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.

A hot "Chaider" (that's Chai and Apple Cider) is the perfect way to warm up on these cold and wet November days. Come visit FareStart's Café @ 2100 to pick one up! Your purchase supports the Youth Barista Program in partnership with YouthCare.

El Gaucho 11-16-17 | FareStart


Try one of Seattle's most iconic restaurants while supporting a great cause! This Thursday, FareStart welcomes Chefs Jason Wilson and Jonathan Garcia of El Gaucho for a delicious three-course meal. All proceeds benefit FareStart's job training and placement programs.

farestart.org Chef Jason Wilson's tenure spans over 25 years and has garnered numerous accolades, including a James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest, Food & Wine magazine's "Best New Chef" and Puget Sound Business Journal's "40 under 40." He is the culinary director of El Gaucho's hospitality group. For Guest…

Since FareStart launched our national network, Catalyst Kitchens, in 2011, member organizations have provided training to over 15,000 individuals with barriers to employment. This is just one story. Thanks to member organization St. Patrick Center for sharing Lloyd's success!

Eater Seattle

Cheers to our newest restaurant Maslow's Seattle making the hot list again! And in celebration of Cowabunga, today is ALL DAY happy hour. Stop by for some great deals on eats and drinks. Doors open at 11 a.m.

For your after-work plans.

It's always an inspiring night when a grad comes back to work with current students at Guest Chef Night. Chef Chino, a 2006 FareStart graduate, works at Tilikum Place Cafe with Chef Amy McCray. Thanks to both of them and to the fabulous volunteer servers from Microsoft and Boeing Company. You made it a great night!

These words of wisdom from Russell Wilson hang in our Foodservice Apprenticeship Program classroom. We thought today was a good day to share them. #greatfoodbetterlives #gohawks

The FareStart Restaurant, Café @ PacTower, Café @ 2100 and our offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10. Maslow's Seattle, Community Table Seattle and Rise Cafe Seattle all have normal operating hours. Thank you!

Tilikum Place Cafe 11-9-17 | FareStart


Chef Amy McCray is dedicated to using local farm-fresh ingredients from farmers markets and local growers. Come taste the good, honest cooking of Tilikum Place Cafe's chef de cuisine at FareStart's Guest Chef Night this Thursday!

farestart.org Chef Amy McCray began her culinary career at Tom Douglas’ Dahlia Lounge. More recently, she was the owner/chef at Eva, one of Green Lake Tangletown’s longest running restaurants. There she established a reputation for good, honest cooking using local farm-fresh ingredients from farmers markets and l...

The Stranger

Check out this piece from The Stranger about FareStart's expansion and #25YearsofTransformation. Thanks to the continued support of Amazon.com and our community, we are looking forward to the next 25 years! #GreatFoodBetterLives

FareStart was gifted 25,000-square-feet of space in the Amazon South Lake Union campus along with a large financial donation from Seattle’s resident retail monolith.

From our rotating menu, this Smoked Cod Burger is made with wild-caught Alaskan cod and is served with Kale Caesar Salad. #greatfoodbetterlives

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