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Chefs For Equality Fundraiser To Support Maryland Marriage Equality To Be Emceed By Tim Gunn

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Tim Gunn will emcee the Oct. 24 Chefs for Equality fundraiser at the Ritz-Carlton.
Tim Gunn will emcee the Oct. 24 Chefs for Equality fundraiser at the Ritz-Carlton.

WASHINGTON -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and "Project Runway" host Tim Gunn will join the D.C. area's top chefs and mixologists for an Oct. 24 fundraiser to support the battle to preserve the Free State's marriage equality law that is up for a referendum vote next month.

The Chefs for Equality event, emceed by Gunn and co-hosted by the Human Rights Campaign and food columnist David Hagedorn, will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C., in the West End.

O'Malley said in a statement:

"As Marylanders VOTE FOR QUESTION 6 on Election Day, Maryland will become the first state in the nation to successfully defend marriage equality at the ballot box, but we cannot do it without the hard work and support of so many including the Human Rights Campaign."

In addition to purchasing tickets for the event, which run at $300, there's also an auction currently underway for nine personal chefs tables, where notable area chefs will work in pairs to cook five-course menus for tables seating eight people. According to a media advisory:

These duos include: Spike Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen) and Erik Bruner-Yang (Toki Underground); Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve) and RJ Cooper (Rogue24); Michel Richard (Central) and Bryan Voltaggio (Volt); Vikram Sunderam (Rasika) and Nicholas Stefanelli (Bibiana); Ris Lacoste (Ris) and Jamie Leeds (Hank’s Oyster Bar); Enzo Fargione (Elisir) and Peter Smith (PS7s); Victor Albisu (Taco Bamba) and Amy Brandwein (Chef AmyB); Nora Pouillon and Todd Woods (Restaurant Nora) with Haidar Karoum (Estadio/Proof); and Cedric Maupillier (Mintwood Place) and Devin Bozkaya (Westend Bistro). A top-flight sommelier will offer each Personal Chef table an exclusive wine pairing.

The 6:30 p.m. event at the Ritz will be followed by a 10 p.m. after party at Graffiato, featuring small plates by the restaurant's owner, Mike Isabella, plus Scott Drewno of The Source and Teddy Folkman of Granville Moore's. Tickets for that event are $50. Here's a full list of all the chefs and mixologists involved in the Chefs for Equality evening:

VICTOR ALBISU, TACO BAMBA
JOSÉ ANDRÉS, THINKFOODGROUP
SEBASTIEN ARCHAMBAULT AND PETER BRETT,
BLUE DUCK TAVERN
CATHAL ARMSTRONG, RESTAURANT EVE
KYLE BAILEY, BIRCH AND BARLEY
IAN BENS, JUNIPER
JUSTIN BITTNER, BAR PILAR
JEFF BLACK, PEARL DIVE OYSTER PALACE
DANNY BORTNICK, FIREFLY
DEVIN BOZKAYA, WESTEND BISTRO
AMY BRANDWEIN, CHEF AMYB
ERIK BRUNER-YANG, TOKI UNDERGROUND
JEFF BUBEN, WOODWARD TABLE
RJ COOPER, ROGUE 24
LOGAN COX AND ALISON REED, RIPPLE
JOHN CRITCHLEY, URBANA
TRAVIS CROXTON, RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER OYSTERS
SCOTT DREWNO, THE SOURCE
ENZO FARGIONE, ELISIR
TEDDY FOLKMAN, GRANVILLE MOORE'S
SPIKE GJERDE, WOODBERRY KITCHEN
DEAN GOLD, DINO
TODD AND ELLEN GRAY, EQUINOX
DAVID GUAS, BAYOU BAKERY
SCOT HARLAN, GREEN PIG BISTRO
MICHAEL HARR, FOOD, WINE & CO.
JERRY HOLLINGER AND ZENA POLIN, THE DAILY DISH
MIKE ISABELLA, GRAFFIATO
JIM JEFFORDS, EVENING STAR CAFÉ
HAIDAR KAROUM, PROOF/ESTADIO
BILLY KLEIN, CAFÉ SAINT-EX
RIS LACOSTE, RIS
JAMIE LEEDS, HANK’S OYSTER BAR
ANDREW LITTLE, SHEPPARD MANSION
TIFFANY MACISAAC, BUZZ BAKERY
DENNIS MARRON, POSTE MODERNE BRASSERIE
JON MATHIESON, BLT STEAK
CEDRIC MAUPILLIER, MINTWOOD PLACE
AARON MCCLOUD, CEDAR
HARPER MCCLURE, THE FEDERALIST
RAYNOLD MENDIZABAL, FUJIMAR
CLAYTON MILLER, WIT AND WISDOM
MARY LEE MONTFORT, MARY LEE’S DESSERTS
WES MORTON, ART AND SOUL
TERRY NATAS, CARMINE’S
KAZ OKOCHI, KAZ SUSHI BISTRO
NELSON PAZ, THE RITZ-CARLTON, DC
PADUA PLAYER, SUSAN GAGE CATERERS
CHRISTOPHE AND MICHELLE POTEAUX, BASTILLE
NORA POUILLON AND TODD WOODS, RESTAURANT NORA
LESLIE POYOUROW, FANCY CAKES BY LESLIE
BEAU RAMSBURG, RETTLAND FARM
MICHEL RICHARD, CENTRAL
KIMBERLY ROBINSON, MAKIN’ WHOOPIE
OMAR RODRIGUEZ, OYAMEL COCINA MEXICANA
CRAIG ROGERS, BORDER SPRINGS FARM
PADUA PLAYER, SUSAN GAGE CATERERS
LAURA SHUCKEY, FLUFFY THOUGHTS CAKES
PETER SMITH, PS7’S
ALLI SOSNA, ALLISON SOSNA GROUP/
MICROGREENS
EMILY SPRISSLER, MAYFAIR AND PINE
NICHOLAS STEFANELLI, BIBIANA
VIKRAM SUNDERAM, RASIKA
ZOE TSOUKATOS, ZOE’S CHOCOLATE COMPANY
JEFF TUNKS, PASSION FOOD HOSPITALITY
BRYAN VOLTAGGIO, VOLT
ROB WELAND, CORK WINE BAR
ROBERT WIEDMAIER, MARCEL’S
DAVID WINER, EATWELL DC
PAUL YECK, JALEO DC
STEVE YOON, SUSHI ROCK
DEMETRIO ZAVALA, LINCOLN

MIXOLOGISTS:
TODD THRASHER, TNT/PX/RESTAURANT/THE MAJESTIC/SOCIETY FAIR/VIRTUE FEED AND GRAIN
ADAM BERNBACH, PROOF/ESTADIO
GINA CHERSEVANI, HANK’S OYSTER BAR
ANDREW SHAPIRO, GREEN PIG BISTRO
JON ARROYO, FOUNDING FARMERS
ARI WILDER, FUJIMAR
ROB YEALU, THE FEDERALIST
COLIN SUGALSKI, TOKI UNDERGROUND
JEFF FAILE, FIOLA
BRYAN TETORAKIS, ROGUE 24
JON HARRIS, FIREFLY
COREY POLYOKA, WOODBERRY KITCHEN
RACHEL SERGI, JACK ROSE
MICHAEL SEARLES, VIRTUE FEED AND GRAIN
OWEN THOMSON, RANGE

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