Category Archives: farestart

YouthCare and FareStart Luncheon

| October 4, 2013

We joined members of YouthCare, FareStart and community sponsors for a luncheon.  We discussed how these two programs build confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.  Caffe Vita is proud to be a contributing member of this team, and we look forward to our next training session with these organizations!

Vita’s Bob Prince at FareStart’s Guest Chef Spectacular

| April 11, 2013

FareStart Guest Chef Spectacular














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!

FareStart Guest Chef Night – Caffe Vita’s Chef Robert Prince

| October 20, 2011

We at Caffe Vita want to tell you about a very special FareStart Guest Chef night happening on Thursday, November 3. Returning to the kitchen with FareStart students, Chef Robert Prince, Caffe Vita’s Key Account Manager, will prepare a three-course meal in the Guest Chef Night series. The cost is $24.95, and all proceeds and gratuities go back into the program to fund student services and training. Here’s the link to make your reservations through OpenTable.

The menu for November 3 is posted below. The dessert will feature a Caffe Vita coffee ice cream made by our partners at Bluebird Microcreamery, who opened up their second location on Phinney Ridge less than a week ago.

November 3, 2011
Chef Robert Prince

Cannellini Bean with Wilted Kale and Pickled Pepper
Brined Pork Loin Chops Roasted and Finished on the Grill,
Warm Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Balsamic Braised Onion
Vegetarian Entrée
Risotto with Oven Roasted Tomato and Whole Milk Ricotta
Fall Fruit Crumble with Bluebird Caffe Vita Ice Cream 

Caffe Vita and Chef Robert Prince are longtime supporters of FareStart, a nationally-recognized culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. As part of FareStart’s culinary training program, they offer regular weekday lunch service (here’s the lunch menu – we love that Founder’s “Field Roast” Sandwich). The restaurant is located at 7th and Virginia in downtown Seattle.

We hope to see you at FareStart on November 3. It’s going to be delicious. Again, reservations are required. Here’s the link.