STAFF PICK: Karla Crespo


Karla has been working as a server at Trade since January 2015. Before moving to Boston, she was living in Miami and working in the food industry for 10 years, gaining experience food running, bartending, and serving.


What lead you to work at Trade?
It was the first job I took when I moved to Boston. I had also started training at another restaurant but I felt I identified more with Trade. The food that we have, the ingredients that we use, and how we approach food…I thought this would be more my style. I do believe in the food and in the bar program that we have. The chef is so talented. And Jody Adams does a great job supporting young talent in the kitchen. That’s why our kitchen is full of young people and I really appreciate that – I think the food and beverage industry is full of creativity and talent and it’s something that most people are just understanding now, but she’s been doing it for a while.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Fitness is my passion. I love working out outside on the beach.

What is your favorite thing to do around Boston?
Eat and drink! I really like Bastille Kitchen, it’s one of my favorite places.

What do you like most about working at Trade?
The very interesting people that we get to meet, including the staff. A lot of determined and smart people. And how inspiring they are with what they want to do at work and outside of work. A lot of artists here. That’s the best thing. The food is outstanding too.

What’s your favorite dish at Trade?
All the vegetable small plates! Sweet potatoes, broccoli, brussels. I’m not even a vegetarian, but the approach that we take is for everyone, even if you don’t like broccoli, you’re gonna love the broccoli plate.