Ride, Dine Out and Support FamilyWorks
June 4, 2012
This year’s Spoke & Food event will take place throughout Seattle on Tuesday, June 26. Billed as an “evening of dining and bikes,” the organizers simply ask residents to ride to and from one of the 16+ host restaurants located in 16+ neighborhoods throughout the city to have dinner that night. Each of the participating establishments have agreed to donate 20% of their total revenues from that evening to the 2012 benefactor, the FamilyWorks Food Bank & Resource Center.
“The donation checks written by the restaurants are made out to the benefactor so 100% of the money raised goes to support Familyworks,” says event co-founder Garett Slettebak. “We select a different non-profit to benefit each year. This gives us the opportunity to meet and work with an amazing range of people.”
It is with the goals of creating an event that builds community, takes place in a range of Seattle neighborhoods, promotes a healthy lifestyle, supports the environment, raises money for charity, and showcases how easy and fun biking to dine can be that the Spoke & Food event was hatched three years ago.
“We were looking for a volunteer project to work on together” states co-founder Heather Slettebak. “2010 was the first year for Spoke & Food and as the calendar dictated, the event took place just four days prior to our wedding,” she continues. “We decided to go for it and launch it even with the scheduling challenges it was going to create. We’re fortunate to have a number of good friends who stepped up to help.”
Spoke & Food is open to everyone. Cycling teams, community groups, neighborhood organizations, and friends and families all are invited. To date, the restaurant list includes:
- The Barking Dog Alehouse — Ballard
- The Shelter — Salmon Bay (south Ballard)
- Julias’ on Broadway — Capitol Hill
- St. Dames — Columbia City
- Nickerson Street Saloon — Fremont
- Duke’s Chowder House — Green Lake
- McGilvra’s Irish Pub & Restaurant — Madison Park
- St. Clouds — Madrona
- Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon — Maple Leaf
- Stumbling Goat Bistro — Phinney Ridge
- Emmer & Rye — Queen Anne
- Pied Piper Alehouse — Ravenna
- Marcello Ristorante Italiano — Roosevelt
- Serious Pie — South Lake Union
- Julia’s — Wallingford
- Proletariat Pizza — White Center
More hosts may be secured between now and the event’s date so check the website (spokeandfood.com) for updates.
Spoke & Food is supported by the likes of Gregg’s Cycles, Whole Foods Market Roosevelt, Cascade Bicycle Studio, New Roots Organics, the Wallingford Center, Phinney Neighborhood Association and the South Lake Union branch of First Tech Credit Union who each signed on as “Neighborhood” sponsors. Bicycle Paper and Natural Awakenings are our media partners.
“It’s just our third year but we have high hopes,” says Garett. “We’re hoping that members of the cycling community will take ownership of the concept and intentions of Spoke & Food and support it by attending, but also inviting their friends, who might not be as serious about cycling, to join them.”
Although the intent is to have people ride their bikes to and from dinner that night, since the host restaurants are giving 20% of all their revenues, those who show up using other means of transportation will still count. That said, it would be fantastic to get a solid showing of cyclists to support what may become one of Seattle’s most defining cycling-focused events.
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