Gather Seattle

We host events to bring the PNW food and design communities together to connect, inspire, and nourish.

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Project Ends on January 30, 2019

Project Description

Project Description 

Gather Seattle is a community, a network, and a welcoming friend group with a mission to support one another in creative pursuits that enhance the vibrancy of our city and the greater PNW.

Through our monthly event programming we invite people from the food and design communities to share their story and speak on a variety of topics from branding, to creative entrepreneurship, mindfullness, community based business, plant-based cooking and more.  Whether gathering for Matcha Monday, an intimate happy hour, or a three hour dinner and panel discussion, each event provides a unique and inspiring experience to connect with others. 

The Problem

We live in a busy, digitally driven world and many of us find ourselves yearning for authentic, in-person connection.  The opportunities to gather around a table to enjoy a nourishing meal are often few and far between.  

The Solution

We have created a platform to build authentic relationships. Our events provide opportunities for Seattelites to meet local designers, creative entrepreneurs, and influential tastemakers who are shaping the city. We take pride in creating inviting and memorable experiences that inspire, connect, empower our local community.  If we can set the table for honest conversation and event attendees leave feeling inspired and empowered our goal is accomplished.

Photo by Gillian Stevens
Photo by Meghan Klein
Photo by Danielle Elliott
Photo by Meghan Klein
Photo by Meghan Klein
Photo by Maddie Olling

Our events and gatherings

Our events have been hosted at beautiful spaces like Gate Valve Studio, Little London Plane, Matthews Winery, Melrose Market, The Riveter, Not Without Salt Shop, and event speakers have included: Linda Derschang, Kari Brunson, Moorea Seal, Oak and Melanin, Karen Okonkwo, Aran Goyoaga, Thig Gishuru, Ashley Rodriguez, Jenn Elliott Blake, Meg Trainer, Cassandra LaValle, Brian Paquette, Dee Alams and many more. We have also worked with numerous local chefs and restaurants including Matt Dillon, Micah Mowery, Chef Shota, Logan Cox, Bounty Kitchen, Juicebox, Copal, Frankie & Jo's and more.  In addition to hosting our own events we have become an information hub for sharing the happenings of other local businesses and organizations in the PNW.

Since our launch in January 2017 we have hosted over 35 events and have built a network of over 6,500 people.  We have partnered with other organizations including Soho House Cities Without Houses, Design in Public, Seattle Design Festival, Gray Magazine and have helped raise funds for numerous local non-profits including, Community for Youth, Art Corps, Facing Homelessness, and most recently, The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.  We have a diverse group of almost 90 community members, which include creative directors, photographers, interior designers, architects, personal chefs, branding and digital media consultants, writers, graphic designers, food bloggers, creative entrepreneurs, artists, communication directors etc. 

Photo by Dragana Lassiter
Photo by Melissa Kaseman
Photo by Danielle Elliott
Photo by Gillian Stevens
Photo by Danielle Elliott

In the next year...

As we head into 2019 we will focus on three main components to grow our platform - Community Table, Community Voice, and Community Story.  

Community Table

In-person meals and conversation around a table are the foundation of Gather Seattle.  This idea of the table also extends into larger social media networks and our online membership program. We will continue to host events around relevant and inspiring topics while seeking better ways to connect people to others and ideas both online and in-person.  

Photo by Melissa Kaseman

Community Voice

As a means to better highlight the voices of our community, a regularly-scheduled conversational podcast will aim to open up conversation to people outside of Seattle.  Each produced episode will focus on a themed topic where we will co-host with an expert in that industry and interview 1-2 guests.  In addition to the introduction of our conversational podcast we plan to produce video content that captures event conversations highlighting the diverse and inclusive community we are creating.  

Photo by Stevie Rotella

Community Story

Delving into food, design, and lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest, Gather Seattle Magazine promotes creativity, nourishment, and taking time to connect around the table. The magazine will include insights from Gather Seattle’s community, interviews with influential Seattleites, interactive guides for exploring Seattle—whether you live here or are visiting—and ideas for hosting your own gatherings, including exclusive recipes from local chefs. This thoughtfully-designed magazine will make a stylish addition to your coffee table or library and offers a timeless resource for inspiration. 

Photo by Maddie Olling
Photo by Mollie Adams

Why crowdfunding?

From a small passion project to a lifestyle and community focused business we have produced our events and monthly programming over the last year and a half with the help of many generous volunteers and a supportive base of community members.  As we grow and our network expands we have turned to IFUND women because it is a community based funding platform whose work and mission we truly value. For us, there is no better platform than crowdfunding and we are so thankful for the support of IFUND women as we launch this campaign.

 

Our team

Our gatherings happen only because of the dedicated support of our community and members.  From floral designers, to calligraphers, photographers, event speakers, chefs etc., every single person plays a critical role in the success of each event. Founder and owner, Chloe Csadenyi-Benson is the visionary behind Gather.  She runs the day-to-day operations, manages social media accounts, event concept, design, and production.  Alexandra Katz and Ariel Greene have also been instrumental in the growth of Gather providing event support, communication direction, membership outreach and more.  We thank so many of you for your time and support we could not do this without you! 

