Shared upscale meals are an official fixture of gay pride festivals in other cities, but Charleston Pride has never put a ticketed celebrity chef event on its schedule. That’s changing this year with the help of Charleston native Kelly Fields, the chef-owner of Willa Jean in New Orleans, and Amalia Scatena, Cannon Green’s chef.
“For me, the table has always been a magnet to gather community from diverse places, backgrounds and experiences,” Fields says. “Charleston Pride is an opportunity to celebrate those differences, (as well) as the similarities we share, and to give back to community in which I was raised.”
Fields says she’s “very excited” for the Big Gay Brunch at Cannon Green, 103 Spring St., on Sept. 24. While the menu hasn’t yet been released, the $150 ticket price includes drinks and a three-course meal served family-style.
According to a press release, the brunch is supposed to end at 2 p.m., but organizer Tammi Dower clarifies that the celebration is supposed to continue after the tables are cleared. Brunch guests will be directed to a secret after-party featuring drag queens and Latin dishes.
“We will have a ton of fun,” Dower promises.
Charleston Pride, now in its eighth year, consists of 13 events spread across the third full week of September; other events include a comedy show; poetry reading and interfaith service.
For more information on the Big Gay Brunch, visit charlestonpride.org/brunch or call 843-817-7311.