Thanks to All of YOU Who Made Plate of Nations 2014 a Success!

It takes a local, global village to make Plate of Nations a success! First and foremost we at the MLK Business Association want to THANK YOU good diners who came down to experience the global menus and down-home family service at our participating restaurants, and helped to support the Rainier Valley Food Bank during the last two weeks. And, of course, this event wouldn’t happen without the hardworking owners and staff and delicious fare of Café Ibex, Bananas Grill, Rainier Restaurant, St. Dames , Thai Palms, Olympic Express, The Original Philly’s, Joy Palace, Huong Duong, Othello Wok & Teriyaki , and Huarachitos Cocina Mexicana.

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It’s too early for final numbers, but all indications are that Plate of Nations 2014 was, by far, the best year yet. We’ve had so much great feedback from diners that we won’t print it all, but here is a nice representation of recurring themes:

“So much food!  I wish we brought two more people!  It was delicious.”

“Great service, great food, great idea!”

“Don’t change anything!  Excellent food and people.”

“It was awesome, we loved it!!” 

It takes a staggering number of people to make Plate of Nations happen. We want to give a huge shout-out to folks that have been essential to our success this year.

There would be no Plate of Nations without financial assistance from Grow Seattle/ Seattle Office of Economic Development, and Vulcan, Inc., two incredible, forward-thinking, and inclusive organizations, supporting the vibrant diversity of MLK in the Valley for many years.

To help us get the word out, The Stranger and Titan, donated a portion of our advertising online, in print, and on busses. NW Polite Society donated postering services, and our marketing and communications partners, Penniless Projects, donated a portion of their services to collectively reach over 1.2 million people with news about the event, and the amazing businesses in our community that are here year-round.

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Inspiration for diners to eat their way through ALL of our venues was powered by prizes donated by Huarachitos Cocina Mexicana’s Ana Martinez & Jose-Luis Pantigas for the Grand Prize private cooking class and lunch for 4, Chinook Book for mobile apps, and participating restaurants for gift cards.

We’d like to thank our core partners HomeSight and the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, and the MLK Business Association Board and committee members for the tremendous resources and emotional support channeled into this event.

And last but not least, we cannot express enough appreciation for our Sarah Valenta, who hit the streets several times a week to connect personally with every restaurant for planning, ideas, and feedback, from long before the event started until well after it ended.  We could not have pulled off Plate of Nations for any of the past four years without her dedication, drive, and unflagging energy.

We’d love to hear from you about your past experiences and suggestions for future events, and hope to see you back at our local, global restaurants before Plate of Nations 2015!

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