Bios/Who We Are

Tressa Yellig- Executive chef and Co-Owner
Tressa Yellig is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York. She specializes in a variety of health supportive cooking styles, but mostly advocates a nutritional philosophy of traditional fats, sprouted grains, pastured meats, raw dairy and fermented foods. She apprenticed under the worker-ownership of Three Stone Hearth in Berkeley, CA, the first community supported kitchen of its kind. In addition, she has experience managing farmer’s markets, working with a variety of artisan food producers, in restaurants, consulting, business management and organizations promoting urban food sustainability, local food economies and seasonality. She has a special affinity for traditional food preparations and loves teaching them as well as introducing people to the nostalgic simplicity of whole foods. She teaches publicly and offers private consultations
Katie Yellig- Co-Owner
Katie Yellig has been a silent partner since the inception of Salt, Fire and Time, but gladly joined the team full-time in early 2015 to help with the expansion of Broth Bar. She completed a BS in Business Administration with a double specialization in finance and real estate AND has a Masters in Labor and Human Relations from Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. While she has worked for Fortune 100 companies, her passion has always been in small business with an emphasis on the social responsibility of business and ethical capitalism. She is excited to see how those same principles can be applied to the changing food culture and its effect on the broader community to create social change. When she is not saving the world, one quart of bone broth at a time, she can be found rough-housing with her French bulldog “Pearl” or raiding Tressa’s fridge at home.
Caroline Cozens- Director of Operations
Caroline Cozens has been in the food service industry for many years and jumped at the chance to be a part of a company dedicated to creating healthy food to nourish her community. Growing up in rural North Carolina, Caroline has a deep connection to farms and ethically sourced ingredients. After completing her degree in Liberal Studies she was looking to be a part of a small business whose mission aligned with her own principles and found Salt Fire and Time. When she’s not manning the shop or helping out in the kitchen Caroline is usually spending time with her pup or planning her next adventure.
Matthew Chastain- Production Manager
Matthew Chastain has worked in and out of kitchens and natural food stores for years. Raised in central Washington, he moved to Bellingham, WA after high school, finally ending up in Portland about a decade later. It seemed a natural transition working in the kitchen at Salt, Fire & Time. He and his wife Nichole enjoy both working and indulging in the food and wine industry that this area has to offer.