Fashion icon Tim Gunn to emcee event featuring marriage equality advocate
Gov. Martin O’Malley
WASHINGTON– Today the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who signed marriage equality into law earlier this year, will be the featured guest at Chefs for Equality. In addition, the event will be emceed by fashion icon and television personality Tim Gunn. Chefs for Equality, an evening of food, cocktails, fashion, music and an extraordinary auction, will raise awareness and critical funds just weeks before voters decide the fate of marriage equality in Maryland. The event will be co-hosted by HRC and prominent food columnist and cookbook author David Hagedorn. Chefs for Equality will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by DJ Shea Van Horn.
“Chefs for Equality will feature Washington’s best chefs and great food all for the cause of marriage equality in Maryland,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We are honored to partner with David Hagedorn in bringing together an unprecedented number of chefs for what promises to be an evening of fine dining with a passion for equality.”
"I'm honored to be part of HRC's Chefs for Equality event as we work to protect marriage equality at the ballot box in Maryland," said Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. "As Marylanders VOTE FOR QUESTION 6 on Election Day, Maryland will become the first state in the nation to successfully defend marriage equality at the ballot box, but we cannot do it without the hard work and support of so many including the Human Rights Campaign."
“Marriage equality is an important issue to me personally,” said David Hagedorn. “I’m thrilled to bring together leaders of the culinary community for a very special night to uphold Maryland’s law giving all its citizens the right to marry the one they love.”
Hagedorn is particularly excited by the nine Personal Chef tables (available for auction right now on the chefsforequality.org website), where award-winning chefs will work in pairs to cook five-course menus for tables of eight right in the middle of the action.
These duos include: Spike Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen) and Erik Bruner-Yang (Toki Underground); Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve) and RJ Cooper (Rogue24); Michel Richard (Central) and Bryan Voltaggio (Volt); Vikram Sunderam (Rasika) and Nicholas Stefanelli (Bibiana); Ris Lacoste (Ris) and Jamie Leeds (Hank’s Oyster Bar); Enzo Fargione (Elisir) and Peter Smith (PS7s); Victor Albisu (Taco Bamba) and Amy Brandwein (Chef AmyB); Nora Pouillon and Todd Woods (Restaurant Nora) with Haidar Karoum (Estadio/Proof); and Cedric Maupillier (Mintwood Place) and Devin Bozkaya (Westend Bistro). A top-flight sommelier will offer each Personal Chef table an exclusive wine pairing.
Bidding for these tables, which includes the price of the eight Chefs for Equality tickets, will no doubt be vigorous. “They are truly unique offerings and I know the chefs plan to pull out all the stops for them,” says Hagedorn.
Attendees will be greeted by a bevvy of beverage options from acclaimed area mixologists, including Derek Brown of The Columbia Room, Gina Chersevani of Eddy Bar, John Harris of Firefly, Rachel Sergi of Jack Rose and Todd Thrasher of TNT. Guests will also enjoy creative tasting stations from 25 DC area restaurants, including BLT Steak, Cork Wine Bar, Estadio, Kaz Sushi Bistro, Wit and Wisdom, Cedar and Pearl Dive Oyster Bar.
Christopher Vazquez and Rick Davis of Amaryllis Floral + Event Design generously donated their services to design the entire event, whose theme revolves around the concept of two people joining together. Wedding-worthy fashions, donated for auction by clothiers such as Michael Andrews Bespoke and Carine’s Bridal Atelier, will be modeled as tableaux vivants throughout the event. The areas top pastry chefs will offer as dessert that evening cutting from elaborately designed wedding cakes.
Tickets for Chefs for Equality are $300 and can be purchased at chefsforequality.org. All proceeds will benefit the Human Rights Campaign Political Action Committee’s fight for marriage equality in Maryland.
In addition to the main event, an after-party will be held at Graffiato Restaurant at 10 p.m., featuring small plates by Mike Isabella, Scott Drewno of The Source and Teddy Folkman of Granville Moore's, as well as cocktails from top mixologists, including Jon Arroyo of Founding Farmers, Ari Wilder from Fujimar, Michael Searles from Virtue Feed and Grain and Gina Chesevani of Eddy Bar. Tickets for the after-party are $50.
