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  • April 13, 2017

Catering with Flair

“You can just serve food and be done or you can provide a whole experience, that is what we do,” Ali told me while discussing Cherry Streets first catering event. The event was hosted by Amazon celebrating Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. Nowruz is a secular holiday celebrated by people worldwide. Amazon honored the holiday by providing employees with authentic persian food, dancing and speaker Cyrus Habib, Lieutenant Governor of Washington.
The Persian food was a huge hit at the event. On the menu was persian rice, steamed and topped with turmeric, Persian stew, a vegetarian option with falafel and eggplant sauce and a halal lamb dish topped with tomato and saffron sauce. A woman approached Ali just after serving up her plate and complimented him on the great food, he pointed out that she hadn’t taken a bite yet and she replied, “I can smell good food.”
After debuting Persian dishes at the 500 Fairview location and Public House, Ali wanted to be able to share this food with more of the community. Catering is a whole new venture for Cherry Street, a coffeehouse that happens to serve quality food, and we intend to bring the same quality to your event has we do our stores. Whether a work party, meeting or friendly gathering we would love to provide not only unique and delicious food, but a unique and memorable experience as well. 

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  • March 02, 2017

Cherry Street Public House

Cherry Street Public House has been open for nearly two weeks and is off to an amazing start. As an employee of the company, I obviously don't have enough good things to say about the new venture. So here are links to articles, filled with many praises, written by people who are not on the Cherry Street payroll... 

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  • February 15, 2017

Welcome to Cherry Street Bagel House

As any good disaster stories begins, it was a normal Saturday morning just like any other… I was working at the Cherry Street on 6th and Olive along with Chris and Lauren. We were five minutes away from opening the store. The coffee was brewed, bagels displayed, music playing, all we needed were the customers. That is when it happened.
We heard a crack and the distinctive sound of rushing water as water began to seep out from under the milk fridge. Lauren and I stood frozen as we watched the water spread behind the entire back counter but Chris quickly jumped to action. He pulled out the fridge crawled under the counter and turned off the water line. The filter that purifies the water before it is used in the espresso machine had cracked from pressure and burst open, flooding the store.
It was now 6:02 and a few customers tried to open the doors but we were un-operational. We put a sign on the door letting customers know we were closed until further notice and went into clean up mode. We needed a Shop Vac but the building maintenance wouldn’t be in for a while. We tried to create barriers with towels to keep the water from spreading, which turned out to be ineffective. We tried to mop the water but it quickly became clear that wasn’t going to work either. So, we just had to wait until we could get the Shop Vac and suck up all the water. While sitting there feeling a little useless and discussing if we would be able to fix the filter and serve espresso after we cleaned up the water our moral was declining. Lauren turned to me and said, “Well I guess we will just tell people ‘Welcome to Cherry Street Bagel House’.” And we all laughed.
It was good to have a light-hearted moment in the middle of the stress as a reminder that everything would be okay, and it was. We got the Shop Vac and cleared all the water, the kitchen had an extra filter so Chris replaced the broken one and turned the water back on. By 9:30 we were serving Lattes like nothing ever happened.
Some days things don’t go as planned at Cherry Street, but when you have a quick-thinking team, a positive attitude and a back-up plan things always seem to work out just fine. 

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