Many of us eat several nutritious meals every day but for the homeless, seniors and our low-income neighbors, even one good meal isn’t a sure bet.
Chef Traci Calderon, Owner of Succulent Catering, decided to tackle this problem head on and founded the Nourished Neighborhood initiative earlier this year. Working with volunteers, Traci and her staff provide a delicious meal and an upscale dining experience to the public, once a month, for free.
Creating a Nourished Neighborhood
On the second Wednesday of each month from 11:30 – 1 pm, Traci and her team prepare a hot, nourishing free lunch and serve it in the Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen. Traci wanted to give those without the means to buy a fancy catered meal or eat dinner out the full experience with beautiful, fresh flowers and fresh linens. And a big part of that experience is the community spirit.
“Really,” Traci says, “it’s about eating together…And we get all walks of life in here.” Family-style seating puts local residents, homeless neighbors, seniors, tourists and market vendors together for a delicious, nutritious meal. And delicious it is, without fail.
Menu highlights from past meals include, Ragu Lasagna, Ratatouille, Apple Crostata, Coco-Cola Braised Brisket Sliders, Lemongrass-Soy Copper River Salmon and homemade ice cream sandwiches. For Traci, serving these meals has been a dream come true: “Bringing the community together to share a meal, to feed those in need of both nourishment and connection has long been a dream of mine.”
Traci often prepares family recipes in honor and in memory of her parents, and this month she’s cooking pizza to commemorate the summer pizza parties of her childhood. She gets “pure joy” from nourishing people on recipes inspired by her parents and knowing that some of the people she serves are eating, “the best meal they’re going to have until they come see us again.”
The Sunset Supper
Chef Traci is also excited to announce that Succulent Catering will be part of Pike Place Market’s annual Sunset Supper, an important fundraiser that supports Pike Place Market Foundation initiatives like the Senior Center, the Food Bank and the Neighborcare Health clinic.
Sunset Supper 2017 will start on Friday, August 18 at 7 pm. Admission includes unlimited samples from local food and beverage vendors in categories ranging from savory and sweet to spirits, brews, beverage and wine. You can see a complete list of vendors here.
Chef Traci will be cooking up a real treat: Ancho Chile Braised Short Rib & Brisket Taco topped with Habanero Braised Pork Belly Carnitas, Pickled Tomatillos, Grilled Romaine, Avocado-Lime Crema and Crunchy Radishes. These tacos embody Traci’s approach to food: nutritious ingredients with creative preparations. In three words, cuisine that is elegant, artisan and luscious.
Aside from a smorgasbord of foods and drinks, the Sunset Supper will feature the musical stylings of local blues legend Lady A, so wear your dancing shoes!
Succulent Catering caters weddings, corporate events, private dinner parties and a variety of other occasions, but it’s events like the Sunset Supper and Nourished Neighborhood meals that allow the staff to engage with the diverse community that gives Seattle its unique charm and allow Chef Traci to spread her love of flavorful, nutritious food prepared with care.
To learn more about Succulent Catering, their services and menus, visit succulentcatering.com. To scoop up one of their delicious tacos at the Sunset Supper, buy your ticket ASAP – this event is very popular and tickets go fast!