February 22nd marked the return of our annual open house.
The best words to describe this event:
Wow, this place is packed.
We love this event because it allows us a chance to mingle with friends, thank our long-time clients, and demonstrate the full breadth of our culinary capacity.
Featuring a full spread of international cuisine, refreshing craft cocktails, and a dessert table that’ll make you wish you’d skipped dinner – we pulled out all the stops.
This year was particularly fun because it marked the celebration of our 25th year in business.
Little known secret: Our 25th birthday was actually in 2017, but as we didn’t get the chance to celebrate we decided this party should be a nod to that milestone.
On Safari Foods started as a sausage making company in the home of our owner Teresa Carew. So when we look back at the beginning and consider how far we’ve come, we are overcome with a deep and profound appreciation for everyone who has been a part of this journey.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who attended this year, and a sincere invitation to everyone reading this – we hope to see you next time!
Our Favorite Grilled Cheese Recipe
(aka the best grilled cheese recipe you’ve ever tried at home!)
Overall Time: 1 hour
This grilled cheese recipe is one of our all-time favorites! One, because it’s a unique take on the grilled sandwich that goes way beyond the days of Kraft singles and white bread. Two, it is really really tasty!
As you can see from the picture, it can be a bit of an ooey gooey mess, but with three types of cheese (including cream cheese!), the zest of sweet peppers, and the zing of Creole mustard – this is one grilled cheese that will wow your family, impress your guests, and have everyone coming back for more.
Trick or treat! The Best Halloween Cookies of 2017
Though we enjoy all holidays, there is something extra special about Halloween. Creative costumes, tasty treats, spooky stories… There’s so much fun to be had!
As you can imagine, it’s the tasty treats that intrigue us most.
Every year around the second week of October, our bakery starts to overflow with a magical myriad of delicious Halloween cookies and cakes.
Our business revolves around one simple idea:
Be good to our clients, kind to the earth, and fair to our employees.
We try to implement this concept throughout all levels of the business, but it becomes of the utmost importance when considering our ingredients. We feel strongly that our responsibilities extend far beyond creating meals with the best flavors and highest quality.
We are not only a producer of food, but a consumer of raw ingredients. We purchase thousands of dollars worth of raw ingredients each week, and those decisions affect, not just our clients, but the larger food service economy as a whole.
With this thought in mind, we make extensive efforts to not only buy local whenever possible, but to ensure that each one of our producers uses farming and production methods that are in line with our commitment to sustainability.
The King’s Garden is one such producer, and today we would like to shine the community spotlight on their beautiful produce, farmed organically and sustainably.
Cater4Cans: Gathering goods and giving back
When we received the invitation to join Cater4Cans, a massive community food drive with 16 Puget Sound catering companies, we thought only one thing: YES!
Seattle’s struggle with hunger and homelessness is an issue that rests heavy on our collective hearts. As a business, On Safari Foods makes donations to charitable organizations around Seattle, and we also make regular food donations to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission in Pioneer Square. This being said..
We are always searching for ways in which we can contribute more.
Mexican Street Corn Recipes (Elotes)
Overall Time: 20 minutes
Active Prep Time: 10 minutes
6 corns of the cobb with the husk on
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup Mexican crema or sour cream
1 tsp ancho chile powder
2 small gloves of garlic, or one large one
3/4 crumbled Cotija cheese
1/2 cilantro leaves
1-2 limes cuts into wedges
It’s the time of year again… Time for the sun-soaked, fun-filled, wine-fueled Chateau St. Michelle summer concert series in Woodinville, Washington.
This is our third year participating in the series as an onsite vendor, and we couldn’t be more excited for this summer’s all-star line-up.
With heavy hitters like John Legend, Santana, Blondie, Diana Krall, and the Goo Goo Dolls, this year promises to be even more spectacular than the last.
Baked Overnight Caramel French Toast
Overall Time: 9 hours approx.
Active Prep Time: 1 hour approx.
1 cup packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/3 cup whipping (heavy) cream
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
(Fresh fruit of your choice for a little something extra!)
Hot Cross Buns Recipe
Marked with a symbolic puff pastry cross, Hot Cross Buns are a special treat and frequent fixture at many Easter Sunday meals. Though they are quite tasty plain, they are especially delicious when split and then served with a liberal layer of butter and fresh marmalade.
Yield: 24 buns
Time: Approximately 3 hours
Owner Teresa Carew (left) standing with artist Melissa Evans (right)
As some of you might already know, Cafe Artemis, the newest member of the On Safari Family is now open for operation – serving hungry professionals in Lower Queen Anne breakfast, lunch, and espresso every week day from 7:00am-3:00pm.
What you might not know is that Cafe Artemis will also be showcasing the artwork and photography of Seattle creatives on a quarterly rotating basis. This means that every four months, patrons of Cafe Artemis will get the chance to ponder the artistic vision of a new local talent.
In addition, we will also be hosting a complimentary open house every quarter to celebrate the arrival of each new artist. So be sure to keep up to date via our Facebook for Open House dates and times.