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Liz Alpern of Queer Soup Night: Bringing LGBTQI people (and allies!) together over soup and nourishment

Episode Summary

On today’s show we interview Liz Alpern, one of the founders of Queer Soup Night. Queer Soup Night started in Brooklyn with a simple event format. Liz, a queer professional chef made a soup, attendees got to enjoy that soup (and a party!) in exchange for a suggested donation to a cause. The first one went so well, Liz and her partners Jen Martin and Kathleen Cunningham knew they had to keep going. Now, there are Queer Soup Nights in chapters round the country - from Oakland and Portland to Gainesville and Boston. Their events have raised thousands of dollars for Queer and Queer adjacent causes, from New York Transgender Advocacy Group to the Center for Anti-Violence Education. Why soup? Why a party with a charity? Why launch chapters? We'll get into the whole story with Liz today on the podcast.

Episode Notes

"I've always dreamed of a soup party." - Liz Alpern

On today’s show we interview Liz Alpern, one of the founders of Queer Soup Night.

Queer Soup Night started in Brooklyn with a simple event format. Liz, a queer professional chef made a soup, attendees got to enjoy that soup (and a party!) in exchange for a suggested donation to a cause.

The first one went so well, Liz and her partners Jen Martin and Kathleen Cunningham knew they had to keep going.

Now, there are Queer Soup Nights in chapters round the country - from Oakland and Portland to Gainesville and Boston. Their events have raised thousands of dollars for Queer and Queer adjacent causes, from New York Transgender Advocacy Group to the Center for Anti-Violence Education.

Why soup? Why a party with a charity? Why launch chapters? We'll get into the whole story with Liz today on the podcast.

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