Join us and Queer Soup Night this Sunday, November 12th!
On Sunday, November 12, Jarry will partner with Queer Soup Night for the next installment of their supper club, benefitting the New Sanctuary Coalition of NY—head to our events page for more information and to RSVP!
In anticipation of Sunday, we're sharing an excerpt from our Issue 5 story "Queer Supper Clubs Save the Day," a survey of a few notable LGBTQ supper clubs across the United States, where we talk with Liz Alpern about why Queer Soup Night came into existence, and what to expect if you attend one.
Excerpted from "Queer Supper Clubs Save the Day," appearing in Issue 5: Style & Substance:
What is it? Queer Soup Night is just as it sounds: an evening of queer folks hanging out and slurping soup! In the wake of the 2016 U.S. election, founder Liz Alpern decided to put her organizing and cooking skills to use for a low-key monthly series that has a philanthropic angle. “I’d always wanted to gather queers and cook soups for them and have that just be a space,” she says. “Suddenly it had this renewed purpose.”
When and where is it? Always on Sunday nights, roughly once every month or two, at varying locations in Brooklyn, NY.
What’s on the menu? Soup! Three, sometimes four, soups are offered, and notable queer chefs and cooks are invited to make them. There are always vegan and vegetarian options, as well as accompaniments like locally-made bread and biscuits. Alcohol is for sale, but isn’t the focus. “I feel strongly that we need to connect in spaces that are not alcohol-centric,” Liz says.
Who’s it for? Anyone and everyone is welcome, though Queer Soup Night attracts mostly queer women and gender-nonconforming folks. Liz deliberately designed this event to be casual, with no RSVPs or advance ticket sales. “This isn’t a Friday-night crazy party—this is a Sunday night, to give you love and light going into next week. I really want people to feel that they can invite people that they’ve just met. It’s the kind of thing where you can just be like, Come!”
How much? Suggested donation is $10. Each soup night supports a different charity, one that’s both relevant to the queer community and based locally, and also one where the amount of money raised (anywhere from $500 to $2000) will have a meaningful impact. “One of the things I felt was important was for people who don’t have a lot of money to spend, to feel like they can give and they can donate, and that their donations are really valued,” Liz said.
Why soup? “Soup symbolizes some of the best of what food does,” says Liz. “Soup is a food that can be made in large quantities inexpensively—it’s the kind of food you can nourish a lot of people using odds and ends and scraps. And it has this forgiving quality, where you don’t have to be precious about it. It’s symbolic of comfort and nourishment and also has this practical side—it’s so uncontroversial!”
Photo by Zachary Schulman