We are people people
We prioritize quality and integrity
We are insiders
We act with ownership and partnership
We are explorers
Meet the Team
Annie Cheng | Chief Eating Officer
My love affair with travel began at age 13 when my parents took me out of the U.S. for the first time. When I woke up in a thatched-roof hut with elephants and giraffes just steps away, everything changed. During our three week trip I absorbed everything like a sponge. I was intrigued by all the new foods and flavors. But most of all, I was fascinated by the people I met. Their lives were so different than mine, and yet somehow so similar at the same time.
Since then I haven't stopped exploring. I studied abroad in Chile, volunteered in Kenya, chased love in Israel, competed for my dream job in the United Arab Emirates, and blogged about my adventures on a 6-month Round the World Trip. Although "home" is in Seattle, Washington, being abroad is my second home having spent over 5 years combined living & traveling internationally.
With professional experience in project management and volunteer experience managing events and inbound tour groups, it was a natural fit to combine my love of travel with my strengths in organization and planning. I founded The Table Less Traveled to share amazing destinations with eager travelers who want a worry-free travel experience.
Favorite food: Meats wrapped in carbs
Never leaves home without: Lotion & chapstick
Top of her bucket list: Hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, Turkey
Melissa Harrison | Operations Coordinator
It all started with a passport and a stamp of approval from my parents to let their travel hungry 18-year old join a small group of other “adults” going international. For two weeks, I experienced the London scene and what a hostel really was, bounced to Paris for a real taste of a crepe and nutella, and stood in awe as I approached the historical city center of Munich. Led by my travel versed professor, I was able to have more “local” experiences and met people to whom I will forever contribute my passion for travel. My next international venture I owe to my nephew, who was born on the Yokoto Air Force base and Auntie couldn’t get to Japan fast enough. By far, it’s my favorite country I’ve visited. All these experiences opened my eyes to a world of culture, adventure, and food that I couldn’t…and still can’t…get enough of.
It is by nature, and I blame my Italian bloodline, that I love food, a lot of food, and all kinds of food. I wholeheartedly believe that culinary experiences, family dinners, and cooking are what bring people together! I not only have a passion for authentic cuisine, but cooking as well!
Safe to say, being the Operations Coordinator for The Table Less Traveled is a job that I am lucky to have that serves up both my love for travel and my passion for food. Working with Annie is fascinating to hear about experiences and it’s a privilege to help give others the opportunity to share in them as well.
Favorite food: Savory pasta dishes, seafood is a plus!
Never leaves home without: Tissues and hair ties
Top of her bucket list: Glass of Italian red wine on a countryside vineyard in Italy (2019 or bust!)
Kate Beck | Social Media Manager
Favorite food: Anything that can be eaten on/in a tortilla, and also sushi
Never leaves home without: Dry shampoo and a camera
Top of her bucket list: Camino de Santiago Trail - to be conquered in September 2019!