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Just Food GALA

Welcome to the Just Food G.A.L.A.

This is not your average big-ticket, big-name fundraiser “gala." This is a kind of anti-gala. Our kind of G.A.L.A.: a gathering to activateliberate, and appreciate; that aims to both build community and raise money to support Just Food’s ongoing work in pursuit of a more equitable food system. 


What does "local" mean in New York City? To us, it means what exists here and now, while also carrying the spirit of far away and long ago. It means stories of migration and diaspora. It means honoring long-held traditions, even as we reinterpret and recreate them on our path towards liberation. It means centering the historically marginalized communities that built our city into what it is today. Our "local" is full of paradoxes and complexity, and that's what makes it special. 

At the Just Food G.A.L.A., you will get to experience the work of over 30 chefs and culinary artists who use food as a medium to explore these themes. We’re honored to be highlighting more than 30 queer, of color and ally chefs, culinary artists, and good food businesses we love, many working outside and around the traditional restaurant system. These are folks inspired by locality and seasonality, who are engaged in transformative work in their communities through food; and who are making some of the most delicious, thought-provoking food and drink in New York City.

Tickets are available at a sliding scale. We created price tiers thoughtfully and intentionally so that we can raise money to support our mission, while staying in line with our mission. Every ticket supports Just Food in working boldly, unapologetically, and strategically towards justice for marginalized people in the food system. The money we raise from this event will be critical funding for innovative programming. Please give as much as you can. We appreciate your support of this work!

All tickets include general admission to the main event: a tasting featuring more than 30 of today’s most exciting food and drink makers, serving everything from seasonal Caribbean and Cambodian food, to desserts made with direct-trade spices, artisan breads, cross-cultural collaborations, and much more — all accompanied by tunes from DJ Rimarkable.

Appreciate level tickets include access to a VIP early entry cocktail hour led by spirits educator and cocktail consultant Shannon Mustipher, along with healing services by Minka Brooklyn practitioners.

If you are interested in maximizing your giving over $500 or buying group tickets, we have special Solidarity tickets as well as sponsorship opportunities. Please email us for details. 

We’re saying YES to all of the above, a resounding yes that is celebratory and unapologetic. So please join us, as we celebrate — and activate, liberate, appreciate — Tuesday, October 30th at Metropolitan Pavilion.


Amanny Ahmad


Blue Marble

Burlap & Barrel

Butter & Scotch

Catskills Provisions




Tunde Wey

Henry at Life Hotel

Hot Bread Kitchen


In Pursuit of Tea

Joint Venture

Kahawa 1893

Khao'na Kitchen

Kit An' Kin

Laurie Ellen Pellicano

Lolo’s Seafood Shack

Maison Noir Wines

Mavis-Jay Sanders

MeMe's Diner

Minka Brooklyn

Oko Farms + Artpreneurship

Pilot Kombucha

Rock Steady Farm & Flowers


Saratoga Spring Water

Shannon Mustipher

Sixpoint Brewery

The Insurgo Project

The Pixie and the Scout

The Supper Club From Nowhere

White Mustache


Click here to volunteer

Email us for sponsorship opportunities

Earlier Event: October 28
McGolrick Park Farmer's Market
Later Event: April 12
Communitea Tasting Demo