Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle restaurants band together to help fight homelessness

From Ethan Stowell Restaurants

On Wednesday, August 8, over 80 local restaurants, food trucks, coffee shops, sweet shops, breweries, and bars join forces with Pearl Jam to raise funds to help fight homelessness in King County. The participating establishments will donate 10% of their profits from August 8 to The Home Shows.

Angela Stowell, co-owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, United Way of King County board member, and recently named CEO of FareStart spearheaded the effort.

“The restaurant community is a philanthropic and big hearted group of people,” said Stowell. “Everyone I approached about participating signed on immediately, without hesitation.”

The Home Shows, taking place at Safeco Field on August 8 and August 10, are Pearl Jam’s first concert in Seattle in five years. The goal being to shine a spotlight on the problem and solutions to homelessness by joining a growing list of businesses, individuals, government agencies, and foundations who are collaborating to tackle the biggest public health crisis to hit the community in recent history.

Participating establishments include Bar Ferdinand, Barrio, Bastille, Big Chickie, Caffe Ladro, Canlis, Copal, Fremont Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Hitchcock, King’s Hardware, Lark, Lola, Loulay, Matt’s in the Market, Poquitos, Quality Athletics, Rachel’s Ginger Beer, Rumba, Salty’s on Alki, Scout, Terra Plata, Tractor Tavern, Whale Wins, Zeek’s Pizza and many, many more. For a full list, visit

All 16 of the Ethan Stowell Restaurants are participating on August 8. As an added bonus for Pearl Jam super fans 10 Ethan Stowell Restaurants (Staple & Fancy, How to Cook a Wolf, Red Cow, Marine Hardware, Cortina, Rione XIII, Bramling Cross, Mkt., Tavolàta, and Tavolàta Capitol Hill) will be selling glass pours of The Underground Wine Project’s “Home” wine from August 1 though 8.

The “Home” wine is a special 50 case bottling of cult favorite, Idle Hands, a Washington blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, that features The Home Shows label designed by the Pearl Jam team.

So this happened! Washington winemakers, good friends, and major Pearl Jam fans, Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery and Trey Busch of Slight of Hands Cellars, partnered with Pearl Jam and created a very limited number of box sets titled “Home x Away” that included four bottles of Idle Hands, each with a different label designed by Pearl Jam. They had 450 box sets that went for $150 each and sold out in 15 minutes. They are donating 100% of the sales to The Home Shows.

The Home Shows are a program of Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation. Over the past 28 years the city of Seattle’s population has grown by 40%. The region’s homelessness population is now the third largest in the country, with over 12,000 people living without shelter on any one night. The Vitalogy Foundation is committed to helping find a solution for the homelessness issue in the city. To learn how to get involved or to make a donation, visit

About Ethan Stowell Restaurants

Founded in 2007, Ethan Stowell Restaurants is a highly acclaimed restaurant group in Seattle owned by chef Ethan Stowell and his wife and business partner, Angela Stowell. Ethan Stowell Restaurants include Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Ballard Pizza Company, Rione Xlll, Bar Cotto, Mkt., Red Cow, Frēlard Pizza Company, Bramling Cross, Marine Hardware, Tavolàta Capitol Hill, Ballard Pizza Company SLU, Cortina, and Super Bueno, as well as Goldfinch Tavern in the Four Seasons Hotel.

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3 thoughts on “Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle restaurants band together to help fight homelessness

  1. This press release, or advertisement, doesn’t really make it clear what action is actually going to be taken to help remedy the homeless situation. I don’t think anymore of a spotlight could be shined on this topic. This seems like a way to drive sales under the guise of some community benefit. Some seriously slick marketing here.

  2. It makes me sad that (so far) the only comments on here are snarky ones. Why shouldn’t the CEO of a non-profit make just as much as they can? The work they do is valuable to lift other people up – they ought to be paid well. The CEO of FareStart is working just as hard as the CEO of any other like-size company, juggling just as many difficult things, and doing it all within what is most likely a really slim budget. I say $250K is commensurate with that level of work and expertise. If we believed that people who work for non-profits ought to be paid peanuts, the only people that will be attracted to those jobs are those who are independently wealthy or folks who are just starting out, and we need to have salaries that will attract and keep good folks in those jobs. And Rich, just because they didn’t outline their entire expense sheet to you doesn’t mean they aren’t doing good with the money. Instead of being catty about it, why don’t you go to the source and ask or just stay quiet?