Thursday, December 04, 2008

FareStart is the Gift that keeps on Giving


Last night was our night on the town.
Thanks to Cindy, a colleague of Gary, we had tickets to the premiere of "You Can't Take It With You" at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and we got an invitation for the Holiday Party at FareStart headquarters. First we picked up our tickets and then we headed downtown where we found a parking place on 7th Avenue kitty corner from FareStart. Yes!

This was our first time to be inside the new building (unbelievable but true), but now that we've crossed the threshold we know we'll be back at the restaurant. The space is A-MA-ZING, tall ceilings, exposed age-old beams (from the beginning of Seattle), lofty lighting (flying saucers), and I was glad to see the uplifting collection of plates commemorating each of the fantastic guest chefs who give their time to work with FareStart students in an elevated position on a brick wall.

From the loft, where normally food is served as well (great location for spotting who ever else is dining inside, or who's walking by the building) the Fabulous Po'Boys serenaded the feasting crowd with their fab repertoire. Ed Johnson and Warren Payne sure no how to strum them strings!

The food at FareStart is always good. Whether you go for a first class Guest Chef's Night on Thursdays, or lunch, or are lucky enough to be handed a lunch bag prepared by FareStart Catering at an event, you're always in for a treat. So we thought we knew what to expect. Some tidbits to nosh on before going out for a more substantial bite, that's what we thought …

We couldn't have been more wrong. What we saw was a substantial spread of, yes, hors d'oeuvres such as spanoptika, mini burritos and spring rolls, yummy sesame fried drum sticks, but also vegetarian lasagna, a curry and to top it all off apple cake with a donut hole. After a very pleasant meal shared with other invitees, and many returns to the food counters, we left with our tummies filled and elevated spirit (and that after only non-alcoholic drinks).

Never underestimate the Powers that Be at FareStart, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Friendly people, and good food, what else did the doctor order?

Note to self: Return the favor and (as the red cards on the Christmas tree read:) Give the Gift of Community to FareStart Students!

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Oh, and by the way, the play was great (thank you Cindy!) ! You Can't Take it With You, the story about the 1936 New York family the Sycamores, is Just the thing to see in times like these.
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