We're a small group of passionate, hard-working people who believe in the power of quality ingredients, local community, and good food.
Our creative culinary team whips up delicious new dishes everyday, our neighborhood market teams keep the shelves stocked with the best from our kitchen, local farms, and food-makers, and our dedicated delivery team brings it right to your door.
CEO/Founder - Luke Chappell
Executive Chef - Paula McDade
Korean-born and D.C.-raised Chef Paula McDade got her first job in restaurants at 15 before heading to the French Culinary Institute in NYC a few years later. She got her cooking chops at highly regarded institutions such as Gramercy Tavern in NYC, Quince in SF, and the Boot & Shoe Service in Oakland. Her time in these restaurants and her Korean background greatly influence her cooking style: big flavors, locally sourced produce, and above all, respect for the ingredients.
Sous Chef - Sam Adams
Marketing & Content Lead - Emily Lubomirsky
A daughter of Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants, Emily knew from a very early age that the most interesting place to be in any house is the kitchen. After moving up to the Bay Area and working at high-end grocery retail through college, she realized she wanted to pursue working in the food world full time. On the weekends, Emily enjoys going on day trips around the Bay Area, cooking with her friends and family, and hanging out with her baby nephews.
Kitchen Supervisor - Dustin Vaught
Dustin grew up in the swamps and the coastal plains of Georgia, which exposed him early on to BBQ and seafood. He has spent the better part of the last decade working in and around restaurants. After college, he decided to dedicate himself full time to the craft and remains excited to always be learning more about the culinary arts. He’s a newlywed and a recent transplant to the Bay Area. His wife accepted a job as a Professor and finally dragged him out of the swamp for good.
Controller & HR Manager - Scott Stern
Scott, raised in Southern Florida and a University of Florida alum, found himself settling in the Bay Area after he and his girlfriend drove across the country from coast to coast. Scott worked for Amazon and the Real Food Company before joining Luke’s Local as a Controller. Working for a grocery company, it’s no surprise that Scott his time outside of work eating at places all around the Bay. He’s also a handy guy interested in technology: specifically buying, fixing, and selling scooters and other electronics.
Central Produce Buyer - Troy Delaney
Troy has dedicated nearly the past two decades (his entire working career!) to the organic & local produce industry. He proudly serves the community of Cole Valley, 10 years on and counting, having previously managed the produce department at legacy business Real Food Co., before bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to Luke’s Local. Troy is part of an amazing team that brings an authentic and sustainable 21st-century food business to life. Off the clock, Troy plays drums in a local rock band and is as passionate about music as he is about organic fruit & veg; they are both necessary to nourish the soul and body.
Produce Team Member - Toben Hill
Toben moved to California from Colorado for graduate school. He earned his Master's of Fine Arts in Writing at the University of San Francisco. Toben, along with his girlfriend of 13 years, have found a home here in the city. Toben keeps it low key and is a vegetarian who takes his produce very seriously.
CTO - Tomás Gutiérrez
Buying & Merchandising Manager - Paul Tripp
Paul, originally from Seattle, has been living and working in the Bay Area for 12 years. He attended Culinary and Baking &Pastry school in Rhode Island and spent 10 years working in restaurants and bakeries. He also worked with Hidden Star Orchard, working at farmers markets for 8 years before managing the farm’s operations. He joined the Luke’s Local Operations Team in October 2016. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, cooking, hiking, and keeping the coffee flowing at the Fox Den.
COO - Kayleigh Kahn
After graduating with a sociology degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, Kayleigh moved to Brooklyn and spent a year working in the local food scene there. Looking for a larger food community and a milder climate, she moved to the Bay Area in 2015 and started working at Luke’s Local. Kayleigh has always loved food, and tries to cook and eat new recipes as often as possible. She’s passionate about nutrition, public health, and changing the food system for the better. When she’s not snacking at the Fox Den, you can find her in a local yoga class or hiking in Marin.
Ecommerce Manager - Caroline Bonham
Caroline is a Bay Area native. Friendly but intimidating. Likes monochromatic outfits, dive bars, and currently obsessed with David Bowie. Loves food but bad at eating.
Store Manager - Shay Perez
Shay, born in the Philippines, settled into the Bay Area, Daly City, at a very young age. Prior to working in grocery stores, Shay studied nursing and worked in nursing care facilities. She is friendly and very approachable, you can usually see her chatting up customers whom she is always on a first name basis with. When Shay isn’t at the store, she enjoys spending her days off with her boyfriend, two days and tight knit family.
