There's no denying that the results of the 2016 election have left the public unsettled with tumultuous uproar from both sides, but while there has been shaky dissent about who's filling in the Oval Office seat and the seats in the Senate, one thing is for for sure: seats in D.C.'s restaurants will be filled during Inauguration weekend.
Even without a big political celebration or protest, Washington, D.C., is already a big culinary city known for its James Beard Award-winning venues and for being named "Bon Appétit Magazine's" 2016 Restaurant City of the Year. However, D.C. is taking it a step further by going culinary for a cause.
More than D.C. 90 restaurants, bars, cafes, and distilleries — along with salons and other businesses — have promised to donate profits from Inauguration weekend to charities, especially toward movements that have felt jeopardized by Trump's proposed policies.
The All in Service fundraising event, which will take place Jan. 20 to Jan. 22 and organized by service professionals Alaina Dyne and Amanda Carpenter, is not so much as Trump protest as it is a campaign for diversity. The restaurant industry is diverse with rich cuisines and is the epitome of people-driven hospitality and compassion, so it shouldn't be a surprise that All in Service has taken root.
Funds from this event will support Planned Parenthood, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, and other local organizations that aim to serve the homeless, provide healthcare and social services, assist low-income families, and advocate for Women's, LGBTQ, and immigrant lives.
"The events of the inauguration present a vital opportunity to serve our nation's capital by creating inclusive spaces, in service not only to our guests, but also to our community. These are the fundamentals of hospitality, and it is in this spirit that we invite you to join us," the website states. "We are a team of people from the hospitality community, service workers, and restaurateurs who are making a statement of inclusion and love for community. As a service industry — like a gracious host — we welcome all."
The roster of restaurants is impressive, including Momofuku CCDC, Bourbon, Café Saint-Ex, The Diner, Tryst, Bad Saint, The Coupe, Graffiato and more. All participating businesses and their causes can be found by neighborhood here.
“We know that tens of thousands of people are coming into the District for that weekend. There are going to be Trump supporters coming into town, and there are going to be protestors,” All in Service PR representative Sarah Massey said. “What this can do is show everyone that Washington, D.C.’s, service industry cares about our community.” Read More