CHEFS FOR EQUALITY DETAILS:
WHAT: An evening of food, cocktails, fashion and music to benefit marriage equality in Maryland.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC
WHO: David Hagedorn, Christopher Vazquez and Rick Davis of Amaryllis Floral + Event Design and top Washington chefs and mixologists, including:
VICTOR ALBISU, TACO BAMBA
JOSÉ ANDRÉS, THINKFOODGROUP
SEBASTIEN ARCHAMBAULT AND PETER BRETT,
BLUE DUCK TAVERN
CATHAL ARMSTRONG, RESTAURANT EVE
KYLE BAILEY, BIRCH AND BARLEY
IAN BENS, JUNIPER
JUSTIN BITTNER, BAR PILAR
JEFF BLACK, PEARL DIVE OYSTER PALACE
DANNY BORTNICK, FIREFLY
DEVIN BOZKAYA, WESTEND BISTRO
AMY BRANDWEIN, CHEF AMYB
ERIK BRUNER-YANG, TOKI UNDERGROUND
JEFF BUBEN, WOODWARD TABLE
RJ COOPER, ROGUE 24
LOGAN COX AND ALISON REED, RIPPLE
JOHN CRITCHLEY, URBANA
TRAVIS CROXTON, RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER OYSTERS
SCOTT DREWNO, THE SOURCE
ENZO FARGIONE, ELISIR
TEDDY FOLKMAN, GRANVILLE MOORE'S
SPIKE GJERDE, WOODBERRY KITCHEN
DEAN GOLD, DINO
TODD AND ELLEN GRAY, EQUINOX
DAVID GUAS, BAYOU BAKERY
SCOT HARLAN, GREEN PIG BISTRO
MICHAEL HARR, FOOD, WINE & CO.
JERRY HOLLINGER AND ZENA POLIN, THE DAILY DISH
MIKE ISABELLA, GRAFFIATO
JIM JEFFORDS, EVENING STAR CAFÉ
HAIDAR KAROUM, PROOF/ESTADIO
BILLY KLEIN, CAFÉ SAINT-EX
RIS LACOSTE, RIS
JAMIE LEEDS, HANK’S OYSTER BAR
ANDREW LITTLE, SHEPPARD MANSION
TIFFANY MACISAAC, BUZZ BAKERY
DENNIS MARRON, POSTE MODERNE BRASSERIE
JON MATHIESON, BLT STEAK
CEDRIC MAUPILLIER, MINTWOOD PLACE
AARON MCCLOUD, CEDAR
HARPER MCCLURE, THE FEDERALIST
RAYNOLD MENDIZABAL, FUJIMAR
CLAYTON MILLER, WIT AND WISDOM
MARY LEE MONTFORT, MARY LEE’S DESSERTS
WES MORTON, ART AND SOUL
TERRY NATAS, CARMINE’S
KAZ OKOCHI, KAZ SUSHI BISTRO
NELSON PAZ, THE RITZ-CARLTON, DC
PADUA PLAYER, SUSAN GAGE CATERERS
CHRISTOPHE AND MICHELLE POTEAUX, BASTILLE
NORA POUILLON AND TODD WOODS, RESTAURANT NORA
LESLIE POYOUROW, FANCY CAKES BY LESLIE
BEAU RAMSBURG, RETTLAND FARM
MICHEL RICHARD, CENTRAL
KIMBERLY ROBINSON, MAKIN’ WHOOPIE
OMAR RODRIGUEZ, OYAMEL COCINA MEXICANA
CRAIG ROGERS, BORDER SPRINGS FARM
PADUA PLAYER, SUSAN GAGE CATERERS
LAURA SHUCKEY, FLUFFY THOUGHTS CAKES
PETER SMITH, PS7’S
ALLI SOSNA, ALLISON SOSNA GROUP/
EMILY SPRISSLER, MAYFAIR AND PINE
NICHOLAS STEFANELLI, BIBIANA
VIKRAM SUNDERAM, RASIKA
ZOE TSOUKATOS, ZOE’S CHOCOLATE COMPANY
JEFF TUNKS, PASSION FOOD HOSPITALITY
BRYAN VOLTAGGIO, VOLT
ROB WELAND, CORK WINE BAR
ROBERT WIEDMAIER, MARCEL’S
DAVID WINER, EATWELL DC
PAUL YECK, JALEO DC
STEVE YOON, SUSHI ROCK
DEMETRIO ZAVALA, LINCOLN
TODD THRASHER, TNT/PX/RESTAURANT/THE MAJESTIC/SOCIETY FAIR/VIRTUE FEED AND GRAIN
ADAM BERNBACH, PROOF/ESTADIO
GINA CHERSEVANI, HANK’S OYSTER BAR
ANDREW SHAPIRO, GREEN PIG BISTRO
JON ARROYO, FOUNDING FARMERS
ARI WILDER, FUJIMAR
ROB YEALU, THE FEDERALIST
COLIN SUGALSKI, TOKI UNDERGROUND
JEFF FAILE, FIOLA
BRYAN TETORAKIS, ROGUE 24
JON HARRIS, FIREFLY
COREY POLYOKA, WOODBERRY KITCHEN
RACHEL SERGI, JACK ROSE
MICHAEL SEARLES, VIRTUE FEED AND GRAIN
OWEN THOMSON, RANGE
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.