Queer Rock Camp is a program of Stonewall Youth, a non-profit organization serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and allied youth, ages 12-21, in the form of drop-in hours, peer support groups, activist summer school, and many other youth advocacy and empowerment programs.
Caffe Vita is proud and honored to be a part of this year’s event! Find out more about this incredible program by checking out their website. You can also follow them on Facebook! Tolearn how you can support Stonewall Youth’s program, check out their website or follow them on Facebook!
I love food trucks, especially if they provide street eats that are less common than the standard fare. The first time I heard about Off the Rez I was eves dropping. Someone mentioned it was parked next door to Big Mario’s New York Style Pizza, and how delicious the food was. I immediately made my way to that location. To my delight, there it was, off the rez!
I decided to go for it, and found not only did they provide me with mouth watering, tasty nibbles like Banana Nutella Sweet Frybread, but the guys running the cart were good spirited, fun loving individuals that made me feel welcome and appreciated before I even had a chance to order!
Off the Rez is a food truck that provides Native American inspired cuisine including Indian tacos & fry bread, a much needed addition to the scene, and is owned by Mark McConnell and Cecilia Rikard. Mark grew up eating frybread and Indian tacos at family gatherings and powwows. Mark’s mother spent most of her childhood growing up on the rez in Browning, Montana and lovingly taught Mark all about Native food and culture.
Mark’s inspiration for opening Off the Rez stemmed from his attempt to find Native American cuisine in Seattle. He couldn’t find anything, so Mark quickly partnered up with Chef Donovan MacInnis (who has been cooking his way through Seattle kitchens and catering since earning his Culinary Arts degree in 2005) and began the process of opening up shop.
McConnell says he originally tried to open a restaurant, and decided instead to pursue a mobile operation. He purchased the truck and implored a friend who builds custom motorcycles to help fix it up. If you would like to know where you can find their truck, check out Off the Rez’s Facebook page, and be sure to follow them on Twitter!
Summertime. We already attended and were proud to serve Vita’s finest to musicians in the artist’s tent at The Governor’s Ball in NYC. Soon there will be a sonic boom tagged specifically to Pike Street here in Seattle, as yet again we’ll be fully submerged in the going-ons of the Capital Hill Block Party. This year’s festival takes place on July 26th, 27th and 28th, and some of our favorite local businesses like Off The Rez and High 5 Pie will be front and center, providing tasty treats for artists and festival goers alike. You can still purchase tickets HERE, or head to the CHBP website for more information and a full list of participating artists and vendors. You can also follow CHBP on Facebook and Twitter!
We were just recently engaged in another music festival called Make Music LA, an eleven hour celebration of musical creativity that took place on June21 throughout the entire county of Los Angeles. Many of the city sidewalks, parks, community gardens, street corners and schoolyards became the backdrop or stage for free concerts.
Caffe Vita SIlverlake provided an area inside for both artist and patron. The day started with host and stand up comedian Kevin Corcoran who performed short 10 minute sets in between all the band’s. First off, they heard from a talented young singer/songwriter named Justine Abigail. After that was ParrisHarris performing a completely open, improvised series of pieces, the titles of each piece being made up on the spot. Bren played a solo set of his original music, and at 5pm The Lady rocked the house with her quartet, featuring LA Vita’s Mike Lockwood on percussion. Later, Swim Lessons played a short lo-Fi rock set followed by Widower, an outfit that includes Kevin Large, another long time Caffe Vita Barista. Orange Tulip Conspiracy is a band formerly based in Seattle. Now based in LA, OTC brought in a ton of people off the street, shredding their original electric Balkan gypsy jazz rock, featuring Ryan Perrish on saxophones and fellow vita barista Mike Lockwood on drums. To close the day, the roof was torn down by LA grind punk trio AKA!
Caffe Vita will be also participating in the Doe Bay music festival August 8-11th. Doe Bay Resort and Artist Home are proud to present their SIXTH ANNUAL DOE BAY FESTIVAL at The Doe Bay Resort and Retreat on Orcas Island, WA. The weekend festival features an extensive line-up of musicians, local cuisine, camping and activities in one of the most picturesque venues the Northwest has to offer. Follow Doe Bay on Facebook and Twitter!