Oct 25, 2023 - Things to Do

LGBTQ rights fundraiser Chefs for Equality returns to D.C.

Rainbow cakes at Chefs for Equality

Equality is sweet. Photo courtesy of Chefs for Equality

Chefs for Equality is back on Monday for its 10th year after a long pandemic hiatus.

Why it matters: The dynamic fundraiser wholly benefits the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's work for LGBTQ+ equality and unites the hospitality industry behind the cause.

What's happening: On October 30, more than 150 top chefs, bartenders, and bakers come together at the National Building Museum for a night of dining, sipping, and entertainment.

Driving the news: This year's theme, "Plate of Emergency," nods to the national state of emergency the Human Rights Campaign issued in June in the face of increasing anti-LGBTQ+ and transgender legislation.

👑 What's new: If you've never experienced speed-drag brunch, now's the time. Guests can purchase time slots at "the diner" for brunch-y bites, cocktails, and drag performances curated Shane Mayson, formerly of Crazy Aunt Helen's.

  • Other new activations include "Queerlada Shop," a Latin-style café pop-up from Colada Shop, and an exclusive Champagne & Caviar lounge.

🎂 Don't miss: The showstopper cake display is always a highlight (ditto for the sweet bites from leading pastry chefs).

Details: Tickets are available for $325 (includes all drinks and tastings) or VIP $550 for early access and the Champagne lounge.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the event's drag performances will be curated by Shane Mayson.

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