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January 20, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Former Starbucks exec is new CEO of PCC

Cate HardyCate Hardy starts Friday as the new chief executive officer of the local PCC Natural Markets chain. She’ll be the first female CEO of the organic-foods co-op. Hardy comes from nine years at Starbucks, where most recently she was vice president of operations. She calls PCC “an incredible, beloved Seattle institution.”

Hardy’s also on the board of the local nonprofit FareStart, which provides culinary training and job placement for homeless and disadvantaged people in Seattle, a mission that she (accurately) describes as “fantastic.” If you haven’t been to one of FareStart’s Guest Chef Nights, you should go; Hardy’s been “many, many times” and wholeheartedly recommends it. Coming up for the three-course, $29.95 dinner series: guest chefs from Ray’s Boathouse, Urbane and Lecosho. Here’s the schedule. (Hardy declined to name past favorite guest chefs, “lest I alienate anyone.”)

Previous PCC CEO Tracy Wolpert stepped down last summer.

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