Don’t Miss Seattle’s FareStart Guest Chef Spectacular This June!

April 4, 2014

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 culinary job training programs.

The Guest Chef Spectacular will feature:
The Guest Chef Spectacular will feature such marquis local chefs as:
Chef Bobby Moore, Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen;
Chef Tarik Abdullah, Cicchetti;
Chef Matt Dillon, Corson Building/Sitka & Spruce/Bar Sajor;
Chef Liam Spence, Lola;
Chef Desmond Bonow, Palace Kitchen;
Chef Matt Bumpas, Poppy;
Chef Meeru Dhalwala, Shanik;
and Chef Brian Scheehser, Trellis.

(To see the full list of participating chefs, restaurants and wineries, please see below or click here).

For Tickets:
Tickets are on sale at 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. Again, all proceeds from the Guest Chef Spectacular will benefit FareStart's training programs for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. To learn more about this event, visit or click here.

Tastes from more than 30 of the Northwest’s premier chefs and restaurants. Including:
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
Pastry Chef Nikol Nakamura, Tulalip Resort & Casino
Chef David Buchanan, Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill & Bar
Chef Pete Fjosne, Von Trapp's
Chef José Chavez, Washington State Convention Center
Chef Ferron Lining, Whole Foods Market South Lake Union
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
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).

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. Since 1992, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 7,000 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 6 million meals to disadvantaged men, women, and children. Every day, men and women transform their lives in the adult program, which includes culinary training, life-skills classes, counseling, and assistance with housing, food, clothing and other support services to assist FareStart students as they change their lives. FareStart’s Graduate Support Services program provides ongoing guidance to adult graduates, providing a full year (and sometimes longer) of support to help individuals move forward to self-sufficiency. FareStart, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, generates about one third of its annual operating revenue through business operations, such as Guest Chef Night at the FareStart Restaurant. For more information, visit