Guest Chef Night

FareStart’s beloved Guest Chef Night is back

There will be at least twelve events in the upcoming year.

Please join us for a special evening as we celebrate our students, build community and enjoy an incredible meal. Guest Chef Night pairs premier local chefs with FareStart students to create a three-course meal served by volunteer community members.

All revenue and donations from Guest Chef Night support FareStart’s job training and placement programs.


Chef Dre Neeley of Gravy &  Chef Matt Lewis of Where Ya At Matt

February 29, 2024

First Course: Smoked carrot, yam and cara cara soup with quinoa brittle
Second Course: Braised pork shank with baked grits, cabbage-fennel slaw, whole grain mustard and horseradish vinaigrette, apricot and olive gremolata
Third Course: Poached pear and praline bread pudding with vanilla bean crème anglaise and salted caramel


About The Chefs

Chef Dre Neeley owns and operates Gravy, on Vashon Island, with his wife, Pepa Brower. Over the past seven years, Gravy has built a following among islanders and visitors alike, for their creative takes on classic American fare. Chef Neeley draws upon flavors and techniques from his youth in the South and those gleaned from decades of working in restaurants with varied cuisines. Ever curious and always learning, Dre strives to create inspired, memorable meals.

Chef Matt Lewis started his culinary career in the kitchens of his mom and grandmother in New Orleans, Louisiana, before starting his professional career in the kitchen of Frank Stitt at Bottega in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America and honing his skills in such restaurants as Restaurant Zoe, The Four Seasons and Canlis, Matt chose to venture out on his own. In 2010, he started the nationally acclaimed food truck and catering operation, Where Ya At, Matt.

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Stay tuned for more details about additional 2024 Guest Nights. We are planning at least twelve events in 2024. More to come!


Special Thanks to the Following Partners for Making Guest Chef Night Possible: