Tom “Chef” Stoner, Founder and Owner
Tom is all about passion. He’s passionate for quality, that attribute carried him through a career as executive chef in some of the most extraordinary, five-star resort hotels. Passion for great food; he’s always working on perfection. Passion for his family; not only his wife, Renee, and daughter, Malia, but also his Spoons family.
And he is passionate for Spoons and how it provides the opportunity to serve Fort Collins healthy options using local ingredients, whenever possible, and giving back to the community in many ways.
Tom loves living in Fort Collins and enjoys time outdoors biking, gardening, and spending time with family. And of course, he loves to cook.
“Mama” Renee Stoner, Founder and Owner
Renee has spent decades working in the hospitality industry alongside her husband Tom, carrying positions from head concierge at 5-star resorts to making ice cream in the back of a coffee shop. Her favorite aspect is working with the people, staff and customers alike. She loves getting to know everyone on our team and has effectively earned her nickname by being a caring support to all those around her. Whenever Mama Renee is around, you can be sure the laughter will follow!
While you won’t see her in the stores much nowadays, she is still floating around and keeping our numbers in line from the home office. When she’s not busy working, she’s usually catching up with her family or outside gardening when weather permits.
Malia Stoner, Chief Innovation Officer
Malia started working at Spoons at the age of 8, bussing tables and washing dishes. When she was tall enough to reach the soups, she was on the line and fell in love with customer service and working with people. She worked at Spoons until she went to college and shifted gears, earning a degree in Theatre Arts and joining the Actors Equity Association as a Stage Manager. Though that career is Malia’s biggest passion, family will always come first.
She watched her Dad conceptualize, create, and grow this business for the past 18 years and is so proud of everything that he has achieved. Having the opportunity to work alongside him and help the Spoons team grow is a blessing. She enjoys the challenge of juggling analytics, programing, social media, marketing, designing, and everything else that gets thrown her way. It may not be theatre, but it’s definitely a production!
Her favorite thing about Spoons is the community it creates and stands for. Everyone on staff brings a special spark to the team and she loves watching how all of these pieces come together. Spoons also takes such great strides to be an active part of the Fort Collins community and supporting local whenever possible.
Dave Nawrocki, Chef
He chose to work at Spoons because it is located in beautiful Fort Collins, CO. He started in the foodservice industry in 1973 at a corner bakery, moved into fast food diner style restaurants, then on to high end country clubs, resorts and hotels. He is very grateful for all the wonderful experiences of living and chefing in Durango CO, the Big Island of Hawaii, San Francisco, Napa Valley and Monterey California.
When he is not at work he can be found enjoying bike rides on the many bike paths around town, swimming in the Poudre river on hot days, and camping up the Poudre Canyon.
Hannah LeMoine, General Manager
Hannah has been with Spoons for eight years! Her favorite item on our menu is the French Onion soup when we have it, and our Spoons take on the Reuben. Hannah’s favorite part about Spoons is the sense of camaraderie and teamwork! The Spoons life chose her, not limited to reasons such as her relentless energy and eagerness for a good challenge. While she may have gone to Colorado State University for an Arts degree, she always knew her passion laid within the service industry. Fort Collins is intrinsically Hannah, as this is her hometown! She has enjoyed watching it grow and evolve, while still feeling like home. In her free time, she enjoys trail running, snowboarding, playing rugby, spending time with family, and generally being outdoors!
Tonya Solley, General Manager
Meet Tonya! She is one of our General Managers and has been with us for a little over 3 years. Her favorite menu item is the Chipotle Chicken Sandwich. Tonya’s favorite thing about working for Spoons is the sense of community we stand for and building relationships with fellow co-workers. She has 15 years of restaurant experience along with 10 years of leadership experience. She has a passion for helping others grow in our industry. Tonya is from Denver but has lived in the Loveland area for most of her life. When she’s not at work you can catch her spending time with her friends, family, or animals.
Elle Wezensky, Assistant Store Leader
Elle has been working for Spoons for three years! She chose to work at Spoons because she saw happy workers as a customer and wanted to join a team that enjoyed and believed in their work. She loves the community among coworkers and support of local farms and resources. Elle has worked in the food industry since high school and this has been her favorite place to work. She spent five years at CSU where she studied Sociology and played women’s rugby. In her free time, she loves rock climbing and reading. Her favorite item on the menu is the Pesto Goat Cheese sandwich.
