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all photos: Shauna Alexander

The Human Rights Campaign’s Chefs for Equality benefit is one of those magical events that really and truly can happen only in DC. Dreamed up by David Hagedorn barely 3 years a go, the colorful, extravagant, profoundly non-stuffy gala features all of DC’s favorite food and beverage folks rallying together for an evening celebrating equality, tolerance and yes, extreme deliciousness.

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The 2014 edition, which took place at the Ritz Carlton again (why fix what ain’t broke) featured 100 + chefs and restaurants (including pretty much all of BYT favorites from Red Hen to Jack Rose to Republic to Red Apron to Le Diplomate to Saint-Ex to Menu MBK to Toki Underground to… too many to count)….

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…. and special one-off chef pairings in the dinner-for-eight sit down section of the gala with Peter Chang of Peter Chang China Café and Scott Drewno of The Source; Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen and Jeremiah Langhorne formerly of McCrady’s in Charleston, SC; Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve and Robert Wiedmaier of Marcel’s; Mike Isabella of Graffiato and Victor Albisu of Del Campo; Jamie Leeds of Hank’s Oyster Bar and Ris Lacoste of Ris; Vikram Sunderam of Rasika and Tony Conte of The Oval Room; Jason Alley of Comfort and David Guas of Bayou Bakery; Bryan Voltaggio of Volt and Tarver King of Patowmack Farm; Haidar Karoum of Proof/Estadio/Doi Moi & Cedric Maupillier of Mintwood Place. In addition to the eight tables for 8 is one stunning table for 16, helmed by the formidable foursome of Fabio Trabocchi of Fiola; Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington; Eric Ziebold of Cityzen; and Frank Ruta, formerly of Palena. Michel Richard has joined to provide the dessert course for the table.

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Is your head spinning yet? Because it should be. But more so than anything – enjoy the gorgeous photos (did we mention the event is also profoundly photogenic?) and save the date for next year. We’re not sure how they’ll make it bigger and better, but they’ll find a way.

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