labor cost. Steve closed Big Nick’s restaurant due to health issues in 2007.

Then, in 2008, he became the Regional Sales and Marketing Manager for FIRSTeam by Custom Commercial. Steve looked after a large region, containing the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

2010 found Steve in the real estate industry, working for Berkshire Hathaway, selling their Clayton Homes brand.

In his most recent venture, Steve was brought in as partner and V.P. Sales and Marketing for Go Green Distribution, Inc.