St. Clouds – a place where orphans come to find a sense of home and family

We take seriously our place in our community and as a part of our community. We hope that St. Clouds helps build a sense of community, not only for the diners who come in and break bread together, but also for Madrona and for Seattle. We believe in bringing people together around food. We invite you to join us, for dinner, for one our charitable events, or for our monthly homeless cooking.

Meatloaf with a Cause – Monday preceding Homeless Cooking each month – 5 – 10 p.m.

Homeless Cooking – Third Wednesday of Each Month – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Clouds is proud to support Dine Out For Life.

Monthly Homeless Cooking Project
Madrona Mayfair -  Major Sponsor
“Bread and Water” – Friends of the Cedar River Watershed Fundraisers
Dine-Out for Life – AIDS Fundraiser
Dine Out events for Girls on the Run, College Access Now (CAN) and Madrona K-8
Victims of Hurrican Katrina Fundraiser

Donated over $5,000 each year in the last 3 years toward fundraising events.
Emphasis on
• Kids and Education
• Arts organizations, with our long-standing relationship with the theatre community in Seattle
• Social Causes reflective of the progressive Madrona community

Mayor’s End Hunger Award
Restaurant Neighbor Award – Cornerstone Humanitarian

“Providing an hour of dignity and good food to people who find too little of both in their lives.”

In keeping with St. Clouds mission of “providing a place where orphans come to find a sense of home and family,” owners Paul Butler and John Platt opened up St. Clouds kitchen to the community to come together and cook dinner for our 125 new neighbors at Tent City, hosted by St. Therese Church,  in August 2001.  Inspired by the outpouring of generosity by so many volunteers, by the warm and grateful reception from the Tent City residents, and by the fresh, bright, interesting food that was prepared, we committed to a monthly cooking project that now feeds over two hundred people at five shelters each month. We create a unique menu each month with dishes made from scratch, created on the spot, as we survey the food donations and ideas of the participants, putting the various foods and people together to make them sing!  We invite any and all of you to join in.  We hope by the act of creating a meal together, we can build more connections among ourselves and provide an hour of dignity and good food for those who find too little of both in their lives.

Who We Feed - Over 450 people each month
YWCA Women and Children’s Shelter - Downtown
The Men’s Inn, housed in the basement of the First Church on Denny by Seattle Center
Cherry Street YWCA – in Madrona
Peace for the Streets – a teen drop-in center on Capital Hill
YWCA Opportunity Place - Downtown
Jubilee Women’s Center – Capital Hill
Tent City 3 – Moves around Seattle

When We Cook and How You Can Help
On the Third Wednesday of Every Month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m,  we cook up a feast of fresh, innovative food with the help of your many hands and hearts.  It’s simple – bring yourself, a cutting board, knife, peeler & apron, and some raw materials (fresh produce, flavor bursts, staples – more detail below).  Oh yes, bring your sense of humor and creativity too, along with a strong “go-for-it” attitude!  Some come for all four hours, some for only an hour or two.  All are welcome.  Some cook, some chop, some label, and some wash dishes; many do it all.  Best to arrive early to facilitate the process.  Typical schedule:  9 – 10 a.m. = prep (chop, peel, wash, trim, etc.)  10 – Noon = cook, create, begin to package food for transport.  12:30 – 1 p.m. – clean up.

If you can’t come but wish to support the cause, we appreciate tax deductible financial donations that pay for the central protein we pre-purchase each month. Make checks out to Neighborhood Cooking Foundation and send to or drop off at St. Clouds. 

Suggestions for Food Donations:  we hope people who come to volunteer (or those who can’t but want to donate food) will bring some of the following. Note that we do not need meat or fish, as we prepurchase the central proteins for the day. 
1) Fresh produce – go to a market and buy some nice looking fresh produce (veggies, fruit, berries, greens…)
2) Flavor Bursts – maybe you like spicy ingredients, or olives, or cheese, or Asian twists(sesame oil, ginger, coconut milk, curry paste…), or barbeque…
3) Staples – maybe you prefer to play it safe and solid – cream, butter, eggs, potatoes, rice, pasta, etc. 
Whatever you bring, John will find a way to use it!  Meanwhile, co-owner Paul Butler heads up the dishpit!

Madrona restaurants Naam Thai Restaurant and the Hi-Spot both also take part by preparing food to accompany the food prepared by volunteers at St. Clouds

On the Monday preceding our monthly homeless cooking, we are proud to serve our Meatloaf With a Cause. This tangy and sweet meatloaf gets served with our mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans. It’s delicious, full of the comfort you crave in meatloaf, with interesting touches to make it perhaps the meatloaf you’ve always longed for. The recipe was gifted to us by dear friend of St. Clouds and famous screenwriter, Stewert Stern, best known perhaps for his scripts for “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Sybil”. When he heard about our monthly Homeless Cooking Adventure, he offered us the recipe (along with a slice of the meatloaf that sent John to heaven with the taste of it) if we promised to use it for what he calls, “John’s good cause: giving the best to comfort people who need it.”  So, we serve it each month on the Monday preceding the homeless cooking project, as a way of reminding all of our guests of what we do to help feed the homeless in Seattle. Our dear thanks to Stewart, who tells us Jimmy Dean always took a second helping. 

We are also proud to offer Sozo Winery’s Abundant, a tasty red blend of mourvedre and syrah – a Washington take on Cotes du Rhone.  And Sozo Winery’s Cherish, a wonderful Pinot Gris that’s bright and crisp.  Sozo donates a significant portion of their profits to homeless causes, and now to our Neighborhood Cooking Foundation – have a glass and support the cause.