One of the wonderful things about Seattle is the opportunity to dine with the city's leading chefs at a restaurant that makes a difference in so many people's lives. Fare Start is a program that gets people off the streets and into productive work in the food industry. In a 16-week training program the students are taught the restaurant business from the front of the house to the kitchen. Along with that, they are given housing help, taught life skills, given job placement help, and individual help to get them back into the community and a new life. It has been very successful and many graduates are working in restaurants in the area.
On Thursday nights there is Guest Chef Night. A chef from a local high-end restaurant donates his or her time to plan a menu, mentor the students, and supervise the preparation and service of the dinner. The meal is by reservation online at: http://www.farestart.org/restaurant/guestchef/index.html. The menu is prix-fixe at a very reasonable amount and includes three courses. There is always a vegetarian option. Each week it is different, according to the chef's wishes. You can go online and see the upcoming chefs and their menus, usually about six weeks in advance. I have been many times and have never been disappointed. The food is beautifully and professionally plated and always delicious. Wine and beer are available for an extra cost.
Volunteers from the community, usually companies or other organizations, serve the meal. The restaurant is lovely and there is a festive feel about the meal. Frequently the chefs circulate among the diners. Usually there is a graduation ceremony which is also inspiring.
The dinner is not really a place for young children since there are no other menu options but next door they serve a daily lunch, also prepared by the students but without the visiting chefs. For a truly unique Seattle experience you won't go wrong with dinner at Fare Start.
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