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.

FareStart has been helping people transform their lives through food for over 25 years - one person, one job and one community at a time.

Chan 3-29-18 | FareStart


Chef Heong Soon Park is the chef and owner of one of Seattle's best Korean restaurants, Chan Seattle. This Thursday, he is bringing his contemporary and sustainable dishes to The FareStart Restaurant for Guest Chef Night. Check out his menu!

farestart.org Chef Heong Soon Park opened Chan in Pike Place Market in 2012. It quickly garnered praise from critics and diners alike and remains one of the top places to dine in downtown Seattle. A native of South Korea, Park was first exposed to the culinary world while working at his parents' restaurant in Ala...

We had to share this great photo of the first customers of the day at Rise Cafe Seattle, our newest coffee shop located in the lobby of Amazon's Houdini North. Delighted that our neighbors from Mirabella Seattle stopped by for coffee and to support FareStart students and apprentices. #greatfoodbetterlives

Youth Barista Program

FareStart's Youth Barista Program in partnership with YouthCare provides job training for young people who are unstably housed or experiencing homelessness. Learn more at www.farestart.org/youth-barista-program.

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Help FareStart students and apprentices on their journey toward employment and self-sufficiency. Whether you give once or join our monthly Giving Table, your gift has a direct impact on poverty, homelessness and hunger. #greatfoodbetterlives

farestart.org Your support helps empower FareStart students and apprentices as they work to transform their lives. Thank you for your investment in a real solution to homelessness, joblessness, poverty and hunger.

Congratulations to Idalia Nuñez, Winner of the Catalyst for Change Award!


Each year FareStart's national initiative, Catalyst Kitchens, recognizes an individual from their network for their outstanding service and dedication to empowering lives through job training. Congratulations to this year's recipient, Idalia Nuñez, Life Skills Education Manager at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida! Thank you for transforming lives one person, one job and one community at a time. // #greatfoodbetterlives

blog.catalystkitchens.org Catalyst Kitchens is extremely pleased to announce that Idalia Nuñez, Life Skills Education Manager at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in Orlando, is the third recipient of the Catalyst…

Chef Paul Duncan and his sous chefs Steven and Kevin of Ray's Boathouse, Cafe & Catering demonstrated why Ray's is one of Seattle's iconic restaurants with a delicious dinner that our students helped prepare. Helping out in the restaurant was Forum Solutions Management Consultants, who volunteered as servers. Thanks for making the evening a success! #greatfoodbetterlives #guestchefnight

THANK YOU to the volunteers that helped FareStart make, deliver and serve hot lunch at the United Way of King County Community Resource Exchange earlier this week. Special shout out to volunteers from Zipwhip who assembled about 100 lasagnas for us. You rock! // #greatfoodbetterlives #jointheexchange

Ray's Boathouse 3-22-18 | FareStart


Join us at the FareStart Restaurant this Thursday for Guest Chef Night featuring iconic Seattle restaurant, Ray's Boathouse, Cafe & Catering. Head to our website to see Chef Paul Duncan's delicious menu! (Penn Cove mussels anyone?)

farestart.org As Executive Chef at Ray's Boathouse, Chef Paul Duncan brings extensive experience to this iconic Pacific Northwest seafood restaurant, known for its preparation using classic techniques and global inspiration, blending his use of Asian flavors from Hawaii to Japan to his fondness for fresh, well-pr...

Take your current foodservice experience and rise to the next level in your career! Our new paid Foodservice Apprentice Program offers pathways to success in careers such as line cook, bartender, coffee shop lead, corporate dining cook and server.

Learn more at a free information session on Monday, April 2 at 3:00 p.m. at Community Table Seattle. Tag someone who might be interested!

It was apparent that our FareStart chefs had fun working with students at Guest Chef Night to create a meal that wowed guests. Thanks to Sandy Glass Mosaics for volunteering as servers. Revenue from this weekly event supports FareStart's training programs. Have you made reservations to attend an upcoming Guest Chef Night? #guestchefnight #greatfoodbetterlives

Apprenticeship Program Benefits our Community


Meet Community Table Seattle Chef, Michael Mason!
"By providing good, nutritious food to our customers, they can function at their best. They walk away not simply full, but satisfied."
Read more about Mason's food philosophy and experience in the most recent FareStart newsletter, and be sure to sign-up to receive FareStart news straight to your inbox. #greatfoodbetterlives

myemail.constantcontact.com Relax as our team of experts and chefs at FareStart Catering handle every detail from food and music to decor, cakes and florists. We can also create themed, cultural or tea ceremonies that will make your wedding memorable and meaningful.

Custom Menus | FareStart


Looking for the perfect food and place for your next event? FareStart Catering offers exquisite food, exclusive venues and excellent service. Plus, when you use FareStart Catering you support our foodservice training programs and help transform lives. Check out our updated menus and email catering@farestart.org with any questions. // #greatfoodbetterlives #farestartcatering

farestart.org As we prepare mouth-watering meals from superior ingredients, we aim to exceed your expectations - whether your event is an elegant wedding, intimate dinner party, festive reception or no-nonsense business meeting.



