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Chef Thoa Nguyen
Chinoise Cafe

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FareStart is a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. Since 1992, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 7,000 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 6 million meals to disadvantaged people in our community.

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Guest Chef Night - "Seattle's Best Food Lovers Event!"
Every Thursday night, a different Guest Chef works with our students to prepare a three-course meal at the FareStart Restaurant. A very special part of the evening is our student graduation. At 7 p.m. each Thursday we introduce our weekly graduates and celebrate their accomplishments.

Thoa Nguyen
Chinoise Cafe
Thursday, April 2


Chef Thoa opened her first restaurant to accolades in 1996, the Pan Asian, Chinoise Café. Chinoise grew to three locations by 2000. She also opened The Islander on the southern border of Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle in 2003 and Wabi-Sabi Sushi Bar & Restaurant and the award winning Thoa’s Restaurant & Lounge, both in 2009.

Chef Thoa’s restaurants are trend-setting in merging cuisines that span across the Asian continent with Northwest sensibilities. Chef/owner Thoa is a purist, who seeks out the very best ingredients and prepares the authentic, yet approachable food that her loyal customers crave. She has been able to adapt her operations in an ever changing business landscape and economy and has managed to have her restaurants thrive.

Chef Thoa currently owns and operates Chinoise in Issaquah Highlands and Wabi-Sabi Sushi Bar & Restaurant in Columbia City.

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