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The Lab By Fat Pastor

Our journey started in a number of places. A young boy in Zambia travels to the market with his father to learn to pick out the freshest of fruits and vegetables, all the while fearing ridicule from the other young boys and girls who were convinced that kitchen work was a job reserved for the women. 

Across the country, a young girl in Ellensburg learns to value 

the simple things in life, and the natural order of herbs, and healthy nutrition from her single mother. 

Not far from there, a young boy in Yakima is waking up on Thanksgiving morning, running into the kitchen to help prepare the turkey, his favorite way of connecting with his father. 

The boy in Zambia would grow up to become the Lion Chef Gilbert Kalombo. The young girl in Ellensburg would grow up to become the Riot Chef. 

And the young boy in Yakima would grow up to become Yakima's Fat Pastor. 

Together, with their families (Beth, Glenn, Tenielle and Dawn) this team created Fat Pastor Productions, a multi-faceted culinary collaboration, aimed at making a difference in the Yakima Valley and around the world, through food. 

Through their first organization, Urban Kitchen Yakima, they entered the culinary scene with the goal of helping Yakima's at-risk youth find a family in the kitchen - learning business and culinary skills, and eventually running their own short term restaurant. They partnered with Chef Julie Kirchhoff (head chef at The Lab) and David Allan of Allan Brothers Fruit. 


But they also knew that they would need a way to channel money into that program. So they began one of the nation's first legal underground dining clubs, Bite Club.  150+ members and spanning two Washington regions, they knew it was time to move into something more. 

The Lab

Having gained a following over multiple sphere's, the Fat Pastor team is so excited to continue growing and creating opportunities for regional transformation. We believe in playing with our food, creating culinary adventures, and we hope you'll join in the fun with us. 

And we look forward to seeing you at lunch at The Lab! 

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