Varolii Raises Proceeds for FareStart Culinary Job Training Program with Holiday Chef Contest and Silent Auction
SEATTLE— December 21, 2011— In the spirit of giving, Varolii teamed up with a local nonprofit organization to celebrate the holidays with culinary flare and raise proceeds for a good cause. The aptly themed “Tis the Seasoning” event raised money for FareStart, a local organization dedicated to culinary job training and placement for the homeless and disadvantaged.
The holiday party, coordinated by creative event firm NKilter, featured a cooking throw-down between Varolii’s chef-turned-software executive John Nobis and Executive Chef Jason McClure from Sazerac. Assisted by graduates from FareStart’s culinary training program as sous chefs, the chefs battled to create the best scallop dish by selecting two secret ingredients from a list of fennel seeds, prosciutto, habanero peppers, rosemary, fresh horseradish or Pernod. Ultimately, John Nobis was crowned the winner by judges Heather Cristo, a formally trained pastry chef and food blogger; Leila Kirske, Chief Financial Officer at Varolii; and, Robin Leventhal, former Top Chef contestant on Season 6.
Varolii employees also participated in several fundraising activities in the weeks prior to the party, including personal pancake breakfast deliveries in the office, and a silent auction to raise proceeds for the nonprofit organization. Overall, Varolii employees were able to raise more than $10,500 to benefit FareStart and support its continued growth and success.

About Varolii Corporation

Varolii is the market and technology leader in intelligent automated communications.  Our on-demand automated communication applications help organizations more effectively reach and interact with large numbers of customers and employees, reducing cost of operations and improving service. The company’s flagship capability—Varolii ID™—enables companies to execute true 1-to-1 communication on a large scale, achieving better results from fewer notifications.  More than 400 companies trust Varolii to send roughly four million communications every business day.  For more information, visit


FareStart provides a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry. Over the past 19 years, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 5,000 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 4.5 million meals to disadvantaged men, women, and children. Every day, men and women transform their lives in the 16-week adult program, which includes culinary training, life-skills classes, counseling, and assistance with housing, food, clothing and other support services to assist FareStart students as they change their lives. FareStart’s Graduate Support Services program provides ongoing guidance to adult graduates, providing a full year (and sometimes longer) of support to help individuals move forward to self-sufficiency. FareStart, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, generates about one third of its annual operating revenue through business operations, such as Guest Chef Night at the FareStart Restaurant. For more information, visit
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