WASHINGTON – The Washington, DC area’s top chefs, including four James Beard Award winners, will join prominent food columnist and cookbook author David Hagedorn and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, for Chefs for Equality, an evening of food, cocktails, fashion, music and an extraordinary auction to benefit marriage equality in Maryland. The area’s top restaurants will be represented at the star-studded event which will raise critical funds and awareness just two weeks before voters decide the fate of marriage equality in Maryland.

In addition to the numerous celebrity chefs, the event will be emceed by fashion icon and television personality Tim Gunn.  Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who signed marriage equality into law earlier this year, will be the featured guest.  Chefs for Equality will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by DJ Shea Van Horn. www.chefsforequality.org

Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at www.chefsforequality.org.  All proceeds will benefit the Human Rights Campaign Political Action Committee’s fight for marriage equality in Maryland.

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