Classy Comfort Food at the Seattle Northwest Event Show

Last week we set up shop for an all day meet, greet, and share at the Seattle Northwest Event Show. Held in the Seattle Convention Center, this fun event is a veritable cornucopia of gourmet food, sweet treats, event rentals, and stunning venue booths.

We love attending because it gives us the chance to meet up with old friends in the business, get a read on the latest and greatest in high-end event planning, and make connections with Seattle’s best and brightest event planners.

This year we decided to keep it simple, yet delicious.

For the “entree” we opted for four delectable varieties of gourmet grilled cheese: arugula pesto with pear, Beecher’s and bacon, ham & cheddar with mango chutney, plus a light and delicious Caprese with thinly sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

Our favorite was definitely the Beecher’s and bacon, but if we may say – they were all quite delicious.

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5 Activities You’ll Love For Labor Day Weekend in Seattle

Labor Day Weekend in Seattle is here and we’re still cooking away – the thing about holidays is that, as a caterer, they’re actually our busiest time!

But just because we’re hard at work, doesn’t mean you have to be!

In terms of fun activities, beautiful getaways, and unique events – Seattle is definitely a cosmopolitan heavy hitter. And since many of you might have Monday off, you’ll get the chance to enjoy your weekend even more.

More time for adventures, more time for fun with friends and family, more time to explore this beautiful city of ours.

With the three day timeline in mind, we’ve crafted a list of activities and trips that are sure to make this Labor Day Weekend one for the scrapbooks… or Facebooks…. whichever you prefer!

Labor Day Weekend Seattle - Kayaking


Surprise Happy Hour: An Espresso Bar Pop-Up

Last week we made the spontaneous decision to host a pop-up happy hour at our SoDo Espresso Bar.

Located across from the Home Plate entrance of Safeco Field (a bit of a coffee shop dead zone), our building was sparsely populated for quite some time.

In fact, at the very beginning it was just our baristas and a few loyal fans!

However, with the start of 2016, everything changed.

Most floors in our building filled up, we saw massive growth, and those not-so-busy times seem like a distant memory.

As more and more businesses have moved into the building, we’ve extended our hours, bulked up our menu, and hired more staff (Thomas, and Adriene – we love them!). Most importantly, we’ve really gotten to know our growing community of coffee lovers, and we thought it might be nice to throw a small celebratory mixer.

Cold Brew On Safari Espresso Bar


Summer Party Perfection: Your Ultimate Planning Guide

When the sun starts shining and the weather gets warm, we always find ourselves thinking about our favorite warm weather activity – getting outside and throwing the perfect summer party!

Picture it…

Sun shining through the trees, the gentle clink of champagne flutes and silverware, the rich aromas of meat on the grill, and the happy murmur of friends and family alike – celebrating the simple act of being alive.

Light. Laughter. Love.

Can you imagine a more perfect summer day?

Summer Party Drinks


37 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Wedding Caterer

You’re getting married!

The perfect dress is ready and waiting in your closet, you’ve signed the contract for your ideal venue, and of course – the love of your life is standing by your side.

But wait!

What about the food?

Picking the right wedding caterer is a big decision – your choice effects not only you and your fiancé, but all of your guests as well!

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Seattle Wedding Show 2016: A Bastion of Bridal Bliss

Picture a bridal paradise.

Sumptuous and sweetly scented floral arrangements, shabby chic displays with pastel paints and glowing fairy lights, richly beautiful gowns of fine silk, organza, and lace, and then of course – there’s the food.

Towering displays of tiny cupcakes, warm fruit pies in every flavor you can imagine (and some that you can’t), thin slices of rich and sumptuous wedding cakes – chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and champagne – and the mouthwatering smell of Mom’s kitchen wafting from various savory bites.

This is the Seattle Wedding Show.

Seattle Wedding Show 2016

A massive, decadent, beautiful event we attended on January 16th and 17th at the Convention Center in Downtown Seattle. With hundreds of vendors and only two days to see them all, there’s definitely a lot of ground to cover – but everyone we spoke with (and there were quite a few!) had a smile on their face and a twinkle in their eyes.

It’s hard not to smile when surrounded by so many lovely, elegant, and wholly tantalizing options.


Boozy Cherries!

Want to sweeten up your pantry?

Stop by our Cafe in SODO to grab a jar of Chef Maria’s house-made liquor infused cherries!

We start with fresh and juicy Washington Rainier cherries, then preserve them in one of four liquors (Grappa, Brandy, Tequila, or Kirsch). With an authentic recipe straight from Italy – these cherries are sure to please friends and family alike.


Liquor Infused Cherries

Add them to a cheese platter for a burst of unique flavor. Serve them in ice cream, or as a topping on vanilla or chocolate cake. Or even add them to classic, Speakeasy style cocktails such as a Manhattan.

For an extra special occasion, Chef Maria personally suggests dipping them in chocolate for a dessert that is equal parts romance and decadence.  These cherries are best enjoyed with good company and are sure to be great talking point at your next gathering.

Stop by the On Safari Café in SODO to grab a jar!
(3317 3rd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98134)

$12 per jar


On Safari Open House Extravanganza – Thursday, April 16, 2015



5:00pm – 8:00pm

3317 3rd Ave S., Seattle, WA 98134

Mark your calendars! Our kitchen crew is pulling out ALL the stops for this year’s On Safari Foods Open House. Sample flavors from around the world, as well as what you can have in your own backyard for upcoming summer barbecues! Our signature beverages are not to be missed — you don’t want to miss the unveiling of our latest boozy milkshake concoction.

And for the kid in all of us, we invite you to indulge in the candy buffet and the s’mores bar.

We are looking forward to seeing you and your guests as we celebrate the continued growth and success of our business. It is our absolute pleasure to provide you with a unique and memorable culinary experience you will not find anywhere else.

Please click HERE to register.

Did you see us at Red, White, and Brew 2014?

On Safari Foods proudly partnered with Seattle Magazine to celebrate the achievements of wineries and breweries in our area. The Fremont Foundry served as the setting for the spectacularly sunny event, and a fantastic time was had by all. Check out the video!