Every Thursday at the FareStart Restaurant, enjoy a three-course gourmet meal prepared by a guest chef assisted by students in the Adult Culinary Program. Proceeds go back into our training programs. // Coming up this month: Chef Wayne Johnson of FareStart Restaurant, Chef Paul Duncan of Ray's Boathouse, Cafe & Catering, Chef Heong Soon Park of Chan Seattle and Chef Desmond Bonow of The Carlile Room. // #guestchefnight #greatfoodbetterlives



It's the LAST DAY to register for this informative session with FareStart's own VP of Social Enterprise, Matt Gurney, and the President of Social Enterprise Alliance, Kila Englebrook. You don't want to miss it!

Thursday, March 15 at 6:30pm at Community Table Seattle.

Nonprofits focus on mission, businesses focus on profit. What happens you operate both? Join FareStart’s VP of Social Enterprise, Matt Gurney, and Social Enterprise Alliance​ CEO Kila Englewood Thursday, March 15 at Community Table Seattle​ to learn how FareStart and other social enterprises balance profit and mission.

Don't miss this month's Maslow's Meal by Chef Brendan McGill of Hitchcock Restaurant Group. Rosemary porchetta with cranberry bean ragu, Treviso radicchio & salsa verde - available for lunch or dinner at Maslow's Seattle. #greatfoodbetterlives

Congrats to “The Hotshots,” the first 2018 graduates of FareStart and YouthCare’s Youth Barista Program! Four young folks completed eight weeks of training and are already putting their resumes out to the community. Way to go! #greatfoodbetterlives

We were delighted to have one of America's best chefs in the kitchen for Guest Chef Night. Thank you to Edouardo Jordan of Salare Restaurant and JuneBaby who worked with our students to create a stellar meal for our guests. A shout-out to Fidelity Investments and First American Title - Seattle / Everett who volunteered as servers. #guestchefnight #greatfoodbetterlives

Balancing Profit and Mission: Decision Making for Social Enterprises


Nonprofits focus on mission, businesses focus on profit. What happens you operate both? Join FareStart’s VP of Social Enterprise, Matt Gurney, and Social Enterprise Alliance​ CEO Kila Englewood Thursday, March 15 at Community Table Seattle​ to learn how FareStart and other social enterprises balance profit and mission.

eventbrite.com How do you make business decisions day to day, balancing profit with mission? How do you determine when to expand your business and what ventures are valuable?Join Matt Gurney, VP of FareStart and Kila Englewood, President and CEO of Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) (flying in from Tennessee!!) to l...

These are just some of the dedicated, passionate and talented women working and training in FareStart’s kitchens across Seattle. Today, on International Women's Day, we want to recognize and thank them for the vital role they play in transforming our community! #greatfoodbetterlives #girlpower #internationalwomensday

Over 80% of FareStart Adult Culinary students are experiencing homelessness when they first enroll. We provide basic supplies so students can focus on their training. Please help us restock our shelves with men's and unisex shampoo and hand lotion, backpacks and white t-shirts by ordering directly from our Amazon Wish List. Thank you for transforming lives, one person, one job and one community at a time. https://goo.gl/FAe8rw

Hungry? FareStart's new South Lake Union lunch spot, Community Table Seattle, has some tasty options. Located in Amazon's Houdini North and open M-F 11am-2pm.

JuneBaby/Salare 3-8-18 | FareStart


We are thrilled to welcome Chef Edouardo Jordan of nationally acclaimed Salare Restaurant & JuneBaby to Guest Chef Night this Thursday at The FareStart Restaurant. Enjoy a great meal by an all-star chef and support students in FareStart's Adult Culinary Program. #greatfoodbetterlives

farestart.org Like a cherry on top of a great year for Chef Edouardo Jordan, his newest restaurant, JuneBaby, was named Eater Seattle's Best New Restaurant of 2017. Chef Jordan came to Seattle in 2013 after spending time at renowned American restaurants such as The French Laundry and Lincoln Ristorante. He opened...

It’s Monday, you deserve lunch dessert. This Dark Chocolate Glazed Pistachio Bavarian Cream Profiterole is on the FareStart Restaurant’s new Fresh Sheet. #greatfoodbetterlives

Chef Nikol Nakamura of Tulalip Resort Casino harkened her heritage for a Guest Chef Night featuring a Bento Box and a fabulous dessert trio, all of which diners loved. Many thanks to the chefs and volunteers from BlackRock and the Women's University Club. Your generous support makes what we do possible. #guestchefnight #greatfoodbetterlives

On Friday afternoons, FareStart has a tradition of bringing together staff and students to give “shout-outs” of appreciation to one another. Today, we’d like to do a special public shout-out to our departing CEO Megan Karch.

