Making the Wick Tick: Ike Seaman, Director of Food and Beverage
Ike Seaman has spent most of his life within steps of an ocean. The native Maritimer spent his early working years working—and surfing—on Nova Scotia’s Summerville Beach. From there, it was the pull of the Pacific that brought him to Tofino 18 years ago.
“I was working at the Quarterdeck Restaurant on Summerville Beach,” says Ike. “There was one tourist—originally from Nova Scotia, but was then living in Parksville or Qualicum—who came in daily during his trip. He knew I surfed a lot and I told him I wanted to head to the West Coast to surf for the winter. He told me about Tofino so I looked it up on the map and just started driving west.”
Ike wasn’t disappointed with the scene in Tofino. “Once I arrived I knew this was the place, the people were nice—like East Coasters!—the weather was super mild and there was lots of surf.” After some thorough research, Ike approached the Wickaninnish Inn for a job. “It’s the best,” says Ike. “I loved that the Inn is family owned and operated, and I wanted to be part of that family.”
Ike began as an Evening Server at the Pointe restaurant, and has since held the roles of Food and Beverage Trainer, Conferences Services Manager, Restaurant Manager, and Wine Manager—an ascent that has given him a total purview of culinary operations at the Inn, and led to his appointment as Director of Food and Beverage .
“I really enjoy being involved in all aspects of food and beverage, kitchen team, restaurant and special events,” says Ike. “It’s fun working with the chef to pair the weekly tasting menus. I also like being involved in the wine program, there is never the same day twice. Learning about wine is addictive.”
“Ike is highly knowledgeable and passionate about what he does,” says the Inn’s Managing Director Charles McDiarmid. “Most importantly, he makes every guest feel like a member of the Wick family. We’re very lucky to have him here.”
As for Ike, he’s found a home on the West Coast. Aside from year-round surfing, the Wick provides more than ample reason to stay in Tofino. “It has never crossed my mind to work elsewhere,” he says.