SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park hosts Landscapes Café as part of its continuing partnership with Seattle nonprofit Ventures, which brings emerging entrepreneurs to the sculpture park’s PACCAR Pavilion. Landscapes Café originated as a teardrop trailer mobile coffee shop owned by barista Rickie Hecht. Through the summer, visitors to the pavilion—located at the corner of Broad Street and Western Avenue—can enjoy beautiful views and art, as well as salads, sandwiches, pastries, espresso, and other beverages at Landscapes Café every Friday–Monday from 10 am–2 pm.
Ventures helps build businesses and empowers aspiring entrepreneurs, offering business development, finance, and marketing training specialized for the food service industry. Hecht graduated from Ventures’ program in March 2018 and launched her mobile coffee shop in July 2018, first setting up shop at TUFFEST 2018, followed by appearances at SPF30: Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Festival and Bumbershoot 2018. A coffee professional since 2001, Hecht has worked in San Francisco, Tucson, New York City, Vermont, and Seattle; now, she’s brought her trusty a La Marzocco Linea Mini machine to the Olympic Sculpture Park. It’s the second small business to pop up at the café space.
“It’s been a great experience serving the local business and residential community at the Olympic Sculpture Park,” says Hecht. “It’s also been incredibly exciting and inspiring to be able showcase the true Seattle specialty coffee world and quality food scene to so many tourists and visitors from around the world.”
LANDSCAPES CAFÉ MENU:
- Hot and cold espresso drinks featuring a rotating selection of roasters
- Seasonal drink: The Vermonter (latte with maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon)
- Smith artisan teas
- Spindrift sodas, kombucha, and juice boxes for kids
- Sweet & savory pastries from Comadre Panaderia & Macrina Bakery
- Grab-and-go sandwiches and salads from Molly’s
Photo credits: Natali Wiseman
ABOUT SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
As the leading visual art institution in the Pacific Northwest, SAM draws on its global collections, powerful exhibitions, and dynamic programs to provide unique educational resources benefiting the Seattle region, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. SAM was founded in 1933 with a focus on Asian art. By the late 1980s the museum had outgrown its original home, and in 1991 a new 155,000-square-foot downtown building, designed by Robert Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates, opened to the public. The 1933 building was renovated and reopened as the Asian Art Museum in 1994. SAM’s desire to further serve its community was realized in 2007 with the opening of two stunning new facilities: the nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park (designed by Weiss/Manfredi Architects)—a “museum without walls,” free and open to all—and the Allied Works Architecture designed 118,000-square-foot expansion of its main, downtown location, including 232,000 square feet of additional space built for future expansion. The Olympic Sculpture Park and SAM’s downtown expansion celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2017.
From a strong foundation of Asian art to noteworthy collections of African and Oceanic art, Northwest Coast Native American art, European and American art, and modern and contemporary art, the strength of SAM’s collection of approximately 25,000 objects lies in its diversity of media, cultures and time periods.
Ventures is a Seattle-based nonprofit that empowers aspiring entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential. They provide access to business courses, capital, coaching, and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs. Ventures serves those in our community for whom traditional business development services are out of reach, with a focus on women, people of color, immigrants, and individuals with low income. Ventures’ ultimate goal is to support individuals to increase their income potential, achieve long-term financial stability, provide for their families, and enrich their communities through small business ownership.