Our Story

Why Settle?

Every bite you consume should please you.  Brown Bag Seafood Co. was developed to bring you responsibly sourced food, cooked on site, that is tasty and healthful.  When our founder studied the food landscape at the time, she quickly realized there was an opportunity to share a love for fresh fish in an accessible format, quickly and affordably.  She put her pen to paper, got some friends and family together, and after many late nights debating the right font, the perfect shade of blue or the most effective ice machine, the first Brown Bag Seafood Co. was born in May of 2014.

Our Mission

Have Fun. Live Clean.

Its simple.  Our mission is to improve your day.  We want you to feel good about the choices you make and feel better when you leave than when you arrived.  We might achieve this because your belly is happy and you'll be comfortable when you arrive back at your desk, it might be Johnny's jokes from behind the kitchen line that cause you to crack a smile, or it might be feeling transported to your favorite coast in the middle of a brutal winter day that provides that deep breath to better manage your twin toddlers.  Whatever does it for you, you can always depend on us for a hot meal and smile (both responsibly sourced of course.)

Our Team

  • Donna Lee
    Founder & CEO

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    About May 2011 - 3 years before we opened for business!

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Salmon Veggiebox, with a little bit of tartar sauce in the corner.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Creating new things and watching them come to life. Optimizing what we already do. Hanging out and collaborating with a bunch of hilarious, quirky and committed people.

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Evanston, IL | Squirrel | My mentor, my bestie, my bro.

  • Zach Flanzman
    Chief Strategy Officer

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    January 2017.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Salmon powerbox, with veggie blend add-on and garlic bread.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Debating tough questions, thinking about the future, and seeing results in action. With a quick break to work at the cash register during lunch. 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Scotch Plains, NJ | Dolphin | Andy Samberg, Alexander Hamilton, Landon Donovan.

  • Chrissie Artioli
    Area Manager

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    June 2016.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Daily Catch Veggiebox.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Getting to travel to all of our locations and work with all team members. Each location is different and fun - best day is when I make it to all three!

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Davenport, IA | Panther | Derek Jeter, Anthony Bourdain, Joanna Gaines.

  • Tim McCarthy
    General Manager, Randolph

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    July 2016.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Swordfish Powerbox.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Serving healthy food to people, and creating a positive work atmosphere that fosters growth. 

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Evanston, IL | Guardian Falcon | David Chang, Barack Obama, John McCarthy (grandfather).

  • Fresh Coates
    General Manager, Revival

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    February 2015.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Chowder Tots, Buffalo Shrimp Roll, and a few of my own inventions (like the Fried Potato Halibut Sandwich!)

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Opportunity. When you have an opinion and voice it, it is listened to and action is taken!

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Detroit, MI | Turtle | Steve Jobs, Biggie Smalls, Tony Goldman, Michelangelo, Franklin Piazza.

  • Sarah Victor
    General Manager, Roscoe

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    October 2017.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Crispy Fish Tacos

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    The staff!

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Lansing, IL | Sea Otter | Mom, Dad, Brother.

  • Irma Rubio
    Assistant Manager, Roscoe

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    August 2014.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Crispy Fish Tacos & Clam Chowdah.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    Creating new menu items and perfecting recipes.

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Chicago, IL | Husky | Logic, Tim Burton, and God himself.

     

  • Franklin Piazza
    Kitchen Lead, Roscoe

    When did you join the Brown Bag team?

    June 2015.

    What's your favorite meal at Brown Bag?

    Crispy shrimp tacos.

    What's your favorite part of your job?

    How eager everyone is to teach others and pass on knowledge about cooking and recipes.

    Quick Hits: Hometown? | Spirit Animal? | Dinner Party Guests?

    Chicago, IL | Octopus | Banksy, Kurt Vonnegut, Anthony Bourdain.