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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Queer Food Capital: Andrew Freeman, Hotel and Restaurant PR Guy

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 4:43 PM

In the run-up to Pride (Sunday, June 28), SFoodie is presenting daily features celebrating San Francisco's LGBT food and drink culture, including interviews with prominent out chefs and other foodies. We're here, we're queer, we're cooking your burger. Get over it.

Name: Andrew Freeman

Age: 47

Current gig: President, Andrew Freeman & Co. hospitality and restaurant consultants. Clients include the restaurant Poggio and the Westin St. Francis.

Past life: VP of public relations, Kimpton Hotel Group. "Before that, I'm a New Yorker -- I basically cut my teeth on marquee restaurants like the Russian Tea Room, the Rainbow Room, Windows on the World."

On coming out: "When I moved to San Francisco, it's like the world opened up, like something out of Milk. One of the most amazing things about coming out, is that what you've been carrying around as your problem suddenly becomes everyone else's problem. I love that."

On being out with clients: "There's varying levels of gayness, and you work with different clients with that. I have really bubbly personality -- there's a Will and Grace thing going on with women clients. The straight guys might roll their eyes, but they also know they're getting a certain level of style and creativity with me."

On his off time: "I have two Yorkie pups, Daisy and Tulip. I spend a lot of time with them. Oh, god, does that sound gay or what?"

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