WS Helpline serves up biggest Taste of West Seattle ever

The main room at The Hall at Fauntleroy was just one of four spots around the grounds of the old schoolhouse filled by 51 food-and-beverage purveyors for tonight’s Taste of West Seattle. More attendees than ever, too, enthused Tara Byrne, executive director of the event’s beneficiary/organizer, West Seattle Helpline. And it wasn’t just the lineup – it was what they offered:

Jes and Sarah from Chaco Canyon Organic Café (WSB sponsor) offered sweet-potato samosas. And for the omnivore …

… the team from The Bridge had their famous bacon-wrapped dates. For West 5, of course it was their popular mac ‘n’ cheese:

Amber from Freshy’s is known far and wide for her soup:

Chef Wade” – who’s just unveiled his newest menu at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) — had pulled-pork sliders:

The Hall’s resident Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering made asparagus quinoa salad and grilled citrus prawns:

Salad was also on the menu for Pizzeria 22 proprietor Cary – arugula salad with gorgonzola:

Your notetaker here wandered away while co-publisher Patrick was photographing Ere and Ani from Pan Africa Grill, so we didn’t catch what dish/es they were serving:

Of course, there was dessert. There must be dessert. Stuffed Cakes, for one:

Full Tilt Ice Cream‘s ice-cream bike was there – getting ready to turn around to an appearance at White Center’s Caffe Delia for Bike-to-Work Day Friday morning:

Speaking of coffee – Hotwire (WSB sponsor) was right by the front door – one of several coffee purveyors, including Heidi from Bird on a Wire Espresso:

And with 51 participants – Tara said they had to turn some aspiring participants away, in the process of locking in the lineup! – we didn’t get to photograph them all. Check the names out here. Oh, and cheese, courtesy of Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), which brought something even bigger than food, a $7,500 donation:

That’s Metro Market Admiral store director Glen Hasstedt with Kim and Laura from the cheese department (where cheese is also made, not just sold!).

Helpline doesn’t expect to have the night’s take tallied up for a few days; we’re also awaiting word on who won the votes for best taste. P.S. If you want more proof of how this event has grown – we looked up a WSB mention from three years ago; the number of participating food/drink providers was only about a third of what it is now!

1:08 AM UPDATE: From the Taste of West Seattle Facebook page – Fresh Bistro/Herban Feast Catering won “best taste,” Prost! West Seattle came in 2nd, Ma’ono Fried Chicken and Whisky was third.

8 Replies to "WS Helpline serves up biggest Taste of West Seattle ever"

  • Brent L May 18, 2012 (12:09 am)

    Another great Taste! Special thanks go out to all of the participants and everyone who joined us tonight! Further thanks to Met Market and their outstanding support of the Helpline!

  • Amanda May 18, 2012 (7:50 am)

    Of all the events in West Seattle, this is the one I look forward to the most! What a great event to raise money for an excellent cause and mingle with fellow West Seattleites. It must be a great gig for restaurants too. I’ve gone to many of these restaurants solely based on the a plate I had at the Taste. Two thumbs up for an awesome event!!! Can we do this more than once a year :D

  • Al May 18, 2012 (8:52 am)

    That was so much fun! Everyone was very nice and having a great time. Not one bit of animosity or impatience from any of the business owners (so nice to see familiar faces and meet new ones) OR the attendees. Who needs Bite of Seattle when we have this! Why have I not gone to this before?! And who was that piano player? He was fantasic…if no one stuck around at the end you missed the sing along!

  • rw May 18, 2012 (9:42 am)

    Huge round of thanks for the Helpline volunteers, restaurateurs and caterers who helped make this event a success. Tremendous fun, extremely yummy, and hopefully a huge fundraising success. We were delighted to run into friends from restaurants we’ve gone to for years, and met new ones who I look forwarding to visiting in the future. My only regret was not having enough room to sample everything. Hard choices were made, and at the end of the evening I was still very happily sated.

  • hmmm May 18, 2012 (11:12 am)

    HUNGRY !!!!

  • KateF May 18, 2012 (1:24 pm)

    Best Taste of West Seattle ever! I had a great time, ran into people I haven’t seen in years, heard some off key tunes sung with obvious enthusiasm by the crowd around the keyboardist (thanks The Bridge for bring him along) and ate way too much. My brother who came said he had no idea West Seattle had such great restaurants….all I can say is Duh! Of course we do!

  • RJB May 18, 2012 (3:26 pm)

    First year attending, will not be my last! West Seattle should be proud…it was amazing! Derek the “piano man” was awesome! All the food and beverages offered were first rate! So lucky to be a West Seattlite and live where all this wonderful food by all these great people is served!!

  • Jerica May 22, 2012 (9:30 am)

    This was my first bite of the West Settle~ and definitely won’t be the last. The food was incredible and so were the beverages….so much so that after a night walk the other evening with my fiancée, we dipped in to the Beverage Place Pub to have a full portion of the Finn River Sparkling Black Currant Cider which is $11 for 500ml. I musta been at the right place at the right time because they had it on draft.yessss.

    I have my favorite places in West Seattle, the Bridge has THE best burger around, I love Freshy’s soups, and the tastily crafted coffee from Hotwire and who DOESN’T know about Bakery Nouveau? The WS Bite though has definitely opened my mouth to other businesses, Fresh Bistro was the first thing I tried as I entered what seemed to be an adults’ Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory ~ the prawns and grits in mini bamboo cups were a……mazing. I’ve devised a plan for next year to prevent a reply of the food coma I experienced this go round, TBC….Thank you for being the unique community that I know and love. <3

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