Megan, you've been a driving force to help alleviate poverty, homelessness and hunger for the past 18 years. We are grateful not only for your leadership as we've grown and evolved, but for your commitment to building a strong sense of community for students and staff alike. You led by example every single day. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We wish you and your family only the best in your next adventure.

Watch the Oscars in style this weekend! Our partners at Outlier are hosting a glamorous Oscar viewing party, complete with red carpet and photographers, and they are donating 100% of ticket sales to FareStart students & apprentices. #greatfoodbetterlives

Patti Payne: New programs prep students for jobs; Hamilton and the dancing queens - Puget Sound Business Journal


Catch up with Vince, the very first graduate of FareStart's Foodservice Apprenticeship Program, in the Puget Sound Business Journal​. #greatfoodbetterlives

“With everything that I have experienced these past seven years of my life, being jobless, having difficulty finding even a space to live, I feel like I’ve been given a second chance to make my life better, to be a contributing part of the community and to make other’s lives better as well.”

bizjournals.com PSBJ Columnist Patti Payne chats with a recent graduate of FareStart's new program, who hopes to soon become a molecular biologist.

Tulalip Resort Casino 3-1-18 | FareStart


This Thursday, Chef Nikol Nakamura of Tulalip Resort Casino brings bento boxes to Guest Chef Night! Check out her menu and make reservations soon.
#greatfoodbetterlives #guestchefnight

farestart.org Chef Nikol Nakamura, pastry chef at Tulalip Resort Casino, has over 25 years of experience under her belt. She spent time at the renowned Herbfarm Restaurant under star chef Jerry Traunfeld and worked as an assistant to Donald Wressell, one of the top American pastry chefs. Her extravagant desserts....

Diners got a taste of why Chef Jay Blackinton of Orcas Island's Hogstone's Wood Oven and Ælder is nominated as a James Beard Award Rising Star Chef at Guest Chef Night. His love of food showed through in an excellent meal. Plus, a big shout-out to Microsoft and Sonos UK employees who volunteered as servers. #greatfoodbetterlives #guestchefnight

#FridayFeeling Monika, an apprentice at Maslow's by FareStart, met her chef hero Tom Douglas at Restaurant After Hours! Thanks to Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for bringing people together and to our long-time supporters, Tom Douglas Restaurants. #greatfoodbetterlives

Are you or someone you know interested in rising higher in the restaurant industry? Stop by our Foodservice Apprenticeship Program information session to learn about FareStart's newest paid, hands-on training program.
Join us Monday, March 5 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Community Table Seattle. Meet the team, ask questions and learn more details. You can even apply on the spot if you bring a copy of your resume.

Impress guests of your party, wedding or company gathering with one of the best views of Seattle! Learn more by taking an in-person tour of our Pacific Tower Panoramic Room – we’ve just added a few Saturday tour dates: Feb. 24, March 3 and March 24. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact FareStart Catering at catering@farestart.org.



Join us in thanking MOD Pizza for donating 100% of pizza sales from their West Seattle grand opening event to FareStart students and apprentices! They raised over $4,000 to help alleviate poverty, homelessness and hunger in our community. Be sure to plan a trip to West Seattle to grab some pizza and learn how they are #spreadingMODness. #greatfoodbetterlives

westseattleblog.com (WSB photos) First, the ribboncutting ... then, the pizza-making! As first reported here last week and previewed this morning in our daily highlights list, it's Opening Day for MOD Pizza at The Whittaker (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW; WSB sponsor). The Seattle-born chain offers you the opportunity to pick...

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Tonight! Catch Chef Wayne serving Maslow's Seattle Kalbi Beef Bites with house-made Kimchi at Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce's Restaurant After Hours event at Seattle Aquarium.
#eatmeetrepeat #greatfoodbetterlives

Chef Wayne Johnson with FareStart, Chef Stefanie Buono with Frosted Cupcakes and Cakes, and Chef Tom Douglas with Hot Stove Society will be doing LIVE cooking demos at Restaurant After Hours, TOMORROW... and you can still register! smcc.bz/2GaU1BO #eatmeetrepeat

Hogstone's Wood Oven/Aelder 2-22-18 | FareStart


Reserve your spot soon for Thursday's Guest Chef Night - Feb. 22!

FareStart is featuring award-winning Chef Jay Blackinton of Hogstone's Wood Oven and Ælder on Orcas Island. He was named one of Food & Wine's best chefs of 2017 and just received his fourth nomination as a semi-finalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards Rising Star Chef category.

farestart.org Chef Jay Blackinton left city life behind and created Hogstone's Wood Oven and Aelder, both in the same space on Orcas Island. He was named one of Food & Wine's best new Chefs of 2017 and has been named a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's Rising Star Chef Award for the past three years.....

Check out these photos from "A FareStart Evening at Caruccio's" last week! Big thank you to Caruccio's for hosting in their gorgeous Mercer Island culinary event space, Chef Thierry Rautureau of Luc and Lulay for preparing a delicious appetizer and all the guests that joined us. #greatfoodbetterlives

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