Monday, December 3, 2007

FareStart : Great Food. Better Lives.

Here in Seattle we have a local non-profit organization called FareStart.

FareStart provides a community that empowers homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry.

A weekly highlight for the FareStart community is Thursday Guest Chef Night, held at the FareStart Restaurant at 7th & Virginia. For FareStart students, it is a unique opportunity to work with Seattle's premier chefs. For FareStart supporters, it's a great opportunity to enjoy an excellent meal, introduce new supporters to the organization, or volunteer. Since 1994, Guest Chef Night has raised more than $1.5 million, revenue which has gone directly back into the program, to support student job training and placement services.

Every Thursday night, a different Guest Chef works with the students to prepare a three-course meal for over 200 guests served at the FareStart Restaurant. Guest Chef Night has been called "Seattle's best food lover’s event" and for just $24.95 it's one of the city’s best values as well. Hard-working community volunteers serve the guests who enjoy great food in support of FareStart and our students - 100% of the proceeds and gratuities from Guest Chef Night go back into the program and fund student services and training.

Guest Chef Night is open to the public and reservations are strongly suggested.

If you're going to be in town anytime soon, check the schedule HERE to see if tickets are still available.

Besides the food service industry, where else might this model work? How could another set of viable job skills be transfered to those in need? How would this work for say auto mechanics? Or coffee roasters?

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