Crosscut turned one this month, and to celebrate, we hosted a party in our offices. As with most start-up companies these days, we wanted to host something festive, but not break the bank. So, we opted to host the event in our downtown Seattle headquarters, and to organize the food ourselves.
I immediately began fretting about refreshments. Where to go and what to buy? Costco is an obvious choice: good prices, quality food, and large quantities. However, if you don't want to pay for delivery, you need a vehicle and parking to transport Costco merchandise. A number of caterers downtown produce nicely presented and fresh food, and they'll deliver it right to your door. Mel's Market, Specialty's, and Gretchen's come to mind, but though the quality is high, so are the prices.
I needed something simpler. Publisher David Brewster didn't hesitate when I asked his opinion. "The Market," he said. The Pike Place Market? Well, yes, it is located only blocks from our offices, and they do have wonderful produce. The Market has been in the news lately because it turned 100 on August 17, 2007. Its colorful history is well-chronicled at HistoryLink, or read