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GCS_postcardfrontFareStart, founded in 1992, is a local non-profit organization that transforms the lives of homeless and disadvantaged individuals by helping them achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry.

Students enrolled in FareStart’s Adult Culinary program receive not only hands-on culinary training in FareStart’s kitchens, but life-skills classes, counseling, and assistance with housing, food, clothing and other support services to assist them as they change their lives.

FarestartI recently had lunch at The FareStart Restaurant, located at 7th & Virginia in downtown Seattle, which is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and learned more about the many great things that this organization does.

In addition to the weekday lunch, they also host a weekly Guest Chef Night dinner on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Since its inception, FareStart has become a beloved Seattle institution with talented chefs from the area’s best restaurants donating their precious time, expertise, and ingredients to help train FareStart students. Each week, FareStart’s Guest Chef Night highlights this important partnership as a generous local chef donates their time to work alongside FareStart students to prepare a delicious three-course pre-fixe dinner for the public at the FareStart Restaurant in downtown Seattle.

Since 1994, Guest Chef Night has helped raise more than $5 million—all of which has directly supported FareStart’s training programs.

FarestartNext month FareStart is hosting a premier tasting event to celebrate the talented chefs, restaurants and other food industry partners that support FareStart’s training programs throughout the year.

FareStart’s Guest Chef Spectacular will take place Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Showbox SoDo (1700 1st Avenue S., Seattle) and will collectively include tastes from more than 60 of the area’s top restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Proceeds from the event will benefit FareStart’s programs.

FarestartClick here to see the expansive list of visiting chefs, eateries and beverage providers that will be in attendance.

Tickets: Tickets for general admission are $80 per person.

VIP tickets are also available for $130 per person and include access to a VIP Lounge at 5:30 p.m. for special pre-reception featuring exclusive tastes, premium wines, early admittance to the main tasting event, and a special gift bag filled with goodies.

This is a 21-and-over event. Tickets will not be available at the door so get them now before they sell out!

FarestartHope to see you there!