It truly takes an army to build and maintain us, which is why we couldn’t do what we do with out our people.
Candy Mecham started the original Visconti’s Italian Restaurant in 1985 and took full ownership in 1992. Over the years, she has led the Visconti’s Hospitality Group to where we are today: eight businesses strong. Candy has continued to invest in the community, always making a point to be involved in various fundraisers, dinners, auctions and events directly benefiting the people of our surrounding areas. Countless trips around the county and world have helped her continue to implement the best practices and recipes in the various restaurants. For example, it was on a trip to New Orleans where her and Daniel Carr came across Italian foods cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven and soon after installed a wood fired oven of their own, bringing the restaurant closer to using true, old-world methods.
Dan Carr moved to Wenatchee in 1991 where he met local restaurateur Candy Mecham at Visconti’s. With his help, the two opened the restaurants second location in Leavenworth. The quest for a product and experience in food that is disappearing today fueled the idea for Cured, one of Dan’s biggest and most exciting projects. Regarded as one of the top salumi chefs in the region, he’s expanding the centuries-old European craft in the massive construction of the 18,000 square-foot Miller Street facility. Dan is also a connoisseur of fine wines and longtime supporter of the local wine industry serving as a judge every year at the North Central Washington Wine Awards. In 2013, Visconti’s was named the Washington State Wine Awards Restaurant of the Year and continues to be one of Dan’s proudest moments.
Chief Operating Officer
With hospitality experience in places like Miami, New York, Las Vegas and Seattle, Dawn Mecham has continued to learn the ins and outs of our constantly changing field. She has gotten to work alongside some of the more notable restaurateurs in the country, including Myles Chefetz, Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, David Lynch and Chris Sparkman in her dedicated 20+ years of service. Dawn began her role as the Chief Operating Officer in December of 2019. Before that, she served as the General Manager of Visconti’s since her arrival to the family business in 2013. Her drive to improve and constantly push the group forward has opened many doors and created a new standard of service throughout. Dawn’s pursuit for information has taken her all over the world, whether for outside consulting on industry projects or for research on food and wines.
Having worked in the hospitality industry for 18 years, Tyler Straight has created strong roots in the Wenatchee Valley restaurant scene. He started as the Operations Manager in 2019, having previously served as the General Manager at Visconti’s and other restaurants in Leavenworth. Tyler works closely with Dawn Mecham to help run most day-to-day operations of the company, as well as overseeing all Front of House operations and training. He is constantly working on various ways to better the relationships between employees, as well as focusing on the overall customer experience. Through his leadership, he hopes guests are treated with an experience better than what that anticipated prior to walking in the door. Whether it’s by introducing them to a new wine, new menu item, remembering it’s their anniversary or chasing them down the sidewalk with the pair of gloves they forgot, Tyler instills a level of hospitality that guides employees to go the extra mile.
A Coug through and through, Kyle Martin has been with the Visconti’s Hospitality Group since March 2019. He is Washington State University alum. His role includes overseeing kitchen operations for all restaurants in the group as well as the development of Miller Street Kitchen & Catering concepts and menus. Along the same lines, Kyle also creates special menus specifically designed to satisfy unique event and customer needs. He’s held various titles at a number of well-recognized restaurants, including being the General Manager of “The Matador” in Redmond, Washington. Kyle’s passion and enthusiasm is felt in any activity he participates in, like his cooking or his love for the Seattle Seahawks.
Miller Street Catering & Sales
As someone who has learned the in’s and out’s of the catering and event planning world, Jodi Johnston has built quite the resume. She has dedicated over 12 years of service to satisfying the needs of her various clients. Semi-retired, Jodi decided to step away from her highly regarded “Cake Chic Studio” when her granddaughter arrived in 2018. Her knowledge of the area and local venues truly help all who come to her feel immediately welcomed. Jodi became the Catering & Sales Manager of Miller Street Kitchen & Catering in January of 2020 and is excited to grow her passion of catering and event planning with the Visconti’s Hospitality Group.
A resident of the Wenatchee Valley for over 20 years and the 2019 Royal Lady of the Autumn Leaves, Charlotte Ley has served as the Administrative Assistant for the Visconti’s Hospitality Group since August of 2019. Having owned two businesses in Leavenworth (the Fudge Hut & Bavarian Clothing Company), she has an extensive knowledge of the area and especially Leavenworth. Charlotte is a very active member of the community, being in various clubs and committees including the Autumn Leaf Festival Committee, Girl Scouts and other volunteer opportunities.