Anytime we can get to Showbox SoDo, we’re happy.
One of the premier spots to see a live band or mingle with others in the Seattle community, it’s always fun to get down to that part of town.
So when Caffe Vita was lucky enough to take part in the FareStart Guest Chef Spectacular that was held there last week, we were more than just a little excited.
Being featured along with 30 of Seattle’s most highly-regarded chefs from 30 of Washington’s top wineries, breweries and distilleries, Vita sent a small team to take over the event to chat it up and serve some coffee.
While the entire night was fantastic as we met extremely talented and passionate people like ourselves—and tried some of their products, too—the night’s best moment was hearing that $94,700 was raised to support the job training programs for FareStart.
Not only are we grateful for the opportunity to have taken part in this year’s event, but knowing that we helped the FareStart program even in a small way puts smiles on our faces.
It’s a great cause, so we were excited to be involved.
Happening tonight! It’s not too late to reserve your seats with Caffe Vita’s Bob Prince as Guest Chef for FareStart. Please join us for great food and festivity!
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!
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!