Join Vita and FareStart May 23rd as we help kick off a new annual celebration of the talented chefs and restaurants that support FareStart’s training programs throughout the year. FareStart’s first annual Guest Chef Spectacular will take place at the Showbox SoDo and will feature tastes from more than 40 of the area’s top restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries, including the talents of Vita’s own Chef Bob Prince.
Since 1988, FareStart has provided 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. FareStart’s Guest Chef Spectacular and events like it are just a few of the ways that Vita collaborates with and supports this vital organization. Vita has partnered with FareStart’s Youth Barista Training Education Program since its inception in 2003 with YouthCare. The program provides at-risk youth, ages 16-23, with the opportunity to build a better future for themselves by increasing their ability to change their situation and engage in a supportive community. The eight-week Barista Training and Education Program provides job training and placement, life skills, employment counseling, classroom, and on-the-job training for the industry. Caffe Vita provides a very necessary ingredient, donating coffee to the training program and offering roasting education to students at our Capitol Hill roasting room.
Early bird tickets for FareStart’s Guest Chef Spectacular are $70 per person (beginning May 1, general admission tickets will be $80). VIP tickets are $125 per person and will include access to a VIP Lounge at for special pre-reception featuring exclusive tastes from local restaurants, premium wines, early admittance to the main tasting event, and a special gift bag filled with goodies from local restaurants, including Caffe Vita.
Tickets are on sale now, click here to purchase tickets before they sell out!
The Capitol Hill Ice Rink opens today! Now through December 24th from 11AM-10PM daily you can lace up your skates in Cal Anderson Park and celebrate the holidays with Caffe Vita. At 4:30 today there will be a special opening ceremony, including a visit from Mayor McGinn and songs from the Northwest School’s a capella choir.
While the ice may be borrowed, the festivities are all local, with hot dogs from Dante’s, neighborhood sponsors like the Elliott Bay Book Company, and of course, Caffe Vita.
Not only will we be selling hot cocoa, cider, coffee, tea, and kombucha every day at the rink, you can also pick up sweet treats, whole beans and hats! After snapping up some Vita merch drop by the ice rink’s complimentary gift wrapping table and spread the love. Or, you know, keep them for yourself. It’s cold out there!
Tickets are available for cash purchase at the rink or you can buy them at our Capitol Hill cafe ($12 for adults, $6 for kids, including skates).
For more information, go here or just head over to Cal Anderson! We hope to see you there.
If you’ve been meaning to come to one of the coffee and pie pairings at High 5 Pie, this Saturday is the last one in the series. The featured pies are Apple, Caramel Pecan, and Chocolate Cream. We’ll bring the Caffe Vita beans and brewing methods to make the best cup for each slice. After you sample all the delicious things to eat and drink, pick up the off-the-hook cute cookbook, Cutie Pies, by High 5 Pie founder Dani Cone. That’s buying local — and eating and drinking local.
* Saturday, December 3 * 2pm to 4pm * High 5 Pie *
1400 12th Avenue, Seattle (the corner of 12th and Madison on Capitol Hill).
Annie appears to favor apple pie.
Caramel Pecan. It’s serious.
All Butter Crust! You’re looking at an Apple Cutie Pie.