Human Rights Campaign to Host Second Annual Chefs for Equality

by HRC Staff

Top Chefs Gather in Support of LGBT Equality

WASHINGTON– Building off last year’s successful effort to raise awareness and critical funds just weeks before voters passed marriage equality in Maryland, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization and prominent food writer David Hagedorn are once again bringing together Washington, D.C.’s top chefs and leading mixologists for Chefs for Equality, an evening of food, cocktails, fashion and music to benefit the fight for marriage and LGBT equality. The event will be held Wednesday, October 30, 2013 beginning at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the spectacular fare an extraordinary auction will be held in support of LGBT equality.

Though the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions were steps in the right direction, we still do not have marriage equality in 37 states,” says Hagedorn. “And so our work is not done. In this case, that means putting on a show-stopping food and cocktail event to help raise critical funds for equality.

"Fairness dictates that we either allow the benefits for all or none. There is no reason that one married couple should receive the benefits of marriage and another married couple not share in the same benefits. If a same-sex couple can’t receive the benefits of marriage, then no one should. All people deserve to have their love recognized. As chefs, we'll do what we do best: come together and cook for a cause that affects our industry, our friends and our families," says Jeff Black, owner of the Black Restaurant Group.

Tickets for Chefs for Equality are $150 and can be purchased at All proceeds will benefit the Human Rights Campaign’s nationwide work for LGBT equality.


WHAT: An evening of food, cocktails, fashion and music to benefit marriage and LGBT equality.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ritz Carlton, 1150 22nd Street NW, Washington, D.C.

TICKETS: $150 and can be purchased at

WHO: Chefs for Equality will feature David Hagedorn and top area chefs including Amy Brandwein, Aaron McCloud, Anthony Lombardo, Bryan Voltaggio, Dean Gold, Demetrio Zavala, Devin Bozkava, Enzo Fargione, Eric Santiago, Frederick De Pue, Gina Dakouni, Jamie Leeds, Jeff Black, Joe Goetze, KN Vinod, Michelle Poteaux, Mike Isabella, RJ Cooper, Ryme Lansari, Scot Harlan, Teddy Folkman, Tim Wiss, Victor Albisu, Wes Morton, Travis Croxton, Zoe Tsoukatos, Mary Lee Monfort, Jon Arroyo, Lara Stuckey, Padua Player, Peter Brett, Robert Wiedmaer, Michael Friedman, Danny Lee, Billy Klein and more.

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.

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