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Monday, May 18, 2015

Drag Queens Cook for a Cause

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 4:21 PM

click to enlarge RICK CAMARGO
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Home entertaining is notoriously tricky. As an art form, it can be as exalted as choral music, but it can also be as tedious as mosaic and as unrewarding as tracing silhouettes. That’s why there’s Kitchit, an online platform for home cooks and aspiring salonistes to connect with professional chefs. Scintillating repartee begins over hors d’oeuvres at cocktail hour, after all, and nuked potstickers don’t get the literati gabbing.

If instant fabulousness now sounds within reach, Kitchit is doing you one better with Kitchit Tonight. By partnering with drag queen and accomplished chef Juanita MORE!, the company is kicking off Pride month with effortless glamour and a social conscience. Next Thursday, May 28 from 7-10:30 p.m., at the Institute of Possibility, MORE! is cooking a five-course, Mexican-influenced dinner to benefit the Youth Empowerment Summit (YES). Tickets are $100, but you can’t really put a price on the good work that an annual conference for LGBT activists can achieve, let alone withering zingers and bon mots from a drag legend.

Pride month rolls on with other collaborations between Kitchit and prominent LGBT chefs, among them Café Rouge’s Rick DeBaord and Shakewell’s Jen Biesty. Suddenly, home entertaining doesn't look so daunting. If your last few dinner parties broke down as guests began arguing vehemently over Stevie Nicks versus Christine McVie, Armageddon versus Deep Impact, or gold versus bitcoin, and you’re beginning to wonder if maybe your decision to tickle their palates with fermented skate was possibly a factor, there is hope! 

Pride Dinner Party with Kitchit and Juanita MORE!, Thursday, May 28, 7-10:30 p.m., at the Institute of Possibility, 3359 Cesar Chavez.


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Peter Lawrence Kane

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.

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