Photo by Ellie Lillstrom

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to view our campaign.  We greatly appreciate your continued support!

Updates

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10/18/2018
Thank you and discount code
$25
10/11/2018
Limited edition Gather tote bag
$50
Tess Dickman
10/10/2018
Gift box
$150
Meghan Klein
10/03/2018
Limited edition Gather tote bag
$65
09/27/2018
Limited edition Gather tote bag
$50
Jim Benson
09/27/2018
Monetary Contribution
$340
Michelle A Ringgold
09/22/2018
Thank you and discount code
$25
Alison E Jordan
09/22/2018
Gift box
$150
Judy Lee
09/22/2018
Monetary Contribution
$50
Danielle Elliott
09/21/2018
Limited edition Gather tote bag
$50
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

5 Supporters
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$25
Thank you and discount code

We will send you a thank you note with a discount code for 15% off any upcoming Gather Seattle event. 

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$50
Limited edition Gather tote bag

Get a beautiful Gather canvas tote bag with graphic design by community member, Alexandra Collins.  This will be a special limited edition bag, only 150 available. 

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$150
Gift box

We will make you a special gift package featuring our favorite locally sourced products.  Items included in the gift box may come from brands, shops, and restaurants including, but not limited to: The London Plane, Moorea Seal, Oddfellows, Anders Shop, Capuli Club, Not Without Salt Shop, Glasswing, ChiChi Land, Book Larder, Frankie & Jo's, Shop Story, Stock and Pantry, City Sweats, and more.  

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$450
Consultation and Launch Guide

Are you interested in starting your own community based project or business?  Let us help you get started!  We will sit down with you for a 90 minute consultation where we will chat ideas, brainstorm with you, and share tips on how to get started.  We will provide recommendations on people and businesses in our community who can support the growth of your business or project.  In addition, each consultation will include an online pdf guide that explains how to take your idea from inception to launch.  Consultations will be scheduled starting in early November. 

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$600
Surprise dinner for 2

Let us plan a surprise dinner for you and a friend and/or spouse.  You pick the date, time and food preference and we will pick the restaurant and/or location and will make sure you have a memorable and one-of-a-kind experience.  All dinners will take place in Seattle or surrounding areas.  Transportation to and from the location, accommodations, and tip not included.    

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$4,500
Event or Day Retreat

Let us conceptualize and plan a special gathering or day retreat for you and/or your business. We will pull together our network to curate an amazing event experience for you and/or your team of up to 40 people (groups larger than 40 will incur additional costs).  Please note, this is the starting fee for event concept and planning and does not include costs of the event itself.  For questions and additional details send us an email at chloe@gatherseattle.com. We look forward to working with you!

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

5 Supporters
Contribute
$25
Thank you and discount code

We will send you a thank you note with a discount code for 15% off any upcoming Gather Seattle event. 

297 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Limited edition Gather tote bag

Get a beautiful Gather canvas tote bag with graphic design by community member, Alexandra Collins.  This will be a special limited edition bag, only 150 available. 

144 Left
6 Supporters
Select this reward
$150
Gift box

We will make you a special gift package featuring our favorite locally sourced products.  Items included in the gift box may come from brands, shops, and restaurants including, but not limited to: The London Plane, Moorea Seal, Oddfellows, Anders Shop, Capuli Club, Not Without Salt Shop, Glasswing, ChiChi Land, Book Larder, Frankie & Jo's, Shop Story, Stock and Pantry, City Sweats, and more.  

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5 Supporters
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$450
Consultation and Launch Guide

Are you interested in starting your own community based project or business?  Let us help you get started!  We will sit down with you for a 90 minute consultation where we will chat ideas, brainstorm with you, and share tips on how to get started.  We will provide recommendations on people and businesses in our community who can support the growth of your business or project.  In addition, each consultation will include an online pdf guide that explains how to take your idea from inception to launch.  Consultations will be scheduled starting in early November. 

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$600
Surprise dinner for 2

Let us plan a surprise dinner for you and a friend and/or spouse.  You pick the date, time and food preference and we will pick the restaurant and/or location and will make sure you have a memorable and one-of-a-kind experience.  All dinners will take place in Seattle or surrounding areas.  Transportation to and from the location, accommodations, and tip not included.    

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$4,500
Event or Day Retreat

Let us conceptualize and plan a special gathering or day retreat for you and/or your business. We will pull together our network to curate an amazing event experience for you and/or your team of up to 40 people (groups larger than 40 will incur additional costs).  Please note, this is the starting fee for event concept and planning and does not include costs of the event itself.  For questions and additional details send us an email at chloe@gatherseattle.com. We look forward to working with you!

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