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FareStart Is Having a Birthday Bash

A fleet of local chefs will help the admirable Seattle institution toast to its successes on June 9.

By Anne Larkin May 30, 2012

FareStart provides a way for the city’s homeless and disadvantaged to learn a new trade and find employment. Photo via Seattleite.

This really is something to celebrate: the good folks of FareStart have been providing culinary training for the homeless for 20 years. And celebrate they will, on Saturday, June 9 at Fremont Studios alongside dozens of local chefs, winemakers, and brewers.

To name just a few of the chefs doling out bites: Tom Douglas, Josh Henderson and Brian O’Connor of Skillet, John Sundstrom of Lark, Makini Howell of Plum Bistro, Robin Leventhal, Top Chef competitor of the late Crave, and Matt Janke of Lecosho. And to balance out the liquid side of things, over 30 Northwest wineries and breweries—from Two Beers to Chateau Ste. Michelle —will be pouring at the event. And on top of all that: live music, games, raffles, cooking demos, and a chance to fete FareStart’s founder David Lee. Tickets are $120 per person and they’re going fast (Seattle Met is one of many local sponsors.)

Such abundant feasting seems an appropriate way to commemorate FareStart’s successes; since its founding in 1992 FareStart has provided almost 6,000 people with culinary skills and distributed more than 5 million meals to the hungry, earning a Humanitarian of the Year award from the James Beard Foundation in 2011. Some of the most impressive chefs in our region make regular appearances on guest chef nights, but this evening promises to be a full-on Seattle tasting extravaganza.

FareStart 20th Anniversary Bash
June 9, 6 to 9 pm
Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St.
$120, Tickets available here

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