Next month, for the sixth consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and food writing maven David Hagedorn will unite to bring the capital region’s finest culinary talents together for an evening of food, cocktails, and music. That’s right: Washington D.C.’s premier food event, Chefs for Equality, is going down on September 19th, 2017, and it’s happening for the first time at Dock5 at Union Market.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation is the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. As for the annual event, it’s held to benefit the fight for full LGBTQ equality.
In addition to the impressive fare and libations that mark the yearly gathering, live and silent auctions benefiting the HRC Foundation will be held, along with an exciting new feature, the “5/10/15 Speed Diner.” Curated by chef Erik Bruner-Yang, this new element treats guests to 5 dishes by 10 chefs served within 15 minutes. Event ticket holders can purchase time slots in 15-minute increments at a pair of eight-person diner-style counters created by Amaryllis Floral + Event Design to be situated in front of the Dock5 entrance. Once seated, each guest will enjoy a specialty cocktail and a miniature 5-course tasting menu prepared and served by five pairs of celebrity chefs. Among those scheduled for this attraction are Cathal Armstrong (Kaliwa) and Tim Ma (Kyirisan); Scott Drewno and Danny Lee (ChiKo); Seng Luangrath (Padaek) and Bobby Pradachith (Thip Khao); and Kyle Bailey (The Salt Line) and Haidar Karoum (Chloë). Seatings for the 5/10/15 Speed Diner are at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 p.m. Time slots are available for purchase as a $50 per person add-on at hrc.im/ChefsTickets.
Impressive as that is, the undisputed jewels of the Chefs for Equality crown are nine personal chef tables that will present event guests the opportunity to dine with celebrity chefs for a lavish five-course meal right in the middle of the action during the event. Chef groupings for these tables include: Kevin Tien, Carlie Steiner, Johnny Spero and Katsuya Fukushima; David Guas, Bill Smith and Bryan Voltaggio; Jeremiah Langhorne, Edward Lee and Joy Crump; David Shannon, Alex Levin and Scott Muns; Amy Brandwein, Victor Albisu and a special guest chef; Peter and Lisa Chang, Erik Bruner-Yang and Pichet Ong; Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Ris Lacoste and Cedric Maupillier; Jamie Leeds, Nick Stefanelli and Anthony Chittum; and Jeff Buben, Todd Gray, Doron Petersan, and Tarver King.
In addition to these nine tables, the event will feature a centerpiece table that seats 16 guests, matched with Washington’s most celebrated fine dining chefs, including Aggie Chin, Patrick O’Connell, Frank Ruta, Fabio Trabocchi and Cindy Wolf. Bread for all 10 personal chef tables is being provided by James Beard Award-winning chef and baker Mark Furstenberg of Bread Furst.
As in previous years, Christopher Vazquez and Rick Davis of Amaryllis Floral + Event Design will transform Chefs for Equality’s venue into a visual wonderland and serve as two of the event’s premier sponsors.
“We have 150 of the greatest chefs, pastry chefs, and mixologists in the country standing up for equality, resisting politics of hate and fighting back against attacks that undermine the LGBTQ community,” said event co-chair Hagedorn. “With the current state of the country under the Trump administration, the work of the HRC Foundation is more critical than ever.”
All proceeds will benefit the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s nationwide educational work for LGBTQ equality. The HRC Foundation works to educate the public and provides training and model policies that alter the fundamental nature of the institutions that govern the everyday lives of LGBTQ people everywhere. The HRC Foundation touches every aspect of LGBTQ life with programs that target our most sensitive and vulnerable interactions: helping with equal access to adoption and foster care; creating respectful and supportive school environments; helping healthcare providers increase LGBTQ competency; engaging in dialogue around LGBTQ equality in faith communities; helping corporate America adopt inclusive workplace policies and practices; and leveraging our domestic work to have an international impact. The critical work of the HRC Foundation enhances the lived experiences of LGBTQ people and their families by changing hearts and minds across the country and beyond.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.
This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.
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