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Chef Carolyn



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On a typical day, Chef Carolyn Manning can be found doing tours at Pike Place Market or in her Seattle home, testing recipes for her cookbook and cooking classes. Her Market to Table classes infuse local market ingredients with a touch of southern flare. Her restaurants Blue Southern Comfort Food and Flying Pig BBQ, were a staple of the community in Shreveport, Louisiana, and built up a loyal following excited about locally sourced, quality ingredients cooked with care. 

For information on private events, you can email her at or contact us on Facebook  @thethoughtfulchef or Instagram @the_thoughtful_chef. 


Here's what our guests have to say


Dean B

Dubuque, Iowa, United States3 contributions

So well curated!

Chef Carolyn was a fantastic guide and host! Her curation of tastings was excellent, and her stories were terrific. It made my first visit to the market a wonderful experience.

Jess K

Seattle, WA2 

Great Seafood Tour


Carolyn’s seafood tour was an absolute blast! The food was delicious and it was a great way to get the behind-the-scenes look of the market. The best part of the tour, though, was Carolyn herself—knowledgeable, hilarious, and an all around great time. I can’t recommend her enough!!

David M

1 contribution

Special way to explore a world-famous market with booze and scary stories to boot.


Wonderful, fun tour of Pike Place Market w/ haunts, drinks and loads of history. Highly recommend. Carolyn greeted me with a beer and we ended the tour over a beer too. Learned so much about the market and Seattle’s history - the good, the bad and the ugly. Highly recommend.

Larry L

2 contributions

Loved our guide, GREAT tour

I travel extensively and try to do tours on my trips. This was the best tour I have ever taken. The guide was a firecracker, fun and full of energy. We had a wide variety of drinks in Pike Place and just enough snacks along the way. Carolyn got me believing there were ghosts in the market. Many tours that include alcohol have the guest pay for their drinks, on this tour all drinks were included in the price.

David F

1 contribution

Pike Place Market Fun Date Tour

The Pike Place Market's Scandalous History Tour is stellar, but the real "Star" was our guide Carolyn. Knowledgeable, fun and patient she made the past come alive for us. A fun date.


paul m

Seattle, WA 10 contributions

So much I did not know about Pike Place Market


I’ve been living in Seattle for way over 30 years and thought I knew pretty much all about our Market, but Caroline did surprise me! The tour was great fun and we learned sooo much. Just ask her we’re the stones on the Market side streets came from and why do we actually have the Market. And, hey, we actually met a real king… It’s really worth it to take this tour. 


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