Wednesday, December 1, 2010

FareStart - Preview of Coming Attractions

J and I are taking my sister and brother in law out for a belated anniversary dinner for them and early one for us ( Dec 10-more about that later ).  I decided to go somewhere that I have wanted to go for quite some time - FareStart.  FareStart is a culinary training program for the homeless and disadvantaged.
According to their website  they have provided opportunities for over 3,500 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 4 million meals to disadvantaged men, women, and children. One of the advantages of their training program to Seattle is the opportunity to dine in their restaurant. And on Thursdays they have a guest chef night.  Our guest chef for Thursday night is Chef Johnathan Sundstrom from Lark Restaurant.Chef Sundstrom is owner of Lark and Licorous, a James Beard award winner in 2007 and Food and Wine Best New Chef '01.
Not only do the students get to work with top local chefs but we get the results of their labor-a fabulous dinner. The Guest Chef Night has raised more than $2 million, revenue which has gone directly back into the program, to support  student job training and placement services. I'm looking forward to the dinner especially after seeing the menu posted-my mouth is watering.  Check back Friday for my follow up. Here is a peek at the menu for tomorrow night:
Italian Wedding Soup with escarole, white beans, chicken, meatballs and croxetti
Thundering Hooves Pork Belly with vanilla parsnip puree, black lentil vinaigrette
Caramelized cauliflower, almonds, capers, lemon and olive oil bread crumbs
Kaffir Lime Panna Cotta with Clementine gelée, candied cranberries and shortbread crumbs

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