FareStart Presents Guest Chef Spectacular at Showbox SoDo, 60 Restaurants (Event)

Sixty area restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries will gather to offer delectable tastes at FareStart’s food and wine tasting event celebrating the local restaurant community

FareStart, the local non-profit organization that provides culinary training and job placement for homeless and disadvantaged individuals, is hosting a premier tasting event to celebrate the talented chefs, restaurants and other food industry partners that support FareStart’s training programs throughout the year. FareStart’s Guest Chef Spectacular will take place Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Showbox SoDo (1700 1st Avenue S., Seattle) and will collectively include tastes from more than 60 of the area’s top restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Proceeds from the event will benefit FareStart’s programs. The Guest Chef Spectacular will feature: Tastes from more than 30 of the Northwest’s premier chefs and restaurants. 

  • Chef Josh Green, Ballard Annex
  • Chef Bobby Moore, Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen
  • Chef Peter Birk, BOKA
  • Chef Chris Opsata, Brass Tacks
  • Chef Josh Westcott, The Capital Grille
  • Chef Tarik Abdullah, Cicchetti
  • Chef Matt Dillon, Corson Building/Sitka & Spruce/Bar Sajor
  • Chef Bill Ranniger, Duke’s Chowder House
  • Chef Varin Keokitvon, FareStart
  • Chef Thomas Horner, Hook & Plow
  • Chef Franz Junga, Il Fornaio
  • Chef Chris Garr, Ivar’s Acres of Clams
  • Chef Dave Miller, The Jolly Roger Taproom
  • Chef Kaspar Donier, Kaspar’s Events & Catering
  • Chef Liam Spence, Lola
  • Chef Chris Zarkades, Margaux
  • Chef Desmond Bonow, Palace Kitchen
  • Chef Matt Bumpas, Poppy
  • Chef Paolo Carey-DiGregorio, Salty’s on Alki
  • Chef Jason McClure, Sazerac
  • Chef Luigi DeNunzio, Seattle’s Little Italy
  • Chef Meeru Dhalwala, Shanik
  • Chef Jeff Maxfield, Sky City at the Needle
  • Chef Clay Bake, Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops
  • Chef Brian Scheehser, Trellis
  • Chef Nikol Nakamura, Tulalip Resort & Casino
  • Chef David Buchanan, Wild Salmon Grill & Bar
  • Chef Audrey Spence, Urbane
  • Chef Pete Fjosne, Von Trapp’s
  • Chef José Chavez, Washington State Convention Center
  • Chef Ferron Lining, Whole Food

Sips from more than 30 purveyors of fine local beverages, including wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries. Featuring:

  • 3 Howls Distillery
  • Almquist Family Vintners
  • Ambassador Wines
  • Bartholomew Winery
  • Batch 206 Distillery
  • Bluewater Distilling
  • Bunnell Family Cellar
  • Corvus Cellars
  • Cote Bonneville
  • Dussek Family Cellars
  • Five Star Cellars
  • Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards & Winery
  • Hedges Family Estate
  • J. Bookwalter Wines
  • Kennedy Shaw Wines/Woodhouse Wine Estates
  • Lobo Hills Winery
  • Lodmell Cellars
  • Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
  • Naches Heights Vineyard
  • Sheridan Vineyards
  • Smasne Cellars
  • Sonoris Wines
  • Swiftwater Cellars
  • Syzygy
  • Tildio Winery
  • Treveri Cellars
  • Wilridge Winery
  • Woodchuck Hard Cider
  • Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co.
  • Dry Soda
  • San Pellegrino/Acqua Panna
  • Snoqualmie Ice Cream

Plus, live music and a raffle featuring a grand prize of $100 gift cards from participating restaurants (valued at $2,500).

Tickets will go on sale April 1 at FareStart.org

Early bird tickets for general admission will be $70 per person (a limited number of tickets will be available at the early bird rate, when they sell out the price will go up to $80 per person). VIP tickets will also be available beginning April 1 for $130 per person and will include access to a VIP Lounge at 5:30 p.m. for special pre-reception featuring exclusive tastes, premium wines, early admittance to the main tasting event, and a special gift bag filled with goodies. This is a 21-and-over event. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Founded in 1992, FareStart provides a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry. Students enrolled in FareStart’s Adult Culinary program receive not only hands-on culinary training in FareStart’s kitchens, but life-skills classes, counseling, and assistance with housing, food, clothing and other support services to assist them as they change their lives.

Since its inception, FareStart has become a beloved Seattle institution with talented chefs from the area’s best restaurants donating their precious time, expertise, and ingredients to help train FareStart students. Each week, FareStart’s Guest Chef Nighthighlights this important partnership as a generous local chef donates their time to work alongside FareStart students to prepare a delicious three-course pre-fixe dinner for the public at the FareStart Restaurant in downtown Seattle. Since 1994, Guest Chef Night has helped raise more than $5 million—all of which has directly supported FareStart’s training programs.

Thanks to this incredible support from this industry and the entire community, FareStart has celebrated the graduation of 1,500 students since 1992—including 170 graduates in 2013 alone. Most importantly, FareStart graduates are getting and keeping jobs. In 2013, 90% of FareStart’s adult graduates secured employment within 90 days of graduation and six months later, 88% of those individuals were still in their jobs.

FareStart’s Guest Chef Spectacular is sponsored in part by Sysco, Nestle Waters, and Outerwall. To learn more about FareStart and the Guest Chef Spectacular visit FareStart.org.

Written by Charles Koh

Founded EatSeattle, and has continued to use his expertise as editor-in-chief to guide the website’s growth over the last five years. Koh’s experience focuses on digital marketing and social media, and has been a part of several companies, some of which he created, specializing in both areas over the course of his career. Koh was previously with Google and Zagat where he helped expand and grow communities worldwide.

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