Store Manager - CarL Blij
Central Butcher - Nate Vasquez
Nate’s 13-year meat career in the Bay Area includes every facet of the industry imaginable from Meat Clerk, Manager, and Butcher Supervisor. His knowledge of whole animal butchery and local farming practices has been acquired from rubbing elbows with all walks of life in the food industry from old school butchers, seasoned chefs and even line cooks. When not at the butcher's block, Nate enjoys listening to records, sketching, and spending time with his maltipoo pup, Thor.
Central Grocery Buyer - Jason Panelli
Line Cook - Patricia Rodriguez
Patricia, a San Francisco resident for 20 years, has 3 sons and a boyfriend. She’s worked at many restaurants as a line cook for about 13 years, as well as a teacher’s assistant in classrooms of 3 to 5-year-olds - though her real passion is cooking. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family in the park, running, and going to Zumba classes. She also loves to watch her son play soccer every Saturday, and she loves cooking for her family every evening. She’s very proud to be a part of Luke’s Local; she learns more about cooking every day from everyone on the team. For Patricia, it’s really important to cook with love and patience so that the food is delicious.
Prep Cook - Antonio Kauil
Antonio Kauil is from Yucatan, Mexico and has lived in San Francisco for the past 9 years. He’s married with 4 sons, 3 of whom are already in college. He has two jobs and works hard to save money to pay for his sons’ education and to start his own business someday in the future in Mexico. In Mexico, he was a farmer and grew corn, tomatoes, watermelons, peanuts, and many other vegetables. In his free time, he likes to watch sports, go for walks by the beach, and cook at home.
Dishwasher - Luis Villanueva
Luis, born and raised in Peru, made his way to the states by way of California. He is still very new to the country, but could wait to move to San Francisco. Luis is a pretty quiet guy and maily keeps to himself at the Fox Den. He enjoys hanging out with friends and listening to new music on his days off. Luis is looking forward to learning more from his peers and is very excited for his future.
Line Cook - Eddy Pinto
Eddie is originally from Honduras, but really identifies as a San Franciscan as he spent most of his life in the city. You can hear when Eddie is around as he is usually cracking jokes and keeping the energy high at the Fox Den. Before coming to Luke’s, Eddie worked mostly in bars and looks forward to returning to them when he can. On his days off, Eddie likes exploring the city on his bike and spending time with friends and family.
Deli Supervisor - Adriana Fleming
Adriana, a San Francisco-born and Bay Area native, has been cooking for over 20 years. With a Creole father, Salvadoran mother, and extended family whose diverse roots span from Nicaragua to Ethiopia, you can say that food has always been the focal point in the family. A sous chef at an upper-scale Italian restaurant before the pandemic hit, she now runs the deli team at Luke's in Cole Valley. In her free time she tends to her garden growing vegetables, and takes care of her furry best friend, Dr. Osito Jones, Esq.
Cashier Lead - Alex Jung
Alex grew up just a little ways away down the coast in Pacifica. He decided that the city was for him and moved to San Francisco. He’s married with two little dogs that he loves to hang out and play with. When he is not keeping the line of people flowing at the store, Alex, a self-described video game enthusiast, spends his free time playing a variety of different consoles in all different genres.
Cashier - Mary Acosta Flandez
Mary found a home here in San Francisco with her family seeking better opportunities, after moving from the Dominican Republic 10 years ago. Having worked in the surrounding neighborhoods, she found herself at Luke’s. When she’s not working, you can find her at the Academy of Art University studying Photography. Mary likes to keep the positive energy going at the store by keeping the fun tunes pumping and dancing behind the register. On her off days you can catch her skating the hills of San Francisco or snapping portraits of friends and family.
Stocker - Myles Wynn
Myles, a San Francisco native, has been in the grocery game for quite some time. Having graduated from UC Santa Cruz, he is proud to call himself a banana slug. Myles’ true passion is theater. He enjoys Shakespearean play and has acted in plenty of roles. When Myles isn’t at work, or on stage, he loves playing Dungeons and Dragons and other tabletop games. If you’re ever looking for something that you can’t find in the store, Myles is your guy.
Deli Team Member - David Trujeque
Catch David behind the deli counter whipping up some the best sandwiches in Cole Valley has to offer. Originally from Yucatan, Mexico, he moved here at a young age with his family. He found his home with his wife and four children in the heart of the Mission. In the food industry for 20+ here in San Francisco, he’s worked all over the Bay learning different cuisines at different establishments, ranging from counter service to fine dining. David’s passion is cooking and he couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Barista - Catherine Kerrigan
A San Francisco local, Catherine, was born, raised, and currently resides in the Sunset neighborhood. She’s very passionate about coffee and has worked at a variety of cafes in the city. She’s currently attending University of Oregon studying Political Science. When she’s not busy slingin’ coffee or being studious, Catherine likes to hangout with friends and her little rescue dog, Rizzo!
