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Po'Boy Pop Up Heads To Yesler

Bulldog alum is building his food service business one "po'boy" at a time.

Sean Caliste Sylve has taken what was simply a hobby to now serving Po’Boy” sandwiches at CenturyLink Stadium and several other local street events.

By Staff Reports

If you have attended any major festivals in the Seattle-Metro area the past few years, you might have encountered Sean Sylve and his team. Caliste's Creole Cuisine, an alliterative moniker indicative of Sylve's family roots, and Sean, the hard working CEO, are working feverishly to establish a unique culinary delight in their Po'boy sandwiches.

If the long lines waiting to “Get Served” is any indication of his success, Sylve's Po’Boy is fast becoming a Pacific Northwest staple. As a most recent example, his booth at The Umoja Fest produced lines that were slammed as the Caliste's team served up hundreds of po'boys over the two-day festival.

What has been often imitated but seldom duplicated, the New Orleans Po’Boy is a sandwich that was created and introduced over a century ago and consists of meat or fried seafood and garnishments. Specifically, the sandwich may include oysters or shrimp or catfish or some other protein on french bread. There are various legends as to how the sandwich got its name but suffice it to say, most of them involve the Po'Boy being an affordable sandwich for people of limited means. Hence, Po'Boy.

Caliste's Po'Boy's have caught the eye (and taste buds) of some major movers and shakers in the city including the team from First & Goal Hospitality. First & Goal is the company that manages food services at Century Link Stadium, home of the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders. First & Goal noticed Caliste's operation at the Folklife Festival and were impressed per The Director of Concessions. The quality of the Po'Boy's and the speed of service were a couple of the positive comments offered. The manner in which Caliste's staff delivered the food, the long lines of people waiting for their Po'boy's, and verbal and non-verbal indication of satisfaction by customers were some other comments mentioned.

Next up for Sylve is the official launch of his “Pop-Up” partnership with Soulful Dishes on 18th and Yesler. Together they will unveil the Po'Boy Pop Up on Saturday September 7, 2019 starting at 12pm.

This partnership, Sylve's Caliste's Creole Cuisine’s Po’Boys and Soulful Dishes, is poised to deliver a product that will showcase the very best of their joint effort. Their presence and collaboration is set to enhance the soul food experience in the Central District. Initially, Caliste's and Soulful Dishes have committed to do a once a month “Pop-UP” beginning September 7, 2019 at 12PM.

This collaboration is just what Soulful Dishes envisioned. This “Pop-Up” partnership creates a perfect opportunity for Caliste's to expose the Po'Boy to the Central District and those who have not had an opportunity to sample the sandwiches at local festivals. Additionally, the “Pop-Up” presents an opportunity for Sylve, a Garfield High Alum, to spread some love back in the old neighborhood. Go Bulldogs!

Make sure and come out Saturday September 7th from 12pm - 3am for the Po Boy Pop Up

The Pop Up Menu

Catfish Po Boy Combo $10 

Shrimp & Oyster Po Boy Combo $12

Deep Fried Pickle Po Boy Combo $8

 ***Combo with choice of fries or Tim's Cascade chips

Seasoned Regular Fries $3 Seasoned  Garlic Fries $5 Tim's Cascade Chips $2

Sweet Tea $4

You can call in your pre-order at 206.779.7622

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