Bringing WaterFire to life has been a family journey for lifelong residents of the Yakima Valley, Jim and Gail Davis, with their son, Executive Chef Derrin Davis. Together, the WaterFire team creates a destination for your casual nights out and your special events.
Yakima is my home town. I love the valley, the people, the feel, its evolution and the smells. I’m excited to launch my dream of owning my own restaurant right here where I was born and raised. I’ve always shared a passion for culinary arts and hospitality. I earned my B.S. in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts in Providence Rhode Island, the very place where I was infected with the WaterFire! I simply dream of developing something amazing here at WaterFire for the guests and residents of the Yakima Valley. I’ve always found passion in finding new ways to experience flavors of the world, especially the Pacific Rim. The amazing agricultural abundance in our region creates the perfect canvas to bring those flavors to life. As Yakima evolves, the great restaurants in our valley inspire me. The amazing chefs who have come back to our valley are all going to continue to push each other forward. It’s a really cool time to be a part of the restaurant scene here in Yakima.
After growing up in Renton, I moved to the east side of the state to attend CWU and complete my B.A. in Environmental Geology and my M.A. in Natural and Cultural Resource Management with a focus on forest ecology and wildfire regimes. I love the outdoors and try to get outside with my three dogs as much as I can. I initially began working in restaurants to put myself through school. As events coordinator, I love providing people with a welcoming space, friendly and compassionate staff and unforgettable food to enjoy with friends and family for any type of celebration. I’m inspired by the amount of effort and passion reflected in both the food and the recent renovations to WaterFire. I’m excited to see what comes next!
4000 Creekside Loop
Yakima, WA 98908