On June 23rd at 4pm ET, we’ll be hosting our next Restaurant Roundtable with some of our LGBTQ+ restaurant partners. As a reminder, Restaurant Roundtable is our new virtual panel series bringing restaurant and industry leaders together for conversations that move the industry forward. June’s panel will discuss their experiences running restaurants, LGBTQ+ representation in the industry and how restaurants build community. 

Meet the host

Whembley Sewell 

Editor in Chief of them, a leading LGBTQ+ media & community platform. 

Meet the panelists

Josie Smith-Malave (Florida) 

Chef and Owner at Bubbles & Pearls. Also a Top Chef Alumni. 

 Michaela Mendelsohn (California)  

CEO of Pollo West Corp., a franchisee of El Pollo Loco, since 1986 and Founder of Trans Can Work. 

Brian Martinez (New York City) 

Co-owner of Fresco’s Cantina, a local Mexican restaurant in Astoria with ongoing community programming like Drag Brunch.  

  In addition to our Roundtable, we’re also partnering with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce to support LGBTQ+ owned restaurants impacted by the pandemic. At checkout, customers can donate their change and the NGLCC will use the proceeds to distribute grants.  

Mark your calendar and join in on the conversation on June 23rd.

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