The event came together as Towne talked to Eric Waldron of the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown earlier this year. The buzz-worthy Briza restaurant is located inside the hotel.
“We realized it would be a perfect fit,” Towne says. “Janine Falvo, the executive chef at Briza, is a hot little star. She was on ‘Top Chef’ and she’s won some big cook-offs. She is also an out lesbian.”
After securing the location and Falvo’s participation, Towne reached out to a few other local chefs.
“We are not trying to get every chef in town – we want to build this for years to come,” she says.
The other chefs involved are Frank Bragg, chef and owner of Radial Café, Patric Bell of Cruzado and Shean Suter of the Atlanta W Midtown’s Spice Market. Bragg and Bell are also gay.
Towne says all four chefs will demonstrate cooking at the event and offer bites/samples. What the chefs decide to prepare is still a secret.
Towne feels the event should resonate within the community.
“In a busy season, we feel people should like this,” she says. “We want to be able to promote members to businesses as well.”
Tickets are $20 for AGLCC members and $25 for non-members.
Top photo: Janine Falvo, executive chef at Briza and a ‘Top Chef’ contestant, is among the chefs offering tastings at the Dec. 13 party hosted by Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. (photo via Briza)