Joanne has worked in the service industry since 1988, including over 12 years at Market Place Caterers/The RUINS. Her interest in France began with her first visit to the French countryside at age 19 and has grown through many professional and personal visits. She has spent extensive time touring the wine producing regions of France, learning firsthand from winemakers and importers and has participated in the “vendage” or harvest of grapes in the Loire Valley.
Jim and Joanne opened Le Pichet in 2000 with the hope of recreating the personal, neighborhood style of restaurant they had come to love in France. Located in Seattle's Pike Place Market Historical District, Le Pichet is a 32 seat restaurant specializing in the regional cuisine and wine of France. The name "Le Pichet" means "The Pitcher", which is the ceramic vessel in which simple, traditional neighborhood restaurants in France serve wine.