The GSBA Blog

Community Leaders of the Year: Tamara Murphy & Linda Di Lello Morton

| Feb 17, 2016

Tamara Murphy and Linda Di Lello Morton say that when they open the doors of their restaurant, Terra Plata, they are welcoming the community to their dinner table. The truth of this is borne out by the sheer number of fundraisers they have hosted for local nonprofits such as Mary’s Place, Legal Voice, Seattle Culinary Academy, Country Doctor, Fare Start, LifeLong, and GSBA. Linda and Tamara’s generosity is not limited to within the walls of their restaurant. Linda has scaled the highest peaks of the Cascades and raised over $250,000 in support of the Breast Cancer Fund. One of Tamara’s first community support efforts involved cooking meals for Babes with AIDS at Fort Worden.

Both Linda and Tamara are ardent believers in teaching the importance of sustainability. They have created some of our region’s defining culinary events to fund their favorite organizations - Burning Beast (in support of the educational work of the Rubicon Foundation) and the Incredible Feast for the Good Farmer Fund (helping local farmers with unexpected expenses such as last summer’s drought). Other nonprofits they support include Big Table which exists to see the lives of those working in the restaurant industry transformed by building relationships around shared meals and caring for those in crisis, transition or falling through the cracks. They say that “Success comes from being an active participant in our community.” Linda and Tamara understand the value of civic activism, and for being a small business voice working hard to make our home a better place for all.