FareStart in Seattle is an incredible organization that offers a 16-week culinary program for homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and children. Students in this program learn culinary arts alongside some of the top chefs in Seattle and beyond. They serve the public in the FareStart restaurant, and there is an incredibly high job placement rate for students who complete the program. FareStart also helps students learn to manage finances and provides housing and transportation during the program.
Diners can visit the restaurant Monday-Friday for lunch. It is closed in the evenings for catered events, weddings, etc. Thursday evenings the restaurant is open for "Guest Chef Night," when a popular chef works with students to prepare a three course wine and food pairing menu. Besides the amazing goal and mission of FareStart, they prepared one of the most unique and tasty meals we had on our trip to Seattle! Programs like this should be in ALL cities!
As a table we shared crispy tofu nuggets with sweet chili dipping sauce, crostini with goat cheese and fig spread, seared wild salmon cakes with Asian slaw and lemongrass vinaigrette, and freshly made donuts with chocolate sauce and ice cream for dessert. Mom had the turkey sandwich and I had a vegan field roast sandwich. Delish!