Cashier - Hugo Trujeque
Hailing from Yucatan, Mexico, Hugo wanted to try his luck and moved to the States just a little over three years ago. Hugo was an English teacher before moving to San Francisco. He enjoys watching movies, reading books and binge watching the latest television show. Hugo is an avid POP Funko collector with a collection that tops at about 130.
Cashier - Rachel Manila
Another Bay Area native, Rachel is working her way through school at San Francisco State University studying Digital Communications. Rachel is an accomplished pianist having played for most of her life: 12 years! She enjoys music and is taking up the ukulele at the moment. As if her creativity isn’t obvious, she also enjoys crafting and is learning how to make macrame.
Grocery Stocker - John David Meek
John David, or simply JD, moseyed on over from Georgia where he grew up. He had no real reason for moving to San Francisco other than, “why not?” Having worked at plenty of other grocery stores, JD is a natural fit to join the team at Luke’s. He is an avid runner and is usually gearing up for his next marathon. When he’s not on the run, JD enjoys hiking and visiting National Parks, his favorite being Yellowstone.
Cashier - Heidy Saldana
Deli Team Member - Mikayla Sobichevsky
Mikayla, or Mika, as she prefers to go by, grew up in the Richmond District where she still lives with her family. Before working behind the deli counter at the store, Mika used to work at a Japanese restaurant as well as a canine care facility. She loves being a mother and spends as much time as she can with her daughter. Her other favorite thing to do with her off time is hang out with her cat, Neko.
Cashier - Clemente Zavala
Clemente is originally from Ceres, California and moved to San Francisco for school. He is currently attending SF State working on obtaining his Bachelor's in Cinema. His interests include writing, drawing and anything with a creative background to further his career in filmmaking. While going to school, Clemente felt it right to seek out new and different opportunities which landed him here at Luke’s where he enjoys working with the interesting folks.
Deli Team Member - Donovan Perry
Donovan made his way from Colorado to escape the Midwest and study Physics. Prior to joining the team at Luke’s, he worked at a few other grocery markets. Donovan is a dreamer and always looks forward to his next step in life. After spending time in San Francisco, his next destination city is New York where he’ll spend some time there before he pursues his real dream of moving out of the country. Fun fact about Donovan, he lives in the Jimi Hendrix house!
Grocery Stocker - Obed Tinoco
Same Day Delivery Driver - Rony Yoc Diaz
Rony came to San Francisco from Guatemala with his family. Before coming to Luke’s Local, Rony worked mostly in bars and restaurants in the kitchen cooking up delicious cuisines. On his days off, Rony likes to stay active outdoors. When the sun is out and the heat is high, he likes to go for a swim in Lake Merritt.
Same Day Delivery Driver - Ernie Guisande
Ernie was born and raised in the Bay Area. He spent some time away from the States and lived in both the Philippines and Spain. Before coming to Luke’s as a delivery driver, Ernie worked in the local bar scene and previously owned his own chauffeur service. On his days off, Ernie likes to hit the golf course for tee time and spend time with his son.
Same Day Packer/Deli Team Member - Anahi Mejia
Anahi, originally from Southern California, moved to San Francisco initially because her small circle of friends told her that she looked like she was from the city. That prompted her to apply for school here which landed her at San Francisco State University studying Political Science. Her dream is to have a seat in the House of Representatives. When she’s not at work or school, you can find Anahi cruising around the city with her boyfriend.
Produce Team Member - Edwin Guillen
Edwin was born and raised in Yucatan, Mexico where he worked in grocery and at farmer’s markets. He came to the States on a whim where he made the move to working in restaurants. Edwin joined the produce team at Luke’s and loves working with fruits and vegetables because it brings him fond memories of home. He loves being active and usually commutes to work on his bike. While he finds work and being active to be part of his day to day, Edwin loves kicking back and vegging out while playing video games.
Produce & Deli Team/Barista - Chance Schwab
Born in Oklahoma, from Texas and raised in Virginia, Chance knew he always wanted to work around food. After graduating from school, he had an appetite for the culinary arts and moved around, working in different states and countries under top chefs at well-known restaurants and hotels. His passion has brought him to New York, Napa, Spain, and even Scotland. He’s settled in San Francisco but his true dream is to own a restaurant of his own in Los Angeles. Chance is a dog lover and is devoted to his Red Heeler, Kyuu.
Chief Barking Officer - Kyuu
Likes hugs, is a team player, and morale booster. She's an independent woman, and you can catch Kyuu playing on her breaks at the dog park. Watch out for your heels, she is known for nipping at them as she is a Red Heeler with almost too much energy and not enough playtime.