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With Boston Pride making the decision to move its 2021 festivities online, there won’t be a physical parade to watch before heading off to grab drinks or a bite with friends. But that doesn’t mean restaurants and breweries are tabling their annual celebrations.
To honor Pride Month, a handful of local eateries, taprooms, and wine shops are offering drink specials, limited-edition beer releases, desserts, and more. And they’re not just sticking a rainbow flag in a sandwich and calling it a day, either. Many are donating proceeds from specials and events to causes like BAGLY, the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth; the It Gets Better Project; and GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Below is a running list of local food businesses that are giving back to the LGBTQ community during Pride Month. Check back frequently as we continue to add to this list.
The Cambridge restaurant will kick off its outdoor monthly drag brunch series on June 6, featuring Boston-based performers Alana Thicc, Stef Anya, and Christina Faguilera. Tickets include one Pride cocktail — the (Bae)sil Fen, featuring Absolut Rainbow, basil, St-Germain, and Cava — and a portion of the ticket proceeds benefit BAGLY.
Need to add to your wine collection? This restaurant, music venue, and wine bar will be selling Rainbow Rosé and Pride T-shirts at its West End location, with 10 percent of all proceeds going to GLAAD.
On June 10, Clink at The Liberty Hotel will host a special Pride dinner featuring a lineup of rosé (and frosé!) alongside crispy oyster po’ boys, Long Island duck breast, sirloin with mushrooms and leek confit, and crème brûlée with port-soaked raspberries. A portion of ticket sales will go toward The Theater Offensive, a performing arts organization highlighting work by, for, and about queer and trans people of color.
Dorchester Brewing will kick off Pride Month with a drag brunch on June 6, hosted by Zayn X and MT Hart. Tickets include a four-course brunch with food from M&M BBQ and beer from the brewery, and a portion of ticket sales will be donated to BAGLY. The taproom also recently debuted its brand new Pride hats.
Flour has a couple of Pride specials on its June menu, including rainbow sable cookie stacks and a rainbow Rice Krispie treat baking kit, both of which can be shipped nationwide (though you can also head to your nearest Flour location to pick up the cookies). A portion of the proceeds will go to BAGLY.
From June 7 to June 13, sweet-toothed doughnut fans can pick up a Love-is-Love doughnut from one of Kane’s three locations. The colorful baked good boasts a spread of vanilla frosting and house-made whoopie pie filling, and comes with an adjustable rainbow ring. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Boston Pride in celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary.
There’s a lot going on at Lamplighter for Pride Month: Queer Book Club on June 22, a drag brunch on June 26, and Queer Trivia on June 29. The Cambridge brewery also just released Act Up, its Pride Month pale ale. For every four pack and draft pour of Act Up sold, the brewery will donate $1 to the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, an organization that fights for the wellbeing, safety, and equity of transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive community members in Massachusetts.
“All styles are welcome” is the motto at this local brewery, which brought back its Proud beer — a double dry-hopped New England pale ale — for the month of June, available at all Night Shift brewery locations and select Massachusetts retailers. The brewery is also offering a Proud roast coffee and a Pride T-shirt; a portion of the proceeds from the beer, coffee, and shirt will go toward the It Gets Better Project. On June 1, Night Shift launched the Night Shift Virtual Pride Market, an online marketplace highlighting LGBTQ businesses like Rhodium Spirits and 7ate9 Bakery.
Chef Tatiana Rosana’s Seaport pop-up, Para Maria, is serving Pride Krispies in June, offering the decadent dessert made with Fruity Pebbles and Ghirardelli white chocolate. A portion of sales from the Pride Krispies will go toward The Trevor Project, which provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to LGBTQ youth.
Love Conquers Ale, a blackberry basil lime gose from Sam Adams and New Belgium, is back for another year to celebrate Pride. Throughout June, the brewery will donate $16 from every four-pack of the ale sold to GLAAD. Find the limited release at the brewery’s taprooms in downtown Boston and Jamaica Plain.
In January, South End wine shop The Urban Grape tapped one of its Wine Studies Award interns, Amanda Best, to spearhead the creation of a LGBTQ+ Producers Collection. Launched in late May, the collection mirrors the shop’s BIPOC Producers Collection, and features wines from Gary Farrell Vineyards, beer from Dorchester Brewing Co., and bourbon from Republic Restoratives. To give back to the LGBTQ community, 10 percent of the sales of the collection will go towards BAGLY.
Trillium’s Pride T-shirt is clean and simple: a white shirt with “trillium” printed in a rainbow color palette. Place an order through the brewery’s online merch shop for pick up at any of their locations; proceeds will be donated to Fenway Health, an organization providing LGBTQ advocacy and health access.
Along with sister restaurants Woods Hill Table and Adelita in Concord, Woods Hill Pier 4 in the Seaport is honoring Pride with The Rainbow Swizzle, a gin-based cocktail made with maraschino liqueur, lemon, and Creme de Violette. A dollar from each cocktail sold will be donated to BAGLY.
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