Ryan Robles and Joshua Wilder Oakley live and work around good food and drink in San Francisco. The couple worked together at Bar Bambino and Ryan does PR for restaurants and spirits companies while Joshua has a pop-up called Tango & Stache. Find out how they celebrate Pride and what it was like for Joshua to grapple with being "out" in the kitchen.
It's been a big year for San Franciscan Joel Riddell, who won an IACP award for his Dining Around radio show and also had his longtime mentor, Gene Burns pass away. Riddell is a confidant to chefs, bold-faced wine and travel leaders and is the longtime partner to Robert Moon. Riddell shares his experiences of pride and homophobia within the culinary & media worlds.
One lesbian couple is learning what it's like first hand to start a food business in Sonoma County while raising a young child. Chef Jennifer Johnson is the "wusband" to Serafina Palandech. The two run Hip Chick Farms and fell in love at the Lexington Club in San Francisco. They work together to provide a product without preservatives, hormones, antibiotics or fillers.
June is LGBT Pride Month. There is so much energy focused on equal rights for the LGBT community right now, especially in CA. Punk Domestics (a site for DIY foodies) founder Sean Timberlake is a longtime San Francisco resident who has married his husband, dpaul brown a total of three times. Timberlake shares what it’s like to be out in the food blogging world as well as his picks on where to eat and drink.
In celebration of LGBT Pride month, Mary Ladd profiles culinary artist Yasmin Golan, who lives in Oakland and has worked locally in the pop-up scene and restaurant world. Golan’s ideas on cooking and living are based around community and sustainability.
In celebration of LGBT Pride month, Mary Ladd profiles Michael Procopio, who is a San Francisco waiter and writer online at Food for the Thoughtless. Procopio shares how his brother Doug, who died of AIDS, influenced his brand of humor, and talks about one of his favorite gay eateries.
In celebration of LGBT Pride month, Mary Ladd profiles Preeti Mistry, who is opening Juhu Beach Club in San Francisco and has appeared on Top Chef. Mistry shares what it's like to be female and queer in the culinary world.
The Brick Hut was a place for us all to create a space in the world
where we could be our complete selves.
The food was the community, the edible fare was our way of bringing it
all together, with love.
The Brick Hut Cafe was a haven for lesbians and gay men, an information center for LGBT activists, an anchor for a diverse community that included working girls, bad-boys, suburban queens, transmen and transwomen. We were the Dyke Diner: the Lesbian Luncheonette: the Chick Hut: the Brick Hug.
Naming all the LGBT chefs and business owners who have made the SF food scene what it is would turn this column into a fagelah version of Adam Sandler's Hannukah Song, but still, let's raise a glass to toast a few of the folks we'd love to make us dinner (or even better, breakfast.)