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Savor Pride

Join NYC Pride for this immersive culinary experience benefiting God's Love We Deliver

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Fri, June 28, 2019 - Time: 6 - 10pm


God's Love We Deliver

166 6th Avenue


After a wildly successful first year, NYC Pride & God's Love We Deliver are bringing back this one-of-a-kind immersive culinary fundraiser. Bringing together LGBTQIA+ and ally chefs to craft a special menu with epicurean delights. Set outdoors on the terraces of God’s Love We Deliver’s headquarters, our chefs will cook up varied menu items while providing in-depth cooking demonstrations, discussions, and delightful tastings. Come mix, mingle and nosh with friends and kick off the weekend in style. Proceeds will benefit NYC Pride and God's Love We Deliver.

Chef Renee Blackman is the first chef to join us for Savor Pride on June 28th!

Born and raised in Barbados, Renee Blackman has always had a passion for food and culture. Driven by passion and success, she joined the ranks of many working in the energetic and fast paced world of restaurants such as Tommy Bahama and the Union Square Hospitality Group.

A seasoned talent with experience in the culinary industry, Chef Renee has shared her talent on Food Network's CHOPPED and has been featured in the Huffington Post.

Julia Turshen is the second chef to join us!

Julia Turshen is the bestselling author of Now & Again, Feed the Resistance (named the Best Cookbook of 2017 by Eater), and Small Victories (named one of the Best Cookbooks of 2016 by the New York Times and NPR). She has coauthored numerous cookbooks and hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe.

She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and Saveur. Epicurious has called her one of the ‘100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time’ and she sits on the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s Kitchen Cabinet. She is the founder of Equity At The Table (EATT), an inclusive digital directory of women and non-binary individuals in food. Julia lives in the Hudson Valley with her wife and pets.

Alex Koones is the third chef to join the roster!

Alex Koones is a New York based Chef and life long queer rights activist. Born in New York, Alex has cooked in New York restaurants such as The Breslin, The Nomad and Jean Georges while throwing queer food pop ups as early as 2012 with a bi-monthly queer brunch called Brunch Me Baby. Most recently, Alex throws Babetown, a monthly pop up supper club for queer women, trans and non binary people that serves food, wine and beer at a private party thrown in people's homes. Babetown has been featured in Forbes, Nylon, the New York Times and The Cut, to name a few.

Society Cafe's Executive Chef Manuel González Charles will be at this year's Savor Pride.

Exposed to a whirlwind of flavors from a young age growing up in Puerto Rico, Society Cafe's Executive Chef Manuel González Charles inherited his passion for cooking from his family. At the age of 18, Chef Manuel left Puerto Rico to pursue his dreams, gaining acceptance to The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. Upon graduation, he continued to hone his skills at a diverse array of top dining establishments, working his way up the culinary ladder from a Tournant role at Michelin Starred Restaurant Mark Forgione to Executive Sous Chef at Laotian favorite Khe-Yo, before accepting the role of Chef de Cuisine at Society Cafe in 2016, where he worked to develop integral relationships with local farmers; the backbone of the restaurant's successful market to table concept. In November of 2018, Chef Manuel González Charles was named Executive Chef of Society Cafe.

Lazarus Lynch will emcee this year's Savor Pride!

Lazarus Lynch is an entrepreneur, chef, musician, author and multi-media host. He is a two-time Chopped champion, host of Food Network Digital’s Comfort Nation, and author of the cookbook, Son of a Southern Chef: Cook with Soul. His passion for cooking led him to create the culinary content platform and brand, Son of a Southern Chef— a 2017 Saveur Blog Awards nominee.

Lazarus has appeared on The Food Network, NBC, ABC, NPR, BuzzFeed, Tastemade, The Cooking Channel, and The Today Show. He was also the host of Snapchat’s first cooking show, Chopped U.

Big Gay Ice Cream and Paulette Martin Goto will also join the culinary event.

Beginning as a seasonal food truck in 2009, ‪Big Gay Ice Cream has seen a whirlwind of popularity and accolades—including named best food truck, as well as best ice cream parlor, in the country. Now ten years old, the company has multiple locations in New York City and Philadelphia; published a cookbook; and launched a line of ice cream pints available in stores & markets from coast to coast. Through it all, ‪Big Gay Ice Cream has never veered from its mission to keep the fun in ice cream. By mixing high quality ingredients with guilty pleasures, traditional flavors with the unexpected, and a youngster's imagination with an adult’s knowing wink and satirical tongue, it spins a new take on the old school ice cream parlor experience. It's both for kids and for those of us who are kids at heart.

Paulette Martin Goto can be found on The Cooking Channels "Unique Sweets" as well as a judge on The Food Networks "Sugardome" "King of Cones" "Beat Bobby Flay" "Bakers vs Fakers" and "Worst Cooks in America."

David Burtka joins the list of chefs at Savor Pride. Burtka is a chef, caterer and award-winning actor who will soon release his first cookbook, Life is a Party, in the spring of 2019. The book is a spinoff from his 2016 Food Network special, Life’s a Party with David Burtka, which won a Telly Award and 1st Prize at the New York Film and TV Awards. The cookbook will showcase his expertise in preparing delicious recipes and celebrating a variety of occasions with guests.