Haley Bushee, Store Leader
Haley has been a part of the Spoons family since July of 2019. She loves how involved Spoons is with collaborative culinary community in Fort Collins, and is passionate about sourcing local products. The creativity and uniqueness is what drew Haley to Spoons, but her love for serving and building relationships with her regulars is what continues to motivate her. Haley’s favorite menu item is the Tuna Melt with chipotle mayo. When Haley isn’t at work, she loves to be out hiking, rollerblading, or camping.
Taylor Jongsma, Assistant Store Leader
Taylor has been at Spoons for almost two years. Her favorite thing on our menu is the Chipotle Chicken sandwich. Taylor’s favorite thing about Spoons is its involvement in the community. She grew up in Fort Collins, so the fact that Spoons does so much for the community means so much to her., When not at work, you can find Taylor spending time in the outdoors with her husband and dog.
Ellie Richards, Shift Lead
Ellie has been a part of the Spoons team since the beginning of November in 2020. Her favorite thing on the menu is the Spicy Southwest Chicken Salad. She enjoys working with her coworkers and talking to customers, especially the regulars! She chose Spoons because as a pottery student, she donated her work to Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for the Larimer County Food Bank, that Spoons supports to as well. When she isn’t working, she is passionate about pottery, plants, and traveling.
Amanda Muller, Shift Lead
Amanda has been at Spoons since July 2020. Her favorite thing on the menu is the Hearty Quinoa Salad and her favorite thing about Spoons is getting to spend time with her coworkers. She attends CSU where she’s majoring in Social Work. In her free time she likes reading, listening to music, and hanging out with friends.
Hannah Kennedy, Store Leader
Hannah has been working at Spoons for a year now and she has 11 years in the food and customer service industry. She loves the local options that Spoons has to offer and the great relationships we get to have with our coworkers and community. She chose Spoons because it was a small local business that could offer more than corporations. She is passionate about cooking, kayaking, and being outdoors. Her favorite menu item is the Buffalo Chicken Wrap.
Ashley Hart, Shift Lead
Ashley has been with Spoons since June 2016. When she isn’t working, she can be found exploring one of the trails around Fort Collins, drawing, or reading a book with a cat in her lap. Ashley’s favorite items on the menu are the Beef Melt sandwich and our White Chicken chili soup.
Emma Tucker, Shift Lead
Emma has been working at Spoons for a few months. Her favorite menu item is the Strawberry Harvest salad. Her favorite thing about Spoons is the community created between all employees. She chose to work at Spoons because she wanted to work for a local company making fresh, healthy and local food. Emma is a second year CSU student double majoring in psychology and criminology. When she is not working she enjoys being outside going for hikes with her puppy Coral.
Gabby Mainelli, Store Leader
Gabrielle has been working at Spoons since January of 2019, with her food & customer service experience going back to 2015. Her favorite menu item is our Minnesota chicken Wild Rice Soup paired with our Apple Poppyseed salad. She has recently moved to Fort Collins and has quickly come to love everything about our community.
Drew Silprasornprasit, Shift Lead
Drew joined the Spoons team in July 2019 and has served guests at several of our locations around town. His favorite menu item is the Strawberry Harvest Salad and he loves the Chicken Poblano Soup. Drew gravitated towards Spoons because of the friendly atmosphere and dedication to serving fresh food. He loves rooting for all things Colorado sports in his free time!
Liz Bounds, Shift Lead
Liz has been working at Spoons since January, 2021. She is from Nowthen, Minnesota which is about 45 minutes from Minneapolis. In her free time, Liz loves to hike, hang out with friends, and go for scenic drives. Liz has two adorable cats named Arthur and George. Her favorite item on the menu is our Strawberry Harvest Salad!
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Max Kilzer, Shift Lead
Max has been working at Spoons for over 2.5 years. His favorite thing on our menu are any of the chili soups, they’re all so good! Something he loves about Spoons is the community involvement, like how active we are with the Food Bank for Larimer County and all the donations we make. This is his first job in food service but he enjoys it. When he’s not at work, you can find Max hanging out with his friends.
Alec Quintana, Floating Leader
Alec has been working at Spoons for about 3 years. He loves Fort Collins and was born and raised here. Outside of work you’ll find him going to “church” which is going to Edora Park every Sunday morning and playing disc gold with great friends and having a good time.